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The Barcelona Open returns with fans and VIP guests

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As his opponent Stefanos Tsitsipás’ final forehand shot drops inches behind the baseline, Spanish tennis superstar Rafael Nadal lets out a scream and allows himself to collapse onto the gravel of the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell’s centre court, his arms raised in triumph and total extasy. The 35-year old’s heartfelt and emotional celebration is a fitting end to a tournament that is special and historic in many ways.

Special, because not only did Nadal win the prestigious ATP tournament for a record-breaking twelfth time, but also because he did so in a time were events are few, and because he was able to play in front of an actual crowd with tennis fans, dignitaries and VIP guests.

Nadal’s triumph ends a long and bumpy ride for all parties that were dedicated to making sure the 2021 edition of this tournament could take place. Due to the erratic nature of the pandemic, regulations and restrictions changed continuously throughout the months leading up to the event. The main VIP building we delivered was redesigned nine times, to accommodate new changes in regulations.

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Highly flexible design

In the end, we were able to deliver a 2000 m2 VIP facility with a highly flexible structural design that would allow us to adapt the internal partitions even during the tournament. This way, we made sure that we could adjust the lay-out at all times if changes in Covid-regulations demanded it, providing the hosts with the certainty that the tournament could proceed as planned.

The facility we delivered included a players restaurant, hospitality terrace and VIP restaurant. We also provided several support structures, ranging from the entrance to restrooms and kitchens. The total capacity of all areas was reduced to less than 30% of that of previous editions. For instance, 1050 m2 of restaurant space was used to accommodate 200 people at the same time, so guests would enjoy their meals in different shifts.

The measures we took, and how we adapted

Do you want to know more about how we, as one of the main partners of main organizer Tennium, were able to make sure the event could be held, albeit at a lower capacity? Do you want to know more about procedures and adaptations we made to the building? Good! We will share our knowledge with you on our Professional Insights page and on LinkedIn in the near future.

For now, we are beyond proud to say that, despite many challenges, we were able to help bring this historic event back. We are Losberger De Boer. Our motto is ‘dedicated to your success’. We daresay we proved that to be true, again.

A word from our client

“Losberger De Boer are highly committed and during this pandemic year they have continuously adapted to all the changes we requested, so that the tournament could be held with the maximum amount of security and preventive measures, as the authorities demanded”, says Maria Rosa Cruells, General Director of the RCTB 1899.

“Throughout the project, they have given us excellent advice and guidance, and in the end, they were even able to deliver an exclusive VIP club within the current restrictive regulations. They have been excellent.”