Situated on the ground’s terraced area, which previously held 1,000 standing fans, the new installation of a covered grandstand at Crawley Town was part of a major ground refurbishment as the club rises from non-league football to secure promotion into npower League 1.
Arena Seating was engaged to deliver and install a permanent covered demountable grandstand, which was adapted specifically to the Club’s needs. The installation prominently features the ‘Red Devils’ trademark club colour with the use of red plastic tiered tip-up seats, red roof covers and red side-drops. It accommodates 2,145 spectators, running the length of the pitch.
Alan Williams, chief executive of Crawley Town FC, said: “Arena Seating did a superb job in constructing our grandstand and making it ready for use in less than two weeks. The professionalism of their staff, both on site and behind the scenes, was extremely impressive and we now have a handsome addition to our facilities.” Building on from the success at Crawley Town, Arena Seating installed an upgraded seated stadium at the Ross County FC’s Victoria Park ahead of a new season in the Scottish Premier League where existing facilities were primarily standing.
Following the Club’s promotion, Ross County FC required a rapid and efficient solution, which Arena delivered in just 12 weeks and increased the stadium’s seating capacity by more than double, providing improved spectator comfort and pitch side viewing experience.
The 3,500 seats were installed across four stands and utilised the ground’s existing infrastructure, integrating the grandstands under current roofs and onto the tiered spectator terraces. Arena provided rear access to the stands through the installation of seven staircases and used red, blue and white seats to brand the grandstands with the Club’s name.
Ross County Football Club Chairman, Roy MacGregor commented: “We had a really tight timeframe to develop the Global Energy Stadium and the advice and fast response received from the Arena team was crucial in us meeting our target dates. It was important to engage them at the early planning stage and their input, along with the quality of their product met all of our requirements.”
Tony Sainsbury, Arena Seating’s project manager adds: “The grandstand installed at the Broadfield Stadium offers an ideal seating solution for ambitious sports clubs like Crawley Town FC who are looking to increase capacity or improve comfort and experience for fans. This system can be customised to fit most colour schemes, and with a long lifespan offers an economical and cost effective solution.
“The Ross County project was designed, manufactured and installed alongside other high-profile sporting and cultural events taking place in recent months. The team have worked tirelessly to deliver it within the short timeframe, which provided an upgraded stadium for Ross County FC to move into the Premier League with.”