Latest News Headlines

Arena Group overlay stats at Rugby World Cup 2015

Arena Group overlay stats at Rugby World Cup 2015

UK - The numbers stacked up as Arena Group, England 2015’s official supplier of temporary overlay at the Rugby World Cup 2015, supplied 54 venues around the UK throughout the tournament.  

While The All Blacks blazed their way to victory on the pitch, behind the scenes a UK company, Arena Group, was the turnkey design and build delivery partner, providing a wide range of temporary overlay to upgrade all 54 venues, including 13 stadium venues and 41 team bases. Each venue required additional elements, often behind the scenes to cope with the surge in players, media, officials and visitor numbers experienced throughout the games. There were substantial amounts delivered across England and Wales, listed is the RWC 2015 by numbers:

  • 12 megawatts of temporary power generation across all venues
  • 2,000m² of tents
  • 3,000m² of dedicated bespoke media facilities with comfort cooled floor space
  • 16km of security and perimeter fencing
  • 700m² of portable buildings for temporary offices
  • 60 tonnes of temporary scaffolding for camera towers
  • 10,000m² of temporary roadways and car parking: various ground protection products
  • 450m of bespoke press and broadcast tables across four match venues
  • 100m temporary bridges: three mixed use bespoke (pedestrian/service) bridges and three scaffold-based turnstile gantries.
  • 2,500m³ of storage space (containers)
  • Over 100 temporary toilets: Provision of both front and back-of-house toilets, associated water and waste infrastructure and servicing across numerous match venues
  • A project management and site management team of circa 20 people lead by Arena’s project director Nathan Pankhurst.

Most notably, the three storey Venue Media Centre located at Twickenham, accommodated 600 international media, relaying the latest Rugby World Cup action to countries across the globe. The 35m x 25m three-storey temporary structure, totalling 2,400m2 of floor space, delivered as a fully-functioning event media facility with broadband and Wi-Fi capability, press rooms for interviews and media desks. Similarly there was a two-storey media facility at Kingsholm Stadium, Gloucester, along with a pitch-side commentary studio.

Another stand-out facility was the fully fitted out ‘The 3rd Half’ bar at Twickenham. Arena Group also supplied pitch perimeter power provision and distribution for photographers and press, fitted-out bespoke coach’s boxes at match venues and fitted out media function rooms at various match venues.

Grahame Muir, CEO Arena Group UK and Europe, comments: “The Rugby World Cup 2015 has been the third largest global sporting event and England 2015 has been very diligent ensuring the facilities at every ground have befitted the profile of the tournament. This has been a very wide scoping overlay project, after extensive planning our team has been responding to many last minute details changing throughout the course of the tournament, taking each game as it comes.”

18th November 2015

© 1999 - 2021 Entertainment Technology Press Limited News Stories