Shantou University Sports Park
China - Star Events will design and supply a world-class rigging system to STU Sports Park in Shantou, on the south east coast of China.

Set within Shantou University, the Sports Park includes a multi-use arena with incorporated hotel and conference facilities. Star Events is contracted to design and install two rigging mothergrids, which will cover three-quarters of the arena floor and can lift and hold production equipment weighing up to 70 tons. The company will also provide the perimeter rigging system that will hold 33 large format, high-definition projectors supplied by American company Obscura Digital. All 80 of the hoists will be controlled by Star's Active Roof Technology (The ART of rigging) system.

STU Sports Park general manager, Greg Turner, said, "We wanted a venue that could host a diversified event schedule and allowed promoters to move in and out as efficiently as possible. Thus our team has been working with Star Events for the past year, developing a flexible design which enables us to utilise every kilogram of capacity in our venue roof, so we can host the widest range of entertainment.

"Star Events' commitment to China, the constant availability of its staff in China to meet with the various stakeholders, and its globally recognised expertise in event rigging were all key factors in the award of this contract."

Roger Barrett, special projects director at Star Events, said, "Winning the Shantou University contract is very significant for the future of Star Events in China. And it means that we now operate over the full length of the country's eastern seaboard, with Mothergrid installations in the North (Beijing) and the South (Shantou), either side of our central operational base in Shanghai."

(Jim Evans)

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