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How Much Do Bleachers Cost?

 
average costNon-Elevated Bleachers: About $52 Per Seathigh costElevated Bleachers: About $125 Per Seat
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Bleachers range in size from small aluminum units that can be used for little league games to massive permanent structures surrounding school sports arenas.

Typical costs:

  • Bleacher rental, including delivery, setup and pickup, typically costs $100-$650, depending on the size and type of unit. Rental cost typically ranges from $2 to $9 per seat. For example, New York company LT Rental Services[1] offers a 20-seat set of bleachers for $240 and a 50-seat set for $490, both of which break down to $2.50 per seat. Most bleacher rental companies offer the non-elevated variety for portability.
  • To buy non-elevated bleachers[2] with first-row seating at ground level typically costs $30-$80 per seat. Texas company Team Express[3] sells bleachers seating 56 people for $2,900, or $52 per seat. Non-elevated bleachers are considered a good choice for events in which a ground-floor view is acceptable and key views will not be blocked.
  • To buy elevated bleachers [4] with first-row seating on a raised platform typically costs $90-$150 per seat. Indiana-based Century Industries[5] sells elevated bleachers seating 300 people for $37,500, at a price of $125 per seat. The advantage of elevated bleachers is a heightened view of the playing field or event.
  • To buy bleachers seating 15-100 people typically costs $645-$9,000 including delivery. Bleachers seating 450 people can cost up to $56,000. This does not include the very high cost of installing bleachers in school stadiums, fairgrounds and professional sports arenas, which ranges from $150,000 for used bleachers to more than $1 million for new stadium seating.
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What should be included:
  • Average bleacher rental is for one day, but some companies offer weekly or monthly rates.
  • The number of seats in each set of bleachers is determined by the length of the benches and how many benches are included. Bleachers typically range from 15 to 300 seats. The smallest units are generally three rows, while larger units may have 10 rows.
  • Seats are typically 10 inches wide, and each seat row above the first should have an accompanying foot row of the same width. Each row should be taller than the previous rows, allowing back-row guests to still have a good view.
  • According to School Outfitters[6] , most outdoor bleachers are made from aluminum seats and footboards, which resist rust and are lighter to move than steel bleachers.
  • Purchased and rented bleachers should meet safety requirements of the Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) among other guidelines. For instance, bleachers with seats higher than 30 inches should have guardrails, according to the CPSC[7] .
Additional costs:
  • Because bleachers can weigh several hundred pounds, large freight shipping charges are common for purchases. For example, the Sports Play Five-Row Bleachers[8] weigh 460 pounds, and shipping costs more than $450. The VIP Bleachers[9] with eight rows weigh 1,550 pounds and cost $780 to ship.
  • Most bleacher rental companies offer delivery, setup and removal, but it may not be included in the rental price. Expect to pay $100-$200 extra for delivery when renting bleachers in your general region. Oklahoma City's Parks and Recreation Department[10] offers bleacher delivery, setup and removal for $150 for rentals within city limits, or $7 per mile for organizations more than 20 miles away.
Discounts:
  • UsedBleachers.com[11] is a directory featuring used seating units available from $600 to $150,000. Purchases are made by contacting individual sellers from across the U.S., and pickup or delivery options are determined by the seller.
  • Some city parks departments offer bleacher rentals. For example, the Wichita Parks and Recreation Department in Kansas rents 180-seat bleachers for $200 a day ($1.11 per seat), which includes setup and teardown by city staff. A $250 security deposit is also required.
Shopping for bleachers:
  • All Time Favorites lists portable bleacher rental companies by state. Also check companies with the Better Business Bureau[12] .
  • School Outfitters[13] provides a chart to show some standard bleacher sizes and the number of adults they can seat. For example, a five row bleacher that is 15 feet long can seat 50 adults, on average.
  • The Tip & Roll[14] model of non-elevated bleachers is a popular rental because it includes built-in wheels and can fold into a tight storage space. Consider the amount of space available to store bleachers before or after the event when choosing a model.
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External Resources:
  1.  www.ltrental.com/products/bleachers/index.asp
  2.  www.totallysoccer.com/images/field/hires-BL330.jpg
  3.  www.teamexpress.com/catalog/product.jsp?productId=7963
  4.  www.totallysoccer.com/images/field/hires-BLE568RS.jpg
  5.  www.centuryindustries.com/Mobile_TranSport_Bleacher_Seating/TranSport_Mobile_Bleachers_...
  6.  //www.schooloutfitters.com/catalog/gttk_article.php?cPath=CAT8_CAT343
  7.  www.cpsc.gov/PageFiles/122347/330.pdf
  8.  www.amazon.com/dp/B004AKWCOI/
  9.  www.amazon.com/dp/B002EB61EM
  10.  www.okc.gov/parks/rentals/documents/BleacherRentalInfo2008.pdf
  11.  usedbleachers.com
  12.  www.bbb.org/us/Find-Business-Reviews
  13.  //www.schooloutfitters.com/catalog/gttk_article.php?cPath=CAT8_CAT343
  14.  bigtenrentals.com/bleachers/3-Row-Tip-N-Roll-L.jpg
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