Stadium Industry Updates - 18 June 2024

Construction Grand Stade de Cassablanca, NFL stadium transformed into Olympic swimming pool, new sustainability partners Manchester City & Tottenham, destroyed stands of stadium from Kiev displayed at EURO 2024 and much more in our latest stadium industry updates.

Construction Grand Stade de Casablanca expected to start soon 

The construction of the new Grand State Casablanca stadium in Morrocco will start by the end of this month. The stadium will have a capacity of 155,000. The Casablanca Council stated that the stadium will be finished by 2028 so it can be used for the 2030 FIFA World Cup. Morrocco will co-host the tournament alongside Portugal and Spain. The stadium will be built in Benslimane and is located 38km from Casablanca. It’s estimated that the construction of the stadium and the development of the 100-hectare site will cost €450m. The project if part of King Mohammed VI’s vision to develop the football infrastructure of the country.  

NFL stadium transformed into Olympic size swimming pool 

For the first time ever, the U.S. Olympic Swimming trials will be held in an NFL stadium. The event will take place over a 9-day period. The pitch of the NFL Lucas Oil Stadium is temporarily transformed into 3 swimming pools: 1 competition pool and 2 warmup pools. These pools are filled with 7.5m Liters of water from the nearby White River. The water was cleaned and chlorinated in tanks before being filtered into the pools. The pools itself were constructed above the ground surrounded with a deck that it will make appear the pools were dug into the stadium floor. By this design the capacity has been brought down from 70,000 seats to 30,000. An additional 20 rows of removable seats were installed on the deck between the competition pool and the warm-up pools to increase the capacity. Additional temporary modifications were made to increase the experience for the spectators and the swimmers. 

New sustainability partners presented by Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur  

Manchester City signed a deal with JinkoSolar. The company will be the first official solar partner of the club and will promote the use of solar energy and educate fans on how they can contribute towards a sustainable future. The club has plans to install almost 11,000 solar panels.  

Tottenham announced a deal with BP pulse to become the official charging partner of the Tottenham Hotspur stadium. BP pulse will extend the use of EV charging stations across its venues. 

Destroyed stands of the Sonyachny Stadium displayed during EURO 2024 

 A section of the stands from the Sonyachny Stadium in Kiev will be displayed during EURO 2024 at the Wittelsbacherplatz. It was opened yesterday by the Ukrainian FA president Andriy Shevchenko. The display will then be moved to Düsseldorf where Ukraine will play its match against Slovakia on Friday.  

The stadium was used during EURO 2012, deployed as a training ground for the Netherlands 12 years ago, hosted the Ukraine Woman’s cup final in the 2019-2020 season and served as a facility for the national team of Ukraine. More than 500 other sports facilities in Ukraine have been damaged by Russian attacks.  

Plans approved for Edinburgh Park Arena 

AEG Europe received approval for the new 8,000-capacity stadium and claims that it will be the most sustainable arena in the UK. The construction of the stadium will create an estimated 1,000 new jobs in and around the arena and will have a great positive impact on the local economy. It's expected that the new arena will welcome 700,000 visitors each year. Construction is planned to start in 2025 and be completed by 2027. 

Allianz renewed sponsorship deal of Allianz Stadium 

Allianz, the financial services company, has extended its sponsorship deal to further back the stadium of SK Rapid Wien. The deal will run until the summer of 2034. The sponsoring started in 2016 when the stadium opened and acquired the naming rights in 2014. As part of the extension, the company will also benefit from front-of-shirt exposure on the kits of the Women’s team of SK Rapid Wien. 

Recommended revamp of the Max-Morlock-stadium  

The overhaul of the home of FC Nürnberg has been recommended to be approved by the Nürnberg council. The project will cost an estimated €290m. A joint project group has been created and has been made up by the City of Nürnberg and FC Nürnberg. The Max-Morlock stadium has a capacity of 50,000 and first opened 1928. After renovation the stadium will have a capacity between 46,000 and 50,000. 

Barcelona partners with HPE 

Barcelona presented a new sponsorship partner, Hewlett Packard Enterprise. The company will become the official edge cloud partner of Espai Barça for the next 4 seasons. The facilities will be equipped with technology which will enable real-time data analysis and integrate new security solutions. The deal also includes to enable the entire Espai Barca campus to offer personalised services and experiences adapted to fans and extra services such as gamification and VR. A new network will also be enrolled at Camp Nou.  

Lead partner for revamp United’s training complex presented 

Foster and their partner will lead the revamp of the £50m overhaul of the Carrington training Complex of Manchester City. The project will be completed by the end of the 2024-25 season and will include a new gym, medical, nutrition and recovery areas with an innovative to create more space for collaboration and innovation among players and staff.  During the next season, different temporally adaptation will be made so operation can continue.