Apr 2022 | The Hague | The Invictus Games Foundation
From 16 – 22 April 2022, the Invictus Games 2020 took place in Zuiderpark, The Hague, in the Netherlands for the first time ever. The games had more than 500 athletes from 17 different nations participating. The Invictus Games is an international multi-sport event for wounded, injured, and sick men and women in service. Both for those still serving and veterans. Founded by Prince Harry who was inspired by his visit to the Warrior Games in the USA, where he witnessed sports’ ability to help people psychologically and physically. The Invictus Games was first held in 2014. This event edition was initially planned for 2020 but had to be postponed to 2022 because of the pandemic.
TIG Sports asked us to take on the Technical and Overlay Design and Technical and Overlay Production for the Invictus Games. Backbone had previously worked with TIG Sports on the F1 Dutch Grand Prix. The Technical and Overlay Production included producing the water infrastructure, the sanitary and climate systems, lightning protection systems, scaffolding constructions, light, sound, and video plus the tent constructions across the whole terrain. Backbone also provided the Technical and Overlay drawings, where every detail of the area was mapped out.
The build-up for the Invictus Games took seven weeks. As the event lasted one week, the load-out lasted for another three weeks. A stadium measuring 17m high, 60m wide, and 85m long was custom-built for the event, with room for over 2,000 supporters. We specified the desired construction for it and ensured that all the building facilities were present. Neptunes Structures eventually constructed the whole arena.
Photo credits: Ben Houdijk
Group photo credits: TIG Sports