Quick Bridge Systems pedestrian bridges have been employed at a variety of events and have proven to be an industry-leading temporary bridge solution for large events and entertainment venues.
QBS was originally designed for IndyCar races on temporary street circuits, in which IndyCars race at speeds of more than 180mph. This presents quite a challenge for pedestrian traffic flow and safely moving thousands of spectators across the racetrack. We proved to be the ultimate solution – a highly effective pedestrian bridge that allows quick assembly and erection, ease of transport, total pedestrian safety, and an attractive appearance.
QBS is now being deployed at other big events around the country – any time an event promoter or facility operator finds it necessary to safely and efficiently move pedestrians on and off the event grounds while avoiding vehicle traffic or other obstructions.
How Do You Get Thousands of Fans Over a Railroad and Busy Highway for Golf’s Biggest Event?
U.S. Open at Shinnecock Hills – 2018
The U.S. Open retuned to Shinnecock Hills in Long Island, New York in 2018 to allow golf’s greatest players to compete at the fabled links course. However, hosting golf’s biggest event in the quiet community of Southampton was not without its logistical challenges, including how to accommodate the tens of thousands of golf fans who would descend on Shinnecock for the tournament. A large percentage of fans were expected to take the Long Island Railroad (LIR) to reach the golf course, but that presented its own challenge: fans exiting the LIR would have to cross not only the rail line, but also the heavily-trafficked Hwy 39.
Working with local authorities, the USGA, the LIR and other partners, the Quick Bridge team designed a solution: two 88’ bridges to span Hwy 39, which connected to a smaller scaffolding bridge to span the rail line. It was our most challenging assignment to date, and culminated in an overnight installation when Hwy 39 was temporarily closed. Just before dawn the installation was complete, and the result was a bridge system that worked flawlessly in allowing thousands of golf patrons to safely cross the LIR and Hwy 39.
The Centerpiece to Improvements at Churchill Downs
Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs – 2018 and beyond
Churchill Downs, host of the legendary Kentucky Derby, undertook a major remodeling to their parking lots and landscaping prior to the 2018 “Run for the Roses”. The centerpiece of this effort was purpose-built pads for Quick Bridges which were installed prior to the Derby. Three 70’ Quick Bridges were installed to take fans safely over a heavily-trafficked bus and service vehicle drive.
On Derby Day, tens of thousands of racing fans in their finest Derby attire utilized the bridge to enter the big event. Although the bridges were erected on a temporary basis, Churchill Downs installed permanent casings that enabled the Quick Bridge crew to secure the bridges without the use of ballast. Churchill Downs is planning to utilize the Quick Bridges for the Derby every year, and we are currently in discussions about adding additional bridges at other locations around the historic race track.
How Did the Houston Texans Solve Their Pedestrian Traffic Issues?
Houston Texans / NRG Stadium – 2016-2018
The Houston Texans have sold out every game since the inaugural season in 2002 and have tens of thousands of parking spaces for game day. This can present a number of logistical challenges, including a situation in the Blue Lot where fans walking towards NRG Stadium are forced to cross incoming vehicular traffic. In the past this led to large backups for both the pedestrians and vehicles.
For the 2016 season, the Texans contracted with Quick Bridge and a 70’ bridge was installed in the location for the duration of the season. According to Ted Dickerson, Director of Operations and Event Logistics for the Texans, “The addition of the Quick Bridge greatly alleviated traffic congestion and improved safety for our fans entering NRG Stadium. We are looking forward to working with Quick Bridge for the 2017 season and beyond.” With that the Texans purchased this 70’ Bridge in 2017 and continue to work with the Quick Bridge team to install the bridge prior to each season.
How do 2.5 million Rodeo fans enter NRG Park Safely and Efficiently?
Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo – 2016-2019
The Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo (HLSR) is the largest livestock exhibition and rodeo in the world, with more than 2.5 million fans in attendance during the three week event. In addition to the livestock show and the rodeo competition, the event utilizes the entirety of NRG Park and includes the World Championship BBQ Cook Off, huge carnival with three Ferris wheels, and daily concerts with top musical acts such as Beyonce and George Strait. This “city within a city” can create some logistical challenges, including several entrance points where fans were previously required to cross over internal service traffic and incoming vehicular traffic.
For the 2016 HLSR, two Quick Bridges were incorporated at one of the primary entrances. A side-by-side configuration was utilized with the two bridges, to allow bi-directional pedestrian traffic throughout the day, and to allow max capacity (in one direction) at peak times. Starting in 2017, HLSR added a third Quick Bridge, and are currently considering additional locations for future years.
Working with Tight Time and Space Constraints for the Big Game!
2017 Super Bowl
For the 2017 Super Bowl at NRG Park, much of the fan and NFL activity was located in a secondary location in downtown Houston. The all-new Marriott Marquis hotel was designated as the NFL’s headquarters hotel. The central location allowed convenient access to the adjacent NFL Live festivities, but also presented some challenges in that thousands of fans would be walking by the hotel during peak hours, which would restrict vehicular traffic coming out of the hotel for NFL VIPs.
A 36’ Quick Bridge was erected outside of the Marriott, which allowed for a seamless flow of traffic out of the hotel and a safe and continual path for fans entering on foot. Because the location was in the middle of downtown Houston, the Quick Bridge team was required to put up and takedown the bridge with a quick turnaround time, while working with event organizers and city traffic control to work in the middle of normal downtown vehicular traffic. Despite the short turnaround time and tight work conditions, the Quick Bridge crew put up the bridge ahead of schedule, and it performed exactly as planned for the big event.
Providing Branding and Convenience for Shell Oil Company
Shell Eco-marathon – April 2012, 2013 and 2014
The Shell Eco-marathon challenges student teams from around the world to design, build and test ultra energy-efficient vehicles. The event took place in downtown Houston from 2012-2014 around a temporary racetrack set up around the George R. Brown Convention Center and Discovery Green, an urban park. The city of Houston required that event organizers provide a solution to allow uninterrupted access to Discovery Green so that the temporary racetrack would not impede normal pedestrian traffic. However, the city also provided a very narrow window (overnight between afternoon and morning rush hour) to erect the bridges.
Three QBS bridges were utilized to allow pedestrians to cross over the Eco-marathon racetrack and into Discovery Green, and our team was able to erect the bridges within the city’s time frame. Additionally, event sponsor Shell Oil Company was able to utilize the bridge spans to very effectively brand the event with large signage across the bridge spans.
Giving Fans a Safe Path Over 180mph Racecars – IndyCar Racing
Grand Prix of Houston – October 2013 and June 2014
The Grand Prix of Houston took place at Houston’s Reliant Park (now NRG Park)– a world class entertainment facility, but not exactly a racetrack. Event organizers constructed a temporary street circuit in and around Reliant Park, with the majority of the fan amenities and seating encircled by the racetrack. Five QBS bridges were successfully utilized to allow thousands of race fans to safely cross the racetrack during the three day event.
The event also enjoyed tremendous sponsorship support – with title sponsor Shell Oil Company, presenting sponsor Honda, track naming rights sponsor MD Anderson Cancer Center, and supporting sponsor Verizon. The five QBS bridges provided dynamic signage opportunity for these sponsors, which resulted in extremely high sponsorship recognition (according to exit surveys) as well as millions of dollars in media exposure for the sponsors.
Baltimore Grand Prix – August 2011, 2012, and 2013
The Baltimore Grand Prix was a true street race –a 2.04 mile circuit built entirely on city streets, in the middle of Baltimore’s bustling Inner Harbor area. Because the racetrack encircled many downtown businesses, residences and even Camden Yards, smooth pedestrian traffic flow was paramount to the success of the event.
Four QBS bridges were employed around the racetrack, in conjunction with existing permanent bridge structures. The event was a tremendous success, with more than 150,000 fans enjoying the three day “festival of speed”, and the QBS bridges provided seamless pedestrian access to all of the action.
Las Vegas Grand Prix – April 2007
Winding around downtown Las Vegas’ Fremont Street area and historic downtown, the 2007 Vegas Grand Prix was also the debut of QBS. Five bridges were successfully deployed around the race track, contributing to a successful race weekend that welcomed thousands of race fans.