Some of the garage door industry’s most experienced professionals work for Overhead Door distributors. We see evidence of it nearly every day in the feedback we get from satisfied residential and commercial customers. In fact, even when our distributors are approached with a super-sized problem we can count on them to get super creative.
A perfect example is the Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands, in the New York City area. Last year, the distributor was approached by MetLife Stadium, home of the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets – and the location of a particularly big football game taking place on Feb. 2.
The owners of the stadium had a difficult problem – plenty of doors, but all too small for the needs of the upcoming Sunday game. While MetLife Stadium has dock doors, they aren’t wide enough to accommodate the width of the set pieces for this year’s halftime show.
Creating a new, super opening for an event that only takes place annually; much less one-time only, didn’t make sense. What to do? Luckily, Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands came up with a custom solution.
By working with the Overhead Door rolling steel plant, they created a system using the existing openings of two of the stadium’s dock doors. The stadium’s two 8-by-10 doors were removed and replaced with two 8-by-14 rolling steel RSX-operated 625 series doors with a mullion on a trolley between them. Now, when the stadium needs a larger opening, the doors are simply rolled up; the mullion is disengaged from the floor and rolled to the side to create 16-feet wide and 14-feet high clear opening.
According to Jai Patel, general manager of Overhead Door of the Meadowlands, the team at MetLife Stadium is thrilled with the finished product saying that the new doors are simple to operate and reliable. The stadium is also able to market the facility to new customers, such as Monster Jam trucks that will have an annual show at the arena.
So, as you watch the big halftime show this weekend, thank Overhead Door Company of the Meadowlands for their creative solution. Without them, Bruno Mars and the Red Hot Chili Peppers wouldn’t have their gear to pull off their performances.
Has an Overhead Door distributor come up with a super creative solution for you, or are you a distributor who’s found a super way to help a customer? We’d love to hear about it. Leave a comment and let us know!