June 22, 2018

As stadium design and architecture continues to evolve, mobile and semi-permanent foodservice equipment for stadia is required to keep pace with changing trends and demands.

To stay abreast of developing technology in the field of foodservice, Iowa Rotocast Plastics regularly incorporates food preparation equipment such as grills, woks, induction burners, hot wells, cold wells and warming drawers into its food and beverage carts. LED lighting is also used exclusively for all IRP equipment, and digital menu boards and monitors are routinely added to satisfy customer specifications.

Customized equipment, however, should not only apply to permanent concession areas, with many existing stadia and arenas – particularly older structures – requiring mobile supplemental concessions in unrealized spaces to alleviate long lines and relieve congestion on the main concourse.

The best of both worlds

IRP’s expertise in designing around existing interior structures is reflected in the company’s innovative new designs, which provide semi-mobile features yet appear to be built-in, immobile equipment.

To achieve this ideal combination IRP developed a solution using a complex layout of interconnecting carts with a common façade shell and countertop material, which was the case when the company was asked to design kiosks and carts for Yankee Stadium in New York City.

Two large, U-shaped kiosks, both comprising multiple connecting carts with no headers due to height restrictions, were required to work in high-traffic zones on the 300 Level. Because of the challenge presented by the footprint of a central stairway, one of the kiosks comprised eight interlocking carts and was designed to wrap around the underside of the staircase. In this particular project, the Yankees were able to capitalize on underused space, provide a more convenient concession point for spectators and, as a result, increase food and beverage revenue.

Another U-shaped solution was created for client HMS Host, where IRP fabricated a Blue Moon branded Tap Room bar for Memphis International Airport. The bar is built from four connecting sections, including a wood backwall showcasing a large moon made from RenShape complete with adhesive graphic, a 32in monitor and illuminated liquor display. The bar façade base is covered with a white Sioux City thin brick and Caesarstone was used for the countertop material. Bar equipment included an undercounter refrigerator, pull-out sink, self-contained direct-draw four-keg cooler from Perlick, cash register station, locking cabinets, and polished brass foot rails. Meanwhile the bar itself can comfortably accommodate nine stools.

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