ON Boxing Day 2014, the brand new Sir Elton John Stand at Watford Football Club fully opened for the first time.
GL events, who were appointed by the Hornets to construct the East Stand, commissioned one of our time-lapse camera systems to capture the work over a 36-week period.
Above: The three stages of the project. The steel framework going in on the left; the centre of the stand nearing completion and demolition of the old stand to the right.
The finished video is now live on our Vimeo channel and can be watched through the GL events website. It runs for over a minute and documents both the demolition and construction phases of the £3.5 million East Stand. And, if you watch carefully around the 50-second mark, you will see the pitch being re-laid over summer 2014.
The new stand can hold 3,400 fans and replaces the old Main Stand, which had been closed since 2008 due to safety concerns. It was announced in May 2014 that the new structure would be called the Watford FC Community Stand, but was later changed to the Sir Elton John Stand.
We are pleased to have been involved in such an important development project for the football club and GL events. We are also very proud of the finished edit we produced, which incorporates thousands of high quality photos and a number of specialist editing techniques we have developed.
Our team has also been involved in a number of sport-related projects, including:
- Full documentation (over 90,000 images) of a Champions League event for UEFA, including behind-the-scenes set-up, capturing of a match itself and eventual de-rigging. Our team spent a full four days at Arsenal’s Emirates Stadium, producing a comprehensive look at what goes into such a prestigious occasion.
- Time-lapse captures of two scale-model stadium builds for Lego – Cowboys Stadium, Dallas, and Fenway Park, Boston. The latter has been used by USA Today, Fox and WBTV, and has been viewed 130,000 times on YouTube.
- The ATP Champions Tour tennis at the Royal Albert Hall.