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The Miami HEAT and AmericanAirlines Arena have been named the first-ever Environmental Innovators of the Year in the NBA category by the Green Sports Alliance (GSA), recognised for excellence in advancing the sport green movement through their ongoing implementation of sustainability elements in their venue.

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With six successful conferences already under their belts, officials at the National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi expect the seventh edition to be even better with the addition of several new highlights this year.

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HKS Sports & Entertainment Group’s Mo Stein, FAIA, FACHA, Principal, Fred Ortiz, AIA, Principal and Andy Henning, Principal, AIA, LEED AP, present their ideas on how to design world-class Spring Training Facilities, celebrating the firm’s innovative designs.

As many fans have always known, baseball is more than just a game. We recognise the power of baseball to bring people together, a game passed from generation to generation, while today, providing fans a modern, up-close opportunity to create their own memories and stories.

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Export to Japan, in association with UKT&I/UKTI Tokyo, have launched a Global Sports Events report detailing Japan’s progress on the road to Tokyo 2020 and provides details on the latest updates on business opportunities for British companies in this sector. 

This is the second Global Sports Event Webinar that UKT&I Tokyo and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have hosted to date. NB: Only UKT&I and BCCJ members are allowed access to this webinar and the downloadable version of the report.

Since Export to Japan’s first webinar, Japan’s biggest achievements have included the completion of the venue planning and agreement of events with the IOC and the IPC.

The industry expert speakers introduce the Global Sports Event report on Tokyo 2020 and RWC 2019, which follows on from the previous report released last year.

They also discuss the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Olympics & Paralympics’ Action Plan, which will be soon available on Export to Japan.

About the Speaker

Tim Johnson, Head of Global Sporting Events and Strategic Trade at UKTI Japan hosts the guest speaker, Graham Davis, of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, who provides his expertise and discusses business opportunities for British companies as Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 draw ever closer.

Benefits of Watching 

UK companies are eligible to receive an executive summary of the Global Sports Event report and TMG Action Plan via the webinar, and receive the latest updates on planning and progress.

They will also be able to learn about opportunities that might exist for UK companies in the supply chain, how the new National Sponsors could be involved in Tokyo 2020 and the ways in which this may be of interest to UK companies.

About the Report

Three major global sporting events are set to take place in Japan over the coming years. This report sets the scene for British companies who may be interested in becoming involved in the delivery of these events.

It also gives a detailed explanation of the major global sporting events that will be hosted in Japan over the next few years.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction
  • Three Events
  • 2020 Olympics background
  • Timetable to the Olympics
  • Insight into Business Opportunities for UK companies
  • Tokyo 2020 – the view from LOCOG
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 background
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 – the organiser’s view
  • About the BCCJ, their partners and contacts

Updates to this report will delve more deeply into top level areas of opportunities for British businesses.

About the BCCJ

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s mission is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all their members, and actively encourage new British business into the Japanese market, as well as Japanese investment into the UK.

The BCCJ works closely with the UKT&I Tokyo in order to achieve this goal.

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About Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016

If Asia Pacific is a region you are interested in or is a region you are already working in and would like to secure more leads/clients/distributors etc., then you need to attend our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference & exhibition – as mentioned during the above Global Sports Events Report’s webinar – which is being held at Japan’s Yokohama Arena from September 26-28.

Now in its 18th year, the event brings together the industry leaders from all aspects of sporting events and sports venues, from design & build, to management, operations and technology.

Some 50+ top industry professionals, from architects, engineers, sports venue owners/operators, LOC’s, government/council representatives and producers/suppliers, will share their insights over the 3-day event, during which you can network, learn, knowledge-share and do business.

Japan is the perfect choice for our 2016 event, with the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites, 36 venues being currently proposed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. This is all in addition to the country’s successful three-tier Soccer League, a well-established Baseball League, and a soon-to-be expanded Basketball League (with 15 arena projects already planned and many more proposed), making Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 too good of an opportunity to miss!

For further information, visit the event website at:


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Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 will bring together the movers and shakers from the world of sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology at the Yokohama Arena, Japan this September (28-30), for three days of networking, knowledge-sharing and doing business.


ALAD Ltd (the show organisers) are delighted to announce that Major Events International (MEI) has renewed its status as an event partner for 2016, with much closer cooperation between the two. MEI members will benefit from participating in an MEI trade mission to include panel speaking opportunities, discounted exhibition stands and sponsorship rates, as well as specially reduced delegate pass rates and roundtable meetings with key organising committee stakeholders.

With MEI focusing on Japan as the next big major events market, Dennis Mills, CEO of Major Events International, commented:

We are excited to strengthen our partnership with Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific this year. This expo allows us access to the Japanese market for our members and clients; a growing market full of sporting opportunities with the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Summer Olympics 2020 taking place in Japan.

Major Events International is the only global professional membership scheme across all sectors in the major events industry. The organisation has years of experience working with ‘best of breed’ companies for the world’s most iconic sport events, including World Cup series, Olympics and regional games. With direct links to organising committees, specialist sector groups, and targeted networking opportunities, MEI’s promise is to make companies succeed in the global major events marketplace.

With a conference featuring over 50 industry experts and a free-to-attend exhibition showcasing the leading product and service providers in the sector, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific is already established as the largest gathering of industry professionals in the entire APAC region.


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 welcomed nearly 400 attendees from around 40 countries, from stadium managers to event organisers, who spent three days networking, doing business, learning and knowledge-sharing.


For further details on the event or to discuss speaker &/or exhibitor opportunities, please contact Sam Wibrew, Event Director, on Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678 or email: or visit the website at:

To find out more about Major Events International and the membership scheme, please contact Richa Ghai, Partnerships Manager, on Tel: +44 (0)207 073 2661 or email:


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PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, as well as to the MEI and its members.

The underlying message of ‘having more people, playing on better pitches, more of the time’ was loud and clear as The Football Association (The FA) announced its Pitch Improvement Programme (PIP).

Along with partners, Redexim Charterhouse Turf Machinery and Rigby Taylor, the Association has officially launched its GBP£8m scheme to help improve more than 2,000 natural turf football pitches from the National Conference League down.

Part of The FA’s Strategy for Participation and Development, the four-year PIP scheme will enable grassroots clubs to access discounted products from two of the industry’s leading suppliers – Redexim Charterhouse for machinery and equipment, and Rigby Taylor for grass seed, fertilisers, line marking paints and machines, as well as other consumable products.

The programme will be supported by a range of partners including the network of Institute of Groundsmanship (IOG) regional pitch advisors, professional and semi-professional groundstaff, and coordinated by the respective county FA. It will also include a range of measures to help develop the skills and knowledge of the volunteers and groundsmen including seminars and workshops. Interested clubs need first to contact their county FA to find out how to start the ‘ball’ rolling.

Launching the programme, The FA’s Director of Participation and Development Kelly Simmons, and Mark Pover, The FA’s National Facilities and Investment Manager, both emphasised how the scheme is designed to enable thousands of groundsmen – predominantly volunteers – to make the most of their time and their budgets. By being aware of and using the latest maintenance techniques and turf care technologies, they said, not only will the standard of pitches improve but also more games will be able to be played.

Alan Ferguson, The FA’s Head Groundsman, added how PIP offers volunteer groundsmen unprecedented access to the products and expertise of leading suppliers:

Helping them on their way to achieving playing surfaces that facilities like St George’s Park and Wembley Stadium have consistently enjoyed.

He went on to say that, developed in conjunction with other governing bodies and Sport England, was also available to offer complementary help.

Commenting at the launch, Rigby Taylor’s Executive Chairman, Chris Clark, said:

Our Official Supplier status to the Pitch Improvement Programme provides a fantastic opportunity for grassroots football clubs to benefit from of our market-leading products that are the result of years of research and development. PIP gives these organisations a unique opportunity to make considerable gains at relatively low cost.

Redexim Charterhouse’s Business Development Manager, Curtis Allen, added:

Since being involved in the programme it has become very clear that there is no shortage of dedication and desire to improve at grassroots level. There is however a lack of equipment available for those tasked with producing a playable surface year round. With this initiative they get to bring their machinery requirements in line with their never-ending quest for improved playing surfaces. The programme enables grassroots organisations to take ownership of the maintenance programme which is such an important part of the game that often gets forgotten.


Our forthcoming Q1 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management is to feature a special piece focusing on the importance of Pitch Management Programmes, with insights from a number of industry experts.

Frank E. Celli, CEO of BioHiTech Global, gives us an exclusive insight into how Fan Engagement can boost a sports venues’ Waste Diversion goals.

According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, roughly one-third of all food produced for human consumption, about 1.3 billion tons, is lost or wasted each year, enough food to fill as many as 730 stadiums. The gravity of this waste occurrence has spurred a movement to reduce and divert food waste across the globe.

In the summer of 2014 the European Union issued measures to ban the landfilling of organics by 2025 and additionally will start requesting that 7,000 of their largest public companies report on environmental matters beginning in 2017. Just this past September, the U.S. Department of Agriculture partnered with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to announce a nationwide goal to reduce U.S. food waste by 50 percent by 2030.

Stadiums Need To Participate

Because stadiums around the world draw millions of spectators each year, only a number of them are meeting the challenge of implementing waste minimisation strategies or revamping their material management and sustainability programs to help address and solve this issue.

At no fault of their own, some stadiums often look to the easiest solution without considering the environmental implications. They blindly rely on their hauler to make the largest component of their waste, food waste, just disappear. There are others, however, that are using an innovative way to reduce, divert, and dispose of the food waste at the point of generation aligning their goals with that of the worlds.

Onsite aerobic digestion is the process in which a machine uses oxygen, water, agitation and microorganisms to breakdown food waste into a liquid effluent that can be safely discharged to the sewer system. This process is far more effective and environmentally friendly in the war on diversion from landfill than hauls to distant compost or AD facilities.

But it is important to draw focus to the FDA’s food waste hierarchy that suggests the best way to dispose of food waste is to produce less of it in the first place. In this “source reduction” phase, the idea would be to use a tool that quantifies what is being wasted in order to adjust what is purchased, prepared and consumed so that tomorrow less is wasted and less is disposed of.

The Eco-Safe Digester is two solutions in one

In order to acquire this level of detailed data in a multi-food venue operation, a stadium would need a smart technology solution that collects and reports this kind of data.

While its main objective is to sit quietly in the back of the house, BioHiTech’s Eco-Safe Digester continuously digests food waste throughout the day eliminating the need to drag bagged heavy wet waste to the compactor. It then measures each increment of waste during the digestion process and sends the detailed data to a cloud platform.

Stadium managers and owners have immediate access to the waste information to track and monitor the origin of the waste to make the necessary adjustments affecting sourcing, handling and ultimately prevention while dining services workers use the digester in a manner that makes them more efficient in the management of the material.

This sustainable approach consequently saves them thousands of dollars per game while reducing landfill waste.

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Motivating fans is the key to success

One of the most important aspects of an effective sustainability and waste management program is communication. BioHiTech’s smart management tool can communicate a stadium’s sustainability and waste management progress throughout each game to foster fan engagement and boost participation of diversion goals.

Food waste diversion results, as well as the environmental impact, can be communicated to the fans through the use of digital in-stadium billboards, by incorporating athletes into the stadium’s environmental campaign, and tying give-aways to participation. All communication methods will help stadiums of all sizes achieve a sustainable outcome.

Stadiums incorporating this unique customer-facing food waste diversion technology can expect increased efficiencies and cost savings while offering a sustainable guest experience.





Major Events International (MEI), with the support of UK Trade & Investment France (UKT&I France) and the Marseille Mayor’s office, is leading security companies to Marseille to meet key officials and potential business partners for a knowledge-sharing session.

The purpose of the visit is to share best-practice between experienced security companies involved in securing venues and major events, and key city-level stakeholders.

This security-focused visit provides a unique opportunity to connect with the right people and is aimed at companies of all sizes.

Focus of the visit

  • Learn more about city-level security plans around high density venues
  • Meet with key city-level stakeholders involved in safety and security
  • Share major events security best-practice

To sign up to participate in this visit, taking place 17-18 March 2016, please contact Richa Ghai via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)207 073 2661. There will be an administration fee to participate, discounted for MEI Members.

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New guidance around preventing exposure to carbon monoxide in commercial kitchens has important implications for UK sports stadia, says ductwork specialist Francesca Smith.

The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has released guidance for establishments that use solid fuel appliances such as tandoori ovens, charcoal grills and wood-fired pizza ovens. By following the guidance, stadia and arenas with solid fuel appliances on their premises can prevent workers, customers, and even members of the public in neighbouring properties from being exposed to harmful levels of carbon monoxide.

The highly poisonous gas, which has no taste, smell or colour, is released when solid fuel is burned and can quickly build up without proper ventilation. This can result in serious, permanent ill-health effects, or even death, to anyone nearby.

This is particularly important within arenas and stadia as the kitchens, and grease extract, are generally located on the outside of the premises, with the customers inside. If carbon monoxide were to leak, or a fire break out in the grease extract, customers would have to go through danger areas to access the outside.

Stadia managers should also be aware that the issues addressed in the guidance are the tip of the iceberg.


The guidance in Catering Information Sheet No 26 affects the installation, design, positioning and maintenance of solid fuel appliances and their ventilation systems.


When obtaining a solid fuel appliance, seek competent advice on all technicalities relating to installation, ventilation, extraction and maintenance, from organisations such as the official body to approve biomass and solid fuel heating appliances HETAS, Catering Equipment Distributors Association (CEDA), Catering Equipment Suppliers Association (CESA) and the Building & Engineering Services Association (B&ES).


Determine what material your flue/extraction system is constructed from. Stainless steel is not corroded by the gases released during solid fuel combustion. However, many kitchen extraction systems are made from galvanised steel, which is liable to corrosion. This can potentially leak carbon monoxide, and other toxic gases, into the surrounding areas.

An extraction system and its components, such as induction fans, should be designed to withstand high temperatures and corrosive flue gases. Also ensure there is minimal risk of heat being transferred to any combustible materials close to the flue/ductwork.

Ventilation and extraction

Your flue should be located outside the building and must terminate to the external of the building at a safe atmosphere or discharge point. Seek advice from your local authority building control department to make sure that you are compliant with their requirements.

In commercial kitchens with both a natural draught flue and a mechanical extraction system, gases can be drawn back down the flue into the room. In this instance, having an equal supply of make-up air to compensate for combustion and removal of resulting gases is very important. A competent engineer can advise you on how best to achieve this.

Maintenance, testing and cleaning

Extraction systems for commercial solid fuel appliances must be thoroughly examined and tested, by an expert, at least once every 14 months.

Also have an appropriate regular cleaning and maintenance programme, carried out by professionals, to ensure that your extraction system continues to function properly. A specialist contractor may be needed to clean the extraction system.


Carbon monoxide gas can build up quickly and overcome people without warning. A functioning audible carbon monoxide alarm complying with BS EN 50291 should be fitted, in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions, and people should be evacuated if the alarm goes off.

Repeated activation of the alarm indicates a problem, which should be thoroughly investigated before the appliance is put back into use. Battery – rather than mains-operated – devices should be tested regularly. If possible, the appliance/alarm should be interlocked with any fitted mechanical ventilation.

Make sure that the extraction system fan stays switched on until all solid fuel has been extinguished, even if nobody is on the premises, by running it 24 hours a day or by interlocking the extraction fan to the carbon monoxide detector. This will protect people in neighbouring properties from any carbon monoxide leaks, and the building will be safe to enter for the next shift, and safe to access out of hours.

Selection and storage of fuel

Only use fuel suitable for your appliance, recommended by responsible suppliers/manufacturers, unless your extraction system can safely remove the products of combustion from alternative fuels.

Burn only the amount of fuel you need to minimise the amount of carbon monoxide produced and to keep your costs down. Store solid fuel in a dry and ventilated area, or in line with the manufacturer/supplier’s storage instructions.

Information, instruction and training

Ensure that workers are aware of the risks and control measures required to operate the solid fuel appliance safely, of the signs and symptoms of carbon monoxide exposure, and how to follow the emergency procedures.

Tip of the iceberg

What many arena managers don’t know is that cleaning a ventilation system, which can collect highly-flammable grease, can do more damage than good in some instances.

Cleaning usually has to be done with a caustic based chemical, which is highly corrosive. Any residue can significantly speed up the rate of corrosion, and can corrode stainless steel as well as galvanised steel. This can inadvertently worsen a carbon monoxide leak into a building.

Regardless of whether galvanised steel, stainless steel or another material is used, the system needs to be checked for corrosion as part of a rigorous planned safety check. Grease builds up irrespective of the fabrication, which introduces the need for cleaning with a potentially corrosive chemical.

Cleaning must therefore be tackled by fully trained, skilled and accredited specialist cleaners whose methodology is exact enough to remove all traces of caustic based chemicals.

Also, while the guidance states that extraction systems must be examined and tested, at least once every 14 months, and cleaned regularly, stadia managers should be careful to check for specific stipulations in their buildings insurance warranty. Most insurers won’t pay out in the event of a fire or a carbon monoxide leak, citing non-compliance.

And finally, don’t assume that everything is OK simply because disaster hasn’t yet struck. A ventilation system, or even just a component such as a fire retardant sealant, could be quietly corroding away out of sight, with possibly fatal consequences. Take great care in picking the right suppliers for installation, design, positioning, maintenance and cleaning, to keep people out of harm’s way.


Francesca Smith is Managing Director of ductwork specialist Bright Hygiene.