A new 2,700-seater stand has been built in just six weeks at Barnet FC’s new stadium The Hive, ready for the start of next season. The West Stand at the Bees’ new Edgeware home, has increased the ground’s capacity to 5,100, including 3,500 seats, after construction began in April.
The stand was erected by tiered seating specialists GL events Slick Seating. The build technique – a seating deck fixed onto a steel structure – is unusual for British football stadiums, which usually have stands made of stepped concrete terraces.
Slick Seating said that, although built in a fraction of the time of a traditional concrete stand, the West Stand is capable of lasting just as long as any other permanent stand.
All of its seats, which are coloured amber and black to reflect the club’s colours, are now in place, while beneath the stand, contractors are now installing toilets and concessions. Slick is also installing 750 seats in The Hive’s main stand.
Scott Hayward, Managing Director of Slick Seating (pictured below) said:
There has been a huge amount of interest in the stand among supporters who are excited about seeing such a large facility taking shape so quickly.
From our point of view, this project has underlined our belief that Hybrid stands have a place in British sport .
They are perfect for clubs, especially those in the lower divisions, who want to increase their capacities quickly and cost effectively.