StadiArena’s unique technology was developed by StadiArena founder, managing partner, accountant and former professional footballer Paul Fletcher (below right) in 2004, before he set up the business in 2007. It enables an outdoor sports stadium to be converted into a 47,000sq ft, 4,000 capacity, pillar-less, multi-purpose indoor arena that can host sports, concerts, exhibitions, conferences, trade shows and other events. This happens at the touch of a button; in six minutes, a partition wall is activated and the first 16 rows of seats are retracted, creating a covered space which can be used for exhibitions, concerts, conferences, film screenings, indoor sports and receptions.
StadiArena’s website adds that the system incorporates a hurricane-proof, hoist fabric door, now known as a StadiDoor – a form of which is currently used across the world. Once closed (within 6 minutes), this specialised, lightweight door transforms a stand into a fully enclosed permanent arena environment, creating a venue for numerous sporting and cultural events, increasing the usability and financial viability of the stadium. By simply retracting the door (within 6 minutes), the stadium returns to its core sporting use.
The StadiArena system means that irrespective of the stadium’s core sport, it can generate income that isn’t linked to a particular team’s performance and deliver valuable ‘legacy’ and community facilities.
In 2014, Business Desk reported, “StadiArena is helping with the construction of the world’s first purpose-built, indoor/ outdoor 25,000 capacity stadium”. It had won a £4m contract to work on the project in the Gujarat province of India in 2009 after the Gujarat Chief Minister, Narendra Modi, now Prime Minister of India, championed the project. Work had begun in spring, with the installation of the structure’s steel frame.
And Business Desk, reporting on the opening of the stadium, notes that this concludes seven years of work, which began with signing a multiple licence agreement with TransStadia. It quotes the words of Ian Stokes, managing director of StadiArena, “It’s taken a long time but we are absolutely thrilled that the Ahmedabad stadium is now open and hosting its first major sporting event. At 47,000sq ft, it is the largest open space arena in India and will also become the best football stadium in India”.
StadiArena’s press release relates that on Friday 7th October 2016, the Ahmedabad stadium officially opened and hosted the Kabbadi World Cup (7th-22nd Oct), broadcast by Star Sports to 125 countries.