Sporting events should run slick and smoothly, and for that to happen, you need to start by selecting the right venue.
Situated in the heart of London’s vibrant and ever popular East End, York Hall is a Neo Georgian grand design building that dates back to 1929. Though it has hosted various non-sporting events as well, York Hall does have a rich association with the sporting world, having played host to regular boxing shows, some of which were broadcast live on Sky Sports and Channel 5. Alongside the main hall, there is an onsite gym, swimming pool and spa, as well as a fully-fitted kitchen and bar that can take care of refreshments. With a huge capacity of 1000, it is great for big scale sport events.
BOUNCE – Shoreditch is one of the city’s newest venues, having only opened its doors as recently as October 2015, following on from the success of its sister venue, BOUNCE – Farringdon, Europe’s first and largest social ping pong club. With multi-functioning event space, a restaurant and a ‘Gin Palace’ inspired cocktail bar all onsite, as well as its ping pong club beginnings, it is sure to be as warmly welcomed as its predecessor was. It’s easily reachable for those who require to travel via tube, with Old Street station just a 3 minute walk away.
Olympia West is a mammoth 2500 capacity venue that comes as the perfect blank canvas, allowing you to utilise the vast amounts of space in the best ways you see fit, tailor making the event to suit your particular needs. The award winning team have worked with some huge names, not least Jaguar, Victoria Secret and Samsung, to create bespoke events, and you too could join that illustrious list. Bright and airy, it would function perfectly as a sporting venue, and being just a stone’s throw from Kensington tube station, it is well connected to the wider city.
Despite feeling somewhat tucked away from the hectic bustle of the city centre in thanks to the gorgeous surroundings and 196 acres of picturesque parkland that encircle it, Alexandra Palace remains a remarkably reachable venue, with a train station that shares its name just 8 minutes away, Wood Green tube station just 15 minutes away and a complimentary onsite car park that can hold a generous 1500 vehicles. With 9 pillar-free, spacious interlinking spaces available for hire inside this historic venue, it can accommodate up to a whopping 10,000 people.
East Wintergarden is a decidedly modern venue that is once again hugely versatile in its use. Its most distinguishing feature however is without doubt the domed glass ceiling that reaches an impressive height of 27 metres. This ensures a bright and airy space that is flooded with an abundance of natural light throughout the day, wonderful for a sporting occasion. As for its location, it is found in the popular area of Canary Wharf, just a comfortable 3 minute walk away from the tube station of the same name, handy of course for those attendees who need to travel from further afield.
The Troxy originally opened its doors to the public as a grand cinema in the 1930s, and now through sensitive restoration, it functions as a multi-purpose event space that retains its original charm yet has been equipped with all the necessary mod-cons, such as a PA and lighting system and air conditioning. The building itself is now Grade II listed, with many of its best original features still remaining intact, whilst inside the spacious Grand Hall can hold a great maximum capacity of up to 1800, and has been used for everything from live music to Christmas parties, and of course sporting events.