The 2017 edition of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition will be the biggest ever following on from the success of this year’s event in Japan.
There have already been record levels of stand re-bookings and to cope with the phenomenal interest, the event is moving to a larger exhibition hall at the Makuhari Messe convention centre in Chiba City, just 30 minutes from Tokyo.
This has meant there has been a slight adjustment to the show dates next year and it will now run from September 12-14 so that the larger hall can be used.
Neil Levett, managing director of Alad Ltd., which organises the event in partnership with Congress Corporation and Space Media Japan, said:
As the organiser of the event we really couldn’t have wished for a greater launch event than the one that we had in Yokohama.
We had great take up from the local key stakeholders such as Rugby World Cup 2019, Tokyo 2020, the J-League & Basketball league as well as Governmental support from the Japan Sports Agency.
I think that the timing couldn’t have been more perfect as Japan begins to visualise the opportunities that these multipurpose facilities can provide.
The 2016 event held at the Yokohama Arena attracted nearly 2,000 visitors as well as the exhibitors, delegates and speakers.
The attendees took in high-level speeches from more than 80 speakers, while 65 exhibitors displayed their products and services.
The 19th edition of the event brought together industry leaders in all aspects of sports venue design/build, management, operations and technology from around the world.
Topics covered throughout the conference ranged from master planning, regional projects and Japan’s college venues to fan engagement, commercialisation, security, technology and playing surfaces.
Ryo Date, Head of Venue Planning for RWC 2019 was full of praise for the show. He wrote to Alad after the event to say:
Thank you very much for putting on such a great event in Japan. I’m already looking forward to 2017 and I have talked about this event with my event colleagues and am trying to get them to expand to increase the interest.
Image courtesy Makuhari Messe International Convention Complex