#5 Stadium Industry Updates

By August 17, 2017
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Find out what the stadium industry has to show us and what we can expect from the future! 

Partner news

  • STRI Group is hosting its annual Research Day on 20-21 September. STRI consultants will give attendees a guided tour around the STRI research grounds and show partners’ latest trials and technology that will benefit the sport industry in the future. Furthermore, attendees have the chance to network with fellow industry professionals.

 

 

Technology news

  • Manchester City launches SkillCity, an interactive app with the aim to help develop the talents of young players across the US. The four challenges will allow boys and girls between the age of five and 14-years-old to test their speed of movement, ball mastery, finishing and passing – ranking themselves against their friends and Manchester City players. 

 

  • Fox Sports partnered up with Livelike to create a social VR experience for its viewers. Traditionally, VR has been an individual experience, particularly when users strap on a headset. Fox Sports and Livelike sought to let viewers of the Gold Cup watch together online and interact with one another.

 

  • At Comerica Park, home of The Detroit Tigers, with the aid of a fingerprint scanner, fans can skip the line. To use the biometric system, fans must register their fingerprints, which is free. To sign up, which takes about five minutes, fans need their ID and to correctly answer a series of questions and finally scan all 10 fingers.

 

 

Stadium news

  • Liverpool fans can now give their opinion on ticket and stadium issues on several fan forums. In September, a group of max. 12 supporters will have their say on the ‘Ticket availability’ and ‘Ticket prices’ forums. For each of these forums, the club is looking for a range of supporters with knowledge and experience of these issues and who are also able to commit to taking part in the forum throughout the season either in person or via video call.

 

  • Arsenal Football Club's 60,000-seater stadium in North London has become the first Premier League stadium to source 100% of its electricity needs from renewables, after the club extended its supplier deal with Octopus Energy. While the deal with Octopus Energy makes Arsenal the first Premier League club to switch to 100% renewables to power a stadium, the club has previously implemented various sustainability initiatives at the ground in Ashburton Grove.

 

 

  • The FA has announced that they intend to bid for the right to host the 2021 Women's European Championship. In last month's Euros 2017, the Lionesses made it until the semi-finals against the Netherlands. The bid comes as the FA look to grow the number of women taking up football in England by 2021, when they hope that the number of participants will have doubled across the country. 

 

  • As of the start of the 2017/18 season, pitch patterns are prohibited in the English Premier League. Rules state that the playing surface must contain no markings other than the traditional horizontal and white lines. Pitch patterns and designs will therefore no longer be allowed in the EPL.

 

 

 

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