2023 in review – April

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The Tennessee Titans received final approval from city officials to move forward with plans to build their new $2.1bn (£1.65bn/€1.91bn) stadium in Nashville.

The NFL franchise’s 60,000-capacity enclosed stadium, set on the city’s East Bank, is set to open in 2027, replacing Nissan Stadium. Staying in North America, it was announced that the NHL’s Calgary Flames will receive a new arena to replace the ageing Saddledome under a deal between the team’s ownership and city and provincial governments. The scheme was officially signed off in October.

New York City Football Club (NYCFC) announced that it had selected HOK as the architect and Turner Construction Company as the general contractor to design and build New York City’s first-ever soccer-specific stadium.

Staying with project news, Eden Park unveiled plans for a retractable roof and new North Stand as part of a major redevelopment of New Zealand’s national stadium. Beijing’s Workers’ Stadium hosted its first football match since undergoing a major renovation, with a crowd of 50,000 attending the Chinese Super League game between Beijing Guoan and Meizhou Hakka.

One of the biggest sports business transactions of the year was announced as sports and entertainment group Endeavor entered into a definitive agreement with World Wrestling Entertainment to form a new publicly listed company consisting of the WWE and Ultimate Fighting Championship brands. The deal was completed in September.

Meanwhile, in event hosting news, Switzerland saw off a joint bid from Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, as well as separate proposals from France and Poland, to land UEFA Women’s Euro 2025. Qatar was awarded rights to the 2027 FIBA Basketball World Cup.