2016 is set to be a huge year for the sporting world, alongside the annual events there is also the football European Championships as well as the Olympic games occurring on their quadrennial cycle.
So I thought I would look into 5 sporting events I myself am looking forward to and research the venues that they will occur in:
Super Bowl: 7 February 2016
The 50th edition of the Super Bowl will be held at the home of the San Francisco 49ers at the Levis Stadium. This is one of the newest stadiums in the NFL which only opened in 2014 and has a capacity of 68,500, expanding to 75,000.
FA Cup Final: 21 May 2016
One of the worlds oldest competitions and a highlight for any football fan. The FA cup began in 1871 and has historically been held at Wembley (with the help of the Millennium Stadium while the new Wembley was being built). The new Wembley seats 90,000 and is recognisable around the world for it’s 133 metre arch and retractable roof.
UEFA European Championships 2016: 10 June – 10 July 2016
Euro 2016 will be held in France this year and French football has made a number of developments to their stadia to accommodate this. The tournaments newest and most expensive stadium is Stade de Lyon which only opened this year. Olympique Lyonnais have become the first French football club to privately own a major stadium looking to follow Arsenal’s success from the Emirates.
Wimbledon: 27 June – 10 July 2016
Regarded as the pinnacle of all the tennis grand slams, Wimbledon is always a highlight in the sporting calendar. There are no major changes to the facilities this year although in 2019 a retractable roof will be complete on court 1 hoping to emulate the success of 09’s changes to centre court which has not only allowed playing time to increase but also better the visitor experience.
2016 Summer Olympics & Paralympics: 5- 21 August & 7-18 September
Olympic games are normally most recognisable for the lead stadium which will hold the athletic events, a highlight during any games. We had the Birds Nest in Beijing and of course the Olympic stadium in 2012 where the greatest Olympics of all time was held (OK I am slightly bias as it was held in my home city!). In Rio the Olympic stadium will be held in Maracanã, the stadium was constructed in 2007 for the Pan American games and has a temporary increase to 60,000 for this summers event.
I think you will all agree we have a great sporting year ahead of us and XP’s portfolio will of course be showcasing all the latest industry developments.