All Access Staging and Productions built the set and staging for Super Bowl LII Pepsi Halftime Show featuring Justin Timberlake, with production design by Bruce Rodgers of Tribe, Inc, working with Timberlake's designer Nick Whitehouse and Josh Zangen of Fireplay, and lighting design by Bob Barnhart.
While every Halftime Show presents a unique set of challenges, including designing a massive production that can be loaded in and out, all in 12 minutes, this one happened to throw Minneapolis' subzero weather into the wintry mix. "The chilling -24° meant our equipment had to be kept indoors to prevent the materials from getting too cold," says Erik Eastland of All Access. "Electrical cables, for instance, can get brittle and shatter at such low temperatures. Therefore, due to lack of indoor space at US Bank Stadium, we had to store our equipment at an off-site compound, which involved lengthy daily transport across the city across the metro train tracks during the two weeks leading up to game day."
Despite the challenges, the team had everything show-ready in 4 minutes and 30 seconds—a record time for All Access.
All Access provided the main stage, club scene stage, catwalk with entry ramp, Señorita stage, diamond stage, and the piano stage, as well as the 85'x48' silk curtain with kabuki drop for the Prince projection. Click through the gallery to check out All Access' technical staging drawings.
All Access Staging Team
Erik Eastland: Manufacturing Design
Tim Fallon Jr.: Staging Supervisor
Tommy Rose: Project Manager
Roger Cabot: Head Carpenter
Fidel Garza: Automation Technician & Fabrication Lead
Kyle Duarte: Lead Staging Technician
Arturo Martinez: Staging Technician/Fabricator
Julio Rocha: Staging Technician/Fabricator
Anthony Pozos: Staging Technician
Micky Dymond: Staging Technician
Kile Prieto: Staging Technician
Dale Jewett: LED Technician