The temperatures are rising and it’s all beginning to take shape. So says SB5 Tournament Organiser, Cesare Zambelli as he reports to us from Lignano Sabbiadoro that construction of the 2014 Beach Arena is almost complete.
And as you can see from the photo, this year the Arena is taking on a completely ‘NEW’ look. “On the shore side, in comes the new covered SOUTH STAND,” confirmed Cesare, “which will now be flanked either side by the newly created EAST STAND & WEST STAND.
In terms of the atmosphere Zambelli says “yeah, with the additional seats, we get more comfort for the fans. But also with the 3 stands we’re getting a more theatre like setting. It’s looking good and we feel confident this new layout will lend itself to creating a more intense atmosphere, which will be great for the players and the fans,” he said.
The Arena Stage ‘Towers’ are now located on the NORTH side, behind which the 12 SQUADS will find their tents, changing facilities & warm up area.
“In one way or another, we are always looking to make progress at Lignano,” continued Zambelli, “afterall the LIGNANO INTERNATIONAL CUP is the most historic and longest running International Beach 5s tournament in the world. It’s the benchmark. We’re constantly pushing for growth – growth in both player and fan awareness and participation. For that you need to create the right environment in the Arena. So the facilities have got to be right. Here in Lignano from Day 1, we’ve been fortunate to always have received great support from the local Comune di Lignano Sabbiadoro. And it’s a direct result of these combined efforts that Lignano Sabbiadoro has become the Spiritual Home of International Beach 5s Rugby. It’s a team effort and we are grateful to everyone who plays their part. This is the biggest stage in the world for BEACH 5s RUGBY and this is where all the best BEACH 5s squads want to play.”
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