In 2017 the Summit hosted 350+ 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.
Our 2018 Speakers
Co-Founder Halls and Halls, UK
Co-Founder, Halls and Halls, UK
Lizzie is the co-founder of Halls and Halls together with Paul Hall, an ex International footballer and current Under 23 Manager at QPR. It is a boutique agency that delivers projects within both the sports and celebrity arena. Specialisms include, Events, PR campaigns, celebrity endorsements and digital content. Her experience started back in 1994, working on both the Lillehammer Olympics and Commonwealth Games. She then moved to the Football Association in 1996 in their commercial department. Her relationship with The FA and Wembley Stadium is long standing, and she is proud to be regularly requested back to co ordinate projects from Champions League Finals to most recently, their entire digital portfolio and platforms. She created and oversaw their programme for 6 years working with all their event owners to ensure the Stadium had outstanding and engaging content.
VP Operations & General Manager Seattle Seahawks / Century Link Field, USA
VP Operations & General Manager, Seattle Seahawks / Century Link Field, USA
David oversees and directs all aspects of the business and operation of CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and the Washington Music Theater. Together these venues host 185 events and over 2.4 million guests annually. In 2017 Young led the creation and launch of First and Goal Hospitality. By taking food and beverage in-house, the Seahawks are better able to provide an outstanding guest experience at CenturyLink Field and Event Center. Previous to the Seahawks, Young was the Vice President of Stadium Operations with the Kansas City Chiefs. Young began his career at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as an Operations Manager at the Magic Kingdom Park.
Chief Executive Rugby League World Cup 2021, UK
Chief Executive, Rugby League World Cup 2021, UK
Jon will commence his role on February 1st, 2018 leaving his current post as RFL Director of Projects & People. With over 20 years’ experience, Jon has previously worked for the PGA European Golf, Manchester FA, with a secondment to UEFA and ran his own sports consultancy company. Jon was the Operations Director for Rugby League World Cup 2013 and Director of Readiness for the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. Later this year Jon will act as the RLIF Tournament Commissioner for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
General Manager Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, UK
General Manager, Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, UK
Suzanne is a 20 year hospitality veteran! She began her career in New York as a graduate for Hilton International. After quickly working up the ranks Suzanne moved to the Marriot. Currently the General Manager at Bolton Whites, Suzanne lead the transition from a national brand to an independent hotel. Bolton Whites has now operated as an independent hotel since 2013 and is quite unique in the fact that it is fully integrated into the Macron Stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers FC, the original football hotel! Suzanne’s role here is varied and not the typical GM job description, she assumes responsibility for International football, which is a global programme. The role is very involved in the sales, organisation and execution of out of season pitch events; after 7 years since the last concert it was very pleasing to have successfully landed two major gigs for 2018.
Head of Information Technology Sheffield Wednesday FC, UK
Head of Information Technology, Sheffield Wednesday FC, UK
Richard Ford joined Sheffield Wednesday F.C in 2009. Initially assuming the role of Project Co-Ordinator tasked with overseeing a retail/ticket migration and the installation of access control to the stadium turnstiles. Richard now manages all of the I.T and technical projects at Sheffield Wednesday. In his previous life Richard has enjoyed employment as an I.T contractor in Australia and worked for an out-sourced I.T company (covering a wide variety of industries including education and manufacturing) managed a video rental shop, worked in retail sales and delivered the local pub quiz in his village. Richard’s latest and on-going project (in conjunction with the SWFC Commercial/Hospitality and Marketing team) is to transform Sheffield Wednesday into a cashless stadium environment.
CEO Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
CEO, Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
Nick joined the Eden Park team in June 2016 with an impressive resume of fifteen years’ experience in the stadium, event and entertainment sectors. Nick has worked at the AFL, Etihad Stadium and the West Australian Football Commission in various executive roles including Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Nick’s experience includes on the ground event management, naming rights commercial negotiations and the successful delivery and implementation of over 5,000 events including 3 British and Irish Lions tours and 7 Rugby World Cup matches. Outside of work, he played 260 VFL matches, won 5 VFL premierships and holds Bachelor degrees in Business and in the Arts, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne.
Head of Events VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball, Germany
Head of Events, VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball, Germany
Christian spent six years in the position of Deputy Marketing Manager at German Bundesliga Club 1. FSV 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.
Senior Consultant, Sports and Entertainment Euromonitor International, UK
Senior Consultant, Sports and Entertainment, Euromonitor International, UK
Alan Rownan, Senior Consultant at Euromonitor International, is tasked with spearheading Euromonitor’s Sports database which is set to launch in 2018. Alongside this, Alan provides data-driven, compelling insight and analysis on professional top-flight team sports across domestic leagues globally, covering everything from match-day metrics and social media performance to cross-industry commercial partnership opportunities.
Alan holds a Master’s degree in Ethics from Dublin City University, where he focused his thesis on contending moral philosophies of fairness in professional cycling. In his spare time, Alan has contributed regularly to a national newspaper, analysing mixed martial arts events specifically.
CEO Adelaide Oval SMA, Australia
CEO, Adelaide Oval SMA, Australia
With nearly 30 years of experience in major projects and event management, Andrew Daniels joined the Adelaide Oval SMA, the organisation responsible for the management of the South Australia’s iconic Adelaide Oval, as CEO in 2012. Adelaide Oval, a world-class, multi-purpose, 50-thousand seat stadium attracts over 1.8 million visitors each year for Australian Rules Football, domestic and international cricket, rugby, football, major concerts and events. 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.
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.
Chief Executive Officer Stadium Management South Africa, South Africa
Chief Executive Officer, Stadium Management South Africa, South Africa
Managing Director Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Managing Director, Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Mark joined Ashton Gate in 2015 after more than a decade working in the hotel and hospitality industry in senior management roles. He was involved in the £45m rebuild to transform Ashton Gate into a multi-sport venue and the largest conference and events space in the South West. In the last year he has seen hospitality revenue grow from £250k to over £3m following the two-year renovation project. During the last two years, Mark has evolved the matchday experience for both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby fans significantly driving matchday revenues and delivering more than £100k back to the fanbase through loyalty discounts.
Head of Premium Sales, Service & Operations Arsenal FC, UK
Head of Premium Sales, Service & Operations, Arsenal FC, UK
General Manager Surrey County Cricket Club, UK
General Manager, Surrey County Cricket Club, UK
Chief Operating Officer Seattle Sounders FC, USA
Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Sounders FC, USA
Bart works closely with ticket sales, corporate partnerships, community outreach, game entertainment, public relations and the marketing of the team. He acts as liaison between supporters groups and the club, and serves as Director of the Sounders FC Alliance, made up of 32,000 season ticket holders. He is also a frequent speaker, having travelled to Australia, England and throughout the US talking to audiences about the Sounders brand and organisation. Previously, he worked as Director of Communications for a dot com company, the Director of Business Operations for NASCAR team, and as publicist for former Major League Baseball player, Brett Butler.
Chief Commercial Officer Bath Rugby Club, UK
Chief Commercial Officer, Bath Rugby Club, UK
Trustee Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, UK
Trustee, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, UK
Director Humanforce (TimeTarget), UK
Director, Humanforce (TimeTarget), UK
Wayne has a wide range of industry knowledge gathered from 25 years’ experience in business across multiple industries. Starting his first business at age 22, Wayne has been a Director of businesses including Export Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Multisite Retailing, IT Product Services and Stadia WFM, across New Zealand, Australia, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom and Europe. Having built 5 successful startup businesses, Wayne has developed a hands on approach to Business Development, growing highly skilled teams while creating long term business relationships.
Vice President International FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
Vice President International, FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
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
3D Digital Venue
3D Digital Venue, powered by MMC, provides Interactive Digital Venue Management Solutions to Sports and Entertainment Venues across the globe.
With our 3D Digital Venue technology platform we design need-based solutions for our clients providing them a robust, precise and interactive recreation of their Venue to deliver greater fan satisfaction, increase season ticket holder renewal rates, activate new channels of digital sponsorship and provide special viewing experiences for prospective VIP buyers.
The primary capabilities of our 3D Digital Venue Platform include: Ticketing3D to Enhance Ticket Sales and Fan Purchase Experience using our interactive 3D Seat Views from all Blocks and Seats; Transfer3D achieve higher renewal rates from season ticket holders by offering 360 degree 3D Views of the seats even before an existing venue is refurbished or a new stadium is built ; Activation3D, an Interactive Environment to activate Measurable Digital Sponsorship by Product Placement inside our 3D Views & VIP3D, to provide world-class Interactive Experience to prospective VIPs and Corporate Clients with fully 3D Customised views of Luxury Suites and Premium Club Hospitality Areas. Our 3D Digital Venue Platform provides you the most complete, interactive and cutting edge Venue Management Solutions.- 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
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
Market-leading provider of IP Video and Digital Signage technology that enables stadiums to harness the power of video to engage and entertain fans.- View Website
Exterity solutions enable stadiums and venues to deliver a dynamic mix of live footage and action replay to TV screens and mobile devices across the connected campus. Integrate live TV with digital signage announcements, advertising and scores. Create a personalised viewing experience for guests in VIP and hospitality areas. Exterity’s stadium & sporting clients include Arsenal FC, Celtic FC, Liverpool FC, MK Dons FC, Ulster Rugby, PSV Eindhoven, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, DC United, TSG Hoffenheim, Lord’s, The Open and Sandown Park Racecourse.
Find out more at www.exterity.com and follow us on Twitter @Exterity
RESOL was founded over 50 years ago (1961), and became a reference in the plastics processing sector country wide. At the beginning, it was known for its comprehensive range of household plastic products. Later it stood out by being the first manufacturer in the country to produce a monoblock injected resin chair. Today RESOL is known as a manufacturer of plastic products with high added value in design, innovation and technology. An in turn, is leading the processes of development, production and marketing of indoor and outdoor furniture, as well as the process of thermoplastic injection. Due to an international vocation, our products and services are found in more than 100 countries worldwide, exporting more than 50% of our production. We have the most extensive range of products for the Hospitality and Contract industry. Counting with the inestimable collaboration of internationally renowned designers such as Josep Lluscà and Joan Gaspar, Jorge Pensi, David Carrasco Barceló or Jordi Ribaudí, we are also leaders in products for design furniture and mass distribution through our brands Barcelona Dd, Vilagrasa and Indecasa. In addition, our business line Resol Arenas means advances in design and technology to obtain an outstanding product for audience seats for Arena or Sport Stadiums.- View Website
SecuTix is a technology provider of a Ticketing Engagement Platform that helps organisations boost ticket sales and enhance audiences’ experience before, during and after live events. Our product, SecuTix 360°, is a cloud-based platform that combines ticketing and marketing functionality, and is offered as a white label SaaS service. Used by the largest sport clubs and stadiums, live entertainment businesses, and leading museums and cities across Europe, SecuTix manages the yearly sales of 30 million tickets. Among our clients are Opéra National de Paris, UEFA, Centre Pompidou, Aspro Parks, Saracens FRC, Paléo Festival, Musée Picasso Paris and more. A daughter company of the ELCA Group, SecuTix has a local presence in Switzerland, France, Spain, Germany and the UK.- 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
Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001 as an integrated service provider and manufacturer within the Optoelectronics industry focusing on premium quality turnkey LED display solutions. Adhering to our strict quality control guidelines Absen have successfully deployed over 30,000 LED projects in more than 120 countries
At the same time, we are constantly developing our international customer service networks. The Absen Europe HQ is in Russelsheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. We look forward to meeting you to discuss and demonstrate the proven quality and cost-effectiveness of our award-winning LED products.- 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 2017, Monster Jam has performed in a total of 57 cities across 30 countries and territories outside the United States and continues to win new fans all over the world. The 2018 International Monster Jam tour has stops scheduled in South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia-Pacific, with more being added each day! Grave Digger, Max-D and Monster Mutt aren’t just household names in the U.S. any longer…- View Website
Headquartered in Belfast, Northern Ireland with offices in New York and throughout the UK, Velocity Worldwide is a global customer engagement and retail marketing specialist with over 20 years in the business of knowing customers and the retailers who serve them. Velocity’s personalisation and insight technology, Darius for Retail, was born out of this specialism. Darius connects sports and music stadiums and arenas, their brands and merchandise, their food and drink concessions, and their fans to deliver relevant, personalised fan experiences that grow business.
Darius enables you to engage fans before, during and after the match or gig. Real-time, integrated and interactive fan engagement like this increases ticket sales, helps retain season ticket sales, and supports and drives brand sponsorship. Crucially, Darius integrates with existing in-stadium technology.
Fans aren’t always just interested with the action on the pitch or on-stage – very often, what’s happening elsewhere in-venue matters just as much. Personalization and real-time features made possible through Darius gives them the experience they want.
The Brands- View Website
Whether club or concert merchandise, big beer brand, or fast-food concession, Darius builds relationships between in-venue retail and fans through personalized, relevant messaging that grows spend across concessions and merchandise stores.
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
d&b audiotechnik operates internationally in the field of electroacoustics as a manufacturer of high quality loudspeaker systems for speech and music reproduction and sound reinforcement in public places. d&b is one of the industry market leaders by combining technological developments and system integration principles with construction quality and exceptional standards of service and support.
Loudspeaker systems created by d&b are used globally in mobile and installation applications for events such as live concerts, musicals, festivals and corporate events in venues from concert halls to theatres, opera houses and convention centres; gracing everything from the tiniest conference rooms to the largest stadiums.- View Website
Beerjet is a fast pour carbonated drinks dispenser specifically designed to service high demand venues such as stadiums, circuits, race courses, theme parks and festival events. The device can deliver up to 6 pints of beer, cider or spritzer in under 10 seconds, fully audited with virtually no waste. The drink quality and quantity is guaranteed from on-board systems that work with pre-programmed recipes to deliver ice cooled drinks into normal glasses or cups.- View Website
Purchase and lease options are available for 2, 4 and 6 port machines so if you have a thirsty crowd, Beerjet’s the system for you.
Zeetta Networks is a world leader in Open Networking technologies, with pioneering solutions based on Software Defined Networking (SDN) and Network Virtualisation (NV). Our vision is to be the leading facilitator of your Network as a Platform, and one of our key projects centres around stadia and their complex requirements.
Originating from the University of Bristol, Zeetta’s co-founders have been awarded the Charles Kao award (2016) for their pioneering work in SDN. Zeetta’s core technology was developed by the High Performance Group in the University of Bristol as part of European, UK Government, and Industry funded research.- View Website
Sthaler has developed the world’s first match-on-cloud biometric identification platform which will rival conventional payment mechanisms becoming the safest and fastest retail and hospitality payment and loyalty system. Sthaler’s first product, Fingopay, allows individuals to identify themselves, pay for goods or access an event by scanning the unique vein pattern in their fingers. The innovative Finger Vein Authentication technology removes the costs of manufacturing, distributing and managing plastic cards or any other form of identification. All existing cards and loyalty schemes can be linked to a finger, enabling fast, convenient transactions which reduces queues and improves customer experience.
Unlike your fingerprint your finger vein ID can’t be damaged, stolen or forged. Unlike your bank card, it can’t be lost or stolen. Fingopay brings the entire customer journey together, allowing a single view from beginning to end. The individual profiles we create will build rich consumer data profiles so you can reward your fans with relevant, personalised offers and a brand-new way to pay. “We are starting to integrate leading edge Fingopay technology into solutions for Verteda clients, starting with a Premiership football club and then moving into other venues like music arenas”. Matthew Prosser, Sales Director, Verteda- View Website
WiFi SPARK is the leading specialist in public wireless solutions. The company is the owner and developer of the unique SPARK ® Platform which delivers the most flexible, feature-rich and scalable solution for guest-access WiFi on the market today.
WiFi SPARK specialises in WiFi in challenging venues. With customers from the NEC in Birmingham to Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, and Kingspan Stadium, home of Ulster Rugby, WiFi SPARK has a proven track record of delivering high quality infrastructure deployment and connectivity.
WiFi SPARK offers more than just WiFi, they offer genuine customer engagement and outstanding return on investment opportunities. With the SPARK ® Platform WiFi SPARK delivers a fully branded user engagement portal that offers sponsorship, advertising and data collection . SPARK ® Real-time analytics then yields an immediate return on investment, providing market-leading insights and data feeds to your CRM in real-time.
Come to the marketplace to hear more about WiFi SPARK’s innovative WiFi solutions and to discuss how we can help you to find the optimal WiFi solution for your venue- 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
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.