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Prolyte M145RV Truss used at the Gerry Weber Stadium10/01/2019
Prolyte Mammoth Truss enables heavy-duty lifting points under a slidable roof. Prolyte Distributor Cast created a new installation at the Gerry Weber Stadium. In addition to its use as a tennis arena, the new installation enables the Gerry Weber Stadium to accommodate other larger tour productions.
The Gerry Weber Stadium is a modern multifunctional arena that was originally designed as a tennis stadium for Germany's largest ATP lawn event, the Gerry Weber Open. The operator collaborated with Gerry Weber Management & Event to convert the stadium into a rigging area. This enables the tennis stadium with 11.500 seats to attract other type of events. The stadium has a slidable roof that can be closed in 88 seconds, this can give a technical challenge by inserting the loads.
After conversations with the German Prolyte distributor Cast, the managing directors Ralf Weber and managing director Alexander Hardieck decided to install two flexible heavy-duty truss lines as an additional pre-rig to enable further central suspension points. Cast came with a suitable solution; an installation of about 77 meters long Prolyte Mammoth M145RV Truss, which is considered as one of the largest aluminum truss that has ever been made.
Flexible dismantling to the tennis arena
"The Gerry Weber Stadium offers an outstanding view from all angles due to its extraordinary design. The suspension points that are installed are essential for us in order to keep our stadium attractive for more extensive use. As a result, a heavy-duty pre-rig has been installed, which is stretched across the entire stadium width,” explains Managing Director Alexander Hardieck Stadium Manager Torben Griese adds: "We can hang 15 ton extra load in the front-stage area via the two pre-rigging routes."
The two sections of Prolyte Mammoth Truss are each suspended at their two ends and attached to the roof structure without impairing the function of the slidable roof. "The advantage of this solution is that you can easily check all load profiles over and over again", explains Jens Kannacher of Cast. "When using another crossbeam, significantly more suspension points or counterweights should be installed. Thanks to the Prolyte Mammoth Truss, we only have to manage two points. At the top, other trusses can be placed which allow a free choice of the distance between individual suspension points. "
The installation was premiered at the end of September 2018, when the tour production Andreas Gabalier was a guest in the East Westphalian event arena for a week for rehearsals as well as for the final and sold-out opening concert on 4 October. "We were already able to successfully hold numerous tour premieres and kick-off concerts, with the implementation of this project, a progressive investment has been made in the Gerry Weber Stadium," concludes stadium manager Griese.