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Star China’s arena solutions take centerstage at Mercedes-Benz Arena

Star Events’ technology and inspiration was on the menu at a lunch for major promoters, production suppliers and principal venues in Shanghai recently.


Hosted by Shanghai Mercedes-Benz Arena, China’s second busiest music venue, the event focused on the launch of the ‘China PROM’ (Production Rigging Operations Manual) and the arena’s new house reduction solution, designed and installed by Star Events China, which was demonstrated to the lunch guests.


Conceived by Star Events China – the only Western stage and rigging company operating in mainland China – with input from engineers, local and international experts, rigging publications and the arena architect, PROM is the first rigging safety manual of its type in China.


Built in 2010 for Shanghai World Expo, the Mercedes-Benz Arena has an extensive gallery level serving its sports commitments, which include NBA and NFL games. A roller blind mechanism, designed to screen the section off and provide for a more intimate event experience downstairs, put 100 tons in the roof and fell far short of the requirements.


Star Events’ semi-automated house reduction system is quite literally a game changer. Officially handed over after the demonstration, it can deploy nearly 5,000sqm of Acre Jean AFR drapes in minutes without any Work at Height in the 34m high venue.


Jo Xie, Operations Director for Star Events China, said:

The system is operated by the house technical crew. It’s reliable, demountable and weighs less than 10 tons rather than 100 tons, so leaves much more rigging capacity in the roof.


About Star Events China

Established in 2007, Star Events China offers a range of stages, decking, front of stage barriers and venue rigging solutions using a mixture of Chinese and UK crew. The company has an office and a warehouse in Shanghai.


About Mercedes-Benz Arena

The six-level Mercedes-Benz Arena seats up to 18,000 with world-class sound, lighting and stage systems for landmark music, cultural, sporting and theatrical events. Boasting luxury suites and world-amenities on par with STAPLES Center and The O2 in London, Mercedes-Benz Arena has become a new icon for the most dynamic city in China.
In cooperation with AEG and the local architects, ECADI, MANICA Architecture provided design overview of all aspects of the arena’s design including: sightlines, seating bowl geometry, spectator and service circulation, functional adjacencies, program integration, front-of-house guest experience, and back-of-house service requirements.


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