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Star Events supports Foo Fighters at Invictus Games

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Star Events Group supplied stage, rigging, grandstand, ancillary structures and miles of fencing and barriers to AEG Live’s Invictus Games’ Closing Concert, a first big event for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s south lawn.

Headlined by Foo Fighters in front of a 26,000-strong crowd, and broadcast by the BBC, the concert crowned a phenomenal four days of sport for injured servicemen and women, motivated by Prince Harry.

As Official Supplier to AEG Live, together with parent company Beaver 84, Star Events provided for Unspun’s Opening Ceremony before adapting the kit to accommodate Foo Fighters and nine other Closing Concert acts, together with a succession of medal presentations.

Star Events clad the grandstand, stage right, with vinyl-wrapped solid panels from its Vista range, combining the requirement for a clean, corporate finish with the need to prevent any access underneath, in step with stringent security measures.

Roger Barrett, Star Events’ Special Projects Director, commented:

There were two very different sets of infrastructure in the original plans, but through cooperation from all involved, Unspun and AEG Live were able to share resources, with all the obvious benefits.

While we didn’t have any events in the space for three days, the Games was going on all around and the changeover took a lot of planning. We got it all across the line though and it was both a pleasure and a privilege to play such a big part in a truly inspiring event.

Jim King, Senior Vice President, Events at AEG Live, said:

Star’s experience, and its solutions to the demands of putting a new event into a tight new space, were integral elements to the success of the Invictus Games’ Closing Concert.

Barrett briefed delegates at the Stadia & Arena conference in Singapore this week, as part of a key group of events professionals who support concerts and other one-off events in stadiums around the world. Stadia & Arena will return to Singapore in 2015.


Tierp motorsport track expanding events through sound

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The sound is ear-splitting: the howl of race-tuned engines vying with each other to strip paint by SPL alone from the concrete walls of the long U-shaped arena at Tierp, purpose-built track on an old military airfield in central Sweden. The brainchild of Lief Andréasson, this derelict patch of perfectly level wasteland has been turned into one of the most modern drag racing arenas in the world – with a host of other events planned, including concerts. It’s 2.51km (1.56 miles) of motorsport racetrack just 120 km (75 miles) north of Stockholm with the capacity for 20,000 spectators.

Tierp's sound system overcomes trackside volumes.

Tierp’s sound system overcomes trackside volumes.

Tierp Arena co-director Lars Erik Lindberg enthused:

We’ve built one of the best race tracks in the world, one of the best facilities for drag racing anywhere.

Its inaugural year saw one European Championship race, and in 2012 two European Championships and two Swedish Championship races.

He continued:

The reason it’s one of the best is simple: the track is concrete so it’s really flat and stable; not so sensitive to weather or temperatures. Modelled on Formula 1 tracks, it now has one of Sweden’s longest straights, plus open hairpins and very fast corners. And the facilities are excellent: grandstands for 20,000 people, many toilets, showers, and a large pit area with all the facilities the teams could want.

If drag racing is loud, it follows that the commentary has to be a few dBs more potent still. Karl-Gustaf Kahlau, of Renkus-Heinz Sweden distributor Luthman SMTTS AB, said:

The key to the audio for a drag racing audience is, of course, to make it loud so the audience can hear what the commentator is saying above the noise of the cars. What they’ve done at Tierp Arena is to use line array modules that are powerful enough, but compact enough not to obscure sightlines. When the audience is watching a race, they obviously don’t want a bulky sound system in the way.

With our help, they decided on low profile PNX102/LA line array modules, 24 boxes in total, bolted in pairs to customised steel ground frames to make 12 independent freestanding clusters, that they could place along the length of the racetrack at ground level pointing upwards towards the audience.

The line array modules are matched to high efficiency Powersoft amplifiers via a weather-insulated network of pre-installed underground cables under the racetrack, and weatherproofed ground facility panels, all running back to the amp rack room in the main building.

The track can deploy the sound system on other parts of the site for presentations, speeches and potentially for a rock concert for 10-20,000 people.

Sydney Cricket Ground for MLB 2014 opening series

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Sydney Cricket ground,

Sydney Cricket Ground’s renovation includes a baseball event mode.

The Sydney Cricket Ground will host Major League Baseball’s 2014 Opening Series. The games between the National League West rivals Los Angeles Dodgers and Arizona Diamondbacks will be Major League Baseball’s first regular season games to be staged in Australia. The Sydney Cricket Ground will be fully renovated to a baseball configuration and Major League standards in order to host the games.

MLB has previously opened seasons in Monterrey, Mexico (1999); Tokyo, Japan (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012); and San Juan, Puerto Rico (2001). Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig said:

The globalisation of our game continues to be paramount to Major League Baseball, and Australia is an essential part of our long-term efforts to grow the sport. We look forward to writing an exciting new chapter in international baseball history at the historic Sydney Cricket Ground next March.

The groundbreaking event was announced by the Premier of New South Wales, Barry O’Farrell, at a press conference in Sydney, which was attended by Tom Nicholson, Director of MLB’s Australia & Oceania Office, and Tim Slavin, Chief of Business Affairs and Senior Counsel for the MLBPA.

Major League Baseball’s history at the Sydney Cricket Ground dates to December 1888, when Spalding’s World Tourists played a series of exhibition games, including a December 15, 1888 contest that attracted 5,500 spectators.

Etihad Stadium will repeat Magic in 2014

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Following a highly successful seventh Magic Weekend, the RFL has confirmed that all 14 Super League Clubs will return to the Etihad Stadium, Manchester, over the weekend of Saturday 17 May and Sunday 18 May.

The 2014 Magic Weekend will be the second year of a two-year agreement with the RFL to stage the event, with the fixtures for the weekend to be confirmed later in the year.

Manchester City Operations Director Steve Sayer said:

Now in its second consecutive year at the Etihad Stadium, It was fantastic to once again welcome back legions of Super League fans to East Manchester.  The festival atmosphere in and around the stadium not only demonstrates the passion of the fans, but also why the Magic Weekend continues to grow in popularity. It’s a privilege to host such a great event and we can’t wait to do it again in May 2014 when the Magic Weekend returns for another action packed weekend of Rugby League.

Over 60,000 fans enjoyed a superb weekend of sporting action at Magic 2013, with a programme of matches and entertainment for all the family. The new tram link to Etihad Campus made access to the stadium even easier for many fans and the Fanzone was buzzing with activity including a whole range of fun challenges run by Super League partners including Heinz, Foxy Bingo, Brut, and Irn Bru.

Magic Weekend 2013

Parade Ring turns dance floor at Goodwood

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Goodwood Racecourse is among the British race courses that have reinvigorated horse racing by juxtaposing a classically British sport with the current passion for live, outdoor music events. After an exciting evening of horses thundering down the straight, the usually sedate Parade Ring turns into one of the most glamorous dance floors in the UK, complete with spectacular laser show.

Now in its third year, the West Sussex venue, just over an hour from London, has seen the likes Mark Ronson, Mike Skinner and Boy George take to the decks and thrill the countryside with the sound of music. Last year over 20,000 guests soaked up this unique experience at the sell-out nights and organisers anticipate even larger crowds in 2013.

The 2013 acts and dates are Rudimental, Andy Cato (Groove Armada) and Trevor Nelson.

Goodwood Racecourse Managing Director, Adam Waterworth said:

We’re thrilled to be celebrating the third year of Three Friday Nights event at Goodwood. We love the mix of the adrenalin of horse racing combined with the world renowned D’s we have signed. I am confident that this year will be our best year yet.

TEAMS ’13 in Salt Lake City room deal

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Teams '13 conference

The TEAMS Conference & Expo, 4-7 November in Salt Lake City, has partnered with the Hilton Salt Lake City Center to offer a special group rate of $139 per night for TEAMS ’13 attendees. The hotel is close to the Salt Palace Convention Center, site of the TEAMS ’13 Conference & Expo.

Organisers advise that the TEAMS ’13 room block will sell out, so click here to reserve your room today!

Keepmoat Stadium set to host world title fight showdown

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World boxing fans are set to descend on Doncaster as the Keepmoat Stadium has been chosen to host the IBF Bantamweight world title fight in May.

Doncaster’s Jamie McDonnell will be disputing the IBF Bantamweight crown against Mexican Julio Ceja on 11 May. The event will be the first time the stadium has hosted a night of international boxing.

Promoter Dennis Hobson said:

I am delighted to bringing the world title fight to the Keepmoat Stadium. Both Jamie and I have long been determined for his world title fight to take place at his home Stadium.

Ceja’s camp really wanted the fight to be staged in Mexico and we had to work really hard to bring this fight to South Yorkshire. The facilities at the Keepmoat Stadium are fantastic and Jamie is exceptionally proud to be showcasing Doncaster and the stadium to the world.

“We have been working very closely with Dennis Hobson and his team to secure the world title fight and it is another great accomplishment for the Stadium and strengthens the venues credentials as a multi-purpose facility,” said Gavin Baldwin, Chief Executive of Doncaster Rovers.

Jamie McDonnell

Jamie McDonnell will fight for the IBF Bantamweight world title at Keepmoat Stadium in May.