Vertical Transportation Systems Takes Fans to New Heights

June 17, 2021

State-of-the-art vertical transportation systems were part of the show as the Rangers hosted Opening Day 2021, and other sports venues are taking elevators and escalators to new heights.

LOCATION:
Arlington, Texas
DESIGN TEAM:
HKS
CHALLENGE:

With stadiums now allowing limited to full capacities, getting fans to and from and up and down with ease is a common goal.

INFLUENCE:

Fans at Globe Life Field in Arlington, Texas enjoyed the ease of getting around the entire ballpark with the use of 24 elevators and 13 escalators from as the Texas Rangers played their 2021 home opening series against the Toronto Blue Jays.

SOLUTION:

The 37 precision-engineered vertical transportation units from TK Elevator—which were turned over to the Texas Rangers in March 2020—are also equipped with MAX, the elevator industry’s first cloud- and IoT-based digital platform enabling enhanced service and predictive maintenance that help ensure maximum system uptime.

“Globe Life Field is truly a magnificent sports venue featuring the very best in modern amenities and technologies, and that includes its elevators and escalators,” says Kevin Lavallee, president and CEO, TK Elevator North America. “We are very excited to be a part of this one-of-a-kind stadium and to support many of the top arenas and stadiums throughout North America.”

HKS served as architect, while Manhattan Construction Co. was the general contractor. It is the first new MLB stadium since the Atlanta Braves opened what is now Truist Park—a venue TK Elevator is intimately familiar with as it prepares for the grand opening of its new North American headquarters later this year at The Battery Atlanta.

For many years, TK Elevator has been closely connected to some of the top sports venues in North America. In nearby Fort Worth, Texas, TK Elevator supplied eight elevators and eight escalators for Dickies Arena, a 14,000-seat arena located within the Will Rogers Memorial Center. In 2022, it will host the first and second rounds of the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament, as well as the women’s gymnastics championship.

“Vertical transportation systems from TK Elevator have garnered worldwide acclaim because our engineering expertise and commitment to creating the most environmentally friendly vertical transportation systems is second to none,” adds Lavallee. “That is not only evident in the products we manufacture, but in the detailed service we provide.”

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