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Why have 95% of the World’s
Multi-Use National Stadiums
chosen Terraplas?
from 
Rod Stewart
 at Wembley in 1991 to 
Coldplay
 at Emirates Stadium in June 2012...
Because at least 99% of Terraplas systems
purchased, since we pioneered turf
protection in 1991, are still in use today!
W: 
www.terraplas.com          
T:
 +44 (0)1332 812813          
E:
 enquiries@terraplas.com
NO OTHER
MANUFACTURER CAN
MATCH THIS
PROVEN 22 YEAR
WORLDWIDE
PERFORMANCE!

O
ver the next five years Manchester will be at the centre 
of such football stadia projects as Manchester City’s 
new state-of-the-art training academy and the expected 
redevelopment of Manchester United’s ‘Theatre of Dreams’. 
However it is at another iconic Manchester venue, Manchester 
Central, where the world of football will meet for the Soccerex 
Global Convention on 6-10 September 2014. 
After 12 years spent on the road, the Convention’s move to 
Manchester will see the event evolve and adapt to its European 
location whilst still maintaining its global reputation. With 
preparations almost finalised for the World Cup in Brazil, 
the eyes of the football industry are now shifting towards 
the 2016 UEFA European Championship in France, the 2018 
FIFA World Cup in Russia and the multi-city 2020 UEFA 
European Championship, where stadia and football-related 
infrastructure projects will return to the forefront of the 
industry once again. In addition to catering for two of football’s 
landmark tournaments, the Convention will maintain and 
develop its global presence by providing a platform for every 
confederation and local organising committee to showcase 
their individual tournaments around the globe. With dedicated 
exhibition space, tournament-specific workshops and round-
table discussions on the different stages of tournament 
delivery, the Convention will be the key event to meet major 
event organisers for the thirty-plus tournaments taking place 
in the next five years. 
As well as the demand from major event organisers, the 
ongoing requirement for clubs and national FAs to maintain 
their stadiums, whilst adopting the latest technologies on 
the market, will ensure the exhibition floor and delegates 
in attendance are an even proportion of both buyers and 
suppliers. This will be practically demonstrated in a number 
of key areas within the industry including goal-line technology, 
wi-fi enabled stadiums, fan engagement and ticketing. 
Leading the discussion on all things major events-related will 
be British Olympic Association (BOA) President and Chairman of 
the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games Lord 
Coe. The double Olympic gold medallist will be at the Convention 
to discuss his experiences in overseeing the hugely successful 
London 2012 Olympics and the rigorous cycle that Games-
associated stadia go through in order to deliver a successful 
event and most importantly the tangible legacy that venues 
need to leave behind in order to benefit the local community 
economically and socially.
With over 4,000 industry stakeholders expected to attend, 
including key representatives from Europe’s top clubs, 
federations, government officials, local organising committees, 
tournament organisers, stadia suppliers, sponsors, agencies, 
key industry media and many more, the Soccerex Global 
Convention is a must- attend event for stadia companies 
looking to develop business within the football world, 
attracting the likes of Populous, Millennium Stadium, Terraplas, 
Adi Group, Viagogo, Wembley Stadium, Ticketmaster, 
Infield 3D, Goal Control, Ungerboeck Systems, Fortress, 
Huggity, Aviva Stadium, Donbass Arena, AFL Architects and 
SoccerGrass to name just a few. n
Football’s 
stadia
 
capital 
of
 
the
 
world
UEFA will be joined by a 
number of confederations 
at the Convention to 
discuss major events 
and stadium projects 
(here, Gianni Infantino, 
UEFA General Secretary, 
speaking at this year’s 
Forum in Manchester).
It is a city which boasts two of football’s most famous stadiums in the world, 
Old Trafford and the Etihad Stadium.
Structured round-table 
discussions and private meeting 
rooms provide a new dimension to 
networking and doing business.
135
column
soccerex
Why have 95% of the World’s
Multi-Use National Stadiums
chosen Terraplas?
from 
Rod Stewart
 at Wembley in 1991 to 
Coldplay
 at Emirates Stadium in June 2012...
Because at least 99% of Terraplas systems
purchased, since we pioneered turf
protection in 1991, are still in use today!
W: 
www.terraplas.com          
T:
 +44 (0)1332 812813          
E:
 enquiries@terraplas.com
NO OTHER
MANUFACTURER CAN
MATCH THIS
PROVEN 22 YEAR
WORLDWIDE
PERFORMANCE!

PANSTADIA & ARENA MANAGEMENT WINTER 2013/14
136
The Rugby League World 
Cup held recently in the 
UK and France highlights 
the progression of the 
sport and its stadium 
infrastructure.
Local 
support, 
global 
success
A
s this Winter edition of PS&AM 
went to press, the Rugby League 
World Cup (RLWC2013) in the UK, 
Wales and France was looking like a 
highly successful event. The opening 
fixtures all played out in front of packed 
stadiums. The tournament also set out 
with a full complement of sponsors 
already on board. 
After the first week Tournament 
Director Nigel Wood said there has 
never been a better time to be a Rugby 
League supporter: “In many ways this 
has been the most momentous week 
in the sport’s recent history: World 
Cup fever has elevated Rugby League’s 
profile to a new level both nationally and 
internationally and everyone involved 
deserves rich praise.
More than a quarter of a million people 
turned out to watch the 21 group 
matches and records were broken 
at a number of stadiums, including 
Huddersfield, where the John Smith’s 
Stadium attracted its biggest ever 
attendance for a sporting event for 
England’s victory over Ireland. 
The final at old Trafford saw a world 
record attendance for an international 
Rugby League game at 74,468. The 
biggest ever crowd for an international 
Rugby League game in Wales packed 
into the Millennium Stadium for the 
RLWC2013 opening ceremony, whilst 
huge crowds filled the stands at The 
Halliwell Jones Stadium in Warrington, 
Spotland Stadium in Rochdale, Derwent 
Park in Workington, The Memorial 
Stadium in Bristol, the KC Stadium in 
Hull, Parc des Sports in Avignon and 
Gilbert Brutus Stadium in Perpignan. 
MS3 Craven Park in Hull debuted its new 
North Stand for two RLWC2013 matches 
– Tonga’s clash with France and their 
showdown with southern-hemisphere 
rivals Samoa in a quarter-final.
Many of the stadiums hosting World 
Cup games have resulted from 
Superleague’s facility development 
policy of the last five years. Now the 
Rugby Football League is going through 
a Policy Review which will conclude 
with the implementation of a long-
term strategic plan. Whatever the 
Five international Rugby League 
tournaments played out a Festival 
of World Cups in smaller stadiums 
in England during the summer. The 
five tournaments that make up the 
Festival of World Cups are Women, 
Wheelchair, Police, Student and 
Armed Forces, and this was the 
first time all these competitions 
had been held together at the same 
time of year. Medway Park in Kent, 
Colchester Garrison, Essex and 
Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds 
staged the finals between them.
RLWC2013 
Tournament 
Director Nigel Wood.

www.psam.uk.com
137
FEATURE
rugby 
league 
world cup
league structure that results in terms 
of numbers of teams in Superleague 
(12 from 2015), a Superleague second 
division and promotion/relegation, 
there is no doubt that club licences 
will continue to drive improved 
spectator accommodation.
Transformation 
touchdown
Typical of the new breed of Superleague 
stadiums is Langtree Park. In the 
1800s, it was an industrial site for 
coal mining, chemical works and glass 
production. Today it’s St Helen’s Rugby 
Football Club’s new 18,000 capacity 
stadium and a superstore. The £25 
million creation of Langtree Park is a 
remarkable story of transformation, 
completely regenerating a large area 
of poor quality brownfield land, says 
Kevin Onions SiLC, Technical Director, 
Wardell Armstrong.
When the site was bought by the 
Langtree Group – a commercial 
property development company 
specialising in regeneration – there 
was a serious legacy of spoil waste, 
instability and contamination risks 
to be overcome. These included the 
dilapidated remains of an old bottle 
factory, a backfilled opencast site, mine 
workings, shafts and old structures.
Engineering and environmental 
consultancy Wardell Armstrong 
was commissioned to design the 
site investigation works, identify 
a remediation strategy and act as 
checking engineers.
Coal workings at thirty metres or less 
were drilled and grouted to stabilise 
voids. All the main coal mining shafts 
were capped. Contamination risks 
were closely examined. Some material 
was removed, with any remaining 
contamination largely dealt with 
through risk assessment and breaking 
pathways to vulnerable receptors.
Much of the material from the site was 
reclaimed and reused as sub-grade for 
hard standing and car parks. A major gas 
pipe line was diverted to avoid building 
constraints. After investigation and 
recording, the above-ground structure 
of the scheduled ancient monument 
was fenced off and protected as an 
important historical relic.
Wardell Armstrong was also involved 
in the tendering process to appoint a 
design and build contractor – won by 
Barr Construction, a specialist in sports 
stadiums and arenas. The consultancy 
provided environmental and engineering 
support throughout the construction 
programme and twelve month defects 
period. The new St Helens RFC stadium 
was completed in October 2011 and the 
stadium recently added a LED screen at 
the entrance prior to the World Cup.
Southern  
hemisphere league
Australia and New Zealand are the 
major rugby league playing countries 
in the southern hemisphere, with Fiji, 
Tonga and Samoa also hotbeds of the 
game. The Rugby League International 
Federation (RLIF) has recently approved 
a proposal from Australia and New 
Zealand to jointly host the 2017 
Rugby League World Cup, as well as 
an expression of interest from South 
Africa. Formal bids are now to be 
submitted in the coming weeks with a 
decision is expected in January.
In Australia state funding of stadiums 
and the popularity of the National 
Rugby League (NRL) is driving venue 
development. The NRL, whose 
recent Member Summit emphasised 
encouraging club membership to fans, 
is open to expansion and the criteria 
are: viability, stadiums, media and 
grassroots development. Some bidding 
regions or cities have an existing, 
albeit older, NRL-compliant stadium 
to back up the bid of an expansion 
team. Central Queensland (CQ) NRL 
Bid is linking its NRL expansion bid to a 
proposed publicly-owned CQ stadium 
that will be available within a few years. 
The Federal Government recently 
allocated $500,000 to proceed with 
the licensing and approvals stage of the 
stadium project.
CQ NRL Bid CEO Denis Keeffe dismisses 
Brisbane-based bids that claim they 
will share Suncorp with the other three 
anchor tenants as unrealistic and other 
west of Brisbane stadium proposals as 
longer-term.
The New South Wales Federal 
Government has pledged AU$10m 
($8.94m) to redevelop Manly Sea 
Eagle’s Brookvale Oval. The commitment 
is part of the AU$30m ($26.8m) first 
stage of the Sydney venue’s four-stage 
concept plan. The redevelopment project 
will include a purpose-built grandstand 
with 4,350-seat capacity in addition to 
new f&b outlets, corporate hospitality 
areas and community meeting spaces. n
Langtree Park is typical of the 
stadium developments that have 
been spurred on by standards set 
by Superleague.

Securing 
major 
events 
Andrew Amery, point man for the 
Metropolitan Police in the London Olympic 
Games Organising Committee, reflects on 
today’s venue security issues.
A
ndrew Amery has just spent a 
decade on the Olympic project in 
London. He was involved in putting the 
bid together and worked in various roles 
for the Metropolitan Police, eventually 
being seconded to the London Olympic 
Games Organising Committee and at 
Games time working as Head of Security 
Co-ordination. He is now working as 
a consultant.
What was the most important lesson 
learned from London 2012?
Integration. Security touched every 
department including the ticketing, 
logistics and the design of the stadiums. 
We ran a trusted third-party suppliers 
programme, certifying the security 
of their offsite warehouses so that 
vehicles could move in and out of the 
event site at all hours pre-checked. 
A scheme known as ‘secured by 
design’, handled by the Association 
of Chief Police Officers in the UK 
ensures counter terrorist and crime 
prevention issues are considered from 
the outset. Its implementation resulted, 
for example, in a particular type of 
construction for the velodrome, to 
mitigate the potential threats from the 
local road network, which ran close to 
the venue.
Could you take into account the 
temporary nature of the Games?
Yes, we considered how much of the 
kit was usable in legacy when deciding 
on purchase or rental. For a Wembley, 
it makes sense to invest in technology 
that will contribute long-term. 
For a temporary multi-sport site, you 
need to rent additional technology for 
a six to eight week period. The supplier 
should take some of the risk. We worked 
with Rapiscan for the screening and they 
can now take the equipment forward to 
Glasgow 2014 and Rio 2016, together 
with the major event experience they 
have amassed.
London’s security staffing hit a snag. 
Any advice?
We had a mix of police, private security 
(including military who stepped in to 
help) stewards and volunteers. The key 
is to have clear roles for each. 
The UK’s Green Guide specifies the ratio 
of stewards to spectators. Then you 
can add volunteers to that mix, who 
can have a more crowd engagement/
spectator experience role.
However, the best advice is to 
understand the private sector’s 
capability to provide the paid security 
workforce. We knew back in 2006 that 
the UK security industry did not have 
the numbers required, so we embarked 
upon the Bridging the Gap initiative. This 
trained a lot of stewards and security 
staff in local education establishments 
prior to the Games, many of whom have 
gone on to work in the sector.
Additionally there was significant 
training in CCTV operation, searching 
and screening which are in addition to 
the standard licencing requirements. 
Getting the mix of staff right at the 
entrances is important. The volunteers 
can meet and greet, which leaves the 
trained/licenced security staff free to do 
the physical search and to operate the 
screening equipment.
Are the public happy with the current 
levels of security?
Search and pat-down policies are a 
matter of risk assessment, including 
the type of crowd coming to the event. 
The modern day spectator visiting a 
venue expects to be searched properly. 
Boston demonstrated the vulnerability 
of crowded places to a person-
borne bomb.
Visitors want to be searched quickly. We 
aimed for a 20 minute maximum queue 
at the Olympics. We averaged seven 
minutes. Some sports, like tennis or 
cricket, have the slow build-up typical of 
an Olympic park. Football however has 
fans turning up in the last 40 minutes 
or less so you have to be aware of 
the particular crowd dynamics when 
developing your search strategies.
How did you plan for the terrorist 
threat?
We decided to plan our security posture 
for the London Olympics at the second 
highest threat level (the UK has five 
levels). The higher the level, the more 
expensive it is but we decided it was 
easier to ease down from level two than 
to ramp up to level two.
What is different about an Olympics?
At a Games, the world comes to you and 
you need to engage with all international 
groups. The teams from the USA or 
Russia or Australia have different views 
on security and you need their support 
and engagement. 
The same can be said in regard to the 
sponsors who will want to ensure their 
brand is not tarnished in any way. A 
different host country, say Qatar, will 
have a completely different cultural 
approach and perception of threat. 
So it’s important to discuss security 
issues well ahead of the events and 
develop a clear strategy several years 
in advance. In Brazil the perception is 
that the main security issue will be 
crime, not terrorism, but with the world 
arriving in Rio the terrorism risks will 
increase and need to be planned for. n
interview
  
andrew amery
138
PANSTADIA & ARENA MANAGEMENT WINTER 2013/14

www.psam.uk.com
Advertisers’ Index
Action Floors 
77
ADI Group 
49
Arena Projekt 
23
Colosseo/Monogram 129
Cox Architecture 
33
D & B Audiotechnik 
117
Dallmeier 91
Design Sport 
29
Elan Inventa 
97
ESSMA 65
Figueras International Seating 
101
Funktion One 
121
Gold Medal 
57
KPMG 69
L’Acoustics 125
Lindner 39
ME Engineers 
45
Mott Macdonald 
7
Pfeifer 51
Philips Lighting 
61
Polytan 78
Populous 5
Signature Systems Group 
85
SMG Sportsplatzmachinenbau 
87
Soccerex 105
Sports Hub 
133
Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014  8 & 9
Stechert 13
Steeldeck Industries 
109
Terraplas 
113 & 134
The Box Seat 
IFC
USI Ungerboeck 
73
Vector Foiltec 
15
139
D
elivery of arenas and stadiums is often driven 
by the major events calendar and 2014 is no 
different. In your Spring 2014 issue, you can find 
out about the last tranche of soccer stadiums 
putting the finishing touches to their pitches for 
the World Cup in Brazil. We will profile Krakow 
Arena, which is launching in a year in which it 
will host FIVB Volleyball World Championships, 
with European Handball champs to follow in 
2016. You can also read about how Sochi’s new 
venue clusters performed when hosting the 
Winter Olympics.
PLUS
Connected stadium model 
– how are venues 
going about monetising their wi-fi investment?
Cricket pushing the boundaries 
– UK and 
Australian venues are stretch

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