#2 Stadium Industry Updates

By June 30, 2017

Find out what the stadium industry has to show us and what we can expect from the future! 


Corporate Partner News

  • SIS Pitches has reached a new milestone by installing a hybrid pitch on a cricket field. A new business opens for our Corporate Partner and the future of cricket fields is in good hands.


  • The EURO2017 U-21 started in Poland on 16 June. The twelve countries have played in six different stadiums during the tournament. Three of these stadiums - Gdynia, Cracow (final match) and Lublin (opening match) - are specially sown with seeds of the Barenbrug grass concepts RPR, Supersport and Rapide.


  • The Ford Field of NFL franchise Detroit Lions has been transformed by 3D Digital venue to be viewed online in 3D. The stadium was opened in 2002 and has a capacity of 70.000, but has never been seen in this way. Watch the video here.


  • Movement Strategies is associated with Abu Dhabi’s newest stadium that has been revealed. The Yas Arena, designed by HOK, will be a multipurpose stadium where community gatherings, concerts, performances, sporting events, and meetings and conventions will also take place. 


Yas Arena

Images, courtesy: HOK

  • Our Corporate Partner SIS Pitches and Stadium Member Fenerbahçe will work together to install the newest hybrid pitch at the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium. It follows the example of other Turkish Super Lig clubs, with the difference that it will have the same hybrid technology that will be used at the Luzhniki Stadium, host of the FIFA World Cup Final 2018.


  • The Trinity Hillers’ Hiller Field has finalised preparations for the new season by installing new LED lights from Musco Lighting and a new playing surface. 


  • The Lord’s cricket ground in London has a newly redeveloped Warner stand. The original stand was built in 1958, but wasn’t longer fit for purpose. The first stand to be redeveloped completes phase one of the 20-year project to modernise the Marylebone Cricket Club. The redevelopment is done by Corporate Partner Populous


Warner Stand

Images, courtesy: Architecturetoday

  • National Geographic and Populous will work together to put future stadiums in the picture. The project called ‘Stadium of Tomorrow’ will show readers a self-sustaining, highly connected and versatile arena that is more of an eco-village of sport and recreation than a traditional sports stadium. The picture below shows the infrastructure required for a sports stadium, creating a multi-use, multi-experiential ecosystem with a wide range of sports and recreation opportunities like traditional field sports such as athletics, football and ice hockey, but also extreme and new sports like sailing, surfing and e-sports. In the vision we can see the stadium of tomorrow being a place where people live, work and play.


Stadium of Tomorrow

Images, courtesy: Populous

  • The FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 in Russia was won by FIFA World Champions Germany after beating Chile 1-0. The third place playoff game between Portugal and Mexico was attended by ESSMA and the participants of the ESSMA European Tour to Russia. During the tour, Spartak Moscow's Otkritie Arena (host of the third place playoff game), CSKA Moscow's VEB Arena / CSKA Stadium, the Luzhniki Stadium, Dynamo Moscow's VTB Arena Park and FC Zenit's Krestovsky Stadium (host of the final) were visited.


Technology News

  • ESports is taking on the sports world. The Olympic Committee, organiser of the Olympics, is seriously considering focusing on eSports to inspire a younger audience. The facts are that Seoul’s Sangam Stadium, which hosted a World Cup semi-final in 2002, was sold out for the 2014 League of Legends World Final. It was also broadcasted to a global audience of over 27 million in 19 different languages.
    The Asian Games, the second largest multisport event after the Olympics, is set to feature eSports first as a demonstration event in 2018 as part of the run-up to eSports’ official inclusion as a medal sport in the 2022 Games in Hangzhou, China.
    The IOC is set to follow this example. Stay tuned!


  • As Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are increasing in popularity, the concept of stadium holograms, which could be used to replicate attending live sport, is also being looked at. Imagine fans of Real Madrid in Tokyo who are in a full stadium and watching the game getting almost the same feeling as being live in the Santiago Bernabéu. A bright future lies ahead, according to Christopher Lee, Managing Director of Populous, EMEA.


  • The use of bodycams gives new perspectives to fan experience. Ex-football player Roberto Carlos tested it during the Real Madrid Legends vs AS Roma Legends game. Enjoy the footage below. 


  • As from the 2018-2019 season, fans will be able to watch Champions League games exclusively online thanks to streaming platform DAZN. They will be the first company to offer the Champions League matches online and will replace viewing the games on the German and Austrian open channels.

    Social network platform Facebook will, starting in September, show live Champions League matches in the U.S. through a partnership with Fox Sports. The deal with the sports division of 21st Century Fox Inc. includes double-headers during the group stage, four Round of 16 games and four quarterfinal matches. 


Stadium News


  • National Geographic will work together with Fox Sports towards the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia. Together, they will show 2.500 years of evolution of stadiums since mankind was able to build them. From the Ancient Greeks with the first Olympics to the Colosseum in Rome and further to the first modern stadiums hosting the new Olympics continuing to the most modern stadiums with the newest technologies nowadays.


  • Plans to expand the capacity of its An der Alten Försterei stadium have been unveiled by German 2.Bundesliga football club FC Union Berlin.The capacity of the venue will grow with 15.000 from its current 22,012 to 37,000. Especially the standing capacity will heavily increase to hold close to 28,700 fans (10,300 more than today).The three standing pitches in the lower ring will remain intact. By doing so, the architecture of the existing stadium won’t change.The expansion project will begin construction in the spring of 2018 and is estimated to take two years. The club hopes to show the stadium completed just in time for the centenary of the opening of the stadium in the summer of 2020.


  • Shrewsbury Town FC (League One) will introduce safe standing at its Greenhouse Meadow home ground. It will become the first English club to do so after the Taylor Report that came out after the 1989 Hillsborough Disaster, in which 96 Liverpool fans died. The Greenhouse Meadow has a capacity of 10,000 and is currently an all-seater, however, Shrewsbury is looking to gain approval from the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA) within the next few weeks in order to build a standing area for 400 fans before the end of the season.

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