2016 European Athletics Championships

Nearly 1,500 athletes from 50 nations participated in the 2016 European Athletics Championships, held in Amsterdam from July 6th to the 10th, with Stageco Nederland fully involved as a key production supplier at the city’s Olympic Stadium and Museumplein. Being an old venue (opened in 1928), the Olympic Stadium does not have its own modern broadcast facilities and this presented Stageco with the task of creating stable support structures for the TV cameras present in the field, the grand-stands and elsewhere around the stadium. A large amount of flooring was also provided in the stands for the broadcasters’ control cabins. Also included was the construction of two large scale (22m x 8m) video screen support structures to aid the audience, as well as a 50 tonne cable bridge to enable the distribution of 80km of cable into the stadium. Working in conjunction with the broadcasters, Stageco assisted with the installation of three 20m high SuperTowers – built from three trailer loads of black steel – in order to accommodate a range of attractive shots from a pair of fly cams. Another big hit was the honouring of the medal winners outside the stadium at Medalplaza. For this, Stageco used 340 tonnes of Layher scaffolding to build a 75m x 8m wall, integrating ‘finger’ constructions previously seen on a Johnny Hallyday tour, while the floor borrowed the outline of the tournament’s medal design. In total, Stageco Nederland contributed no less than 70 constructions to this highlight of its summer calendar.