Consult the first 2020 issue of ESSMA’s quarterly Stadium Development Report

The first 2020 issue of ESSMA’s Stadium Development Report provides a broad overview on the proposed and ongoing stadium development projects in Belgium as well as insights on projects presented during the ESSMA Summit including Ashton Gate Stadium and Pampas 2020.

Furthermore, you can learn more about the UK training centers tour which ESSMA organised for KRC Genk and other stadium industry updates which were announced between January and March.

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Belgian stadium development landscape

Currently, 14 out of 16 clubs in the Jupiler Pro League have potential plans to renovate (part of) their stadium or to construct a new stadium including Club Brugge, Royal Antwerp FC and RSC Charleroi. Reasonable plans, knowing the majority of Belgian stadiums date from the 1930’s and 1940’s. Renovations seem to be more common than the construction of new stadiums. Find answers to questions like What started the new wave of investments? and Will new constructions become the exception? in this new issue of SDR. 

During our research, we noticed three topics recurring in virtually every stadium project, regardless of the project size. Mobility & accessibility, non-matchday use and knowledge of the fanbase seem to be the three challenges all stadium projects are trying to overcome. 

Read more on our takeaways regarding Belgian Stadium Development

The multi-phase Ashton Gate Stadium development project

Ashton Gate Stadium has become a multifunctional venue since 2014 and is continuing to develop the surrounding area in the upcoming years to create a true multifunctional site, housing a multitude of sports and events. Phase 1 consisted of the redevelopment of Ashton Gate Stadium. While phase 2 will focus on additional multi-sport development.

Learn more about the phase 1 and phase 2 features

How a strengthened bond between NK Osijek and their fans sparks the construction of a new stadium

The Pampas 2020 project of NK Osijek includes a brand-new, state-of-the-art, 12,000-capacity stadium along with 7 new training pitches. An ambitious project, for a mid-size club in a city of 100,000 inhabitants. Three years ago, there would not have been enough support for this project. Nevertheless, NK Osijek has made it grow by reconnecting with the locals. The club worked on her integration in all dimensions of the city through several campaigns. This way, the support for this project has gradually grown over the past 3 years and will result in the new stadium, filled with fans.

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