Things to Consider: Pole Tent vs. Frame Tent


Pole tents are much more common for outdoors parties than frame tents. They simply require a surface in which stakes can be driven into the ground. Any grassy area, whether in a residence, park, business, or any other venue, would be an ideal spot for a pole tent.

IMPORTANT: All pole tents require at least 6 additional feet in length and width of the tent for proper staking. Example: 20’ x 30’ pole tent would require a 26’ x 36’ area. In some circumstances, pole tents can be set up in asphalt. Additional fees are applied for the extra labor involved plugging of holes in asphalt at the end of the rental.

Frame tents are commonly used in tighter areas, as they do not require additional space for staking. Decks, patios, parking lots, or anywhere that stakes cannot be used are ideal locations. Weights are frequently used to anchor down the frame tent and are additional cost.

Underground Utilities

The person renting a tent from McCarthy Tents & Events must consider underground utilities as they make a decision between a pole tent or frame tent. In the Rochester area, the most common underground issue is sprinkler systems. However, they are easily avoided. If underground utility locations are unknown and cannot be clearly marked, frame tents anchored with weights would be strongly recommended. We contact “Dig Safely 811” before every job that requires a tent to be staked into the ground which can detect any underground public utilities only. Dig Safely will not mark private utilities such as sprinkler systems or privately owned propane lines, that is the responsibility of the home owner or venue.

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