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2019 Finalists Announced

We are delighted to reveal the finalists for TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2019.

We were inundated with submissions this year, seeing nominations flood in from around the world. We would like to congratulate all of the finalists for making this year’s shortlists. We will be in touch shortly to advise the next steps of your nomination.

Proudly presenting our 2019 Shortlists:


To recognise achievement, success or leadership in the pursuit of sustainable and/or community-driven venue and event management.

  • Sporting Salutes at Children’s Mercy Park (Sporting Kansas City), USA
  • Tackling Dementia Sports Café at Sixways Stadium (Worcester Warriors), UK
  • The Green Team successes at TheO2 (AEG 1Earth), UK
  • Protect The Pitch (LA Galaxy/Dignity Health Sports Park), USA
  • Reconstruction of Paride Tilesi Stadium after the Amatrice earthquake, Italy
  • Sensory Bags+ at Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators/Kulture City), USA


For the best sports or non-sports event, guest event, concert or one-off spectacle held at a major sports venue in the last 12 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 special recognition for their delivery.

  • MultiSport Expo at Kazan Arena, Russia
  • CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup Final (River Plate v Boca Juniors) at the Bernabéu, Madrid
  • 2018 HSBC Sevens at Cape Town Stadium
  • ‘Give Gift of Football/Come Home This Christmas’ – Boxing Day Game at Stadium of Light (Sunderland AFC)
  • Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals Watch Party at Capital One Arena
  • The Pink Test – Jane McGrath Day 2019 at Sydney Cricket Ground


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

  • Shift-bidding and staff swapping at Emirates Old Trafford (Humanforce/Lancs Cricket)
  • Catering Digital Transformation across 8 French stadia (St Once/CasinoGroup/Digifood)
  • Digital Infrastructure at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium (Landways)
  • Arena fan experience makeover at Capital One Arena (Monumental Sports & Entertainment)
  • Integrated arena systems at Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • App-free in-seat ordering at BC Place Stadium (Centerplate/Ready/Bypass)


For an individual (or team) that delivers consistently outstanding service to a particular stadium, arena or major sports venue… without recognition! Awarded to the quiet achiever(s), the rising stars, the ever-reliable ‘behind-the-scenes’ fixer(s) and the person(s) that ‘just gets on with the job’.

  • Carmen Alvarez Beas, Head of Stadium Operations, Real Madrid
  • Kelly Kauffman, Chief Human Capital Officer, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Chris Sheap, Vice President of Ticket Operations, Washington Wizards
  • Gordon Jackson, Event Safety Officer, Hibernian FC


Awarded for a product or service that has uniquely transformed and improved the way stadiums, arenas and sports venues do business.

  • Double-sided LED halo ring display (Coop Norrbotten Arena) Bright Group/infiLED
  • Viola App – Mobile ticket wallet transfer FK Austria Vienna (keyper)
  • NFC Ticketing via Apple Watch and iPhone at Allianz Arena (FC Bayern Munich/SkiData)
  • CrowdKinetics’ analysis of Safe Standing (Premier League/BuroHappold)
  • Oilers Flash Mob/Flashpoint LED light show at Rogers Place (Game Changer/Edmonton Oilers)
  • Fantom smartband (Manchester City FC)


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.

  • New East Stand hospitality spaces at Twickenham Stadium
  • Fan-First culture at Liverpool FC
  • STAGE staff induction and training programme (Fiserv Forum/Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Smart Wearable Shirt SOLOS (Real Sociedad, Spain and AFL Sydney Derby)
  • Benfica Tour 360 App (Sport Lisboa/Benfica)
  • Flyers Family Fun Zone (Wells Fargo Arena/MVP)


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

  • Atlanta United’s record-breaking ticket run to MLS Cup (Atlanta United FC/AMB Sports & Entertainment)
  • A’s Access membership – new generation, flexible season ticket (Oakland Athletics/MLB)
  • SoccerLease vehicle lease activation (Birmingham City FC/SG Fleet)
  • Demand Release ticketing (tickets.ie/Newcastle Falcons/EPCR)
  • Coors Light Beer Button (NBA Milwaukee Bucks/MillerCoors/Levy)
  • AberDNA membership campaign (Aberdeen FC/Stadimax)


For the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has over-delivered in the past 12 months.

  • Brad Estes, President, Louisville City FC (USL)
  • Kim Bedier, Director, Tacoma Venues & Events
  • Laurie Dalrymple, Managing Director, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • John Sharkey, EVP Europe, SMG
  • Nick Sautner, CEO, Eden Park, New Zealand
  • Thad Sheely, COO, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena


For 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 its outstanding performance over the past 12 months, and why. Entries should refer to specific successes and achievements of the venue in the past year.

  • Fiserv Forum, USA
  • Banc of California Stadium, USA
  • VTB Arena – Central Stadium “Dynamo” named after Lev Yashin
  • Marvel Stadium, Australia
  • State Farm Arena, USA
  • Etihad Stadium, UK


The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises an individual that has shown exceptional commitment, service and leadership to the stadium industry over a sustained period of time.

Winners will be announced at Emirates Old Trafford on 4 June 2019.

Got a question about the Awards? Get in touch with the Awards team on +44 (0) 1903 74 11 23 or awards@thestadiumbusiness.com

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