After discussing specific requirements with the Target Field procurement team, Alvarado recommended its stainless steel portable SLT turnstiles and Quick Queue retractable belt stanchions. SLT turnstiles are designed for high traffic use, but are light enough to allow staff to easily move the turnstile. The SLT controls patron entry. Local and computerized remote entry counting is available.

“Target Field needed portable turnstiles and stanchions to control crowds. It came to Alvarado as a proven supplier that understands the business of baseball.”
– Nick Simon, National Sales Manager – Alvarado

Portable SLT turnstiles help with entry control while allowing fans to exit smoothly

Background

Target Field – the new home of the Minnesota Twins – was scheduled to open in April 2010 and operations staff were looking for manual turnstiles and stanchions for the ballpark.

The Twins were already successfully using Alvarado’s GateLink Validation admission and entry control system, so Target Field staff asked Alvarado about its other crowd control products.

Challenge

Target Field had two queuing / crowd control requirements. First, it wanted turnstiles to control entry, but the turnstiles needed to be moved out of entryways in the middle innings to create larger exit paths for fans leaving the ballpark. Secondly, once fans entered the stadium, Target Field needed stanchions to manage concession lines.

A major requirement was that the products needed to be portable. Target Field needed the ability to move turnstiles and stanchions to match fan traffic during the course of the game.

Solution

After discussing specific requirements with the Target Field procurement team, Alvarado recommended its stainless steel portable SLT turnstiles and Quick Queue retractable belt stanchions.

SLT turnstiles are designed for high traffic use, but are light enough to allow staff to easily move the turnstile. The SLT controls patron entry. Local and computerized remote entry counting is available.

The Quick Queue is stable and durable enough to withstand years of abuse, yet can be easily moved by staff. The 4-way head supports belt connection in any direction, and tight fitting sign holders are available. Quick Queue retractable belt stanchions come in painted and stainless steel finishes.

Alvarado Advantage

In business since 1956, Alvarado supplies entry control and queuing products and systems. Alvarado products are installed in dozens of major league stadiums and in major entertainment venues around the world. Alvarado offers manual turnstiles and queuing equipment, and is at the forefront of cutting edge entry technologies, such as the use of mobile phones and RFID for validation and access control.

Impact

Opening day resulted in the biggest crowd the Twins have ever seen and the Alvarado products really stepped up to the plate.

The Quick Queue stanchions provided queuing at concessions and were easily stored as the game neared conclusion.

The portable turnstiles allowed fans to enter quickly and were easily moved during the middle innings, leaving the exits wide open for the rapid exit of happy Twins fans.