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Football and Stadium Management June - July 2017 contents

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St. George’s Park shortlisted for top accolade at international Sports Technology Awards

The FA’s national football centre, Burton-based St. George’s Park has been shortlisted for ‘Best Elite Sport Venue or Facility’ at the international Sports Technology Awards 2017.

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Site clearing and salvaging continues

The initial phase of site clearing and demolition work is progressing on schedule. The former stable block has now been almost completely demolished and work is underway to salvage and clean the bricks.

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Hostile Vehicle Mitigation: An essential consideration for UK stadia

The recent terrorist attack targeting the Manchester Arena should be a stark reminder of the importance of reviewing security policies, procedures and solutions for all of those involved in the safety and security of large-scale public venues, including sports stadia. Here, James Kelly discusses the value of Hostile Vehicle Mitigation (HVM) in protecting football fans from vehicular attack.

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4

British Cops Will Scan Every Fan’s Face at the Champions League Final

When thousands of football fans poured into Cardiff’s Principality Stadium on June 3rd to watch the UEFA Champions League Final between Real Madrid and Juventus, few will have been aware that their faces had already been scanned, processed, and compared to a vast police database of “persons of interest”, giving the authorities vital time to assist them stopping a terrorist or known risk element from causing a serious situation.

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5

Evac+Chair International delivers stairway safety solution for Stoke City FC

As one of the Premier League football clubs committed to complying with the requirements for disabled access set out in Accessible Stadia, Stoke City has chosen stairway evacuation chairs supplied by Evac+Chair to provide safe means of exit for supporters unable to use stairs in an emergency.

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6

Warwickshire CCC and Molson Coors serve Official Lager Partnership

Warwickshire County Cricket Club has secured a new commercial partnership with Molson Coors, which will see its Carling, Coors Light and Staropramen lagers served at Edgbaston Stadium as part of a five-year deal.

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7

Amex Stadium in running for top awards

The events and catering team at one of the UK’s top sporting venues is in the running for a number of top awards.

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8

Forward-Thinking Stadium Operators are Increasingly Looking to Robust WiFi Solutions

Stadium operators understand the business benefits of a feature-rich and scalable WiFi solution. However, installation can prove challenging. Here, Matt O’Donovan, CEO of WiFi SPARK, explains how WiFi and data analytics can help stadiums to achieve business goals and overcome the complexities of installing WiFi in sporting venues

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