The Current Bleacher Code
Why does my bleacher have to have double footboards and riserboards on all rows?
Why does my bleacher have to have a guardrail system on the rear and sides of the bleacher?
Why does my 5 and 10 row bleacher have to have a vertical aisle?
Why are three and four row bleachers not required to have an aisle?
- Seats are without backrests.
- The rise from row to row does not exceed 6 inches per row.
- The row spacing does not exceed 28 inches.
- The first seating board is not more than 12 inches above the ground.
- Seat boards have a continuous flat surface.
- Seat boards provide a walking surface with a minimum width of 11 inches.
- Seating is not restricted by rails or guards.
Points to Ponder
- If another company is offering bleachers that do not have aisles, double footboards, risers and guardrails it should be evident that they are attempting to lower their cost, sell below market. Are they attempting to get you to purchase a liability?
- If another company is offering bleachers with and without aisles, double footboards, risers and guardrails then are they not putting the liability of determining code compliance in your hands?
- Ask a supplier to explain to you why they can sell bleachers without aisles, double footboards or risers. If their answer is that it is not their responsibility to determine what code your local or state officials are enforcing then the liability shifts to you. Do you want the company that you are purchasing bleachers from to shift this liability to you?
- It is a fact that 99.9% of all state and local building departments are under the International Building Code (IBC) as it pertains to bleachers. Why would you purchase a bleacher that does not meet your codes? You wouldn't.
- Once you know how codes relate to bleachers then you can take this knowledge and not only make an intelligent purchase but relay your knowledge to others on your committee or staff.
- The customer should be able to get the proper information from a supplier as it relates to what meets codes in order to feel secure in placing an order.
- One of the reasons that there are codes is to solve safety issues. As a customer you want to make sure your patrons are in a safe environment.
- As a company you can compete on price or quality but not both. If you are competing on price in the bleacher industry then you will ignore code requirements to lower your cost and forego quality.
- If a customer tells a supplier that they don't care about codes, only a low price, then all reputable companies will not pursue this type of customer.
- Ask questions, determine code knowledge of suppliers, compare pricing and make an intelligent purchase.