Now in its second decade, TheStadiumBusiness Summit continues to adapt and reflect the needs of its industry. We’re embracing Technology, Innovation and Transformation to re-define the no.1 stadium sector meeting in the world. Join your colleagues around the world on 30 Nov - 1 Dec as we bring together the world’s leading stadium, arena and venue executives to explore our business. As we #REOPEN #RESTART and #REIMAGINE post-pandemic, will it be 'business as usual'?
CEO Leicestershire CCC
Sean Jarvis initially joined Huddersfield Town in August 2006 before joining the Board of Directors in June 2009. Sean moved from Oldham Athletic to become Director of Business Development of both Huddersfield Town and the Huddersfield Giants in August 2006 before becoming focused on the Football Club on a full-time basis in July 2008, shortly after former Chairman Dean Hoyle invested in the Club. He has been a driving force as the Club’s Commercial Director in developing new income and sponsorship activities. Jarvis’ focus has not only been on commercial aspects, he has also been instrumental in improving relations between the Club and their fans as the driving force behind the formation of one single supporters’ group – now known as the Huddersfield Town Supporters Association. In June 2020, Sean was appointed CEO of Leicestershire County Cricket Club.
Chairman, CEO & Founder GroundWOW
Tony Rhoades is Chairman, CEO and Founder of GroundWOW. He is a former Russell Group academic director, award-winning inventor of disruptive patented technologies, and specialist in commercialising emerging technology in entrepreneurial new ventures. Tony has held numerous Executive Board & Advisory appointments, including IMechE, Centre for Professional Engineering, and MoD. He combines a deep experience of creating global manufacturing capabilities with extensive knowledge of 3D scanning, robotics and engineering.
Chief Commercial Officer GroundWOW
David Pritchard is a commercial specialist steeped in sport in a multi-channel, global marketplace. At GroundWOW, he is responsible for bringing world first technology to market and driving brand awareness across an expectant target audience following a five year period in top-secret research and development. David is the primary contact for stadium owner-operators, sports clubs and governing bodies and with deep experience in world-class innovation-led environments, is well-versed in helping his clients to understand and embrace the benefits of bringing ground-breaking technology to their businesses.
Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club
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.
Owner & Founder TheStadiumBusiness Summit/Xperiology
Ian Nuttall is the owner and founder of TheStadiumBusiness Summit, presented by his Xperiology events business. His working life began in sports hospitality events management (including Formula 1, horse racing and Wimbledon) before pursuing an award-winning career in B2B magazine publishing. He has co-launched and edited numerous business titles (ranging from energy and industrial processes through to airport design and Intelligent Transportation Systems).
He has also founded many of the sports sector’s most respected publications and news sources – most recently TheStadiumBusiness News, delivering the 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. In addition to his ongoing commitments as a sports business writer and speaker, Ian provides highly-valued, specialist consultancy to the sports and entertainment venue sector.
Martin is a Director at Ramboll and leads their Sports, Leisure and Entertainment Sector. Martin is currently working on Swansea Arena, Ashton Gate Sporting Quarter, Iceland National Football Stadium and Gibraltar National Football Stadium. Throughout his career he has worked on number of national and international projects including London 2012 Olympic Basketball Arena, the New Tottenham Hotspurs Stadium, Stadium MK and Molineux. He is currently driving the Ramboll ‘Sustainable Venues’ campaign with an emphasis on maximising the venue events programme and engaging the venue in the local community.
Project Development Lead in Technical Design Pro Media Audio Video EU
Tom Williams, Project development lead in Technical design has worked in the professional AV industry since graduating from the University of Derby with a BSc in Music Technology and Audio Systems in 2003.
A very experienced and accomplished engineer, throughout his career he has helped to design, negotiate and deliver integrated audio solutions for countless prestigious venues worldwide, including some of the largest stadia and arena in Europe and the Middle East. Prior to joining Pro Media Audio Video EU.
Tom managed large venue installation projects globally for high end sound system manufacturer, L-Acoustics. He also worked for Harman Professional, heading up the application engineering group within the EMEA region, leading specialists across multiple technologies, disciplines, and vertical markets.
US CEO Cedar Packaging
Bart Wiley serves as the Chief Executive Officer, North America, of the Cedar Packaging Group (CPG). Joining CPG on July 1, 2021, Wiley is responsible for growing CPG’s luxury packaging business across the United States, Canada and Central America. He will focus on expanding the business in the sports category, where Cedar is renowned for high-quality presentation, video, membership, product and celebratory packaging for sports associations, professional sports teams and worldwide sporting events. In addition, Wiley and the US-based group will build on CPG UK success in delivering bespoke, brand-enhancing solutions for luxury food and drinks brands, and fan-engaging solutions for the music and entertainment industries.
Prior to joining the Cedar Packaging Group, Wiley was a 20-year member of the Seattle Sounders front office. The Sounders longest-tenured employee in the club’s modern era, Wiley joined the Sounders on September 18, 2001, playing a pivotal role in guiding the club from its USL days into Major League Soccer in 2009. He served in a number of positions within Sounders FC, including Chief Operating Officer from 2014 through 2019, going on to become the club’s Executive Vice President & Chief Global Officer. Over the past two decades, Wiley has cultivated a legacy of service and leadership, helping to grow the Rave Green into a leading MLS club and an organization that annually ranks in the global top 40 in average attendance.
Beginning with the club during its USL era in 2001, Wiley served in multiple roles prior to Sounders FC’s ascension to MLS, including General Manager of the USL Sounders. Promoted to Chief Operating Officer in 2014 from his previous role as Vice President of Business Operations, Wiley oversaw all business-related efforts for Sounders FC, including sales, marketing, corporate partnerships, communications, broadcast and digital-related content, international marketing and community outreach. Under his guidance, Seattle led Major League Soccer in attendance from 2009 through 2016, with the club never finishing outside the league’s top two. In 2019, he took on the role of Executive Vice President & Chief Global Officer, representing Sounders FC around the world at numerous conferences and events, while also working with the club’s ownership group on strategic priorities.
On the field, Wiley was a part of sustained success as a Sounder, seeing the club win the 2005 and 2007 USL First Division Titles, Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014, in addition the 2014 Supporters’ Shield and two MLS Cup titles in 2016 and 2019.
Born in New Jersey, Wiley grew up in Atlanta, GA, before relocating to Seattle, WA. He has been a publicist for a Major League Baseball player, has run business operations for a NASCAR team, and was among the early business development professionals in the dot-com era.
HEINEKEN is the UK’s leading pub, cider and beer company and the name behind iconic drinks brands such as Strongbow, Bulmers, Heineken®, Foster’s, Kronenbourg 1664 and Desperados, together with a full range of speciality brands. We employ around 2,000 people across our eight sites in the UK. We have breweries, cider plants and offices in Edinburgh, Tadcaster, Manchester, London, Hereford and Ledbury. More than 90% of our beer sold in the UK is brewed in the UK and we are a major supporter of British agriculture, sourcing 100% of our malt and barley for our UK brewed beer from UK farms and maltsters. Around 30% of all UK apples are used to produce our ciders.- View Website
Bleep UK PLC is a designer, manufacturer and supplier of EPOS and Payment solutions with over 35 year’s experience catering for stadia, arenas and events. We possess a proven track record catering for clients such as the London 2012 and Rio 2016 Olympics, the 2014 World Cup and UEFA Euro 2016 – in addition to the Principality Stadium, Middlesbrough FC and MK Dons FC. All of our clients have benefitted from investment in Bleep EPOS technology, whether they are operating merchandise stores, bars, food stands or popup shops. Our systems are easy to use, intuitive and will add value to your operation.- 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 world-wide, Daktronics has had more than 18,000 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 $23 million into our cutting-edge technology to ensure our products outperform your expectations.- View Website
The Bottoms Up System has finally arrived in the UK – a new, patented fast- pour system from the US that is revolutionising the draught industry. Invented by GrinOn industries, Bottoms Up has become a multi-million pound business in the US since Josh Springer designed the system in 2008, distributed throughout Mexico, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and now the UK and Ireland. This hands-free, automated piece of kit is mechanical – not computerised, so forget about the system crashing.- View Website
ID&C® are industry leaders in intelligent credentials & accreditation. Supplying RFID & non-RFID wristbands, lanyards, laminates & other products to various sectors. Our supporters include the likes of, Live Nation, The O2 Arena, The NFL and Wembley Stadium. We have 25 years’ experience supplying the largest events, venues & most popular brands globally. With more users switching to cashless payments & needing increased security and data analytics with RFID / NFC technology, ID&C® are proud to lead the way providing innovative and forward thinking product solutions.- View Website
GroundWOW® engages in the design, development and manufacture of the World’s first and only full-colour autonomous ground printing vehicles. Launched in October 2019, GroundWOW® makes printing on ground as easy as printing on paper. GroundWOW® Model SFX can print any logo, any size, on any surface, turning real estate in stadia or sporting venues into prime advertising locations. Deployable in under 10 minutes, the GroundWOW® autonomous vehicle technology, artificial intelligence and end-to-end Cloud SAAS platform (Software As A Service) combine to create ground-printed images as accurate as a blade of grass. The company operates through Sports, Turf Management and Utility segments.- View Website
Founded in 1984 near Paris, France, L-Acoustics is the market leader in professional sound reinforcement technologies. With over 400 team members worldwide and offices in Paris, London, Los Angeles, and New York, L-Acoustics is present in over 80 countries via our network of Certified Providers. Focused on solutions that elevate the audience experience, more than 20% of L-Acoustics’ talent is devoted to R&D in the areas of acoustics, applications, mechanics, electronics, signal processing, and software development.
Recognized for pioneering the line source array, L-Acoustics continues to shape the future of the professional audio industry with L-ISA Immersive Hyperreal Sound technology, a multidimensional, object-based approach to designing, mixing, and processing sound that results in extremely natural and intelligible audio and a more vibrant, and authentic connection between artists and their fans.
PTI Digital is an integrated strategy consultancy which specialises in driving smart, scalable and sustainable revenues for the Sports and Entertainment industries through a holistic digital-led commercial vision. We deliver this through three business pillars:
– PTI Commercial Services – Unlocking year-round scalable revenue: a commercial model for the digital age
– PTI Data & Digital – Delivering insight to power growth: data enabling the exponential promise of digital platforms
– PTI Venue Tech – Designing the ideal technology for your venue: a framework to optimise digital capability
In isolation, each of our core pillars can drive value for a client’s business, but when connected it can generate a multiplier effect.
Our clients include Oak View Group, Ashton Gate & Bristol Sport, Edgbaston Stadium, Norwich City, National Basketball League, Horse Racing Ireland and UK Pro League Tennis. We have worked with more than 70 clubs, venues and rights holders globally, representing eight diverse sports, across our three business pillars.
We are collaborative: effectively working as an extension of your team.
We are strategic: everything flows from your objectives, always thinking about future-flex.
We are practical: we are able to break a strategic vision into a modular approach.
We are commercial: our work is geared towards smart revenue generation and/or cost savings.
The COVID pandemic has accelerated the need for business to think differently. Our approach enables our clients to totally unthink their business and reimagine it, learning the lessons from multiple other sectors that “digital” has disrupted for the better (or worse) and applying best practice to create more dynamic, diverse and scalable commercial programmes.- View Website
AVIXA™ is the Audiovisual and Integrated Experience Association, producer of InfoComm trade shows around the world, co-owner of Integrated Systems Europe, and the international trade association representing the audiovisual industry. Established in 1939, AVIXA has more than 11,400 enterprise and individual members, including manufacturers, systems integrators, dealers and distributors, consultants, programmers, live events companies, technology managers, content producers, and multimedia professionals from more than 80 countries. AVIXA members create integrated AV experiences that deliver outcomes for end users. AVIXA is a hub for professional collaboration, information, and community, and the leading resource for AV standards, certification, training, market intelligence and thought leadership.- View Website
d&b audiotechnik has long been known for its market leading position in live music, touring productions and permanent installations. In close cooperation and consultancy with stakeholders of sport projects, we have consistently delivered performance audio solutions to globally renowned stadiums with clarity and fidelity ensuring the fan experience stays true and connected with the emotional journey on the pitch.- View Website
Satisfi Labs is an AI-powered Knowledge Management Platform that makes conversations with places possible. Its proprietary Answer Engine allows popular locations to directly answer customer questions on-demand through conversational AI. The platform makes place data AI-ready, powering Answer Engines for messaging apps, voice assistants, and chatbots. Leading the development of conversational AI for major sports, tourism, and entertainment destinations, the platform helps places discover new customer insights, increase sales, and improve customer experience. Satisfi Labs is backed by major investors including Google, MLB, Red Light Management, and TechStars.- View Website
With SAP solutions, sports and entertainment organizations are driving world-class innovation to: Engage fans like never before, improve player and team performance, maximize revenue streams – grow existing and create new ones, help teams, leagues, and venues run simply.
SAP is the market leader in enterprise application software, SAP is at the center of today’s business and technology revolution. Our innovations enable customers worldwide to work together more efficiently and use business insight more effectively.
3D Digital Venue (3DDV) is a technology solutions company that creates 2D and 3D images of stadiums, arenas and other types of live event spaces, offering ticket buyers the opportunity to view the venue, and their view of the performance area, during and after the ticket buying process. Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Barcelona, Spain, the company technology currently integrates with over 35 different ticketing platforms in 20 countries, virtualizing some of the most iconic venues in the world, including Staples Center in LA, Wembley Stadium in London and Stadio Olimpico in Rome. 3D Digital Venue has been successfully building best in class 360-degree 2D and 3D interactive solutions that excel in delivering greater fan satisfaction, increasing season ticket holder renewal rates and providing special viewing for prospective VIP buyers.- View Website
GMS Sella GmbH has a long tradition of producing high quality stadium seats, that can be found around the globus.
Continuous development, constant optimizing and perfect manufacturing are the basis of our philosophy. Thanks to this quality-oriented approach, we have become one of the leading manufacturer of seats for sports areas.
Our seats have been awarded with the GS certificate and comply with the international quality standards of FIFA and UEFA.
Quality – That’s what we stand for!
KSS are internationally recognised as a leading sports architecture practice, specialising in stadia, indoor arenas and training centres. We work with our clients to create venues of high quality and intense sporting and spectator experiences. We provide a full range of sports design consultancy services in master planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding and wayfinding. From our main office in central London, we create intelligent energy-efficient architecture where the design is informed by site context, functionality and flexibility. Our sports team leaders have over 26 years of experience in stadium design and are proud to have worked globally in this field. Key highlights are Coimbra Stadium in Portugal, The Amex Stadium in Brighton, Stade Océane in Le Havre, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Anfield Stadium and Training Centre for Liverpool FC, No.1 Court at Wimbledon, Twickenham Stadium in London, Selhurst Park Main Stand for Crystal Palace FC and Training Facility for Leicester City FC.- View Website
Our host venue for #SBS20, Emirates Old Trafford is a flexible, multi-purpose conference and events venue and world-class international sporting stadium ideally located in Manchester. Catering from ten to 2,000 people across a multitude of events, from small meetings to large exhibitions, our high end space is fully supported by dedicated and in-house services, such as event duty managers, IT support and experienced event planners. With over 3,600m² of space, 43 meeting rooms, over 700 on-site parking spaces, amazing transport links and a 150-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn hotel on-site, Emirates Old Trafford is an event organisers dream!- View Website
Emirates Old Trafford is also home to Lancashire Cricket, a world-class international sporting stadium, playing host to some of cricket’s most iconic moments since 1857 and also hosting world famous artists such as Rihanna and Beyoncé. Founded in 1864 as a successor to Manchester Cricket Club, Lancashire have played at Old Trafford since then and, in 1865, played their inaugural first-class match, beating Middlesex at Old Trafford.
An integral part of the North West sporting scene, the Club is synonymous with great triumphs, famous names and a will to succeed. Steeped in tradition, nostalgia and prowess, Lancashire Cricket has earned itself a reputation and status that businesses and individuals wish to be associated with.- View Website
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences. It is the global leader in venue and event strategy and management – delivering locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to achieve maximum results for venue owners. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 325 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues.- 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