The ESSMA summit, which took place in Dublin, Ireland this week, brought hundreds of stadium industry professionals together to share their knowledge and expertise.
Organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with the ECA (European Club Association) and the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues), the ESSMA Summit has become the must-attend event for those involved in the stadium industry.
The ever-growing popularity of the event was highlighted by the record-breaking attendance, with some 375 participants representing clubs, teams, stadiums, leagues, federations, and those members supplying products and services to the sector from across Europe and beyond.
The 2018 event marked the fourth in the Summit’s illustrious history, with the previous events having been held at Olympique Lyonnais’ Groupama Stadium (previously Parc OL), Munich’s famous Allianz Arena and the stunning San Mamés Stadium.
Delegates in Dublin were given a fascinating Aviva Stadium Tour Experience, followed by a number of keynote sessions that centered around Stadium Lifecycle, Match Day Operations and The Fan Journey.
The Aviva Stadium is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007. It reopened its doors on 14th May 2010 and has a capacity of 51,700 seats. The stadium has won a number of awards including RIAI & RIBA.
John Beattie, stadium and facilities director Arsenal FC and ESSMA president, told delegates:
2017 was another successful year for ESSMA. The general focus has been on creation of the right framework to further professionalise the tools that we have and making sure that the association continues to be the leading platform for information about stadium management and safety.
The main achievements in 2017 were the development of a new online portal esssma.eu management services website, and the launch of the knowledge platform, where over 300 presentations and videos are now put together.
In 2018 we are going to try to activate the non-active members that are out there. For some reason some of the members don’t activate their membership. We are going to make sure that the knowledge platform grows more and more and that you all use it and that it becomes a real live community.
Beattie said ESSMA now boasts 400+ stadium members, 18 leagues and federations and 85 companies.
As for the 2019 ESSMA Summit, Beattie announced that the event will now move from Dublin, and the home of Guinness, to Porto and the home of Port.