Now in their fifth year, TheStadiumBusiness Awards recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally.
The 2014 awards ceremony was hosted during TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2014 – the world’s leading meeting of stadium sports businesses, teams, clubs and operators – and 18 winners were announced in key categories.
“Congratulations to all of our 2014 finalists and especially to everyone who reached the podium,” commented Ian Nuttall, founder of TheStadium Business Awards. “Our winners have showcased the very best of the global stadium sector – from great customer service and creative sponsorship through to crowd safety and visionary thinking.”
TheStadiumBusiness Awards gala dinner was hosted by leading international stadium catering group Centerplate UK and supported by Vision Events, one of the UK’s top show production companies.
“We were absolutely delighted to partner with TheStadiumBusiness Awards at the RAF Museum,Hendon, in London. It was a fantastic event and we pulled out all the stops to develop a memorable, mouth-watering menu for our friends from the global stadium sector”, announced Jon Davies, Commercial Director at Centerplate UK.
CUSTOMER EXPERIENCE AWARD
Leicester Tigers: ‘Family Friendly Extras’, UK
EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kunal Malik, Former CTO, San Francisco 49ers, USA
GUEST EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
Opening Ceremony of 2014 Winter Olympic Games’ (Sochi), Russia
INDUSTRY SUPPLIER AWARD
NEW VENUE AWARD
First Direct Arena (Leeds), UK
PRODUCT INNOVATION AWARD
FAN360 Uphoria Engagement Platform by Sporting Innovations Inc, USA
PROJECT OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Pavilion Renovation at Emirates Old Trafford, UK
RISING STAR AWARD
Lorenzo Santoni, Head of B Futura, Lega Serie B, Italy
SAFETY & SECURITY AWARD
Brighton & Hove Albion FC’s Safety & Security Team, UK
SMALL VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD
The Arena at Stadium mk, UK
SPONSORSHIP, SALES & MARKETING AWARD
Global Stadium Sponsorship & Naming Rights Strategy, Allianz, Germany
SPORTS EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD
IIHF World Ice Hockey Championships, Ericsson Globe, Sweden
Allianz Park:‘Sustainability Focus’, UK
UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Cathy Cubbin, Retail Manager, Liverpool FC, UK
LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Richard Peddie, Former CEO & President, Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment, Canada
OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
Julian Jenkins, Former Commerical Director, Cardiff City, UK
THE NETWORKER AWARD
Liz Cooper, Marketing Director, Ricoh Arena, UK
VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD
Tele2 Arena (Stockholm), Sweden
The full list of nominees can be found here.
The Awards evening was sponsored by leading stadium catering organisation Centerplate UK and supported by Vision Events, the top show production company.
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