Over the coming months, Gallowglass crews will be putting in an anticipated 180 hours of logistical support to turn the stadium around in preparation for a series of live music and sports events. March saw the stadium host the boxing showdown between Anthony Joshua and Joseph Parker and the coming months will see Jay Z and Beyoncé in concert in May, followed by Ed Sheeran and the Rolling Stones in June. The venue will also welcome Monster Jam – the motorsport event.
Simon Edwards, regional manager at Gallowglass, commented: “All of these heavy-duty visitor events present a major challenge for what is the national stadium of Wales and home of Welsh Rugby Union. The protection of the stadium’s playing turf from the ravages of stage builds and heavy production equipment is paramount.
“It has become routine for us to manage tight turnarounds. For pitch laying we use two teams of 18 crew members and for the Anthony Joshua fight in October 2017 we were tasked with changing the ground from a rugby pitch into the boxing arena and then back into a rugby pitch over the space of five days. The whole operation worked seamlessly and opened quite a few eyes in the sports world.”
Gallowglass has been providing the Principality Stadium with event support staff since 2017, with its crews swiftly laying down or removing the covering and adapting the ground to the needs of the next event. It also provides general logistics support, helping to manage pedestrian traffic flow on event days and moving barriers to enable or block access as required.
Darren Crossman, facilities and safety manager at the Welsh Rugby Union Group, added: “Our initial introduction to the Gallowglass Group came during the run-up to the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final, when sister company Gallowglass Health and Safety was appointed to oversee the overlay build process. We’ve been impressed by the support that Gallowglass are providing. Everyone who comes into contact with them, or uses their services is nothing but complimentary. They have made a real impression here at the stadium.”