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I'm headed to The Super Bowl

Post in 'The Inglenook' started by Freakingstang, Jan 14, 2013.

  1. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Just got word for the head entertainment guy, wants me to work the super bowl again this year. I leave Jan 23rd for two weeks. Normally when I work the super bowl, I Leave Jan 2nd. And am gone for 6 weeks. I told them last year would be my last, as I bought a house and can't be traveling like I used to.

    The company I work for supplies all the tempory power for the broadcast, the halftime show, and the whole operation compound. I normally man the broadcast compound. There will be between 35-40 broadcast trucks and satellite trucks to uplink the game to the satellites so it can be viewed in over 200 countries. We run huge 1kw to 2kw generators paralleled. There is normally 7-8 semi sized generators running the broadcast compound and it's redundant power, so if there is a mechanical failure, we don't loose the power. So I'd y'all are watching the big game, and the tv goes blank... One of us had a bad day..
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  2. Danno77

    Danno77 Minister of Fire

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    My team went down in flames (Green Bay). as of right now I don't plan on watching the superbowl because I'm so pissed. I'm sure that will change as the time approaches.

    Have fun with tha 'lectricity.
  3. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    Gotta be bigger than that. (did you mean 1000kw?)
  4. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    yup, I meant 1MW-2MW (1000kw-2000kw)
  5. granpajohn

    granpajohn Minister of Fire

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    Super! (There, I said it.)
  6. BrotherBart

    BrotherBart Hearth.com LLC Mid-Atlantic Division Staff Member

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    Ya with Cummins or Crosspoint?
  7. Hearth Mistress

    Hearth Mistress Minister of Fire

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    Sounds awesome! Take this time to get away a litte after all you've been through recently - have fun. I have the best hubby in the world, not into sports, any of them, at all so we usually go to a restaurant that's impossible to get reservtions for, they don't have a TV so it's a ghost town on Superbowl Sunday! Depending on who ends up playing, I may or may not watch it. I can see the commercials on the news the next day anyway :) Good Luck!
  8. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Aggreko. We've had the super bowl contract for the last 15 year, minus one year they put it out to bid and went with cat. They dumped the compound an hour before the game.

    We do tons of global events. I normally traveled 8-9 months out of the year for the last 7 years. I spent 5 months in Vancouver for the winter Olympics. I chose not to do London this year. It's too much trying to play catch up now that I have a house.

    Who is crosspoint? They aren't a competitor. Cat entertainment and live power our only competitors. NBC got sick of paying us and started their own sub company (live power). Their truck drivers are their "technicians"
  9. nate379

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    Shows how much I pay attention to TV (or news) I thought the Super Bowl was already all done. So who is playing?

    Grid power and the gen sets are for backup?
  10. Flatbedford

    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    I'm not a genny guy, but I do work in show biz. Very few venues have enough grid power to support a show like the superbowl. Even at the Met Opera House when we did the MTV awards back in 2001 we had three of those Tractor trailer size machines out on the street. Stage lighting uses huge amounts of power, plus sound, broadcast, heat and AC for tents, etc, The consumption is huge.
  11. Gary_602z

    Gary_602z Minister of Fire

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    So how many 5K Honda generators would that be? 3-4?:)

    Be careful and have a good trip!

    Gary
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  12. Boog

    Boog Minister of Fire

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    Lucky dog. You deserve it though, hope you get some R&R in on the side and take in the festivities of it all!
  13. Jack Straw

    Jack Straw Minister of Fire

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    You can't use that phrase without the express written permission of the NFL, you can say "I am going to the big game"
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  14. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    No, the Gensets are for three things.

    The live broadcast. The pay big money to ensure there is no drop in power for the live feed or the uplink. They can't rely on the grid, when an event of this magnitude comes to town.

    The 2nd "job" is supplying generator power to the half time show, mainly for the lights as the load most acts put on is more than your average stadium can handle.

    Third job is the venue/operations. Noel Lesely is contracted by the Nfl for the entire "game" it is months and thousands of man hours for this four hour game. There are a bunch of vendors that work of the stadium to get the show done, and we supply the whole vender/operations compound

    As stated, the load on the grid during an event of this magnitude is too much for most cities to handle, that's where we come in.
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    Paulywalnut Minister of Fire

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    Hope you have a chance to enjoy the game.
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    osagebow Minister of Fire

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    So....who ya got? I wanna see falcons over pats.

    Enjoy the trip
  17. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Negative... it will be all work. Of the last 6 super bowls I've worked, Ive got to see less than 2 minutes total....

    I hate the pats.....
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    Ha Ha. maybe they won't be in it.. but I kind of think they will.
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    I think there are a lot of Patriot Haters . . . and sadly (for a Pats fan at least) I think BB's refusal to give a post-game compliment following the Raven's win just helps reinforce folks' beliefs about the Pats and their attitude.
  20. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    I got into New Orleans last week to help with the Super Bowl. I'm working at a venue that is the NFL Friday night party. It is a party for the NFL team owners, NFL commissioner and important VIP executives.

    There is a huge building at the port of New Orleans that is the main dinner area, main stage and caring. We are supplying generator power for the entire event, the AC for the entrainment tent, power for the concert and all the stage lighting. I normally work the actual Super Bowl at the stadium, but could not this year as I had to deal with a family death. So I came down to help out for two weeks instead of 7weeks. This might be the first Super Bowl in the last seven years (that I've worked) that I will actually get to watch. Fuk the ravens! Lol

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    two of the three 300 KW generators to power the venue. These are paralleled together for redundancy in case there is a mechanical problem, there is no loss in power. (For size reference there are 18 of these paralleled together running the broadcast compound)

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    third one. All have external fuel tanks for extended run time

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    One of The four 30 entertainment style air conditioners. These are designed and built by us just for entertainment purposes for size constraints. A normal roof top 30 top AC would be 18-20' long. These are 9' long and can be installed directly into the tent wall. We used ductwork on this job for athstetics

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    finished inside view of the AC (or heat) vents.

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    Flatbedford Minister of Fire

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    There's a bunch of your company's stuff outside my place of work for fashion week. I think they are running heat, not AC though.
  22. Freakingstang

    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Some inside tent pics. This is all temporary built stuff. And yes that is a carousel!!!

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    This is the inside of the building this was a bare warehouse a week ago. Starts with the rigging for the light truss that will be suspended from the roof for the event lighting and stage lights as well as sound

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    stage built..

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    Chandeliers hung off of lighting truss...

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    hanging the Roman numerals.... That staircase was built out of scaffold weds night!!!

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    who powers the corndog vendors??? that's where the real $$ is at...corndogs and italian sausage, big money.
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    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    Stage done and light up... Dining area done, 140k dollars worth of flowers set in place

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    120" LCD monitors hung from the ceiling...


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    16' LCD screens for my tv....


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    Etched glass...

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    Freakingstang Feeling the Heat

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    More pics. Real brick lined bars....

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    This room is phenomenal. I can't get good pictures because it is so dark. It is a room inside this warehouse that looks like the bayou at night. Freakin' awesome

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