That was the year 2022: Part 9 – September

2022 was characterized on the one hand by the effects of the corona pandemic and on the other hand by the ongoing energy crisis. The world of stadiums, arenas and events kept turning. Stadionwelt looks back on the topics of the year.

construction projects

Start of conversion in Barcelona.

Start in Barcelona as planned the first renovation work at Camp Nou. The scoreboard was dismantled, and the third tier is due to be partially demolished by the end of the year.

Around 680 km to the west, a stadium conversion is also being pushed. For the A €40m renovation project has been proposed for Estadio El Molinón in Gijón. The home of the Spanish second division club is set to be included in Spain’s joint bid with Portugal to host the 2030 FIFA World Cup.

Over €800m redevelopment in Evanston.

Over €800m redevelopment in Evanston. Image: Northwestern University

Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois would like to spend significantly more money. The last time was in 1996 renovated Ryan Stadium is to be extensively rebuilt for over 800 million euros will.

A showcase project is also to be created in Bradford, England. The north-east England city has unveiled plans to build a new rugby league training, performance and education centre. This includes the construction of England’s largest indoor arena with a capacity of 25,000 spectators.

Rendering of the Month

The Aston Villa Football Club had first renderings of his Villa Park renewal plans presented. The English first division club plan to submit a planning application for a major stadium upgrade in the coming months.

The Villa Park is to be renovated.

The Villa Park is to be renovated. Bild: Aston Villa Football Club

interview of the month

“Further increasing the relevance of the Volleyball Bundesliga”

In an interview, Julia Retzlaff, Managing Director Sport of the Volleyball Bundesliga, talks about the development of the league and the future direction in order to further professionalize the structures.

Julia Retzlaff.

Julia Retzlaff. Image: Falk Weiss

Stadium World: Since August 2014, the former German Volleyball League has been known as the Volleyball Bundesliga. How has the league evolved since then?
Retzlaff: In summary, it can be said that the Volleyball Bundesliga has developed very positively over the past eight years. Thanks to the media partnerships concluded with SPORT1, SPONTENT and Sportdeutschland.TV, the VBL achieved an unprecedented media presence in the past season. The newly created multisport streaming platform SPORT1 Extra has broadcast all games of the 1st and 2nd Bundesliga women live. In addition, 34 games of the 1st Bundesliga women could be seen on free TV on SPORT1. […]

You can read the entire interview with Julia Retzlaff here.

Portrait of the Month

Home to the NBA franchise Atlanta Hawks, State Farm Arena is a multi-award winning venue in the Georgia capital. The extensive renovation a few years ago paved the way for the success story. Portrait of the State Farm Arena.

State Farm Arena: Heimat der Atlanta Hawks.

State Farm Arena: Heimat der Atlanta Hawks. Bild: State Farm Arena

data of the month

Alignment, application & Co.

FIBA EuroBasket 2022 started on September 1st in Germany and Georgia. A total of 24 nations fought for the European Championship title in basketball over 18 days of competition in five arenas. For the following EuroBasket Poland selected as fourth host alongside Finland, Latvia and Cyprus.

Start of the FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022 in Cologne.

Start of the FIBA ​​EuroBasket 2022 in Cologne. Image: Stadium world

The German Ice Hockey Federation, on the other hand, has its own Candidate to host the 2027 IIHF Ice Hockey World Championship announced at IIHF semi-annual congress in Belek. The official deadline for submitting the documents is January 10, 2023.

In the same year, a women’s soccer World Cup takes place, for which Germany has also applied. The DFB wants to organize the tournament together with Belgium and the Netherlands. In September, the association announced which candidate cities he sends into the race.

On my own account

The 4/2022 issue of the specialist magazine Stadium world INSIDE appeared in September. Top topics: Venues as a tourism factor; restart in entertainment; modernization of German stadiums; Catering & Payment – ​​and much more!

This was also published in September Special SUSTAINABILITY. The publication deals with topics relating to climate and environmental protection in stadiums and arenas, offers approaches and measures relating to sustainability and presents individual projects.

what else happened

For the new 2023 season, the European League of Football for two more competitors. ELF Managing Director Zeljko Karajica and Commissioner Patrick Esume announced that franchises from Paris and Prague will join the league.

The NFL announced two collaborations.

The NFL announced two collaborations. Picture: D.SPORTS / Kenny Beele

Another American football league, on the other hand, is expanding its commitment in Germany. The NFL and the state capital Düsseldorf are planning far-reaching cooperation. The signed declaration of intent contains various measures for the holistic promotion and expansion of Düsseldorf as a football location. Likewise, the well announced largest sports league in the world its cooperation with the DFL Deutsche Fußball Liga.

The new Energy Saving Ordinance, which has been in force since September 1st, will probably have no effect on German professional sport. That The Federal Ministry of the Interior was able to eliminate the ambiguity regarding the influence on LED perimeter advertising.

(Stadium World, December 27, 2022)

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