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Preliminary Conference Program unveiled for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015

PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the world’s leading conference and exhibition for sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – will return to Singapore this September, 28-30, where it will once again be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium.

Stadia & Arena has undergone a major transformation over the last 24-months, moving from Europe – where the event was hosted on 15 occasions – to Asia Pacific, reflecting the sheer number of sports venues underway and in development, as well as the significant number of major sporting events being hosted in the region.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium – host venue for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific – has also completed its own facelift, with an interim upgrade that included the addition of a new film around the stadium’s façade and the adjacent Singapore National Stadium has just finished its hosting of the 2015 SEA Games.

Last year’s inaugural Asia Pacific event proved to be an overwhelming success, with more than 500 industry figures in attendance, and this year’s event will duly deliver an unprecedented amount of specialist conference content and expert speakers covering all aspects of sports venue design/build, operations, management, fit-out and technology.

More than 40 top industry speakers are already confirmed for this year’s conference, including Global Spectrum Asia Managing Director, Mark Collins; Melbourne & Olympic Park CEO, Brian Morris; Live Nation Senior Vice President, Venue Development, Greg Gillin; Director at Studio City Entertainment Centre, Jennifer Kelly; Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust General Manager – Commercial, Jason Hill; and ICSS Executive Director for Safety & Security, Malcolm Tarbitt.

Brian Morris, commented:

Last year’s conference was a really valuable experience for venue management professionals and I’m thrilled to be attending once again this year. I’ll be speaking on the current challenges involved in building emerging rugby and football clubs in the Melbourne sporting market – an environment that’s traditionally dominated by Australian Rules football. I’ll also be discussing fan engagement and the role of the venue operator in this space.

The event will also bring together the strongest line-up of leading experts from architecture, design and engineering firms; who have between them worked on hundreds – if not thousands – of sporting events and sport venue projects across the globe.

In the exhibit hall, attendees will have the opportunity to meet over 50 leading suppliers of services and solutions to the sports venue sector. Many of these will be showcasing their services in the region for the first time. The exhibit hall will be the place to hear about the latest projects and industry developments, see new technologies in action and be presented with a myriad of new ideas for your own sports venue project requirements.

For the first time in its 16-year history, the event will feature expert discussions on the opening afternoon, September 28, with in-depth sessions looking at the sports market and upcoming project opportunities in countries around the region, commencing with a special presentation on the SEA Games, which marked the first major sporting tournament to be hosted by the Singapore Sports Hub. Further reports on developments across Australia and Indonesia will follow. The first day will then be concluded with the Opening Reception, when attendees will have their first opportunity to network and do business with the show’s exhibitors.

With the two conference streams running parallel during day’s 2 and 3, delegates will benefit from a unique opportunity to listen to the opinions of leading experts from around the globe. Stream 1 will focus on sports venue design/build/engineering and major event planning, where delegates will learn about the key issues affecting the industry, as well as upcoming projects from both the region and further afield. Stream 2 will cover key practical issues regarding venue management and operation, revenue generation, fan engagement and the playing surface.

To view the preliminary conference program and confirm your place at this must-attend event, simply visit the event website at: www.saevents.uk.com

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