The message from UEFA during the Pyrotechnics Masterclass on 4 and 5 April in the Netherlands was clear: there is no place for pyrotechnics in football stadiums.

At the start of the 2018-2019 football season, the Amsterdam ArenA will officially change its name to the Johan Cruijff ArenA. The new logo of the Johan Cruijff ArenA will be unveiled on or near April 25, the birthday of the legendary footballer.

Read more on SMART & Sustainability at Chelsea FC and during the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, fan involvement at Ajax AFC and the stadium plans of FC Bayern München and Everton FC in this short industry update by ESSMA.

Sebastian Breuing, Head Groundsman SV Werder Bremen, will take part in the ESSMA Pitch Management Workshop where he will share how they are tracking the weather at SV Werder Bremen.

Breuing started his career as Groundsman in Bochum and got promoted to Head Groundsman in 2006 (then being the youngest Head Groundsman in the Bundesliga). Since 2014, he is working as Head Groundsman at SV Werder Bremen.

The initial design concepts respond to FC Nantes’ needs as exposed in the consultation meetings held since February and detailed in their brief. They aim at allowing everyone to better imagine themselves into the new stadium project, seize it and enrich the discussion. To that extent, the participants in the preliminary consultation will contribute to feed the rest of the project, based on their users’ experience.

On 27-28 March, the Jupiler League, the 2nd division in the Netherlands, organised regional sessions with their clubs to exchange best practices on commercial exploitation. Every session welcomed 5 to 6 clubs creating an ideal scene for in-depth discussions and open communication.

Incidents and tragedies at stadiums around the world have once again sharpened the focus on safety and remind us we must never be complacent with people’s safety where they are.

Read more on the stadium projects of Crystal Palace FC, FC Barcelona, Brentford and Fulham, smart use of social media at Manchester City & Aston Villa FC and an accessibility virtual tour at Dundee United in this short industry update by ESSMA.

ESSMA interviewed Martin Brummel, Grounds Manager at training centre “De Toekomst” of AFC Ajax. Martin has over 30 years of greenkeeper experience in both the golf and football industry. His career at AFC Ajax started in 2015 with daily tasks like pitch quality improvement, data collection and looking for/implementing innovations. Delegates of our Pitch Management Workshop, taking place 17 and 18 April in Amsterdam (the Netherlands), will have the opportunity to visit the training centre “De Toekomst”.