Ziggo Dome

Location: Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Project: Ziggo Dome
Challenge: Developing a Stage System
Market: Event
The Ziggo Dome is Amsterdam's a new multi-use indoor arena. Built to fill the gap between the Amsterdam Arena and the Heineken Music Hall (HMH), its main hall can accommodate between 5,500 and 17,000 people - the perfect concert venue size.

Facility management for the Ziggo Dome is shared with the HMH and the temporary Vredenburg music venue in Utrecht. Prolyte Group had already supplied stages for both venues so StageDex was the logical choice for the main stage at the Dome.

The StageDex system is based primarily at the Ziggo Dome but is available for rental to other venues where needed. It makes an ideal 'house' stage and is the perfect platform for acts that do not bring their own complete staging system as part of their show.

A team of experienced entertainment technology veterans was called in to design the overall facilities. Based on their experience with the StageDex Easy Frame A, as used in the Vredenburg venue, the team sat down with Prolyte to discuss the possibilities for a more advanced and flexible system.

As Ronald Fiolet, project manager for the Ziggo Dome, stated: "This multi functional hall can be used in different set ups. This requires a flexible and adaptable type of stage. Based on the experience we already had with Prolyte, we knew we could find the best solution."

For the Ziggo Dome, the StageDex team, headed by Ralph Beukema, Senior Brand Engineer, designed an improved multi-level stage that can be used in different configurations. Each supporting frame is equipped with 4 wheels so that the complete stage acts as a rolling stage and can easily be moved in position. The support frames leave sufficient room for under stage storage, facilitating horizontal as well as vertical corridors.

The frames were built especially to enable a variety of heights, adaptable for different events ranging from dinners, to shows, to concerts. The heights are easily adjustable and can vary between 1.5 and 2.2 metres, without the need for tools or extra equipment.

The maximum size of the stage is 30x10m and can be built in a remarkably short time, leaving room for short production times and quick changeovers.

The ultimate stability of the system is a result of combined research and experience with the HMH and Vredenburg stages. To prevent the vibration of microphone stands on the decking, Prolyte tested stages with double cross beams. Although not necessary from a loading point of view, an extra cross beam results in a 50% reduction in vibration, offering increased on-stage comfort for performing acts.

The facility management team were so impressed with these results, not only did they specify this system for the Dome, they went on to adapt their decking at HMH to incorporate this feature too.

Prolyte supplied the following products:

160 StageDex stages 200x100 - with extra middle beams
102 Easy frame C units equipped with castor wheels