Type of event

  • Various Sporting Events

Event overview

Showforce has been supporting Arena Seating with installation of grandstand seating for more than 25 years and 2017 will be no exception. Events already completed this year by the Showforce team include the Joshua v Klitschko fight at Wembley, Aegon Championship, Queens Club London, Britain’s Got Talent, Adobe Summit, Grand National, London Marathon and Wimbledon.

To strengthen the relationship with Arena Seating and deliver further support and added value, key members of the Showforce team with Working at Height qualifications went on to have specific training with Arena directly related to their own kit and requirements, for the first time. As qualified climbers, the crew members have specific skills and equipment which is a resource that Arena can utilise to assist its own crew.

Aegon Championship

Event overview

Just one of the events where this training and skill set has been put to good effect is the installation of Arena’s grandstand seating for the Aegon Championships at the Queens Club, London. An annual event on the men’s professional ATP World Tour it was originally established in 1890 and is held each June in the run-up to Wimbledon. It has been consistently supported by the best singles and doubles players of the men’s game and is hugely popular with tennis fans.

Overview/brief of Showforce’s Involvement

The 2017 event will boast more seats than ever before and has seen the Showforce team in action, supporting Arena Seating for over six weeks. Clocking up almost 3000 man hours, the team of crew provided each day has included a telehandler driver and multiple climbers, all of whom are equipped and certified with an event specific Working at Height qualification.

Joshua v Klitschko fight

Event overview

Showforce assisted with the installation of Arena Seating’s flat floor seating system at Wembley Stadium for the much-anticipated IBF heavyweight title match between Anthony Joshua and Wladimir Klitschko which took place on the 10th May 2017.

Overview/brief of Showforce’s Involvement

A total of 90,000 spectators attended this monumental event in the boxing world; breaking the post-war attendance record for a boxing match. Seating of this capacity was made possible by the 40 crew members that were supplied over 3 shifts. The crew were tasked with the build and derig of all flat floor seating systems at the venue stretching over 320 man hours. They set up 9537 Flat tip-up seats and 921 Samsonite seats, all to ensure that every attendee had a clear vantage point, even when on the edge of their seat.

The fight lasted a total of 11 rounds with Joshua snatching the Victory against Klitschko with a TKO retaining his IBF heavyweight title and winning the vacant WBA super and IBO heavyweight belt.

Game, Set, Showforce!

Event overview

Showforce was also in action for Arena Seating from 5th – 21st June, on another major tennis tournament, indeed they don’t get much bigger than The Championships, Wimbledon. To ensure the smooth running of the project Showforce supplied nine of its crew members to assist, they hit the ground running, beginning the construction of the Clearview stands intended for the viewing pleasure of spectators on Court number 12.

Overview/brief of Showforce’s involvement

The following weeks consisted of readying the site with efficient vantage points including building the viewing platform for the practice court. In addition, a Grandstand on the outside of the complex was erected, allowing fans that don’t manage to get hold of tickets to watch matches live on the big screen.

When all the structures and scaffolding was in place, the huge numbers of seating required for the tournament was installed around the site. This was then followed by ensuring that all the fascias were aesthetically pleasing with four members of crew painting them the traditional ‘Wimbledon’ green colour.