We know arenas. We’ve worked on some superb venues worldwide including Leeds Arena, Wembley Arena, the Singapore Sports Hub, O2 World Hamburg, and Aspire Dome in Qatar to name just a handful. Our arena seating designs juggle owners’ and operators’ needs for optimal capacity, superb sightlines, operational efficiency and low maintenance, as well as helping to create the wow factor that today’s major venues require.

Retractable seating

Our retractable systems have been assessed by independent engineers Buro Happold for structural integrity. For exceptionally large or custom designed units, or where synchronised crowd movement is a concern, we have the expertise to help you ensure absolute safety , stability and peace of mind.

Large banks can be opened under power using integral motors with push button control, or with external power trucks.

arena retractable seating power operation arena retractable seating power operationDerby Multisports Arena, UK; Trusts Stadium, New Zealand

Mobile units can be moved on hydraulic trucks, or, more commonly in arenas, forklifted into storage areas. Good use of mobile units can make a plethora of layouts possible.

mobile seating movement hydraulic truck arena retractable seating forkliftDerby Multisports Arena, UK; ICC @ ExCeL, UK

Travelling systems simply drive across the arena floor to effectively shrink or enlarge the arena space.

arena retractable seating travelling arena retractable seating travellingUniversity of Northumbria Arena, UK, Brisbane Entertainment and Conference Centre, Australia

Tapered retractable units are brought together to form bowl configurations.

arena seating tapered retractable closed arena seating tapered retractable openO2 World, Hambury, Germany

Vomitory openings for audience ingress, team ingress or zamboni can be built into the retractable seating banks.

arena seating retractable vomitory arena seating retractable vomitoryMartiniplaza, Netherlands; Bournemouth International Centre, UK

We can accommodate an array of special adaptations. Here, a few rows of seating slide under the main seating units for extra capacity or just for team talks (below).

arena slide out seating colourful arena seatingArena Riga, Latvia; BBC Arena, Switzerland

Seats don’t have to look uniform – here (above) our Alpha chairs are used to create an effective and colourful display.

Removable seating

Our Matrix seating is perfect for arenas. Used at venues including the O2 and Wembley Arena and the Royal Albert Hall, the chairs are provided in groups which can be quickly laid out or stacked away on trolleys or forkliftable stillages with far fewer lifting operations than stacking or banqueting chairs. The system is self-supporting with no need for fixings. While seatways are maximised, cleaning time is minimised due to the low number of chair legs.

arena removable seating on trolley arena removable seating in construction arena removable seatingThe O2, London, UK

Fixed seating

 arena riser fixed seating arena curved seating arena upright geometry seatingRiga Arena, Latvia; ORA Arena, Turkey; O2 World, Hamburg

Above (left to right): Riser fixings allow fuss free cleaning of the walkways. Our beam mounted seating can be arranged in curved formations for a seamless effect. Upright geometry chairs are perfect for audience comfort in the upper tiers of a large arena.

Project Management
We have many years’ experience project managing large installations, co-ordinating with owners, main contractors and other trades to ensure a smooth, fuss-free and on-time installation.

 First Direct Arena, Leeds, UK

Our Venue Types pages are designed to give you just a flavour of the options available for your space. Please browse our product pages using the links below for more inspiration. Alternatively, you can view some arena case studies or contact us.