GEC staff is very familiar with fairgrounds, Regional Park's parking areas as well as private parking facilities, procedures, and requirements. Having worked several events, our staff knows how to correctly park a broad array of vehicles including those that carry show horses, rodeo livestock, and other animals; large modified tractors; monster trucks, large equipment; and other large loads as required for event production. Our staff is aware of the special requirements for routing heavy vehicles appropriately to avoid any damage to the facilities or equipment and will ensure that the appropriate procedures are followed. In addition, GEC staff is knowledgeable about requirements for unloading horse trailers, livestock and horses from private trailers, and large loads from tractor trailers. GEC staff will lay out the parking of these vehicles to ensure that each has the appropriate amount of room.
All dirt lots will be coned (at end lines and entrances) and striped with chalk to lay out traffic control and parking guidance of each lot. We will normally use 30-foot traffic lanes with 60 to 65 feet between parking guidance lines. This allows room for cars to back out without hitting each other and increases ease of exit. (Most companies do not take the time to do this.) Our lots look organized and accommodate more vehicles. The white chalk lines also aid in directing the vehicles where to park, greatly speeding up the process. The lines also allow the crew to focus on minimizing the distance between cars, as drivers inherently understand what the lines are for. Tighter parking means more cars fit into the area with no wasted space. The lines also allow for 30-foot paths to speed up the exiting process.
We have found that this approach to parking keeps the customers happy, as they are led into a smooth, well-run process. If they get upset in the lot, you can be sure they will be upset inside the event.
Parking attendants work in teams of three, with an additional point person directing vehicles to them. Parking crews have two way, 16-channel radios with surveillance earpieces and a lapel microphone. Our crews use this communication to think ahead and keep traffic flowing. When times are busier, we will have two crews directed by an additional point person. This enables us to park two lines of traffic without getting backed up. We have parked 8000-person concerts with minimal backup to main traffic roads.