PLSN — April 2012
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Staging Concepts Seats 17,000+ for NCAA Basketball Finals

NEW ORLEANS — March Madness wasn’t limited to the massive amount of intra-office wagering going on as the list of 68 contenders in the early stages of the 2012 NCAA Men’s Division Basketball Tournament winnowed down to the sole victor — the University of Kentucky.

For Staging Concepts, it was the task of supplying a temporary seating configuration for more than 17,000 fans attending the Final Four games at the Superdome in New Orleans.

Almost 4,700 portable platforms supported by a highly engineered scaffold style understructure covered an area measuring 188,216 square feet. This seating configuration involved a major move of the basketball court from the end zone, where it was in 2003 when New Orleans last hosted the Final Four, to the middle of the arena, giving tens of thousands of fans — primarily students — a chance to be near the action.

Staging Concepts’ temporary seating riser configuration is also contracted for the 2013 regional games and Final Four in Dallas and Atlanta, as well as the 2014 Final Four in Dallas.

“We are pleased that we continue to be the temporary seating configuration provider for the NCAA from year to year and venue to venue,” said Brian Arnold, Eastern sales manager for Staging Concepts. “Since 2008, we’ve helped the NCAA transform enormous football stadiums into intimate basketball settings — it’s a fun and exciting project to be a part of.”

The temporary seating configuration consists of Staging Concepts’ SC90 Single Sided Platforms that are supported by the SC9600 Bridge Support System and SC100 Folding Supports. The temporary seating configuration added more than 18,000 seats to the Mercedes Benz Superdome for fans, media, teams and officials.