Stadia

Features

Simon Babes looks at the crucial factors to consider regarding match-day experience and crowd movements when a stadium construction project is on the table.

Will Mann looks at how technology is boosting commercial opportunities surrounding sports stadia.

Dominic Bliss looks at how sporting events - and their business models - have transformed over the years to become established and money-spinning dates in the calendar.

A golf-putting event operator is setting up a home in a temporary venue in Las Vegas. Greg Pitcher asks if the Major Series of Putting will do for golf what Twenty20 did for cricket.

No expense has been spared on the new $300m stadium for Russian Premier League team FC Krasnodar, which includes a unique 360-degree screen around the arena. But why won’t it host any 2018 World Cup matches? Will Mann reports.

The International Ski Federation has engaged in a new partnership with a snowmaking technology specialist in a sign of its increasing worries about the impact of climate change on its events. Rob Ridley reports.

Golden 1 Center, the new home of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise, includes innovations such as putting temperature control in the hands of the fans. Greg Pitcher asks whether this sets a new benchmark in sustainability.

Stadium operators can sometimes find it hard to identify a lucrative naming rights partnership – especially when the venue has long been associated with a different brand. Will Mann looks at some different strategies for success.

The cancellation of the recent pre-season friendly in Beijing between Manchester United and Manchester City highlighted a problem for Chinese football. For all the money sloshing around in the Chinese game, the country often fails to get the infrastructure right. Mark Dreyer reports.

A two-year window of opportunity presented by hosting sport’s two biggest events in quick succession has turned into a damage limitation exercise for Brazil. SportBusiness International assesses the political and economic turmoil that has accompanied the build-up to this month’s Rio Olympics.

Who’d have thought that one of the world’s most popular holiday destinations would use sports tourism to drive in visitors? Christian Sylt goes behind the scenes at Disney World’s ESPN Wide World of Sports complex.

Smart technology in stadia is helping sports teams and events to attract and engage with fans. Greg Pitcher investigates the latest innovations.

Is the saga surrounding the development of the main stadium for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games finally at an end? SportBusiness International reports.

Football teams looking to redevelop their stadia are increasingly carrying out major construction work while continuing to host matches and events. Ben Cronin asks the experts about the cost implications and risks.

Dubai has a solid heritage as a short-break training destination for football clubs, but continued investment in facilities and infrastructure is enhancing its reputation as a training base in other sports.

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Tim Leiweke, one of the most influential sports executives in North America, told Kevin Roberts about the next step in his stellar career.

Elisha Chauhan finds out why a stadium project that was rejected by St Louis’ outgoing American football team could become crucial to Major League Soccer’s expansion franchise in the US city.

Big, bold, brash and backed up with lots of cash. That is by no means a hyperbolic description of the UAE construction industry. This is, after all, home to man-made archipelagoes in the shape of palm trees or a map of the world. This is where the world’s tallest building, the 830-metre Burj Khalifa, is located. Architects here are not known for their subtlety.

Matt Cutler looks at four innovative sports venues opening this year. What are their unique features and how will they create revenue-generation opportunities for their owners whilst taking the live fan experience to a new level?