Seating solutions from Melbourne-based Camatic were used at the Kazan Arena, one of the venues for the recent FIFA World Cup Russia™.
The installation of 28,000 of the Australian company's ALPHA seats at the World Cup venue is one of a number of significant projects, both on home soil and internationally, that Camatic has equipped over the past few years.
Camatic’s two major recent projects in Australia were both in Victoria. The first was the installation of 5,000 seats at the redeveloped western grandstand at Ballarat’s Eureka Stadium, where Camatic’s ALPHA seat with an auto flip-up feature was installed with a randomised colour scheme of blues and greys. The other main local installation was that of approximately 5,000 seats as part of stage 4 of the redevelopment of Geelong’s GMHBA Stadium. Camatic is also re-seated Rod Laver Arena, home of the Australian Open in Melbourne.
Internationall, in addition to the Dallas Cowboys Stadium, the Wantirna manufacturer installed over 68,000 seats at Santa Clara’s Levi’s Stadium in California – the venue for 2016 NFL Super Bowl; provided over 80,000 seats for the refurbishment of the Bukit Jalil stadium in Kuala Lumpur in advance of Malaysia’s hosting of the Asian Games last year as well as installing 70,000 seats at the recently opened state-of-the Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta, Georgia, USA.
Other recent high-profile contracts include 5,500 seats at the NFL Hall of Fame in Ohio, USA, and about 17,000 seats for MGM’s T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, as well as several MLS stadia. Of course, these recent successes have not come without a lot of work over the years, going back to when Camatic first secured its first major contract in the US, the main Olympic Stadium for the 1996 Atlanta Games.
Not to be outdone, recent seating contracts in the UK include the prestigious Emerald Headingley Stadium and AELTC's Wimbledon.
At first people are quite often amazed that an Australian owned company that manufactures in Australia could secure these blue-ribbon venues around the world. Yes, whilst our location may be geographically disadvantageous for the US and European markets, this is more than offset by a cutting-edge design and engineering capability that has been fostered and strengthened since the inception of the company over 50 years ago. This commitment has led to Camatic developing many unique products over the years. It has recently released its newest stadium seat, the Axiom, which should once more set the standard for stadium seating for years to come. The first major project to be installed with this newest technology will be the North Queensland Stadium which is currently under construction.
Bukit Jalil National Stadium
Malaysia's very own Bukit Jalil National Stadium in Kuala Lumpur scooped the Stadium of the Year award at the recently concluded World Stadium Congress in Amsterdam. The first part of the transformation of Malaysia’s Bukit Jalil National Sports Complex, into one of Asia’s top sporting venues, KL Sports City, began in the summer of 2017. The project included the installation of more than 85,000 Camactic’s ALPHA and QUANTUM seats with a randomized colour scheme of greys and yellows. Populous and MRCB worked together as architect and contractor respectively, on a shared vision for the redevelopment of the Bukit Jalil Stadium and wider KL Sports City.