Midlands-based technology used to build stadium in India

Midlands-based technology used to build stadium in India

The world’s first purpose-built convertible arena that uses technology created in the West Midlands has opened in India.

The Ahmedabad stadium in the Indian state of Gujarat is the first to use StadiArena technology, which converts outdoor sports stadiums into indoor arenas at the touch of a button.

And it has opened with the Kabbadi World Cup, which is being broadcast to 125 countries until October 22.

The £60m stadium was built under a unique public private partnership (PPP) model and is hailed as India’s first truly convertible stadium, using globally patented technology created by Meriden-based StadiArena.

The cutting-edge technology allows one stand to be converted into 47,000 sq ft, 4,000-capacity, pillar-less, multi-purpose indoor arena that can host sports, concerts, exhibitions, conferences, trade shows and other events.

It’s a huge boost for StadiArena, which has been working with export experts from the Department for International Trade team in Birmingham for six years.

Ian Stokes, managing director of StadiArena, said the opening of the purpose-built stadium in India concludes seven years of work, which began with signing a multiple licence agreement with TransStadia in 2009. 

Ian said: "It’s taken a long time but we are absolutely thrilled that the Ahmedabad stadium is now open and is hosting its first major sporting event. At 47,000sq ft, it is the largest open space arena in India and will also become the best football stadium in India.

"The work we’ve done with DIT has enabled us to grow our business overseas and we are now in an enviable position to continue our work with TransStadia.

"We anticipate developing a further 12 projects in India in the next five years, which has the potential both to change the way the world looks at Indian sport and also to change how the country’s sporting infrastructure can be developed, which is believed to be a £6bn opportunity."

StadiArena is also active in the US, where it is expecting project approval on a major sports and leisure complex in Q2 2017, and in Australia.