How is the Grid Rig Built? – Behind The Grid Episode 18

If you’ve ever been to a Grid match in person then you know the rig setup is a monster, and you’ve probably wondered what it takes to get that thing transported around the country and assembled in all the different venues. Well, wonder no more and have a look at this episode of Behind The Grid to see how the fudge is packed.

What goes into constructing the Eleiko rig that stands beautiful and yet imposing over the GRID at a match? Watch over four hours of work condensed into this two-minute look behind the scenes in episode 18 of Behind the GRID.

An experienced, well-trained and seasoned crew of five can erect the Eleiko rig in just over four hours — including tightening every bolt and screw, and putting up the plexiglas walls. The rig is made up of more than 4,000 pounds of metal.

It has evolved, though, and whereas the first version of the rig required more than 460 bolts, it is now solid and done with just over 100.

But in addition to the metal rig structure, wall ball targets and plexiglass put on the rig adds another 1,000 pounds.

The crew also must put down the signature GRID flooring, which is about 9,100 pounds, and put all the equipment in place for the athletes to use during competition. In total, the weight of all materials and equipment used for a GRID match is 38,000 pounds, including carts, weights, racks and bars.

Go to GRID TV and see how it’s all done in the full Episode 18 of Behind The GRID, a look at the lives, personalities and preparations of the NPGL — including amateur GRID.

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About GRID
GRID is the world’s first professional spectator sport with two co-ed teams racing head-to-head in a two-hour match. It incorporates speed, skill and strategy in a test of endurance through a variety of weightlifting and body-weight elements. Each two-hour match features two 14-person teams (7 women, 7 men, one of each being over 40 years old) going head-to-head in 11 races. GRID has eight NPGL teams: Los Angeles Reign, New York Rhinos, Boston Iron, DC Brawlers, Phoenix Rise, Miami Surge, San Francisco Fire and Baltimore Anthem. Visit for more information, and follow Grid — NPGL on Facebook, @TheGridLeague on Twitter and @GridLeague on Instagram.

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