Industry update: more on accessibility, stadium development and fan experience

Read more on the increased disabled access at Principality Stadium, Olympique Lyonnais’ Full Entertainment concept, the new Borussia-8-Grad building at BORUSSIA-PARKand more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

Fan Experience & Hospitality

  •  Principality Stadium has increased the number of disabled places for sporting events. By installing an additional 46 wheelchair platforms, there are 214 places available for disabled fans on matchdays. As a result, the maximum capacity of the stadium decreased from 74,500 to 73,931 seats. 
  • Olympique Lyonnais has presented its Full Entertainment concept. With the strategic plan, the club aims to increase its turnover by diversifying the offer of activities apart from football to €400 million. Olympique Lyonnais wants to host concerts, festivals and seminars at OL City by constructing a new multifunctional arena with a 10,000 to 15,000 seats capacity.
  • West Ham United and London Stadium are planning to improve the fan experience and seating in the Sir Trevor Brooking and Bobby Moore stands. Their plan includes moving the lower tiers of both stands closer to the pitch to enhance the overall stadium experience. 

Development & Construction

  • Fans of Karlsruher SC have the opportunity to visit Wildparkstadion, which is currently being renovated. Visitors will learn more about the current facilities of the stadium and the design and construction phases of the new stadium. In ESSMA’s Stadium Development Report Issue 4 2018 you can read the interview with Fabian Herrman, Project Coordinator of the new stadium, about the latest project updates.
  • Borussia Mönchengladbach has officially opened its Borussia-8-Grad building at BORUSSIA-PARK. Borussia-8-Grad contains a fan shop, a 1,100 m² club museum, the club’s administration offices and a medical centre with rehabilitation and fitness centres. In addition, a hotel with 131 rooms is part of the building. In total, €31 million has been invested in the project.