Dublin’s iconic Aviva Stadium, home of the FAI and the IRFU, was the stunning backdrop for the ESSMA Summit 2018 this week.

Organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with the ECA (European Club Association) and the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues), the ESSMA Summit has become the must-attend event for those involved in the stadium industry.

Dublin fair city’s Aviva Stadium, the world-class, all-seater home of the FAI and the IRFU, and Ireland’s only UEFA Elite certified stadium, was this week transformed into the host venue for the ESSMA Summit 2018.

The EPFL, an ESSMA Strategic Partner, is pleased to present to the football family, media and fans the second edition of its Fan Attendance Report.

 

This study is aimed to give a complete overview of the fan attendance figures of all domestic championships run by the European Professional Football Leagues. It contains a deep analysis of the results of their Member Leagues and Associate Members when it comes to stadium capacity and relevant stadium utilization as well as the evolution of fan attendance during the period of seven years, from 2010/2011 football season till the last full completed season 2016/2017.

 

During this period, numerous football clubs have improved their stadium capacity and level of comfort all across Europe. The new arenas developed in Poland and in France for the UEFA EURO 2012 and EURO 2016 respectively contributed significantly to boost the attendance figures registered in the respective Leagues’ Championships. We are envisaging Russia will experience a similar trend after the upcoming World Cup in 2018. To register the substantial increase of fan attendance in Israel, Sweden and Belgium, while unfortunately the football fans have not been immune to the adverse impact of financial and geo-political crisis that have been affecting economy and society in countries such as Greece, Romania, Ukraine and Turkey.

 

Notwithstanding that, the cumulative leagues’ attendance remained stable during this six years period and more than 120 million football fans filled the European Leagues’ stadiums during the 2016/2017 season.

 

In the Premier Divisions, during the past season the German Bundesliga confirmed its leading position presenting the highest average stadium attendance while the English Premier League registered the highest level of stadium occupancy in Europe. Positive trends have been registered in both Ligue1 and LaLiga while the slightly negative trend of Serie A during  the past seasons will be definitely compensated by the good attendance figures registered during the first half of the current season 2017/2018. When it comes to the non-top tier leagues, the English Football League showed the highest European figures related to first, second and third tier divisions. Among the non-top tier leagues it is worth to mention the B Futura project developed in Italy by Lega Serie B. It represents a unique best practice to support clubs in renewing and upgrading their stadium facilities, with the aim to improve the safety, income, sustainability and customer experience. This work will definitely pay off and bring more football fans to the Italian stadiums in the future.  Finally, it is important to note how the Scottish Professional Football League, the Norwegian League and the Swiss Football League are on the top of the ranking when considering the average attendance per match in percentage of country inhabitants. 

 

On Day 1 of the ESSMA Summit, Alberto Colombo, Deputy General Secretary EPFL, officially presented the new European Leagues Fan Attendance Report.

 

Download the EPFL Fan Attendance Report

 

We’re glad to announce that we have launched our ESSMA app. With the app you can find all practical information related to the ESSMA Summit. The app has been developed in co-operation with myStadiumsApp.

The RSE - RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system manages to align the technical advantages of LED technology with the essential requirements for healthy grass growth. Light plays a different role in every stage of the lifecycle, from germination to growing and maintaining the grass. Moreover, LED technology is known for consuming only a fraction of the energy conventional systems require when attributing to the grass growth. ESSMA interviewed Horst Theisen about the RSE-RHENAC Stadium Grass Grow Lighting system.

ESSMA is pleased to announce SCAU as newest Corporate Partner. SCAU is an architecture firm, based in Paris, with experience in the design and construction of stadiums.

ESSMA is glad to introduce Shared Access as ESSMA’s newest Corporate Partner. Shared Access are an independent owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure, and also the exclusive European partner of VenueNext. 

Read more on esports, VR, innovative club communication and what the WRU is considering at Principality Stadium in this short stadium industry update by ESSMA.

ESSMA interviewed Oleksii Zhukovin, Deputy Head of the Competition Department at FC Zenit during the Safety & Security Workshop in Dortmund. Oleksii Zhukovin was one of the speakers and presented the stewarding system transformation of FC Zenit when moving to the new Krestovsky stadium.

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