Page 10 - Evolve Magazine Spring 2021
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Seated arenas
Whether your requirement is to sell a seat in a sports stadium or a table in your restaurant, our ‘seated arenas’ module is perfect for all situations. The system is very simple and can fit into any type of arena or venue using standard layout grids.
First of all you need a plan of the space you want to allocate for seating. Once you have that initial plan, it requires the seats to be identified on the plan, for example you could put them in simple rows or you could have them in a semi-circular formation or any other design which suits the space available.
It could be that the seats are already fixed, which means that you only need to identify the criteria for pricing. Normally front of house seats would be at a higher price than those further back, so those rows would have to be identified. You could use a colour scheme whereby green seats are at the front, allocating how many rows you feel appropriate, and then use different colours as you move further back.
plan is complete it is uploaded into the system and an onscreen representation is produced. This is now your ‘seated arena’ and tickets can be sold by individual seat number. Having identified the price bands and the rows in those price bands, the system will charge the correct price for the seats selected.
On screen this will show up quite easily as the seats chosen will change colour, for example you could have blue for available, yellow for allocated but not paid and black for sold and paid. The actual colours used are not important as you will have a key showing what each colour means, so you can use whatever colour scheme you consider appropriate.
The flexibility of the system means that any seating arrangement can be catered for and seats allocated as appropriate. If you were setting up tables in a restaurant or carriage or other similar setting for example, you can also set rules as to how that table should be allocated. It may be that all seats can be
 Once you have the layout planned and seating allocated you then need to link those allocations
to an actual seating designation. For example, A to
D could be the green rows and then additional rows identified in the appropriate colour band as you move back in the auditorium. The next task is to allocate each seat a unique number moving across the rows until you have identified all the seats available.
Now comes the pricing structure and this is a very simple process, as all it requires is for you to identify the price for the colour of seat, irrespective of actual location. Having this simple structure also means that you can re-allocate seats into a different price band quickly and easily should the need arise. Once this
sold irrespective of whether or not individuals are part of the same group, for example at a conference or seminar, or alternatively it may be that if a table already has a booking, then as far as the system is concerned no further seats can be sold at that table. This allows you to have whatever mix of table sizes you require to give you the maximum number of covers, whilst at the same time allowing customers to be seated together without additional customers joining them.
If your venue is flexible then it is quite easy to have a series of templates already created which can be selected and used for the seating plan which goes on sale, for a particular event type.

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