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2021 in review – December

Populous was awarded the contract to design a new stadium for Italian Serie A football clubs AC Milan and Inter Milan.

Populous’ project, dubbed ‘The Cathedral’, aims to be a celebration of the artistic and cultural heritage of Milan. Its design was inspired by two of the city’s most famous buildings – the Duomo di Milano and the Galleria Vittorio Emanuele.

Members at FC Barcelona also voted overwhelmingly in favour of a funding proposal for the Spanish LaLiga club’s wide-ranging Espai Barça project.

A total of 42,693 members voted to ratify a decision made by delegate members in October to back the board of directors’ proposal to negotiate a financing operation of up to €1.5bn (£1.3bn/$1.7bn) for Espai Barça. Camp Nou’s capacity will rise to 105,000 as part of the project.

Also in LaLiga, a strategic venture with global investment fund CVC Capital Partners was formally ratified. The deal is set to provide finance with a heavy emphasis for clubs to improve their stadium infrastructure.

Elsewhere, innovative plans were announced for the opening ceremony of the Paris 2024 Olympic Games to be held along the River Seine.

Organisers have outlined plans for the parade of athletes to be held on the French capital city’s arterial waterway, with boats for each national delegation. It will mark the first-ever Olympic opening ceremony to be held outside of a stadium environment.

On the events front, Allegiant Stadium, home of the NFL’s Las Vegas Raiders, was awarded hosting rights to the 2024 edition of the Super Bowl. The Raiders said that the event will have an estimated total economic impact of more than $500m.

Meanwhile, the fifth and final Test of the ongoing Ashes series between Australia and England was moved from Perth’s Optus Stadium to Hobart’s Blundstone Arena due to COVID-19 restrictions in Western Australia. It will mark the first time that Tasmania has hosted an Ashes Test.