Modern sports stadiums are increasingly developing, with architects and facilities managers constantly redefining design and functionality parameters. Two of the biggest influences in such changes include technology and commercial generation.
How do stadium owners optimise their stadium arena space? Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative retractable power units which provide a safe and secure outdoor source of power, water and data.
Such facilities are crucial for stadium maintenance and optimum operation, for example electricity is needed to power equipment such as LED floodlighting or digital information displays, as well as for UV lighting rigs or sprinkler systems.
Trends influencing stadium design
The late 19th century saw the introduction of the first stadiums in the modern era. Sports such as the Olympics and football were establishing themselves into society. Early designs were fairly simple and robust, as stadiums served their purpose for one particular event. Athletic stadiums for athletic events. Football stadiums for football matches.
However, the last twenty years has seen a significant shift in focus when designing sports stadiums and arenas, which can be described two-fold. One change is a move away from early single-purpose stadiums, to multi-purpose venues which supports a more diverse event calendar. The second shift in focus relates to an increase in a focus on safety and comfort aspects for spectators.
A safe power supply for outdoor areas
Stadiums or arenas of any sport or recreational event have a duty to guarantee spectator and staff safety. They are subject to strict rules and regulations in their design and operation. Safety precautions include factors such as floodlights must be supported by a secondary power source. Also, various electrical equipment around pitches, running tracks or other sporting areas has to minimise any potential hazards – such as trip or electrocution risks from trailing wires.
The range of retractable service units developed by Pop Up Power Supplies® are able to provide a safe, secure power source for various equipment around a stadium, with the added benefit of having no unnecessarily long trailing cables. The units can be installed around sports pitches or running tracks, and because they are retractable in nature when they are not needed they are simply lowered back into the ground, blending seamlessly with their immediate surroundings. Our range of In-Ground Units (or Flip Lid Units) are able to provide a power supply with their lids locked down.
Our power units installed at Chelsea Football Club and Mary Peters Track
We supplied nine of our PUPS01 power units to Chelsea Football Club, where they were installed around the perimeter of the pitch. Here, they provide a power source for ground staff for when they use the UK lighting equipment. The lids of the unit accommodate the turf therefore when they are lowered into the ground they appear seamless with the surroundings.
Our Flip Lid Power Units were installed at Mary Peters Track in Belfast. The track, which provides athletes a place to train, coach and jog, had a range of electrical equipment which needed powering e.g. lighting rigs and digital information displays. The In Ground Units there provide a safe and secure outdoor power source for the track, with the added benefit that they operate with the lids locked down. The power sockets are safely located within the high-grade mild steel structure, which is hot dip galvanised to BS EN: ISO1461.
Power considerations for multi-purpose stadium designs
Modern stadiums incorporate much more of a focus on multi-use venues, where stadiums combine sporting events as well as entertainment events. An increasing number of football stadiums have running tracks around the perimeter of the pitch; some stadiums host both football and rugby matches.
Designing stadiums for such a variety of purposes notably puts pressures and stresses on the operational maintenance of the stadium. Our range of pop up power units help to alleviate such pressures, as they are able to provide a reliable source of power and water in order to effectively maintain pitch surfaces.
Our pop up power units and flip lid units provide an innovative power solution for stadiums when they host various entertainment events. Comedians, music artists and other entertainment acts use stadiums and arenas to host their events and require power sources for lighting, speaker systems and large television screens.
The range of retractable service units supplied by Pop Up Power Supplies® provide a secure power solution for such equipment, also having a significant benefit in terms of their safety aspect. Public safety is always of paramount concern for event organisers and stadium owners.
The risk of electrocution has to be minimal and pedestrian access has to be clear as possible, to ensure public areas are safe and comfortable for people. The retractable nature of our power units means they can be raised from the ground and lowered back again with minimal effort, ensuring walkways are clear and free from any form of tripping hazard or risk of electrocution.
The final consideration for creating multi-purpose stadium facilities is the ability to provide a suitable area for food services. Such food stalls and kiosks provide a large revenue stream for stadiums and require a stable electricity supply to power their cooking equipment.
Our pop up power units are ideal for such food services as they can be raised from the ground when needed, and when match days or entertainment events are over, they are simply lowered back into the ground until next time.
Our PUPS01 power units have been installed in the walkways and concourse around Wembley Arena Square, where they provide a safe and secure power supply for food services and other stalls and kiosks which require electricity.
Future stadium designs and power supply influences
There is a growing trend of sports stadiums being designed and constructed in city centre locations, partly due to urban regeneration projects and the rise of mixed-use developments. Stadiums will start to combine with other community buildings/projects such as hotels, retail premises, park areas, leisure facilities, commercial units and residential buildings.
Such mixed-use developments are usually connected by outdoor areas or concourses, which have high footfalls and are popular for events and various stalls and kiosks. Architects, developers, and electrical engineers greatly consider public safety when designing external power supplies for outdoor spaces. Pedestrian access has to be clear as possible and the risk of electrocution has to be minimal, to ensure public areas are safe and comfortable for people.
Pop Up Power Supplies® supply a range of innovative retractable service units that provide a reliable and effective power supply for outdoor spaces and events. Our retractable nature means they can be raised from the ground and lowered back again with minimal effort, ensuring walkways are clear and free from any form of tripping hazard or risk of electrocution.
We work closely with some of the UK’s leading contractors, architects, civil engineers, electrical engineers and other industry professionals creating bespoke outdoor power solutions for their sports stadium projects.
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