About the Awards

TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise 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.

The Awards were launched in order to:

The 2019 Awards ceremony will take place at Emirates Old Trafford, on 4 June in Manchester, UK.

Nominations are now closed for TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2019!


• 14 January 2019 – Nominations Open
11 March 2019 – Nominations Close
27 March 2019 – Shortlists Announced
4 June 2019 – Winners Announced

2019 Judging Panel


Take a look at the 2019 Judging Panel here





2019 open categories

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

For the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has over-delivered in the past 12 months.

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.

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’.

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.

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.

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

Recognising the sponsorship, sales or marketing initiative which has delivered new audiences, new revenues and new partnerships

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

2019 closed categories

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.


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 nomination 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 2019 closed at midnight on 11 March.  The submissions considered will need to have taken place between Jan 2018 – Jan 2019.

Is there a fee to nominate?

It’s free to nominate, and only takes a few minutes via our simple online. Nominations are now closed.

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?

The nominees for each category will be put forward to our international Judging Panel who will reach a decision after looking at all the evidence provided.

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 2018 Winners Brochure here.

Who is on the Judging Panel?

Check out the 2019 judges here.

Contact the Awards team

See Awards Terms & Conditions

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