When you oversee a facility with a large number of events, especially different types, Portable Bleachers can be a great solution.
That’s the case with the Hardy Murphy Coliseum in Ardmore, OK.
This structure holds events, from rodeo to livestock shows, lasting from one day to several days, for 48 weeks out of the year.
That’s a busy arena.
To provide adequate spectator seating in addition to their current grandstands, the coliseum purchased two 5-row portable bleachers from The Park and Facilities Catalog.
“We need them to be moved from one arena to another arena,” said Jeff Storms, general manager.
That’s the great advantage of this type of aluminum bleachers. They provide versatility to facilities such as this one that hosts everything from cutting horse competitions to futurities, rodeos, roping events, and actual horse and pony shows.
With portable bleachers, a tractor can tow the bleachers from one location to another. (Note: transporting these bleachers can only be done on the facilities grounds and not on an open road).
A tow kit easily makes the bleachers mobile-ready.
When you hear the words “portable bleachers,” one might imagine they would not be able to accommodate a large number of people.
But that is actually the case. Portable bleachers with 24-foot long seat planks, for example, can seat up to 68 people.
These top-grade bleachers also come with anodized aluminum seat planks that make them long-lasting and easy to maintain. The foot planks are double-wide and there is a vertical aisle with a handrail.
A chain-link guardrail system around the back of the structure keeps spectators safe.
These bleachers are also ICC compliant. Adherence to International Code Council requirements assures these bleachers are safe and sound for local fans.
Portable bleachers added to famous coliseum
The Hardy Murphy Coliseum has a long and interesting history.
The facility was built back in the 1930s as part of a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project. The building was named after Hardy Murphy, a horseman and rodeo showman who was very popular in the 1930s and 1940s.
He performed with his horses Buck, Silver Cloud, and Thor and in Col. W. T. Johnson’s rodeo in New York, Boston and Chicago. He later appeared in Madison Square Garden and before the Royal Court in London.
Two of his famous horses were actually buried on the coliseum grounds.
At one point in the 1970s, the coliseum fell into disrepair and was almost abandoned. But local citizens established the Hardy Murphy Trust Authority and revitalized the facility to become a very popular destination in the nation for horse events today.
Congratulations to the Hardy Murphy Coliseum on providing this great service for horse enthusiasts and adding those portable bleachers to provide seating for spectators where they need it.