GL events UK and The R&A have signed a five-year contract extension to further their longstanding partnership until 2026. Having previously delivered two consecutive four-year contracts, working on a variety of courses, this extension ensures that GL events UK will remain the temporary seating infrastructure supplier for The Open Championship.
With this new agreement, GL events UK will provide spectator grandstands, public observation infrastructure, player bridges and visitor facilities throughout the next five tournaments, which will encompass the 150th at St Andrews, 151st at Royal Liverpool, 152nd at Royal Troon, 153rd at Royal Portrush and the 154th, where the venue is yet to be confirmed.
Rhodri Price, director of championship operations at The R&A, said: “Working with a client that comprehends the prestige of The Open Championship is invaluable and a core reason behind the renewal of this contract. GL events UK’s historic understanding of The Open provides assurances that the 150th anniversary will be one for the ages. Their temporary seating and associated infrastructure will help bring The Old Course to life, ahead of what will be an unforgettable week of golf!”
Chris Mansell, director and general manager of GL events UK’s Seating and Stadia divisions, said of the contract extension: “As one of golf’s premier events, GL events UK is delighted to remain the temporary seating infrastructure supplier to The Open Championship. We have been proud partners of The R&A for eight years, providing expertise and operational support to deliver their vision for The Open. We firmly believe that our extended contract will provide the foundation for progressive development and innovation for many future golf tournaments.”
The Castle-Donington based temporary infrastructure supplier aims to identify new opportunities to develop ideas and innovations for grandstands and features to improve and amplify the entertainment experience for both players, and spectators.
Having previously worked on the 144th Open at St Andrews, this year, GL events UK returns to the historic Links environment of The Old Course, to play a crucial part in delivering The 150th Open. To commemorate this significant milestone, the temporary infrastructure supplier will construct 20 spectator structures through a combination of tiered grandstands, audience viewing infrastructure, players’ bridges, and iconic yellow leader board support towers. The total capacity of the infrastructure supplied by GL events UK will accommodate more than 17,000 spectators, in what will be an historic golfing spectacle.
Scott Jameson, CEO of GL events UK, said: “To kick off our new contract with The R&A at the home of golf is a genuine honour. Having worked in partnership for the best part of a decade, our team bring a wealth of knowledge and experience that will further enhance this landmark anniversary, and we’re thrilled that The R&A have entrusted GL events UK to continue implementing exciting spectator innovations across the next five Open Championships.”