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Create the Ultimate Spectator Experience: 3 Space Solutions for Event Venues

Facility managers know that preparing an event venue for a concert, play, wedding or other event doesn’t just happen overnight. Facilities teams must take active steps to make their venues are as occupant-friendly as possible. To make sure your next gathering is a hit, prepare your venue with the following three space solutions.

1. Strong flooring that holds up to everyday wear and tear

Venue floors take the brunt of everyday activities and are usually the first surfaces in a facility to reflect wear and tear. As such, it’s important to invest in floors that will keep pace with daily operations, but also add visual value to the facility as well. With hundreds of flooring options for facility managers to choose from, the floor selection process can be overwhelming. To begin, determine if your venue would benefit from resilient flooring, non-resilient flooring or a mixture of the two.

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Resilient flooring will have some give or will flex without cracking, meaning these flooring types have some amount of cushioning when a load is placed upon it. Some examples of resilient flooring include:

  • Cork
  • Luxury vinyl
  • Recycled rubber
  • Hybrid resilient carpeting
  • Epoxy, urethane, or methyl methacrylate formulations

Non-resilient flooring, on the other hand, are hard surfaces that will not move or give at all. Some examples of non-resilient flooring include:

  • Concrete
  • Ceramic and porcelain tile
  • Marble and stone
  • Slate
  • Terrazzo
  • Brick
  • Laminate flooring

Every venue is different, so there’s no one-size-fits-all when it comes to flooring. To learn more about flooring options, contact a local flooring specialist to discuss your venue’s unique needs.

2. A robust sound system that best suits your venue’s space needs

Public address (PA) systems are electronic systems that increase the volume of keynote speakers, musical instruments and other acoustic sound sources. Having robust audio equipment is a must for any venue. When choosing a PA system, ask yourself the following questions:

  • How much power do I need?
    Without enough power, your system will struggle to broadcast loud, clean audio to event attendees.

  • How large is my venue?
    The larger the venue, the more powerful your PA system will need to be, especially if your venue is outdoors.

  • Will my PA system be visible to the public?
    Choose a PA system that is either visually appealing or easily hidden. Ensure your PA system is tucked away, but is still readily accessible to users.

  • Do I plan to expand my PA system in the future?
    Expandable systems allow additional speakers to be added, which is especially ideal for venues that host large events.

A strong PA system has a variety of benefits for both the venue and its performers. With strong audio, performances will sound clear and crisp to audience members. Plus, satisfied spectators are more likely to return to a venue (which means more revenue for your business).

3. A venue design that supports great spectator sightlines

A “sightline” is an unobstructed line of sight between a spectator and a stage. Good sightlines are particularly important in theater and event venue designs. Ideally, spectators should be able to adequately see all areas of a stage from their seat. Here are a few objects that could potentially disrupt spectator sightlines:

  • Non-staggered or non-elevated seating

  • Hanging banners and equipment

  • Light fixtures

  • Walls

  • Columns

  • Ceiling overhangs

Without good sightlines, spectators will likely crane their necks and shift around in their seats to see the performance. Facility managers can fix sightlight issues by removing stage-blocking objects and acting upon spectator complaints. For venue design tips and insight, contact a theater consultant or an architect for help.

Facility managers of event venues are constantly on the lookout for innovative ways to improve the spectator experience within their facilities. To learn more event venue space solutions, download AkitaBox’s Guide to Venue Space Management.

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