When major sporting events such as the 28th IHF Men's Handball World Championship 2023, which took place in Poland and Sweden, require the venue to be adapted to the sport and its fans, NUSSLI has sustainable solutions ready. Existing sports facilities can be transformed into the perfect location exactly according to the needs of the respective sporting event.
The handball arena in the football stadium
Long before the kick-off of the World Handball Championship, Krister Bergström, CEO of the Swedish organizing committee, announced online his idea of an unforgettable World Championship and said: "We will attach great importance to the event atmosphere on the final weekend in Stockholm. Our goal is to make the world stand still when the matches are played." To create this event atmosphere, the project team from NUSSLI Germany developed its own smaller World Championship arena within the Tele2 Arena football stadium for the nine matches of the Handball World Championship at the venue in Stockholm. On the one hand, the existing infrastructure of the Tele2 Arena could be used for the big event. At the same time, the arena in the stadium did not offer half-empty spectator terraces due to an oversized venue but exactly the immediate match experience that fans love. Being there live and experiencing the action very close to the pitch - that's the Handball World Championship to remember.
Best view and close up
Just under two weeks before the games in Stockholm, NUSSLI began with the set-up work. 26 trucks gradually rolled up in front of the football stadium in the Johanneshov district and delivered a total of 450 tons of system material. Within only 10 days, the project team erected a temporary spectator stand with 8,000 seats. It fitted perfectly into the stadium's existing grandstand system and, together with its rows of seats, formed its own custom-fit arena around the handball court. A total of 22,000 seats were created with the best line of sight for the fans. And a guaranteed close-up feeling for the nine World Championship matches. On 25 and 27 January 2023, the teams competed against each other in the quarterfinals. On 27 January, the semi-finals and qualifying matches for places five to eight took place. And on 29 January, the atmosphere in the arena reached its peak when defending champions Denmark and Olympic champions France ultimately faced each other in the final match. A familiar duel, which showed handball at its best and, with a score of 34:29, meant that Denmark defended its title for the third time in a row.
Handball grandstand today, medal podium tomorrow
A contribution to sustainability was the decision to use the infrastructure of an existing stadium and temporarily adapt it to the needs of their own event. After all, stadium operators benefit from even more possible uses if they can have their sports facilities flexibly and quickly adapted for smaller events. And: The material used for the stands and the other temporary infrastructures moves in a constant cycle from event to event over the years. With the system construction method, any type of temporary structure can be planned and implemented for any size of event in an absolutely flexible manner and dismantled after the event without leaving any residue. Thus, construction elements that just formed the grandstand at the World Handball Championships may be in use weeks later in the medal podium of a ski world cup race.