We R Tacoma On-site Stadium Storage
We R Tacoma: Cheney Stadium, Washington@Model.Title.HeadingType>
The teams that play in Cheney Stadium include:
- The Tacoma Rainiers, a minor league baseball team affiliated with the the Seattle Mariners
- Tacoma Reign, of the National Women's Soccer League
- Tacoma Defiance, of the United Soccer League
The Challenge: Disappearing Storage Space
When Michael Huie started as We R Tacoma's head groundskeeper four years ago, Cheney Stadium contained near negligible storage options — and that was when the venue housed just the Tacoma Rainiers. His crew was sometimes forced to store equipment and merchandise outdoors on a tarp. Too often they had to discard items that had nowhere to go.
“We had to get creative, trying to utilize every nook and cranny in the stadium," he explains. Adding to Huie's storage woes was news that they'd soon house another professional sports team: the Tacoma Defiance. At that point, one of the few storage rooms the stadium did have was converted into a locker room. And then We R Tacoma announced plans to add the Tacoma Reign. Good news for Tacoma; tough news for Cheney Stadium's grounds crew.
Not only was storage space rapidly disappearing, but housing two extra teams meant that Cheney Stadium needed even more storage for their additional equipment and merchandise. On top of that, We R Tacoma hesitated to build additional storage buildings because eventually the organization plans to build another stadium, so its next storage solution needed to be temporary, but available for two to three years.
The PODS Solution
Huie considered purchasing more 26-foot shipping containers —We R Tacoma already owns four — but the containers were just too large. Specifically, they couldn't fit in a parking lot space, so they jutted into the aisles and blocked traffic. Plus, his organization preferred not to purchase a solution.
Huie reached out to PODS.
Once Huie brought the first three PODS containers onto Cheney Stadium's property, the idea caught fire among various We R Tacoma staff, and the organization added two more.
Now the staff at Cheney Stadium can work more efficiently. Every item has a safe home. That includes merchandise, technical equipment, VIP tent equipment, sports equipment and more. PODS' commercial containers give We R Tacoma a flexible storage solution that easily fits in parking lot spaces while the organization works out plans for future construction.
“In the meantime, we feel confident that our items are safe from theft and from the weather," Huie says.
“We liked that PODS' 16-foot commercial containers fit perfectly in a parking space. They're more configurable and tuck away nicely. PODS was also very accommodating and willing to work with us on a creative pricing deal."
— Michael Huie, head groundskeeper, We R Tacoma
Numbers Behind the Project