Haldeman Homme, Inc. Provides a One-of-a-kind Throwing Cage Solution for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Haldeman-Homme, Inc. and Porter Athletics partnered to customize and install a one-of-a-kind throwing cage for the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. UIUC’s Amory Building, built in 1914, was once boasted as the longest structure in the world without a center support. The building currently houses indoor track and field for the Fighting Illini. Previously, a portable throwing cage had been the only option for indoor discus and shotput practice, to protect athletes on the track from any errant throws. It needed to be dragged in and out of storage, which continuously wasted time and space. The portable cage, along with being cumbersome, was also too small to adequately protect bystanders in the facility.
The unique structure meant HHI and Porter had to design an equally unique throwing cage in line with the high arc of the building. The state-of-the-art design helps save the school time and space while providing an increased level of protection for the athletes. They created a customized cage that lowers from the 98 foot ceiling , with three different sections- one with a custom curve- that allow for different practice scenarios, all while keeping the aesthetics of the Armory intact. Due to the high arc of the ceiling of the Armory, special boom lifts were needed to hang the cage structures. Keeping the cage suspended near the ceiling while not in use helps preserve the product and keeps it from being damaged by the constant wear and tear of being moved in and out of storage. The cage is operated by Porter’s top-of-the-line Power Touch 2.5 Keypad system, which offers easy access at the push of a button.