In 2018 the Summit hosted 350+ world-class delegates from around the world. These are the people who own, operate and develop the world’s best stadium, arena and sports venue businesses.
TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. But who actually comes to the Summit?
- Owners, operators and investors in sports stadia;
- City Councils / Municipalities / Regional Agencies (mayors, economic development, sports / recreation / leisure, arts / culture & tourism departments);
- Sports Federations, Sports Clubs (professional and amateur), governing bodies, sports event bid committees, sports tourism officials etc;
- National and regional Sports bodies;
- Events / Sponsors / Rightsholders;
- Architects / engineers / constructors;
- Product & service suppliers to the sports venue sector.
Each year we assemble a world-class speaker line up of those who are disrupting the industry to share, debate, discuss and decide the future of our business.
Our 2018 Speakers Inlcuded
Co-Founder Halls and Halls, UK
Co-Founder, Halls and Halls, UK
Lizzie is the co-founder of Halls and Halls together with Paul Hall, an ex International footballer and current Under 23 Manager at QPR. It is a boutique agency that delivers projects within both the sports and celebrity arena. Specialisms include, Events, PR campaigns, celebrity endorsements and digital content. Her experience started back in 1994, working on both the Lillehammer Olympics and Commonwealth Games. She then moved to the Football Association in 1996 in their commercial department. Her relationship with The FA and Wembley Stadium is long standing, and she is proud to be regularly requested back to co ordinate projects from Champions League Finals to most recently, their entire digital portfolio and platforms. She created and oversaw their programme for 6 years working with all their event owners to ensure the Stadium had outstanding and engaging content.
VP Operations & General Manager Seattle Seahawks / Century Link Field, USA
VP Operations & General Manager, Seattle Seahawks / Century Link Field, USA
David oversees and directs all aspects of the business and operation of CenturyLink Field, CenturyLink Field Event Center and the Washington Music Theater. Together these venues host 185 events and over 2.4 million guests annually. In 2017 Young led the creation and launch of First and Goal Hospitality. By taking food and beverage in-house, the Seahawks are better able to provide an outstanding guest experience at CenturyLink Field and Event Center. Previous to the Seahawks, Young was the Vice President of Stadium Operations with the Kansas City Chiefs. Young began his career at the Walt Disney World Resort in Florida as an Operations Manager at the Magic Kingdom Park.
Chief Executive Rugby League World Cup 2021, UK
Chief Executive, Rugby League World Cup 2021, UK
Jon will commence his role on February 1st, 2018 leaving his current post as RFL Director of Projects & People. With over 20 years’ experience, Jon has previously worked for the PGA European Golf, Manchester FA, with a secondment to UEFA and ran his own sports consultancy company. Jon was the Operations Director for Rugby League World Cup 2013 and Director of Readiness for the Tour de France Grand Depart in 2014. Later this year Jon will act as the RLIF Tournament Commissioner for the 2017 Rugby League World Cup in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea.
General Manager Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, UK
General Manager, Bolton Whites Hotel, Macron Stadium, UK
Suzanne is a 20 year hospitality veteran! She began her career in New York as a graduate for Hilton International. After quickly working up the ranks Suzanne moved to the Marriot. Currently the General Manager at Bolton Whites, Suzanne lead the transition from a national brand to an independent hotel. Bolton Whites has now operated as an independent hotel since 2013 and is quite unique in the fact that it is fully integrated into the Macron Stadium, home to Bolton Wanderers FC, the original football hotel! Suzanne’s role here is varied and not the typical GM job description, she assumes responsibility for International football, which is a global programme. The role is very involved in the sales, organisation and execution of out of season pitch events; after 7 years since the last concert it was very pleasing to have successfully landed two major gigs for 2018.
Head of Information Technology Sheffield Wednesday FC, UK
Head of Information Technology, Sheffield Wednesday FC, UK
Richard Ford joined Sheffield Wednesday F.C in 2009. Initially assuming the role of Project Co-Ordinator tasked with overseeing a retail/ticket migration and the installation of access control to the stadium turnstiles. Richard now manages all of the I.T and technical projects at Sheffield Wednesday. In his previous life Richard has enjoyed employment as an I.T contractor in Australia and worked for an out-sourced I.T company (covering a wide variety of industries including education and manufacturing) managed a video rental shop, worked in retail sales and delivered the local pub quiz in his village. Richard’s latest and on-going project (in conjunction with the SWFC Commercial/Hospitality and Marketing team) is to transform Sheffield Wednesday into a cashless stadium environment.
CEO Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
CEO, Eden Park Trust, New Zealand
Nick joined the Eden Park team in June 2016 with an impressive resume of fifteen years’ experience in the stadium, event and entertainment sectors. Nick has worked at the AFL, Etihad Stadium and the West Australian Football Commission in various executive roles including Chief Commercial Officer and Chief Operating Officer. Nick’s experience includes on the ground event management, naming rights commercial negotiations and the successful delivery and implementation of over 5,000 events including 3 British and Irish Lions tours and 7 Rugby World Cup matches. Outside of work, he played 260 VFL matches, won 5 VFL premierships and holds Bachelor degrees in Business and in the Arts, as well as a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the University of Melbourne.
Head of Events VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball, Germany
Head of Events, VfL Wolfsburg-Fußball, Germany
Christian spent six years in the position of Deputy Marketing Manager at German Bundesliga Club 1. FSV Mainz 05. Since May 2008, he moved on to become Head of Events at VfL Wolfsburg, responsible for all business events, club events (including season opening celebrations and champions celebration), as well as all matchday entertainment and events for the club.
Senior Consultant, Sports and Entertainment Euromonitor International, UK
Senior Consultant, Sports and Entertainment, Euromonitor International, UK
Alan Rownan, Senior Consultant at Euromonitor International, is tasked with spearheading Euromonitor’s Sports database which is set to launch in 2018. Alongside this, Alan provides data-driven, compelling insight and analysis on professional top-flight team sports across domestic leagues globally, covering everything from match-day metrics and social media performance to cross-industry commercial partnership opportunities.
Alan holds a Master’s degree in Ethics from Dublin City University, where he focused his thesis on contending moral philosophies of fairness in professional cycling. In his spare time, Alan has contributed regularly to a national newspaper, analysing mixed martial arts events specifically.
CEO Adelaide Oval SMA, Australia
CEO, Adelaide Oval SMA, Australia
With nearly 30 years of experience in major projects and event management, Andrew Daniels joined the Adelaide Oval SMA, the organisation responsible for the management of the South Australia’s iconic Adelaide Oval, as CEO in 2012. Adelaide Oval, a world-class, multi-purpose, 50-thousand seat stadium attracts over 1.8 million visitors each year for Australian Rules Football, domestic and international cricket, rugby, football, major concerts and events. Additionally Adelaide Oval is a significant contributor to South Australia’s tourism cache with the award winning RoofClimb adventure, an outstanding food and wine experience at the Hill of Grace Restaurant and behind the scenes tours of the stadium.
Chief Executive Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK
Chief Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK
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.
Chief Executive Officer Stadium Management South Africa, South Africa
Chief Executive Officer, Stadium Management South Africa, South Africa
Managing Director Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Managing Director, Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Mark joined Ashton Gate in 2015 after more than a decade working in the hotel and hospitality industry in senior management roles. He was involved in the £45m rebuild to transform Ashton Gate into a multi-sport venue and the largest conference and events space in the South West. In the last year he has seen hospitality revenue grow from £250k to over £3m following the two-year renovation project. During the last two years, Mark has evolved the matchday experience for both Bristol City and Bristol Rugby fans significantly driving matchday revenues and delivering more than £100k back to the fanbase through loyalty discounts.
Head of Premium Sales, Service & Operations Arsenal FC, UK
Head of Premium Sales, Service & Operations, Arsenal FC, UK
General Manager Surrey County Cricket Club, UK
General Manager, Surrey County Cricket Club, UK
Chief Operating Officer Seattle Sounders FC, USA
Chief Operating Officer, Seattle Sounders FC, USA
Bart works closely with ticket sales, corporate partnerships, community outreach, game entertainment, public relations and the marketing of the team. He acts as liaison between supporters groups and the club, and serves as Director of the Sounders FC Alliance, made up of 32,000 season ticket holders. He is also a frequent speaker, having travelled to Australia, England and throughout the US talking to audiences about the Sounders brand and organisation. Previously, he worked as Director of Communications for a dot com company, the Director of Business Operations for NASCAR team, and as publicist for former Major League Baseball player, Brett Butler.
Chief Commercial Officer Bath Rugby Club, UK
Chief Commercial Officer, Bath Rugby Club, UK
Trustee Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, UK
Trustee, Brentford FC Community Sports Trust, UK
Director Humanforce (TimeTarget), UK
Director, Humanforce (TimeTarget), UK
Wayne has a wide range of industry knowledge gathered from 25 years’ experience in business across multiple industries. Starting his first business at age 22, Wayne has been a Director of businesses including Export Manufacturing, Wholesale Distribution, Multisite Retailing, IT Product Services and Stadia WFM, across New Zealand, Australia, Asia Pacific, United Kingdom and Europe. Having built 5 successful startup businesses, Wayne has developed a hands on approach to Business Development, growing highly skilled teams while creating long term business relationships.
Vice President International FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
Vice President International, FELD Motorsports, The Netherlands
Who was there
Hilton is a leading global hospitality company, with a portfolio of 14 world-class brands comprising more than 5,200 properties with more than 856,000 rooms, in 105 countries and territories. Hilton is dedicated to fulfilling its mission to be the world’s most hospitable company by delivering exceptional experiences – every hotel, every guest, every time. The company’s portfolio includes Hilton Hotels & Resorts, Waldorf Astoria Hotels & Resorts, Conrad Hotels & Resorts, Canopy by Hilton, Curio Collection by Hilton, DoubleTree by Hilton, Tapestry Collection by Hilton, Embassy Suites by Hilton, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton by Hilton, Tru by Hilton, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Home2 Suites by Hilton and Hilton Grand Vacations. The company also manages an award-winning customer loyalty program, Hilton Honors. Hilton Honors members who book directly through preferred Hilton channels have access to instant benefits, including a flexible payment slider that allows members to choose exactly how many Points to combine with money, an exclusive member discount that can’t be found anywhere else, and free standard Wi-Fi.
With over 350 performances and 4 million fans a year, Monster Jam is the ultimate sports and live entertainment brand. Mixing racing, showmanship and the ultimate fan experience into one incredible, action-packed show, Monster Jam is filling some of the world’s premiere stadiums. As of 2017, Monster Jam has performed in a total of 57 cities across 30 countries and territories outside the United States and continues to win new fans all over the world. The 2018 International Monster Jam tour has stops scheduled in South America, Europe, The Middle East and Asia-Pacific, with more being added each day! Grave Digger, Max-D and Monster Mutt aren’t just household names in the U.S. any longer…- View Website
3D Digital Venue
3D Digital Venue, powered by MMC, provides Interactive Digital Venue Management Solutions to Sports and Entertainment Venues across the globe. With our 3D Digital Venue technology platform we design need based solutions for our clients providing them a robust, precise and interactive recreation of their Venue to deliver greater fan satisfaction, increase season ticket holder renewal rates, activate new channels of digital sponsorship and provide special viewing experiences for prospective VIP buyers. The primary capabilities of our 3D Digital Venue Platform include: Ticketing3D to Enhance Ticket Sales and Fan Purchase Experience using our interactive 3D Seat Views from all Blocks and Seats; 3D Season Tickets achieve higher renewal rates from season ticket holders by offering 360 degree 3D Views of the seats even before existing venue is refurbished or a new stadium is built; Activation3D, an Interactive Environment to activate Measurable Digital Sponsorship by Product Placement inside our 3D Views & VIP3D, to provide world-class Interactive Experience to prospective VIPs and Corporate Clients with fully 3D Customised views of Luxury Suites and Premium Club Hospitality Areas. Our 3D Digital Venue Platform provide you the most complete, interactive and cutting edge Venue Management Solutions- View Website
Humanforce has managed workforces across stadiums and events centres since 2002, developing our TimeTarget software to be the most advanced WFM solution in the world. Our solution ensures you have the right staff in the right place, at the right time, and solutions include: Employee roster, Availability and Qualifications, Security Check In, Wristband Printing and Biometrics, Integrated Agency Management and Fast Payroll Processing. With TimeTarget software, you take control of your employee wage costs, compliance risk and improve service levels for every event in real time.- View Website
Market-leading provider of IP Video and Digital Signage technology that enables stadiums to harness the power of video to engage and entertain fans.- View Website
Exterity solutions enable stadiums and venues to deliver a dynamic mix of live footage and action replay to TV screens and mobile devices across the connected campus. Integrate live TV with digital signage announcements, advertising and scores. Create a personalised viewing experience for guests in VIP and hospitality areas. Exterity’s stadium & sporting clients include Arsenal FC, Celtic FC, Liverpool FC, MK Dons FC, Ulster Rugby, PSV Eindhoven, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, DC United, TSG Hoffenheim, Lord’s, The Open and Sandown Park Racecourse.
Find out more at www.exterity.com and follow us on Twitter @Exterity
Shenzhen Absen Optoelectronic Co., Ltd. was founded in 2001 as an integrated service provider and manufacturer within the Optoelectronics industry focusing on premium quality turnkey LED display solutions. Adhering to our strict quality control guidelines Absen have successfully deployed over 30,000 LED projects in more than 120 countries
At the same time, we are constantly developing our international customer service networks. The Absen Europe HQ is in Russelsheim, near Frankfurt am Main, Germany. We look forward to meeting you to discuss and demonstrate the proven quality and cost-effectiveness of our award-winning LED products.- View Website
Trusted Worldwide for Integrated technology solutions in sports and entertainment venues.
Our innovative SaaS, hosted and on-premises IT solutions enable stadia and arena, entertainment venues, hotels and resorts, hospitality and foodservice to streamline operations and focus on costs: to increase workforce productivity, enhance guest satisfaction and maximise profitability in multiple areas of operations: complete food and beverage operational management, point-of-sale (static, mobile, online), payments (cashless, contactless, online, queue busting), inventory and procurement, stock control, business intelligence and real-time reporting. Headquartered in Warrington, UK, we are an authorised distributor & reseller of Agilysys products worldwide. Operated directly or through trusted partners in Europe, North America, Middle East and Africa.- View Website
Sthaler has developed the world’s first match-on-cloud biometric identification platform which will rival conventional payment mechanisms becoming the safest and fastest retail and hospitality payment and loyalty system. Sthaler’s first product, Fingopay, allows individuals to identify themselves, pay for goods or access an event by scanning the unique vein pattern in their fingers. The innovative Finger Vein Authentication technology removes the costs of manufacturing, distributing and managing plastic cards or any other form of identification. All existing cards and loyalty schemes can be linked to a finger, enabling fast, convenient transactions which reduces queues and improves customer experience.
Unlike your fingerprint your finger vein ID can’t be damaged, stolen or forged. Unlike your bank card, it can’t be lost or stolen. Fingopay brings the entire customer journey together, allowing a single view from beginning to end. The individual profiles we create will build rich consumer data profiles so you can reward your fans with relevant, personalised offers and a brand-new way to pay. “We are starting to integrate leading edge Fingopay technology into solutions for Verteda clients, starting with a Premiership football club and then moving into other venues like music arenas”. Matthew Prosser, Sales Director, Verteda- View Website
Xperiology’s total focus is the global sport, leisure and entertainment sector.
They’re a “boutique agency” operation with offices in Hove (UK) and Cortona (Italy) serving the information needs of the global sports and entertainment sector. Theywork with many of the sector’s leading organisations, providing illuminating ideas in EVENTS, ADVISORY and INTELLIGENCE.
Xperiology also deliver bespoke training and development workshops to help share best practice and shape the next generation of sports and entertainment venue industry executives.- View Website
Since our launch in 2011, VisionEvents Manchester Limited (VE-M) has grown and developed to the fortunate position we find ourselves in today – an industry leading creative event production company and audio visual supplier. Whether it’s a glittering award ceremony, an attention-grabbing product launch or a motivational conference – we will deliver a first-class event every time. A client centered approach ensures we can truly reflect your needs and the unique qualities of your brand – on time and on budget. Born out of the 30 year celebration of the Vision Events Group, VE-M was built upon an already strong foundation – set to make our own mark on the industry through experienced staff and a continuous ongoing push for success.
From the moment you join forces with VE-M you can expect the best service from people that not only understand events but those that have a passion and drive for what they do. Together with our unrivalled in-house resources, flexible pricing and commitment to continuous investment in the latest equipment, we are a perfect partner for the future. What our clients say about us…
“VE-M were up there as one of the very best AV providers I have worked with. VE-M always deliver a top-quality team to run our events. On the day your team were wonderfully efficient and reassuring. Please pass on my thanks to all involved for their support, calmness & professional delivery.”
“It was an honour to meet you guys. The work, support, and time you have given us was amazing and you made our Glitz and Glam ball look simply jaw-dropping. What a bunch of exceptional professionals you are, thank you so much!!
Let us be part of your event!- 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
What are people saying?
You guys did a great job. Really enjoyed the programming and hospitality.
Scott Jenkins General Manager, Mercedes-Benz Stadium
The best conference I've ever attended!
Lee Zeidman President, STAPLES Center
Congratulations on a fabulous event. You guys really go the extra mile!
Chris Salmon Commercial Director, SG Fleet
A delightful summit… There are great opportunities ahead.
Javier Martinez CEO, JMTZ
Another great Summit. We couldn't be more pleased with our participation.