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Badminton filling, and building, UK arenas

The Copper Box Arena in Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park continues to prove its multi-sport credentials when it hosts BADMINTON England for the London Grand Prix Gold event 1-6 October. Meanwhile the arena : stadiummk in Milton Keynes (pictured) will host its first major sporting event, the annual National Championships, 8-9 February 2014.

Nicola Moloney, Head of Major Events and Competitions at BADMINTON England, said:

I am really looking forward to hosting the Nationals in a brand new venue which will help to promote the sport to a whole new audience. Bringing a major event to the home of badminton in Milton Keynes is very exciting and with it being the venue’s first major sporting event, it will be great to showcase the sport in a different environment.

MK Dons Chairman, Pete Winkelman, said:

It is very exciting to see tickets for the English National Badminton Championships on sale as it makes the whole thing real. It is also a great landmark for the arena : stadiummk as the Championships will hopefully be the first of many major sporting events to be held in the venue.

Temporary structures specialist Neptunus has been recognised as an official supplier to BADMINTON England for the London Grand Prix Gold event, in partnership with adidas. Neptunus will build additional temporary space to house a final warm-up court for the athletes and an interaction zone.

In a break from tradition at a BADMINTON England event, the final warm-up court will be visible to the public, so that they can observe the final minutes of training before the athletes take to the courts. Neptunus will be constructing one of its versatile Alu Halls for this purpose, which is well suited to sporting applications such as this thanks to its modular design, robust exterior and solid, level flooring.

Moloney said:

Neptunus’ help and support with providing us with a structure for our final warm-up court and interaction zone will add great quality to the event and give it a new edge compared with previous badminton tournaments.

In an exciting time for the sport, planning approval has been received for a new £22 million National Badminton Arena at The National Bowl in Milton Keynes.