Brentford Community Stadium included among EURO 2021 venues

The FA has today confirmed Brentford Community Stadium among the final venues for the next edition of the UEFA European Women’s Championship, which will be played across eight English host cities in the summer of 2021.

The following eight cities and nine host stadiums, which were confirmed today as plans for the tournament – to be played in July and August 2021 – have been selected to host group and knockout games across England:

Brighton & Hove – Brighton & Hove Community Stadium

London – Brentford Community Stadium

London – Wembley Stadium

Manchester – Manchester City Academy Stadium

Milton Keynes – Stadium MK

Rotherham – New York Stadium

Sheffield – Bramall Lane

Southampton – St Mary’s Stadium

Wigan & Leigh – Leigh Sports Village

Liverpool FC reaffirms Anfield Road commitment

Liverpool Football Club has reaffirmed its intention to redevelop the Anfield Road stand this week, with ambitious new plans now under active consideration.

As part of this process, the six-time European champions have committed to engaging with the local community and other key stakeholders, while pursuing a vision in keeping with the club’s aspirations.

As a direct result of this development, existing outline planning permission will be allowed to lapse in order to allow work to continue on alternative options with a view to submitting a new planning application for a larger scheme in due course.

Liverpool ‘set to land most lucrative Premier League kit deal in history with Nike that eclipses Manchester United’s £75m-a-season package with adidas’

Jurgen Klopp’s side are into the fifth and final season of their current contract with New Balance. That deal is worth £45m per year but Klopp’s men could well be turning out in Nike kits from the 2020/21 season.

The Reds’ recent successes in Europe, challenging for the Premier League title and their wide, global fan base makes them an exciting proposition for potential suitors. Liverpool have reportedly also held talks with Puma and adidas in recent months, but Nike are the front-runners to land the Anfield club.

A clause in New Balance’s contract means they have the right to match any potential new offer and extend their deal. But any a new deal is expected to be the most lucrative in Premier League history.

Ascot Racecourse launches Android F&B and betting terminal solution

Bambora, the newcomer who has challenged a whole industry by simplifying payments for small and medium-sized business, has helped Ascot Racecourse to launch a truly mobile Android food, beverage and betting terminal solution.

Built on the Bambora Connect platform – a new pan-European proposition which supports Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) – the solution enables payments anywhere and provides up-selling opportunities to cater to the needs of a discerning clientele.

Ascot Racecourse has been trialling mobile solutions as part of a technology review within the business and for the first time this year, they introduced Bambora Connect during Royal Ascot. The F&B solution combines Kappture’s POS with payment software from Bambora Connect in one small, all-in-one Android device, giving customers at Ascot the ability to pay with card in a fully mobile environment. One added feature is high value contactless transactions to support the likes of Apple and Google Pay.

For ISVs like Kappture, Bambora Connect is the ideal all-in-one payment platform, since payments can be integrated into their existing POS software in as little as 20 minutes, creating an all-in-one Android payment solution which is certified for use with Bambora acquiring. With Bambora Connect, Ascot Racecourse also benefited from an extremely smooth merchant on-boarding experience, in under 24 hours, with transparent and competitive pricing plans.

Watford FC transform Matchday Experience with new Superwide LED Screens from ADI TV

Watford Football Club has transformed their Vicarage Road stadium in readiness for the 2019/20 Premier League Season, following the installation of two new giant superwide LED screens.

The 80sqm screens, positioned at either end of the stadium, tower above the pitch to provide fans with a crystal clear view of the action. As well as helping fans to get a better perspective of the match, the 10mm high resolution displays will screen replays, match stats, pre-match build up and, crucially for the 2019/20 season, VAR decisions.

Its superwide format means the screens can simultaneously deliver live video, score information, sponsor branding and match stats, creating a multifunctional display that enhances the match experience for fans and creates a powerful platform for brands.

Watford FC partnered with leading British stadium technology specialists, ADI, to install the new displays at their Vicarage Road home ground.

In addition to manufacturing the high resolution LED screens, ADI undertook the entire project delivery, which involved lifting the screens over the stadium roof and into location using specialist equipment.