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The FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 starts today with the game between Russia and New Zealand at 6PM local time (5PM GMT+2). The opening match will be played at ESSMA Stadium Member FC Zenit's new Saint Petersburg Stadium. 

Virtual reality (VR) is set to change the sports industry and football clubs join the trend. From live stream broadcasting to developing applications, several European clubs are trying to implement VR to enhance fan experience. 

From 1 July 2017, the Juventus Stadium, an ESSMA Stadium Member and host of ESSMA’s Fan Entertainment Workshop in October, will be renamed the Allianz Stadium of Turin. Allianz and Juventus have signed an agreement for the coming six seasons, until 30 June 2023. 

On April 25th, the day Cruijff would have turned 70, Ajax confirmed there is a declaration of intent to rename the Amsterdam ArenA to the Johan Cruijff ArenA. All parties involved have agreed on this tribute to the legendary Dutch football player, but it may take at least six months for the change to be official. 

Tuesday 11 April, the team bus of German side Borussia Dortmund is on its way to Signal Iduna Park for the Champions League quarter-final against Monaco, when three explosive devices go off. One player, Marc Bartra and one policeman got injured. 

Chelsea were given approval by the Mayor of London for the go-ahead of their new stadium plans. 

The possibilities new stadiums offer to clubs can be stated with various examples: increased stadium attendances, bigger budgets (through higher ticketing revenues, branding and improved revenues of F&B and hospitality) and higher supporter/visitor satisfaction rates. 

UEFA announced it received declarations of interest from 15 national associations to host UEFA Club competition finals in 2019

The Polish Football Forum took place 22 September in Warsaw. The goal of this forum is to build a coherent strategy for the continuous growth of Polish football based on European experiences. ESSMA was present through its managing director Dimitri Huygen. 

SV Zulte Waregem are developing their facilities in order to take the club to the next level. Within the development process the club focused both on its stadium and training centre. Last year the training centre has been finished (read more about this via following link). The stadium project has been divided in 4 different stages, which will result in a final stadium capacity of around 14,000. 

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