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:

Charity Partner: Once again, TheStadiumBusiness Awards will be fundraising for EMERGENCY – providing free, high-quality healthcare to victims of war, poverty and landmines, alongside building hospitals and training local medical staff.

Congrats to all our 2022 Winners – unveiled at #SBS22. News item here.

Stay tuned for 2023 nominations going live.

TIMELINE*

Feb 2023 – Judges & Categories Announced
March 2023 – Nominations Open
April 2023 – Nominations Close
May 2023 – Shortlists Announced
28 June 2023 – Winners Party (announced live at #SBS23)

Our 2023 Judging Panel will be unveiled in January 2023. The full 2022 Judging Panel can be viewed in this Latest news post.

CATEGORIES

Nominations are invited across the following Categories:

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 18 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.

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.
2019 closed categories

VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD


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 judging period.

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD


For the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has consistently over-delivered.

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!) The recipient of this award is decided by TheStadiumBusiness.com editorial team.

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