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STECHERT seats installed at 4x FIFA World Cup 2014 Brazil stadia

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As the FIFA World Cup 2014 kicked off in Brazil last week, fans from all over the world tuned in to watch their sporting heroes, with a further c.3 million visitors expected in the host venues themselves. Beside the action on the field, many of the fans can also enjoy the comfort of sitting in STECHERT seats.

 
In honour of the Brazilian “samba-culture”, host stadia in Recife, Curitiba, Manaus and Cuiabá were equipped with colourful models of STECHERT’s COPACABANA (Red Dot Design Award Honourable Mention), BERLIN (also used in the Olympiastadion Berlin), as well as their new KANGO Smart seats. Almost 200,000 seats have been installed in total, ensuring unique seating comfort, with top matches, like Australia vs. Spain (Curitiba), England vs. Italy (Manaus), as well as Germany vs. USA (Recife) being played in these stadiums.

 
Franz Stegner, Directing Manager of STECHERT, travelled to Brazil a few weeks ago to get an impression of the actual state of affairs. Together with the company’s Brazilian partner “Kango Brasil”, Mr. Stegner visited all four 2014 FIFA World Cup stadiums that are equipped with their products. Additionally, the training stadium in Belo Horizonte was provided with almost 18,000 seats from STECHERT.

 
Mr. Stegner commented:

In terms of design and quality, the arenas in Brazil do not have to hide behind European standards. We are proud that our premium-quality products proved popular in Brazil and that we can contribute to these successful building projects. I am firmly convinced that the fans can celebrate wonderful football parties, in state-of-the-art stadiums, on first-class seats this summer.

By equipping one-third of the 2014 FIFA World Cup venues, STECHERT – a family-run company based in Franconia, Germany – will strengthen its position as a leader in the stadium seating sector, building on from their successes at the 2010 FIFA World Cup, where most of the visitors took their seats on the company’s products.

 

Almost 1/3 of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil host stadia have STECHERT seating installed.

Almost 1/3 of 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil host stadia have STECHERT seating installed.

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Desert Adventure for Audience Systems

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Audience Systems announced its latest major contract win this week, providing over 11,000 seats to the impressive King Abdullah Sports City near Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. The contract, worth in excess of £1m, includes seating for a 10,000-seat multipurpose indoor arena and a 1,000-seat athletics stadium.

 

The venues are part of a major new sports complex, currently rising out of the desert. The development also includes a 60,000-seat football stadium, outdoor training and playing facilities, and a mosque. Designed by Arup and Arup Associates, Sports City is intended to help boost sports participation among Saudi citizens, as well as to host national and international events.

 

The majority of the seating, both in the indoor arena and outside in the athletics stadium, will be Audience Systems’ robust and stylish Zenith blow moulded chair. The chair has a great pedigree at multipurpose venues, with for example 12,500 used since 2005 at Wembley Arena UK, 5,300 in operation at Kaohsiung Dome in Taiwan, and 3,300 just installed at the brand new Singapore Sports Hub. Zenith conforms to the toughest European chair strength test (EN 12727:2000 level 4).

 

Audience Systems is also installing plastic and upholstered chairs from its versatile Espace range for VIP, media, press and companion seating areas. In the indoor arena, almost 1,900 seats will be mounted on retractable platforms to give the venue the flexibility it needs to host a wide variety of sports.

 

Audience Systems will be working with main contractor Hyundai El Seif for Saudi Arabia’s largest client, Saudi Aramco, who are implementing the project on behalf of His Royal Highness King Abdullah. The seats will be manufactured in the spring and installed over the summer, ready for the venues’ opening in early autumn.