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Amsterdam ArenA to be renamed the Johan Cruyff ArenA

UEFA has reported this week that the Amsterdam ArenA is to be renamed the Johan Cruyff ArenA, in tribute to the Dutch legend who was born in the city and went on to become one of the best footballers of all time.


Planning application to improve Saracens’ Allianz Park approved

Saracens have confirmed this week that their planning application to improve Allianz Park has now been approved by Barnet Council.


Tokyo 2020 to team up with Rugby World Cup 2019

The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee (Tokyo 2020) and the Rugby World Cup 2019 (RWC ’19) Organising Committee today signed a landmark collaboration agreement under which the two organisations will exchange knowledge and resources to maximise benefits and impacts for their respective events – two of the world’s biggest – being hosted by Japan over the next three years.


OPERATION TRANSFORMATION: Incorporating personality and soul into stadia design

Senior Architect at Arup Associates, Andrew Edge, discusses how when transitioning to a new ground, new stadiums can sometimes sever the connection with a club’s past, but highlights how sensitive design can help overcome this and that part of the stadium designer’s solution should respond to the love, affection and bond spectators have with their old ground.


Man City and BNN Technology expand partnership

Manchester City FC and BNN Technology – a London-listed Chinese technology, content and services company – have announced an expanded partnership deal.


FLYING HIGH: Journey through Mercedes-Benz Stadium

The future home of the Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United is scheduled to open on July 30. With a bevy of signature elements, including its oculus and operable roof, halo board and mega column, VR-infused loge suites and fibre-to-the-edge technology architecture, will its “Fan First” philosophy and programming deliver the industry’s next iconic design? The ALSD’s (Association of Luxury Suite Directors) Jared Frank reports.



ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association)



At ESSMA, you are part of an established network of passionate individuals with a wealth of knowledge in the stadium management industry. ESSMA offers a platform to stadium professionals where they can share, learn and discuss topics related to ESSMA’s areas of expertise:





European focus, but ESSMA allows non-European stadiums and organisations to join the Association.



ESSMA is built around 3 pillars: events, business intelligence, and strategic support.


We offer an inspirational range of events for members to connect, learn and evolve with other like-minded professionals. Our carefully designed workshops and tours along with our flagship Annual Summit stimulate knowledge sharing while adding value.


ESSMA carefully collects a wide range of data from its vast stadium network. We provide members with up-to-date, easy to understand data, analysing actual stadium development projects. ESSMA conducts valuable case studies to share best practice guidelines and insights from its experienced membership-base. Thanks to our Stadium In Construction database, we can offer an extensive overview of the industry, along with in-depth analysis of specific projects.


ESSMA aims to offer the right strategic support for every member. Whether it’s providing professional film solutions for events or helping with a bespoke communication strategy, ESSMA is there to help.


To get a quick, relevant and detailed response from industry experts to stadium related queries, ESSMA developed the Ask ESSMA service. A practical and educational program, ESSMA’s Join the ‘X’ Manager gives stadium professionals the unique opportunity to experience match-day preparations with other stadium management professionals to help increase their management knowledge and practical experience.


ESSMA hosts an Annual Summit for its members to network, knowledge-share and do business



ESSMA Workshops: our educational workshops are offered throughout the year to inspire members and to share expertise.


ESSMA Tours: our stadium tours are carefully designed to make sure you learn the practicalities of stadium management from the best. They offer an unbeatable opportunity to build relationships and improve your network.


ESSMA Summit: the ESSMA Summit is our marquee event of the year, bringing together our members to discuss hot topics and trends in the stadium industry underpinned by inspiring keynote sessions. If you’re in the stadium industry, the ESSMA Summit is the event of the year.



Full company name: ESSMA, the European Stadium and Safety Management Association

Contact person: Gert-Jan Cuypers

Address: Tiensesteenweg 168 H 602 3800 Sint-Truiden, Belgium

Email: gert-jan@essma.eu

Tel: +32 487 78 68 94

URL: http://www.essma.eu




ESSMA always strives to deliver the best possible support to its members. Our core values: friendship, respect, excellence, teamwork and integrity shine through in everything we do.



Above: ESSMA Summit 2017 Workshop


Forthcoming ESSMA events include: EU Stadium Tour | Global Stadium Tour



GFA to purchase Victoria Stadium to create new National Stadium

The Gibraltar Football Association (GFA) has reached agreement with the Gibraltar Government and UEFA on a major project that will see both the construction of a UEFA Category 4 National Football Stadium and also other sporting facilities that will solve all football/soccer (and other sports) infrastructure problems for generations to come. Even better, all of this comes at no cost to the Gibraltar taxpayer.


Vegas Golden Knights’ practice facility roof construction reaches completion

On April 21, 2017, the Vegas Golden Knights and Gillett Construction held a “topping off ceremony” to celebrate the placing of the final beam atop the roof of the team’s future practice facility in suburban Summerlin, 15 miles west of the team’s T-Mobile Arena.


Multipurpose Arena Fort Worth and Dickies® announce naming rights deal at Arena groundbreaking

PawSox announce creation of “Prospect Development Group”

The newly launched real estate development arm of Minor League Baseball (MiLB) team, the Pawtucket Red Sox (PawSox), is to work with local leaders to explore potential sites around Pawtucket for a catalytic sports and entertainment district.


Coen oval to receive $500,000 upgrade

The Coen community’s sporting oval will receive a much needed upgrade thanks to a funding partnership between the Palaszczuk Government and Cook Shire Council.


Significant improvements made to Montreal Impact’s Stade Saputo

Just days before last weekend’s home opener against Atlanta United FC, the Montreal Impact revealed details of the numerous enhancements that have been made to their home ground, Stade Saputo.



Allied Esports & Esports Arena partner with MGM Resorts for flagship venue on Las Vegas Strip

Allied Esports, the world’s leading network of esports venues, together with Esports Arena have announced plans for a new dedicated esports venue to be developed at Luxor Hotel and Casino on the famous Las Vegas Strip.


Your Fans Have Choices: Article by Dave Wakeman

In a time when there are more choices available to fans than ever before, where sporting and live entertainment events are fighting against a whole host of ‘competitors’, Sports Venue Business CEO, Katie McIntyre, wanted to share the following article by industry expert Dave Wakeman, Principal at Wakeman Consulting Group, who highlights some of the ways in which clubs, teams and venues can not only attract fans back through their doors and into their seats, but keep them coming back for more.


Meraas announces Dubai Arena: a major destination for global events & live shows

Committed to creating and delivering unique experiences, Meraas – a Dubai-based holding company – has announced the ‘Dubai Arena’; a new state-of-the-art, multi-purpose arena, which will welcome audiences from late 2018. Spanning an area of 500,000sqft, and with an approximate capacity of 20,000, the arena is set to enhance Dubai’s leisure and entertainment offering and become the ‘go to’ venue for large scale international music concerts, sporting events such as hockey and NBA, as well as other entertainment events.