Sporting venues typically conjure up an image of thousands of adoring sporting fans cheering on their favourite teams to victory. However, more and more sports grounds and stadiums are opening their doors to event planners looking to add a sporty edge to their events. Hire Space brings you a selection of some of our favourite sporting grounds for events in London and around the UK, so whether you need a venue for a conference, meeting, or a team away-day, we’ve got you.
Starting off strong, allow us to present to you the iconic London Stadium, the former Olympic Stadium from when the Games visited little old Blighty. Effortlessly stylish with floor to ceiling windows and with full AV and built-in LCD screens, this is an iconic setting and a modern-day London landmark that will leave your attendees feeling inspired and maybe even a little sporty.
Although this venue can accommodate up to 1000 guests for big receptions or exhibitions, they can also welcome groups as small as 10 for intimate meetings and workshops. Why not make use of the private balcony overlooking the pitch for a post-conference drinks reception? Go for gold!
Hot Feature: If you want to offer a unique team-building activity or even a sports-themed summer party, the Community track is available to hire. This was the warm up track used by athletes such as Mo Farah and Usain Bolt. A pretty impressive Hall of Fame, we would say.
As Worcester's answer to Wembley, Sixways is no ordinary sports ground. A whole range of flexible event spaces, including the newly renovated Mercian Suite, are perfect for more than just corporate hospitality on match day.
With brand new, high-speed WiFi, 5-star in-house chefs and full AV capabilities including a PA system and live video streaming, this is a great option for meetings, conferences, and even product launches for up to 500 attendees in the South-West.
For more intimate meetings for top clients, why not choose a stylish executive box overlooking the rugby pitch?! You won't even have to TRY to impress them. Get it?
Hot Feature: For guests from further afield, Sixways is located just off Junction 6 of the M5, and Birmingham Airport is just a 30 minute drive away. It doesn't get much easier than that!
Worcester Shrub Hill Station, Worcestershire
Possibly the most famous cricket ground in the world, attending an event here is a real treat. With each and every space exuding pure opulence, history and charm yet somehow fused with the cutting-edge modernity required for events in 2020. Lord's is a strong choice for a conference, private dinner (sampling the award-winning catering is a must) or glamorous corporate entertainment option for your top clients or achievers.
The Long Room is perhaps the most decadent, and is also a passage through to the pitch for countless cricketing legends, meaning you could be following in the footsteps of your idols - literally. For super-fans, there's even a collection of cricket memorabilia!
Hot Feature: We LOVE the Pavilion Rooftop Terrace - a dreamy choice for an afternoon drinks reception for 250 guests. Get us out there in the sunshine with a Pimms, stat.
St John's Wood
Located in the heart of South London, Selhurst Park is the home of Crystal Palace Football Club and offers 15 unique, contemporary spaces for all kinds of events.
Selhurst Park offers unparallelled facilities like no other, including brand new dressing rooms, media backdrops and a Premier League pitch, graced by the world’s best talent. Not to mention the Michelin star chef to complement your event...
So whether you're planning a private dinner, conference or even a wedding, Selhurst Park is a great option which offers all you could ever need to dream up your perfect event.
Hot Feature: Bespoke tours of the ground for football fans who want a behind-the-scenes look at the ins and outs of a world-class football club. This would make a great incentive or team building idea!
The Home of England Rugby, Twicks also offers a whopping 34 versatile conference and event spaces as well as 150 pitch-view Executive Boxes for smaller meetings. State-of-the-art spaces, the largest able to welcome 1076 attendees theatre-style, offer cutting-edge AV, exquisite in-house catering and complimentary Wifi. With all this at your fingertips, your conference won't know what's hit it!
Ample branding opportunities make this iconic venue a blank canvas for your own creative design. Plus, with exclusive hire of the Changing Rooms and Player's Tunnel - you can turn a team-building day/meeting/conference/product launch from average to absolutely unforgettable.
Hot Feature: Bespoke DDRs, pitch-side activities and an onsite Marriott Hotel. And don't even get us started on the legends who frequent this world-famous pitch.
If you want to discuss any of these venues further, or just to have a chat about how we could help you find the perfect venue for your event, get in touch today.
If you’re concerned about the outbreak of COVID-19 with regards to your events in the short term, be rest assured that Hire Space have decided to offer Live Streaming as a practical solution for those who can’t attend in person. For more information get in touch via firstname.lastname@example.org.
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