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The Pulse: Fireworks

The Pulse is a quick trip around sports asking Game Operations personnel a topical question regarding their production or event. We then bulk the answers together in an effort to showcase what's happening around the country at different levels and in different sports.

Fireworks Pulse

Teams discuss how they approach fireworks, along with ideas to improve. Thanks to our Game Operations Professionals for their time and insight.


Dave Marek
Somerset Patriots


Gameops.com: Are you using outdoor fireworks this year for your event
presentation?

Marek: Yes.

Gameops.com: Are you using a local supplier or a national supplier for your fireworks? (You may name the company if you'd like).

Marek: Local: Interstate Fireworks

Gameops.com: How did you find your current supplier?

Marek: Through Somerset County

Gameops.com: Are you presenting Fireworks more than once this year? If so, is there a theme to your date selections (big games, Friday nights, holidays,
etc.)

Marek: 12 Shows. Mostly Fri, Sat.

Gameops.com: Are your fireworks sponsored? How is that sponsorship presented
(in name, signage, is the sponsor part of the display?) Who is that sponsor?

Marek: Yes, all Fireworks are sponsored by 12 different companies. We display their logo on the scoreboard while the fireworks are shot above it.

Gameops.com: How long does your fireworks display typically last?

Marek: 15 minutes

Gameops.com: Have you done this in the past? Is there anything you have changed to improve the presentation this year?

Marek: Yes. No, other than the firework company using different shells.

Gameops.com: What advice would you give to a team looking to add fireworks to
their games?

Marek: Add them to their schedule. There is no better promotion out there other than fireworks.


Heather Drake
Akron Aeros


Gameops.com: Are you using outdoor fireworks this year for your event
presentation?

Drake: Yes.

Gameops.com: Are you using a local supplier or a national supplier for your
fireworks? (You may name the company if you'd like).

Drake: Pyrotecnico, Inc., out of New Castle, PA.

Gameops.com: How did you find your current supplier?

Drake: Don't know, been using them for many years, someone before me began the relationship.

Gameops.com: Are you presenting Fireworks more than once this year? If so, is there a theme to your date selections (big games, Friday nights, holidays,
etc.)

Drake: Every Friday home game.

Gameops.com: Are your fireworks sponsored? How is that sponsorship presented
(in name, signage, is the sponsor part of the display?) Who is that sponsor?

Drake: Different sponsor every Friday, on every pocket schedule, web site, newspaper, scoreboard on night of game, on every printed ticket, banners in park on night of game if desired.

Gameops.com: How long does your fireworks display typically last?

Drake: Approx. 15 minutes

Gameops.com: Have you done this in the past? Is there anything you have changed to improve the presentation this year?

Drake: Basically same presentation for the past 5 years.

Gameops.com: What advice would you give to a team looking to add fireworks to
their games?

Drake: Don't skimp, pay for good show, some teams pay a couple thousand for shows and get low quality fireworks, get sponsorship to pay or help pay, advertise it as much as you can in beginning, word of mouth will spread about how great the show is.

Typical steps to prepare for a show:

Before the show
Hire a specialist
A technician trained to design and operate pyrotechnics plans the show.

Submit a permit
An application with details of the show and a list of the types, numbers and diagrams of the pyrotechnics devices to be used is submitted to the local fire department. The permit process takes at least 15 days (varies in some areas)

Inspect the site
The fire marshal meets the pyrotechnician at the venue.

During the show
Fire detail
The pyrotechnician is accompanied by fire personnel.

Public safety
If members of the fire detail feel that safety is being compromised, they can stop the show.

Depending on the size of the show, a fire truck may also be present or extra fire extinguishers may be required.

Other safety measures

  • Safe distance of at least 15 feet between the public and any pyrotechnic device.
  • No smoking around the devices.
  • Two water-filled fire extinguishers available at all times.


Arica Kress
Lake County Captains


Gameops.com: Are you using outdoor fireworks this year for your event
presentation?

Kress: Yes. We are having 13 fireworks nights this season.

Gameops.com: Are you using a local supplier or a national supplier for your
fireworks? (You may name the company if you'd like).

Kress: Zambelli Fireworks from PA.

Gameops.com: How did you find your current supplier?

Kress: We have used them since year one and they do some advertising with us but they are wonderful to work with.

Gameops.com: Are you presenting Fireworks more than once this year? If so, is there a theme to your date selections (big games, Friday nights, holidays,
etc.)

Kress: Ten of the 13 fireworks dates are Fridays. Opening Night, Labor Day and a Thursday at the end of a home stand in August is the other dates. Some of the Nights also have theme nights such as Christmas in July or 4th of July.

Gameops.com: Are your fireworks sponsored? How is that sponsorship presented
(in name, signage, is the sponsor part of the display?) Who is that sponsor?

Kress: Every fireworks night is sponsored. They receive title sponsorship of the night. A concourse table, name and logo on scoreboard before the show and name on scoreboard during show. We have a different sponsor for each night.

Gameops.com: How long does your fireworks display typically last?

Kress: 10 minutes and we have a double show on 4th of July.

Gameops.com: Have you done this in the past? Is there anything you have changed to improve the presentation this year?

Kress: We have tried to get more creative with the selections for music to play during the shows.

Gameops.com: What advice would you give to a team looking to add fireworks to
their games?

Kress: We sell out every fireworks game guaranteed. It works well for us on Friday so we have kept it that way for 3 seasons.


Kelly Reed
Fresno Grizzlies


Gameops.com: Are you using outdoor fireworks this year for your event
presentation?

Reed: Yes. We are having 13 fireworks nights this season.

Gameops.com: Are you using a local supplier or a national supplier for your
fireworks? (You may name the company if you'd like).

Reed: We use a local company.

Gameops.com: Are you presenting Fireworks more than once this year? If so, is there a theme to your date selections (big games, Friday nights, holidays,
etc.)

Reed: Yes, 5 times. Weekend games with big sponsors.

Gameops.com: Are your fireworks sponsored? How is that sponsorship presented
(in name, signage, is the sponsor part of the display?) Who is that sponsor?

Reed: Yes. It's presented on all game advertising - radio, TV, print, website, in game. We have several sponsors for each fireworks night - Pacific Union Dental, AARP...

Gameops.com: How long does your fireworks display typically last?

Reed: 5 minutes.

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Special thanks to each of these game operations professionals for sharing their insight and experince.

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