Special issue SPORTS VENUES 2017


The only yearbook for the Sports Venues Industry is published in December 2017. Again is bundles all major topics: Planning & construction, operation, the latest on venue technology as well as the upcoming major events.

Data on more than 900 venues worldwide +++ Tech Report: Displays, LED, Turf, Lighting etc +++ Construction Report: more than 500 projects +++ Matchless data collection: costs, openings, companies etc. +++ Case studies: Yankee Stadium, Juventus Stadium, ANZ Stadium, SIGNAL IDUNA PARK +++ Leading architects, constructors and suppliers.

Milestones in sports venue construction and equipment from 1878 until today.

“Interact with our customers 365 days a year”
Interview with Bob Newman, President AEG Facilities, about global trends in the sports venue industry.

Construction report

SPORTS VENUES 2017: The construction report

The sports venue construction report offers a unique overview. 111 countries from Afghanistan to Wales.

“Compromise between sustainability and innovation”

Interview with Harald Fux from RAUMKUNST SPORTARCHITEKTUR ZT GmbH about stadium modernisation.

Future markets
Where are the future markets in global sports venue construction? Stadiaworld presents the countries and regions.

“Own standards and new ideas“
Interview with William Thomas Mannarelli responsible for FC Barcelona’s modernisation plans.

Superlatives stadiums in the NFL
The construction costs for NFL stadiums constantly reach new dimensions. There is still no end in sight.

“Widest range of hospitality options in Australia”
Interview with Ronnie Hurst, Project Director of Perth Stadium, about the new venue in the West Australian metropolis.

Openings 2016

More than 5 billion Euros have been invested in new stadiums and arenas over the last year.

Roofs: Comparison of top leagues
In England and Germany stadium roofs are standard. That is not the case in many other countries.

Tennis: Not at the end of the road
Despite recent upgrades future major modernisation plans are still on the agenda.

“A namesake for the Dallas Cowboys“
Interview with Charlotte Jones Anderson (Dallas Cowboys) on the Star in Frisco, the new headquarters of the NFL franchise.

Training centres: Constant development
After stadiums German professional clubs are heavily investing in training centres.

“Great synergies and an enormous incentive”

Interview with Christoph Helbich (SHA Scheffler Helbich Architekten GmbH) about the conception of training centres.

“The home of HSV will be in the Volkspark”
Interview with Project Manager Christian Lenz about the new youth performance centre of Hamburger SV.


The giant amongst arenas
The O2 in London is with around 1.8 million guests per year the most visited entertainment complex in the world.

Unusual ways to use sports venues
Sports venues around the globe are not only used for their original intention but also for other purposes.

Landmark in public mission
In Vancouver, Canada one of the world’s most modern stadiums has been created with the BC Place.

Historic stadium in a modern world
The Melbourne Cricket Ground is one of the oldest, but also most modern stadiums in Australia.

VIP capacity: finding the right balance
The hospitality contingents have grown in importance. A close look at current projects.

U.S. Bank Stadium: Exclusive experience
The Minnesota Vikings offer generous hospitality options in their new home.

Fan experience: US major markets
The Fan Experience Study measures customer satisfaction of major pro sports teams in America’s four largest markets.

Stadium tours: Barça remains leader
Giving the fans a look behind the scenes has globally developed into a lucrative source of income.

Naming Rights: Durations, terms and values
From the perspective of operators the sale of naming rights is an essential part of the marketing concept.

Survey: What does a stadium really need?
Survey among stadium operators from around the globe on various topics like connectivity, fan experience and sustainability.

“Important to maintain the high level“
Interview with Sergey Vorobyev, Promoter of the FORMULA 1 RUSSIAN GRAND PRIX at the Sochi Autodrom.

Parking as a lucrative income stream

For the clubs of the major leagues in North America parking spaces are more than just a service.

Partners and Events
Information on our partners: European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) and Host City.

Tech report

Tech Report: Innovations and trends
Inside look on all innovations and trends from the venue industry. From turf and floodlight to WLAN and displays.

Sports turf: Three technologies in use
The implementation of hybrid installations has increased, whilst artificial turf has made advancements.

Safety and security: Heightened situation
Next to common risks the ongoing terrorist threat has added a further dimension.

WLAN and beacons: US as pioneers
The US sports market and tech companies are leading the way for substantial movement relating to connectivity.

Apps: All-rounder for venues and visitors
Apps play an ever bigger role for operators of stadiums and arenas. Still not every venue offers this service.

Video displays: Perpetual gigantic projects
In 2016 the trend towards large and diverse LED installations in stadiums and arenas continued.

Floodlights: No change overnight
Both conventional as well as LED systems are still being installed in stadiums and arenas.

Safe standing: Return to terraces
One of the current trends in stadium seating is presently to be seen in the removal of seats, at least partially.

Sports floors: International regulations
The regulations of world associations in basketball, handball and volleyball at a glance.

Case studies

Artificial turf
The sports floor manufacturer Polytan has realised more than 250 pitches of certified synthetic turf systems around the world.

Hybrid turf
The heiler Gmbh has laid out the new SportHybrid R turf in the SIGNAL IDUNA PARK (Dortmund).

Access solutions
The comfortable Galaxy Gate by Wanzl facilitates the integration with variable dimensions and passage widths.

myStadiumsApp is a mobile business solution with features for professional venue operators.

Digital venue management
MMC – 3D Digital Venue support Atlético Madrid achieve their goal of providing ultimate fan experience.

Video displays
20 LED displays from Daktronics were installed in the new U.S. Bank Stadium of the Minnesota Vikings.

A new LED lighting system from Leader Light has reduced the energy consumption at the HK Nitra arena.

LED floodlights from Philips Lighting are being used in the stadiums of Juventus and Atlético Madrid.

One of the most famous stadiums, the Yankee Stadium, has opted for LED floodlight from GigaTera.

Sound system
Three years ago the ANZ Stadium in Sydney installed a sound system from d&b audiotechnik.

Heating technology
The tennis center Horgen has opted to utilize radiant heat by using ceiling radiant panels of the Zehnder Group.

Flexible board systems
Raita ice hockey boards provide game safety, practicality, individual planning and flexible financing models.


Handball World Championships
In January 2017 the five time world champion France will host the Handball World Championship tournament.

Ice Hockey World Championships
Germany and France are playing host to the IIFF Ice Hockey World Championships taking place in May 2017.

“Lay down a marker for future major events”
Interview with Stefan Löcher (LANXESS arena) on technical innovations at the 2017 Ice Hockey World Championships.

Confederations Cup 2017
In June 2017 Russia will play host to the FIFA Confederations Cup 2017 a dress rehearsal for the 2018 World Cup.

Athletics Summer 2017
In the summer of 2017 London will once again be the world capital of sport – with three major events in athletics.

Diamond League 2017
The world’s leading athletics meetings take place in very different types of stadiums.

For operators of arenas and stadiums the rapidly developing eSports scene is of growing interest.

2018 Olympics
The 2018 Olympic Games are taking place in February 2018 in the South Korean city of Pyeongchang.

EURO 2020
The EURO 2020 will not only be hosted by one nation. Instead it will be staged across 13 countries.

Upcoming football tournaments
Germany is one of three bidders for hosting UEFA EURO 2024. Turkey is a strong opponent.

2024 Olympic bids
A look at the bids of Budapest, Los Angeles and Paris. All want to host the 2024 Olympics.

Further Topics

Stadium construction: Comparison of costs

Matchday revenue: Europe’s top leagues

Matchday costs: International top leagues

Spectator comparison: Europe’s top leagues

Social Media: Stadiums, arenas and race circuits

Spectator Top 100 worldwide

The most important sports events 2017

Company index: Builders, planners and suppliers