Athletics Track and Turf Protection for the World’s Largest Sporting Event
In case you missed it, in July 2020 amid a global pandemic and a pause in the global sports action, the BBC featured “Britain’s Greatest Olympic Moments” from Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016. Rewind highlights included reliving the excitement and national pride from the London 2012 Opening Ceremony, directed by Danny Boyle.
Signature Systems’ EU & EMEA Director Tony Booth remembers the day with pride after months of preparation to provide ground protection for 27 venues across London, including deploying stadium turf protection inside the entire Olympic Stadium in less than 24 hours for the Opening Ceremony.
“The incredible scale of the contract and the tight deadlines all took a monumental effort from the entire team,” Booth says. “Under a huge amount of pressure we delivered what would turn out to be the largest overlay contract in history as it related to trackway. Relationships were forged that will never diminish, and it was a truly challenging but very rewarding experience.”
Signature re-created the M25, the motorway that encircles Greater London, within the stadium for the brilliant pageantry of the opening show, which received rave reviews from spectators and organizers alike.
The Project: Olympic and Paralympic Games
The Location: London
The Challenge: Ground protection, pedestrian and vehicle trackway systems for 27 sports venues across London
- World-class playing surface protection for running track, natural and synthetic turf, farmland, historic parks
- Safe access for athletes, vendors, coaches, hundreds of thousands of spectators
- Drivable surface for massive cranes, fully-loaded lorries, forklifts and other vehicles for setup and removal
- Rapid setup and removal to stay on precise schedule
- Guaranteed source of supply for ever-changing and evolving planning
- Multipurpose event applications
- Reusable protection amid tight security
- 196,951 pieces of trackway issued
- 1,866,505 square feet of trackway installed
- If the total quantity of DuraDeck® used was laid lengthwise, it would equal 26.2 miles (42.195 km), or one Olympic marathon
- The combined length of the quantity used of ArmorDeck® was 458 miles (or 737 km)
- 35,291 total crew hours worked for the equivalent of 4 years, 11 days