Tailgating at the Arena!

Posted by on Jan 18, 2016 in Uncategorized |

Tailgate Party

Tailgating isn’t just for football anymore!

Tailgating is the practice of coming to an event in your car and serving party libations out of your spot.  Whatever you do, make sure your car is smogged well, because you don’t want to pollute the atmosphere in the parking lot with your gross polluter.

The History

The tradition of tailgating is rooted in the history of American Sport.  In the early 20th century the Yale football games were becoming very popular and fans would travel great distances to take in the games at the stadium. Urban legends state that parking was in short supply at Yale stadium and so fans from the visiting teams would come early to the stadium and bring food and drinks to consume while they waited. Of course alcoholic libations were included in the “drink” and as a result a party atmosphere began to develop in the area outside the stadium. Soon Yale fans also got into the party act.

Anyways, in short order the sports information director for Yale, Charley Loftus, soon began promoting the outside the stadium parties as a way to boost attendance and promote the good times to be had. The first time “Tailgating” was used in print it was attributed to him, so he may have been the originator of the word.

The Experience

Regardless of when it started its become clear that tailgating isn’t just for football anymore. It can be seen at concerts, basketball games, baseball games, racetracks, golfing events, and any other event where a festive atmosphere is to be anticipated.

What kind of events are historically ideal for tailgating?  Hockey Games, Jimmy Buffet events and more all have had wonderful tailgating events at the Arena.

What kind of events take place AT the tailgating party?  Well these are just some of the types of events that have occurred over the years (not just at Wachovia)

  • Meet the Cheerleader Parties!
  • Celebrity Tailgate Parties (like those in Boston)
  • Floating tailgaters on boats (like those in Knoxville TN)
  • The Grove!
  • “The World’s Largest Outdoor Cocktail party” at the Jacksonville/Georgia game
  • Tailgating Games (like cornole, beer pong and even video games!)
  • Tumbler Towers
  • Getting Dressed up as your favorite Mascot!

Typical Tailgate Party Rules:

While we don’t speak for all arenas, the following are some of the typical rules that protect the safety of all participants:

  • No glass containers or bottles
  • No kegs
  • No pools
  • No charcoal grills
  • No dumping of sand
  • No vehicles with trailers
  • No weapons

How to Prepare:


  • Make sure you have a vehicle that can carry all your equipment and also fits all the rules for the venue you are going to. As mentioned before, make sure you car is properly smogged (our favorite resource)
  • Make sure you have a parking spot or get there early enough to grab one at the venue. Nothing could be more disappointing then getting all geared up and not being able to participate.
  • Make sure you prepare for safety. Don’t bring hazardous materials or equipment that isn’t properly safe.
  • Accommodations. If you are traveling a long way to the venue make sure you have a place to stay if you don’t want to drive home afterwards. Some of these towns are filled up for the event, so make sure you book early.


Thanks for reading our piece on tailgating. The Wachovia arena has had some great tailgate parties in the past.  Here is hoping you have a great experience at your next tailgate party!

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Lighting Design Requirements for Arenas like Wachovia (Mohegan)

Posted by on Sep 15, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Arenas like Wachovia’s often need state of the art lighting to support the events and customers who they server. One of the best ways to do that is with LED lighting known as “high bay lighting fixtures”.

Venue lighting systems are provide illumination for such things as:

  • sporting events
  • floor exhibits
  • concerts
  • conferences
  • conventions
  • speaking engagements
  • televised events
  • and more…

The basics of arena lighting require both horizontal and vertical illuminance. The designed application of horizontal and vertical illumination and quality criteria determines the event lighting systems ability to display high definition three dimensional images to both the television and the in person attendee. This is known as the system’s “modelling effect” and is expressly a result of the lighting design and execution.

The popularity of high bay lighting is well known. Per  Navigant Consulting in a 2014 report, global indoor sporting venues totaled over  5.7 billion square feet in 2013 and 5.2 billion square feet of that used high bay lighting. That is a 91% prevalence!  This article will survey topics related to topic and design of LED high bay lighting.

As with all electrical projects designing the space and usage parameters beforehand will save both time and money. An example of an electrician who does this can be seen here 110220v.com.

For each venue (like Wachovia) it is important to take into account all relevant factors. This can include but is not limited to:

  • audience viewing angles
  • television viewing angles
  • performer sight and safety
  • entry and exit safety
  • lighting staff access and safety
  • venue coloring and physical layout
  • glare minimization
  • uniform lighting quality
  • and so on…

One way to discover this is to note what the PRIMARY and SECONDARY uses of the space are.

One of the biggest benefits to high bay LED lighting is the vast improvement in high-definition broadcast quality because the special benefits of high bay lighting. If you want this for your arena or venue, be sure to take this into account during the design phase.

Maintenance Requirements

During the design phase it is also very important to account for how the lighting and electrical components will be maintained. Vendors like San Mateo electrical contractor 110220v.com want to make sure that their technicians can do their job in a safe, time efficient, and effective manner. So Wachovia had to take into account the lifespan of high bay fixtures so the accounting team can take into account the required costs of replacing components in high, out of the way locations which will require difficult replacement procedures.

Another feature which many venue’s find advantageous is remote control lighting fixtures. This can allow dimming by granular location and light space switching very easily and will often save thousands of dollars for the venue.

Design Considerations

One of the most important considerations is flexibility.  These flexibility factors can be built into:

  • shutoffs
  • mounts
  • control panels
  • lighting control system
  • lighting equipment
  • fixture layout
  • branch circuit zoning

One way to build in great flexibility is to model the type of event that uses the biggest span of area for that venue and then make sure that you can light that and everything under that.

Lighting Fixture Requirements

The two basic types of event lighting fixtures are general purpose floodlights and heavy-duty floodlights. Heavy-duty floodlights are different in that they have usually die cast aluminum housing, which is stronger and removable optical reflectors.

General purpose floodlights, as a rule, use aluminum bowls as reflectors. General purpose floodlight systems are less expensive but have less fine grained optical control which can effect uniformity ratios. Most venues that expect televised events use heavy-duty floodlights.

This article won’ get into all the details of lighting fixtures, but suffice it to say that all the major features of fixtures must be well thought out. This includes:

  • optical reflectors
  • strong arena quality constructed housing
  • glass lens gaskets
  • ballasts
  • locking devices
  • angle aim marking
  • mount attachements
  • twist lock plug SO cords
  • glare control devices
  • motorized shutters
  • instant-restrike hardware

Instant On Control

One of the things that should be given careful consideration is the “Instant On” feature for arenas. The instant on feature lets the lighting control operator turn on and off distinct lighting “in the moment. Most lamps take 5-10 minutes to reach full light. If your venue will require flashing on and off or instant on capabilities you should include this feature in the design phase. The feature alone can add up to %100 to costs, and it can skyrocket even further if you decide to add this feature during the lighting implementation instead of the design phase.


The electrical drawings should take all these things and more into account. It is important that each vendor and contractor receive a copy of the completed electrical, architectual, & structural drawings, so that they can make decisions with current and consistent information. This will also help them take into account interference from unexpected objects.


This article is simply survey of some of the factors involved with implementing an arena size lighting plan. We don’t imply that it covers all the factors that need to be accounted for, but if it contains some good tips for anyone who is in this field we will have done our job. Think of the old Wachovia (now Mohegan) arena for all your venue needs!

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All You Need To Know About Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza

Posted by on Jun 26, 2015 in Events, History, Mohegan Sun Arena |

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza, with just over 15 years old, has hosted some of the biggest shots in the entertainment world, who includes, Janet Jackson, Elton John, Neil Diamond and many others. With just 8,000 permanent seats and a holding capacity of 10,000 for a concert, this arena managed by entertainment leader SMG this arena is among the finest.Mohegan_Sun_Arena_at_Casey_Plaza_2_2012-05-05

Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza is 8,050-multi-seat multi-purpose coliseum Luzerne County in Pennsylvania. The arena had its doors opened on 13the November 1999 after 2 years construction. The arena construction costed the taxpayers 44 million dollars. The debut activity in the coliseum was a match by American hockey leagues Wilkes-Barre Scranton had the first game. It has been the home to three hockey teams.rtl20-20120225184340 The arena is under the ownership of Luzerne County Convection Center Authority, which is appointed by the county government. This arena has had a consecutive change of names; in it was first named as N. E Pennsylvania Civic Arena and Convection.

The Arena building is largely credited to the governor Robert Casey era but was completed in his successor era, Tom Ridge. The naming rights were first bought by the First Union Bank it thereafter became the first union arena. In 2003, the buyer, First Union Bank merged to become Wachovia, the name changed to Wachovia Arena Convection Center Authority. Mohegan Sun at Poconos Downs a casino and racetrack signed a 10-year naming contract under which the current name is signed for.


  • The arena has continually over the years rated and recognized as among the best arena, for concerts. It has been appreciated most for its ease of setting a show and the teardowns.
  • The penguins hold the record to have achieved the largest sellouts in a single season. The team had a perfect clean sell out, from 2003-2005 during each of their games.
  • The arena has hosted ice skating shows, orchestra performances, circus performances and graduations of nearby colleges.
  • The arena has also hosted concerts for the following artists among many more, The eagles, The Dead, Bob Dylan, Foo fighters and Red Hot Chilli Peppers
  • On October 2003, New Jersey and New York Knicks had a preseason Game
  • On October 2004, Former US president George Bush gave a speech at the arena.

239The Arena’s Policy

  • The arena is smoke-free area
  • There is no outside food allowed
  • There is no cans or bottles allowed in
  • There is recording allowed either using video camera or recording devices
  • There is no entry with a camera with less more than 3 inches
  • There is no re-entry after exiting248b
  • There is no entry with weapons
  • There is no access when in backpacks, or boxes
  • Other guest policies within the Arena include
  • A guest can only sit in there designates seats as in the receipts
  • Each chair can only accommodate only one person except for kids below 2 years
  • You are not supposed to stand on chairs, place feet on chairs or sit on seat backs
  • Only 21 years and above can purchase alcohol in the arena
  • Food selling is only on the hands of SMG, no hawking allowed
  • The entire guest must be in footwear’s, ticketing is for anyone above 2 years.
  • The dress code is defined; all male to wear a shirt and a pant while any female must be in a dress, blouse, pant or skirts, no deviation.
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