Event

The Open Championship, the oldest of the four major championships in professional golf, took place at Royal Liverpool Golf Club in Hoylake from July 13-20 2014.   It is the only major held outside the United States and is administered by The R&A.

Requirement

Spectator seating for 20,000 using the C-View + tiered seating system

Scope of Works

The extended tiered seating using Seating and Stadia’s innovative C-View + seating system, was laid out in an Amphitheatre style, wrapping around key areas such as the first tee and the 18th green, where golfing legends such as Tiger Woods and Bubba Watson played during the seven-day tournament.

Challenge

The challenge for this project was to improve on the success from the previous year, providing quality grandstand seating along with the additional requirement of 3500 seats for 2014 and disabled seating areas on raised platforms within four of the stands, ensuring that the event was fully accessible to all.

Outcome

More golfing fans watched the 2014 Open Championship in comfort with the spectator seating provided by GL events Seating and Stadia increasing to over 20,000 seats.
The horseshoe grandstand on the 18th, the first of its kind in the history of The Open, was embellished with the famous ‘Claret Jug’, the Open Championship emblem and one of the most iconic trophies in all of sport.

The C-View + tiered seating system can be configured into any layout that may be required for each event and can be fitted with media stands, disabled viewing platforms and a range of seating. Perfect for sporting events, this type of grandstand was used at various locations during the London 2012 Olympics as well as at Lords Cricket Ground, New Zealand Rugby World Cup, and Ryder Cup Europe.

Chris Mansell, GL events Seating and Stadia Operations Director, said: “This was our second year working with The Open Championship and already the requirements have evolved. This year’s seating increased by around 3,500 and the new disabled viewing areas were integral parts of the grandstands. The seating, not only the capacity but also the comfort it provides, added to the visitor experience, and this will only increase as we continue to work with the organisers to develop our offering.”

Rhodri Price, Director- Championship Operations at The R&A commented:
“Without doubt the talking point from competitors, press and spectators alike was the arena at the 18th green which, as we know, was quite a feat of engineering and with the link to the 1st tee and players’ bridge really was a focus of people’s attention during the week. It would seem we now need to dream up something a little different each year!”