Industry news (27)

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.

The Madejski Stadium is the first stadium in the UK with a dual-use pitch thanks to, ESSMA’s Corporate Partner, SIS Pitches. The Madejski Stadium, home of Reading FC and London Irish RFC, is now using the advanced SISGrass hybrid system that will support the turf to endure more than 250 hours of playing time.

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.

FC Nantes have announced plans to build a new stadium for 2022. The stadium will be built at the old parking of the current stadium, Stade de la Beaujoire. The plans are to make it a multi-purpose complex that will include housing facilities for 1,500 people, a shopping centre, a school and a car park. 

On 3-11 March 2018, CAFE will organise its annual CAFE Week of Action - Total Football Total Access, which is an annual event to celebrate the wider inclusion of disabled people within football.

Yesterday, Wednesday 20 September, UEFA announced the host venues for the 2019 finals of the Champions League, Women’s Champions League, Europa League and Super Cup.

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