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Wembley Selected For Extra UEFA EURO 2020 Matches

Wembley Stadium has been selected to stage an additional four matches at UEFA Euro 2020, which were originally scheduled for Brussels. 

Wembley will now host three group stage games and one round of 16 fixture at Euro 2020. This is in addition to London staging the tournament’s semi-finals and the final. 

The allocation of games to Wembley follows the news that the Belgian capital is delayed in building its 60,000 seater stadium and officials have failed to provide any guarantees that the stadium would be complete in time for the tournament in 2020.

18 cities vying for rugby finals

EPCR will appoint the host cities for the 2020 and 2021 European Professional Club Rugby finals weekend next year, following 'unprecedented' interest in staging the events, according to organisers. 

The simultaneous bidding and assessment processes will again be conducted with The Sports Consultancy, with 18 expressions of interest received from all over Europe for the 2020 event.

Crystal Palace unveils new stadium plans

Premier League side Crystal Palace has unveiled new plans to redevelop its home ground, Selhurst Park.

Club chairman Steve Parish announced the plans, expected to cost between £75m and £100m, which will increase capacity at the London-based ground from 26,000 to over 34,000.

The stadium has been home to the Eagles since 1924, with the renovation also providing new facilities for the community and look to transform the matchday experience for supporters.

WEMBLEY TO OFFER CONTACTLESS TICKETING

Wembley Stadium connected by EE will become the first UK sports and entertainment stadium to offer contactless ticketing for fans, after it was successfully trialled earlier this week. 

The new process aims to offer fans a new way to securely enter live events with contactless tickets added to Apple Wallet on their iPhone or Apple Watch.

A select number of customers trialled the technology at England’s recent home internationals against Germany and Brazil.

CSM Live announced as Wembley Stadium partner

CSM Live has commenced a new three-year contract with Wembley Stadium connected by EE, which will see the event branding and live experience organisation design, produce, install and remove branding in and around the national stadium. 

CSM Live has been readying Wembley Stadium for the two international friendlies, with five-time World Cup winners, Brazil, taking to the pitch on Tuesday 14th November, following the 0-0 draw with Germany on Friday. 

Jockey Club Racecourses launches Champions Lounge

Jockey Club Racecourses has announced a ‘Celebration of Merseyside Sport’ for Grand National Thursday of the Randox Health Grand National Festival at Aintree Racecourse, 12th April 2018.

The newly renamed Grand National Thursday – A Day for Champions, will celebrate the successes of sport across Merseyside with a brand new Champions Lounge which will include sports stars from across Merseyside. The stars will also be part of a new Opening Ceremony on the day.

The new Champions Lounge will be located next to Aintree’s Parade Ring and hosted by BBC Breakfast’s Dan Walker.

Shrewsbury set to install Safe Standing

Shrewsbury Town Football Club is set to become the first English club to introduce safe standing at their ground after successfully reaching crowdfunding targets.

The League One side raised £65,000 to pay for the alterations at the Montgomery Waters Meadow Stadium on crowdfunding platform, Tifosy. More than 1,000 fans donated to the cause, with online betting company, FansBet, bolstering the donations.

Exeter Chiefs appoints SecuTix

English rugby club and current Aviva Premiership champions Exeter Chiefs has appointed SecuTix as its official ticketing technology partner.

Following a tender process, SecuTix, a global provider of a ticketing engagement platform for sports, culture and entertainment industries, has begun work across the Chiefs’ two businesses: the rugby club itself and the stadium, Sandy Park. Alongside being the home ground for the rugby club, Sandy Park is also a conference and banqueting centre.

ADI expands perimeter tech reach

A number of Premier League and English Football League (EFL) clubs have invested in new perimeter technology this season, which gives them the ability to integrate ADI and Supponor’s virtual replacement technology.

Virtual replacement technology makes it possible to deliver traditional LED perimeter advertising to fans within the stadium, whilst virtually overlaying the content seen by viewers watching in different countries.

RFU launches England Rugby Hospitality

The Rugby Football Union (RFU) has launched England Rugby Hospitality, after securing planning permission for the redevelopment of Twickenham Stadium’s East Stand.

England Rugby Hospitality will become the exclusive provider of official match day hospitality at Twickenham Stadium from autumn 2018. The new venture will also see Keith Prowse, the RFU’s long-standing official hospitality agent, become exclusive sales agent for England Rugby Hospitality.

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