About the event:
During the Formula 1 Heineken Dutch Grand Prix, Formula 1 returned to Zandvoort on the first weekend of September 2021 after an absence of 36 years. This was a memorable spectacle, as all eyes worldwide were on Zandvoort. With its rich history, unique location in the dunes near the sea, the two new spectacular corners, along with Dutch Formula 1 driver Max Verstappen finishing first, the 2021 edition surely won’t be forgotten.
Role of Backbone:
Backbone fully supported the Dutch Grand Prix in collaboration with SportVibes, TIG Sports, and Circuit Zandvoort in terms of (technical) production management, including the overlay drawings. Preparation time took a total of one year and the first grandstand was placed at the beginning of August 2021 – seven weeks before the start of the event.
With a total of 90,000 seats, the largest grandstand in the Netherlands was build – which is for instance 1.5 times the number of seats in the Johan Cruijff ArenA. In addition to a Dutch grandstand supplier, we also made use of German suppliers for this because there simply wasn’t enough stock in the Netherlands alone.
Furthermore Backbone took care of the endless amount of complex tent constructions, portable buildings, toilets and additional structures to cater around 190,000 fans. Hundreds of trucks were needed to deliver and collect all the material, but there were only 2 access roads for all freight traffic, which made it quite a logistical challenge.
Providing a service at the highest level for all the stakeholders involved was quite complex, since there were countless different interests, stakeholders, and clients involved in this event. But Backbone managed to support and represent all technical production interests of the Dutch Grand Prix for all stakeholders. The team was on site for a total 10 weeks.
Project Name: Dutch Grand Prix
Event Date: Sep 2021
Event Location: Zandvoort
Organiser: TIG Sports