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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.

Morocco bids for 2026 FIFA World Cup

Morocco has formally announced it will bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup, challenging a joint bid from the United States, Canada and Mexico.

The Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will attempt the bidding process for the tournament for the fifth time, following efforts for the 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2010 edition.

The bid has backing from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and if successful, Morocco would become the second African nation to host a World Cup, after South Africa staged the event in 2010.

KIA OVAL COMMITS TO REDUCE SINGLE-USE PLASTIC

Kia Oval has partnered with Sky Ocean Rescue, in a step to becoming a plastic-free venue. With the equivalent of four rubbish trucks' worth of plastic dumped in the ocean in the time it takes England or South Africa to bowl one over, Sky Ocean Rescue and the Kia Oval are working together to raise the issue of ocean health with cricket fans and asking them to make a few simple changes to help save our oceans.

Chelsea connects Stamford Bridge with new partner

Chelsea Football Club has announced Ericsson as a new connected venue partner of the club, introducing free Wi-Fi coverage for supporters throughout Stamford Bridge for the first time.

As part of the deal, Ericsson will use its Smart Cell tool to allow fans to access Wi-Fi and share their experiences with friends and followers around the world, by designing, building and operating a Wi-Fi access network. The technology brand will also take on management of the platform on the club’s behalf.

Seatserve expands into cricket venues

SeatServe, a platform that enables fans in venues to order food, drinks and merchandise via their smartphone and have it delivered to their seat by existing concessions - has partnered with The Ageas Bowl for its roll out into limited overs cricket, following a successful trial in rugby union’s Aviva Premiership.

Since November, AJ Bell Stadium caterers Elior, has serviced Sale Sharks fans through the US trend, with cashless deliveries during breaks in play, resulting in reduced ‘seat traffic’ and improving the fan experience.

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