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Monday 02 December, 2019

Arena Events Group

Arena installs Diriyah Stadium for Joshua fight

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Arena Events Group PLC
02 December 2019


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Arena Events Group plc (AIM: ARE) is pleased to announce that it has completed the design and installation of the 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena and hospitality structure, ahead of the Joshua v Ruiz II boxing "Clash on the Dunes" being held on 7 December 2019.


Commissioned by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the purpose-built arena was constructed in six weeks and is the single largest temporary seating structure that the company has built since the London 2012 Olympics.


Designed with flexibility in mind, the stadium features Arena's Clearview™ seating system, which is both modular and demountable, designed specifically to maximise audience sightlines, mounted on a substructure provided by partner, PERI Group. The arena will be reconfigured a number of times for the various events taking place as part of the month-long Diriyah Season.


As well as the main event area, Arena has designed and installed a 3,500 square-metre temporary hospitality structure complete with bespoke high specification interiors and furnishings to provide a premium experience for VIP guests. It was constructed using Arena's proprietary Arena Super Deck structure, which offers a permanent look and feel.


The highly anticipated boxing match is the first World Heavyweight Title fight in the Middle East, and one of a number of  iconic events taking place in the arena until 21 December 2019.


Over one million people are expected to descend on the UNESCO heritage site, Diriyah, to attend the unmissable set of international sports and entertainment events, including the Diriyah E-Prix, Diriyah Music Festival, and The Diriyah Tennis Cup.


Paul Berger, CEO for Arena Middle East & Asia, commented: "It's incredible what we've managed to achieve in just six weeks. We're really proud of our UK and Middle East divisions, who have been tirelessly working with a team of 175 people to deliver a project of such scale and specification. The solution we have delivered has been described as utterly breath taking.


"We are one of the few companies that can offer a full turnkey solution for events of this size, from design and construction through to the luxurious high quality interiors and we are honoured to be involved in a part of history for the Diriyah season and this exciting series of mega events."


Abdulaziz Baeshen, Director of the Diriyah Season, commented: "A stunning setting requires a stunning stadium and Arena have delivered just that.  The eyes of the world will be on the Clash of the Dunes, and we've been hugely impressed by Arena throughout the planning and execution of this project."




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Arena is an international event solutions business, specialising in design, delivery and management services including the provision of temporary event equipment such as structures, seating and interiors. Arena works with the world's most iconic sporting organisations, cultural events, venues and brands. With offices in the UK & Europe, Middle East, Asia, and the Americas, Arena's mission is to deliver the Arena Standard of event experiences to the world. Visit for more information.




The General Sports Authority (GSA) is the government authority responsible for sports in Saudi Arabia. As well as raising the profile of Saudi Arabia with world-class competitive sports, the Authority also seek to create opportunities and an attractive environment for sport investment. GSA work closely with private and not-for-profit sectors to support sports programmes and projects which contribute to improving the national economy.

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Diriyah Season is an unmissable set of international sports and entertainment events, happening at a UNESCO heritage sight, Diriyah, the birth place of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Diriyah Season is set to draw more than one million visitors throughout the season that will come to a close on 21 December 2019. The month-long event will see many sports, cultural and food festivals as well as entertainment activities.

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