The Lounge





In August, all eyes will be on Brazil, witnessing unforgettable moments and broken records. More than 10,000 athletes from 205 different countries will compete in 42 different sports.


Of course, competing at the games is very challenging, but so is building up the technical backbone in Rio de Janeiro. The way sports are presented to the audiences at the venues and in front of the screens has changed remarkably in recent years as the degree of difficulty continues to rise.


For more than a year now, solution providers, manufacturers, and other professionals have been working hard to deliver state of the art technology to ensure a seamless, fully integrated broadcast infrastructure at 33 venues in four different districts in Rio. With the goal of providing these “behind the scenes heroes" a platform for exchange, Agora, BWS, Creative Technology (CT), Hytera and Riedel have partnered to build the Friends of the Games Lounge, produced by Hochsitz and XYZ LIVE.



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The Venue



Ideally located at Arpoador Rock, at the corner of Rio’s iconic Ipanema and Copacabana beaches, the Friends of the Games Lounge is designed to support solution providers, broadcasters, OB companies, decision-makers, media and other professionals involved in the first Games ever held in South America. Here, they can share knowledge, discuss best practices, and have stimulating dialogue on how the technology for sports events has changed and what can be expected in future.

Opening hours


The FOG lounge is open to registered friends and guests daily from:

August 5 to 21 from 3 pm – 11 pm


except August, 10, 17 and 19 due to special events (opening hours will be announced)


Special events (on invitation only)


August, 10

Rhythms of Rio Reception by SVG and Riedel – a casual get-together evening


August, 17

Sunset Tech Talk by SVG,

sponsored by Riedel


August, 19

Japanese and Korean Evening

The Location


Arpoador Rock


Situated in between the world famous Ipanema and Copacabana beaches at Arpoador Rock, the Friends of the Games Lounge offers a unique and spectacular environment.

Arpoador Beach – Surfin' Rio


Located between Ipanema beach and Copacabana, Arpoador beach is the birthplace of Brazil’s surfing culture. Offering incredible views of Ipanema and Leblon - one of the most exclusive neighborhoods in Rio - Arpoador beach is an ideal place to catch a sunset! Enjoy!




Copacabana Beach – Pure Passion


As one of the most famous and beautiful beaches in the world, the iconic stretch of sand is flanked by mountains in the background and comes with turquoise waters and a very vibrant atmosphere. Feel the vibe of this spectacular beach that lies in the shadow of the famed Sugarloaf Mountain!



Ipanema Beach – White Sands


No less famous than Copacabana, Ipanema is another Rio icon. With its upscale elegance and laid back style, the beach has inspired poets and artists. Keep your eyes open, as you may meet the girl of Ipanema!



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Agorà is a leading company in Italy for the rental, supply and installation of lighting, audio, video graphics, rigging and structure for the realization of every kind of musical, corporate, sport and mass event.


Founded in 1990 by the brothers Wolfango and Vittorio De Amicis, through its costumer focus and ability to customize and deliver a high quality product, grows rapidly in the form and structure to become today a company leader in Italy and among the largest in Europe.

Balich Worldwide Shows


Balich Worldwide Shows creates, develops and produces Olympic Ceremonies, global large-scale events, permanent shows and new entertainment formats. The company was founded in 2013 by Marco Balich, Gianmaria Serra and Simone Merico and it has its headquarter in Milan (Italy).


The most spectacular BWS productions include: Sochi 2014, Olympic Closing Ceremony and Paralympic Opening and Closing Ceremonies; Expo 2015, where Marco Balich was the Artistic Director of the Italian Pavilion with the iconic concept of the “Tree of Life”; the 550th Anniversary of Kazakhstan; the magical show Intimissimi on Ice; the Mother of the Nation show and the Burj Khalifa performance on the world's tallest skyscraper in Dubai.


Upcoming commitments include the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, featuring Marco Balich as the Executive Producer of the Opening and Closing Ceremonies produced by CC2016, and the Tokyo 2020 Flag Hand Over.

Creative Technology (CT)


Creative Technology (CT) is one of the world’s leading suppliers of specialist audio visual equipment to the sports, corporate, exhibition and entertainment industries. Our bespoke events staging services bring together advice, support and equipment of the highest quality, providing everything from large screen displays to content delivery systems.


ETC provides turnkey solutions for worldwide events, sports, TV, arts, museums and theme parks.


Expertise focuses on video diffusion, show-control, broadcast. Services include high quality equipment, programming and in-house Onlyview™ software. Experience and team management bring on required reliability for shows of the highest standard.





Enjoy the extraordinary is not only the claim of this temporary house – you will feel the extraordinary in every detail.


The Hochsitz at Apoardor Rock offers a perfect setting for 3 fully equipped TV studios, one Public Olympic Lounge in cooperation with the City of Rio and the Friends of the Games Lounge hosted by Agora, BWS, Creative Technology (CT), Hochsitz and Riedel Communications on an area of more than 460 m² on two levels.


The combination of timber, glass and steel of the construction and the Vitra furniture indoor as well as the Dedon furniture for the outdoor terraces, oak-parquet-flooring and a glass facade up to the ceiling provides a 270 degree view from the Corcovado, to the feet of "Christ the Redeemer",  to the beaches of Ipanema.





Hytera, a world leading solution provider of PMR (Professional Mobile Radio) communications, is dedicated to bringing most valuable and customized solutions to clients across the world.


Founded in 1993 in Shenzhen, China, Hytera has grown to be a key player in PMR communication industry with a large customer base in more than 120 countries and regions. Hytera offers complete communication solutions to government, public security, utility, transportation, enterprise & business for higher organizational efficiency.



Riedel Communications


Riedel is one of the world's leading manufacturers of cutting edge products for real-time signal distribution, communications, and data transport. Manufactured entirely in Germany and in use around the globe 24/7, the company’s products are built on innovative technologies that leverage both hardware and software approaches to create customizable and scalable solutions.


Riedel products are of the highest quality and reliability and are used in broadcast, event production, international games, motorsports, theater, enterprise, industrial, and governmental applications.



XYZ Live


XYZ LIVE comprises a team of experts who operate a dynamic portfolio of services, events, talents, and marketing properties in the Brazilian market.

With a focus on the segments of sports and live music, the company includes among its specialties the creation and management of platforms for sponsorship, consultancy on incentive laws, brand consultancy, on-demand project development, product licensing, talent management, and proprietary events.


No matter the format or media, XYZ LIVE finds the most suitable communication solutions in Branded Entertainmet through customized projects and services for each business model, providing an emotional connection between brands and people.






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