It is with great pleasure that ESSMA can announce the addition of two new Advisory Committee members: Piotr Bielecki (Competition Manager at Ekstraklasa) and Joachim Baur (Senior Manager Stadium & Infrastructure at DFL). We are confident that ESSMA will benefit from their experience within the stadium industry and we look forward working together with them.

Read more on the contactless payment system at Stoke City, a public consultation by Everton FC, the Allsvenskan Live app and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

As part of ESSMA’s Stadium Development Report Issue 1 2019, ESSMA visited Sparta Rotterdam and discussed the club’s redevelopment plans for its current Sparta Stadium and the training facilities at Terbregge with Manfred Laros - Director of Sparta Rotterdam - and Kevin Valkenburg - P&O and Legal Affairs - as they are both closely involved in the project.

Read more on the fan tokens at West Ham United, an hospitality upgrade at Everton FC, safety at the Swedish Football League and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

24/7 Software, an operations management software to enhance real-time communications, maximize experience and reduce risk, has become an ESSMA Stadium Partner. Since 2017, 24/7 Software has been a valued member of the Association.

Read more on safe standing at San Mamés, the inauguration of Al Wakrah Stadium, the PSG experience and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

ESSMA (the European Stadium & Safety Management Association) is proud and honoured to share that the 2019 edition of our annual Development & Operations Workshop will take place at the recently inaugurated Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.

Thomas Kirschner - Head of Fans & Tradition at Schalke 04 - explained which activities and projects the club has implemented to maintain a strong relationship with their fans. In total, Schalke 04 has over 160,000 members, 900 different fan clubs and an average stadium attendance of 61,197.

ESSMA interviewed Daniel Uthmann, Marketing Project Manager at TSG 1899 Hoffenheim, to learn more on how the club is using data to enhance the stadium experience.

Read more on the FAN of the Match initiative at PSV Eindhoven, RCD Espanyol’s new eSports team, LaLiga Genuine Santander and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.