Stadium Industry Update: Loads of new development plans announced, safe standing areas, LED growing lights, ….

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Pitch management 

  • An interesting interview with ESSMA Partner SGL and the Friends Arena on the integration of the latest LED lighting technology into the stadium. Friends Arena opted for the LED440 Growing lights in order to sustainably produce a perfect pitch even during the cold/dark periods.A unique aspect of the story is that the Friend's Arena is not only used for football matches, but also for concerts. This creates a busy schedule with all the additional challenges, like the retractable roof for instance. 

©️ SGL


Safety & Security 

  • The UEFA has announced plans to trial safe standing areas in  three European club competitions. England, Germany and France in particular will be watched for a possible reintroduction of safe standing facilities in the future. 

  • The SGSA, a strategic ESSMA partner, has launched its pyrotechnics education toolkit. An interesting guide that aims to make everyone involved in matchday operations  aware of the dangers and responsibilities around pyrotechnics. Learn more on the ‘three-stage approach’ here:  

Stadium Development

  • Frankfurt city council has its eyes on the construction of a potential new multi-purpose arena next to the Deutsche Bank Park, home of Eintracht Frankfurt.
    A former cycling track, that’s now being used as a parking lot could soon be transformed into a multifuntional arena for 13,500 spectators.  A feasability study will soon provide more clarity. 

©️ Frankfurt 

  • For the first time ever Adidas acquired naming rights of a sports venue. The soon to be built Adidas Arena will have a capacity of 9,000 spectators and will be highly used during the Paris 2024 Olympic games. The arena will also be used for concerts. 

  • The Rushcliffe Borough Council approved  Nottingham Forest’s plans to redevelop the City Ground. The new Peter Taylor Stand will feature a wide range of hospitality options, including several restaurants and executive boxes. Furthermore, the project will contain a museum. The overall cost of the project is expected to exceed £94m, which is more than €110m. 

©Nottingham Forest  



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