X factor (Emirates Stadium)
The X factor auditions were the first large scale open auditions for the 2007 series of the X factor on ITV. In partnership with the Met police we designed the pedestrian management systems that held 10,000 auditionees outside the stadium.
The X factor selected the Emirates Stadium for the London Auditions in 2007. This saw four days of filming with Simon, Sharon, Louis and Dannii to find the finest unknown talent London and the South East of England had to offer.
Neil Huddart lead on the design of the travel plan and the pedestrian and traffic management system for the event in partnership with Arsenal FC Stadium management team and Met Police for the 10,000 capacity event.
The pedestrian management systems had to be designed with safety and security being paramount but also had to cater for the production teams filming requirements.
Neil lead on the network management for the transport operations with Transport for London and all relevant local authority departments, leading up to the event and on the event day.
In partnership with TalkBack Thames Neil designed the travel information for the event that was used by all hopefully auditioneees that traveled to the event.
"Emirates Stadium is a fantastic venue and it provided us with some brilliant shots for the opening scenes of our fourth series of X-Factor. We had everything we could ask for and the organisation surrounding the event from all staff and contractors at Emirates Stadium allowed our time there to be one that we will remember. The Stadium will definitely be a venue that we would consider for future filming."
Mark Sidaway, Series Producer, X-Factor (TalkBack Thames)
The X factor team returned to Emirates Stadium in 2008 to undertake the open auditions again as a result of the success of 2007.