The winners of TheStadiumBusiness Awards 2019 were announced tonight at a gala evening hosted at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester, UK during TheStadiumBusiness Summit 2019 – the annual celebration of the global stadium sector.

Winners in 10 categories were showcased in front of an international audience of stadium and arena owners, operators and teams.

“Well done to all our shortlisted nominees and congratulations to the eventual winners,” says Ian Nuttall, Founder of TheStadiumBusiness Awards. “Now in their tenth year these Awards are the undisputed ‘Oscars’ of the stadium sector and the volume and quality of entries this year really underscores the tremendous energy, enthusiasm and experience that exists across our industry when it comes to putting on great entertainment events in the world’s best venues.”

Our special thanks also to the 2019 panel of expert judges which included:

  • Ishveen Anand, CEO & Founder, OpenSponsorship
  • Magnus Danielsson, VP International, Feld Entertainment Motorsports
  • Scott Jenkins, General Manager (Mercedes-Benz Stadium), Atlanta Falcons
  • Mark Kelly, Managing Director, Ashton Gate Stadium
  • Ben Veenbrink, Principal, The Stadium Consultancy
  • Andrew Daniels, CEO, Adelaide Oval SMA
  • Caroline McEleney, Managing Director, McEleney Consulting
  • Daniel Gidney, CEO, Lancs Cricket
  • Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness

Download the WINNERS BROCHURE HERE with background and images on the winners.

 

THE 2019 WINNERS

The winners and shortlisted nominees in each category are as follows:

VENUE OF THE YEAR

Category winner: Marvel Stadium, Australia

  • Fiserv Forum, USA
  • Banc of California Stadium, USA
  • VTB Arena Park, Russia
  • Marvel Stadium, Australia
  • State Farm Arena, USA
  • Etihad Stadium, UK

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR AWARD

Category winner: Nick Sautner, CEO, Eden Park

  • Brad Estes, President, Louisville City FC
  • Kim Bedier, Director, Tacoma Venues & Events
  • Laurie Dalrymple, Managing Director, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • Nick Sautner, CEO, Eden Park
  • Thad Sheely, COO, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena

EVENT OF THE YEAR AWARD

Category Winner: The Pink Test – Jane McGrath Day 2019 at Sydney Cricket Ground

  • MultiSport Expo at Kazan Arena
  • CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup Final (River Plate v Boca Juniors) at the Bernabéu
  • 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

UNSUNG HERO AWARD

Category Winner: Carmen Alvarez Beas, Head of Stadium Operations, Real Madrid

  • 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

FAN EXPERIENCE AWARD

Category Winner: Fan-First culture (Liverpool FC)

  • New East Stand hospitality spaces (Twickenham Stadium)
  • Fan-First culture (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)

PRODUCT INNOVATION

Category Winner: NFC Ticketing via Apple Watch and iPhone at Allianz Arena (FC Bayern Munich/SkiData)

  • Double-sided LED halo ring display at Coop Norrbotten Arena (Bright Group/infiLED)
  • Viola App – Mobile ticket wallet transfer at 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)

SUSTAINABILITY & COMMUNITY

Category Winner: The Green Team successes at TheO2 (AEG 1Earth)

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

SPONSORSHIP, SALES & MARKETING AWARD

Category Winner: Atlanta United’s record-breaking ticket run to MLS Cup (Atlanta United FC/AMB Sports & Entertainment)

  • 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)

VENUE TECHNOLOGY AWARD

Category Winner: Integrated arena systems at Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee Bucks)

  • 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)

OUTSTANDING ACHIEVEMENT AWARD

Category Winner:  Daniel Gidney, Chief Executive, Lancs Cricket

>> Nominations for the 2020 Awards open in November. Stay tuned!

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