Stadium Industry Updates 18 April 2023

The latest updates from the stadium industry!

NBA-arena’s break attendance record

The NBA basketball league has announced record-breaking figures for its arenas during the 2022-23 regular-season campaign. Ahead of the start of the NBA post-season schedule, the league said that the season had set new benchmarks in terms of total attendance, average attendance, percentage of capacity and sellouts. A record 791 sellouts shattered the previous mark of 760 set during the 2018-19 season, and arenas were filled to 97% capacity – an all-time high. The league’s total attendance of 22,234,502 broke the previous record of 22,124,559 set in the 2017-18 season. For the first time ever, teams averaged more than 18,000 spectators per game.

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CONCACAF announces hosting venues for 2023 Gold Cup

Concacaf, football’s governing body in North America, Central America and the Caribbean, has confirmed that four the newest stadiums in the US will host matches during its 2023 Gold Cup international tournament. CityPark Stadium in St Louis, Snapdragon Stadium in San Diego and TQL Stadium (pictured) in Cincinnati will host Gold Cup games for the first time, as will SoFi Stadium in Inglewood, California, which was unveiled as the host venue for the tournament’s final late last year.

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Arsenal – Chelsea game rescheduled due to safety concerns

This month’s Premier League clash between Arsenal and Chelsea has been rescheduled after police claimed they could not guarantee safety at the previously agreed fixture. The Emirates Stadium game was originally due to take place at 5.30pm on Saturday, April 29, but will now take place on Tuesday, May 2 at 8pm. The Premier League said in a statement that the initial scheduling of the match was approved at a Safety Advisory Group (SAG) meeting in February. However, it said, the Metropolitan Police has now revised its position regarding the kick-off time and requested a further SAG meeting which determined the match had to be re-scheduled.

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US Venues will host Premier League Summer Series

 Six clubs, including Chelsea and Newcastle United, will feature in nine games to be played in July. Two games will be played at the Falcons’ 73,000-capacity Mercedes-Benz Stadium, with three scheduled for Lincoln Financial Field, the 68,000-seat home of the Philadelphia Eagles. The third NFL venue to be utilised is the Washington Commanders’ 82,000-capacity FedEx Field. Two Major League Soccer stadiums, Orlando City’s Exploria Stadium and New York Red Bulls’ Red Bull Arena in New Jersey, will also host matches. Aston Villa, Brentford, Brighton and Fulham are the other clubs taking part.

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UK & Ireland submit Euro 2028 final bid

Old Trafford has not been included among the 10 venues proposed in the UK & Ireland’s final bid to host UEFA Euro 2028. Organisers have submitted a plan featuring venues in nine cities across England, Ireland, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. These include Wembley Stadium and Tottenham Hotspur Stadium in London, Cardiff’s Principality Stadium, Dublin’s Aviva Stadium, Casement Park in Belfast, and Glasgow’s Hampden Park. The English cities of Manchester, Liverpool, Newcastle and Birmingham will also host games. Organisers have selected Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium and Everton’s under-construction new stadium in Liverpool as the venues in those two cities.

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Italy Submits final Euro 2032 bid

Palermo has been dropped from Italy’s UEFA Euro 2032 bid after the nation’s football association confirmed which cities would be used for the event. The FIGC said 10 cities would host games should Italy be successful over Turkey in the race to stage the tournament in nine years’ time. The winning bid for both the 2028 and 2032 European Championships will be announced in October 2023. The 10 cities include Italy’s capital, Rome, and the football powerhouses of Milan and Turin. The remaining seven hosts are Verona, Genoa, Bologna, Florence, Naples, Bari and Cagliari.

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Gloucestershire cricket takes catering in-house

Gloucestershire Cricket has committed to only using local suppliers after taking all matchday and non-match day catering in-house at Seat Unique Stadium. The club said it has committed to using ingredients exclusively from suppliers in the South West of England, and that all suppliers must share its strict values regarding sustainability. To cut down on food waste, Gloucestershire has also signed up to the ‘Too Good To Go’ app which ensures its food is put to good use at a great price.

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Chelsea FC introduces new interactive tech

Chelsea Football Club and Tempus Ex Machina have entered into a seven-year partnership to power innovative technology enhancements for the club and its global fanbase. Chelsea will utilise Tempus Ex’s cutting-edge technology across several club operational areas, which will include its official 5th Stand app, digital and mobile fan engagement, in-stadium fan enhancements, and sponsor activations, as well as coaching, training, player health and safety, and match preparation.

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Celtic FC boosts 5G network

Celtic FC is set to boost connectivity at Celtic Park through a new 5G network provided by Onepath Systems and AMR Resources. The MBG Holdings divisions will install the company’s Amply-5 network, as well as design a private network 5G uplink broadcast network that enables 4K quality speeds and reduced latency when compared to standard satellite broadcast.

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Wasps RFC looking for funding for new stadium

Wasps RFC is seeking funding for a new stadium with the aim of supercharging the English rugby union club’s return to the top division following its financial collapse last year. The club is working on plans to build a new 24,000-capacity stadium called the Wasps Nest Stadium near the M40 motorway, which links London and Birmingham, according to the Guardian. Work on the complex, which would also feature a hotel, conference and community leisure facilities, could begin in 2025, subject to planning requirements. It is hoped that the stadium would be fully operational by the start of the 2027-28 campaign.

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AS Monaco officially launhes seminar offer at La Turbie training center

AS Monaco officially launched its unique offer to host events, seminars and conferences at its La Turbie training center. The recently opened home of the French football giants sets a unique location for any professional event.

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