2021 in review – February

February was NFL Super Bowl month, and while attendance at Raymond James Stadium was limited due to COVID-19 restrictions, premium experiences company Legends reported record game-day sales across food, beverage and merchandise at the game.

The game saw the Tampa Bay Buccaneers create history by defeating the Kansas City Chiefs 31-9 to become the first team to win the Super Bowl at its home stadium. The final attendance for the game was 24,835, with the crowd including 7,500 vaccinated healthcare workers.

February also saw cloud-driven networking company Extreme Networks build on its long-running association with the NFL by agreeing a six-year deal to become the official Wi-Fi solutions provider of Major League Baseball.

Extreme will deliver in-stadium Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi analytics in 16 MLB ballparks to improve the fan and media experience, with installations scheduled through to 2026. Extreme will also power the network at MLB’s Jackie Robinson Training Complex in Vero Beach, Florida.

In other news, the new-look Motera Stadium was renamed Narendra Modi Stadium on the day it officially sealed its status as the world’s largest cricket venue.

The 110,000-capacity venue, which is located in Ahmedabad, staged the third and fourth Tests of India’s series against England. The stadium was designed by Populous in collaboration with India’s top construction contractor, Larsen & Toubro.

Elsewhere in India, the foundation stone was laid for an innovative new hockey stadium.

The 20,000-seat stadium (pictured) is being built for the 2023 Men’s Hockey World Cup in India and the venue is intended to become the world’s leading facility for field hockey.

Meanwhile, San Lorenzo revealed plans for the new stadium, which it hopes will return the Argentinian Primera División football club to its original home, the Boedo neighbourhood of Buenos Aires.

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