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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.

Twenty20 cricket lined up for London’s Olympic Stadium

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English county cricket team, Essex CCC, has agreed a deal in principle to play Twenty20 matches in London’s Olympic Stadium.


The Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Stadium will become ‘home’ to West Ham United FC in August 2016 and in the same year that the English Premier League team is slated to make its debut at the Stadium, Essex CCC is hoping to play its Twenty20 matches here during a two-week ‘festival’ featuring other local teams Kent and Middlesex.


Essex CCC Chief Executive, Derek Bowden, claims the plans have the support of both the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC); the organisation that oversees use of the Olympic Park following the 2012 Olympic Games.


Bowden told radio station BBC Essex:

In principle, there is an agreement that a two-week festival of T20-type cricket could be played at the Olympic Park from 2016. Ourselves, Kent and Middlesex have all expressed interest in playing there. London Legacy and the ECB are very supportive of the notion of a two-week festival of cricket in the summer.


Essex CCC first stated its wish to play at the Olympic Park in 2010 and had a bid to become a tenant of the stadium knocked back in March 2012. The county’s Chelmsford ground is 30 miles from the east London venue and is in the process of an £80m (€98.1m/$134.6m) redevelopment.

London adds international showjumping to summer of sport

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The International Quarter, adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, will stage a round of the Global Champions Tour 6-9 June. Britain’s Olympic show jumping gold medallists will be competing along with the world’s top 30 riders for record prize money of around €750,000.

A grandstand for 3,000 spectators, paying between £10 and £50, will be erected around the arena with corporate hospitality marquees for 700 people alongside. A shopping village and a giant TV screen will also be available for the public.

It is a great opportunity to stage the competition at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, creating a true link to the legacy of the London Games. We have already received strong support from the local community and look forward to delivering an exciting sporting event for everyone,

said Peter Phillips of SEL-UK (Sports & Entertainment Ltd), the event’s organiser.

One of our Legacy hopes was that we would be able to bring world class showjumping back into the heart of the city where so many Olympic dreams were made; we feel extremely fortunate to see these hopes realised,

said Iain Graham, Chief Executive for British Showjumping.