Industry update: more on safety, VR and sustainability
Read more on Villarreal CF’s eco-friendly initiative, the sixth edition of the SGSA Green Guide, the IOG Industry Awards and more in this weekly industry update provided by ESSMA.
Safety & Security
- Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) published the 6th edition of the Guide to Safety at Sports Grounds, the Green Guide. The Green Guide helps sports grounds owners and operators calculate a safe capacity for their venue. It is used by architects and designers as a best practice guide for the development and refurbishment of stadiums. The sixth edition offers the latest expert advice and technical specifications on ensuring a safe environment for spectators.
The IOG Industry Award winners have been announce during last week’s SALTEX exhibition. The awards recognise leadership, innovation and outstanding achievement across every aspect of groundscare – from grassroots pitches to professional stadiums in the UK. Some of the IOG Industry Award winners:
- Professional Football Grounds Team of the Year: Leicester City FC
- Professional Rugby Football League Grounds Team of the Year: Leeds Rhinos (Leeds Rugby)
- Professional Rugby Football Union Grounds Team of the Year: Scottish RFU (BT Murrayfield Stadium)
- International Ambassador of the Year: Jonathan Calderwood, Paris Saint-Germain
SMART & Sustainability
- Villarreal CF will introduce eco-friendly reusable and returnable cups at Estadio de la Cerámica. The initiative should significantly decrease single-use waste on matchdays. The reusable cups cost €1 and are made from polypropylene homopolymer. Fans who decide to return them after the end of the match, receive a €1 refund.
Fan Experience & Hospitality
- During Genoa CFC - Napoli, Genoa CFC fans will have the opportunity to experience the game and pitch from a player’s perspective. With Genoa Virtual Reality, the club aims to enhance fan engagement on matchday.
- FC Barcelona fans will be able to experience the Camp Nou museum through Augmented Reality. With the Viber App, fans can ‘transform’ themselves into their favourite player during for example a press conference. The integration is part of a wider reinvention of the museum and tour experience.