Arena Group Supplies Seats to Major Events

The Arena Group is supplying temporary grandstand seating to Brazil’s Arena Fonte Nova stadium in Salvador, Bahia, increasing the venue’s capacity ahead of this year’s FIFA Confederation Cup and the 2014 FIFA World Cup.

The stadium’s current capacity of 56,500 will be increased by 5,000 temporary seats installed and managed in collaboration with Arena Group’s Brazilian partner FAST. The installation will be completed ahead of the first match to be held at the new stadium – Bahia v Vitoria in the Bahia State Championship on 31 March.

The project features Arena Group’s patented clearview seating system, which is mathematically proven to offer the best possible sightlines for an event by using a parabolic support system. Used across the London 2012 Olympics, clearview was utilised to create the 15,000 capacity temporary demountable beach volleyball stadium on Horse Guards Parade and over 45,000 seats across the ExCel centre.

Joe O’Neill, head of global overlay at The Arena Group, commented: “We invested heavily in new stock ahead of the London 2012 Olympics and this state of the art equipment is already proving popular globally. We’re delighted to be supplying Fonte Nove and are confident the many benefits of the system will be enjoyed by the stadium and its patrons.”

Fonte Nove is due to host three games during the FIFA Confederations Cup in June and will be one of the main venues for the 2014 World Cup.

Meanwhile, the Arena Group also supplied all 3,000 seats for Sochi 2014’s ‘Ice Cube’ curling centre in February 2013.

The seats – legacy stock from Arena Group’s involvement at the London 2012 Olympics – were delivered and installed ahead of the venue’s first international test event, the World Wheelchair Curling Championship (16th – 23rd February 2013).

The Curling Centre will also host the World Junior Curling Championship in March ahead of its Olympic debut. A moveable venue, it will be dismantled and transported for post-Games use as a curling centre in another Russian city.

O’Neill commented: “With the Curling Centre set to move after the Winter Olympics the organisers wanted a durable, long lasting demountable seating product that had proven track record in delivering on aesthetics, comfort and sustainability.

“Our London 2012 Olympic legacy stock, and extensive experience in supplying to some of the world’s most high profile events and venues, has opened up doors for us for major sporting events in the coming years and we’re very excited about what the future holds.”  

Photo credited to the Brazilian Government.

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