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wall was the right answer. Additionally,
TSN needed a basecamp compound
separate from the broadcast booths that
overlooked the ield for production trailers
and portable workspaces.
" The challenge [for the basecamp] was
that the production trailers were 13 feet
high and were parked against the side
legs; therefore we needed to use custom
13-foot-high side legs versus the standard
10-feet-high side legs, " McCarty
says. " The structure we erected was 50
feet wide by 135 feet long with a center
ridge of 30 feet, which proved to be exactly
what TSN envisioned-and they
were thrilled with the outcome. "
Both installed on a 13-foot-high scaffold
platform behind the endzone, RDS (Réseau
des sports) broadcast out of a 20-by-20-foot
black clad Legacy tent on the left, while
the glass-wall enclosed structure on the
right provided hospitality-suite space. Photo
courtesy Premier Event Tent Rentals Inc.
Logistical challenges
" The venue is a great spot to host your
typical CFL game but for the purposes of
the Grey Cup with all the added festivities,
some of the spaces we were required to
work in were tight and often required
some creative thinking-which we like! "
Boomhouwer says. " The TSN compound
ideally would have been 15 feet longer,
but we could not block access into the
stadium; therefore, we worked with
TSN to reorganize the interior layout of
the compound before arriving on-site to
make it work for everyone. "
From an operational standpoint,
working on a site such as the CFL stadium,
with projects in process on all four sides
at the same time, makes stafing for crew
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a juggling act. " Our site supervisor was
able to stay ahead of the crews, giving
them the required resources to do their
job each day, and we managed to hit every
deadline before kickoff, " McCarty says.
Wind warning
On day two of the 50-by-135-foot TSN
basecamp install structure, crew members
had to stop the project due to high
winds in the area and move onto other
tasks to ensure they would still hit all
their event deadlines. " On large projects
like this, reworking a schedule is very
common, but it's the constant communication
with those other affected stakeholders
that makes everything come
together in the end, " Boomhouwer says.
" Sometimes weather plays a role in determining
a schedule for us and even though
this can really set you back, we were able
to remain lexible and keep our eyes on
the prize, so to speak, to get the job done. "
The day before the event, another
collection of winds off Lake Ontario
reached 100 kilometers per hour forcing
the team to make further adjustments.
With four 20-by-20-foot tents on
scaffolding 14 feet in the air, in addition
to 16 other tents at the venue-the crew
was scrambling to tighten straps and
ratchets, check sidewalls, and tie pass
poles to ensure nothing was damaged
or anyone was injured; even concrete
blocks needed to be moved back into
place. " Wind is not a favorable element
in our industry, but we anchored all the
structures to code and were conident
everything would go just as planned-
and it did, " McCarty says.
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With all the variables of COVID-19,
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installing tents at the Grey Cup until October
2021. The team met on-site to conirm
the sizing and locations of each tent
in early November and on December 1,
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