Industry update: more on sustainability, development and safety

Read more on the development projects of Royal Antwerp FC and Racing Club de Strasbourg, safety procedures at Legia Warsaw, reusable fan cups at Aviva Stadium and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

Sustainability & SMART

  • As part of Aviva Stadium’s ongoing commitment to reduce the impact of their stadium operations on the environment, reusable eco-friendly fan cups will be available at all upcoming Guinness Six Nations matches.

Development & Construction

  • Royal Antwerp FC shared their upcoming development plans for the 20/21 season including a new Stand 4. The stand will include 3,700 seated places and 3,800 safe standing places which will become the heart of the fan base. The main focus will be on enhancing the stadium atmosphere with a close connection to the pitch. Furthermore, Stand 2 will be closed at the end of the season to comply with UEFA regulations.

  • Racing Club de Strasbourg has announced the next step in the renovation plans of Stade de Meinau by appointing five potential architects, including ESSMA Corporate Partners Populous and SCAU, to send in their offers by May 2020. 

  • Ashton Gate revealed the latest design for the proposed 4,000 capacity Sports & Convention Centre next to Ashton Gate Stadium. On 24 and 25 March they will hold a public exhibition at the stadium to outline the plans with more detail. The public exhibition will give everyone a chance to view and comment on the plans.

Safety & Security

  • To further improve the safety & security processes during matchdays, Legia Warsaw will implement the software of ESSMA Corporate Partner, Safesight.

“The platform offers us a continuous oversight of the status of our safety organization. Before our fans will enter our stadium, we can see that all mandatory actions to host a safe match day have been completed. Management knows for example that all the emergency routes and exits have been checked. And that all staff members have read their briefing and are fully up-to-date. In addition, all our stakeholders will work in a joint logbook. This helps the club to see immediately what is happening in and around the stadium.”

Krzysztof Szumowski, Operations Manager at Legia Warsaw

General News

  • From the upcoming Play-Offs in the Belgian Pro League, referees and the VAR will be supported by additional goal-line technology.