Stadium Industry Updates 28 May 2024

Atlético Madrid’s transformation Project, Puskas Arena Budapest host Champions League Final 2026, Manchester City have chosen their construction partner for New North Stand, and much more in this weeks Stadium Industry Updates!

Atlético de Madrid's €350M Ciudad del Deporte Project Set to Transform Cívitas Metropolitano Area 

Atlético de Madrid is poised to start work on its ambitious Ciudad del Deporte project, which now has a budget of approximately €350 million. Originally announced in July 2022 with a €200 million price tag, the project's scope and budget have significantly expanded. 

The development, located around the Cívitas Metropolitano stadium, will cover 265,000 square meters across five plots. 

These include a High Performance Centre for Atlético's teams, municipal sports facilities, and a commercial complex with diverse sports, shopping, and leisure options. 

The project is expected to be operational by the end of 2026, creating over 3,500 jobs and revitalizing the northeastern part of Madrid.

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Budapest to Host 2026 Champions League Final at Puskas Arena

UEFA has confirmed that Budapest's Puskas Arena will host the 2026 Champions League final, marking the first time Hungary will stage the final of Europe's premier club competition. 

The 67,000-capacity stadium, which hosted the 2023 Europa League final and Euro 2020 matches, will see another major event in 2026. 

A decision on the 2027 final has been postponed to September, with Milan's San Siro as a potential venue, contingent on its redevelopment status. 

Additionally, the 2026 Europa League final will be held in Istanbul, with Frankfurt hosting in 2027. Leipzig and Istanbul will host the 2026 and 2027 UEFA Conference League finals, respectively, while Oslo's Ullevaal Stadion will host the women's 2026 Champions League final.

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John Sisk & Son to Construct New North Stand at Manchester City's Etihad Stadium

John Sisk & Son has officially confirmed its role in building Manchester City FC's new North Stand at the Etihad Stadium.

The £300 million project includes adding 7,900 seats to the upper tier, set to be completed by the 2025/26 football season. Preconstruction work began in November 2023, with phase one of the steel works now underway.

The project also involves constructing a hotel, workspace areas, and public realm space, expected to be finished by late 2026. 

The project aims to enhance the stadium's facilities while minimizing disruption for supporters during construction

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Historic Turnout: Investec Champions Cup Final at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium

The Investec Champions Cup Final between Leinster Rugby and Toulouse set a new attendance record at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium with 61,531 spectators, marking the highest turnout for a non-soccer event at the venue.

The impressive crowd reflects the growing popularity of rugby in London, emphasizing the sport's ability to draw significant audiences.

Tottenham Hotspur Stadium opened in 2019 and the record was a Tottenham Hotspur-Arsenal match in 2022 with an attendance of 62 027 and a NFL game between the Buffalo Bills and the Jacksonville Jaguars that had 61 273 fans.

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Borussia Dortmund's SIGNAL IDUNA PARK Unveils 5G Technology Ahead of EURO 2024

Borussia Dortmund's SIGNAL IDUNA PARK, with main sponsor 1&1, has launched 5G technology based on Open RAN, becoming the first stadium in Europe to do so.

This ensures high-speed, stable connectivity for fans during high-demand periods. The 5G network, tested successfully in May, is now ready for the EURO tournament in June and July.

The setup includes extensive fiber optic and cable infrastructure, emphasizing sustainability with low power consumption

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Arsenal Introduces Exciting Fan Initiative at Emirates Stadium

Arsenal has unveiled an exciting new fan initiative dubbed the "Take To The Pitch" event at Emirates Stadium.

Set to take place on May 31, June 1, and June 7, starting at 9 am, this initiative aims to enhance fan experience by offering a unique opportunity to step into the shoes of their favorite players.

Attendees will have the chance to experience the iconic stadium like never before, including access to the home changing room, a walk through the tunnel, and a photo opportunity on the center spot.

Additionally, the event features a skills and drills session, complete with a thrilling penalty shootout.

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Stoke City’s New Fan Zone at bet365 Stadium Approved for 2024-25 Season

Stoke City’s plans for a £1.5m fan zone at bet365 Stadium have been approved by Stoke-on-Trent City Council.

Designed by AFL Architects, the fan zone will open around the start of the 2024-25 season and feature a main stage, LED screen, food and drink outlets, covered areas, a children’s area, and toilets.

Located adjacent to the North Car Park, the facility will operate between 9am and 11pm. This development is part of the club's ongoing five-year investment program to enhance the stadium and training ground

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Luton Town FC's Stadium Plans Boosted by Premier League Stint

Luton Town announced that the club's plans for their new stadium at Power Court have been enhanced by their Premier League season.

Despite relegation back to the Championship, the club's increased income has allowed for a "bigger, better, bolder" stadium project. Preliminary work has begun, aiming for an opening in the 2027-28 season, with flexibility to push to 2028-29 if needed.

Challenges including Brexit and material costs are acknowledged, but the location at the heart of the town center remains ideal. The stadium's capacity will now be its maximum allowable 23,000, with additional plans for housing and community facilities.

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