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Stechert mourns MD

Franz Stegner, Stechert Group’s long-standing Managing Director, died unexpectedly at the age of 78 on Monday, 22nd June. The Managing Board of Stechert Group and the whole staff issued a statement:

We will miss our Managing Director and leading figure, but above all, we will sorely miss the human Franz Stegner. All employees will always keep him in honourable memory. Our sympathy goes out to his family and relatives. In deep mourning.

Franz Stegner joined Stechert in 1966 and was a member of the management board since 1969. Since then, he and his wife Eva-Maria developed the company from a small supplier to an international well-known enterprise. On this way, he always went ahead with commitment, bravery and foresight.

In the 1990s he decided to produce seats for stadiums and arenas. By equipping the Olympiastadion in Berlin for the 2006 World Cup, he achieved the first big success in that area. Due to his meticulous effort he was able to place “his seats” in most Bundesliga stadiums and World Cup venues in Germany, South Africa and Brazil. Recently he was very proud of being included in the Lexicon of German world market leaders (“Lexikon der deutschen Weltmarktführer”) from Florian Langenscheidt and Prof. Bernd Venohr.

Stegner’s open door

The former upholsterer Franz Stegner came from a humble background and worked hard to climb the ladder of success according to his motto “with luck, mind and God’s hand”. Thereby he always followed his entrepreneurial instinct and stayed true to himself. The greatest achievement for him was to guarantee his loyal employees a safe job for decades.

He always recognised the signs of the times and therefore managed to develop Stechert into a substantial size in the furniture market. By founding the Gössnitzer Stahlrohrmöbel GmbH shortly after German reunification, he established the company quickly in Eastern Germany and strengthened its market position.

By founding two new companies, the STW GmbH and the TIL GmbH, he expanded the portfolio of the Stechert Group again and joined the interior construction market as well as the market of theatre and auditorium seating. With the “Elbphilharmonie” in Hamburg, the “Philharmonie de Paris” by Jean Nouvel and the new Stage “Theater an der Elbe”, the STW already had notable references after a short time.

Franz Stegner was an entrepreneur of the old school. He always put the interests of the company above his own. His door stood always open for the staff and he helped them with words and deeds. Thus, he created an unique atmosphere and team spirit.

Besides his company, he displayed major commitment to social and charity projects. He promoted sport and culture in our region like no one else. Further on, he founded the “Stechert-Stegner- Stiftung” which helps people who suffer hardship through no fault of their own in Franconia, Germany and in the whole world.

For his entrepreneurial achievements he was awarded the Order of Merit of the Federal Republic of Germany in 2003.

New substitutes‘ benches for SC Paderborn’s Benteler Arena

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After a tremendous first half of the season, SC Paderborn’s players deserved a bit of luxury, which was delivered in the form of new substitutes’ benches at the Club’s Benteler Arena, provided by STECHERT Group.

The benches were installed during the winter break and consist of STECHERT’s VIP-seat model range, ‘HAMBURG‘, which have been installed on a beam. With its integrated seat-heating system, these seats will keep both the players and staff warm, even when there are arctic temperatures, which will hopefully also create an on-field advantage.

With their classic design and the high-class workmanship of the SCP-logo that adorns the front of the seats, the benches are aesthetically-pleasing too.

Since 2008, the STECHERT Group has installed about 5,000 shell-seats, 700 VIP-seats and many reporter and commentator seats at Benteler Arena. And, due to the success of SC Paderborn (SCP) on the field, even more reporter and commentator seats were installed in 2014 to meet with the Bundesliga’s requirements.

Images courtesy: STECHERT Group

Images courtesy: STECHERT Group

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:


Wembley set up for Froch v Groves

GL events rebrands Slick Seating

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GL events Seating and Stadia is the new name for Slick Seating after a rebrand two years after its purchase by GL events. Scott Hayward, Managing Director of GL events UK Group, explained:

Under the ownership of GL events, Slick Seating has grown considerably – both in its capabilities and its products. The company is now in a very strong position when it comes to supplying event seating and the re-development of stadiums. The standard of our seating solutions combined with the expertise of the team has become a valuable asset when it comes to offering clients a complete package for their event.

We can manufacture, hire and sell all forms of tiered seating – from 100 seater grandstands for a smaller sporting events to a bespoke tiered seating stand for events of all shapes and sizes, both indoor and outdoor. Our sports portfolio this year has included major events such as the Lawn Tennis Association’s Aegon Classic at Edgbaston, the Open Golf Championship at Muirfield, and the AJ Bell World Squash Championship. Stadium redevelopment in particular is an area where we have excelled, this year; we designed and constructed the new East Stand at Barnet FC’s ground, and work is now underway constructing new stands at both Borehamwood FC and Watford FC.

The new brand will sit under the recently formed GL events UK Group umbrella along with Owen Brown and Snowdens. Hayward added:

We have a considerable number of clients that now engage with several of our brands as we can provide a complete package for their events. Using the umbrella brand of GL events Group UK allows us clarity in our proposition as a ‘one-stop-shop’ while still recognising the roots of our business with the well known names of Owen Brown and Snowdens.

Etihad Stadium capacity increase on the horizon

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Earlier this year, Manchester City Football Club issued a questionnaire to fans and held an exhibition at the Etihad Stadium to present the Club’s options for the potential expansion of the ground’s seating capacity. The capacity of the Etihad Stadium is currently around 47,500. The Club’s two proposed options are to undertake the expansion of the South Stand alone (phase 1), to increase matchday capacity to around 54,000, or to expand both the South and North Stands at the same time (phases 1 and 2), to increase matchday capacity to about 60,000.

In the event of planning permission being granted, it is the Club’s current intention to first proceed with the development of the South Stand. However a phased or concurrent approach – pursuing the additional construction of an extension to the North Stand – remains a possibility.

This proposed expansion of the Etihad Stadium would allow the club to introduce a new Seasoncard for £299, and to improve the hospitality offer.

The club plans a formal public consultation during the the autumn and submission of a planning application to Manchester City Council in December. Spokesperson: Pete Bradshaw, Head of Infrastructure & Corporate Responsibility; said:

Manchester City Football Club strives to provide its supporters and visiting fans with one of the best possible matchday experiences in the Premier League and European football. Games are selling out frequently prior to going on open sale and there is rising demand from supporters for more season tickets, matchday tickets and premium seating. This is why we are considering these expansion proposals.