Stadium Industry Updates 14 February 2023

The latest news from the European Stadium Industry!

FC Andorra looks for alternative site for new stadium

FC Andorra is exploring other sites for a new stadium after stepping back from plans to build a new venue in Encamp. The club was last year granted permission to build a new 6,000-capacity stadium on the site of the Prada de Moles sports facilities in Encamp. The project had been expected to cost around €26m but rising prices have reportedly led to a change in strategy.

The Commune of Encamp had agreed to contribute €6m during the first phase of the project. According to Andorran newspaper Altaveu, cost overruns of around €20m have prevented the plans from going ahead, with the club informing the local government that it has withdrawn from the project.

Read more at: https://www.altaveu.com/actualitat/esport/fc-andorra-trasllada-govern-busca-nou-emplacament-construir-futur-estadi_45707_102.html

Legends and Collier to assess stadium options for PSG

Paris Saint-Germain recently appointed premium experiences company Legends and Canadian real estate firm Colliers to assess its stadium options, according to multiple reports.The latest development was first reported by French newspaper L’Équipe,.

L’Équipe said Legends will study alternative solutions to PSG’s current home, the Parc des Princes, with Colliers working more specifically on the search for new sites.

Read more at: https://www.lequipe.fr/Football/Actualites/Le-psg-mandate-la-societe-legends-pour-la-recherche-de-son-futur-stade/137937

“Important step” in AS Roma Stadium project

Italian Serie A football club AS Roma has hailed the “important step” of its proposed new stadium being declared a project of public interest. The City Council of Rome approved a resolution granting public interest status to the feasibility study put forward by Roma, stating the project will represent a “strategic intervention” for the overall regeneration and urban redevelopment of the Pietralata district of the Italian capital. The declaration of public interest is set to result in a public consultation process which will lead to Roma presenting a definitive masterplan for the project. A positive response to the latter will give the green light for construction to begin.

Read more at: https://www.agenzianova.com/en/news/the-dellas-roma-stadium-will-be-inaugurated-in-2027-an-investment-of-over-528-million-by-the-friedkin-family/

Royal Union Saint Gilloise speaks out on “negative reception” new stadium plans

Belgian Pro League football club Royale Union Saint-Gilloise (USG) has expressed its disappointment after local authorities in the Municipality of Forest refused to support plans for a new stadium.

In a statement, the club revealed that it had learned via reports in the media that its offer to build a new stadium in Forest had received a “negative response” from the mayor and the council. USG said it was “dismayed” by the decision.

Read more at: https://www.thestadiumbusiness.com/2023/02/09/royale-union-saint-gilloise-hits-out-over-lack-of-backing-for-new-stadium/

UEFA Innovation Hub to find creative solutions for sustainability and fan engagement

UEFA has announced a partnership with two start-ups The Waste Transformers and MOVE.AI as part of the UEFA Innovation Hub’s mission to address key challenges and leverage new opportunities in football through innovative solutions.

In this incubation phase, which will last until the end of this season in June, the UEFA Innovation Hub will test and analyse the creative solutions that these companies offer in the domains of circular economy and fan engagement, with the potential for future additional collaboration.

Read more at: https://www.uefa.com/insideuefa/news/027e-1743ace82dd4-28ff39dde259-1000--uefa-innovation-hub-partners-with-two-start-ups/

Hillsborough passed safety checks


Sheffield Wednesday’s Hillsborough stadium has passed a safety review launched following reports of overcrowding at the club’s FA Cup tie with Newcastle United last month.

The review, commissioned by Sheffield City Council (SCC) and Sheffield Wednesday and with oversight from the Sports Ground Safety Authority (SGSA), concluded that all aspects of safety at the 37,900-capacity stadium complied fully with the English Football League One club’s safety certificate.

As part of the review the group reached out to Newcastle United supporters who attended the fixture, liaised with partner agencies, examined matchday records and scrutinised CCTV images. A review of the crowd management procedures implemented by the club on the day, together with revisiting associated capacity calculations, was also carried out.

Read more at: https://www.thestadiumbusiness.com/2023/02/10/hillsborough-passes-safety-checks-following-newcastle-complaints/

European ACCESS Project strives for sustainability in sports


FC Porto and the Danish and Welsh football associations are among the organisations that have signed up to a Europe-wide project tasked with identifying environmental management improvements in sports. The Achieving Circularity in Cities through the Environmental Sustainability of Sports (ACCESS) Project is led by ACR+ from Brussels and Sant’Anna School of Advanced Studies in Pisa. It is part of the wider Circular Cities Declaration project and funded by the UK and European Union’s Erasmus+ programme. 

As a part of the initial phase of the ACCESS Project, a series of online interviews are currently being conducted with representatives of Portuguese Primeira Liga champions FC Porto, the Danish Football Association, the Football Association of Wales the FAW, and the Gaelic Athletic Association (GAA). ACCESS Project said the findings and observations drawn from the interviews with the partners will serve as an input for the Circular City Committees, along with identified authorities and other stakeholders. The creation of four Circular City Committees, one per sport organisation is expected by the beginning of spring.

Read more at: https://access-cc.eu/

Tottenham Hotspurs sees double digit rise in revenue


Tottenham Hotspur saw a double-digit rise in revenue during the last financial year as the Premier League club reaped the benefits of its stadium’s growing events list.The London-based club said revenue was up 23% year-on-year to £444m during the 12 months to June 30, 2022, which marked the first full season in the 60,000-capacity new stadium at capacity. Match receipts were up significantly to £106.1m from just £1.9m during the previous year, when just two home games took place because of restrictions imposed due to the Covid-19 pandemic. Commercial revenues increased by 20.7% to £183.5m, with that growth aided by the start of new major events being hosted at the stadium throughout the year as well as sponsorship and merchandising.

Read more at: https://www.sportsmole.co.uk/football/spurs/news/tottenham-announce-23-percent-increase-in-revenue-for-2021-22-season_506392.html

PSV gifts LED boards to stem cell donorship campaign


PSV Eindhoven backed a terminally ill employee’s drive to recruit blood and stem cell donors by devoting its LED screens to the campaign during last weekend’s Eredivisie game. 

LED boards in the Philips Stadium were solely used to show messages aimed at increasing donorship for stem cell research during Saturday night’s match with Groningen. 

The promotion, backed by PSV’s sponsors and partners, comes amid the announcement that club press secretary Thijs Slegers has terminal leukemia. Slegers’ campaigning efforts have already led to 4,000 new donors registering with the Matchis Foundation, which enables patients with leukemia and other severe blood disorders to receive stem cell transplantation, by finding a matching donor as quickly as possible.

Read more at: https://www.psv.nl/nieuwspagina/artikel/nieuws-led-boarding-in-philips-stadion-ingezet-voor-boodschap-thijs-.htm