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A Comprehensive Guide to Large Event Tents


Aaron's expertise in emergency response and safety protocols for large tent events makes him a go-to consultant for risk management strategies.

Published: May 16, 2024

Shelter Structures takes you through the design of large event tents to their structure, function and multi-purpose. How do large event tents meet the needs of business exhibitions, product launches, marketing events, and parties? We aim to provide you with a comprehensive guide to large event tents.

The Main Types of Large Tents for Events

The popular large event tents are frame tents, pole tents, and clear span tents. We will analyze their outstanding features and functions for you.

Frame Tents

The distinguishing feature of frame tents is their strong and durable metal frame. It is made of aluminum alloy, undergoes precise processing and surface treatment, and has excellent corrosion resistance and load-bearing capacity. It can withstand severe weather conditions, such as strong winds, heavy rain, etc., providing users with a safe and reliable shelter.

Main application scenarios :

  • Graduation ceremony
  • A rental venue
  • Music Festival
  • Wedding Ceremony
  • Exposition
20x60 frame tent
Pole Tent On The Grass

Pole Tents

The most distinctive feature of pole tents is their open design on all sides. Designed openings allow fresh air to circulate while reducing moisture and stuffiness inside. The open layout on all sides also maximizes the use of natural light. There is no need to use lights during the day, which can save energy.

Main application scenarios :

  • Commercial activities
  • Exhibitions
  • Farmers' markets
  • Corporate annual meeting

Clear Span Tents

From the perspective of structural characteristics, the most significant sign of clear span tents is that they do not have any support columns inside. This design gives event organizers the freedom to plan the interior layout. It creates a spacious and unobstructed event environment.

Main application scenarios :

  • Large banquets
  • Commercial exhibitions
  • Industrial storage
  • Sporting event
  • Community activity
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FeaturesLarge Pole TentsLarge Frame TentsLarge Clear Span Tents
Support StructureCentral pillar supportAluminum frame supportNo center column, aluminum alloy frame support
Spatial ArrangementLimited, affected by pillar locationLarger and flexibleLarger and flexible
Difficulty of BuildingRelatively lowLow, modular designHigh, requires specialized equipment
Disassembly SpeedFasterFastSlower
Applicable OccasionsWedding, celebrationCommercial activities, exhibitionsLarge events, industrial applications
PriceCheap and favorableModerateHigh

By comparing these three tents, we can choose according to our needs. It can be seen that clear span tents have obvious advantages in terms of spatial layout and stability, but the corresponding construction difficulty and cost are also higher. Pole tents and frame tents provide a more balanced choice between price and construction difficulty. If you need more detailed information, you can consult Shelter's professional team for free.

Structure and Function of Huge Event Tent

Big event tents provide spacious space, are highly stable, and can adapt to the needs of various complex environments.

Frame Structure Type

The frame of the event tent is made of aluminum profile 6061/T6. Its high strength ensures the stability of the frame. Due to their lightweight nature, the frame components of these tents are easy to disassemble and transport, significantly reducing logistics costs. The corrosion-resistant properties ensure the long-term use of the tent.

Covering Materials

The covering layer used in large event tents is PVC tarpaulin.

  • PVC tarpaulin has excellent weather resistance and can resist the influence of external environments such as sunlight, rain, and wind. It can be used for a long time in different regions and climate conditions without damage.
  • It can effectively flame retardant and reduce fire risk.
  • It has high tensile strength and can withstand large pulling forces, giving the tent good stability and structural strength.


Common accessories for large event tents include door curtains, side curtains, floors, lighting equipment, air conditioning and ventilation systems, etc. Door and side curtains can provide additional screening and privacy while also helping to control internal temperature and light. Door curtains are mainly used in frame tents and pole tents. The clear span tent mainly used walls.

Limitations of Big Event Tents

There are many advantages to setting up a tent, but there are also some limitations. When we choose big event tents, we must also consider these limiting factors.

Space Constraints

The bulk and dimensions of large event tents are much larger than small or double-walled tents, so there is more space to consider when choosing a venue. This means that large event tents cannot be set up if the venue is not spacious enough, which is particularly common in city centers or tight areas. When your space is limited, you can choose Shelter two-story tents or three-layer tents to solve the problem of insufficient space.

Licensing and Regulatory Requirements

In many areas, erecting large event tents may require special permits, which involves coordinating with local governments and complying with local building codes. There may also be regulations regarding tent height, area, and distance from adjacent buildings. You need to consult the local government for relevant policies and regulations.

Cost Issue

The cost of large event tents is higher than other small tents because the cost is closely related to the size of the tent. Shipping costs are also higher because of the larger size and weight.

Safety Considerations of Large Event Tents

Safety is also something that needs to be paid attention to when setting up a large event tent. To ensure the stability and safety of the tent, a series of strict safety measures must be followed.

  • During the build process, follow the instruction manual provided by the manufacturer and complete each step step by step in the correct order.
  • The manufacturer's guidelines for load-bearing and area limits must be strictly adhered to. Overloading may cause structural damage to large event tents or even collapse accidents.
  • Make sure all parts are installed correctly and securely connected to prevent safety issues caused by loose structures.
  • The frame structure of large event tents should be checked regularly for cracks, rust or looseness, and the covering materials should be checked regularly for signs of damage or aging.

Multifunctional Uses of Large Event Tents

Large event tents can be used in many scenarios because of their stability and long life.

Music Festivals and Concerts

At music festivals, large event tents are often used as the background of the main stage, using lighting and projection technology to create a stunning audio-visual feast. It can provide the audience with a place to be protected from the sun or rain, and can also create a unique atmosphere and visual effect.


Large event tents can be customized and decorated according to the couple's preferences and theme style. It can also be flexibly adapted to the needs of different sizes and venues, creating different themes in different scenes, and adding a unique style to the wedding.

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Sporting Events

It can provide a place for athletes to rest and recover, and can also serve as an important venue for media interviews and press releases. It can also be set up as an audience area to provide shelter from wind and rain for the audience. In some outdoor sports, tents can also be used as temporary facilities to meet the needs of competitions and training.

Corporate Events and Displays

Huge event tents can be used to build corporate exhibition halls, product display areas, etc. to show the strength and brand image of the company to the outside world. At corporate celebrations, tents can also serve as the main venue to accommodate a large number of employees and guests.


Big event tents provide spacious space and a luxurious appearance, but in actual use, the various limitations mentioned above need to be taken into consideration. When deciding whether to use a large tent, organizers should comprehensively evaluate factors such as venue size and economic cost. Shelter Structures provides large event tents and large event solutions. Please contact us if you need them!

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