This morning’s rainstorms put the new mega-tent on the Belvedere for the Ryder Cup Gala to the test. The downpour began to collect along the edge of the tent eventually forming a bathtub size bubble of water hanging precariously above new newly carpeted tent floors. Crews managed to avoid the impending disaster as they worked furiously with siphons, buckets, ladders, and human force to remove the water from the tent.
Once the water was removed from the four bubbles, the plastic tent ceiling was still stretched from the immense weight once upon it. The deformation is only temporary, though. Once the sun comes out or heat is applied to the plastic with hair-dryers, the sheet will shrink back to its original shape. Good news for Gala goers who want to party down in a pristine tent.
Besides the near catastrophe this morning, preparations for the Ryder Cup Gala are moving along quickly. The tent features a clear ceiling that will showcase Louisville’s skyline during the event, a red carpet floor and s western stage where Country Music Association Album of the Year Nominee Carrie Underwood will perform for the eager golf fans. Late yesterday, lighting equipment was being installed for the performance and to keep the dance floor moving after dinner. Substantial progress is being made on the electrical and air-handling systems that make such a large tent possible yet simultaneously turn the Belvedere into a bowl of spaghetti. We will bring you more updates of the festivity preparations as the tent is detailed further.