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The Tokyo 2020 Organising Committee and the Tokyo Metropolitan Government have announced the Tokyo 2020 Live Site Programme ‘Rio to Tokyo’ that will take place during the Rio 2016 Olympic & Paralympic Games in Tokyo, and across Japan, as a foretaste of the next summer Olympic and Paralympic Games to be held in Tokyo in 2020.

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Rio’s ambitions to stage the world’s “best value” Olympics hinge, in part, on applying many of the legacy planning strategies of the London 2012 Games. With just two months to go until the opening ceremony of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games, Rio is “on the cusp” of reaping the same legacy benefits enjoyed by London, according to AECOM, the company behind both cities’ Olympic masterplans.

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The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), after vigorous research and technical evaluation, has decided to install the next-generation subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system from SubAir (USA), at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, making it the first ever installation of SubAir Systems for Cricket Stadiums worldwide.

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The second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, took place September 28-30, 2015, at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium and was lauded ‘an overwhelming success’ by all in attendance.

The 17th event for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts”, with nearly 500 high-ranking attendees representing just under 30 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Kingdom of Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States, for 2.5-days of networking, learning, knowledge-sharing and doing business.

One of the 50+ industry-elite speakers, Jason Hill, General Manager – Commercial at the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, commented:

I was impressed with the operation… and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.

Delegate Masa Hayafuji, Assistant Chief – Stadium Development Group of the J-League (Japan Professional Football League), said:

I just want to show you my great gratitude for inviting me to the conference. It was great experience and I met a lot of people in this industry because of your support.

Another speaker, Greg Turner, General Manager at the STU Sports Park, commented:

…thanks for hosting the conference and everything you did to help organise it. I found it immensely useful and must say I wish there were more such conferences in the region.

Look forward to next year in Japan and hopefully I can present an updated case study on the Sports Park and what we are trying to accomplish there!

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium and Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong, in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, our local event partner, said:

As more major international sporting events are held in the Asia Pacific region, there is an increasing need for venue management professionals to gain a better understanding of effective management and utilisation of sports facilities. Stadia & Arena 2015 created that opportunity. We are heartened by the many discussions and sharing of real-world experiences amongst the community.

Over 80 delegates attended a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on the opening day.

The event kicked-off with an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub’s facilities, which more than 80 delegates took advantage of. The tour was followed by the event’s Official Opening, with welcome speeches from Alad Chairman, Alan Levett, and Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, and rounded-off with a Regional Market Report that detailed the many projects currently under construction, in the planning stage or being proposed in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Day II saw the start of the conference in earnest, with 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement. The day’s proceedings were brought to a close with an evening networking reception in the exhibition hall, which allowed delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to chat in a more informal setting.

On the exhibition floor, which sported more than 40+ industry-leading exhibitors, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts from across the entire spectrum of products and services for sporting events and venues, many of whom were exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

The event finale on Day III gave all visitors the chance to hear an insightful Closing Keynote from the Disney Institute’s Senior Facilitator, Wing Tan, during which he explained how as leaders in the sports industry it is important to understand that your fans are your ‘guests’ and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience.

As an alternative for delegates with a primary focus on Sports Turf, there was a special local site tour to learn about the importance of proper artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau laid on a special local site tour to advise delegates on the importance of correct artificial turf maintenance.


With cities and countries from across Asia Pacific playing host to a plethora of major sporting events, including the 2017 SEA Games, 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2022 Asian Games and 2023 SEA Games, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan. So please watch this space for further details…and keep checking back both on this website and the show’s website at:

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A comprehensive review of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be published later this year.

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Nearly 500 attendees networked, knowledge-shared, learned and conducted business during Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.


The team of directors creating the Rio 2016 Olympic Games opening ceremony have been discussing their approach. It will be a thrilling fusion of Brazilian culture set to the rhythms of the country’s vigorous musical styles, produced by some of the nation’s best creative talent, and at a tenth of the cost of the London Games. 

Oscar-nominated film director Fernando Meirelles, whose back catalogue includes City of God and The Constant Gardener, said:

We have listened to specialists, like anthropologist Hermano Vianna, who have different visions of what Brazil is. It will be a synthesis of our popular culture.

Meirelles is part of a team including fellow film directors Andrucha Waddington and Daniela Thomas, production executive Abel Gomes and samba school creative director Rosa Magalhães, one of the most famous figures of Rio Carnival.

About 12,000 volunteers will join the casts for the Olympic and Paralympic Games opening and closing ceremonies. While more than 15,000 people have already applied to be part of the shows watched by a global audience of many millions, it is still possible for budding performers from all over the world to get involved.  Rehearsals begin in April next year and continue until the ceremonies (August for the Olympic Games and September for the Paralympic Games).

The vision of the team of directors will be brought to life by Brazilian choreographer Deborah Colker and American live-event director Steve Boyd, who has contributed to 13 consecutive Olympic Games. Waddington explained:

We create something on a smaller scale and afterwards it is amplified. We saw last week the incredible moves that Deborah has created with this small group. We have already started to visualise how each movement will work after it’s been multiplied by a thousand people.

Meirelles said the budget would be sensible:

It will be 10 times smaller than for the London 2012 opening ceremony. It does not make sense to be extravagant in this moment that the country is facing. It will not be a high-tech ceremony, it will be high-concept.

Caetano added:

The strength of our ceremony will be working with more people and less things, less props. Because when the party is over, those things create rubbish.

Gomes, a set designer and producer of mega-events such as the huge New Year’s Eve celebrations on Copacabana beach and the Rock in Rio festival, leads Cerimônias Cariocas, the company that will deliver the Rio 2016 ceremonies. Looking ahead to the Olympic Games opening ceremony on 5 August 2016 at the Maracanã Stadium, he said:

It will be the biggest event in all of our lives.

Photo: Fernando Meirelles gained international critical acclaim for his 2002 film City of God. (Photo: Rio 2016/Daniel Ramalho)

The Disney Institute has confirmed that they will give the Closing Keynote at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference.

The Disney Institute’s Alice Edinger, Senior Account Manager, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific and Wing Tan Senior Facilitator, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific, will give the Closing Keynote at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015. This will mark the second time Disney has closed the show, with it proving a huge success at our 2013 event, and it is sure to finish the conference in style once again this year!

Edinger will also join the panel session on Fan Engagement, where industry experts will present their ideas and inspiration on how to give your supporters more ‘bang for their buck’, increase fan loyalty and enhance the game day experience in order to create lasting and memorable moments.

Edinger and Tan join the now more than 50 industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, which will cover all aspects of sport venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology.

The long-standing reputation Disney Theme Parks and Resorts has for incredible service and friendly employees is not magic, it is sound ideology, consistently applied in business. The Disney Institute’s program teaches the importance of understanding that fans are your guests and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience, which will have a significant impact on their intent to return to the stadium.

An exceptional fan experience is a direct result of employees delivering a high standard of quality service, which Disney has prided itself on for many years.

To find out more about how Disney can help your business grow, register as a delegate or visitor at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 online TODAY at:


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the world’s leading conference & exhibition for the sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology sector – will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. To register as a delegate or visitor, go to:

Gourmet Sports Hospitality’s F&B offering at Allianz Parque Arena

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Gourmet Sports Hospitality (GSH) is responsible for all levels of catering at the Allianz Parque Arena in São Paulo, Brazil, from public catering to gastronomic concepts in the business and VIP areas; this marks the third stadium in the company’s portfolio of major South American events.

In the public area, GSH offers high-quality fast food, along with simple, fresh snacks for a modern food and fan experience. The modern club lounges provide space for casual and informal meetings, with high-class Brazilian snacks and international finger food. The VIP clubs, for important meetings and clients, spoil guests with premium finger food, accompanied by fine-dining hot and cold snacks. The exclusive and private atmosphere of the premium suites offers comfort and luxury. The ensuite central food court guarantees a high standard of culinary expertise and service. For guests with even higher aspirations, the convention centre and auditorium level is the perfect, multi-faceted and inspiring location, offering a bespoke set-up for events.


GSH provides all the catering - from the public catering to gastronic experiences in the VIP areas - at Brazil's Allianz Parque Arena.

GSH provides all the catering – from the public catering to gastronic experiences in the VIP areas – at Brazil’s Allianz Parque Arena.

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Behind Gourmet Sports Hospitality is a team of skilled hospitality experts from the German-based K&K Group AG. With an international presence, the company has more than two decades of comprehensive experience in major sports, cultural, entertainment and corporate events. Their references include global sporting events, such as catering for the FIFA World Cup since 2006, including the current 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, as well as at Formula 1, last year’s Confederations Cup and the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.


Klaus Peter Kofler, CEO of the K&K Group, said:

We have come a long way since we opened our office in Rio in 2011. It’s a very interesting market, with a lot of potential, and we’re happy to be part of this rapid development. Our focus is always on quality whether it’s making hotdogs at the concession stands in the public areas or developing gastronomic concepts together with star chefs for the VIP lounges. Being part of the last three FIFA World Cup’s has provided us with a lot of experience and also innovative ideas.


Gourmet Sports Hospitality has a strong partner by its side in the form of the global sports and entertainment presenter, AEG, who owns, operates and provides services to some of the most unique and successful facilities in the world.


As the new home of Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras football team, Allianz Parque Arena seats 45,000 for football matches and up to 60,000 for other events. It fully satisfies FIFA contract provisions – specifically insofar as parking (1,500 covered spaces inside the arena), public transport (two metro stations – Barra Funda and Sumaré – in addition to commuter trains, and a broad network of buses), safety, accessibility, and full media support. The facility boasts nearly 200 skyboxes, two restaurants (including one offering a panoramic view of the field), snack bars, and all the other facilities expected to accompany a complex of this caliber. The arena includes cutting-edge technology and incorporates sustainability projects; mainly concerning the use and re-use of water, electricity, etc. The approximate investment is 330 million reais (c.GBP£89.6m) over a 30-year partnership. The venue’s additional facilitites include an amphitheatre, convention centre, media centre, museum, several retail stores and restaurants.

Aggreko supplier of temporary broadcast power to 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil

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As announced in December by the Fédération Internationale de Football Association (FIFA), Aggreko is the rental company that has been selected as the official temporary power provider to the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.


Aggreko, which is a global leader in this sector, is responsible for providing power and temperature control (TC) solutions to the tournament’s broadcast network, ensuring people around the world can tune in and watch the games without interruption.


World Cup fans across the globe can watch their favourite teams play thanks to the continuous transmission of the live action from world media at the International Broadcast Centre (IBC). Set up in Rio de Janeiro’s Riocentro, Latin America’s largest exhibition centre, the IBC is supported by direct feeds from the media set up at any one of the interim broadcast compounds built in each of the tournament’s 12 stadiums.


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Aggreko, who in the past 50 years have provided solutions across a number of iconic sport events, have installed both power and TC solutions to the IBC, as well as each of the 12 interim broadcast compounds, including the stadium’s LED screens, assuring event organisers, sponsors, media and their expectant audiences that airtime will not be affected.


The power and TC rental expert have provided a total of 50 MW, of which 12 MW will be used as guaranteed power to the IBC, and the remainder distributed across the 12 stadiums. Their TC solutions ensure heat sensitive broadcast equipment is maintained at the right temperature, as well as climate control for busy news desks.


As the temporary hub for broadcasters during major sport events, all 64 matches are being transmitted by the IBC, reaching a cumulative global audience of billions. The rental experts have also provided primary power to the stadiums’ LED screens, where pitch action will be transmitted live to excited fans. With the eyes of the world watching, failure in not an option.


According to Pablo Varela, General Director of Brazil Aggreko, FIFA 2014 World Cup Brazil™ will serve as yet another opportunity for Aggreko to showcase the depth of experience they have in providing solutions to the world of events:

We are honoured to have been selected as the tournament’s official temporary power suppliers. Over the years we have had the opportunity to demonstrate time and time again the value we bring in terms of consistency and reliability. Having successfully delivered solutions to some the world’s most iconic sport events – nine Summer and Winter Olympics, five World Cup tournaments and several Formula One races – our customers trust in our ability to deliver flawlessly every time.