Bath Rugby’s city centre Recreation Ground stadium is an environmentally sensitive site in a UNESCO World Heritage city, which made modernising the Aviva Premiership club’s facilities for the passionate fan base a challenge.
The club consulted with Arena Seating to develop new grandstands incorporating catering, bars and toilets in their undercroft. The resulting structures comply with the stringent planning restrictions the club faces while giving fans a great experience.
The 4,195-capacity West Stand was the biggest change for Bath, with all the work completed outside of the rugby season. A permanent-feeling breeze block undercroft with a sold steel frame was installed, supporting a roof which covered 60% of Arena’s demountable grandstand system.
The stand will remain in place for at least three years while the club works on moving to a new permanent stadium. Within the new stand Arena incorporated media desks, a rooftop camera platform enabling the all-important live broadcasts and match footage plus a studio.
Three other stands, all temporary systems, were installed at the Recreation Ground by Arena. The East Stand has 6,397 tiered tip-up seats on a steel understructure with toilets and flooring in the undercroft.
The North Stand combines a 1,508-tiered terrace with a 621-capacity tiered grandstand while the South Stand now has 124 tiered tip-up seats on Ringside 1 Stand and 63 tiered tip-up seats on Ringside 2 Stand.