2023 in review – June

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FIFA announced that the United States will host the first edition of its new and expanded 32-team Club World Cup, which is due to take place in 2025.

World football’s governing body said the host selection process took into consideration the infrastructure and service requirements, as well as broader strategic objectives for the tournament.

A busy year for NFL stadium development continued as the Jacksonville Jaguars unveiled conceptual designs for its ‘Stadium of the Future’ project, which will see TIAA Bank Field undergo major renovation work.

In other project news, the Hungarian capital of Budapest officially opened its new National Athletics Centre as it prepared to host the World Athletics Championships in August, while the opening date for Co-op Live, a new 23,500-capacity arena under construction in Manchester, was pushed back to April 2024.

In business dealings, Oak View Group announced the acquisition of London-based high-end hospitality provider Rhubarb Hospitality Collection, while it was a busy month in the stadium naming rights market.

Turkish Süper Lig football club Galatasaray announced the Rams Global conglomerate as the new naming-rights sponsor of its home stadium, while German Bundesliga outfit VfB Stuttgart agreed a wide-ranging sponsorship deal with Porsche Group involving its Mercedes-Benz Arena.

Club Athletico Paranaense also announced that Arena da Baixada would become the most connected, innovative and intelligent multi-purpose stadium in Brazil after the Campeonato Brasileiro Série A team agreed a naming rights partnership with telecommunications company Ligga.