Leaders
Dallmeier

Business Directory

Browse the Directory

Sign Up to the Directory

Levy
FC Business Twitter
FC business Linked in
FC Business facebook
FC Business Youtube

Arena Seating Transform Bristol Rovers' Memorial Stadium

Thu 15th Sep 2016 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Bristol Rovers’ Memorial Stadium has an expanded capacity with two new look stands designed and installed by Arena Seating for the 2016/17 season.

The use of Arena’s demountable, or semi-permanent, seating systems meant the Club’s upgrades could be achieved quickly and economically.

Following consecutive promotions from Conference Premiership and League 2, the club was taken over by the Al Qadi family in February this year, and has since enjoyed an impressive third promotion into League 1. With the team performing well on the pitch the demand for tickets is up and the new owners have invested in upgrading the aging ground.

In line with advice from the local City Council and the Safety Advisory Group, the club took the decision to lower the control room at the cost of about £10,000 to the football club, which gave a 20% increase in capacity.

Ian Holtby, Stadium General Manager explains: 

“I have dealt with Arena Seating for 18 years, so there is a lot of trust and understanding between us. Their director Bradley Merchant is absolutely superb for this football club, he has always looked after us. Arena have always made themselves available, given fantastic service and been a professional company from start to finish.”

Arena Seating’s in-house CAD design and structural engineering teams combined to ensure the plans were fully approved by the clients and local licensing authorities before the South Stand was totally refurbished and given a 20% expanded capacity going from 850 to 1,056 seats. On the adjacent corner a smaller South West Stand was also installed by Arena, adding 360 seats and taking the ground’s capacity to 12,300.

Success on the pitch means Bristol Rovers has the opportunity to accommodate increased demand. Ian continues:

“Let’s be honest, this is an old, antiquated stadium, so Arena have once again been a very valuable part in upgrading the facilities we can offer. We have also got 18 executive boxes and we have sold all of those, the new owners are probably spending in the region of another £100,000 to make good those facilities. With the new stadium plans well underway we are only planning on being here for two years all being well, and obviously we need to maximise the facilities we have, not just on a normal Rovers match day but also non-match day for conferences, meetings, weddings, banquets – that’s what we are looking to achieve. Fingers crossed we get there!”

Posted by: Kev Howland 

Tripleplay 468 banner V2 (468x60_Animated_v2.gif)
RETURN TO LATEST NEWS SECTION
SUBSCRIBE TO THE FCBUSINESS RSS FEED
 
If you have any football business related news stories you’d like to share then please contact us – agourley@fcbusiness.co.uk

To subscribe to our range of football newsletters including news, products and jobs CLICK HERE.

Add to: Google Google | Yahoo Yahoo | Live Live | del.icio.us del.icio | Digg Digg |

Related Articles

In Focus: AVK GmbH - Olympic Standard Equipment Services

Tue 23rd May 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

AVK GmbH is an international company located in Vienna, Austria, specialising in the complex equipping of sports facilities at different levels, from school sports halls to Olympic stadiums....

Host Your Conference Or Meeting Next To The Home Of Football

Wed 17th May 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Why not organise your next conference or meeting next to the home of football? The Holiday Inn London – Wembley has a range of meeting rooms to suit every need, no matter how individual your...

Fenerbahçe Join Hybrid Pitch Revolution

Wed 17th May 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Turkish giants Fenerbahçe are to follow in the footsteps of other top Süper Lig clubs by having a SISGrass hybrid pitch installed this summer. The re-turfing at the Şükrü...

Ronald Koeman Opens Cruyff Court Everton

Thu 11th May 2017 | Football Stadiums & Facilities

Everton manager and Johan Cruyff Foundation Ambassador Ronald Koeman officially open Cruyff Court Everton, a community facility operated by Everton in the Community to provide children in the local...