Airstar, a manufacturer and provider of inflatable structures and lighting balloons for the event industry, has been tasked with enhacing the off-time entertainment of major rugby and football tournaments in world class stadiums with its Skyflag solution.
For the second year in a row, Airstar’s unique helium inflated cylindrical balloons were chosen by event production company QVision Productions to celebrate the 2016 Emir Cup at Al Sadd Stadium in Qatar.
The Emir Cup branded Skyflag was used to deploy an impressive flag printed with the coveted cup.
Another major sport benefiting from the uniqueness of the Skyflag was European Rugby, with a number of Guinness Pro 12 games as well as the European Challenge and Champions Cup finals, in Lyon, France.
For the Irish clash between Leinster and Munster in the Guinness Pro 12, Grooveyard Event Management specified a black Skyflag hoisting the Guinness brand which took pride of place on a gigantic 12x10m flag in Dublin’s Aviva Stadium.
The organisers decided to repeat the experience for the final in Murrayfield – the home of Scottish Rugby – a second Skyflag of similar dimensions was added after the game, to greet the winning team.
Luke Baudouin, event manager at Airstar UK, said:
Grooveyard trusted our Skyflags for such high profile events because they knew they would provide this wow factor. They are easy to deploy, provide a different type of entertainment and fill in stadia space perfectly.
Measuring 12 metres long by 2.3 metres in diameter, the Skyflags were inflated with helium inside the stadium, and required only three people to pilot them from the ground with ropes.
The Airstar Skyflags are arguably the only solution capable of supporting such large and heavy flags (13kg) while in motion. The effect on spectators makes them increasingly popular for sports events.
A few days earlier in Lyon, France, the Parc Olympique Lyonnais hosted two European rugby finals: the Challenge Cup (Harlequins vs Montpellier HR) and the Champions Cup (Saracens vs Racing 92).
Communications group Revolution 9 called the Airstar European Network (AEN) to provide two Skyflags (12×2.8m) in order to bring the pitch to life.
AEN’s director David Mohen, said:
The beauty of the Skyflag is that it is easily manoeuverable and therefore provides room for improvisation. The operators, who were obviously rugby fans, got a bit carried away and participated in the celebrations with the players, following the winning team with the Skyflags for the lap of honour in front of a 58,000 crowd.