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How to choose the right stage for your event!

There are a lot of decisions to be made when choosing the right stage and roof for your concert, festival or event – We can walk you through every step of the process and make sure you get the most our of your stage, but in the meantime, here are some tips and guidelines for choosing a stage:

1) What size stage do I need?

There are a few ways to go about this. There are some standard stage sizes, but it is very adjustable by nature. We build custom sizes for clients on a regular basis.

Consider these 4 concepts:

1) The width of the deck is useful for audience and video perception of size. Wide decks look bigger.
2) The depth of the deck is useful for working space. Bigger bands, and multiple bands playing the same show, require more space. Our larger decks accommodate band set-ups behind performing artists. Audiences don’t usually perceive depth.
3) Grab a stick and go outside! Draw a box on the ground, and measure it. Just remember that people don’t typically stand near the edges of a deck. (Unless we provide rails!)
4) Don’t forget stage risers, camera risers, press risers, FOH decks, and other stair packages!

You can always call for assistance on deck builds, but feel free to make drawings and e-mail them to us. There are custom shapes available.

2) What size roof do I need?

Concert roofs fall in generally two main categories: Load-bearing and non-load-bearing.

The load-bearing roof is engineered to handle a additional weight, which allows it to fly lighting, sound, backdrops, video, etc. However, the loads have to be distributed correctly and special attention to detail is imperative. We certify our roofs and follow the ANSI standards to be as safe as possible.

The non-load-bearing roof structures are for providing sunshade and rain protection. They are less expensive, but still require skill and attention to detail.

We provide both styles of structures and even have small crank-up roofs for that “Big Concert” look, in a small venue.

3) How much space do I need to have for an event stage and roof?

Of course the physical size of both the stage and roof are part of the answer, but there is much more to it than that. The roof has guy wires, and potentially ballasts to consider. We adjust how we perform our tie-down procedures on a case-by-case basis, depending on many factors that are venue- and client-specific.
Pro-Tech provides layout service to help our customers layout an event safely, as well as help you provide for other professional needs. When you find a nicely laid out event, you can rest assured it lives somewhere on
paper. That is the beginning essence of an intelligent event plan. Our layout services are available to you too!

4) Do I need power for the stage and roof setup?

The larger motorized roof structures all utilize motors for erection. Therefore, we need power on the roof setup day. These motors are 3-phase units, but we carry distribution (typically 100’) to power them. We just need access to power, either through electrical Grid or generators.

We are proud to be very self-sufficient in most cases, and even have single-phase to three-phase power converters to allow us to use these motors in single phase locations. This saves the client from renting generators in those medium-size show locations that would otherwise be able to survive on single phase power. This is a real cost savings on less than 3,000 people shows that require motorized roofing structures.

5) How tall should I make my stage?

A tall stage height allows people to see the artist or event well, but can become more costly and difficult to construct as you approach the higher levels. We like portable staging to be high enough to see well, and high enough to provide space for what we may stow underneath the deck. On outdoor shows we regularly place racks of equipment, and other various gear under the deck. Large shows allow us to walk underneath the deck and create secure areas for gear and storage.

Call or e-mail us for further details!