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ESSMA interviewed Zoltán Laczkó, Head Groundsman at Groupama Arena. Together with his team, he maintains a high-quality pitch all-year round.

According to ESSMA's Stewarding Benchmark report, 76% of participating clubs have an internal stewarding system in place including 1. FSV Mainz 05. During ESSMA’s Safety & Security Workshop, Dominique Gross - Head of Stewarding at 1. FSV Mainz 05 - shared insights on their internal stewarding programme and its benefits.

ESSMA supported LNR (Ligue Nationale de Rugby) for the second year in a row with the organisation of a stadium tour for its clubs. During the three-day visit, over 25 French rugby club delegates visited several venues in Wales including Principality Stadium, Cardiff City Stadium, Liberty Stadium, Parc Y Scarlets and Ashton Gate Stadium.

Feyenoord Rotterdam has plans to develop a new stadium as their current stadium ‘De Kuip’ isn’t meeting the demands of modern football anymore. With the masterplan, Feyenoord City, the club will create a broad urban development including a new river-based stadium and a redevelopment of the current stadium. Stadium Director of Feijenoord Stadium, Jan Van Merwijk, joined us during ESSMA’s Development & Operations Workshop to share more details on the club’s Masterplan.

As part of ESSMA’s Development & Construction Workshop Barnabas Szigethy - Project Director Ferenc Puskas Stadium - shared the process and preparations of Ferenc Puskas Stadium for EURO 2020. 

ESSMA interviewed Jan Nöker - Event Manager at 1. FSV Mainz 05 - and Stephan Bandholz – Stadium Manager at OPEL ARENA – about their safety department and our upcoming ESSMA Safety & Security Workshop. OPEL ARENA is the host venue of our 2019 Safety & Security Workshop on 8 and 9 October during which the club will share their best practices regarding bag policies and stewarding.

Jon Babbs – Stadium Director at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium – and Tom Jones – Senior Principal at POPULOUS – provided insights in the key aspects and facilities of the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium as well as the design process during ESSMA’s Development & Operations Workshop. 

Dan Sparks - Head Groundsman at Ashton Gate Stadium - focused on the multifunctional use of the Ashton Gate Stadium and the challenges for the grounds team during ESSMA’s Pitch Management Workshop.

St George’s Park was selected as the perfect host for the 2019 ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop because of their excellent reputation in the field of pitch management. As well as their remarkable business plan which sees the amenities being shared between professional sports teams and commercial guests, thereby ensuring year-round use of the facilities. Scott Brooks - Head Groundsman of St George’s Park - explained how they manage to balance the commercial use and use by professional sports teams while guaranteeing a high quality for all pitches on the premises. 

ESSMA interviewed, Jan van Merwijk - Director Feijenoord Stadium - about their upcoming development project, Feyenoord City. Feyenoord City is a broad urban development including a new river-based stadium and a redevelopment of the current stadium. With the new 63,000 capacity stadium, Feyenoord Rotterdam wants to move the club forward in terms of commercial, organisational and team aspect. With the project, the revenue streams of the club should substantially increase due to additional ticket sales, higher revenues from hospitality, enhanced sponsor value and non-football events.

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