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Interest in Stadia & Arena Japan 2018 sky high

The Stadia & Arena Japan Conference and Exhibition 2018 is just weeks away and Event Director Neil Levett, who has recently returned from a site visit to Japan, says interest in the event is sky high.

Some 400 delegates attended a pre event briefing at Waseda University in Tokyo, where Levett outlined the vision for Stadia & Arena Japan 2018.

The meeting was organised by Yoshio Nakamura, Professor of the Faculty of Sport Sciences at Waseda University and Chairman of the Japan Sports Society.

Ken Martin executive director of global sales for the sports and entertainment solutions group of Cisco Systems gave a keynote address at the “New Developments on Stadium and Arena” presentation in Ibuka Hall at the University, named after the founder of Sony Corporation.

Image: Ken Martin of Cisco Systems gives the keynote address.

Levett and Nakamura later shook hands on an agreement to share content between Panstadia & Arena Management magazine and Sports Business and Management Review.

From Tokyo, Levett moved on to Osaka, where the 2018 edition of Stadia & Arena Japan will take place at the Knowledge Capital Congres Convention Center, Osaka, within the Kansai region of Japan – also home to the 2021 World Masters Games – from 30-31st August.

Panasonic Stadium Suita Tour

He held meetings with the Osaka Chamber Commerce and visited Panasonic Stadium Suita, home of J1 League Club Gamba Osaka and which delegates will have a chance to tour during the Stadia & Arena event.

It is equipped with an extensive range of systems comprised of Panasonic’s cutting-edge technology, including LED floodlights, large-screen display systems that help create an even more comfortable, dynamic viewing experience for spectators, as well as an evacuation guidance system for emergencies and the Point Of Sale system for concession stands selling food, beverages, and merchandise.

Image: Neil Levett and Sotaro Kuramoto, venue manager of Panasonic Stadium Suita.

Basketball League Presidents to attend

Meanwhile, the recently created B.League (Japan Basketball League) has confirmed that they will hold their first annual summit as part of this year’s event.

Key decision-makers, including the club Presidents, will be in attendance from all 32 teams, representing a huge opportunity for international suppliers to make valuable new contacts from Arenas around Japan.

Levett later met with representatives of the Osaka Chamber of Commerce Specialist Sports Division, who are keen to facilitate one to one meeting sessions between Osaka based businesses and visiting international suppliers who are looking for Japanese partners.

Image: Neil Levett and Hiroyuki Sugano of Space Media Japan with Masami Okajima and Junna Hayashi of the B.League.

Levett said:

It was a fantastic trip and very interesting to meet the representatives from the Osaka Convention Bureau as well, and to learn how the strategy for the region is to promote themselves as a destination of sporting excellence.

With rugby, football, baseball and basketball all active in the region, they see Stadia & Arena as a great way to complement that. We’re delighted to be working with them and are looking forward to the event in August.

Meanwhile, two more companies have also recently confirmed they will be exhibiting at the event.

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Signature Systems Group – Stand G6

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With a staggering 70 New Build or Renovation Sports Venue Projects planned or underway throughout Japan, you’ll discover there’s so much opportunity for your organisation, even setting aside the Rugby World Cup 2019 and Tokyo 2020!

So, whether you’re an architect or supplier looking for business contacts, part of a venue management team or a large sports club or association, there will be something to suit everyone working within the sports venue market.

As you’d expect from an event originating from the Stadia & Arena suite with over 19 years’ respected history behind it, Stadia & Arena Japan will bring you all the very latest information on planning standards, deregulation, legacy, multi-use, engagement, and much more, from a host of key industry experts.

The event is now firmly established as the largest gathering of sports venue professionals in the entire APAC region with over 2,000 attendees last year and even greater numbers anticipated this year.