SPS bleacher [terrace] units were used to update the existing stands of the University’s nearly 50 year old stadium, using SPS Technology’s innovative system of reprofiling the existing precast concrete rakers with newly designed and prefabricated modular bleacher stool sets, bolted to the sides of the existing concrete rakers.
The rapid erection cycle saw 60-80 bleachers (1,000-1,400 seats) installed in a working day by SPS Technology Network Partner Freedom Enterprise, Inc., at the rate of roughly 5-8 minutes per bleacher. Included in the project were 3,625 new lower bowl seats including wheelchair spaces, as well as prefabricated ADA platforms.
SPS bleachers and components were delivered in eighteen 40ft open top containers – 28 bleacher units per container — pre-stacked in building sequence. A long-reach high capacity crane was used to lift the SPS bleacher units over the upper bowl and installed from each side onto new steel beams.
The Delaware Stadium has been a successful model showing how venue owners and architects can sustainably tackle the renovation of an existing stadium by reusing the superstructure already in place. SPS Technology is able to analyse the current sight lines in the stadium and improve on them for a modern sporting experience. SPS is also more cost-effective: it eliminates wet trades, requires fewer installers and is built using lightweight equipment.
Read more about using SPS for bleacher reprofiling in Offsite Magazine.
Please watch our timelapse video of the bleacher reprofiling at Delaware Stadium.