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Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 press launch a resounding success

The Official Press Launch for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition was held in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this week, with speakers from the Japan Sports Agency, Congress Corporation – an Event Partner – and UKT&I/BCCJ, and was met with great interest from the many members of the press in attendance.

There to support the event launch was also a delegation from the J. League; Japan’s professional football league, which itself had announced an exciting 10-year, US$2bn deal with the British-based Perform Group for online matches just last week.

Neil Levett, Managing Director of Alad Ltd – the event organisers – said:

It’s been an amazing week, with lots of very high interest! And it’s been a terrific profile-raising exercise for the inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event in Japan.

During the Press Conference, Mr Levett went into great detail about the forthcoming Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, which is being hosted by the Yokohama Arena in the City of Yokohama this September, 26-28. This rounded off a busy week for Mr Levett, who had also presented to the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) – who have been assisting with the promotion of the event – earlier in the week.

Currently acknowledged as the fastest growing market for sporting events and sports venue developments in the world, Japan is the perfect choice for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, with 36 venues currently proposed for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. Not to mention the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites and the Kansai Masters in 2021.

In addition, Japan’s successful three-tier soccer league, a well-established baseball league and a soon-to-be-expanded basketball league (for which 15 arena projects are already planned, with many more being proposed), promise to deliver a plethora of opportunities, not least as the Sporting Nation Research Committee has highlighted the fact that the country’s stadia and arenas need to be transformed from cost- to profit centres.

The wider Asia Pacific region is also a hotbed of activity, with 75 actual/predicted projects, including those for events such as the 2018 Winter Olympic Games, the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games and the 2022 Winter Olympics, as well as the new Perth Stadium, Cambodia’s new Morodok Techno National Stadium and the Kai Tak Sports Park.


The Japan Sports Agency was one of the organisations that presented during the Official Press Launch for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, as well as the President of Congress Corporation – an Event Partner – as pictured above.

Chris Heffner, UKT&I (above) and

Chris Heffner, UKT&I (above) and Mitsuhito Sendai, Director of Community Development Division, Japan Sports Agency (below), also presented to the many members of the press in attendance.

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Alad’s Mr Neil Levett also presented to the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) during his visit.

About Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific

Now in its 18th year, the event brings together industry leaders involved in mega sporting events, as well as all aspects of sports venue design/build, management, operations, fit-out and technology provision from around the world.

At this year’s event, attendees will be able to listen to over 50 global speakers and network with architects, engineers, venue operators/managers, government/council representatives, industry suppliers, and many more.

Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee is the latest in a long line of Japan’s sporting glitterati to confirm their participation at this unmissable event. He joins other key figures from Japan’s sporting landscape, including: Mr Toshiro Muto, CEO, Tokyo 2020; and Masaaki Okawa, Chairman, Japan Professional Basketball League.

Mr Akira Shimazu

Mr Akira Shimazu

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To listen, learn, network and do business with the best in the APAC region, make sure to secure your place at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 by simply visiting the website online at:

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