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Arena Group enjoys Gleneagles Glory

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Mirroring the joy of the victorious Team Europe, Ryder Cup organisers were delighted their visions for hosting the 40th Ryder Cup were widely applauded, with Arena Group expertise central to the transformation of Gleneagles Golf Course with temporary event structures, grandstand seating and interiors, Sept 24-28, 2014.

The 2014 Ryder Cup extended its credentials as a global sporting event, with over 500 million TV viewers, giving exceptional event experiences to fans on course and on screen. Over 200,000 people attended the historic course to be part of the melting pot of golfing skills and emotions, as 24 of the world’s leading players battled each other and the course. Closing moments saw spectators packed into the 18th grandstand along with sponsors in the Aviemore Pavilion creating an ebullient party atmosphere as European captain Paul McGinley lifted the coveted trophy.

Arena Group is proud of its long association with The Ryder Cup organisers, spanning two decades of European tournaments, and understands that meticulous planning and strong project management is the key to delivering a successful, world class event.

Ryder Cup match director, Edward Kitson, explained:

Arena listened, understood, then made positive contributions as we planned and designed infrastructure for The 2014 Ryder Cup. They delivered exceptionally well and the quality of product, from premium hospitality, public and media facilities combined with the best grandstand seating we have ever seen, ensured another best in class performance.

Arena Seating project director, Bradley Merchant, managed a team of 20 though the installation of 14,700 seats across 18 grandstands and constructed using the company’s clearview™ seating system. Attentive to the aesthetic finish, from glass handrails facing the greens and branded skins facing out across the course, multiple configurations of seating wrapped greens and tees to put spectators close to their golfing heroes, all constructed with great care, particularly moving vast amounts of equipment around the sensitive golf course.

The main grandstands were the 1,844 capacity grandstand in a horseshoe configuration around the first tee and the 2,100 capacity looking steeply down onto the 18th green. All of the stands were busy throughout the tournament, including the 1,053 capacity 13th, 714 seats overlooking the 11th and the 648 seats curved around the 16th green.

Arena Structures, led by project director Ron Smith, installed 32 structures around Gleneagles. This included its Arcus curved roof system combined with cantilevered balconies supplied to the Ryder Cup for the first time. Most notably, the 15m x 100m triple deck Aviemore Pavilion overlooking the 18th fairway and green provided unrivalled views for The Ryder Cup partners from their prestigious hospitality onto the action of the final hole, and Team Europe’s emotional celebrations at the presentation of the Ryder Cup.

A range of structures and interiors provided elevated views onto the key areas of the course for hospitality guests; over 1,000 media told their stories to the world from Arena’s 30m x 50m TFS facility, whilst the players, officials, police and caterers were all accommodated within a range of custom designed structures.

Spaceworks provided all of the furniture on site, with over 15,000 pieces ranging from the new pressed steel contemporary Tolix range and stools with cocktail tables through to dining tables garden furniture in public areas, all facilities on site, the park and ride sites and the opening and closing ceremonies.

To achieve the organisers and designers’ aspirations the company invested £200,000 in especially sourced new contemporary collections. Well Dressed Tables also supplied all the cutlery, crockery and glassware to Jamie Oliver’s Fabulous Feasts Managing who catered across the court, with managing director Chris Piggott ensuring the complex logistical deployment was a success.

Grahame Muir, CEO of Arena UK & Europe, stated:

We are hugely proud to have supported the Ryder Cup organisers in delivering a superb tournament on all levels. On course facilities have moved forwards considerably, and it is a credit to our professional construction teams, who have spent a lot of time in Scotland this year, following on from our Glasgow Commonwealth Games success, to achieve these standards; safely and on schedule. I have received numerous positive comments regarding our performance at Gleneagles which I believe has firmly set a new standard in sports event infrastructure.

Ron Smith

Arena Structure’s project director, Ron Smith, at The 2014 Ryder Cup.

Arena Group celebrates after Commonwealth Games success

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As the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games came to a glittering end on Sunday night, Arena Group were celebrating after ensuring sporting fans had perfect views of the action throughout the 11 day event.

The last multi-sport event to be held in the UK for a generation, Arena Group was official Temporary Overlay and Structure Provider and Exclusive Temporary Seating Provider, supplying over 22,000 seats and 230 structures across 16+ venues.

The installations included the company’s patented clearview™ seating system, which has been the seating system of choice for many major events, including London 2012 and the 2014 FIFA World Cup. The latest in temporary structures technology was deployed across the Glasgow 2014 venues to create pristine environments for media, officials, athletes and merchandise.

Dave Withey, Sales & Marketing Director for Arena UK & Europe, said:

We are incredibly proud to have been involved in the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games. A huge congratulations to the Organising Committee who captured the nation’s love of sport and showcased the skill and knowledge that the UK has when it comes to designing, delivering and hosting world-class sporting events.

With equipment across almost every Glasgow 2014 venue, here are a few highlights of Arena Group’s involvement:

Cycling:  At the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome Arena Group demonstrated the power of its patented clearview™ seating system to provide optimum audience sightlines after designing and installing over 1,500 temporary tiered seats. The Velodrome was a challenging venue due to the 250m banked timber cycle track which slopes at an angle of 45 degrees. The final design featured 12 individual grandstands circling the track and located above the permanent seats. Each grandstand featured walkways underneath, maximising the use of floor space and meeting health and safety criteria and fire regulations.

Swimming:  Fans cheered on the action from 1,774 tiered clearview™ seats configured at the end of the pool, and on the balcony level. The seats on the balcony level were custom-designed with every element manufactured specifically. They will remain in situ permanently, leaving a legacy by ensuring Tollcross International Swimming Centre has a competition-standard capacity after the games have finished.

Lawn bowls, The stunning Kelvingrove Lawn Bowls Centre became home to 2,451 clearview™ seats carefully configured into three grandstands, giving perfect views of the precise skills needed for the sport.

Triathlon: Fans watched the moment when England’s Jodie Stimpson took home the first gold of the games from 1,632 clearview™ seats carefully positioned at the finish line and showcasing the stunning vista of Strathclyde Country Park.  Results officials looked on from two Arena Group structures positioned on the balcony of the watersports centre to give the best possible views and allow accurate, real time reporting.

Hockey: The Glasgow National Hockey Centre’s capacity was increased by 4,295 tiered seats configured across three grandstands. Forming a stadium environment for the competition, it included in-built structures for officials.

Shooting: The Barry Buddon Shooting Centre in Carnoustie was completely transformed by Arena Group from a military training camp to include three temporary shotgun ranges featuring adapted structures with an increased height, with temporary grandstands underneath.

Arena Group also supplied seats and structures at the Scotstoun Sports Centre for the table tennis and squash, the SECC for the netball, judo, wrestling and boxing, Glasgow Green for the marathon and Cathkin Braes for the mountain biking.

The team will begin removing the temporary structures and seating equipment this week, before heading straight to the Ryder Cup in Gleneagles where Arena Group is responsible for over 15,000 temporary seats and temporary hospitality structures on the 18th and 12th holes.

Arena Group also supplied seats and structures at the Scotstoun Sports Centre for the table tennis (pictured) and squash.

Arena Group also supplied seats and structures at the Scotstoun Sports Centre for the table tennis (pictured) and squash.

Arena Group at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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From São Paulo to Manchester, Arena Group is helping provide football fans with unrivalled views of the FIFA World Cup, as one of the biggest events in the global sporting calendar heads into the final stages in Brazil.


The host nation marked the start of their campaign with a win at the Arena de São Paulo, where fans enjoyed uninterrupted viewing from Arena Group’s patented clearviewtm seating system.


Over 62,000 fans were welcomed into the newly opened stadium, which features the largest ever temporary structures to be built in Brazil: two 9,000+ seat demountable grandstands situated in the North and South stands.


Joe O’Neill, Global Business Development Director at Arena Group, said:

We worked closely with our Brazilian partners FAST Engenharia, who built the stands utilising Arena Group’s clearview™ seating system. The huge two-storey buildings incorporate food and beverage outlets, toilets and officials and media rooms, with full working electrics and water. Each structure stands at 102m wide and 30m height, with 54 rows of seats, making them the largest demountable structures in the country.


In the UK, Arena Group’s Arena Seating division was part of the team that created a Brazilian oasis in the car park of the former Granada Studios in Manchester. The space has been transformed into a beach soccer venue, where some the world’s best teams have been competing over the duration of the tournament. The venue is also being used for ticketed screenings of World Cup fixtures that are being shown on two large video screens.


Contracted by client SportCel on behalf of ITV Sport, Arena Seating designed and installed three tiered grandstands around the perimeter of the pitch, bringing the capacity to 2,200.  The grandstands are branded in-line with the aspirations of ITV Sport.


Back in Brazil, the world was watching when last week’s Quarter Final game between Netherlands and Costa Rica took place at the new purpose-built Arena Fonte Nova. The stadium’s standard capacity of 56,500 was increased by 5,000 temporary clearviewtm seats.


The world will be watching once more when the Netherlands meet Brazil in tomorrow’s game at Estadio National to decide on third place.

Malaysia base for Arena Group

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The Arena Group has acquired Malaysia-based Asia Tent International, which substantially enhances the company’s logistical capabilities, storage facilities, personnel and stock quota for the delivery of temporary event structures throughout Asia. Arena Group CEO Greg Lawless (pictured left) said:

This is a strategic first step into growing the Arena Group’s client base throughout Asia. We now have the capacity to offer event organisers across all areas of the Middle and Far East easier access to independent specialist knowledge, and greatly improved logistics. This is a vital part of our vision to be a truly global event services supplier.

Arena Group’s current clients in Asia include the CIMB Classic and Sime Darby LPGA in Malaysia, the Formula 1 and HSBC LPGA in Singapore, and Ballantine’s Golf Championships in South Korea. Asia Tent International had provided event structures for the Commonwealth Games in Kuala Lumpur, Athens Olympics and Doha Asian Games.

Arena Group’s Malaysian operations will be carried out by the newly created Asia Tents Arena Sdn. Bhd. and headed by Arena Group Middle East and Asia CEO Paul Berger (pictured right), who said:

Malaysia will serve as a springboard for the Arena Group to deliver new capabilities and more comprehensive event infrastructure services across Asia. We look forward to enhancing our relationships with existing clients and expanding our services into new markets.

Wimbledon accommodates increased demand

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Wimbledon has increased capacity by using Clearview grandstands.

Wimbledon has increased capacity by using Clearview grandstands.

The 2013 Wimbledon Championships increased spectator capacity and comfort by using a range of Arena Group’s new Olympic infrastructure, adding to the growing number of events to benefit from the state-of-the-art products that were proven during last year’s Games.

The Arena Group team installed 3,500 temporary seats across ten courts, including 1,000 Clearview seats on court 12. Used to construct the London 2012 Beach Volleyball stadium at Horse Guards Parade, Arena Group utilised the same grandstand substructure for Wimbledon, investing in custom green seats to ensure the aesthetic continuity of the prestigious tournament.

Arena Seating Sales and Marketing Director Dave Withey said:

Every year the Wimbledon Championships look to the future; building on the success of previous years they continue to innovate and upgrade their facilities with the latest equipment. We’re proud to work with such a progressive organisation, where we can work together to improve spectator experience year-on-year. Utilising our Olympic legacy stock has helped us to meet this aim.

Bespoke green and white structures were used for luxury hospitality chalets, catering and retail outlets, children’s fan zone and public practice courts. Arena Deck, Arena’s custom designed lightweight decking product with glass handrails, formed an exterior viewing platform overlooking the practice courts.

Spaceworks and Well Dressed Tables – Arena’s event interior division – supplied furniture and tableware to the temporary structures including its new Chesterfields sofa range and Bella garden furniture in outside hospitality areas.

Temporary build-up for World Squash Championships

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The week-long PSA Men’s World Squash Championship, which takes place in Manchester in October, is developing temporary spectator capacity over two venues, the National Squash Centre, which will host preliminary rounds, and the Manchester Central convention complex, where the final stages will be held.

England Squash and Racketball in conjunction with Manchester City Council are the organisers. They have awarded Slick Seating the contract for temporary seating following a competitive tender. Slick will supply a number of temporary grandstands from its C View range, providing 500 and 1,100 seats to both venues respectively.

Scott Hayward, Managing Director of Slick Seating, said:

Squash is a fast-paced, incident-filled sport, so the spectators’ ability to see everything that takes place is crucial to their viewing experience.

Our C View temporary tiered seating system was developed in accordance with the stringent C value requirements of London 2012, which will ensure that everybody will have the best possible opportunity to enjoy uninterrupted views.

Scott Hayward, MD of Slick Seating.

Scott Hayward, MD of Slick Seating.