Boise State University Stadium

Boise, ID
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Known for its signature blue turf surface, Bronco Stadium at Boise State University was expanded in 2008, raising its capacity to 32,000.  Subsequent expansions have increased seating to 37,000 as of 2012 and an expansion of the north endzone grandstands is planned to be completed by 2013, bringing the capacity to 53,000. read more »


Stanford Stadium

Palo Alto, CA
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The new stadium has improved sight-lines, seating, circulation, ingress and egress, restrooms and concessions to meet modern football stadium criteria.  In addition, the G. A. Richards Press Box was re-built. Improvements in the quality of the facility as an event venue for our student-athletes with the best levels of service, convenience and comfort for guests. Stanford Stadium now matches the quality of the entire institution. read more »


Lowe's Motor Speedway Ford Tower

Chatlotte, NC
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The Ford Tower addition to this D-shaped super speedway is over 180 feet high. The addition entails almost 11,000 new stadium seats and blends in with the existing speedway grandstands. The task of adding suites to existing concrete grandstands is very complicated due to the dynamic interaction between the two structures. We analyzed the double-deck seats using 3D modeling in order to characterize the behavior of the new seats and how they interface with the upper and lower grandstands. In addition, this project had a fast-track construction schedule because all on-site work had to occur within the five month window between racing seasons. read more »


Bristol Motor Speedway

Bristol, TN
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This half mile oval super speedway is one of the largest capacity speedways in the country. The 160 foot tall grandstand provides seating for 160,000 fans with 22 sky boxes. Brooks Ransom Associates has completed 43,826 stadium seats at the Bristol Motor Speedway, including two new seating levels, two concourse levels and two stair towers. In addition to the speedway construction schedule constraints, this project presented a number of interesting challenges. The new structures had to be isolated from the existing grandstands, which required modeling of both the new and existing structures. Between turns 2 and 3 there were complex challenges in mating the new foundation with existing retaining walls and at-grade level facilities. Along one stretch, the site grading varied so significantly that 16 different frame lines had to be modeled. read more »


California Speedway

Fontana, CA
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Brooks Ransom’s role in this new speedway project included the stadium seating, the Race Control Tower, the VIP Seating Area, concourse design, stairs, ramps, and elevators. There are only a handful of structural engineering firms in the country with the experience and expertise to design these enormous and complicated structures in an economical manner. Please see information on our Full Scale Bleacher Testing on the Special Project Profile page. read more »


Golden West H.S. Football Field Grandstands

Visalia, CA
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The grandstand seating structural framing system is labeled as "Horizontal Beam Bleacher" which provides the following benefits for fast track projects: Stringer design is usually limited to two designs Horizontal beam design is usually limited to two designs Column spacing in length of grandstands is typically 18'-0" o.c. with varying bay spacing in front to back direction of grandstand Fabrication is reduced due to modular or repetitive design Weight of required steel is optimized The lateral resisting system consists of stringers and horizontal beams.  These transfer wind and sway loads through combined strong and weak axis of the members.  Dead Man foundations are utilized at the low end or front of grandstand for front to back, transverse direction, wind shear loads.  The sway loads parallel to the length of the grandstands are resisted by alternating vertical tension rod bracing between the structural steel columns at 18'-0" o.c. read more »