Pole tents are not free standing. They use side or perimeter poles as well as tall center poles and must be anchored by driving stakes into the ground in order to secure the tent. For this reason, pole tents are better suited for grassy areas. That being said it can also be used on asphalt surfaces if permission is granted to drive the stake through the asphalt and into the ground. We can fill the stake holes that are left in asphalt. If necessary there is an additional fee. Please do not hesitate to call us if you have any questions about our tents, and don't forget to get your tables, tablecloths and chairs for your next big party!