About the Awards

TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognises leadership, innovation & achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.

Inaugurated in 2010, the Awards are the first (and only) awards for the industry, by the industry and are presented each year during TheStadiumBusiness Summit.

Ths Awards were launched in order to:

The 2018 Awards ceremony will take place at Emirates Old Trafford, on 12 June in Manchester, UK.

TheStadiumBusiness is delighted to announce the categories and open public nominations for TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2018. Please follow the tabs below.

Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

2018 Awards categories

Open Categories


VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD
For the world’s best stadium, arena or sports venue.

From the small local club venue to the mega-capacity national sports stadium; tell us which venue deserves recognition for their outstanding performance over the past 12 months, and why. Entries should refer to specific successes and achievements of the venue in the past year


EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
For the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has over-delivered in the past 12 months.


EVENT OF THE YEAR
For the best sports or non-sports event, guest event, concert or one-off spectacle held at a major sports venue in the last 12 months. We are looking for something out of the ordinary, something special, something that sets a future trend.

The award recognises the event’s host venue, and thus entries should reference why the venue’s management/operational team deserves sepcial recognition for their delivery.


UNSUNG HERO AWARD
For an individual (or team) that delivers consistently outstanding service to a particular stadium, arena or major sports venue… without recognition! Awarded to the quiet achiever(s), the ever-reliable ‘behind-the-scenes’ fixer(s) and the person(s) that ‘just gets on with the job’.


FAN EXPERIENCE AWARD
For the stadium, arena or major sports venue that has delivered consistently outstanding levels of service and fan experience at every stage of the customer journey.


PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARD
Awarded for a product or service that has uniquely transformed and improved the way stadiums, arenas and sports venues do business.

Entries should state the organisation/vendor responsible for the product/service, and how the product/service has improved operations at a specific stadium/venue.


SUSTAINABILITY & COMMUNITY AWARD
To recognise achievement, success or leadership in the pursuit of sustainable and community-driven venue and event management.


SPONSORSHIP, SALES & MARKETING AWARD
Recognising the sponsorship, sales or marketing initiative which has delivered new audiences, new revenues and new partnerships


VENUE TECHNOLOGY AWARD
For the stadium, arena or major sports venue that has delivered innovative and integrated technology to transform and improve the way it operates.

 

2018 closed categories


OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises an individual that has shown exceptional commitment, service and leadership to the stadium industry over a sustained period of time.


 

Contact the Awards team

See Awards Terms & Conditions

 

2018 nominations

Nominations for 2018 are now closed.

Thank you to all who nominated. We will announce the shortlists in February 2018.


FAQ’s

Which categories can I nominate in?

We invite nomination submissions in all open categories. You may nominate in as many categories as you wish, and you may submit the same nomintaion across different categories.

During the shortlist process, The Awards committee may decide that your nomination is more fitting to a different category and you may be placed in that category.

When do nominations close?

Nominations for TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2018 will close at midnight on Friday 2nd Febraury. The submissions considered will need to have taken place between Jan 2017 – Jan 2018.

Is there a fee to nominate?

It’s free to nominate, and only takes a few minutes via our simple online nomination form.

Can I nominate myself?

Yes, we encourage it! The best people to tell us about their award-worthy work are the people who delivered it themselves. Don’t be shy, put yourself forward.

What information do I need to nominate?

You’ll need the following information:

Project / Venue
Owner / Project lead
One line description of your entry
1,000 word (max) supporting statement

Supporting Evidence

Supporting evidence is strongly encouraged as this can greatly assist our Judging Panel and Awards team during their considerations. These may include

  • • Details of all organisations to be credited
  • • Testimonials from senior management
  • • 2-5 High Res images
  • • Videos (if applicable)
  • • Stats, figures, graphs
  • • Press and media links

Our Awards team will consider all submissions and carry out all the necessary research to qualify before creating our shortlist.

 

Contact the Awards team

See Awards Terms & Conditions

 

FAQs

 

AWARDS TIMELINE

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FAQ’s

Which categories can I nominate in?

We invite nomination submissions in all open categories. You may nominate in as many categories as you wish, and you may submit the same nomintaion across different categories.

During the shortlist process, The Awards committee may decide that your nomination is more fitting to a different category and you may be placed in that category.

When do nominations close?

Nominations for TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2018 will close at midnight on Friday 2nd February. The submissions considered will need to have taken place between Jan 2017 – Jan 2018.

Is there a fee to nominate?

It’s free to nominate, and only takes a few minutes via our simple online nomination form.

What information do I need to nominate?

You’ll need the following information:

  • Project / Venue
  • Owner / Project lead
  • One line description of your entry
  • 1,000 word (max) supporting statement

Supporting Evidence

Supporting evidence is strongly encouraged as this can greatly assist our Judging Panel and Awards team during their considerations. These may include

  • Details of all organisations to be credited
  • Testimonials from senior management
  • 2-5 High Res images
  • Videos (if applicable)
  • Stats, figures, graphs
  • Press and media links

Our Awards team will consider all submissions and carry out all the necessary research to qualify before creating our shortlist.

How are the winners decided?

There are two ways that winners will be decided for TheStadiumBusiness Awards.

Some of our categories will be open for public voting where the industry can decide and vote for their chosen winner.

The rest of our categories will be put forward to our international Judging Panel (TBA) who will reach a decision after looking at all the evidence provided.

How do I vote?

We will open an online voting system once the shortlists have been announced. There will be a sharable link that you can pass on to everyone else you know too.

You can, of course, vote for yourself but you’ll only be able to vote once, so if you’re in the running, you’ll need to promote your entry to your own audience to gain support.

Will you let me know if I’ve won before the night?

Despite many requests, we will never reveal winners before the night. You’ll just have to be there to find out.

Who were the winners last year?

You can download the full 2017 Winners Brochure here.

Who is on the Judging Panel?

We haven’t announced our 2018 Judging Panel yet, but this will comprise of some of the stadium industry’s most respected executives from around the world.


Contact the Awards team

See Awards Terms & Conditions

What are people saying?

I had a great time and more importantly I learned a great deal. The networking alone was worth the trip but when you add the ability to come back and improve your business…well then you have a real winner

Ron Velazquez Vice President, Ticket Operations, Cleveland Cavaliers

Probably the best place to be on the planet to discuss this exciting industry that we all work in

Paul Sergeant Director, PMY Group

Your conferences are well run, well thought out, and well executed. I’ve been to many, and really appreciate the way you handle yourself. Well done.

Bart Wiley Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Sounders

it is an honour and an amazing opportunity for us being part of such an excellent group of professionals from the industry!

András Katona Head of Marketing, Liberty Stadium

We thoroughly enjoyed ourselves, which isn’t a phrase normally associated with doing events, but it was really good and we have a lot of excellent contacts to follow up on.

Carolyn Baillie Head of Marketing, Exterity