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A unique Millennium Stadium make-over has been revealed in time for the summer season of events at the iconic city-centre venue.

The first-ever pitch covering has been installed on top of Welsh rugby’s hallowed turf, which this season staged victories over South Africa and Ireland ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2015, which will bring eight matches to Cardiff.

The top-of-the-range Terraplas system, made up of 8,678 tiles and measuring 10,500sqm, provides a protective cover for the hybrid pitch and enhances the Stadium’s flexibility as a multi-event venue.

The world’s biggest pop band, One Direction, will be the first to put the new flooring to the test when they bring their impressive stage rig and over 100,000 dancing fans to Cardiff across two concerts on Friday 5 and Saturday 6 June.

The Terratrak Plus® is a high-density polyethylene surface, which functions as a temporary drivable roadway for heavy duty vehicles and cranes. It will take a static load of 758.8 tonnes/sqm, the equivalent to an armoured fighting vehicle.

While still protecting the synthetic and natural grass below, the translucent natural material allows the passage of light for photosynthesis to continue when the grass is covered for up to four days. When the covering is left for a longer period, new grass will be sown to restore perfect pitch conditions at the home of Welsh rugby.

The dramatic transformation from world-class rugby venue into Europe’s largest indoor arena was made in just over 24 working hours.

The new system replaces the old palletised pitch, which previously took up to a week to remove.

Stadium Manager, Mark Williams, hailed the arrival of the modern system during an exciting year at the stadium:

This is a brand new era for Millennium Stadium events, as we welcome the very-latest in stadium flooring solutions to revolutionise the transition between what we term ‘pitch’ and ‘non-pitch’ activity at the venue.

The new system opens up the opportunity to deliver non-pitch events at any time of the year, while also preserving the conditions of the pitch below, and ensures that the Millennium Stadium can continue to attract a diverse range of events to Wales.

For the Stadium groundstaff, the operational and logistical benefits are tremendous, as we no longer need to remove and install over 7,000 turf pallets during a summer season.

Next month, One Direction will bring an impressive stage rig and thousands of dancing fans to test out the Stadium’s new floor, followed by the British Championship Speedway Grand Prix, which will look very different again!

Fast forward another few weeks, and the stadium will look like a world-class rugby stadium once more, as Wales prepare for Rugby World Cup 2015 with the Dove Men Tests at home against Ireland and Italy.

2015 is going to be a memorable year. I’m confident that our pitch system and Terraplas covering has given us a robust and sustainable platform so we can continue to concentrate on delivering the very best experience whatever the event.

The installation is the final phase of a GBP£3.1m project, which was launched at the start of the season to reveal a hybrid pitch, which intertwines millions of artificial fibres with grass turf, and state-of-the-art ‘plug and play’ facilities for media.

The major investment was fully supported and part-funded by the Welsh Government in readiness for Rugby World Cup 2015, which includes two of Wales’ pool matches and two quarter finals in Cardiff.

 

You can watch a timelaspse video of the first installation of the Terraplas TerraTrak Plus system online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XNyJY-R_JDk

Image caption: Stadium Manager, Mark Williams (right) and Head Groundsman, Lee Evans, fix the final piece of the new state-of-the-art Millennium Stadium jigsaw into place.

Courtesy: WRU

Signature facilitates stadium-venue concerts in UK & Europe

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Signature Systems Group’s Europe division has successfully completed the facilitation of ten stadium-venue concerts in June 2014.

The concerts, performed by world renowned artists such as Elton John, Indochine, Kings of Leon, One Direction, Rod Stewart, The Rolling Stones and performers at the North East Live Festival, were presented at various stadia across the UK and at the Stade de France in Paris (pictured above).

Tony Booth of Signature Europe said:

Stadia personnel recognise that concerts are one possibility for filling 35,000 to 60,000-seat venues in between football and rugby matches. Yet, stadia were not designed to facilitate these events. Imagine taking a stadium built for athletics and turning it into a place where people and vehicles can travel safely over the expensive turf without injuring a blade of grass.

The public never sees the monumental effort it takes to ready a venue for a performance. The timelines for assembly and break down are always tight, challenging and often depends on the other commodity suppliers’ on-site schedules. On average, it takes between eight and twelve hours to set up the temporary flooring and after the event, it must be disassembled and packed away, thus precise attention to detail and painstaking coordination is key.

Signature Europe is also in the fourth year of supplying modular flooring systems for organisations such as The All England Lawn Tennis Club and The Royal Horticultural Society.

Booth added:

We provided over two million square feet of modular roadways and turf protection at over 25 venues for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympics in London. These flooring products protected the expensive turf, the natural beauty of each venue, and most importantly, the spectators and athletes.

Signature Systems Group, LLC, is a worldwide leader in the manufacture of stadium turf protection, specialty flooring and fencing products, while Signature Systems Europe Limited manages the company’s projects in the UK, Middle East, Sub-Saharan and North Africa. Email Debra Wong at dwong@signaturesystemsgroup.com or Tony Booth in the UK at tbooth@signaturesystemsgroup.com. Or, for more information, visit www.signaturesystemsgroup.com

Wembley transformation: from FIFA World Cup friendly to Title Fight to Concert

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Sports sector stalwarts Arena Seating and Terraplas Plc played a vital role in this week’s transformation of Wembley Stadium from FIFA World Cup warm-up game on May 30 to Super Middleweight Title Fight on May 31, followed by a quick reconfiguration for this weekend’s trio of sold-out One Direction concerts.

 

 

The title re-match was one of the toughest turnarounds in the stadium’s history: with it being just 24hrs before the England v Peru game. After the 90,000 football fans vacated the premises the venue needed to be completely reconfigured. This included laying Terraplas’ turf protection system onto the pitch, building the ring, and installing the temporary seating, which was completed by Arena Seating who had been contracted by promoters Matchroom to provide 8,456 flat tip-up seats, 908 of which were ringside.

 

 

Originally expecting to sell around 35,000 tickets, over 80,000 were sold in the end, making it the biggest boxing match in British history, smashing the previous record of 70,000 attendance for 1933’s heavyweight bout between Jack Doyle and Jack Petersen.

 

 

Martin Clark, Project Director at Arena Seating – part of global event services company, Arena Group – commented:

This was a relatively straight forward job equipment wise, but the turnaround is one of the tightest we’ve ever had to work to. We had over 50 staff on site, working through the night for the build and the removal, with 8×40’ trucks delivering equipment. The timing of vehicle movements and installation needed to be precisely scheduled along with other suppliers.

 

With all of the additional tickets sold, the floor plan changed numerous times to accommodate the extra seats and comply with all access, egress and fire safety regulations. There was no room for mistakes as we worked to the carefully detailed seating manifests.

 

 

The removal had to be completed within a tight overnight timeframe to allow for the reconfiguration of the stadium in preparation for super group boy band One Direction, who will play their three sell-out gigs to over 250,000 fans this weekend, June 6-8.

 

 

You can watch a time-lapse video showing the transformation online at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fzgWm905iZ8

 

Wembley set up for Froch v Groves

Terraplas protects the finish-line at Folsom Field

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At the end of every academic year, the University of Colorado hosts its BolderBOULDER 10K run and for the last 12 years terraplas turf protection has been at the finish-line.

The eventual winner at the University’s Folsom Field stadium on 27 May 2013, was Kenyan Allan Kiprono, who completed the course in a time of 29 minutes and 28.79. His strong finish led Kenya to the International Team Challenge title, ending Ethiopia’s six-year reign in the race.

Terraplas USA’s (TUSA) Site Managers for the event, Justin King and Aaron Molander, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but they also ran in the race; Justin finished in a time of 55 minutes, while Aaron was a few strides ahead and completed the 10K course in 52 minutes, both very respectable times.

Protecting the BolderBOULDER finish-area, located in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field, was 60,000sqft of terraplas.

The timing devices that recorded each runner’s time were located under the terraplas at the finish-line, with each competitor having a chip tied to their shoe or in their bib. Thanks to Terraplas USA and Folsom Field’s highly professional team of groundsmen, the venue was able to return to football stadium mode immediately after the 10K run.

60,000sqft of terraplas® – the ultimate Turf Protection – protected the University’s Folsom Field for this year’s BolderBOULDER 10K run.

60,000sqft of terraplas protected the University’s Folsom Field for this year’s BolderBOULDER 10K run.

 

Justin King, one of TUSA’s Site Managers for the 2013 BolderBOULDER 10K run, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but also took part in the race, which ends in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field.

Justin King, one of TUSA’s Site Managers for the 2013 BolderBOULDER 10K run, not only managed the install and removal of the terraplas but also took part in the race, which ends in the University’s football stadium, Folsom Field.

Event flooring manufacturer Signature receives investment

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Signature Systems Group LLC has announced that Cleveland-based private equity firm Linsalata Capital Partners has acquired a majority interest in Signature, previously owned by Dubin Clark & Co. of Greenwich, Connecticut. Signature designs, manufactures, and sells a broad range of specialty flooring and fencing products, including for the special event, sports and trade show industries.

Growth is our mission and what attracted us (Linsalata Capital and Signature) to each other,

explained Arnon Rosan, founder and CEO of Signature Systems.

When we found ourselves at the centre of a seven-way bidding war, we knew that we wanted to go with Linsalata because they truly understand and embrace the entrepreneurial spirit that drives our company and each of our employees.

Headquartered in New York City, Signature has sales, manufacturing and distribution cents in Los Angeles, Orlando, Baltimore, and the UK, and ships more than 10,000 orders a year to clients across the globe.

After supplying more than 2,000,000ft² of temporary roadways and outdoor flooring for the 2012 London Olympics, Signature said it is hard at work designing new products to propel the company even further on its upward trajectory.

Signature is a great opportunity for LinCap,

said Daniel L. DeSantis, Managing Director at Linsalata Capital Partners,

Arnon and his team have done a wonderful job building a platform that leverages strong product development, a unique sales and marketing driven culture and exceptional service capabilities. We believe the growth prospects for Signature are very strong.

Arnon Rosan at Stadia & Arena 2012 with a behind the scenes look at supplying flooring to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Arnon Rosan at Stadia & Arena 2012 with a behind the scenes look at supplying flooring to the London Olympic and Paralympic Games.