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2019 In Review – March

US live sports and entertainment group Madison Square Garden Company (MSG) submitted a planning application for its proposed new venue in London, with an array of eye-catching technology features part of the proposal.

The plans for MSG Sphere were lodged with the London Legacy Development Corporation (LLDC), as MSG seeks to develop its first major venue outside of the United States. Located in the heart of Stratford, East London, MSG Sphere’s main venue would have a scalable capacity of up to 17,500 seated, or 21,500 when there is a mix of seated and standing.

The Belgian Football Association (URBSFA/KBVB) joined forces with sports events agency Golazo to present a plan for the redevelopment of King Baudouin Stadium that aims to honour the golden generation of footballers and athletes in the country.

The URBSFA/KBVB and Golazo, organiser of the Diamond League meet, teamed up to present the ‘Golden Generation Arena’ project, stating that King Baudouin Stadium is not suitable for today’s needs.

The new-look stadium is set to be extensively redeveloped, reducing its capacity from 47,000 to 40,000 so that it can continue to host the Belgian national team, the Memorial Van Damme, other major football and athletics events, and concerts.

US-based sports and entertainment company Oak View Group launched its first international office in London as it looked to establish the group’s arena and stadium presence in the UK, Europe, Asia and the Middle East.

Jessica Koravos was appointed to serve as co-chair of OVG International alongside OVG chief executive Tim Leiweke. Sam Piccione III was also named as president, with Mark Donnelly serving as chief operating officer.

The demolition of Sydney’s Allianz Stadium was given the go-ahead after an application to extend a court order preventing the work was dismissed.

The New South Wales Land and Environment Court had earlier ruled that the government did not breach its own planning rules for the project. The court then rejected an extension application for a temporary injunction.

Plans for a $50m, 3,500-seat esports arena in Philadelphia were announced by global architecture firm Populous, in association with real estate developer The Cordish Companies and sports and entertainment specialist Comcast Spectacor.

The arena will serve as the home of the Philadelphia Fusion esports team and according to Populous it will become the largest ground-up, purpose-built esports venue in the western hemisphere.