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Crystal Palace FC have plans to upgrade their current Selhurst Park. The plans include a new five-storey stand, resulting in a stadium capacity increase from 26,000 to more than 34,000 seats. The redevelopment plans are designed by stadium architects KSS and construction costs are expected to be between €85 and 115 million.

ESSMA will take part in the Moscow Stadium Forum, held on 6 and 7 December. During the two-day event, around 500 participants will learn more the construction and upkeep of sports facilities.

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) has unveiled the design of Ras Abu Aboud Stadium, the seventh 2022 FIFA World Cup stadium design to be released. The stadium will have a 40,000 capacity and is due for completion in 2020.

For the third year in a row, FC Barcelona organised the Sports Technology Symposium at the famous Camp Nou stadium. With a clear vision on leadership, the club embraced technology and innovation as never before. As such, the event became part of the Barca Innovation Hub, the club's platform to facilitate networking and cooperation in various domains. The goal is clear: be the best in the world. About 500 people from across the globe were brought together during this 2-day event. A mix of topics were presented by speakers with different backgrounds in soccer, basketball, baseball, Formula 1 and other sports and technological domains.

On October 22, VTB Arena Park, home of FC Dynamo Moscow, officially announced the completion of the first construction phase; the new football pitch and tribunes of the reconstructed “Dynamo” stadium. The stadium is planned to be fully operational in April 2018 while the first match is scheduled for 5 June 2018.

Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) are gaining a foothold in the sports industry. Especially in terms of fan experience it is an interesting opportunity for clubs to explore. Several clubs including Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City FC have launched VR apps earlier, Juventus FC and FC Bayern Munich are following the trend. With VR and AR apps, clubs create opportunities for global fans to feel more connected to the club with for example a VR tour in the stadium or during matches.

If everything goes as planned, the new Craiova Stadium will be inaugurated on 29 October with a game between CSU Craiova and Steaua Bucharest.

As a result of recent terror attack nationally and internationally, the Council of Wolverhampton City voted to bring in a series of safety measures across the city to reduce vulnerability of pedestrians including around Molineux Stadium. The new measures comprise an installation of security barrier systems at different locations around Wolverhampton Wanders Molineux’ Stadium.

Celtic FC have confirmed that planning permission in principle has been granted in relation to recent development proposals to create a hotel, museum, retail and ticket office facilities. The club’s vision aims to deliver benefits to the club and their supporters to further regenerate the East End of the city.

The International sports and entertainment design practice, Populous, an ESSMA Corporate Partner, unveiled in corporation with Egis, an engineering group, their plans for the 2024 Olympic Games in Paris. They propose 38 Olympic and Paralympic venues spread across the city.

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