SPARKULAR – WORLD DARTS CHAMPIONSHIPS – LONDON
Over the years we’ve supplied Special Effects to all manner of Sporting Events. Initially it was the major events in Rugby, Football and Athletics but this diversified to include nearly the majority of sporting events in the UK, Netball, Badminton, Diving, Swimming.
But there was one major event missing that was perfectly suited to a bit of razzmatazz with its incredible atmosphere and that was the PDC World Darts Championships. We made contact with the team behind the championships and they were very keen on the idea and invited us down to one of their events to discuss what we could achieve.
The first challenge we came across was the relatively small stage area we had to work with and therefore small safety distances from the crowd, players and officials. The second problem was symmetry, we found a solution for one side of the stage, but due to camera positioning, player entrance routes and staircases it was impossible to replicate the effects on the there side of the stage.
So despite numerous efforts we didn’t manage to find a solution that satisfied us or the client. But we didn’t give up, over the coming years we continued to look for a new solution and finally after three years we finally managed to make it to the tournament and add Darts to our long list of Sporting Events.
The solution was a brand new product bought to the market called Sparkular. Sparkular is a state of the art machine which omits a large plume of brightly coloured sparks, similar but much more advanced than a pyrotechnic Gerb.
Traditional pyrotechnic effects burn as hot as 1200 degrees Fahrenheit, in comparison, the Sparkular machine operates at a cool temperature and the sparks themselves are not flammable, meaning much smaller safety exclusion spaces are needed. The cold fallout means that audiences can enjoy the stunning visual display in complete safety.
This product enabled us to operate in the small space available on the stage and in close proximity to the event crew.
The Sparkular was used for the Player entry onto the stage and after the winning dart for the 1/4, semi and final matches. The client was so pleased with the effects that they booked us to go on a 16 week tour of the UK and Europe for the Premier League Darts Championships.