A COMPANY run by Paul Fletcher – the former boss of Coventry City and the Ricoh – has begun work on a 25,000-seater stadium in India.
The Ahmedabad sports stadium includes technology designed by Meriden-based StadiArena that converts an outdoor sports stadium into an indoor arena at the touch of a button in just six minutes.
A partition wall is activated and the first 16 rows of seats are retracted, creating a covered space which can be used for exhibitions, concerts, conferences, film screenings, indoor sports and receptions.
The development also includes a hotel, private members club, banquet halls, retail and office accommodation, and is expected to be completed by mid 2015.
“We are delighted our project is coming to fruition,” Mr Fletcher said.
“Having our first operational StadiArena in such a visionary and progressive city as Ahmedabad is truly an exciting prospect.
“Now we are looking to other markets and are working with UKTI to break into territories such as Brazil, Australia, USA, China and throughout Europe.”