GS Worldwide Entertainment Successfully Executes Ultimate Table Tennis Extravaganza in 3 Cities

Entertainment | August 11, 2017 | News

GS Worldwide Entertainment Ultimate Table Tennis League

GS Worldwide Entertainment has a long-time association with Vita Dani, owner of 11even Sports based in Mumbai, which is an organisation exclusively formed for the promotion and development of table tennis in India. 11even Sports (ESPL) has signed a 10-year agreement with Table Tennis Federation of India (TTFI) to develop the sport from the grassroots to the professional level.

Ultimate Table Tennis is a step towards the aim of ESPL and TTFI to take table tennis to new heights in the country. GS Worldwide Entertainment team was involved in organising the India Open earlier this year in February ‘17. For the inaugural season of Ultimate Table Tennis, GS Worldwide Entertainment was briefed on ground execution which included stadium branding, housekeeping, security, accreditation, and hospitality.

The aim through the event was to give India an experience of an international level Table Tennis tournament. Table tennis does not have much spectrum of the audience in the country. To address this, GS Worldwide Entertainment challenged the problem and tried to make the sport more entertaining and interesting by bringing in some brilliant light designs and creative artworks for the stadium branding. According to the players, both foreign and domestic, the stadium felt like entering an Olympic arena. The players’ entry was covered on a grand LED screen and gave the audience an experience to remember.

UTT was carried out in 3 metro cities for over a fortnight, kicking off in Chennai, continuing in Delhi and the final leg concluding in Mumbai.

The GS Worldwide Entertainment team delivered a successful event in all the three cities with a grand opening which saw Chess Champion, Vishwanathan Anand and an even bigger closing ceremony which witnessed Juhi Chawla, Rahul Bose, Amitabh Bachchan, Nita Ambani, Sachin Tendulkar, Vivek Oberoi, Abhishek Bachchan, and others attend.

Niraj Bajaj, when asked about the whole event, said, “We at 11Even Sports are absolutely thrilled with the kind of player response, audience response and franchise response the Ultimate Table Tennis has received. We thank GS Worldwide Entertainment for their support.”

In putting together a great show, GS team faced many challenges on the ground as they got the stadium 3 days prior to the event in all the three cities. Considering the short timelines, GS Worldwide Entertainment brought the best crew together beforehand, which addressed the problem of light designs for table tennis. In 1800 lux levels with mix cool and warm lights and intelligent lights for ambience and players entry, the crew had solutions for all the difficulties and this made the process a lot faster and simpler.

For the setup, GS team planned 2 gates for the entrance, 1 for VVIP, players and officials and the other one for spectators and Media. For the look and feel, the team branded the venue with drop down banners at the entrance and players’ entry gate with directional signage. A technical table was placed for the officials and the competition managers.Star Sports as the channel was the official broadcasting partner of the event. A practice area was accessible for the players consisting 8 table tennis tables for warm-up and other practices.

The players’ entry was given special attention and was made larger than life. The players entered through LED walls leading to an extended ramp. The players were instructed to halt near the LED wall and then walk off on the ramp which had special effects on both the sides. This gave the players a boost while the audience cheered up the athletes.

Around 200-700 bleachers seating were created for the spectators which varied from venue to venue, so that they can have an uninterrupted view of the energetic fast game. Hospitality lounges were arranged for VIPs with player, table and sponsor brandings. A separate sofa seating with coffee tables was a part of the media lounging area which gave an aesthetic as well as a relaxing edge to the media seating.

The promoter Vita Dani is the Chairperson and is actively involved is several sporting, cultural & social initiatives around the world. She is also the owner of Chennaiyin F. C., one of the most popular football and 2015 Champion club of Indian Super League (ISL), one of the successful professional leagues in India. 

After a successful UTT season, she said, “It has been a positive start for Ultimate Table Tennis. 11Even Sports aims to take table tennis in India to greater heights and the first season of UTT has been another step forward in that quest. Thank you GS Worldwide Entertainment for your continued support.”

Commenting on event execution, Bunty S. Walia, Director, GS Worldwide Entertainment said, “We’re grateful to be a part of this revolutionary tournament which will take table tennis to greater heights in the country. We thank Vita Dani for giving us the opportunity and we look forward to making sports flourish exponentially in India.”

Juspreet Singh Walia, Director, GS Worldwide Entertainment added, “Ultimate Table Tennis is a big step towards making the sport a lot bigger than what it is currently. Our aim is fully aligned with the 11even sports’ vision of taking table tennis to a stature of what cricket has today in the country. It is ambitious yet achievable.”

UTT was carried out in 3 metro cities for over a fortnight, kicking off in Chennai, continuing in Delhi and the final leg concluding in Mumbai.

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