Industry update: more on smart technology, development and facial recognition

Read more on the vehical2grid-technology at Johan Cruijff ArenA, development plans for Paris 2024, the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ preparations and more in ESSMA’s weekly industry update.

SMART & Sustainability


  • Through charging stations, fans with electric cars can supply power to Johan Cruijff ArenA during the match. After permission of the car’s owner, a smart vehicle2grid-technology will connect with the 3MW battery storage. In addition, the system will make sure that the car is fully charged again when visitors leave the stadium.

Development & Construction


  • The Paris 2024 Organising Committee has announced plans for a 35,000 capacity arena showcasing urban sports during the Olympic Games.


  • Mr. Al Thawadi, General Secretary of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy, shared more insights on Qatar hosting the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ and described it as a 'transformational opportunity'. Al Thawadi said preparations for the tournament were on-track and will include the unveiling of three more stadiums in 2020. He also touched on the Arabian Gulf Cup and ongoing FIFA Club World Cup™ as ideal opportunities to test readiness while giving fans a taste of what to expect in 2022.

General News


  • LaLiga launches an exclusive player-dedicated app, which is available for footballers and coaches. The application, unlocked through facial recognition, gives stats, heatmaps, photos and more to each player in Spanish professional football.