In addition to the provision of power for lighting and sound, it is necessary to supply international broadcasting services with a consistent and reliable source because a break in power will mean a break in the action for the viewing audience. In order to ensure a reliable power supply for broadcast, Aggreko has been working with the organisers of the Bahrain Grand Prix since its inception in 2004. To ensure the regional and international audience has access to all the high-speed action, Aggreko provides power packages for domestic and broadcast power, which supplies the vending areas, the medial centre and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC).
In recent years there has been a substantial increase in the hosting of international championships across the region. Abu Dhabi’s dedicated sports community, Zayed City, was host to the FIFA Club World Cup for the first time in December 2009. The event spanned 10 days and saw clubs including FC Barcelona, Estudiantes de la Plata and Auckland City FC battle it out at the 50,000 capacity stadium. Aggreko was contracted to provide 10 MW for the VIP area, the fan zone and the International Broadcast Centre (IBC) at the event, to ensure that millions of viewers would be able to follow the action throughout the tournament.
Similarly, Qatar was in need of an adequate power package to support its hosting of the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) Indoor World Championships 2010 which took place in Doha in March 2010. With 1,200 athletes competing at the Aspire Dome, the event was broadcast to an audience of some 210 million on radio and television. As a result of its ever-growing experience with large-scale events of this kind, Aggreko was brought in to power the IBC as well as the lighting and hospitality village at the Aspire Dome, Qatar’s 290,000 square metre indoor sports stadium.
Temporary power is also being utilised to create more sustainable legacies for host cities. One of the challenges of hosting a major event is ensuring that the infrastructure built will be utilised in the years after the event has ended. Japan is still paying a heavy price for its hosting of the 2002 World Cup, with many of the stadiums built for the event sitting underutilised and costing the host cities millions of dollars each year in maintenance and upkeep. In order to avoid this problem of ‘white elephant stadiums’, many organisers are creating ‘flexible’ venues with expanding capacity for major events. One example of this which has proven very successful is The Sevens stadium in Dubai, home of the Dubai Rugby Sevens.
The venue was designed as a ‘flexible venue’ which has a permanent grandstand with a capacity of 5,000 but can be expanded to a capacity of 40,000 with the addition of temporary stands and temporary power. The stadium was built with the understanding that temporary power would be utilised during major events and in the two years since the venue has opened, Aggreko has worked closely with the organisers to install temporary power packages which have ensured the success of many events, including the Dubai Rugby World Cup in 2010.
So, as Qatar wins its multi million-dollar campaign to have Doha play host to the 2022 FIFA World Cup, temporary power providers will already be strategising the way in which they can lend their support to the event, players, supporters, visitors and viewers.