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Arena Seating transformed Lee Valley Hockey & Tennis Centre at Queen Elizabeth Park with grandstand seating, media studios, platforms for broadcast cameras or photographers, and viewing access platforms for the Unibet EuroHockey Championships, 21-30 August, 2015.

Arena Seating’s Project Director, Terry Smith, returned to East London to continue building Arena Group’s 2012 Olympic Games legacy by installing temporary event infra-structure to create a stadium suitable for a global sporting event. Lee Valley Stadium was constructed to have a permanent seated capacity of 3,000, with the flexibility to be expanded for particular flagship events.

EuroHockey Championship Director, Sue Catton, explained:

This is the first of four international tournaments England Hockey is hosting over consecutive years, so we’re starting on a journey to build a fan-base and we searched for a supply partner to share that journey. Arena Seating’s track record impressed us and we have really valued the people at Arena, the quality of their work has shone through. They have been enthusiastic and very thorough in working with us, from surveying the venue to installing the equipment. It has felt like a true partnership.

Lee Valley Stadium has a permanent seating capacity of 3,000, which has been increased with the addition of 1,864 clearview™ seats, split between two grandstands behind each of the goals. To host an international event of this nature also required additional commentary studios, along with broadcast camera and photographers platforms to accommodate the world’s media, a Unibet sponsor platform and a presentation platform overlooking the stadium. These were constructed using the company’s proprietary Arena Deck system with glass handrails, for a contemporary aesthetic.

England Hockey's Sue Catton.

EuroHockey Championship Director, Sue Catton.

Catton continued:

As well as the fantastic sightlines clearview™ has given us, everyone has been very impressed how well the temporary infrastructure has integrated into the look and feel of the existing Stadium. The join from permanent to temporary is very professional, so the whole Stadium feels permanent, down to details like the blue net cladding Arena has used to blend in with the pitch.

Hosting the Euro’s has been a great shop window for the sport. We’ve already experienced a 40% uptake since the 2012 Olympics. We’ve doubled our initial audience target in selling 30,000 tickets and having had such a great atmosphere inside the Stadium we’re hoping we can keep attracting new fans (and participants) as we move straight into our national HockeyFest after these champs.

Arena Group at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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From São Paulo to Manchester, Arena Group is helping provide football fans with unrivalled views of the FIFA World Cup, as one of the biggest events in the global sporting calendar heads into the final stages in Brazil.


The host nation marked the start of their campaign with a win at the Arena de São Paulo, where fans enjoyed uninterrupted viewing from Arena Group’s patented clearviewtm seating system.


Over 62,000 fans were welcomed into the newly opened stadium, which features the largest ever temporary structures to be built in Brazil: two 9,000+ seat demountable grandstands situated in the North and South stands.


Joe O’Neill, Global Business Development Director at Arena Group, said:

We worked closely with our Brazilian partners FAST Engenharia, who built the stands utilising Arena Group’s clearview™ seating system. The huge two-storey buildings incorporate food and beverage outlets, toilets and officials and media rooms, with full working electrics and water. Each structure stands at 102m wide and 30m height, with 54 rows of seats, making them the largest demountable structures in the country.


In the UK, Arena Group’s Arena Seating division was part of the team that created a Brazilian oasis in the car park of the former Granada Studios in Manchester. The space has been transformed into a beach soccer venue, where some the world’s best teams have been competing over the duration of the tournament. The venue is also being used for ticketed screenings of World Cup fixtures that are being shown on two large video screens.


Contracted by client SportCel on behalf of ITV Sport, Arena Seating designed and installed three tiered grandstands around the perimeter of the pitch, bringing the capacity to 2,200.  The grandstands are branded in-line with the aspirations of ITV Sport.


Back in Brazil, the world was watching when last week’s Quarter Final game between Netherlands and Costa Rica took place at the new purpose-built Arena Fonte Nova. The stadium’s standard capacity of 56,500 was increased by 5,000 temporary clearviewtm seats.


The world will be watching once more when the Netherlands meet Brazil in tomorrow’s game at Estadio National to decide on third place.