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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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The ‘best ever’ Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific Preliminary Conference Program has been unveiled this week, with a stunning array of industry-elite speakers to share their invaluable insights during the 2.5 day event.

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In a recent statement, the Mayor of Yokohama, Fumiko Hayashi, confirmed, “I am pleased to welcome Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 to Yokohama.” She continued:

Our city is home to YOKOHAMA ARENA, our venue for this event, has a capacity of approximately 17,000 and boasts a moveable seating system, enabling its use for a wide range of sports competitions and events. Numerous hosts have praised this venue for its well-equipped facilities, and it is utilized for events an impressive 300 days out of the year.

Furthermore, Yokohama has a high-speed Shinkansen (bullet train) station, providing excellent transport connections to other cities within Japan, and the city’s beautiful harbor-front district scenery, world cuisine and other attractions offer plenty to do after event sessions.

By hosting Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, we hope to provide opportunities for its many participants to hold fruitful discussions and lively exchanges.

Fumiko Hayashi
Mayor of Yokohama

 

The 18th edition of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, will be held at the Yokohama Arena, September 26-28, 2016. For further details, go to: www.saevents.uk.com

Last month, the second successful Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference returned to the Singapore Sports Hub; one of the most progressive integrated sports, entertainment and lifestyle hubs in the region. Along with key decision makers from a number of the heavy-weight sporting and special event venues across the region, I was fortunate enough to attend and present at this year’s conference, which offered more than 20 informative sessions across three days and facilitated many a constructive discussion on the current challenges and opportunities facing the industry.

The Big Topics

The big ticket agenda items were venue design and construction, technology selection and schedule planning. The overarching theme was how to incorporate these elements to build fan engagement and future-proof both new projects and existing facilities. In-depth discussions provided insights into how project planners can design for extreme climates, create designs that encompass cultural specificities as well as strategies for perfecting the delicate balance of aerodynamics and comfort. Other central discussions included choosing and implementing technologies that provide practical functionality while delivering the wow factor (arguably the most important aspect to draw “couch fans” out of their “hives” and into the venues). And technology was where I weighed in.

Venue Technology: Selection & Integration

I was involved in a panel discussion that posed a number of key considerations when assessing technology requirements for a venue. My fellow panelists highlighted some pretty impressive advancements including high-tech building management systems and products that utilise the latest in wireless technology.

However, we were all in agreement that before a redevelopment project is undertaken, there are some preliminary issues to address. With any upgrade, it’s crucial to ensure that your fibre infrastructure is robust enough to incorporate new technologies now and into the future. In addition, we highlighted the inherent value in working in partnership with each supplier to increase the technological firepower of each venue and build out that point of differentiation.

What I also felt important to impress upon our audience, however, was the immeasurable value that can be gained from the integration of new technologies.

Why is that? Firstly, there is a real cost-benefit to integrating hardware with venue management software. If a venue can synchronise and automate technology, such as lighting and temperature control, with the software used for planning and scheduling events, this will equate to huge savings with utility providers.

The second factor to consider here is how this also positively impacts the green credentials of the venue (and with the increasing focus on sustainability, surely every venue manager wants to be exhausting every avenue in this arena).

Another valuable point that came out of the discussion was the opportunity provided by spectators’ seemingly insatiable appetite for data. Venues can tap into a wealth of information about the visitors to their venues by providing fun and functional solutions, such as apps, alongside connectivity. Note that this also provides a big tick in the fan engagement box!

The Takeaways

I’m sure that all attendees walked away with an extensive list of new ideas and plans to implement across their venues but the prerequisites are clear: plan the upgrades and implementations meticulously, ensure the infrastructure is robust enough to support the new technologies now and into the future; consider integration as the key to sustainability and savings, and finally work with your partners across the project to guarantee success!

Fred Lazzerini is Managing Director Asia Pacific at Ungerboeck Software International, which was both a show sponsor and exhibitor at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, with Fred being one of the industry experts that took part in the ‘Technology in Stadia: Key considerations when assessing requirements for your venue’ panel session.

For further information on Ungerboeck, please visit: www.ungerboeck.com

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To enquire about exhibiting or sponsoring our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, or indeed to suggest possible topics for discussion or offer your services as a potential speaker, then please contact Sam Wibrew via email at: sam@aladltd.co.uk

The second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, took place September 28-30, 2015, at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium and was lauded ‘an overwhelming success’ by all in attendance.

The 17th event for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts”, with nearly 500 high-ranking attendees representing just under 30 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Kingdom of Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States, for 2.5-days of networking, learning, knowledge-sharing and doing business.

One of the 50+ industry-elite speakers, Jason Hill, General Manager – Commercial at the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, commented:

I was impressed with the operation… and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.

Delegate Masa Hayafuji, Assistant Chief – Stadium Development Group of the J-League (Japan Professional Football League), said:

I just want to show you my great gratitude for inviting me to the conference. It was great experience and I met a lot of people in this industry because of your support.

Another speaker, Greg Turner, General Manager at the STU Sports Park, commented:

…thanks for hosting the conference and everything you did to help organise it. I found it immensely useful and must say I wish there were more such conferences in the region.

Look forward to next year in Japan and hopefully I can present an updated case study on the Sports Park and what we are trying to accomplish there!

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium and Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong, in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, our local event partner, said:

As more major international sporting events are held in the Asia Pacific region, there is an increasing need for venue management professionals to gain a better understanding of effective management and utilisation of sports facilities. Stadia & Arena 2015 created that opportunity. We are heartened by the many discussions and sharing of real-world experiences amongst the community.

Over 80 delegates attended a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on the opening day.

The event kicked-off with an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub’s facilities, which more than 80 delegates took advantage of. The tour was followed by the event’s Official Opening, with welcome speeches from Alad Chairman, Alan Levett, and Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, and rounded-off with a Regional Market Report that detailed the many projects currently under construction, in the planning stage or being proposed in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Day II saw the start of the conference in earnest, with 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement. The day’s proceedings were brought to a close with an evening networking reception in the exhibition hall, which allowed delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to chat in a more informal setting.

On the exhibition floor, which sported more than 40+ industry-leading exhibitors, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts from across the entire spectrum of products and services for sporting events and venues, many of whom were exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

The event finale on Day III gave all visitors the chance to hear an insightful Closing Keynote from the Disney Institute’s Senior Facilitator, Wing Tan, during which he explained how as leaders in the sports industry it is important to understand that your fans are your ‘guests’ and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience.

As an alternative for delegates with a primary focus on Sports Turf, there was a special local site tour to learn about the importance of proper artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau laid on a special local site tour to advise delegates on the importance of correct artificial turf maintenance.

 

With cities and countries from across Asia Pacific playing host to a plethora of major sporting events, including the 2017 SEA Games, 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2022 Asian Games and 2023 SEA Games, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan. So please watch this space for further details…and keep checking back both on this website and the show’s website at: www.saevents.uk.com

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A comprehensive review of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be published later this year.

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Nearly 500 attendees networked, knowledge-shared, learned and conducted business during Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.

 

Our second Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition took place last week at the Singapore National Stadium. The 17th for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts” for those involved.

“I was impressed with the operation … and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.”
Jason Hill
Sydney Cricket Ground

“A great experience … to meet a lot of people in this industry.”
Masa Hayafuji
J-League

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium, Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

The event began with exclusive ‘behind-the-scene’ tours of the Singapore Sports Hub, followed by our 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement.

The event finale gave all visitors the chance to hear from Wing Tan, Senior Facilitator at the Disney Institute on ‘overmanaging’ and ‘architected’ or attend a special local site tour to learn about artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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On the exhibition floor, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts across the entire spectrum of products and services, many of whom where exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

With the Asia Pacific region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, and both the 2020 Summer & Winter Olympics, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan.

So please watch this space for details…


A comprehensive review of Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management available later this year.

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The full capabilities of Zinwave’s unified connectivity platform will be explained during a Virtual Stadium Technology Showcase session on Day II (September 29) of next week’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event.

Zinwave Ltd, global providers of a unified connectivity platform for in-building wireless and IP coverage, will be leading a discussion titled ‘Providing wireless capacity within a high density stadium environment’ during the conference, which is being held at the Singapore Sports Hub from 28-30 September. (Zinwave personnel will be available on their booth, number B12, for further information and to discuss your venue’s needs.)

The discussion is being led by Derek Paton, President, International of Zinwave. Paton has over 30 years’ experience in wireless and international telecoms, and has worked all over the world in various senior roles, focusing particularly on specialist wireless coverage solutions for high density buildings.

Paton will also be participating in a roundtable discussion on ‘Technology in Stadia – key considerations when assessing requirements for your own venue’, which will take place at 12pm on Day III of the conference, September 30. This session will examine the key considerations of satisfying wireless and Wi-Fi coverage requirements in large stadium deployments, focusing particularly on the renovation of existing communications networks and infrastructures, with PanStadia & Arena Management’s Katie McIntyre as the panel moderator.

Zinwave has recently integrated WiFi3™ technology into its proprietary wideband distributed antenna system (DAS) to deliver the industry’s first dedicated high density, multi-channel wireless and Wi-Fi coverage solution. Zinwave’s Wi-Fi-enhanced solution, called UNIaccess and part of the UNItivity product portfolio, has been specifically designed to address the high-density network requirements of large sports stadiums and arenas.

UNItivity supports any combination of wireless and IP services between 150MHz-2700MHz on a single hardware layer, regardless of protocol or modulation scheme. It is also the only system to support multiple FDD and TDD LTE services simultaneously across any spectrum allocated globally.

Paton commented:

In large stadium deployments, coverage and capacity requirements must be properly managed to deliver a positive experience for fans. UNItivity is the most flexible platform in the market, supporting all global standards (current and future) on a single hardware layer. Adding high capacity Wi-Fi onto our already proven DAS offering means we have an integrated solution to manage wireless and Wi-Fi requirements unmatched by any other vendor.

 

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About Zinwave

Zinwave is a global provider of a unified connectivity platform for in-building wireless and IP coverage. The company is headquartered in Cambridge, England, with regional offices in San Jose and Macau.

The company’s RF planning, programme management and execution teams are highly skilled, with extensive experience in all areas of wireless communications and international telecoms. Sales activities are global and the company has established relationships with all major operators, system integrators and neutral host providers.

Zinwave is a subsidiary of McWane Inc. (www.mcwane.com) a privately held US manufacturing company and owners of a global group of wireless technology companies.

For further information, go to: www.zinwave.com

 

Zinwave is one of 40+ industry-leading companies exhibiting at next week’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference & exhibition (PanStadia & Arena Management’s ‘live’ event). In addition, Zinwave’s President, International, Derek Paton, is just one of 50+ experts speaking at this must-attend event.

If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

With Asia Pacific playing host to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan; the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia; the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast; the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan; and now both the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, there are literally billions of dollars’ worth of sports venue developments planned or in the works in the region.

Attendees at this month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, will be treated to 2.5-days of networking, knowledge-sharing, learning about the latest developments and opportunities, and doing business, with many of the confirmed participants either from the top sports architecture, design and engineering firms or indeed the world-class venues themselves, including AECOM, Arup, Aurecon, Bahadır Kul Architects, Cox Architecture, HOK, Kai Tak Stadium, KPMG, KSS, Meis, Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Mott MacDonald, Pattern Design, Populous, Rossetti, Shantou Sports Park, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (FIFA World Cup 2022™ Qatar) and the Sydney Cricket Ground, to name but a few.

The conference’s STADIA DESIGN/BUILD/ENGINEERING & MASTERPLANNING track will kick off with a series of special ‘Regional market reports’, during which top industry professionals will highlight the recent sports venue developments and upcoming project opportunities across Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. There will also be a session entitled Asian venues in focus’, which will feature in-depth presentations on regional sports projects, including China’s Shantou Sports Park and Australia’s Adelaide Oval, Sydney Cricket Ground and the new Perth Stadium.

In addition, there will be a session looking at the ‘Cultural specificity of stadia’ in which the panel of experts will share their own insights and experiences based on working on sports projects around the globe. Plus there will be session entitled ‘Global projects in focus: The latest leading edge designs and approaches for worldwide stadia’ that will focus on projects including Northern Ireland’s award-winning Casement Park stadium project and Hong Kong’s exciting Kai Tak Stadium, planned for completion in 2020.

Global design practice Populous will also present the results of their year-long Tomorrow’s Together: What Will Shape the Venues of the Future project to discover how the venues of the future will look, feel and function, undertaken in association with PanStadia & Arena Management magazine. Having explored the key trends throughout 2015, integrating feedback from PS&AM’s readership, three leading designers from Populous’ global offices will outline their visions of the future.

Only by attending Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific are you guaranteed to meet and hear insights from a wide range of the world’s leading sports architects, designers and engineers, while also learning about some of the many sports venue projects either already under construction or in the design and planning stages.

NB: There are now only limited places remaining on the bespoke tour of the Singapore Sports Hub that will take place on Monday 28th September, between 12pm and 1pm. To guarantee one of the last slots on the Tour, contact Sam Wibrew via email today at: sam@aladltd.co.uk

To secure your place at this must-attend event, simply go to: www.saevents.uk.com and complete the online booking form.

Kai Tak Stadium

Hong Kong’s proposed 50,000-seat Kai Tak Stadium is just one of the exciting sports venue projects to be highlighted during our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event.

 

Main image: The new Perth Stadium, currently underway in Australia, is another of the major sports venue projects to be highlighted during the event.

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If you have not already secured your place, then make sure to do so TODAY at: www.saevents.uk.com

If you have not already secured your place at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so TODAY at: www.saevents.uk.com

Alastair Graham, Director, KPMG Hong Kong & Programme Manager for the Kai Tak Multi-Purpose Sports Complex, will give an in-depth introduction to the exciting new 50,000-seat sports complex planned for the country.

Kai Tak Stadium is a proposed multi-purpose sports stadium to be built at the site of Kai Tak Airport in Kowloon, Hong Kong, which will feature a retractable roof and be used for international sporting and entertainment events.

AECOM was engaged by the Civil Engineering and Development Department of HKSAR to undertake the Kai Tak Development project in early 2007. And the Finance Committee of Hong Kong’s Legislative Council has already approved HK$62.7m (US$8.1m) in pre-construction funds.

In addition to the 50,000-capacity stadium, the complex will also include office, commercial and retail space, and public recreation, as well as a smaller sports ground (5,000-capacity) and a 4,000-capacity indoor arena.

The project is said to come with a HK$23bn price tag and is slated to open in 2020.

If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com

If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at: www.saevents.uk.com