Build a Venue … and Throw in an Ecosystem, Too

The government of Qatar and its developers are building an 86,000-seat soccer stadium to host the final game of the 2022 FIFA World Cup, according to a CNN Tech article. And that’s not all. They’re building an entire city, called Lusail, on a 28-square-mile strip along the Persian Gulf. If the World Cup actually lands in Qatar, despite activists pressuring FIFA to find another location, it’ll be the first Arab country to host the World Cup. If not, well, Qatar …

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What Broadway Can Learn From the World Cup

On his blog, The Producer’s Perspective, Ken Davenport shares three things Broadway can learn from the World Cup. • Related: • What the NFL Can Learn From Broadway, or I’m an Indian Too • Broadway Should Encourage Risk Tolerance of Innovative Shows • The Single Best Guarantee of Ongoing Sales Success

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In Case You Missed It

Each week we gather up a few stories worth a read (or second read). And now, in case you missed them … • Are you caught up in World Cup madness? We published one article about the World Cup setting new internet-video streaming records, but the following article also caught our eye. When Japan lost its first World Cup match with the Ivory Coast by 2-1, they actually cleaned up the stadium! • July 31 marks Avenue Q‘s 11th anniversary, …

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Gol! World Cup Scores New Records for Web and TV

It seems more people than ever are watching the World Cup. On Tuesday, Variety reported, World Cup Sets New Internet-Video Streaming Records for ESPN, Univision and Akamai. “For ESPN, the USA-Ghana match was the biggest-ever event for WatchESPN: 1.4 million people watched the American team defeat Ghana on the digital-video service for a total of 62.4 million viewer minutes. … On TV, ESPN’s coverage of USA-Ghana was the best ever for a World Cup game on the cabler, averaging 11.09 …

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