Sports Venue Business

  • London Welsh to Use Kassam Stadium

    London Welsh RFC have announced that the Kassam Stadium, Oxford, will be the Venue for the ‘Home’ leg of their Championship Final against Cornish Pirates on May 30. Pirates will host the first leg – Venue to be confirmed - on May 23. Both games will be televised on Sky Sports and both will kick-off at 7.45pm. London Welsh are using the Kassam Stadium because it is one of the grounds where the club could potentially play next season if they are promoted to the Aviva Premiership. It is the h...

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  • Stadium Business Awards Honours Toms

    Former Millennium Stadium general manager Gerry Toms has been given a lifetime achievement award at TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2013 in Manchester as rugby featured heavily in the prize-giving ceremony. Toms, who was also nominated for the unsung hero award, was given his award by former Ireland and Lions hooker Keith Wood in recognition of the seven years he spent managing the stadium operations at the Venue in Cardiff. The ex-police officer oversaw more than 200 major events at the Millennium St...

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  • Olympic Stadium joins 2015 RWC Shortlist

    London’s Olympic Stadium may be used to host matches during the 2015 Rugby World Cup. The company who manage the Venue, the Olympic Park Legacy Company (OPLC), has submitted an application for it to be used during the tournament. After the Games, the stadium is to be downsized from its current capacity of 80,000 to 60,000 and will act as a multi-use arena. It is still unknown who will be primary tenant for the ground, the decision is due to be announced by the OPLC after the event has finished...

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  • Wasps-Ricoh Connect With Ericsson

    A major deal between Wasps, the Ricoh Arena and global technology giant Ericsson will see the Venue’s concert hall and exhibition space renamed the Ericsson Exhibition Hall and the stadium complex become one of the best connected Venues in the UK. The seven-figure, ten-year deal has been sealed with the aim of transforming the Venue’s digital capabilities for visitors. It will see Ericsson boost wi-fi coverage throughout the Ricoh Arena, as well as the stadium’s operations. The exhibition...

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  • Barnet Copthall becomes Allianz Park

    The BBC have reported that Saracens have agreed an £8m deal which will see their new ground at Barnet being named Allianz Park. According to the bbc.co.uk, the six-year agreement with the German financial services company will defray part of the £20m cost of redeveloping the former Copthall Stadium. The ground is currently being transformed into a 10,000 capacity Venue with a synthetic pitch. And the club plan to play their first Premiership fixture there against Exeter Chiefs on 16 February....

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  • Headingley To Host 2014 Championships Finals

    The Rugby Football League (RFL) has revealed that the 2014 Kingstone Press Championships Finals Day will be staged at Headingley Carnegie Stadium in Leeds on Sunday 5 October. Three title-deciding matches will take place on the day: the Kingstone Press Championship Grand Final, the Kingstone Press Championship One Grand Final, the winners of which will be promoted to the Championship, and the National Conference Challenge Trophy Final. It will be the second time the Championships Finals Day has...

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  • Wolves Strike Long-term Catering And Pouring Rights Deals

    Warrington have signed a new six-year deal with Lindley Venue Catering for catering and event management at the Halliwell Jones Stadium and have also extended the pouring rights contract with Carlsberg as part of the agreement. The deal with the Sports stadia catering division of The Lindley Group, which is set to run until the end of 2019, is said to be worth as much as £7.8 million and new kiosks are being installed during the summer in preparation for the Rugby League World Cup in October. B...

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  • Old Trafford To Host Grand Final Until 2017

    Super League has agreed a new deal with Manchester United to secure Old Trafford as the Venue for the Grand Final for a further four seasons until 2017. Nigel Wood, Super League chief executive, said: "The Super League Grand Final is a world class sporting event and I am delighted that we have reached agreement with Manchester United for it to remain in a world class Venue. The first Super League Grand Final was played at Old Trafford in 1998 but the stadium has provided the backdrop for so...

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  • Twickenham Wins Stadium Of The Year Award

    Twickenham received two Stadium Business Awards, including the prestigious Venue of the Year, at a ceremony on the pitch at Real Madrid’s Santiago Bernabéu Stadium this week. Thrilled to collect the award, stadium director Richard Knight said: "This has truly been an exceptional period for the stadium having hosted 10 games in the ‘best Rugby World Cup ever’ and become an industry leader in fan experience and product innovation. “Twickenham’s strength is the quality of our people and...

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  • 2013 World Cup to be Played in Four Countries

    The 2013 Rugby League World Cup will be staged in four countries with matches being played in England, Wales, Ireland and France. A total of 18 different stadiums will host matches, while six other locations will be bases for teams during the tournament. Details of the Venues for the opening ceremony, the semi-finals and the final will be confirmed early in the New Year.There is a mix of familiar rugby league theatres, such as KC Stadium and Headingley Carnegie, rugby union grounds Thomond Park...

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