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Stageco onside at Euro 2008

7 July 2008


Although Germany fell at the last hurdle in Euro 2008, the German branch of the international staging experts Stageco achieved a strong result at the competition.

One of the world’s highest profile sporting occasions, jointly hosted this year by Austria and Switzerland, required a large number of supplemental facilities provided both by the official tournament organisers and by other organisations laying on temporary viewing for the public.

Perhaps the most visible of these, currently welcoming visitors on Vienna’s Ringstrasse, is the enormous Fanzone, organised jointly by the city of Vienna and the tournament organisers UEFA, which provides entertainment and screenings of matches on big screens. Stageco was asked to provide the structures for the main stage itself, in Rathausplatz, a large Communications Centre, the Supervision EM 2008 (a public video viewing support) and a huge experiential marketing zone for the public, Meinl’s Kaffewelt, welcoming 12,000 visitors per day.

Stageco Germany had no fewer than five project managers working on the Vienna Fanzone, including Stageco Germany’s Managing Director Werner Herbst, who project managed the structure in Rathausplaz. Here, the company provided its Micro Arch stage, which hosted a variety of DJ’s, bands and up and coming stars.

The largest of the structures, Meinl’s Kaffewelt, took six weeks to plan and consisted of three large temporary buildings erected on a six metre-high viewing platform measuring 2,668 square metres. Two project managers Dirk Lauenstein and Marc Matern, worked on this structure, which is open to the public from 8am to midnight every day.

The Communication Center, where the Vienna Tourism Board offers multi-lingual information to visitors, was project managed by Stageco’s Michael Kelm. It was constructed in eight days from a modular system of 28 customised steel frames, creating 600 square metres of frontage and 300 square metres of outer boarding.

Finally, the Supervision EM 2008, public viewing video support was 16.5 metres high with 20 x 25 metres. Stageco also supplied these same screen supports in Basel and Innsbruck.

“The Euro 2008 project has been an enormous logistical challenge and one that we’ve thoroughly enjoyed meeting,” says Stageco’s Werner Herbst. “Coming at the heart of a busy summer season, it demonstrates the flexibility of Stageco’s service and logistical abilities.”

 

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