We give you an overview of interesting stadium news and facts to dazzle you away!
Stadium Member News
- Real Madrid CF received a go ahead from the City Council to redevelop their stadium. As from this week on, the Santiago Bernabéu will undergo constant renovations for the next three years. At the start of the season 2020/21, the club hopes to show everyone their new home ground (on the header above).
- Club Wembley has revealed exclusive images of their new One Twenty Club at Wembley Stadium. Providing hospitality for just 120 select members and their guests, One Twenty is set to become the most prestigious club in Wembley’s history, setting a new standard in hospitality with unparalleled service, seats and experience at England’s National Stadium.
- Real Betis is currently redesigning the interior of their stadium, the Benito Villamarín. From now on, the name of the club will appear on the seats behind the goal on the southern side of the stadium. Furthermore, the seats on the central stand are all being removed and will be modernised to increase and improve fan hospitality and fan comfort.
Corporate Partner News
- Daily’s Place, the first ever NFL-affiliated amphitheatre and team practice facility, celebrated its opening in front of thousands of fans with a raft of inaugural concerts. The new Populous designed venue is the second phase of a $90m investment by the Jacksonville Jaguars and the City of Jacksonville in their ambitious vision for the future of downtown Jacksonville as a world-class sports and entertainment destination. Daily’s Place includes both the 5,500-seat amphitheatre and the covered Flex Field to be used by the Jacksonville Jaguars as an indoor practice facility. Created to emulate a sense of community and connectivity, the state-of-the-art amphitheatre features an open-air design to reflect the warm regional climate. (see image below)
Images, courtesy: Populous
- Luzhniki Stadium’s pitch in Moscow has been laid by SIS Pitches using the revolutionary SISGrass and was completed for handover earlier this month. The laser-guided installation took just eight days to complete and boasts 95% natural turf alongside the 5% specially designed PE yarn. The 2018 World Cup will be the first to have a SISGrass natural turf reinforced pitch and SISAir technology.
- Six of the twelve stadiums to host games at next summer’s 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia will have a hybrid pitch in place.
- The Boris Alexandrov Sports Palace in Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan hosted the Grand Finale of the prestigious 2017 Women’s Asian Club Volleyball Championship and is now equipped with Colosseo’s cutting edge technology. The most exceptional part of LED display delivery include a uniquely designed and globally first curved and largest indoor HD LED screen which is over 33 meters wide, with 8 mm line spacing and 4K surpassing resolution to provide fans and visitors an outstanding visual experience. The arena also received LED perimeter boards with the same 8 mm line spacing. (see image below)
Images, courtesy: PRNewsfoto/Colosseo
- Panasonic and French startup VOGO worked together at a blind football match in Saitama City, Japan and at the 2017 Panasonic Open Golf Championships in Noda City, Japan. They used the VOGO Sport app to provide multiple video transmission technology to transmit images of what was happening on the field of play onto the smartphones and tablets of the spectators watching. By doing so, users were able to watch the match and choose from a wide variety of camera angles. At the same time they were able to view replays, slow motion and zoom in on that same live footage. Especially the zooming was important where spectators of a blind football match with weak eyesight could better see the action.
Sustainability & Smart News
- Al Bayt Stadium – Al Khor City has been commended for its expression of local heritage and culture, scoring three out of three in the Global Sustainability Assessment System (GSAS) from the Gulf Organisation for Research & Development (GORD). It is the first stadium to receive this score for its contribution to heritage and cultural identity. The design of Al Bayt Stadium, which emulates a traditional Qatari tent, was presented to an expert heritage panel as part of the GSAS sustainability certification process. It is being rewarded for its unique consideration of local cultural heritage. (see image below)
Images, courtesy: Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC)