Arena Group Secure Newmarket Racecourse Interiors Contract

Arena’s highly-skilled interiors team, operating as the newly-launched Arena Concept division, will utilise the latest cutting edge design and CAD technology to transform creative client briefs from initial concept drawings and 3D visualisations, to seeing the project through to on site delivery and completion. From branded areas, ambient decor and VIP hospitality, the team will help Newmarket Racecourse to create luxurious, temporary event environments with a high-end permanent feel. Following a series of recent product investments, sister company Spaceworks will supply contemporary new event furniture to help create fresh new looks in the sponsor and public spaces.

Arena Group Supports HPower Group at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Royal Windsor Horse Show organiser HPower Group called upon multiple Arena UK & Europe divisions to deliver 5,000m² of temporary structures complete with full interior fit-out, 3,689 seats throughout three Castle Arena tiered grandstands and event catering equipment, May 2017.

Spurred on with the success of last year’s expansive additions to the equestrian show’s temporary infrastructure in honour of The Queen’s 90th Birthday BAFTA award-winning celebrations, HPower Group once again entrusted Arena Seating and Arena Structures to deliver and maintain the same level of high-quality hospitality and finish this year.

Arena Group at Aintree’s £3million Randox Health Grand National meeting

Arena Group was once again pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of Aintree Racecourse for the 2017 Randox Health Grand National with temporary event structures and seating.

Watched by a sell-out 70,000 crowd, One For Arthur became only the second Scottish winner of the world-famous race, the highlight of the prestigious three-day event, where the prize money hit the £3million mark for the first time.

Arena Group Acquires Wernick Seating Division

Arena Group has acquired the seating and mass participation divisions of Wernick Events, with effect from Monday 3rd April, rebranding the business to operate as Arena Seating from its existing Coventry facility, as part of Arena UK & Europe. This multi-million pound strategic acquisition continues Arena UK & Europe’s ongoing expansion plans, with the addition of all of over 30,000 temporary grandstand seats, scaffolding, deck & truss.  Arena Seating’s UK stock now rises to over 120,000 temporary seats available to the marketplace delivering over 350 projects this year.

Arena Group once again supplied event infrastructure to the world-famous Cheltenham Festival, which attracted around 250,000 visitors, March 14-17, 2017.

The Jockey Club’s world-renowned race meeting saw five Arena UK and Europe companies work in tandem to deliver over 20,000 sqm of VIP level facilities overlooking the racecourse, including the World’s longest temporary triple deck structure.

Arena Group UK & Europe CEO Grahame Muir states:

“In the first year of our new three year multi-venue Jockey Club contract, we were keener than ever to deliver an even higher level of finish than last year. I am incredibly proud of what our teams delivered and it was pleasing to see all divisions having a part of play.

Arena Triple Triumph At Event Production Awards

Event infrastructure specialists, Arena UK & Europe celebrated a memorable evening after being bestowed with three Event Production Awards at The Lancaster London Hotel, 1st March.

To begin the night of accolades, Arena UK & Europes’ CEO Grahame Muir presented a newly-created ‘Industry Legend Award’ to Dave Withey, acknowledging the tremendous impact he has made on the events industry throughout his 40 years working for Arena Seating.

Arena Americas announces Paul Bryant as CEO

Greg Lawless, Arena Group CEO, has announced Paul Bryant as CEO of the Arena Americas division, 5th January 2017.

Paul has most recently been successful in the areas of  business development and commercial growth initiatives as EVP and CCO of IEWC Corp, an employee-owned, Milwaukee-based global distributor of wire, cable and wire management products. Paul has also led various business units within NOVA Chemicals Corporation, a plastics and chemical company headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, with Executive Offices in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

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The Barclays ATP World Tour Finals was a truly memorable event: as Arena Group celebrated an unforgettable project at The O2 in London, installing over 8,500sqm of bespoke temporary event structures and the Murray brothers captured the nation’s hearts when they achieved World number one rankings in singles and doubles, November 20th, 2016.

Arena Group Saddles Up with The Jockey Club

Arena Group has secured a new three-year contract with The Jockey Club, to supply temporary event infrastructure to a number of the UK’s most esteemed racecourses, October 2016.

Building on a relationship dating back over over 26 years with The Jockey Club, Arena Group has been awarded a three year contract to supply Cheltenham, Aintree, Epsom Downs and Newmarket racecourses with temporary structures, interior design , furniture and tableware, spectator seating and scaffolding to the most notable dates in the equestrian calendar.

Arena Seating demountable grandstands for Bristol Rovers

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.


Arena Group Tee off at Ricoh Women’s British Open

Arena Structures, project manager Matt Clark comments “This being my first project delivered since joining the company, I am delighted to have joined a team that took the same pride and attention to detail when delivering 25,0000sqm of event structures at The Open, as they do sporting events with smaller infrastructure needs. It is inspiring to see Arena Structures go above and beyond to support every client, regardless of size, to deliver installations of the highest standards and bespoke creativity, maximising the impact for both the event and sponsor brands.”

Arena Group Drive forwards at BMW PGA Championships 2016

Building on its successful, longstanding relationship with the PGA, Arena Group was again entrusted to match the headline sponsors’ prestigious reputation with a high quality finish of the event structures and seating at the Wentworth Club for the European Tour’s BMW PGA Championships, 26-29th May.

Arena Group Royal Celebrations

HPower Group entrusted Arena Group to supply Royal Windsor Horse Show and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations which marked her historic reign and love of all things equine at Windsor Castle, 11-15 May 2016.

Bradley Merchant, Arena Seating’s project director and his 20-strong team were pivotal in the transformation of the Windsor Castle grounds into a venue fit for a momentous occasion in Royal history. Event organizers H Power called upon Arena Group’s 250 year heritage supplying ceremonial and iconic events, acknowledging an occasion of such global interest could only be delivered by the most trusted suppliers in the events industry.

Arena Group supplies 36th Virgin Money London Marathon

Arena Group supplied 59 temporary tower structures and 2,031 temporary tiered covered seats to the world-famous Virgin Money London Marathon, 24th April 2016.

Along the 26.2 mile route through the UK’s capital city, Arena Group installed all the mile and kilometre marker towers, beginning at Blackheath Common’s start line right through to the last marker before the finish line on The Mall, in front of Buckingham Palace.

Arena Group at Aintree’s £1 million Crabbie’s Grand National

Arena Group was pivotal in supporting The Jockey Club’s transformation of the World-famous Aintree Racecourse for the 2016 Crabbie’s Grand National with temporary event seating and structures. David Mullins trained Rule the World won everyone’s hearts and the £1million prize money when The Grand National became the nine year olds first steeplechase victory.

Carl Pastor, The Jockey Club’s operations director, states:

“I view Arena as a partner, rather than a contractor: they are pro-active in suggesting ideas and helping us overcome problems, always in tune with our own brand values. The introduction of new features such as the Arena Deck viewing area in front of The Chair Pavilion and the double decker Owners and Trainers hospitality facility this year were great examples of the fantastic advances in the experience we were able to offer our guests.”

Arena Group Expands Infrastructure at Cheltenham Festival 2016

Arena Group added Guinness to its Cheltenham Festival offering for the first time, delivering the new look 1,300sqm Guinness Pavilion alongside the 12,400sqm World’s longest triple decker hospitality venue overlooking the course, March 15 – 18, 2016.

The Festival has grown to attract 250,000 visitors to the four day highlight of the jump racing calendar, with £4.1 million prize money contested across 28 races culminating in the Gold Cup. Arena Group supported Cheltenham Racecourse, a Jockey Club Racecourse, with the expansion of facilities to accommodate the increase in hospitality tickets.

Arena Seating enable Bristol’s Future Gymnastics Stars to Shine

As Bristol celebrates being crowned European city of sport 2017, Arena Seating supplied Yate International Gymnastics Centre with temporary seating for its grassroots interclub competition, 28th January – 15th February 2016.

Tony Sainsbury, Arena Seating project manager and two additional crew members took just four hours to install 284 red plastic tiered tip-up seats over an 8 row structure. The structure was built using a 254mm rise under structure, with galvanised handrails and debris netting to the sides and rear of the temporary grandstand. This netting created a concealed area for valuable additional storage space, helping the venue to maximise limited space.

Mark Thorne from Acro Gymnastics comments: “Arena Seating has been supplying the home of the King Edmund Acro Gymnastics Club for the past nine years, over which we have seen the popularity of grassroots gymnastics go from strength to strength. This year, our Yate club alone now holds 1,400 members, but over this interclub weekend we shall see children from another 23 clubs across the UK compete, with ages ranging from 6 to 12 years old.”

Tony Sainsbury adds: “It is a privilege to work with Yate International Gymnastics Centre year on year and see the popularity of the sport grow, and in turn the audience members also increase. The team are always on hand, ready and able to change the number of required seats at late notice, as events like these are dependent on ticket sales.

“This event showcases Arena Seating can deliver temporary seating ranging from large Olympic venues right down to small grassroots sports venues– no project is too big or small for our team to take on.”

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Arena Seating saddled up for 25th year at London International Horse Show

Olympia’s London International Horse Show attracted equestrian fans from across the globe, blending nailbiting show-jumping competitions, horsemanship displays and festive shopping stalls - 15-21st December 2015.

Arena Seating installed 7,586 tiered temporary seats at Olympia – 5,191 were public Tip-up seats and the remaining 2,405 were upholstered Instyle VIP seats.

Within the venue, Arena Seating also installed press and competitor interview platforms home to the world’s sports journalists for the week, follow spot platforms facilitating illuminations throughout equine performances, judge platforms offering a clear view of the indoor arena and hospitality platform supports.

Indoor arena entrance doors, jump stores, presentation areas, video screen supports, a bridged logo platform and ménage surface retaining walls were also supplied by Arena.

Arena Seating project manager Martin Clark comments “It’s always a challenge to meet the demanding schedule, whilst allowing the other suppliers to also complete their work. We interface with at least 10 other company’s so it is crucial that we work together to ensure the build is completed swiftly – we usually have a build time of 8 days but this year we completed the install in 7 days, a testament to the hard work of the team.”

Highlights of this year’s equine spectacle included Jos Verlooy from Belgium and Germany’s Hilmar Meyer  being names Puissance champions after clearing a staggering 2.15m (7ft 1 inc) over the famous wall, plus British star Ben Maher scooped the €15,000 prize in the winner takes all Christmas Master showjumping competition.

Arena Group first with Presidents Cup Korea 2015

Arena Group supplied stunning event overlay for the first visit of the Presidents Cup to Asia, October 6-11, 2015.

The Presidents Cup was a passionately competed tournament, showcasing world class golf at the Jack Nicklaus Golf Club Korea, in Songdo IBD. The 11th iteration of this prestigious bi-annual tournament saw team USA victorious over the International team by just one point after four days of brilliant golf.

Asia Tents Arena, part of the Arena Group, received praise from all quarters for the high quality delivery of overlay commodities across the course.

Arena Group celebrates after Commonwealth Games success

As the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games came to a glittering end on Sunday night, Arena Group were celebrating after ensuring sporting fans had perfect views of the action throughout the 11 day event.


As a result of its rapid global growth, event overlay and supply company Arena Group has been ranked 58th in this year’s Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200.


Arena Group, the Official Temporary Structures and Overlay Provider at the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games, is celebrating the launch of its first temporary venue, as the official merchandise store in George Square opens for business.

Arena Group At The World Cup

From São Paulo to Manchester Arena Group is helping give football fans unrivalled views of the World Cup, as one of the biggest events in the global sporting heads to its final stages in Brazil.

Arena Group wins the Eurasia Cup

Asia Tents Arena, part of Arena Group, has been contracted to provide extensive temporary event infrastructure at the EurAsia Cup in Kuala Lumpur, 27th – 29th March.

Ryder Cup 2014 contract awarded to Arena Group

Ryder Cup Europe has awarded a new contract to the Arena Group to supply a comprehensive range of temporary event infrastructure at the core of The 2014 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles.

Harlequin creates new look hospitality setting at Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championships

Harlequin created communal corporate areas within its double decker Championship Pavilion at Abu Dhabi Golf Club, ensuring tournament sponsors and VIP guests enjoyed exclusive views.