Another trend we are seeing is designing a space that utilizes a combination of fixed and telescopic seats. This allows owners to realize the unique benefits of both fixed seating and telescopic seating.
When we provided seating for the Dickie's Arena in Fort Worth, they needed options that were both flexible and convenient. This venue hosts events that range from the Hot Wheels Monster Truck rally to performances of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. No matter who the audience is, it is vital to give guests a comfortable seat in a setting that allows them access to the action.
“What we have done for some projects is a hybrid of fixed and telescopic,” says Spence. “For example, in many schools we see architects designing dual-purpose spaces. Often these are performing arts auditoriums that can be subdivided into smaller instructional/classroom spaces. Typically, fixed seating is used in the forward 'orchestra' area of the auditorium and then a retractable seating system is installed to provide the rear 'mezzanine' seating area. When full capacity is required for a large event, the telescopic seating is deployed; however, during the school day the telescopic seating system can be retracted, and partition walls can close to create separate instructional or rehearsal space.”
There are many other examples of blended installations in sports, performing arts, casino/entertainment, and more. Recently, facilities that are being designed specifically for e-sports are using a combination due to an increased awareness of the benefits of fixed and telescopic seating systems.