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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.

Spurs Renews Hewlett Packard Deal

Tottenham Hotspur has announced a deal with Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) which will see its technology installed at the team’s new stadium.

The information technology company will become the Premier League team's official IT networking and wireless infrastructure partner, and will help to deliver an "enhanced matchday experience" - according to the club. 

The agreement will see the club install HPE-owned Aruba’s networking solutions with support from HPE’s Pointnext services organisation, which will help Spurs’ new venue meet expanding technology demands.

Birmingham reveals indoor arenas for Commonwealth bid

Birmingham has revealed four indoor arenas in the Birmingham and Solihull area that will play a role in delivering its Commonwealth Games 2022 bid.

These venues were selected following careful assessment of Commonwealth Games Federation guidelines regarding athletes’ needs, the technical specifications, seating capacity and games-time logistics.

As part of the selection process, the bid committee looked closely at how to utilise Birmingham’s existing sports venues and facilities, ensuring connectivity and accessibility and maximising spectator numbers.

CLUB WEMBLEY REVEALS ONE TWENTY CLUB

Club Wembley has released images of the brand new One Twenty Club, ahead of its opening next season.

The private member’s club will offer an exclusive lounge, bar and dining area, and has been designed to deliver comforts as well as a sense of sporting history.

Members will get four-course meals from chef Mark Reynolds served in the private restaurant overlooking the pitch, whilst Champagne House Laurent-Perrier will serve their full range of champagnes in the bar.

ECB trials hybrid Pitch

The England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has taken steps to install two SISGrass wickets at the National Cricket Performance Centre in Loughborough.

The ECB are the first to install a trial wicket using SIS Pitches’ latest product in hybrid surfaces, SISGrass Universal.

SIS Pitches nets further Russian World Cup stadiums

Six of the 12 stadiums to host games at the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Russia will have a hybrid pitch in place.

The reinforced natural turf system, SISGrass, will be installed at both the Mordovia Arena and Samara Arena later this year; marking the fifth and sixth stadiums in Russia to receive a SISGrass makeover.

SISGrass is an advanced hybrid pitch technology featuring patented fibre injections, which offers increased pitch stability and delivers considerably more playing hours than 100% natural grass surfaces.

Manchester shows interest in WTA Finals

Manchester representatives have shown interest in hosting the WTA Finals from 2019.

The season-ending tournament features the best eight female players of the year has one year to run on the current deal with Singapore.

London’s 02 arena has held the men’s equivalent tournament over the past eight years, with more than 250,000 people attending every November.

The WTA, which began in 1972, was held in the US until 2000 and has also taken place in Munich, Madrid, Doha and Istanbul.

USA, Canada & Mexico make World Cup joint bid

The United States, Canada and Mexico have announced they will be making a joint bid to host the 2026 FIFA World Cup.

As part of the proposal, the USA is set to host 60 matches, with ten games each in Canada and Mexico.

It is only Canada that is yet to host the men’s FIFA World Cup, with the USA hosting in 1994 and Mexico hosting in both 1970 and 1986. Canada did however host the 2016 Women’s World Cup.

Newcastle to stage European club rugby finals

Bilbao and Newcastle will host the Champions Cup, Challenge Cup and Continental Shield finals in 2018 and 2019, respectively.

As a result of the announcement, 2018 marks the first time the games will be staged outside traditional rugby union countries, with Spain's national team 18th in the world rankings.

The two finals will be played at the San Mames Stadium, home of La Liga football side Athletic Bilbao in 2018, and Newcastle United's St James' Park in 2019.

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