Habasit has a small connection to the Super Bowl this weekend...gearmotors! Rossi gearmotors, a Division of Habasit Group, operate the retractable roof at Lucas Oil Stadium. When the stadium was built in 2008, the retractable roof was the first of it's kind. It's unique two panel moving roof design is supported on five rails. The opening area is 176,400 square feet and it takes about 9 - 11 minutes to fully open.
So what does it take to open such a large structure? You would think the single largest engine in the world! But no, it only takes 128 motors and a total of 480 horsepower to move the roof. There are 32 motors on each side of the two panels and each motor is 7.5 horsepower. That puts them somewhere between a push mower (5hp) and a riding mower (10hp).
Both Lucas Oil Stadium and the Dallas Cowboys Stadium have a retractable roof operated by Rossi gearmotors.
How about that for some fun football trivia!