Sporting VenuesWritten by Paul Jun 25 2014
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If you’re looking for a venue that’s slightly different to the standard hotel or conference centre then why not consider somewhere with sporting credentials? The reasons are endless, but here are a few;
Cost: While many sports venues do a good trade in meetings and events it is secondary income to their sporting business and therefore they are often better value and more flexible than other venues.
Space: Private boxes were made for meetings and there doesn’t need to be a game on in the background for this to work. These spaces, combined with restaurants and public areas, are ideal for events of all sizes and especially those which require lots of breakout or exhibition space. At Stamford Bridge they can even convert the main concourse into a stunning dinner venue for up to 750 guests.
Experience: There’s something powerful about being in the home of great sporting legends, a competitive atmosphere which can be played upon within an event. Many venues also offer added extras such as behind the scenes and museum tours during breakouts or will even arrange for ex-players to give speeches.
Facilities: Usually plentiful and to a high standard, sports venues have food concessions, high quality catering operations, AV is often built in to rooms, parking on site, adjoining hotels and good transport links to name but a few.
KIA Oval - Home of the Surrey County Cricket Club and host to numerous international fixtures throughout the year the Oval offers competitive DDR rates and can hold conferences of up to 400 and dinners for up to 500. Conveniently located a stones throw from Oval tube station, the venue has the new and impressive Corinthian Roof Terrace which can be used as an outdoor event space for summer BBQs, with superb views across the capital.
Chelsea FC - One of London’s most central sports venues Chelsea can cater for all events and has a selection of beautifully appointed boxes/restaurants and the impressive Great Hall, which is cleverly transformed from a concrete tunnel with the use of drapes and carpet into a stunning space for large conferences and dinners. They also have hotels and parking on site and are just a 2 minute walk from Fulham Broadway.
Bank of England Sports Club - A slight wild card and home to no major sporting teams, the BoE Sports Club in Roehampton is just a 25 minute drive from Central London. With plenty of outdoor space and room for up to 350 delegates their impressive rates make that drive worthwhile. An excellent venue for outdoor team building.
Twickenham - The home of English rugby has 25 event spaces to choose from with 5000sqm of integrated event space and a tiered lecture theatre for 400. There is a Marriott onsite and stadium tours can be offered to delegates.
Windsor Racecourse - A short drive outside the capital Windsor Racecourse offers a range of event spaces and acres of land for team building activities making it perfect for summer conferences. You can even hold your meeting on a race day, staying on to enjoy and evening of action packed racing and entertainment.