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JOB OF THE WEEK: Crowd Safety Administration Assistant, The FA

Check out the latest ‘Job of the Week’ – Crowd Safety Administration Assistant position with The FA – brought to you by the Sports Venue Business (SVB) Jobs Board powered by GlobalSportsJobs.



New CGI images of rejuvenated Alexander Stadium for Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games released

Just ahead of this weekend’s British Athletics Championships and World Championships Team Trials 2017, new CGI visuals of how the rejuvenated Alexander Stadium would look during a Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games have been revealed.



Woodbine Entertainment confirm addition of second turf course

Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), a world-wide horse racing and innovation leader, has announced that it will add a second grass course at the Woodbine Racetrack in 2019. 


Interview with Karl Standley, Head Groundsman, Wembley National Stadium

Katie McIntyre chats with Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley National Stadium, to get his insights on the challenges of managing and maintaining the world-class venue’s hallowed turf.



Atlanta United President Darren Eales to discuss the club and Mercedes-Benz Stadium at Soccerex

Soccerex have confirmed that Atlanta United President, Darren Eales, will conduct an exclusive interview at the Soccerex Global Convention, 4 to 6 September. Eales will discuss the MLS expansion club’s launch and first season, as well as its new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium, which will be a world-class venue and leader in technology, sustainability and fan engagement.


Birmingham reveals world-class indoor arenas for 2022 Commonwealth Games bid

Birmingham has today revealed four indoor arenas in the Birmingham and Solihull area that will play a pivotal role in delivering its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid. These venues were selected following careful assessment of Commonwealth Games Federation guidelines regarding athletes’ needs, the technical specifications, seating capacity and Games-time logistics.


Edgbaston capacity to be increased for England’s inaugural Day/Night Investec Test match

Warwickshire County Cricket Club is reacting to high demand for England’s inaugural Day/Night Investec Test match against the West Indies in August by securing the use of a temporary stand to increase stadium capacity.


Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas


Manufacture and sale of high quality plastic turf protection systems, driveable stadium access and temporary roadways. Additionally, as part of the Checkers Safety Group, Terraplas (Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas) can provide a full range of Cable Protectors, vehicle safety solutions, and professional matting – delivering a comprehensive portfolio for sports facilities worldwide.






Terraplas was the pioneer of Turf Protection, as opposed to Turf Covers, way back in 1991. Since then, in spite of competitive products entering the market, the quality and performance of Terraplas products have been proven time after time. Virtually every system sold since 1991 is still in regular use today, showing that making the right choice initially not only saves you time and money, but also frustration later. Why go through the expensive process of having to replace a cheaper system in 2–4 years’ time, when choosing the right system from the get go allows you to be confident of no deterioration in performance for approximately 25 years!


It is vital that Turf Managers are confident of the performance they will achieve in the protection of their turf, while being able to fulfil the rigours of a packed sports and non-sporting programme, all the time under pressure to maintain the highest quality playing surface.


Investing in quality really does deliver the results that Stadium Managers want and Turf Managers need in order to facilitate the maximum use of their facility, while generating much needed revenue streams.


The recent inclusion of Terraplas into the Checkers Safety Group, headquartered in Colorado, USA, serves to continue a stable and consistent future for Terraplas and its world-leading Turf Protection portfolio.




Most of the world’s multi-use National Stadiums have chosen Terraplas products to protect their quality turf when hosting non-sporting events that considerably increase revenue generation. These include: Wembley Stadium, London, England; Principality Stadium, Cardiff, Wales (formerly Millennium Stadium); Stade de France, Paris, France; FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa; Lesotho National Stadium; Standard Liege, Belgium; NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev; River Plate Stadium, Argentina; Georgia National Stadium; Independence Stadium, Namibia; and Estadio Nacional de Chile (National Stadium of Chile), to name but a few.


Other prestigious events protected by Terraplas include: World Youth Day Paris, World Youth Day Sydney, Oman 40th Anniversary Celebrations, USA Presidential Inaugurations, plus a plethora of other events in the USA, Europe and the rest of the world.


Principality Stadium (formerly Millennium Stadium) the National Stadium of Wales – 04.07.15 – Adrian Flux British FIM Speedway Grand Prix – General View



Full company name:  Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas

Contact person:        Robert Else / Andrea Fodczuk

Address: The Barn, Hall Farm House, High Street, Castle Donington, DE74 2PP. UK

Email: terraplas@checkers-safety.com

Tel: +44 (0)1332 812813

Web/URL: www.terraplas.com



In October 2015, I sold the Terraplas business to Checkers Safety Group, headquartered in Broomfield, Colorado, USA. As part of the agreement, I continue to run the Terraplas business and am thoroughly enjoying working with the new owners. Checkers have sanctioned substantially increased stock levels, enabling us to considerably shorten lead-times.


We have also teamed up with Mojo Barriers, who, in conjunction with TPA operate Terraplas rentals. They have invested heavily in rental stock so that we can supply not only worldwide sales with full Customer Support, we can also offer a complete rental package across Europe.


– Robert Else, Checkers Safety Group UK Ltd t/a Terraplas


Madonna concert at NSC Olimpiyskiy, Kiev

The Mall Washington 2013: setting up for the Presidential Inauguration of Obama


Main image, top: Froch v Groves fight at Wembley Stadium on May 31, 2014, in London, England. (Photo by Miles Willis – The FA/The FA via Getty Images)

GAA announces shortlist of stadia for the 2017 GAA Pitch Award

The Gaelic Athletic Asoociation (GAA) have announced its shortlist of grounds and stadia for the 2017 GAA Pitch Award this week, in what is the inaugural year of the award scheme.


FC Barcelona to discuss the club’s landmark ‘Barca Innovation Hub’ at Soccerex

Following its unveiling earlier this year, FC Barcelona have confirmed that they will be presenting details on their groundbreaking ‘Barca Innovation Hub’ project at this year’s Soccerex Global Convention 2017, taking place in Manchester, England, September 4-6.


Job of the Week: Tournament Director, FIFA

Check out the latest ‘Job of the Week’ brought to you by the Sports Venue Business Jobs Board powered by GlobalSportsJobs. The position in focus is a Tournament Director vacancy at the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA).


Liverpool unveils Commonwealth Games 2022 bid and vision

Liverpool has unveiled ambitious plans to host a bold and inspiring 2022 Commonwealth Games that will speed up the transformation of its world famous waterfront and leave a lasting legacy for communities across the city and region.


Birmingham unveils logo and vision for 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham Commonwealth Games Steering Group has submitted its Preliminary Questionnaire response for bidding to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS).


Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)


The Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE) is working within football to promote wider access and inclusion for disabled people. Providing advice and guidance on stadium / venue accessible facilities and services, working with key stakeholders to empower disabled fans and promoting the employment of disabled people within the football industry.



CAFE works across UEFA’s 55 member national associations, covering the European geographical area, as well as other UEFA member national associations, such as Israel and Kazakhstan.



CAFE was founded in 2009 as the recipient of the UEFA Monaco Prize and is now a Football Social Responsibility associate partner of UEFA. We support UEFA and its national associations to provide an accessible matchday experience for disabled spectators.


In 2011, UEFA and CAFE published the joint Good Practice Guide to Creating an Accessible Stadium and Matchday Experience “Access for All” which provides a benchmark of accessibility at a sports venue and indicates minimum numbers of accessible seating provisions required, in line with European regulations. The Guide is available to download in 14 languages.


Using the unique power of football, CAFE seeks to ensure wider access and inclusion for disabled people within society, including the employment of disabled people. We work with a number of key stakeholders including UEFA and FIFA, national football associations, leagues, clubs, disabled fans and fans groups to work towards a game that is accessible, inclusive and welcoming for all.


Danny Ings meets young disabled fan



CAFE was named as the official charity of UEFA EURO 2012 in Poland and Ukraine and delivered the UEFA Respect Inclusion project, which led to a greater number of disabled fans being able to attend live matches in both host nations, and improved awareness around disability and inclusion.


CAFE also delivered the UEFA EURO 2016 Respect Access for All project in France, which included training young media students to provide audio-descriptive commentary for partially sighted and blind football fans at each match of the tournament. A similar initiative was delivered in Brazil around the 2014 FIFA World Cup.


Young disabled fan in Poland



Full company name: Centre for Access to Football in Europe (CAFE)

Contact person: Joanna Deagle

Address: CAFE, 1 Olympic Way, Wembley, London, HA9 0NP, UK

Email: info@cafefootball.eu

Tel: +44 (0)20 8621 2405

Web/URL: www.cafefootball.eu



Partially sighted man and young child using audio-descriptive commentary…



Disabled people constitute the largest minority in any population, with over one-billion disabled people alive today. This figure continues to rise, and it is estimated that up to 50% of disabled people have never attended a live public or sporting event.


CAFE works to ensure that disabled people can take their rightful place in football – the world’s most popular game – as spectators, players, volunteers, coaches, administrators, leaders and as decision makers.


Total Football Total Access.



Main image, top: Young disabled fan and German player, Steffi Jones

Banc of California Stadium





Banc of California Stadium is the new soccer-specific home venue of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC). In addition to the 22,000-seat stadium, the project includes restaurants, retail and conference space.



LAFC’s 22,000-seat Banc of California Stadium is the centrepiece of an US$350m complex that includes a large community plaza, restaurants and retail on the southwest corner of Exposition Park.


Concerts, festivals and other community events will also be hosted at the new venue.


LAFC is the newest MLS soccer club serving the greater Los Angeles area. Its ownership group is comprised of local leaders and innovators of industry with intellectual capital, financial prowess, operations expertise and success in the fields of entertainment, sports, technology and media.


The LAFC ownership group is dedicated to building a world-class soccer club that represents the diversity of Los Angeles and is committed to delivering an unrivalled experience for fans.


The new Banc of California Stadium took up the mantel as the ‘first open-air stadium to have been built in Los Angeles since 1962’ upon opening.




Field Club view

East Club view



Partnering with Grand Prix Network LLC (GPN) and GPN’s exclusively sanctioned partner and Olympic member USA Rugby, LAFC’s Banc of California Stadium will be the permanent home of the Grand Prix Rugby “$1M Champion Sevens,” the world’s richest Rugby Sevens championship in history.


GPN is a new breed of sports and entertainment company, which produces, distributes and organises professional leagues and events for certain Olympic-style team sports, in partnership with USOC members USA Rugby and USA Volleyball. GPN’s mission is to acquire, produce and distribute wholly-owned, world-class, U.S.-based sports and entertainment content across global media platforms.



Banc of California Stadium / Los Angeles Football Club

Contact name: Otto Benedict, SVP/GM, LAFC Facilities

Address: 3939 S Figueroa St, Los Angeles, CA 90037, United States

Email: otto.benedict@lafc.com

Tel: +1 (323) 648 – 6013

Web/URL: http://bancofcaliforniastadium.com



Banc of California Stadium is the first stadium on the west coast to incorporate safe standing, with LAFC providing an opportunity for supporters to stand shoulder-to-shoulder, creating an electric and unified stadium atmosphere on match-days.


Since its inception in October 2014, the Club and stadium architect Gensler Sports have been in constant dialogue with its supporters by hosting multiple workshop design sessions regarding architectural elements of the supporters’ north end of the stadium. LAFC Ownership has incorporated global best practices to create the most supporter-forward environment in MLS.


The first-of-its-kind rail seating system is designed by U.S.-based SC Railing. The railing was specifically designed for comfort and safety and to accommodate sight lines by eliminating obstructions. Gensler Sports played an integral role in conceiving and implementing the safe-standing concept with the overall design process taking nearly two-years of intense research.


LAFC have also unveiled a proposal to locate its soccer operations headquarters and training facility on the eastside of Los Angeles, at the campus of Cal State LA. Plans for the new facilities were approved by the California State University Board of Trustees.


The plans call for LAFC to invest US$30m to renovate Cal State LA’s stadium field and construct a state of the art training facility that will serve as home to the Club’s MLS players, staff, coaches and youth development team, LAFC Academy. The Club will also support Cal State LA students through internships and collaborations with University educational programs.


The new training site and practice facility, designed by Gensler Sports, will feature a natural grass practice field exactly mirroring that of Banc of California Stadium, locker rooms, sports medicine facilities, office space for team coaches and staff and will be completely financed by LAFC. The two-storey training facility will incorporate the campus’ industrial and modernist design style. Hunt Construction Group will serve as the construction management company on the project.


Along with building its practice facility at Cal State LA, LAFC has pledged an additional US$1.5m to the University, which comes on the heels of a $100,000 contribution it made to the Cal State LA athletic department last autumn/fall.



Venue Solutions Group (VSG)


Venue Solutions Group (VSG) is a consultancy for public assembly facilities focused on pre-opening consulting, guest experience benchmarking, operational reviews and assessments, facility condition assessments, safety & security, and executive searches.






Venue Solutions Group (VSG) is dedicated to continually improving facility performance through direct experience, benchmarking and the use of industry “BEST PRACTICES.” We take pride in being recognised as industry leaders in the programming, planning, preparation and performance of public assembly facilities worldwide.


The firm was launched in 2011 by three venue industry professionals bringing over sixty-five years of collective experience in the management and operation of public assembly facilities. Our history involves direct management of a variety of facility types, working closely with municipalities, professional sports organisations, universities and private firms.  The expertise of our Partners includes operations and engineering, security/safety, guest services, sustainability, and administration.


VSG is active with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), Stadium Managers Association (SMA), TEAM Coalition, and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4). We also produce an annual operations and engineering conference titled, “Venue Operations Summit” (www.venueoperationssummit.com), which brings together professionals from every building type to exchange ideas, make new contacts and elevate the profile of our craft.


VSG supports venues because they are our clients, but we also take an active role in the industry so that we can stay abreast of best-practices, as well as help establish them.


The Golden 1 Center is a 17,500-seat arena, home to the National Basketball League’s Sacramento Kings, which opened in 2016 as one of the most technologically advanced venues in the world. VSG spent over a year with the facility management team preparing the staff to transition from their old home into G1C


Banc of California Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Football Club (LAFC), is a 22,000-seat soccer-specific stadium set to open in 2018. Venue Solutions Group (VSG) has worked with the team on a variety of pre-opening activities, such as identifying furniture, fixtures & equipment, developing tenders for services, and creating a plan to mitigate vehicle intrusion






In 2017, VSG conducted a full facility condition assessment at the home of the NFL’s Tennessee Titans. Their work reviewed everything from interior finishes and mechanical systems to food service equipment, roofs and vertical transportation, all culminating in a 20-year capital expense matrix


Opened in 1936, in the heart of Kentucky’s bluegrass region, Keeneland is both a famed thoroughbred race track as well as an auction company. VSG performed a facility condition assessment of many of the structures located on the property, as well as a traffic study during their biggest races



Full company name: Venue Solutions Group, LLC

Contact person: Russ Simons

Address: 7105 Peach Court, Suite 108, Brentwood, TN 37027, USA

Email: russ.simons@venuesolutionsgroup.com

Tel (inc. country dialling code):  +001 816-352-6494

Web/URL: www.venuesolutionsgroup.com





Venue Solutions Group (VSG) delivers innovative results for our clients. We have been highly successful in meeting our client’s needs through an investigative process, which examines the opportunities for performance in all facility types industry wide. This information is developed into solutions that drive client performance. One size does not fit all, and solutions for one venue may not be appropriate for another; we recognise that each client has their own nuances and circumstances unique to their situation, and we tailor our approach appropriately.


– Russ Simons, Managing Partner, Venue Solutions Group (VSG)