We designed and installed the 15,000 seat Diriyah Arena and hospitality structure, ahead of the highly anticipated Joshua v Ruiz II rematch “Clash on the Dunes” held on 7 December 2019.

Commissioned by the Saudi General Sports Authority, the bespoke arena was constructed in just 56 days and is the single largest temporary seating structure that we have built since the London 2012 Olympics.

Designed with flexibility in mind, the stadium features Arena’s Clearview™ seating system, which is both modular and demountable, designed specifically to maximise audience sightlines. The arena will be reconfigured a number of times for the various events taking place as part of the month-long Diriyah Season.

As well as the main event area, we also designed and installed a 3,500 square-metre temporary hospitality structure complete with bespoke high specification interiors and furnishings. The luxurious building is designed to provide a premium experience for VIP guests and was constructed using Arena’s proprietary ASD structure, which offers a permanent look and feel. Kit was fully dismantled in 3 weeks and then shipped to Tokyo ahead of the 2020 Olympic games.

What we delivered

  • 15,000 seat temporary stadium
  • 350,000 components incl fixings
  • 19m in height
  • Approx. 10,000 sqm in footprint
  • 295 tonnes of steels
  • 3500 sqm premium hospitality structure for VIPS and Royal Family, using ASD structure
  • 10,000 bolts
  • 500 ton of steel
  • 300m of ramps
  • 600 steps
  • 3000 sqm of scaffolding
  • 280 lm of glass handrails
  • 4500 sqm of tenting structure

“The arena and site are utterly breath-taking, with a theme park and concert the night before as well. It’s like nothing we’ve seen before in boxing. The Clash On The Dunes will be a night to remember. We can’t wait. “

Eddie Hearn Group Managing Director Matchroom Boxing

“It’s incredible what we’ve managed to achieve in just six weeks. We’re really proud of our UK and Middle East divisions, who have spent the last six weeks working with a team of 175 people to deliver a project of such scale and specification. The solution we have delivered has been described as utterly breath taking.”

Paul Berger CEO for Arena Middle East & Asia

“It’s amazing man, it’s crazy how they built everything in a month and a half, It’s amazing to be fighting over here, it’s going to be really historic and I’m planning to make history over here. It’s a lot different. When I first got here none of this was here so it’s unbelievable.”

Andy Ruiz Former Unified Heavyweight Champion

“It’ll definitely be a night people will tell their grandchildren they were at, one of those iconic evenings of boxing. Everyone from Saudi has been brilliant to work with.“

Anthony Joshua Two-Time Heavyweight Champion of the World

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