EFS Raise the Stakes at the Wembley World Poker Tournament
Posted: Thu, 13 Jun 2013 10:45
Following the recent England-Ireland football friendly at the iconic Wembley Stadium, EFS were asked to provide protective covering and carpeting for the "hallowed turf". With a top prize of €1 million, the stakes were high for this – the inaugural leg of the International Stadiums Poker Tour (ISPT).
The ISPT Main Event at Wembley was the biggest poker tournament ever organised in the UK and EFS were delighted to be asked to help with planning, supply and installation of their products. EFS were contacted by The Bigger Event Company working on behalf of ISPT and the brief was simple - provide a safe consistently flat floor which needed to be laid on top of Wembley stadium's multi product protection layer. This would then need to be covered with an artificial grass effect covering which would be used both within the unique inflatable playing domes as well as outside on connecting walkways. With the central area of Wembley's playing surface being open to the elements it was vital for the grass effect covering to be secure – whatever the weather.
EFS undertook a site survey and quickly established that the in house protection created a multi layer surface, as such the Temp-A-Path pedestrian flooring was selected as a safe workable platform for walkways and indoor playing areas. For the decorative covering, EFS selected their popular Arena Grass Effect Carpet – which was secured to the flooring using staples and tape. Working to tight deadlines – 2pm overnight for a 9 am completion EFS supplied 8 of their own staff and seconded an additional 10 on site Showforce staff. The 5 inflatable playing areas and central arena used over 4,500m² of flooring and carpet with the additional walkways using a further 750m². The timing for the uplift of the products was just as critical and EFS staff worked from midnight through to 7.30 am immediately after the tournament had finished.
Business Development Manager of EFS – Jeremy Simpson commented "we are well used to working through the night with critical timing, as well as protecting iconic, historical grounds."
He added "following on for our work at the 2012 Olympic Games in London we were delighted to be able to work within another infamous sporting venue." ISPT Wembley ran for 6 days from May 31st to June 5th 2013