Dan Sparks - Head Groundsman at Ashton Gate Stadium - focused on the multifunctional use of the Ashton Gate Stadium and the challenges for the grounds team during ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop.

St George’s Park was selected as the perfect host for the 2019 ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop because of their excellent reputation in the field of pitch management. As well as their remarkable business plan which sees the amenities being shared between professional sports teams and commercial guests, thereby ensuring year-round use of the facilities. Scott Brooks - Head Groundsman of St George’s Park - explained how they manage to balance the commercial use and use by professional sports teams while guaranteeing a high quality for all pitches on the premises. 

Read more on the Johan Cruyff Stadium of FC Barcelona, a fan zone at Real Valladolid, the Evergreen Project of Burnley FC and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

On 26 and 27 November, around 300 participants will gather during the sixth edition of Host City, taking place at the Technology & Innovation Centre in Glasgow.

The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) will gather on 8 and 9 October at OPEL ARENA, home of 1. FSV Mainz 05,  for its Safety & Security Workshop

This year’s Pitch Management Workshop was organised at St George’s Park, the Football Association's national football centre. Over 25 ESSMA Member from 8 countries learned insights and shared knowledge linked to multifunctionality, pitch maintenance, diseases, renovations and the transition between football and rugby.

Read more on the redevelopment plans of Almere City FC and Lord’s Cricket Ground, the PSV Academy, the extended F&B offering at BORUSSIA-PARK and more in ESSMA’s industry update.

ESSMA is pleased to introduce Matrax as a new Corporate Partner. Matrax is a solution-based design, engineering, manufacturing, and distribution company specialising in a high performance pitch preservation event flooring system; the original drivable composite panel coupled with an integrated light duty pedestrian panel option and ADA compliant interlocking ramps.

Read more on a permanent fan zone at PSV, F&B at Ipswich Town FC, renovation plans at Stade Marcel Verchère and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.