Olympics, athletic and multi-sport events

The global strength of GL events makes us well placed to deliver solutions for both national and global sporting events.

Our track record in delivering temporary infrastructure, seating and overlay solutions for both the Olympics and Commonwealth games is a testament to both the quality of our products and services and our ability to deliver solutions on a grand scale.

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Trusted to deliver large scale sporting events

No matter the scale of your event, we can deliver. From temporary seating and structures, through to a complete overlay solution, our dedicated account manager will offer expert advice to create a venue that is tailor-made to suit your specific requirements and provides the multi-sport event infrastructure you need. 

As Official Overlay Supporter and Principal Designer and Principal Contractor for the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, we navigated the complexities of a multi-venue, multi-sport event, project managing the design, planning, installation and removal of temporary infrastructure, services and products, to transform existing and new venues into event-ready spaces. 

In 2012, the GL events Consortium designed, manufactured and installed temporary structures across 78 venues at both the Olympics and Paralympics Games in London, and 130,000 temporary seats at 13 Olympic venues and stadia. 

Internationally, GL events has been appointed as Overlay Provider for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games. This builds on our work for FIFA World Cup, the UEFA European Championships the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow and the 2016 Olympic Games.

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Temporary structures
Temporary seating

Overlay transforms existing and new venues into event-ready spaces.

It includes designing, planning, installing, and removing temporary infrastructure, services and products, and covers everything from demountable seating and temporary structures, through to flooring and signage. 

Our team work with you and your stakeholders throughout the planning and delivery stages of your event, acting as a single point of contact and offering a one-stop-shop for all of an organising committee’s needs. By streamlining the entire process, we make it easier for all parties involved to deliver world-class sporting events.

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Ceremony at Birmingham Commonwealth Games

The right mix of temporary structures will provide the perfect backdrop to your event, creating the best experience for participants, crew and spectators alike. We'll work with you to create a tailored solution that makes the most of the space you have available. 

Our portfolio is wide-ranging and suitable for both front and back of house facilities. From single deck, double deck and even triple deck structures, through to our Giant outdoor event structures suitable for the largest of events, we can provide options for for pop up shops and bars, catering or bathroom facilities, hospitality and media - and everything in between.

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Temporary single deck structures for food outlets at London 2012, provided by GL events UK

Olympic standard events need Olympic standard seating - and that's what we will deliver.  

With row depths of 800mm, and seat width of 50mm, our grandstand seating is comfortable, while the clear accessways of 570mm facilitates the safe and speedy flow of people to move along a row, or when exiting the stand.

Our row rises of either 166mm or 333mm provide good lines of sight, from any position, while the closed risers within our grandstands means there's no gaps in the flooring for phones or other personal items to fall through.  

Our temporary stadium seating options are all fully flexible so can work on any site, including indoor arenas and can include built-in toilet facilities or retail outlets if required.

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Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, seating and courts at Smithfield, Beach Volleyball and basketball. Provided by GL events UK

How can we help?

Get in touch to see how we can support your next multi sport event.

Our products

Take a closer look at our range of products, designed to work together for the perfect multi sport event

Media Centre UCI Glasgow, provided by GL events UK

Commentary and media boxes

Temporary camera platform supplied by GL events UK

Camera platforms

Stairs at The Open Golf, provided by GL events UK


Walkways, fencing and temporary structures at Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, provided by GL events UK

Walkways and fencing

Additional solutions for multi-sport events

Whatever the scale and scope of your requirements or theme of your event, we’ll provide bespoke or off-the-peg solutions, options and extras to create an outstanding event aesthetic and spectator experience.

From flooring and walkways, through to camera towers and media boxes, we can provide complete turnkey options for your event.

  • Accessibility
  • Branding
  • Camera towers
  • Fencing
  • Lighting
  • Flooring
  • Commentary & media boxes
  • Furniture
  • HVAC
  • Audio Visual & Power
  • Toilets
  • Staircases
  • Walkways & Entrances
Take a look at our customisation options


"These games have been unprecedented and unique in terms of the challenges that we have faced so it’s remarkable what we’ve collectively achieved, delivering such a high quality end product against the backdrop of all of those challenges. Use of GL’s resource and their network in the market was hugely beneficial to us."

Alex Kirby

Development and Overlay, Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

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See how we can help with your next sporting event.