New Requirements for Bleacher Safety

Posted by Matt Roberts

Sep 27, 2012 4:36:00 PM

Toadvine EnterprisesAre your bleachers and stadium seating up to code? There are new requirements for bleacher safety, and any facility with bleachers and public seating (indoor or outdoor), must be inspected annually. 

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recommends the following bleacher safety guidelines: 
  • Provide routine inspection and maintenance, at least twice a year, in accordance with the bleacher's owner's manual.
  • Use only trained personnel to open and close bleachers following instructions provided in the owner's manual. DO NOT ALLOW STUDENTS OR UNTRAINED PERSONNEL TO OPERATE BLEACHERS.
  • Install bleacher guard rails as a safety precaution and as an indication that the bleachers are fully extended.
  • A licensed professional engineer, registered architect, or company that is qualified to provide bleacher products and services should inspect the bleachers and provide a written certification that the bleachers are fit for use.
  • The option of replacing bleachers as opposed to retrofitting should be considered.

Toadvine Enterprises and Vine & Branch introduce a maintenance and safety inspection program for all of your indoor and outdoor seating and equipment. Vine & Branch is fully staffed with manufacturer-certified service technicians to ensure the safety of your seating. If you have not complied with your states regulations, you run the risk of having your facility closed. 

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) also requires that all outdoor grandstands and folding or telescoping seating be inspected annually by an engineer, registered architect, or manufacturer-certified inspector. It just makes sense to have your equipment inspected by someone who is an expert of that equipment. Call us today to schedule an inspection of your bleachers. (502) 241-6010

Topics: Toadvine Enterprises, stadium seating, bleacher inspections, Bleacher maintenance, seating maintenance

Precast Concrete Stadiums

Posted by Matt Roberts

Apr 12, 2012 2:09:00 PM

Dant Clayton's precast stadium bleachersAre you wanting the look and feel of a concrete stadium, but can’t afford the price tag? No worries, Dant Clayton has the solution for you! Introducing Dant Clayton’s Precast Concrete Stadium. This technology breakthrough provides the feel and benefits of a concrete stadium, without the cost of one. Their evolutionary design combines the use of precast concrete pieces with an economical steel structure.

The hybrid precast system does what no other system out there is able to do! Dant Clayton’s hybrid system gives fans a solid and sturdy walking surface with less noise, vibration, and deflection, allowing for the concrete stadium experience on a pre-engineered budget!

The key features of this evolutionary design are what makes it ahead of the curve!

  • No drilling into concrete for seat attachments
  • Structural steel column grid can be engineered for any application
  • It is half the weight of conventional pre-cast risers
  • All engineering, fabrication, and erection are performed by Dant Clayton, simplifying the design and construction process
  • Works with bleacher benches, chairs, or ANY other seat type

Call Toadvine today to figure out how we can give you a stadium like the pros on your budget!

Topics: outdoor stadium seating, Toadvine Enterprises, Bleacher maintenance, indoor seating, college stadium seating, Dant Clayton, Hybrid Precast Bleachers

New advertising opportunties available for high school and college stadiums

Posted by Matt Roberts

Feb 3, 2012 3:43:00 PM

stadium advertising opportunitiesDant Clayton, our manufacturer for high school and college stadium seating, now offers revenue generating opportunities for schools. If you need new indoor or outdoor seating, this a great solution that will help supplement the cost of the seating and instillation. Plus, it could provide extra revenue for your school.

The following products allow for advertising opportunities for your top donors or local advertisers. Contact Toadvine to learn more about each product.

1. Colosseum chairs
2. VIP seating
3. Bannerrail
4. Ddmesh banners
5. Concourse banners
6. Banners at the top of grandstands
7. Vertical banners
8. Field level banners
9. Lodge boxes
10. Aisle and stair riser advertising

Many of the products offered can easily be incorporated into existing facilities. If you’re thinking about upgrading your indoor or outdoor seating, the advertising opportunities on these products can help to offset the cost, and in some cases, even pay for the product themselves. If you think you can’t afford new stadium seating, contact Toadvine Enterprises. We can help you establish a plan for your school.

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Topics: auditorium seating, college outdoor seating, Advertising opportunities, stadium seating, Bleacher maintenance, indoor seating, college stadium seating, Dant Clayton

Basketball season is right around the corner

Posted by Matt Roberts

Nov 7, 2011 1:21:00 PM

Can you believe it’s almost time for basketball season? While most of the college programs had their midnight madness a few Fridays ago, high school teams are practicing hard and gearing up for the season.

Speaking of basketball season, how’s your gym looking? Basketball season is the time when gymnasiums—and bleachers especially—see the most traffic, and wear and tear. Fans pack the stands for both boys’ and girls’ games each week, so it’s crucial that your bleachers are in good condition.

If you think it’s time to get your bleachers inspected before the season officially begins, check out Vine & Branch, our maintenance division. Our maintenance and safety inspection program handles all of your indoor and outdoor seating and equipment inspections. Vine & Branch is also fully staffed with manufacturer-certified service technicians to ensure the safety of your seating. You can fill out the maintenance form on our website to learn more and get the process started.desales high school

Need new bleachers entirely? We can help with that too. We just completed a bleacher installation at DeSales High School in Louisville, KY. This was a very large job, with three separate banks of bleachers. Whether your project is large like this or smaller, contact us for a quote or to get the process started.

Topics: equipment maintenance, Toadvine Enterprises, Bleacher maintenance, indoor seating, indoor bleachers, outdoor seating, basketball season

Trade Show Reminder: KSPMA is coming up

Posted by Matt Roberts

Oct 14, 2011 10:19:00 AM

Toadvine trade show reminderThe Kentucky School Plant Management Association’s (KSPMA) 22nd annual conference is scheduled for October 25-28, 2011 in Lexington, KY.

The event will take place at Embassy Suites at 1801 Newton Pike.

KSPMA is a state organization that is dedicated to promoting and enhancing the educational process through proper management practices related to school operations and maintenance.

The annual convention is held each fall in different cities associated with KSPMA. From this conference you can expect to:

  • See the newest equipment and materials.
  • Discuss common and not so common problems in your field.
  • Receive the latest information on pertinent topics from professionals.
  • Enjoy a variety of social activities.

Matt, Mike, and Chris will be attending the event to answer questions about maintenance services as well as provide information related to indoor and outdoor athletic equipment, indoor seating, outdoor seating, and more.

Exhibitors can pre-register on KSPMA’s website. If you’re planning on attending as a guest, please stop by our booth and say hi. We’d love to connect with you!

Topics: Maintenance Services, KSPMA annual conference, trade show reminder, Toadvine Enterprises, Kentucky athletic equipment, Athletic Equipment, Bleacher maintenance

School starts soon...are you ready?

Posted by Bryce Raley

Jul 26, 2011 11:31:00 AM

Football season starts soonThis summer has flown by! In just a few weeks school will be starting up again and we all know what that means... football season is here!

Football and soccer, two fall sports that always get a lot of attention, also require a lot of maintenance, which we can help with. If you find yourself needing additional football or soccer equipment, please contact Toadvine. We’ll make sure you get the equipment you need in time for the first game of the season.

Toadvine also offers maintenance and safety inspections for all of your indoor and outdoor seating and equipment. Vine & Branch, our maintenance program, is fully staffed with manufacturer-certified service technicians to ensure the safety of your seating and can provide:

  • A thorough visual inspection of your facility and/or designated equipment.
  • A full listing of defective equipment or upgrade requirements.
  • A written report will be provided to you upon completion of the inspection, noting any safety and/or standard violations, and recommendations for corrective action.

It’s back to school time! If you need maintenance services or sporting equipment before the big day, please contact Toadvine today.

Topics: Soccer equipment, Toadvine Enterprises, Bleacher maintenance, seating maintenance, football equipment

Interkal Self Storing Aisle Rail (SSAR)

Posted by Matt Roberts

Jul 7, 2011 3:14:00 PM

Interkal LLC is a spectator seating company known for its design innovations as well as its ability to deliver products on time. Interkal has a rich history in spectator seating thanks to its dedicated employees and the fact that of all the products are made right here in the United States. Interkal's engineering advancements have also helped them be a top manufacturer of spectator seating. Because of this, Interkal has created the Self Storing Aisle Rail (SSAR), also known as the F-Rail because of its unique design.

Interkal's aisle rails are not your average rail sold by other suppliers. They're different from competitor products because the rail arms store away in the bleacher and do not protrude out into the “traffic” area when the bleachers are in the folded position. Other manufacturers “P-Rail arm” faces outward causing potential hazard to students and athletes when the bleachers are in the folded position.

The SSAR is also a money saver to your school! The SSAR rail is a one-time installment and there is never again any set-up time. This will free your staff from spending countless hours a year on set-up and take-down of aisle rails. The SSAR isn’t only for new Interkal bleachers, this rail can be retrofitted to all existing Interkal bleachers.

Check out pictures as well as a short video of the SSAR in action.

Call Toadvine at 502-241-6010 or visit our website to see how we can help save your school money while insuring the safety of your bleachers.

Topics: Interkal, Interkal Self Storing Aisle Rail, Toadvine Enterprises, stadium seating, Bleacher maintenance, seating maintenance

Need new bleachers? Check out Dant Clayton's Alum-A-Stands

Posted by Bryce Raley

May 25, 2011 11:24:00 AM

Are you in need of new aluminum seating? Is the aluminum bleacher you have looking old and tattered? Replace it with a Dant Clayton Alum-A-Stand today!

The Dant Clayton Alum-A-Stand elevated and non-elevated seating is engineered for maximum strength and durability. The Alum-A-Stand isn’t your traditional aluminum bleacher. The aluminum tube and channel understructure allows for maximum strength and reliability over the traditional angle frame used by our competitors. With our bolt-through seat boards and snap-into-place footboards, it eliminates the hassle of using clips to fasten the footboards and seat boards. Our bleacher gives you a true fully-closed bleacher deck and aisle way with no openings which allows for maximum safety for spectators. According to Dant Clayton, here are some key points to the Alum-A-Stand vs. the Angle frame:

Dant Clayton Alum a Stand

If you're interested in learning more, call Toadvine Enterprises today at 502.241.6010 or request a quote online and one of our sales representatives will get back to you soon. 

Topics: Toadvine Enterprises, Bleacher maintenance, alum-a-stands, Dant Clayton, outdoor seating

It's almost summer, the perfect time for bleacher maintenance

Posted by Matt Roberts

May 17, 2011 11:00:00 AM

Toadvine bleacher maintenanceAre your bleachers looking old or dirty? Do they have problems going in and out? Are they safe and secure? If you answered no to any of these three questions, your bleachers may imply a safety risk to spectators.

The school year is ending and summer is the perfect time to look at Toadvine/Vine & Branch bleacher maintenance, cleaning, and renovation services. Fill out the small form to have a bleacher maintenance professional give you a call.

The NFPA guidelines require all bleachers to be maintained by someone who is a certified bleacher technician. Toadvine employees multiple technicians to help service your bleachers and make any necessary recommendations to keep your bleachers in a safe operating manner.

After each bleacher maintenance and inspection, our sales rep will give you a written report of the problems you may or may not have. This report, which shows your bleachers have been inspected by a certified technician, can be turned in to your insurance company and can help you save money on your insurance costs. Want to find out more ways Toadvine has helped save people money on insurance for their sports complex? Give us a call at 502-241-6010 and ask for one of our representatives Don’t believe us? Call your local insurance provider to see how certain products can help you save money on your insurance.

Students are gone for the summer and gym use is down to the minimum, call Toadvine today to schedule your maintenance contract before school starts back in August. Summer slots are filling up, call now.

Topics: outdoor stadium seating, Toadvine Enterprises, Bleacher maintenance, indoor bleachers

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