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Comfort update for FC Schalke 04’s VELTINS-Arena

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The VELTINS-Arena, home ground of FC Schalke 04, is definitely a highlight among Germany’s soccer stadia and is one that is regularly sold-out. In the course of the renovations of the hospitality area in the stadium, Stechert Group installed approximately 2,000 of their new model, Hamburg VIP, seats.

The new seats not only benefit from perfect dimensions, but also from high-class cold foam upholstery, modern design and individuality.

All of the new seats were upholstered with royal blue (Schalke’s club colours) artificial leather and refined with a print of Schalke’s club logo. Sponsor plates at the front of the folding seats ensure that visitors find their seats quickly and easily. All of this ensuring that the comfort level in this newly renovated area of the VELTINS-Arena is improved.

The new seats also allowed for an increase in capacity of nearly 300 seats at the stadium, from 61,973 to 62,271.

This is Stechert’s second project at the VELTINS-Arena in a short period; with the company having installed the same Hamburg VIP model in all of the stadium’s VIP boxes back in 2013.

All of the new seats were upholstered with royal blue (Schalke’s club colours) artificial leather and refined with a print of Schalke’s club logo. Sponsor plates at the front of the folding seats ensure that visitors find their seats quickly and easily.

All of the new seats in VELTINS-Arena’s newly updated Business Area were upholstered with royal blue (Schalke’s club colours) artificial leather and refined with a print of Schalke’s club logo. Sponsor plates at the front of the folding seats ensure that visitors find their seats quickly and easily.

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Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3

Carioca Arena 3, which will host fencing, taekwondo and judo, is the first venue in the Barra Olympic Park to have its seating section completed – all 10,000 of the blue and green units.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arena 3 seating being installed

The seating installation team now move on to Carioca Arena 1, which will host basketball, wheelchair basketball and wheelchair rugby, and then Carioca Arena 2, which will stage Olympic judo and wrestling, plus boccia during the Paralympic Games.

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

Rio Olympics, Barra Olympic Park, Carioca Arenas

The metallic roof of Carioca Arena 3 is complete and installation of the 285 wooden beams that will form part of its facade began in January. The sinuous aluminium sections that interlock between the beams are also being installed.

Tokyo wildcard sports

Venues in preparation for the Tokyo Olympic Games already push the envelope in terms of design and technology. An additional challenge for all concerned is that the Olympic Games allows a new sport to turn up at late notice. That sport may need a new venue.

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee has announced the shortlisted eight IOC-recognised International Federations (IFs) proposing events to be considered for inclusion at the Games of the XXXII Olympiad.

1. World Baseball Softball Confederation – WBSC

2. World Bowling – WB

3. World Karate Federation – WKF

4. International Roller Sports Federation – FIRS

5. International Federation of Sport Climbing – IFSC

6. World Squash Federation – WSF

7. International Surfing Association – ISA

8. International Wushu Federation – IWUF

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee will make a decision on the event(s) to be proposed to the IOC in September 2015. The final decision, in line with the Olympic Charter, will be made at the 129th IOC Session in Rio in August 2016, providing just three years to develop an appropriate venue.

Angela Merkel & Co. sit comfortably to watch Frankfurt’s Champions League victory at Jahn-Sportpark

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Prior to the Champions League Final kicking off at the Olympiastadion Berlin on June 6, the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League Final was held in the city’s Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark on May 14.

Guests of honour, like Federal Chancellor Angela Merkel, DFB-President Wolfgang Niersbach and UEFA-President Michel Platini sat on Stechert’s VIP seats, while following Frankfurt’s success.

Stechert installed 48 new models of their Champion DeLuxe seat during the conversion of the stadium, which was managed by Baumgart Becker Planungsgesellschaft.

The new VIP seats have high-class upholstery and a modern design. Moreover, they convince with their convenient rotary base and elegant chatoses.

Even though the installation period was very short, Stechert managed to mount all of the seats in time.

Images: ©Stechert Gruppe.

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Stechert’s Champion DeLuxe VIP seat installed at Jahn-Sportpark.

 

About Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark

UEFA capacity: 19,708
Tenants: BFC Dynamo (starting 2014/15), Berlin Adler (American football), SV Empor Berlin, FC Bundestag (German parliamentary team)
Opened: 1 October 1952

In order to host the 2015 UEFA Women’s Champions League final, the stadium was temporarily renovated at an estimated cost of 1,5 – 2 million Euros. This temporary renovation included new paintwork, refurbished player and visitor facilities, a new fire alarm system and a new lawn. This is however only the beginning, as the entire area is planned for a future complete redevelopment.

Being the second largest stadium in the city, in terms of seating capacity, and with the Olympic Stadium often considered too large, the stadium plays a crucial role for the possibility of arranging major sports events in Berlin. A redeveloped stadium could be included in Berlin’s hosting of the 2018 European Athletics Championships and would fit in Germany’s bid for the 2024 Summer Olympics or 2028 Summer Olympics. If Berlin is awarded the 2024 Summer Olympics, the stadium is planned to be the centre of the Paralympics.

According to a preliminary draft concept, the redeveloped Friedrich-Ludwig-Jahn-Sportpark is to be an inclusion sports facility, which goes beyond simple accessibility. The plan includes new office spaces for associations and clubs in the grandstand of the stadium and in new buildings, and possibly a new sports hall for clubs and schools with two or three pitches, one ore two artificial turf fields, additional tennis, beach volleyball and beach football fields.

The entire cost for the redevelopment of the whole area is estimated at up to 150 million Euros. The redeveloped stadium will have a capacity of 20,000 spectators and offer future second division fit. The stadium will have under soil heating, completely new seats, fully covered stands and become barrier-free. The distinctive floodlights will also be preserved.

The reconstruction could begin in 2018 and be completed by 2023.

Arena Group unveils Glasgow 2014 plans

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Official provider to Glasgow 2014, Arena Group has revealed the plans for transforming the Commonwealth Games venues with its temporary overlay, structures and seating products.

 

As an official Overlay and Temporary Structures Provider, Arena Group, including the Arena Structures division, has been working closely with the Organising Committee to design and install over 230 structures; totalling more than 20,800m2.

 

Meanwhile the company’s seating division, Arena Seating, has been liaising with each venue in Arena Group’s capacity as the Exclusive Temporary Seating Provider. The team has been tasked with delivering every single temporary seat at the Games – around 22,000 in total – across 10 venues. The seating team will also be installing camera platforms, wheelchair access platforms, press positions and commentator platforms.

 

Installation times vary for each venue, with the first project due for completion – the official merchandise shop in a Glasgow city centre location – commencing at the beginning of June.

Brazil temporary infrastructure suppliers team up

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The Arena Group has confirmed a strategic partnership with FAST Engineering and ROHR construction in Brazil to provide temporary infrastructure services to venues.

Joe O’Neill, Arena Group’s director of global business development, said:

FAST and ROHR both have a very similar ethos to us; aiming to deliver the highest quality sustainable, flexible temporary infrastructure to events across the country. I am confident that the combination of Arena Group’s patented, proven equipment, FAST’s project management and ROHR’s construction skills will prove a successful combination for us all, and hugely benefit the organising committees of Brazil’s major events and stadiums.

Meanwhile, Marcela Caballero (pictured) has joined Arena Group as its Brazilian business development manager. She is based in the Arena Group’s strategic partners’ FAST offices in Sao Paulo. She said:

I am very excited to be working for Arena Group in Brazil. It is a flexible and open company, which I respect greatly. We have many exciting overlay projects ahead of us, and I’m confident that we will provide a lasting legacy for current and future sporting events in Brazil.