AAE Offers New Design Options to Customize Portable Press Boxes into the Ultimate On-Field Equipment

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Schools and universities with sports fields that require a portable alternative for scoring and broadcast functions have found their solution in AAE’s Portable Press Boxes branded as “Donkeys”. And an exclusive benefit with AAE is a coach's ability to custom modify the equipment, with the help of AAE Product Designers, to produce a one-of-a-kind Donkey to suit that school's specific needs.

Final product drawing of Donkey customized for Catholic University - featuring an extended depth platform that allows standing room behind the bench, dual two-step entries for front and rear occupants and wheel protector pads with logo.

Final product drawing of Donkey-3 for Catholic University - featuring an extended depth platform that allows standing room behind the bench & dual two-step entries for front and rear occupants.

... pleased with the production of the Donkey from start to finish.

AAE (Aluminum Athletic Equipment Co.), a leading U.S. manufacturer of sports equipment, announces new custom design options that allow customers to take its base product, a Donkey Portable Press Box, and custom tailor it into the most indispensable item of on-field sports equipment for their sports programs. One of the company’s latest one-of-a-kind Donkeys was crafted for Catholic University and featured extra platform depth and dual entrances for front and rear occupants in order to accommodate their needs for increased capacity.

The foundation of the Catholic University Donkey is AAE’s Donkey-2 model, which features a lockable storage area beneath the main platform. Next, the depth and clearance height of the platform was expanded to incorporate a standing area behind the standard scorers’ bench. This modification not only allows viewers to sit or stand, but also increases the capacity for more scorers and timekeepers. All the while, the unit maintains its versatility and mobility to allow it to be used at multiple sites. Also designed with a fierce image in mind, the unit has a black powder coated aluminum canopy and banner printed with the red and white university logo. Additional customizations include red contoured seats with backrests for more comfortable viewing and black wheel pads with the mascot image.

“We were pleased with the production of the Donkey from start to finish,” stated Jacqui Schuman, Associate Athletic Director at Catholic University. “The designers were accommodating to our requests and helped us customize a product that specifically suits our needs.”

Donkeys serve a variety of on-field functions for an entire athletic program: 1) can be used for multiple sports, 2) serve a storage function, 3) offer a built-in penalty bench, 4) feature elevation for better viewing and broadcasting, and 5) protect occupants from the weather. Donkeys come in four different base models and two packages that include an attached Bird’s Nest Video Tower. Donkeys can be purchased in a variety of configurations, including: with or without storage, with or without canopies, custom banners with your team’s logo, contoured seating, penalty benches, seat cushions, and even tinted plexi-glass paneling.

And with all of the customization options, no two Donkeys are alike. The list of Donkey owners already boasts some leading athletic programs, including: University of Pennsylvania, Georgetown University, Duke University, U.S. Naval Academy, James Madison University, Skidmore College, University of Florida, St. Joseph’s University, University of Michigan, Tennessee Tech University, St. Louis University, University of Maryland, University of Louisville, Cornell University, Glenbard West H.S., Episcopal Academy and many more.

AAE has prided itself on this type of innovation since inventing and patenting the aluminum rocker hurdle in 1950 for the track marketplace. Over the decades, AAE has introduced a multitude of new products for use by coaches and athletes worldwide. With the use of advanced technology and design innovations, the firm makes over 500 items, including: track hurdles; track starting blocks; discus cages; hammer cages; shot cages; pole vault pits; high jump pits; long jump pits; permanent football goalposts, portable football goal posts, rotating or hinged football goal posts; semi-permanent or portable soccer goals; field hockey goals; lacrosse goals; baseball batting cages; baseball foul poles; ball stopper protective sports netting; portable press boxes; team benches; portable bleachers and Kronum goals. AAE develops, fabricates and assembles most products at its Royersford headquarters and manufacturing location near Philadelphia. For more product information call 800-523-5471 or visit myAAEworld.com.

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