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22 Oct 2019
HOK Sport's Nuno Guerreiro: UK’s Summer of Sport 'best since 2012'

This year's "summer of sport" has shown how the UK's sports infrastructure is capable of producing a plethora of events that attract fans from around the world, according to Nuno Guerreiro, principal architect at HOK Sport and Entertainment.

In an interview with Sports Management magazine, Guerreiro said that – with more than 2.6 million people attending seven major events – the UK sports sector can take "a lot of pride in what it has achieved".

"There's no doubt that 2019 has been a memorable summer for sport in the UK," Guerreiro said.

"Arguably, since 2012, never has the UK been such a focal point for summertime sports with the country hosting two World Cups (netball and cricket), the Major League Baseball London fixtures and the Ashes – alongside the all-time British classics of The Open, the tennis at Wimbledon, the Royal Ascot and the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix.

"Fundamental to the success of this year has been the locations.

"While M&S Bank Arena (the venue for the Netball World Cup), Royal Portrush (The Open) and the London Stadium (MLB Series) aren’t exactly new, they have yet to acquire the international renown enjoyed by the iconic venues of Wimbledon, Lords, Ascot and Silverstone. But maybe they should, as they all delivered unequivocally."

Guerreiro also pointed out that meeting the challenges in using "older" venues has been crucial in the success of the events.

"The expectations inherent amongst stakeholders using a venue are not to be underestimated," Guerreiro added.

"The organisers, sponsors, the media, athletes and fans have widely varying and exacting needs. These can vary from state-of-the-art media centres and broadcast facilities, a selection of corporate hospitality options, a range of fan food and beverage concessions, fan entertainment areas (to meet the ever-growing demands of social media) and impressive player facilities – spanning discrete warm-up areas, treatment rooms, changing facilities and lounges.

"With established grounds, there is often the need to retrofit technology – hence the historic issues with services such as WiFi - but even modern venues face unexpected challenges, as anyone who has hosted VVIP guests or completely new sports can attest."

The UK's Summer of Sport 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup
Venues used: Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Riverside Durham, Edgbaston, Hampshire Bowl, Headingley, Lord's, Old Trafford, County Ground Taunton, The Oval, Trent Bridge
Total audience: 800,000

MLB London Series
Venue: The London Stadium
Total audience: 118,718

Netball World Cup
Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Total audience: 125,000

Royal Ascot
Venue: Ascot Racecourse
Total audience: 292,719

The Ashes
Venues used: Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford, The Oval
Total audience: 483,800

The Open
Venue: Royal Portrush
Total audience: 237,750

Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Total audience: 500,397

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17 Nov 2019
IAAPA 2019: 40,0000 gather in Orlando for record-breaking attractions expo
More than 40,000 people from over 100 countries are descending on Orlando, Florida, ahead of the largest visitor attractions show of the year – the IAAPA Expo.
14 Nov 2019
Green Spa Network announces 2020 Summit
Trade association, Green Spa Network (GSN), has announced its upcoming Self-care and Personal Sustainability Summit, which will take place from 1-3 December 2020, at Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Massachusetts, US.
12 Nov 2019
Munich to host 2022 European Championships
German city Munich will host the 2022 European Championships following unanimous approval of its bid by the participating European sports federations.
07 Nov 2019
OMA's Kube pins a mixed-use public space outside K11 Musea
A mixed-use public space comprising a golden cube-shaped kiosk and a giant floating balloon, designed by David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas of OMA, has been unveiled outside Hong Kong's recently opened K11 Musea.
31 Oct 2019
SODA's hi-tech rotating theatre recalls the past in its aesthetic
The Studio of Design and Architecture (SODA) has created a new theatre with a revolving auditorium, a quickly adaptable configuration for a diverse range of events and a striking glass, brickwork and Art Deco aesthetic.
31 Oct 2019
Project to build major indoor arena next to Manchester City stadium takes a step closer
City Football Group (CFG), the owner of English Premier League champions Manchester City, has moved closer to building a major indoor entertainment venue adjacent to its existing Etihad Stadium in east Manchester.
31 Oct 2019
Ukactive National Summit kicks off: party leaders challenged to commit to improving nation’s health
The physical activity sector has called for the UK's party leaders to commit to improving the nation's health in their election manifestos.
30 Oct 2019
HKS Architects wrap adaptable arena in Art Deco and Moderne exterior
The newly opened Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas, has been designed by HKS Architects to not only be very adaptable depending on what events it is hosting but to pay homage to a neighbouring entertainment, sports and livestock complex.
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