Rigging Rules and Ratings for The Moscone Center

Safety is the primary concern of ASM as it relates to hanging and rigging in The Moscone Center. Hanging and rigging carry a significant liability for the responsible party.

It is our goal to eliminate any potential problems in advance. In this regard, we have appointed a Head House Rigger who has complete authority over all hanging and rigging regardless of jurisdiction.

It is the responsibility of Contractors or other Service Providers to inform all rigging personnel of The Moscone Center rigging policies. These rules and regulations are applicable, without exception, to everyone using The Moscone Center for hanging and rigging. Failure to follow these rules and regulations will result in the immediate requirement to correct or remove all items which do not comply with facility rigging policies. The time required of the House Rigger to review non-compliant rigging will be billed to the Contractor or Service Provider.

ASM assumes no liability for rigging and hanging performed in the Moscone Center.

 

Definitions:
  • Hanging: Straight down (dead hang) from any approved hang point (eyebolt) or sign cable in The Moscone Center limited to 1,000 lbs. Hanging may be performed by employees or subcontractors of the General Service Contractor/Service Providers who are competent and completely knowledgeable with the house hang points and rules and regulations.
  • Rigging: Hanging which requires bridling, side loads, trusses and/or exceeds 1,000 lbs. Qualified and trained riggers must perform all rigging. Rigging must meet O.S.H.A. and A.N.S.I. standards and conform to the manufacturer’s specifications. All rigging is subject to inspection by ASM.
  • Hang Point: Rated and approved points designated by ASM to sustain loads.
  • Bridling: Bridles between 45 and 90 degrees with the use of a 3/4” Crosby Swivel eye may not exceed 1,500 lbs.
 
General Rigging Regulations:
  • Rigging shall be performed by employees or subcontractors of the General Service Contractor/Service Provider who are competent and completely knowledgeable with the house hang points and rules and regulations.
  • Only contractors specifically approved to rig may perform this operation within The Moscone Center.
  • Each Contractor must appoint a single person who is responsible for all rigging and hanging, and provide the name of the designee to ASM.
  • Plans and locations for any items hung or rigged which weigh 1,000 lbs. or more must be submitted to ASM for review at least thirty (30) days in advance of move-in. Plan review does not guarantee the safety of the actual rigged item. Failure to provide plans may result in the on-   site denial or removal of said rigging.
  • All hanging and rigging hardware fasteners and gear must meet O.S.H.A. and A.N.S.I. standards.
  • All custom rigging, i.e. hand-swaged slings (Nico Press) must have an owner’s identification.
  • All requests for rigging outside of our approved hanging locations must be made in writing to The Moscone Center House Rigger and the appropriate Event Manager no less than thirty (30) days in advance of an event.

 

Moscone South

Halls ABC

Ceiling

  • 2,000 Lbs. per hang point (eyebolt) straight down
  • Ratings decrease when bridling. Bridles between 45-90 degrees may not exceed 500 Lbs.

Arches

  • 1,000 Lbs. per point straight down
  • 500 Lbs. out
  • 125 Lbs. side load
  • Sign cable has a 25Lbs. per sign limit. No heavy loads permitted
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
 
Hall D
  • 5,000 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • 2,500 Lbs. horizontal in any direction
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
 
Concourse & South Lower Lobby/Rooms 1&2
  • 5,000 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • 2,500 Lbs. horizontal in any direction
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
  • False ceiling tiles may not be removed or “popped” to facilitate rigging under any circumstances
  • Banner bars are designed to be used for banners only (25 Lbs. psf. rating)
 
South Upper Lobby
  • 2,500 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • 750 Lbs. horizontal in any direction
  • Banner bars are designed to be used for banners only (25 Lbs. per square foot)
  • Attachment to glass railings is not permitted
  • Banners are not permitted outside Moscone Center South
 
Esplanade Ballroom (Rooms 151-160)
  • 6 rows on South end of room have 2,500 Lbs. capacity – see CAD diagram for specific points
  • 500 Lbs. per hang point (eyebolt) straight down for all other points
  • Bridles between or side loads are not allowed in this area under any circumstances
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
 
South Levels 2 & 3

Meeting Rooms

  • 2,500 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • 1,500 Lbs. horizontal in any direction
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
  • False ceiling tiles may not be removed or “popped” to facilitate rigging under any circumstances
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances

Hallways

  • There are no rig points located in the hallways
  • Rigging/banners may not be attached to Moscone Center Room drop down banners
  • Attachment to glass railings is not permitted

 

Moscone North

Hall E
  • 1,000 Lbs. per hang point (eyebolt) straight down
  • Bridles are not allowed in Hall E
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
 
Hall F
  • 2,000 Lbs.  per hang point (eyebolt) straight down except for perimeter rigging points
  • Perimeter rigging points - Rows AA & Z - are rated for 200 Lbs.  per hang point straight down
  • Ratings decrease when bridling. Bridles between 45-90 degrees may not exceed 500 Lbs.
  • Column anchors have a 25 Lbs. capacity
  • Core holes located in Hall F are rated at 2000 Lbs. - please contact Moscone Center House Rigger if you are planning to use these
  • Sign cable has a 25 Lbs. per sign limit. No heavy loads permitted
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
 
North Upper & Lower Lobbies
  • 1,000 Lbs. per hang point straight down
  • Ratings decrease when bridling
  • Bridles between 45-90 degrees may not exceed 25 Lbs.
  • North Upper Lobby banners must hang at least 18” below ceiling in order not to disturb laser smoke detectors
  • Wedding Cake Rig Point Motors are available for use for an additional fee. Maximum weight for this truss is 500 Lbs. Arrangements for use should be made through theatrical services department

Banner only locations

  • Banner locations (Unistrut) next to North Lobby escalators have a maximum weight of 50 Lbs.
  • Banner bars are designed to be used for banners only (25 Lbs. per square foot rating)
  • Curved banner bar in lower lobby is rated at 5 Lbs. per square foot
  • Attachment to glass railings is not permitted
  • Banners are not permitted outside Moscone Center North

 

Moscone West

Level 1

Expo Hall

  • 5,000 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • No loads allowed on spreader beams running north/south
  • Attachments to fire retardant beams is not permitted

Lobby

  • 5,000 Lbs. vertically downwards

Exterior

  • Only designated banner locations are available – please discuss standard locations with your General Service Contractor
  • Attaching to the white steel outside may be permitted with advance approval from Moscone Center House Rigger
  • All attachments should be soft attachments – webbing, etc – so as not to damage paint
 
Levels 2 & 3 - Meeting Rooms and Lobbies
  • 5,000 Lbs. vertically downwards
  • Moveable (airwall) tracks may not be used for hanging or rigging under any circumstances
  • False ceiling tiles may not be removed or “popped” to facilitate rigging under any circumstances
  • Rigging is permitted from the white steel beams along windows. Care should be taken to protect the beams from damage/scratches
  • Rigging/attaching to any of the grey aluminum window mullions is not permitted under any circumstances

 

Other Moscone Center Elements

  • Attachment to glass railings is not permitted
  • Banner bars are designed to be used for banners only (25 Lbs. per square foot)
  • No rigging, tying off, hanging, velcro, or taping my be done from the false ceiling hangers, ceiling tracks, ceiling tiles, light fixtures, expansion joints, HVAC intake or exhaust vents, sprinkler pipes, airwall tracks, doors, sewage and water lines, or other Moscone Center features. This restriction includes the use of string, fishing line, bailing wire, scissor clips, and other means for attachment

 

General Rules/Plan requests

  • Damage caused to any area of the building caused by rigging or any other means of attachment is subject to billing
  • Any item over 1000 Lbs. should have plans available for review upon request
  • Please report any bent or damaged eye bolts or defective inserts to House Rigger or Event Manager immediately