Sports Venue Business: keeping you up-to-date with all the latest news, views & developments
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Weekly e-News Report: Issue #32

The highlights:

  • IN THE KNOW: Interview with Venue Solutions Group’s Mike Wooley on the importance of Facility Condition Assessments and how to improve a venue’s performance
  • JOB OF THE WEEK: Manager Championships – Transportation Operations, R&A
  • Camp Nou Stadium installs new ‘hybrid’ pitch
  • Olympique Lyonnais secures stadium naming-rights deal with Groupama
  • Agreement reached for USL team to compete at Cashman Field
  • Mark GiordanoSan Francisco 49ers, USTA and DICK’S Sporting Goods among the winners at 3rd Annual Sports Humanitarian Awards
  • VIDEO: Timelapse showing the latest progress on Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium
  • VIDEO: Concept design video of the A$250m North Queensland Stadium

All of this is of course complemented with details on the latest industry news and developments from across the globe.

#SportsVenueBusiness – keeping you in the know!

Industry Interviews & Case Studies


In this latest industry interview, Mike Wooley, Partner, Venue Solutions Group (VSG), explains the importance of carrying out Facility Condition Assessments and details how venues can improve their performance.
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Architects of the future home of the Minnesota Vikings, Crawford Architects, have drawn from the past, paying homage to the heritage of the team’s namesake, while continuously directing toward their future needs.
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Ian Hardcastle, Event/Crowd Safety Manager at King Abdullah Sports City, discusses the challenges of designing, implementing and managing the safe entry, circulation and exit of fans from both the stadium and arena.
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Karl Standley, Head Groundsman at Wembley National Stadium, outlines the challenges of managing and maintaining the world-famous, multi-purpose venue’s hallowed turf.
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Featured Articles & Videos


Check out the concept design for the new A$250m North Queensland Stadium, which will become home to the AFL’s NQ Cowboys, with the first work packages awarded by Watpac, with many others up for grabs.
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Check out this great timelapse video showing the very latest progress on Spurs’ new stadium, and the demolition of White Hart Lane, from July 9 to 15, 2017.
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Latest News


French Ligue 1 side, Olympique Lyonnais, has secured a three-year, renewable, stadium naming-rights agreement with Groupama, which sees Parc Olympique Lyonnais (Parc OL) re-named Groupama Stadium.
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FC Barcelona has renewed its trust in GrassMaster by Tarkett Sports(previously Desso GrassMaster) for the pitch at their iconic Camp Nou, following the likes of Liverpool FC, who also opted for the system at Anfield once more.
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Las Vegas Soccer, LLC, has confirmed that the City of Las Vegas has reached an agreement in principle for a USL team to compete at Cashman Field beginning in 2018. The City will recommend the Council to approve the agreement at this Wednesday’s meeting.
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The latest ‘Job of the Week’ – brought to you by the Sports Venue Business Jobs Board powered by GlobalSportsJobs - is for a Manager Championships – Transportation Operations at The R&A.
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Mark Giordano was awarded the first Muhammad Ali Sports Humanitarian Award, and the 49ers, USTA and DICK’S Sporting Goods were all recognised with big honours at the 3rd annual Sports Humanitarian Awards presented by ESPN, sponsored by Bristol-Myers Squibb. 
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CAFE (Centre for Access to Football in Europe) 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 industry.
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SVB will be bringing you in-depth interviews with a host of industry experts in the coming weeks, including Liverpool FC’s Operations Director, Andrew Parkinson, and Edgbaston’s Commercial Director, Gareth Roberts, to name but a few.
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The SVB Directory features a host of sports architecture, design & engineering firms, associations, event organisers, producers & suppliers, as well as the venues themselves, from Emirates Old Trafford to the new Perth Stadium.
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