Prolyte H40V structure at The Athletics World Cup and Müller Anniversary Games
Blackout was honoured to be part
of the inaugural Athletics World Cup at The London Stadium which took place on
14th and 15th July. Eight top performing
athletics nations competed in the floodlit arena in an endeavour to secure the
prestigious Platinum Athletics World Cup Trophy – the first of its kind and
most valuable sporting trophy ever made. Over the course of two evenings , the
competition featured track events from the 100m through to the 1500m, plus
relays and eight field events. Great Britain did share a substantial portion of
the $2m prize pot by finishing in 3rd place, however, the USA
team triumphed becoming the first trophy holders.
Blackout, alongside True Staging
were tasked by Kenny Underwood of Cheeky Rascal Productions to provide an
integrated truss and stage solution for static LED screens in a section of the
stadium. Drawing upon previous knowledge and experience from working at the
venue, Kevin Monks and his team assembled an 12 legged Prolyte H40V truss structure to accommodate an internal and external Athletes entrance screen
supplied by Creative Technology, with space for True Staging’s staircase and an
ALI-DECK platform. Genie AL25 Superlifts were key for the build of the
structure, with CM Prostar Hoists then used to lift the 2 LED screens.
Blackout’s 6 person strong team worked determinedly to produce a robust and
tailored structure for the event.
“Working with Blackout from the formation of
the company made it a simple choice for me, feeling safe in the knowledge that
they would work in synergy with CT both in pre production and delivery, working
with Kevin and Matt Hartfree is always a pleasure and it takes any stress out
of producing the client vision” said Kenny Underwood.
As Kevin Monks has commented
“After being involved in the series of successful Athletics events in The
London Stadium last summer, it was such a pleasure to be involved in this new
exciting event, bringing the excitement of a World Cup into athletics.”
The structure is due to stay in
for this weekend’s Müller Anniversary games, one of the world’s biggest
non-championship athletics meetings of the season. This significant IAAF
Diamond league gathering has previously attracted esteemed athletes such as
Usain Bolt and Mo Farah. It has definitely been an eventful 2 weeks for
Blackout, who look forward to supplying future rigging packages for The London
Stadium and other sporting occasions.