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Making the NFL and Wimbledon happen

Both of these challenges were solved by world-first engineering minds and technologies from one Sheffield firm - SCX - who have been awarded a prestigious Lloyds National Business Award as a result of their incredible contribution to UK engineering.

Tottenham Hotspur needed an additional revenue stream to finance their new stadium move, whilst the world famous National Football League were looking to grow their market in the UK. But how could it be possible to play both sports on the same pitch, when entirely different surfaces are used and a lot of wear and tear is experienced in matches? The ingenious answer is creating retractable pitches that rollback for each event, meaning performance is not affected and fan experience is maximised. Watch how it works in the video below.

Wimbledon needed to guarantee play despite the infamous weather of the British summer time, so that their showcase matches could go ahead on schedule and avoid fan disappointment. But how on earth do you allow the sun to shine when it's out and stop the wet coming in when it's raining? The solution, as we all know, is with retractable roofs on Centre and No. 1 court, which are taken as a given now but were revolutionary in their time. Re-live that famous first moment in the video below.

Without SCX, Wimbledon, Tottenham Hotspur and the NFL would not be able to grow their revenue and give fans the best experience possible, and many other organisations in other sectors wouldn't be able to complete operations as successfully as they do.

But this is not the story of a company who have moved to Sheffield, or rapidly grown thanks to external buyouts - this is a story of how sustainable growth is the truest measure of success, and why in Sheffield we pride ourselves on companies here for the long run, so that education, careers, lives and the economy are all contributed to as part of the health of the city.

 

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