MILWAUKEE - A year’s worth of preparation comes down to this.
With just hours before the Summerfest gates open to the public, there is still work to be done.
A crew clamped and plugged in hundreds of stage lights at the Miller Lite Oasis.
A team wired speakers on the smaller K-Nation/Cascio Interstate Music Stage.
The new paddleboats are lined up at the dock.
Two men were seen tuning up the Sky Glider. It will carry thousands of riders over the grounds during the next two weeks.
“We have contractors, stage hands,” Summerfest spokesperson John Boler told TODAY’S TMJ4 reporter Tom Murray.
“We’ve got touring personnel starting to come. Screens are going up in the air. The lighting grids are going up. Sounds systems are going up. Exhibitors are loading in. Food and beverage operators are bringing product in and some of their personnel. It’s very busy here today.”
The weather will be carefully, closely tracked.
“If we have severe lightning or a severe thunderstorm, we have had situations where we would close down a stage, temporarily stop the music, make sure that the stage production staff, band members are safe,” Boler explained.
If storms turn severe, there are two big roofs for cover with a general admission ticket.
Near the Mid-Gate, the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage spectator area holds 2,500-3,000 guests. The BMO Harris Pavillion on the south end can accommodate about 5,000 fans under the amphitheater roof.
Umbrellas are allowed in the general admission areas of the Summerfest grounds.
Umbrellas are not allowed in the Marcus Amphitheater.