More golfing fans will watch this year’s Open Championship at the Royal Liverpool Golf Club, Hoylake, in comfort as the amount of spectator seating provided by GL events Seating and Stadia has increased to over 20,000 seats. New for 2014, there will also be disabled seating areas on raised platforms within four of the stands.
The extended tiered seating will be 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 will play over the seven-day tournament.
The 18th hole seating area will be embellished with the ‘Claret Jug’, the Open Championship trophy and emblem.
GL events Seating and Stadia will install its innovative C-View + seat in a system, created for the London 2012 Olympics. £20million was invested into the development of C-view + ensuring it exceeded the stringent C90 policy and offered the best sightlines for users as well as offering a wider 500m seat, in-line with new European legislation.
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 is our second year working with The Open Championship and already the requirements have evolved. This year’s seating has increased by around 3,500 and the new disabled viewing areas are integral parts of the grandstands. The seating, not only the capacity but also the comfort it provides, add to the visitor experience, and this will only increase as we continue to work with the organisers to develop our offering.”