Rui Lousa - Commercial CEO at FC Porto - shared insights on Estádio do Dragão, host venue of the fifth ESSMA Summit. Estádio do Dragão was inaugurated in 2003 with the aim of hosting three group stage matches, a quarterfinal and a semifinal at the UEFA Euro 2004. In addition, it has been elected to host the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals. With a relatively low investment of €125 million, the stadium did manage to win several awards regarding construction, sustainability and good environmental practices including the ECA Best Achievement (Non-Sporting) Award for its eco-friendly stadium.

Read more on the reconstruction plans of Pogoń Szczecin, the opening match at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium, Rangers FC’s Ramble Tag and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

Thomas Otton and Guillaume Gouze – respectively Communication Director and Head of Stadium Department at Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) – highlighted the opportunities offered by a post-match concert after the TOP 14 final to attract more fans during the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

As part of the Stadium Operations Seminar during the ESSMA Summit in Porto, David Steegen and Emmanuel Rutsaert discussed the catering and hospitality offerings at RSC Anderlecht (RSCA).

The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) will meet up during the Fan Experience Workshop. The event will be held in Warsaw (Poland) from 21 to 22 May at Legia Warsaw’s Marshall Jozef Pilsudski Legia Stadium.

Wouter Gudde - Commercial Director at SBV Excelsior Rotterdam - shared insights on the the B2B and B2C growth of Excelsior Rotterdam at the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

Read more on Nottingham Forest FC’s redevelopment plans, an in-seat ordering app at Beşiktaş JK, FC Barcelona’s virtual reality viewing experience and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

Michael Lloyd – Deputy Stadium Manager at Arsenal FC – outlined how the club converted to 100% green electricity and which projects they have implemented to optimise their operational energy efficiency including the installation of a battery storage system and LED floodlights.

During the ESSMA Summit in Porto, William Mannarelli - Director of Real Estate at FC Barcelona - gave participants the latest updates on the Espai Barça project during the Stadium Development II Seminar.

Read more on the reconstruction of Estadio El Sadar, a £30 cap on away tickets in the Premier League, 100% renewable energy at Planet-U Energy Stadium and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

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