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 our industry, by our industry. The Awards were launched in order to:

The 2021 Finalists have been announced.

TIMELINE*

14 July 2021 – Judges & Categories Announced
22 July 2021 – Nominations Open
10 September 2021 – Nominations Close (midnight GMT)
27 October 2021 – Shortlists Announced
30 November 2021- Winners Party (announced live at #SBS21)

Our thanks to the experts of the Judging Panel for 2021 (clockwise from top left):

  • Jacque Holowaty, VP Employee & Guest Experience, Climate Pledge Arena

  • Nick Sautner, Chief Executive Officer, The Eden Park Trust

  • Dionna Widder, Chief Revenue Officer, Houston Dynamo

  • Darren Burden, Executive Director, Kai Tak Sports Park

  • Mel Raines, EVP of Corporate Comms, Community Engagement & Facility Operations, Pacers Sports & Entertainment

  • Paul Fisher, Consultant (Former Chief Executive, Jockey Club Racecourses)

  • Ian Nuttall, CEO & Co-Founder, TheStadiumBusiness

  • Christian Lau, CTO, Los Angeles FC / Banc of California Stadium

  • Andy O’Sullivan, Venue Director, Tottenham Hotspur FC

We value and appreciate your expertise, insights and opinions as we review the entries from the most unexpected and challenging of years.

 

CATEGORIES

Nominations are invited across the following Categories:

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD


For the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has over-delivered in the past 18 months.

UNSUNG HERO AWARD


For an individual (or team) who has made an exceptional contribution to the response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis within 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’.

SPONSORSHIP, SALES & MARKETING AWARD

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

SUSTAINABILITY
 & COMMUNITY

Recognising a venue-based project which has put People or Planet first.

INTERIOR & FIT-OUT


Recognising the interior, hospitality, fan zone, concourse or makeover project that sets a new industry standard for interior design and fit-out in major sports venues.

FAN EXPERIENCE AWARD (sponsored by AVIXA)



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 over the last 18 months.
Recognising the best use of integrated audio, video, display, digital sensor and/or control technology within or around a venue to engage fans and enhance their experience of an event or attraction.

VENUE TECHNOLOGY


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

INNOVATION AWARD


Awarded for a product, service or organisation that has uniquely transformed and improved the way stadiums, arenas and sports venues do business/that has demonstrated genuine, industry-changing innovation.
Consideration is given to step change improvements in the following areas: Sustainability; Materials Utilisation; Ease of Application; Speed of Construction; or Cost Savings.
Entries should state the organisation/vendor responsible for the product/service, and how the product/service has improved operations at a specific stadium/venue.

PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD



For a completed new-build – or expansion, modernisation or major capital enhancement project of an existing venue – that has delivered on all its goals and more.

VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD



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or 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 18 months, and why. Entries should refer to specific successes and achievements of the venue in the past year.

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD (CLOSED NOMINATION)

The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises an individual that has shown exceptional commitment, service and leadership to the stadium sector industry over a sustained period of time. (And no, they don’t have to be retiring any time soon!)

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