I went to watch a rock band at an old bar last night. The building is
actually 3 separate old buildings that have been joined. The bar is
one section along with a dining area. The band stage in the small
part of the building and in between is the 3rd part which is a dance
floor. That part is 19 feet wide (I counted the ceiling tiles). By
the way it's built, the floor joists run across the 19 feet span.
There were about 30 people on the dance floor, with all but about 5
dancing. That floor was bouncing and bowing 3 to 4 inches as people
danced, and it's already low in the middle. At one point I walked in
there and was standing against the wall watching the band. I was
standing right at the support wall, and I could feel my back (against
the wall), sliding up and down at least a half inch). If you ask me,
this floor is extremely weak. Even if it's just framed with 2x8's
there should not be that much bounce. 30 people, with each weighing
200 lbs is only 3 tons. I know that dancing in rhythm can and has
caused decks to collapse. I fear this floor could collapse as weak as
it feels. This building has been used as a bar for years, but was not
a rock venue until about 6 months ago. At that time they renovated
the interior as new owners took over. I tend to wonder if some
structural supports were removed in the basement?
I am not sure who to report this to. I know telling the bartender
would be worthless, maybe the building inspectors in town should be
contacted? I'm not sure, but I have a gut feeling to tell someone
before people are hurt of worst.
And, because I know someone will ask how drunk I was. The answer to
that is I DO NOT drink. But I like going to see live music.