In 2016 we hosted 400+ world-class delegates from around the world. These are the people who own, operate and develop the world’s best stadium, arena and sports venue businesses.
TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. But who actually comes to the Summit?
- Owners, operators and investors in sports stadia;
- City Councils / Municipalities / Regional Agencies (mayors, economic development, sports / recreation / leisure, arts / culture & tourism departments);
- Sports Federations, Sports Clubs (professional and amateur), governing bodies, sports event bid committees, sports tourism officials etc;
- National and regional Sports bodies;
- Events / Sponsors / Rightsholders;
- Architects / engineers / constructors;
- Product & service suppliers to the sports venue sector.
Each year we assemble a world-class speaker line up of those who are disrupting the industry to share, debate, discuss and decide the future of our business.
Stadium Director Croke Park Stadium
Stadium Director, Croke Park Stadium
CEO Adelaide Oval
CEO, Adelaide Oval
Andrew Daniels is the Chief Executive Officer of the Adelaide Oval SMA Ltd – the organisation responsible for the management of the South Australia’s iconic Adelaide Oval.
The Adelaide Oval, a world-class, multi-purpose, 50-thousand seat stadium hosts Australian Rules Football, domestic and international cricket, rugby, football, major concerts and events, including arts, adrenalin, community, functions and more. Additionally Adelaide Oval is a significant contributor to South Australia’s tourism cache with the award winning RoofClimb adventure, an outstanding food and wine experience at the Hill of Grace Restaurant and behind the scenes tours of the stadium.
Aside from attracting over 1.6 million visitors each year, Adelaide Oval has generated unforeseen social benefits for South Australia and its people. Winner of no fewer than 37 major awards in the past three years, it has become a source of pride – South Australia’s beacon to the world.
Andrew has more than 25 years of experience in major projects and event management in Australia, including roles as the Chief Executive of the Motor Accident Board, Chief Executive of the South Australian Motor Sports Board, General Manager of Australian Major Events, Commercial Manager of the South Australian Tourism Commission and Deputy Chief Executive of the Australian Formula One Grand Prix Board.
COO Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canada
COO, Canadian Olympic Committee (COC), Canada
With more than 20 years of experience in the elite echelons of the sports industry, Christopher Overholt has established himself as a leading and trusted voice in the sporting and business worlds. Christopher joined the Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) in 2010 as Chief Executive Officer and since then has helped the organisation achieve unprecedented growth in all areas of its commercial operations. Reporting to the COC’s Board of Directors, Christopher is also tasked with oversight and accountability for the Olympic Movement in Canada, all COC National Sport Development programs, and its Olympic Games preparation and event operations. He leads all aspects of the COC’s commercial enterprise, including: finance, human resources, sales and marketing. He works closely with the COC’s 52 National Sports Federations to provide the tools they need to develop the next generation of Olympians.
With an extensive background in sports sales and marketing in the United States and Canada, Christopher’s business expertise is matched by his dedicated team leadership. Through his 25 years in business, he has led day-to-day business development strategy for a number of organisations, partnering with some of the world’s biggest companies to leverage their brands and properties. Prior to joining the COC, he served as VP and CMO for the Miami Dolphins, wherefrom 2006 to 2010, he reported to the CEO and served as senior business executive responsible for sales and partnership sales. Before moving to Miami, he acted as the Executive Vice-President of Business Operations and CMO with the Florida Panthers. Christopher’s career in the sports industry began with Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment in 1996, where he spent seven years delivering industry-leading results for the Toronto Maple Leafs and the Toronto Raptors.
Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK
Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK
An established sports industry CEO for over ten years now, Daniel Gidney launched the first ever cricket bond as part of an innovative £12m fundraising to develop and operate a new 150 bedroom Hilton hotel, which will open summer 2017. Daniel’s time at LCCC has generated record profits and the securing of the largest ever naming rights in First Class Cricket, with Emirates.
He also secured ECB International matches, including an Ashes Test and a World Cup semi-final in 2019. Daniel was also the 2011 Midlands Business Person of the Year, and the 2014 Trafford Business Person of the Year.
Director of Facilities Crusaders FC, United Kingdom
Director of Facilities, Crusaders FC, United Kingdom
Crusaders have taken a ten year journey from relegation and deep indebtedness to financial and sporting health as a supporter run and community orientated club. Mark is a leading trade unionist with the Association of Teachers & Lecturers, previously chaired the NI Association of Citizens Advice Bureaux, served as an elected local councillor and was National Executive of the (Irish) Labour Party. He is married with two children and is a Trustee of Monkstown Boxing Club.
Head of Events Vfl Wolfsburg, Germany
Head of Events, Vfl Wolfsburg, Germany
Christian spent six years in the position of Deputy Marketing Manager at German Bundesliga Club, 1. FSV Mainz 05, Mainz 05. Since May 2008, he moved on to become Head of Events at Vfl Wolfsburg, responsible for all business events, club events (including season opening celebrations and champions celebration), as well as all matchday entertainment and events for the club. We are delighted to welcome Christian to the #SBS17 speaker lineup in Dublin.
Vice President – International FELD Motor Sports, Sweden
Vice President – International, FELD Motor Sports, Sweden
Magnus Danielsson serves as Vice President – International for Feld Motor Sports, a division of Feld Entertainment a worldwide leader in producing live family entertainment. Productions include Monster Jam®, Monster Energy Supercross, Nuclear Cowboyz®, Disney On Ice, and Marvel Universe LIVE! His responsibilities include the development of international tours and events, routing, media relations, and creating new business opportunities. Danielsson’s efforts resulted in the first tours of Monster Jam in the Middle East and Australia, and the expansion of the European tour dates. Before joining Feld, he served as President of Touring Exhibitions, developing and touring ABBAWORLD around the globe. Previously, he acted as Marketing Director for Live Nation Scandinavia.
CEO Activity Stream, Iceland
CEO, Activity Stream, Iceland
Einar is the CEO / Co-Founder of Activity Stream. He is passionate about organisational innovation including people, technology, operations and data. Prior to Activity Stream, Einar successfully created ticketing companies in four countries, including as one of the founders of Venuepoint, a leader in Scandinavian ticketing.
Einar holds a degree in industrial engineering and is now combining his passion for engineering excellence with his knowledge of sports and entertainment ticketing. Unveiled last year, Activity Stream is bringing world-class data visualisation, insight and analytical tools to ticketing and revenue management. For 2017, he’ll be showcasing some of their recent successes in “bringing light and vision to the dark recesses of ticketing data.”
Who will be there
PACIFA decision is a 6-year old European company which creates and develops innovative solutions to help venue Managers in their daily work.
We work in staff optimisation and crowd control and are linked to ticketing, access control and cctv. Our groundbreaking 3D technologies allow reduced operational costs while improving ticketing and hospitality revenues.
We are 20 team-mates fully dedicated to permanently upgrading our existing tools and inventing new ones to always be on the cutting-edge of innovations. Our various origins and partnerships allow us to manage up to 9 languages (French, English, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, German, Slovakian, Polish and Russian) because our willingness is to be in direct contact with your own managing teams; in order to work closely together in a friendly and collaborative way, instead of being a basic supplier.
Our existing references are our best ambassadors to testify our product works and it is worth the investment!
You can find more information on our website www.pacifa-decision.com or follow us on Twitter @PACIFAdecision.- View Website
Exterity is a market-leading provider of IP video technology that helps organisations to harness the power of video to communicate, educate and entertain. Our end-to-end solutions enable you to capture TV and video content directly from any source and manage its delivery, live or on demand, to any device via your existing network. From stadiums & venues, corporate & finance and education, to hospitality and healthcare, Exterity has global expertise in delivering complex, proAV solutions.- View Website
Exterity IP video solutions are used in a growing number of major football stadiums across Europe, including five of the ten official Euro 2016 stadiums. Arsenal, Celtic and Fulham in the UK, and PSV Eindhoven in the Netherlands also feature Exterity solutions throughout the venues’ VIP suites and concession areas.
Exterity solutions enable venues and teams to deliver a dynamic mix of live footage and action replay, and use digital signage for announcements, advertising and scores on any number of screens around the venue. Exterity middleware also enables a personalised TV and video experience for guests in hospitality suites.
Whatever your requirements, Exterity solutions can help you to exceed the entertainment expectations of fans and visitors and create lasting memories of a great day out.
3D Digital Venue
Mobile Media Content (MMC) has developed 3D Digital Venue, a first-of-its-kind visual tool that uses video-games technology to model entertainment venues in 3D for different purposes such as Ticketing Premium Experience, Sponsorship Activation, Hospitality Space Design and Crowd Behavior Analytics among others. 3D Digital Venue does not need a software installation as the service is delivered directly from the cloud. It is available for all kind of technological platforms and devices. 3D Digital Venue brings great value to organisations because it becomes the main tool for venue and marketing managers both as a flexible tool to visualise structural investments and also as a new interactive communication channel for fans and brands.- View Website
Activity Stream is a next-generation intelligence and productivity tool improving daily operations and customer experience by combining Business Activity Monitoring and Operational Intelligence with Enterprise Activity Streams and Data Visualisation, in a unique 4-in-1 solution, helping businesses become truly data-driven.- View Website
Wire and Sky
Wire and Sky Ltd provides Urban Aerial Adventures for venues seeking innovative ways of increasing profitability. They currently operate the ‘Up at The O2’ attraction, a high-wire aerial walkway over the roof of The O2 Arena, on behalf of AEG Europe.
Wire & Sky also deliver abseils from the ArcelorMittal Orbit at the Olympic Park in London and have a multitude of high profile clients including Wembley Stadium and the Forth Rail Bridge (Network Rail). The firm offers a range of services from design, consultancy and project management to the full operational management of Aerial Adventure Tours. These can comprise of a simple aerial walkway or more adrenalin-based activities, such as a simulated parachute jump, abseil or zip wire.
Wire & Sky provide venues with the opportunity of creating significant additional revenue streams by utilising unused roof space, whilst increasing brand awareness. Meanwhile, they use their wealth of experience to guarantee the safety, operational effectiveness & profitability of the attraction.- View Website
Humanforce has managed workforces across stadiums and events centres since 2002, developing our TimeTarget software to be the most advanced WFM solution in the world. Our solution ensures you have the right staff in the right place, at the right time, and solutions include: Employee roster, Availability and Qualifications, Security Check In, Wristband Printing and Biometrics, Integrated Agency Management and Fast Payroll Processing. With TimeTarget software, you take control of your employee wage costs, compliance risk and improve service levels for every event in real time.- View Website
With over 20 years’ experience, Cedar Packaging is the global market leader in creating brand enhancing ticket and membership packaging for the Sports and Live Entertainment industries. We manage the whole process, from initial creative concepts and computer visuals, through to the production and then global distribution of the finished product.
Custom ticket packaging is a unique and exciting way to engage with your audience, so talk to the Cedar Packaging team today to see what innovation packaging solutions we can create for you.- View Website
Bleep UK PLC, (EST. 1981) offers a wide range of EPOS terminals together with their user-friendly W-BO, Web based Back Office application. Our range satisfies all sectors of the hospitality industry, however small or large. Bleep touch screen terminals have been busting queues at the London Olympics 2012 and now again in Rio 2016, Commonwealth and Pan Am Games, Rugby World Cup 2015 and numerous festivals. Bleep systems have been supplied to over 4,000 customers worldwide. We offer a complete solution from project management to training and maintenance support at the highest industry standards.- View Website
FELD ENTERTAINMENT – MONSTER JAM
With over 350 performances and 4 million fans a year, Monster Jam is the ultimate sports and live entertainment brand. Mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action-packed show, Monster Jam is filling some of the world’s premiere stadiums. As of 2016, Monster Jam has performed in a total of 52 cities across 26 countries around the world and we continue to win new fans all over the world. In 2017 Monster Jam also celebrates its 25th Anniversary of entertaining families all around the globe! The 2017/2018 International Monster Jam tour has stops scheduled in South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia-Pacific, with more engagements being added each day!- View Website
From humble beginnings, Daktronics grew to become the world leader in LED digital display systems and today sets the market standards for customised digital display systems. During the journey, we haven’t forgotten where we came from. From our CEO on down, we guarantee our employees will put you first. With offices worldwide, Daktronics has had more than 17,000 video capable installations, satisfying customers around the globe. With more than 550 engineers, we continually invest millions of dollars into researching and developing our display products. In 2016 alone, we invested $25 million into our cutting-edge technology.- View Website
SAP SE is a world-leading provider for company software that supports over 300,000 customers in 25 industries with its innovative technology to operate profitably, continuously adapt to new requirements, and grow sustainably. With SAP solutions, sports and entertainment organisations are driving world-class innovation to: Engage fans like never before, improve player and team performance, maximise revenue streams – grow existing and create new ones, help teams, leagues, and venues run simply. SAP for Sports & Entertainment – Get your competitive edge.- View Website
SKIDATA is an international leader in the field of access solutions and their management. Almost 10,000 SKIDATA installations worldwide in ski resorts, shopping centres, major airports, municipalities, sports stadiums, trade shows, and amusement parks provide secure and reliable access and entry control for people and vehicles. SKIDATA places great value in providing solutions that are intuitive, easy to use, and secure. The integrated concepts of SKIDATA solutions help clients optimise performance and maximise profits. SKIDATA Group (www.skidata.com) belongs to the publicly traded Swiss Kudelski Group (www.nagra.com), a leading provider of digital security solutions.- View Website
Trusted Worldwide for Integrated technology solutions in sports and entertainment venues.
Our innovative SaaS, hosted and on-premises IT solutions enable stadia and arena, entertainment venues, hotels and resorts, hospitality and foodservice to streamline operations and focus on costs: to increase workforce productivity, enhance guest satisfaction and maximise profitability in multiple areas of operations: complete food and beverage operational management, point-of-sale (static, mobile, online), payments (cashless, contactless, online, queue busting), inventory and procurement, stock control, business intelligence and real-time reporting. Headquartered in Warrington, UK, we are an authorised distributor & reseller of Agilysys products worldwide. Operated directly or through trusted partners in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa.- View Website
Worldpay is a leader in global payments processing technology for our customers. We operate reliable and secure proprietary technology platforms that enable customers to accept a vast array of payment types, across multiple channels, almost anywhere in the world.
The Group has three operating divisions: global eCom, Worldpay US and Worldpay UK. On an average day, we process approximately 31 million mobile, online and in-store transactions and in 2014 we supported approximately 400,000 merchants in 126 currencies across 146 countries offering 326 local and alternative methods of payment. Worldpay UK has a 42% market share in the UK and helps businesses of all sizes sell more to their customers by accepting card payments in-store, online, via mail or telephone, and on the move.- View Website
Xperiology’s total focus is the global sport, leisure and entertainment sector.
They’re a “boutique agency” operation with offices in Hove (UK) and Cortona (Italy) serving the information needs of the global sports and entertainment sector. Theywork with many of the sector’s leading organisations, providing illuminating ideas in EVENTS, ADVISORY and INTELLIGENCE.
Xperiology also deliver bespoke training and development workshops to help share best practice and shape the next generation of sports and entertainment venue industry executives.- View Website
TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation & achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. Inaugurated in 2010, the Awards are presented each year during TheStadiumBusiness Summit.- View Website
All the latest Stadium Business news, blogs, videos, and up-to-the-minute media coverage from all the leading voices in the Stadium Business industry, all in one place. Curated and brought to you by TheStadiumBusiness Summit.- View Website
Fan Experience Forum
Now fully integrated into the Summit, Fan Experience Forum explores the future of fan engagement, digital strategies, social media and monetisation at major sports venues- View Website
Premium Seat Seminar
Now fully integrated into TheStadiumBusiness Summit, our dedicated meeting brings together Directors of VIP, Premium & Hospitality in sports/venues. Themes will span sales, service, renewals, design, catering, data and more.- View Website
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.