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:
- Recognise achievement, innovation, fresh thinking and the leaders in the world of stadium, arena and sports venue management.
- Raise industry standards and encourage greater professionalism.
- Drive awareness of the stadium, arena and sports venue sector.
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.
Nominations for 2022 are now closed.
29 March 2022 – Judges & Categories Announced
31 March 2022 – Nominations Open
28 April 2022 – Nominations Close (midnight GMT)
20 May 2022 – Shortlists Announced
5 July 2022 – Winners Party (announced live at #SBS22)
The full Judging Panel has been unveiled – and can be viewed in this Latest news post.
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.
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
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 ever-reliable ‘behind-the-scenes’ fixer(s) and the person(s) that ‘just gets on with the job’.
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.
2020 winners (online)
See Awards Terms & Conditions
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