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No Sweat for Flyhouse

Posted by Flyhouse on Aug 8, 2019 1:54:28 PM

15 Days, Contract to Completion

Photo Jul 21, 9 01 39 PM

Some might think that a seven day lead-time and eight day installation—during an NYC heatwave—for a massive stadium project is a problem. But when Flyhouse was tapped by Far Right Productions to help bring the wildly successful Fortnite World Cup Tournament to life, of course we said yes. For us, it's just another chance at what we do best.

Our experienced crew of rope access techs and riggers installed 68,000 feet of light blocking and sound absorbing fabrics at USTA Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, NY. The fabric, custom sewn by Rose Brands Inc, had to be temporarily installed across the bottom of the roof structure, 185 feet in the air. All the fabric panels were placed carefully and without disruption to the several hundred other rigging points also being installed for the audio and visual portion of the show—keeping the event on schedule. Flyhouse enhanced the environment of the stadium so the light and acoustics were perfectly in sync for this live, televised event. 

Arthur Ashe Stadium, July 2019BY THE NUMBERS 
10,000 ft of tension wire 
12,000 ft of horizontal lifeline 
5,000 snap hooks 
300 steel carabiners 
300 support straps 
23,000+ seats at Arthur Ashe Stadium, filled to capacity all weekend 
100 solo tournament players on stage
16-year-old Fortnite World Cup champion 
$3,000,000 Grand Prize 


It was another unique and challenging project that we got accomplished and an example of why Flyhouse is a leader in the sound absorption and light reduction market. But we got it done, no sweat no problem. Challenge us with your impossible projects … we’re ready to play!

 

Topics: News, Arenas, Flyhouse Projects

Wintrust Arena - Blackout Curtains

Posted by Flyhouse on Oct 26, 2017 2:50:51 PM

Popcorn in hand, soda to the right, the sound barrels through the speakers and the lights dim to near blackout levels, the ambiance of the room is perfect to escape from reality for a few hours.

The right environment can make or break an event instantly for those in attendance. When your favorite musician is about to play their first note, the mood set right before they play is of the utmost importance and light leaks can interrupt that mood and spoil the environment.

Wintrust Arena, new home to the DePaul University Blue Demon basketball teams and entertainment events, considered this exact scenario and focused on reducing light leaks it would receive throughout its new building.

To achieve this, installation of different blackout style curtains was needed. Using a mix of manual bi-part and one-way draw curtains along with numerous motorized roman shades, Flyhouse delivered on its promise to create an efficient and suitable atmosphere for all types of future events.

For the upper bowl seating and arena-ends, Flyhouse installed a series of remote operated roman shades to reduce light spill. The roman shades are of varying heights and widths, some upwards of 100 ft wide, to cover the expansive areas of windows and in hard to reach areas where a manual system would not be possible. The motorized component allows the shades to raise and lower at a variable speed of 20 feet/minute and uses a wireless controller that is able to operate at several locations within the arena. However, should the wireless controllers become inoperable, the system also has a hardwired pendant allowing the system to remain operational through another control point.

An added benefit of installing blackout curtains throughout the arena are the acoustical properties they gain. The heavier fabric used in these curtains helps absorb and dampen the sound emitted from the event and those in attendance. 

The manual curtains are hand-operated at vomitory and aisle entry locations of the venue which will provide a reduction of ambient light seen by fans and performers. It required the use of 1,700 feet of I-Beam style tracks and nearly 1,800 curtain carriers to complete this portion of the installation.

Wintrust Arena is now in the position to offer the environment needed for each event; darkness or light depending on what is desirable to set the mood.

 

 

Topics: Project Recaps, Arenas

Flyhouse Projects Featured in ETCP Newsletter

Posted by Flyhouse on Jun 6, 2017 9:42:30 AM

Flyhouse was recently featured in the Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) Industry News section of the spring 2017 newsletter. Our projects at Chesapeake Energy Arena and Shirley Ryan Ability Lab received mention.

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Topics: News, Performer Flying, Acoustical Baffles, Project Recaps, Arenas, Flyhouse Projects

Next Stop: Detroit

Posted by Flyhouse on May 12, 2017 9:14:14 AM

The Motor City. Birthplace of Motown. Home to the only floating Post Office in the U.S. Call it what you want, but Flyhouse is setting up shop for a few months in Detroit for a new arena project.

The Little Caesar’s Arena, scheduled to open September 2017, will serve as the new home of the Detroit Red Wings, Detroit Pistons, and other entertainment events.

By the time the puck drops for the Red Wings, Flyhouse will have installed over 100,000 square feet of an acoustical baffle system along with the upper masking, half-house, and blackout curtains for the entire arena.

Make sure to follow our Facebook and Instagram pages to see updates on all Flyhouse projects happening.  

Little Caesars Arena

(Photo Credit: Olympia Entertainment)

Topics: Acoustical Baffles, Acoustical Curtains, Project Recaps, Arenas

Chesapeake Arena Project Recap

Posted by Flyhouse on Mar 3, 2017 11:00:00 AM

After breaking ground at the turn of the century, Chesapeake Energy Arena opened its doors to the public in 2002.

The 586,000-square foot arena is currently home to the NBA Oklahoma City Thunder and hosts numerous events throughout the year including concerts and other sporting events like NCAA Basketball.

The Chesapeake Energy Arena has received a reputation as being one of the loudest arenas in the NBA due to their fan base and rise as an NBA powerhouse by reaching the finals vs. the Miami Heat in 2012. The first game of this match-up created an arena where fans created a noise level of 109 decibels or the equivalent of a live rock music concert.

When your fans can get that loud (and probably even louder), you want to make sure the sound quality in your arena is perfect.

Chicago Flyhouse installed nearly 88,000 square feet of an acoustical baffle system on the ceiling of the arena that is made up of 2,100 tons of steel. The CMA Acoustical Baffles used for the project were 2” thick with a 1.5# density. Flyhouse custom-engineered brackets were fabricated in the shop to connect the baffles to the ceiling trusses and beams.

Chesapeake Acoustic Baffle Install

Routinely acoustical baffling panels are fully assembled, and shipped directly to an installation location, this project required panels to be assembled on-site due to the panels overall size not being standard.

The perimeter of the bowl also required vertical acoustic panels to be installed. The 9,600 square feet of these panels were installed edge-to-edge with the bottom edge of the panels being retained at the wall with perforated angle iron.

The installation of both sets of panels required the use of a 135’ and 150’ boom lift to reach the areas where the panels would hang. There were a few areas in which the lifts were unable to access requiring a custom-built Flyhouse temporary access solution to be used in reaching areas where the lift couldn’t.

With no unexpected delays throughout the project, Flyhouse worked around previously scheduled events to complete the installation by the deadline so fans could continue to enjoy the arena.

Topics: Acoustical Baffles, Project Recaps, Arenas, Flyhouse Projects