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On the eve of the first Rugby World Cup match to be held at the transformed London Olympic Stadium, Populous released this new video, explaining just what has changed in the stadium and surrounding park since the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Since being designed to host the world’s largest sporting event in 2012, the stadium has been totally transformed, to create a world-class venue for a range of sports and events, including football, rugby, athletics, cricket and concerts, with a new flexible seating system to give all spectators the ultimate experience.

Populous produced this video in collaboration with Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park/London Legacy Development Corporation, BuroHappold Engineering and Balfour Beatty.
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Main image courtesy: Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park/London Legacy Development Corporation.

Populous is an event sponsor for our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 taking place at the Singapore Sports Hub next week, September 28-30. The firm’s Paul Shakespeare and Paul Paterson will also be presenting the findings of Populous’ year-long “Tomorrow’s Together: What will shape the venues of the future” project during the conference, which was conducted in conjunction with PanStadia & Arena Management.

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With just over one month to go until the start of Rugby World Cup 2015, the Organising Committee, England Rugby 2015, has started its final phase of testing and readiness in preparation for the start of the tournament.

The past year has seen a robust programme of testing, preparation and observations at various tournament venues around the country. This has included in-venue testing and observation during England v Samoa at Twickenham Stadium in November 2014, England v France in the Under-20s Six Nations at Brighton Community Stadium in March 2015, The BUCS Rugby Championships Final at Twickenham Stadium in March 2015 and Northampton Saints v Saracens at Stadium MK in April 2015.

This phase of testing included desktop exercises, simulations and observations to test all aspects of delivery. These exercises included full stakeholder representation from Rugby World Cup Limited, host cities and match venues through to blue light services.

The next month will see the final preparations ahead of the start of the tournament, which will include testing transport, spectator experience and accreditation processes and elements to ensure the best possible experience for teams and spectators.

Testing and observation will take place at the following fixtures ahead of Rugby World Cup 2015:

Millennium Stadium, Cardiff
8 August – Wales v Ireland, 14:30
5 September – Wales v Italy, 17:00

Twickenham Stadium, London
15 August – England v France, 20:00
5 September – England v Ireland, 14:30

The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park
29 August – Barbarians v Samoa, 15:00

Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester
5 September – Georgia v Japan, 16:45

Sandy Park, Exeter
Exeter Chiefs’ friendlies: 5 September and 19 September

Rugby World Cup 2015 host venues:

Thirteen match venues have been confirmed to host Rugby World Cup 2015 matches, these are:

Brighton Community Stadium

Elland Road

Kingsholm Stadium

Leicester City Stadium

Manchester City Stadium

Millennium Stadium

The Stadium, Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park

Sandy Park

St James’ Park

Stadium MK

Twickenham Stadium

Villa Park

Wembley Stadium


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Image courtesy: Rugby World Cup 2015

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:

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