Arenas aren’t what they used to be—owners are continually finding new and intriguing uses for them. A better term for the latest breed of arena is, “multipurpose venue.” As the name implies, these spaces have more to offer under one roof than ever before. Which only makes sense given the business needed to create more revenue streams in order to capture more entertainment dollars.
This is where telescopic, or retractable, seating comes into play. Knowing that various forms of entertainment have unique footprints, seating needs to be able to flex within the fixed walls of the venue. Every inch matters. With telescopic solutions, audience seating can be brought into the action for events that occupy a smaller footprint and then seamlessly retracted (or temporarily removed) to make room when a major event rolls into town.
The recently opened Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, is a fitting example of this. With Irwin telescopic seating integrated into the plan, the space goes from 9,000 seats for a rodeo event to more than 14,000 seats for a basketball game. For venues, it’s an automated form of seating flexibility.