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part for a 30-year-old product – at SMG 
this is standard service. And this in itself 
is our biggest challenge.
What are the most significant recent 
developments in maintenance 
I’ve already mentioned the TurfMuncher. 
We developed this machine for the 
disposal and recycling of artificial 
turf, which up to this point had been 
a problematical and costly (labour 
intensive) matter. With our new 
development we’ve accomplished 
a pioneering feat and raised the bar 
at the same time. The self-propelled 
TurfMuncher wraps artificial turf 
pitches into compact rolls of two 
metres, simultaneously extracting the 
fill material completely. With a high 
operating speed and impressive material 
discharge, the complete removal of 
a standard artificial turf pitch takes 
approximately 14 hours – dependent on 
logistics. This smacks of a world record!
Which countries or regions do 
you believe will provide the best 
development opportunities for SMG?
You can’t determine the need for good 
and safe/secure synthetic sports 
surfaces by region. Fundamentally there 
are areas however where there aren’t 
any sensible sports surfaces, where 
schoolchildren for example still do PE 
on concrete, where playgrounds still 
don’t have a safety ‘fall’ surface, where 
running tracks comprise ash, where 
the pitch is sand or sludge. Surprisingly 
such unsuitable conditions are still the 
norm – even in the EU today. And we’re 
not talking necessarily of the Far East 
or South America, but the market at our 
own front door.
You are famous for being a family 
owned company. Do you hope that 
continues for future generations?
We’ve already laid the tracks for 
this. The founder Johann Owegeser 
has transferred the directorship of 
the business to us, his three sons 
Markus, Tobias and Daniel and we’ve 
assessed the situation so that we are 
well prepared for the future. Not least 
because we are a young motivated 
team, with strong cohesion, a product 
palette for all requirements in sports 
construction and moreover we have 
many ideas, which will move the market 
in the future. 
Our worldwide network of competent 
SMG partners and our loyal customers, 
with whom we’ve become friends, are 
our impetus for the next decades. n

Successful modern stadiums operate 
like any other business, with the 
objective to achieve and maintain a 
healthy bottom line. In many cases, this 
is realised through additional revenue 
streams, such as the hosting of non-
sporting events, like concerts and other 
large-scale gatherings at stadia. 
The ability to successfully host sporting 
and non-sporting events ‘back to back’ 
is of paramount importance to venues in 
terms of generating this much -needed 
additional revenue. However, there is 
little point in producing this revenue 
only to have it absorbed by the costs 
of having to replace the stadium’s turf 
after each event. This is where a turf 
protection system comes into play and 
by choosing the right solution, stadiums 
can actually be assured of a significant 
return on investment. 
Venues looking to purchase a turf 
protection system may be attracted by 
a low initial purchase price but ongoing 
costs, such as fitting, removal and turf 
replacement, must also be factored into 
the equation, which is why selecting the 
highest quality turf protection 
system from the outset 
is vital.
Due to the long life expectancy of 
Terraplas’ turf protection systems, 
if a facility is contemplating hosting 
more than two to three non-sporting 
events per annum, then purchasing their 
own system makes more economic 
sense than renting one. It also allows 
for revenue generating events to 
be accepted at short notice and the 
flexibility to go from partial cover to 
full cover, depending on the specific 
NSC Olimpiyskiy – Kiev’s Olympic 
stadium – is a perfect example of a 
venue that has benefitted from having a 
bespoke Terraplas solution to meet their 
exacting needs through a successful 
combination of their terratile and 
terratrak plus turf protection products. 
During the last days of June, the 
Ukrainian venue played host to not 
one but two large-scale events over a 
24-hour period; and this marked the 
second time the venue had hosted a 
high-profile concert and an international 
football match in quick succession 
this year alone.
An army of Ukrainian fans had waited 
three and a half years to gather at the 
venue to wonder at the outstanding 
performance of the legendary band, 
Depeche Mode. The hordes of fans 
arrived early on 29 June 2013 to secure 
the best positions and 12,000 of them 
danced relentlessly on the protected 
field throughout the two and a half 
hour concert. 
True turf protection
The added advantage of choosing a 
Terraplas pitch protection system 
was highlighted as the stadium’s crew 
removed the concert setup that same 
evening and, at 21:00 hours the next 
day, FC Dynamo Kyiv kicked off against 
FC Zenith St. Petersburg in a second 
round match of the United Tournament 
in front of 28,300 fans. Dynamo were 
the eventual 2:1 winners, just as NSC 
Olimpiyskiy was the ultimate 2 out of 2 
winner, having successfully hosted two 
major events in two days.
Speaking after these back-to-back 
events, Victor Yaromenko, Head of 
the Agronomist Department at NSC 
Olimpiyskiy confirms: “I am very 
happy with the results of the usage of 
Terraplas’ [turf] protection cover. For 
the two years since reconstruction of 
the stadium, we have held five events 
with the whole field covered and several 
more with partial field cover. Because 
of its unique design, the protection 
system not only protects the turf from 
mechanical damage, but also allows 
the grass to ‘breathe’, letting water and 
sunlight into it.” 
Having purchased a Turf  
Protection system from Terraplas,  
NSC Olimpiskiy is ensuring significant  
return on their investment by hosting a 
wide range of sporting and non-sporting 
events in quick succession.
showing unique 
rib design, patented 
feet and overlap.
showing locking 
cam, breathing holes 
and non-slip surface.

For further information on 
Terraplas, please email: 
enquiries@terraplas.com or visit  
the website at: www.terraplas.com
Terraplas in action
At least 99% of all Terraplas systems sold since they pioneered Turf Protection in 1991 are still 
in use today. No other manufacturer can match this proven longevity. 
Yaromenko concludes: “This year, we 
faced a challenge to stage a Depeche 
Mode concert one day and conduct 
a football match the next. The pitch 
sustained no damage due to the 
protective cover and following small 
treatment of the grass, no trace of the 
12,000 people was noticed. Everybody 
was impressed by the condition of the 
turf after the concert. 
Robert Else, Chairman of Terraplas plc, 
adds: “NSC Olimpiyskiy have been able to 
maximise the opportunities for return on 
their investment by hosting non-sporting 
and sporting events in quick succession, 
as was demonstrated earlier this year 
when they hosted two international 
matches and two high-profile concerts, 
including Madonna, over a 14 day period. 
This is where Terraplas’ Turf Protection 
solutions come into their own, providing 
venues with significant additional revenue 
streams through multi-usage and very 
little, if any, resultant turf damage.
An army of Ukrainian fans danced relentlessly on the field protected by 
Terraplas’ terratile and terratrak plus Turf Protection systems throughout the 
Depeche Mode concert. The stadium’s crew removed the concert setup that 
same evening and, at 21:00 hours the next day, FC Dynamo Kyiv hosted FC Zenith 
St. Petersburg in front of 28,300 fans (inset).
terratile, like all Terraplas products, is 
manufactured from translucent virgin 
High Density Polyethylene (HDPE) that 
is very strong and allows sufficient light 
to pass through to ensure continuous 
photosynthesis – a ‘must’ for the 
ultimate protection of the grass.
The system incorporates an integral 
anti-slip top surface with specially 
designed raised air holes that allow 
the turf to breathe but at the same 
time prevent liquids from penetrating 
to the turf below. The underside has 
strategically designed radiussed 
webbing for maximum strength and 
patented round feet that ‘lift’ the tile 
slightly from the turf, thus minimising 
any ‘cutting’.
terratrak plus is the ultimate protection 
from heavy loads and has been 
specifically designed for use in stadiums 
and large arenas during concert load-in 
and load-out. 
For years promoters have been looking 
for a product that would enable them 
to bring 150 tonne cranes, forklifts and 
trucks onto the stadium field without 
causing significant damage. 
In the past they have used plywood 
or aluminium panels, with disastrous 
effect. Now Terraplas plc have 
developed terratrak plus, which can be 
laid by hand and is manufactured from 
translucent virgin HDPE that allows 
grass to continue growing normally. 
terratrak plus is bolted in panels of two 
during assembly, using bolt systems 
made from the same material as the 
camlocks. This allows for an area of 
2.42m² (26ft²) to be covered for each 
panel laid by two people. Each panel is 
connected to its adjacent counterparts 
by means of very strong vertical locking 
cams manufactured from a special nylon, 
which is as strong as steel but does not 
bend or rust, and provides the strongest 
panel connection of any product.
Turf Protection systems
Moses Mabhida Stadium's terratile 
and terratrak plus system.

Goodison Park Stadium in Liverpool, England, has 
modernised its video security system with the 
patented multifocal sensor system Panomera from 
Dallmeier. Stadium Manager Alan Bowen shares the 
club’s approach to safety and security.
pened in 1892, Goodison Park 
in Liverpool was the first major 
football stadium built in England. The 
Grand Old Lady, as the stadium is also 
called, was the first British stadium with 
double-decker stands on all four sides 
and the first stadium with a massive 
three-tiered Main Stand. Home to 
Everton FC, the current seating capacity 
of the ground is more than 40,000. 
The stadium now has one of the most 
innovative video security systems in 
the UK: the patented multifocal sensor 
system Panomera is at the heart of the 
new Dallmeier CCTV system. We spoke 
to Alan Bowen, Stadium Manager at 
Goodison Park, about the advantages of 
this new technology.
Alan, why did you opt for 
modernisation of the existing CCTV 
Due to the age of the infrastructure 
in place since the late 1980s, and 
change in spectators’ behaviour, we 
at Everton concluded that a complete 
modernisation of the CCTV system was 
The original system was installed at a 
time when hooliganism was at its worst 
in UK football. The CCTV system worked 
at the time and was a major factor in 
allowing ourselves and the police to deal 
with the problem. However, although 
the levels of hooliganism have greatly 
diminished now in UK football, other 
issues such as missile throwing and 
lighting of flares have become the norm 
rather than the exception.
The existing CCTV system was 
neither effective in giving us detailed 
information, live or in playback, nor in 
providing the image quality and frame 
rate that we required to cope with 
Goodison Park Stadium Manager Alan Bowen 
(right) with James Walker, Managing Director 
of Dallmeier Electronic UK.
Goodison Park’s stand layout and roof-mounted 
floodlighting creates a low-light challenge  
for CCTV.
at that time, with their new Panomera 
multifocal sensor system.
We invited Dallmeier to come along 
to Goodison Park to do a live match 
trial with their system. We also invited 
four other manufacturers during our 
selection process, who claimed they 
could provide a CCTV solution to meet 
our requirements, to take part in 
separate live match trials. 
We also visited other stadiums where 
HD quality systems were installed and 
travelled to specific manufacturers’ 
development and manufacturing facilities, 
in our search for the best quality system 
to meet our exact requirements, and if 
possible better them.
Throughout the selection process, 
Dallmeier time and again demonstrated 
the best quality images, live and 
recorded, be they in a normal daylight 
scenario, or in our second live trial 
application, by observing the rear of 
these new issues. I would state at this 
point that quality of the recordings is 
as important as the quality of the live 
images for us, along with easy use of 
the front-end graphical user interface, 
and the ability to quickly and easily 
retrieve and burn off images for both 
club and police to identify the offenders 
and indeed to clarify situations around 
incidents. We now required a system that 
was designed to give complete coverage 
of seating areas in the stadium bowl, and 
which would also give us the above.
In the 2011-2012 home derby against 
Liverpool we did have missile throwing 
incidents which the existing CCTV system 
could not capture. We at that stage had 
to make a commitment to the Premier 
League that we would without delay 
start to source the CCTV system that 
would ultimately be able to give us both 
the live and playback images required to 
cope with incidents such as this.
What were the main reasons for 
choosing Dallmeier?
We first met Dallmeier at a FSOA 
(Football Safety Officers Association) 
conference where they were exhibiting, 

the seating areas through our low level 
What was the biggest challenge in  
this project? What is special in this 
project compared to other video 
surveillance solutions?
The biggest challenge was convincing 
the board of directors of the operational 
requirement of the system required to 
meet our exact needs. Goodison Park 
was the first major football stadium 
built in England. Its age and history 
and layout are what make it a very 
special and challenging project. That, 
coupled with the way our floodlights 
are installed on the stand roofs, have so 
far made this very challenging, and will 
continue to do so in the future.
Can you give us an overview of the 
installed video surveillance solution?
The Panomera solution offered at 
Everton includes several multifocal 
sensor systems which provide quality 
up to 85 megapixels, at a frame rate of 
12 images per second.
The images can be streamed to multiple 
operators, enabling them to work 
independently with detailed ‘spot’ views. 
The whole scene is being recorded 
irrelevant of where the operators are 
looking, enabling retrospective playback 
into any area after an event. Recorded 
footage can be viewed instantly and 
simultaneously to live views on match 
days or reviewed subsequent to 
the event.
In addition to the Panomera multifocal 
sensor systems, the solution includes 
high definition Dallmeier PTZ cameras 
located in strategic positions around 
the ground to provide live images in 
exceptional quality. There are also fixed 
HD dome cameras located in licensing 
areas within the ground.
The control room includes two SeMSy 
operator positions. Additional operator 
positions have been included for the 
Security Manager and police, enabling 
them to independently view cameras 
and replay incidents on demand. A 
SeMSy workstation is also provided for 
the Stadium Manager’s office, enabling 
me to view and investigate incidents.
More information from: www.dallmeier.com and www.panomera.com
All images are recorded on IPS 2400 
appliances. These units provide not 
only recording for 40x matchday five-
hour events of the multifocal sensor 
systems, but also 31-day loop storage 
for the general surveillance cameras.
What do you expect from the new 
surveillance system?
We are very confident that the complete 
solution, inclusive of the Panomera 
multifocal sensor system being supplied 
by Dallmeier and fitted by our existing 
incumbent installer, TG Baker Sound, is 
the best we could find in the market at 
this time. 
The product gives us the maximum 
opportunity to identify those committing 
offences inside the stadium and will 
greatly assist in reducing crime and anti-
social behaviour inside Goodison Park. n
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Built-in security
Meeting the high security standards 
for public buildings at high-profile 
events is made easier with Lindner’s 
range of blast-resistant construction 
products. We asked Lindner’s Stefan 
Heindl to explain how.
How exactly do they reduce the risk  
of injury to people?
What happens in the case of a bomb 
detonation? It is not only the explosion 
itself but also the highly underestimated 
hidden danger in the surrounding 
environment that imperils people. Test 
results indicated that the pulling effect 
was 30% higher than the compression 
force from the explosion. This showed 
that flying splinters or particles 
released from surrounding glass, metal 
or even concrete structures represent 
a huge danger in the area surrounding 
an explosion as the released fragments 
act like bullets when it comes to the 
detonation of a bomb. Intelligently 
constructed, the Lindner wall system 
How did you come up with the concept 
of a wall cladding that reduces the 
risk of injury in the event of a terror 
or vandalism attack?
Safety against terrorism and vandalism 
attacks plays an important role at 
locations where crowds of people 
come together. Past experiences have 
highlighted the importance of security 
measures in the past few years. Lindner 
investigated around that fact and 
reflected about strategies on how to 
improve its interior products in case of 
threats evoked by attacks of terrorists 
or fanatics. Besides, more and more 
projects demand that interior fit-out 
products and also facades are bomb-
blast-resistant. These were the initial 
reasons for the Lindner Group, as one 
of Europe’s leading companies for 
interior fit-out, façade construction and 
insulation engineering, to address this 
subject and to develop solutions for this 
still new business sector.
Can you explain to our readers the 
unique characteristics/properties of 
your cladding systems and what kind 
of testing have they undergone?
The Lindner wall system considerably 
reduces the risk of injury during a 
booby-trap attack. It is the first wall 
cladding ever tested and approved for 
these requirements. To assess how the 
wall system would fare in an attack, a 
blast-enhanced test was undertaken 
by UK-based specialist Crossley 
Consult Ltd. The test saw 15kg of highly 
explosive TNT detonated at a distance of 
6m from the specimen.
The panels, which measure up to 3.25 
x 1.25m, are hooked into a so-called 
gravity system. This gravity system 
is a combination of a robust steel 
basic structure, extruded aluminium 
L-sections responsible for the support 
of the panels, and minimum use of single 
components to ensure easy installation. 
Special safety catches prevent the 
panels from being detached. This design 
feature also ensures optimum security 
against vandalism.
Stefan Heindl, Head of 
Railways, Tunnels and 
Stadia at Lindner AG.

high-quality glazed, 
metal or synthetic panels 
that are engineered to withstand 
a blast impact.
Had you already successfully 
installed this wall cladding in other 
kinds of public venues? How did you 
identify sports venues as another 
market which could benefit from this 
safety innovation?
Indeed, one of the first large projects 
was approximately 3,000 m² of 
architectural bomb-blast-resistant 
glass cladding for an airport. Heathrow 
Airport was among the first airports 
that identified this potential threat. In 
close collaboration with the airport, 
Lindner developed a special bomb blast-
resistant glass wall cladding adapted 
to the latest requirements for the new 
flagship project, Terminal 2, which is 
also to be called the Queen’s Terminal.
Generally, large sport events such as 
the Olympics or matches between rival 
sport teams always have been and 
always will be the focus of possible 
attacks. Sport venues and stadiums in 
particular are under threat due to large 
crowds of people coming together. 
With regards to this critical situation, 
Lindner identified especially stadiums 
as another field of activity which could 
benefit from these new developments.
Have you already successfully installed 
your system into sports venues?
Not yet as this is still a very new 
development. However, we are already 
in close contact with architects dealing 
with sport venues all over the world. 
Furthermore, architects are more and 
more requesting information from us 
regarding this type of safety issue. So 
we are looking forward to receiving our 
first order for bomb blast-resistant 
products within a stadium, in addition 
to all the interior fit-out and facades 
projects we have already completed in 
the stadium sector.
How did you get involved in these 
sports projects?
Lindner has a specialist department 
which tries to collaborate with 
architects at a 
very early stage of 
development. In most cases 
it is this personal contact with 
architects. We try to support architects 
during the design stage in finding the 
right solutions for each individual 
project, hoping to be awarded the 
contract at a later stage.
What kind of forms can the 
cladding have?
Lindner bomb blast wall claddings offer 
a variety of different design options. 
The tested materials – synthetics, 
metal and glass – can be furnished with 
numerous shapes, layout arrangements 
and surfaces, including different colours 
or even digital prints. As a matter of 
course, the Lindner bomb blast wall 
cladding’s appearance does not differ 
from a common glass wall lining, and 
can also be perfectly combined with 
other Lindner products such as metal 
ceilings or raised flooring with their 
wide range of options.
When it comes to the question of how 
and where to make the interiors of a 
stadium a safer place, Lindner’s answer 
is by applying, for example, impressive 
architectural wall claddings used 
for advertising or route instructions. 
Moreover, front claddings for shops 
and kiosks within the stadium can be a 
possible field of application. Regarding 
kiosks, Lindner can also deliver 
complete solutions with, for example, 
bomb blast claddings connected to 
raised floors and suspended ceilings 
with optional heating and cooling 
technologies as well as lighting.
It sounds as if your solutions are 
designed for both new build projects 
and the renovation of existing venues?
This is of course possible. Especially 
the interiors can be a decisive point 
when it comes to refreshing the soul 
of a building. We are also currently 
Examples of installed Lindner 
wall claddings.
testing materials like GFRC (Glass 
Fibre Reinforced Concrete) or a new 
development, the so-called HLWC 
(Hybrid Light-Weight Concrete) panels 
which would perhaps also fit perfectly 
into a renovation concept for a stadium.
Are you working on any notable 
sports projects at the moment?
Yes, at the moment our subsidiary 
Lindner Steel & Glass is currently 
installing a complex design facade to 
the new Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al 
Ain, UAE. Lindner has also completed 
large projects in the past at famous 
sports venues like Wembley Stadium 
and the Olympic Velodrome in London, 
completed in 2012.
Which regions/countries do you see 
offering the best growth potential for 
your sports work?
Generally, we see the best growth 
potential in countries which are going 
to host large sport events in the future, 
e.g. the FIFA World Cups in Russia 2018 
and of course Qatar 2022, which have 
to build a lot of stadiums to be suitable 
places for a world championships. 
Furthermore, the Olympics are also of 
great interest for us, as this is also the 
time for countries to have their main 
stadiums renovated, extended or even 
new stadiums are to be built which 
are in accordance with the high-class 
regulations issued for sport venues 
being part of such mega events. n

Taking the 
Technical innovation marks out the projects completed by 
Elan Inventa, large and small, indoor and outdoor.
ne of the world’s leading sports and 
leisure companies, Elan has played 
a major role on the international market 
for almost 70 years now.
Today the company is divided into the 
following divisions:
   Skis and snowboards
   Yachts and sailing boats
   Sports equipment for indoor and 
outdoor sports facilities
Elan’s products can be purchased 
across the globe in a total of around 50 
different countries.
Most innovative brand 
 We firmly believe that new products 
and innovations are a key response 
to meeting the challenges of today’s 
market conditions. The title of the 
‘Most Innovative Brand’ is the highest 
award presented annually by the 
German organisation Plus X Award. We 
have received the award in the sports 
equipment category for the second year 
in a row. 
The brands distinguished by this award 
are chosen for their outstanding 
achievements in the areas of quality, 
design, user experience, functionality, 
ergonomics and environmental 
consciousness. Receiving this award 
has certainly been a validation of our 
vision for Elan to become number one in 
sporting goods innovation.
The company’s history goes back to 
1945. In the 1970s and 1980s Elan 
equipped sporting venues for:
   European Gymnastics Championship 
1963, Belgrade, Serbia
   World Gymnastics Championship 
1970, Ljubljana, Slovenia
   Mediterranean Games 1979, 
Split, Croatia
   European Weightlifting Championship 
1980, Belgrade, Serbia
   Gymnastics World Cup 1982, 
Zagreb, Croatia
   Universiade 1987, Zagreb, Croatia
Elan Inventa is a top quality supplier 
of equipment and services for sports 
facilities. Its innovations, advanced and 
targeted development assure high quality 
products. The company specialises in the 
production and sales of equipment for 
indoor and outdoor sports facilities. The 
company’s core services include:
   Planning and engineering
   Manufacture to EU standards
   Assembly and fitting
   After-sales service

  Elan Inventa Certificates
Large projects have remained a constant, 
and the quality and certification of key 
products are still key to their success.
Elan Inventa, engaged in production 
and distribution of equipment for 
sports facilities, has been awarded the 
international ISO 9001:2000 certificate. 
The ISO Certificate is a testimony to the 
high quality of the company’s products 
and will serve to further build the trust 
of the company’s clients.
Elan has also become an official FIBA 
technical partner in the category Seating 
Systems, which is further proof that our 
equipment meets the highest quality in 
any competition range. Elan Inventa is 
also an IHF partner for handball goals.
Elan’s experience at European and World 
Championships includes:
   Three sporting halls for the Men’s 
European Handball Championship in 
Slovenia, 2004
   Two arenas for the Men’s Basketball 
Championship in Serbia and 
Montenegro, 2005
   An arena for the Women’s 
European Handball Championship in 
Macedonia, 2008
   Three arenas for the Men’s 
World Handball Championship in 
Croatia, 2009
   Two arenas for the Men’s World 
Handball Championship in 
Sweden, 2011
   Five sports venues for EuroBasket 
2013 in Slovenia
Elan Inventa and 
EuroBasket 2013
The renovation and fitting out of sports 
halls for EuroBasket 2013, which was 
held in Slovenia, was taken over by Elan 
Inventa. The five venues welcomed 
Europe’s 24 top national teams, 
which competed for the prestigious 
title of EuroBasket Champion from 
4-22 September 2013. 
 The multi-purpose arena at 
Ljubljana (Slovenia) 
opened its doors 
in 2010. The arena, with a maximum 
capacity of 12,500, is a sports facility 
befitting any European capital city. As 
a venue, the state-of-the-art Stozice 
Arena attracts many sports teams and 
hosts music concerts and other large-
scale sports and entertainment events.
 Elan Inventa has been at the 
World Championships
 twice in a row. 
In 2011 Elan Inventa first supplied IHF-
certified handball goals for the Women’s 
Handball World Championship, which was 
held in Brazil in December 2011. A year or 
so later, in January 2013, a special series 
of superior-quality handball goals was 
made for the Men’s World Championship 
which was held in Spain. The product is 
made to all the highest standards, is IHF 
certified, and, for this special occasion, 
was featured in Spain’s typical yellow-red 
colour scheme. 
And finally, Elan Inventa also equipped the 
Woman`s Handball World Championship 
with the ITF certified handball goals, 
taking place in Serbia, from 6 – 22 
December, 2013.
Arena Stozice Ljubljana, 
Slovenia – EuroBasket 
2013 Finals.

TIMRA, Sweden
 We have also successfully completed 
another project in Scandinavia, the 
Culture Hall
 at the Sörberge Elementary 
School in Timra, Sweden. The 95-seat 
bleacher opens and closes with a single 
touch of a button. It was great to hear 
the comments of the passers-by.  

It looks very nice. Wow.” “Perfect.
Lessines, Belgium
This is Elan Inventa’s first project 
in the demanding Belgian market. Our 
experts have found an ideal solution 
to the investor’s request that the 
 should be displayed 
through the arrangement of seats 
when the stand is open or closed. 
Spacing between first-row seats can be 
extended to ensure disabled seating.
Culture Hall, Timra, Sweden.
Handball Men’s World 
Championship 2013 in Spain.
Name in seats at Lessines.
First sports hall 
in Kazan
 In September 2013 Elan supplied 
and installed all the equipment for 
the sports hall in 
Kazan, Russia.
school is located in the newly built 
area of the town called the ‘Sun City’. 
Besides new facilities Elan is also 
specialised in renovations of existing 
sports halls.
Sports hall 
in Sun City,  
Kazan, Russia.

Roskilde, Denmark
 With 23 rows, more than 1,400 
seats and at over eight metres in 
height, the town of
 Roskilde, Denmark

boasts what is currently the highest 
telescopic stand in the world. On 
account of its height, a separate 
TUV certificate will be obtained for 
the structure. The stand, featuring 
an electric friction drive and laser-
based technical solution for optimal 
opening and closing, is another major 
achievement in the category of 
telescopic stands by Elan Inventa.
This telescopic stand in Roskilde  
is the highest in the world.
Friends Arena, 
Stockholm, Sweden
 Friends Arena
 is one of the most 
modern football stadiums in the world. 
It complies with all the standards for 
the organisation of the biggest sports 
events. Elan Inventa supplied and 
fitted the stadium (which will surely 
host a number of major events in the 
future) with outdoor telescopic stands, 
manufactured to the most demanding 
standards for outdoor use. Elan Inventa 
takes great pride in the design and 
installation of these 20-row telescopic 
stands with over 2,000 seating places 
(see PanStadia & Arena Management 
Spring 2013).
Friends Arena’s temporary 
stands make it flexible enough 
to hold various sporting and 
entertainment events.
TransFlex – 
telescopic stands
 Fully developed by Elan, the 
 telescopic stands deliver 
complex technical solutions which meet 
the high standards of quality, execution 
and design demanded by the German 
market. The seating system consists of 
12 identical units or blocks, each with 
360 seats, pushing the total number 
of seats to over 4,300. Owing to its 
extreme flexibility and ability to create 
multiple configurations, TransFlex can 
accommodate a variety of purposes 
ranging from concerts to sports, 
cultural and entertaining events.
Get more information on  
www.elan-inventa.com and  
Contact: Elan Inventa d.o.o., Begunje 
na Gor. 1, 4275 Begunje na Gor., 
Slovenia, Tel. +386 4 53 51 333
For product and dealer enquiries, 
email: infoinventa@elan.si
TransFlex in action in Leipzig.

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Figueras has created, in collaboration with Foster + Partners, a specific seat for 
the distinctive Glasgow Hydro Arena.
lasgow has just unveiled its new 
multipurpose infrastructure 
which will end up revitalising the Clyde 
Waterfront, which went into decline and 
neglect for many years following the 
closure of the town´s major shipyards. 
After eight years of construction, 
the new building designed by Foster 
+ Partners (baptised SSE Hydro) now 
reveals its ETFE façade which is lit up 
every evening, whilst during the day 
it manages to blend in with the usual 
changing Glasgow skyline.
The modern technology applied to 
this project contrasts with the interior 
classical structure based on the 
Roman amphitheatre, which allows 
each and every spectator at an event 
(which can be up to 13.000) to have 
an optimal view of the stage. The 
viewing angle and comfort of the user 
is furthermore guaranteed by the 
special seating system designed by 
Foster + Partners along with Figueras 
International Seating.
Figueras, sports 
projects all over 
the world
Figueras International Seating is 
the leading international company 
specialising in optimising space 
and maximising profitability 
through seating systems based on 
engineering, innovation and design. 
The company’s headquarters are 
located in Barcelona, ensuring 
the European-level quality of its 
products, and has offices and 
showrooms in Madrid, Barcelona, 
Paris, Cologne, Singapore, London, 
Miami and New York. Figueras has 
sports projects worldwide, including 
the Barcelona FC stadium (Spain), 
the O2 Berlin Arena (Germany), 
Rubin Kazan FC (Russia), Real Madrid 
FC (Spain), the Metalist Stadium 
(Ukraine), and the Sporting Kansas 
City Stadium (United States).
sse hydro
Glasgow, United Kingdom
Foster + Partners
Scottish Exhibition 
Centre Ltd (SEC)
Structural Engineer
Total area
Auditorium capacity
12,665 seats
Arena model, 
Distinctive qualities

The structure of the SSE Hydro Arena is 
covered by a 1,400 ton steel housing – 
one of the largest domes in Europe – and 
the ETFE translucent building enclosure 
allows one to discern what is happening 
inside from the outside. A 260 ton ring 
which supports the lighting is suspended 
from the dome, which will allow 
spectacular and customised lighting for 
each show.
Stunning in terms of both shape and 
purpose, The Hydro completes Glasgow’s 
Scottish Exhibition and Conference 
Complex and will be the city’s new 
multipurpose venue for leisure and 
sporting events. It is anticipated that the 
building will be among the world’s top 
five busiest venues.
Working together to 
get the perfect seat
A construction of such magnitude called 
for a seat which fits in perfectly with its 
environment and which offers the user 
a unique experience. The seating to be 
installed in this multipurpose arena had 
to have several components. The seat 
had to be exceptionally comfortable and 
suitable for all types of shows.  
At the same time, it had to take up  
little space, have a striking design, and 
allow different setups within the hall. 
Lastly, and since it will be used as a 
concert hall, the seating needed to have 
special acoustic features.
Distinctive qualities
Standard seats
Club seats
Free standing seats
Telescopic tribune

The seat
302 ARENA, an appropriate model 
for all stadiums and multi-purpose 
This type of seating unit is 
appropriate for sports complexes 
and arenas, but it is also a perfect 
choice for multipurpose spaces 
where sports events, concerts and 
theatre performances are staged.
The seat and backrest are made of 
copolymer polypropylene. The seat 
has herringbone-patterned, non-slip 
ridging that helps to ensure that the 
occupant sits in the correct position.
Furthermore, this design increases 
safety for users owing to the 
absence of protruding elements 
that could give rise to collisions or 
accidents. It is also vandal-proof. 
The seat folding system is automatic, 
through a dual spring inserted 
into the seat. This spring is fully 
protected from external agents, self-
lubricating, durable and extremely 
The closing mechanism of the seat 
includes the shock-absorbent ‘Soft 
System’ application, designed by 
Figueras, to prevent annoying bumps 
and noises.
The seat return also has a braking 
system that operates during the 
final part of the run, slowing down 
the return movement, and thus 
preventing the banging noise that is 
common in this type of product.
The front part of the seat and rear 
part of the backrest have a space 
designed for inserting publicity or 
corporate images, normally on an 
adhesive screen print.
As an optional extra, the seat can 
be fitted with a cup holder that is 
located in the space at the back 
between one backrest and another 
so that it is easily accessible and 
does not spoil the visibility of the 
advertising inserted in the seat’s 
backrest. Shared or individual 
armrests can also be incorporated.
Foster + Partners along with the 
Figueras International Seating Design 
Centre worked together to create a 
distinctive seat which could equip all the 
zones of this new arena. The result is 
a compact model, which only takes up 
21cm due to the fact that the seat and 
backrest fit perfectly together when 
the chair is in an upright position. The 
Arena seat’s dimensions in the folded 
position permit a wide passage area 
between rows. Despite its dimensions, 
users, once seated, will encounter an 
upholstered chair that provides a high 
level of comfort. 
The Arena seat has been adapted for 
use in different areas of a venue in which 
the number of seats can be changed 
depending on the event being hosted. 
The fixed seating is arranged in three 
tiers on the terraces, where there is also 
room for club seats and VIP seats.
Arena seat adapts easily to different 
areas inside the SSE Hydro because of 
different fixing features. All seats are 
mounted on beams, but they are fixed 
differently depending on the area they 
are in. Seats are fixed to the precast 
risers of the tiers, to the concrete slab 
in the VIP area, and in the performance 
bowl they are the free-standing type. 
The versatility of the fixings even allows 
replicating the curved geometry of 
the tiers. 
To deliver the highest level of 
functionality, the design must allow the 
same space to be rearranged easily. 
For this reason, the installation includes 
1,200 seats on telescopic risers and 
3,500 free-standing chairs. These free-
standing seats can be placed when 
convenient with an innovative system to 
link rows and avoid ‘sneaking’, and the 
distance between rows never changes. 
The seat can be installed with a minimum 
distance between axes of 44.5cm and 
thereafter it can be increased at will. 
This is because the seats are assembled 
individually on a support bar, which gives 
great flexibility between axes and allows 
us to perfectly regulate the comfort 
level which we wish to offer users. The 
arms are also independent of the seat 
and can be positioned where we wish and 
at the distance deemed appropriate with 
respect to the seats.

05/12/2013   13:56:49

Comfort is king
Stechert’s Kay Habermaier answers our questions 
about stadium and arena seating.
In our last issue we reported on the 
heated stadium seats you had recently 
supplied to the Directors Box of Stoke 
City Football Club. What has been the 
initial reaction from the club? Do you 
see good growth opportunities for 
this part of your business?
It has been a very smooth-running 
project. Stoke City asked us for some 
tailor-made versions of one of our 
VIP models. Their terrace has only a 
depth of 76cm, and they wanted keep 
the same number of seats as they had 
before. We’ve had just one comment 
from their side. Nick Robinson – Head 
of Facilities for Stoke City Property 
Ltd, says: “We have been extremely 
pleased with the installation of our new 
heated seats in the Directors Area in 
the Britannia Stadium. The seats are 
very comfortable. The heaters were 
used for the first time at our match 
against Sunderland on 23 November and 
worked very well.
Spectator comfort and welfare seems 
to be an increasing concern for clubs 
and venues. Is this something you are 
also noticing and is this reflected in 
the seating options you offer?
Since the hospitality areas are growing 
more and more in a large number of 
stadiums it is evident that there is a 
significant request for business and VIP 
seats. Premium ticket holders ask for 
premium seat quality. According to their 
needs we – together with the potential 
customer – try to work out the individual 
best possibility for the seating options. 
Top priority in this area is comfortable 
seating which is expressed by our 
ergonomics approach to seat design, 
applying lumbar support. This is key for 
spectators who sit for long periods at a 
time. Our COPACABANA line emphasises 
perfect ergonomics and is equipped 
with a high backrest. By the way, 
COPACABANA is the first stadium seat 
worldwide that has been awarded with 
the red-dot-design award. 
Clubs take many additional options 
into consideration, such as club or 
sponsor logo embroidery, cup holder, 
adjustable backrest, as well as heating 
or cooling integrated in the seat. New 
technologies, with small monitors and 
USB-interface integrated in the seat, 
are next to come in large numbers. Our 
advantage is that we are very quick and 
flexible to incorporate these things.
Do you think that contractors and also 
end users at sports venues are now 
more willing to consider long term 
factors such as durability and comfort 
over purely short term considerations 
such as cost? 
Do you think contractors are 
sometimes unrealistic in the demands 
and delivery timelines that they place 
on you?
The problem is that too many 
contractors just have to go for the price. 
Budgets are quite limited – and if the 
stadium or the arena is being built, seats 
come almost at the end when money 
is often short. Due to delays in all 
stages demands and delivery timelines 
are often very challenging. We try to 
convince contractors and end users that 
durability and comfort actually result 
in a cost-saving. If the seats break or 
the colour fades after a short period 
of time, they have to be exchanged and 
new seats have to be bought. And if the 
spectator is not sitting comfortably for 
two or more hours he will think twice 
about attending again. 
When working on developing new 
seating models do you consult with 
contractors or architects to seek 
their opinions?
We speak to contractors, architects 
or other planning authorities at a very 
early stage. It is important always to 
be up-to-date and to exchange ideas. 
Architects are very creative and often 
somehow unique and special, and 
we are very eager to transfer their 
innovative ideas into our products. 
If we develop a new model it has to be 
always a step ahead: stylish, modern, 
robust and very very comfortable.
Stechert’s manufacturing 
facilities can react quickly to 
client requirements.

The award-winning 
Copacabana in the 
Swissport arena, 
Lucerne, Switzerland.
In addition to Stoke City, can you 
tell us about some other recent 
successful contracts? Are you 
working on any notable upcoming new 
projects at the moment?
In Germany, we had recently equipped 
two Division 1 hockey arenas and 
one multipurpose indoor arena with 
our seats. We were just awarded 
the contract to supply seats to the 
Spartak stadium in Moscow, which is 
the first stadium being built for the 
2018 World Cup. We are currently 
working on many potential arena and 
stadium projects worldwide and are 
always close to signing one or the other 
exciting contract.
What has been your most successful 
seating product to date in the 
sports market?
Historically, our traditional seating 
model BERLIN has been installed in large 
numbers all around the world. 70,000 
of these very solid double-tube tip-up 
seats found their way into the Berlin 
Olympic stadium. The same kind of 
seats can be seen in four South African 
2010 World Cup stadiums and in three 
2014 Brazil World Cup venues.
Can you give us an example of a 

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