The Rise Of The Stadium: 2018/19

Football stadiums have been the talk of the season, with endless developments and plans designed to take the match day experience to the next level.

Spurs’ new stadium has already hit the headlines for its innovative design and state-of-the-art facilities which include more than 60 food and drink outlets, a dedicated stage for pre and post-match entertainment, free WiFi throughout and 1800 HD televisions in the concourse alone. Now, the megastore, which is the biggest club store in Europe has opened, hitting the headlines for its innovative features, designed to enhance visitor experience. Next door to the club’s store, the all-new museum, the Tottenham Experience will combine the club’s heritage with exhibits and memorabilia from Tottenham’s old White Hart Lane ground. While the date for the first Premier League fixture to take place at Spurs’ new stadium is not yet set, excitement continues around the club’s new development and all it brings.

Another club set to revolutionise fans’ experience is the Championship’s Brentford. Marking a new home, new era and new adventure, the Bees’ move will see the club travel a short distance from Griffin Park, remaining a central part of the community, located only 100m from Kew Bridge station. A capacity of 17,250 represents an increase of almost 4,500 seats. Development plans have already excited the fanbase with Brentford’s Owner, Matthew Benham adding: “I am absolutely confident that the unique nature of the site will result in a stadium that is still different to the majority of new stadiums, is small enough to create a fantastic atmosphere yet big enough to enable the continued growth of our support base and offers a brilliant matchday experience for all fans.”

FC Barcelona’s new stadium is another undergoing a huge redevelopment, creating modern comfort and services for more spectators than ever before. Making the stadium more sustainable, water and solar energy will be used to power the high-tech venue. Beginning in 2019, the new-look stadium will have its capacity increased to a whopping 105,000 by 2023, with the team able to continue playing at home throughout this period. Upgrades include the installation of a roof, the adaption of the Johan Cruyff training ground and an arena for the basketball team. Making Camp Nou the second largest football stadium in the world, behind only North Korea’s Rungrado 1st of May Stadium, this is certainly a development to watch.