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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:

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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.


The list of industry elite speakers at this September’s must-attend conference and exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, reads like a veritable ‘Who’s Who’.

With more than 50 speakers now confirmed, the latest group of top industry professionals to confirm their participation at this 3-day event, being held at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 28-30, includes:

  • Trevor Easley, Host Country Security Design, Risk and Assurance Lead, Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy (2022 FIFA World Cup™ Qatar)
  • Douglas Danapal, Business Manager, Singapore Rugby Union (hosts of the World Rugby Sevens Series/Singapore 7’s in April 2016)
  • Melissa Pine, Tournament Director, WTA Finals Singapore
  • Jin Teik Oon, COO, Singapore Sports Hub
  • Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust
  • Jason Hill, General Manager Commercial, Sydney Cricket Ground & Sports Ground Trust

Literally billions of dollars-worth of projects will be featured during the event, including the Rod Laver Arena redevelopment, home of the Australian Open; the new Shantou University Sports Park in China; and the new Zhuhai Tennis Centre, host of the WTA Elite Trophy Zhuhai from 2015-2019; as well as a conference session focused solely on providing a regional roundup of projects and opportunities across Singapore, Australia and Indonesia.

Another huge coup for this year’s event is that the Disney Institute has confirmed their involvement, with two top executives, Alice Edinger and Wing Tan, to take part both in a panel session and to give a very special Closing Keynote.

With Asia Pacific offering an unrivalled number of sports venue development opportunities over the next eight years, with the region playing host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, Singapore is definitely the place to be this September if you want to be involved in any of these projects.

If you haven’t already booked your place at this must-attend event, then we have even more good news for you; with the special Early Bird delegate pass promotion having now been extended until August 14. Delegates receive:

  •  Access to ALL conference sessions (i.e. both streams 1 and 2)
  • Free entrance to the Opening Reception
  • Free entrance to the main Evening Networking Reception on Day 2
  • All food and drink on site
  • Access to the VIP lounge in the exhibit hall (new for this year!)
  • The opportunity to attend a practical workshop demonstration of turf maintenance equipment at a nearby venue

Make sure to guarantee your place at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 by visiting the website: TODAY or for further information contact the Event Director, Sam Wibrew, via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678.


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific is PanStadia & Arena Management’s ‘live’ conference and exhibition, which is held annually, and covers all aspects of sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology. For the latest event news or to book your place at this must-attend event, go to:



Our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event welcomed more than 500 industry professionals to the Singapore Sports Hub.

Our inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event welcomed more than 500 industry professionals to the Singapore Sports Hub.

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Selig Experience opens to the public at Miller Park

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The Selig Experience, a state-of-the-art attraction at Miller Park to honour retired Commissioner Emeritus and former Brewers Owner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, will open to the public today, Friday May 29, when the Brewers face the Diamondbacks.

The Selig Experience is located on Miller Park’s Loge Level in the left field corner. A highlight of the attraction is a multimedia presentation that tells the story of Selig’s role in successfully bringing the Brewers to Milwaukee, saving Major League Baseball in the city with his commitment to build Miller Park, and his tireless efforts to promote and grow the game in his hometown.

The Selig Experience will be open to the general public during all Brewers home games, from the time that gates open until the 7th inning, and admission is free for those with tickets to the game. Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. The attraction will also be open to selected tour groups.

Miller Park already is known as a premiere destination for baseball fans, and the Selig Experience takes that to the next level. It will serve as a year-round attraction, adding another extraordinary enhancement to the overall fan experience.

The exhibition space totals approximately 1,500sqft, and includes authentic artifacts from Selig’s tenure as the Brewers owner. It celebrates the fans’ love of the game, as told through the story of the Brewers founder.

The main multimedia show builds to a surprising encounter with the Commissioner himself inside an authentic reproduction of Selig’s County Stadium office, using a technology found in only a handful of exhibits around the world. After the show, Milwaukee fans will be delighted to take a sneak peek into Selig’s office for themselves.

The design and production of the Selig Experience was led by BRC Imagination Arts, an experience design agency that Turns Brands into Destinations™. For more than three decades, its masterful storytellers have been chosen by iconic brands and cultural attractions all over the world to inspire and engage their audiences.

Selig’s dedication to baseball has paralleled his love of his hometown of Milwaukee. His first significant move as an executive was to return Major League Baseball to Milwaukee in 1970, when he founded the Milwaukee Brewers. In its first decade, the Brewers featured some of the great teams of that era, which eventually led to an American League pennant and World Series appearance in 1982.

During his tenure as Brewers owner, Selig earned United Press International’s 1978 Executive of the Year award, and the franchise was honoured with seven “Organization of the Year” awards.

In the 1990s, Selig began his efforts to build a new ballpark in Milwaukee to replace the aging County Stadium, and Miller Park opened for its first season of play in 2001.

Uihlein-Wilson Architects is also contributing to the initial design of the space for the Selig Experience.

Latest Q1 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management now available

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The latest Q1 (Spring) ’15 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is now available in both digital and printed format, with ‘Venue in Focus’ features on Hungary’s Groupama Arena, the USA’s new Florida Citrus Bowl and England’s Derby Arena.

Other features in this issue include:

  • Looking Forward: highlighting a selection of the most eagerly-anticipated sports venue openings
  • Focus on the Middle East: illustrating developments in the region
  • Special Roundtable on Safety & Security: the key challenges for designers, operators and technology suppliers
  • Special Roundtable on Temporary Stadia & Major Sporting Events: the key design and operational considerations
  • Special Roundtable on Audio Solutions and how to ensure the most effective solution
  • CEO’s Roundtable: in which two key industry CEO’s discuss their role, the challenges they face and how they employ best-practice
  • Top 6 innovations to manage venues more efficiently

In addition, this edition includes a number of very interesting articles from architects, designers, consultants and technology suppliers, as well as our inaugural Playing Surfaces Buyers Guide: the industry’s first independent guide to the leading companies involved in all aspects of natural, hybrid and synthetic turf, from design and build to maintenance and protection.

Both our Q1 (Spring) ’15 edition and Playing Surfaces Buyers’ Guide can be viewed online at:


NB: Our next edition, the Q2/Summer ’15 issue, will be published in May and will include features on:

  • The growing use of LED technology
  • BIM in stadia design
  • UK country focus: focusing on the regions latest sports venue projects
  • Top 6 initiatives to increase your venues F&B revenues
  • Special Roundtable on the latest innovations in roofing design & engineering
  • Ticketing & Access Control
  • Fan Engagement & Enhancement strategies & solutions
  • Official preview of our ‘live’ event Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific
  • Supplement on Sports Venue Renovations
  • Q&A with Liverpool FC’s CCO, Billy Hogan
  • Special Roundtable with a selection of Stadium/Facility Directors
  • Venues in Focus will include: Baku National Stadium and France’s EURO 2016 host stadia

Should you wish to be considered for one of the Special Roundtables or to provide input for any of the above, then please contact the Editor, Katie McIntyre, via email at: or call her in the Irish office on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212.



Inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event heralded a huge success

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Last week’s inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, which was held at the Singapore Sports Hub, has been heralded as a HUGE success by all who attended.

The 50+ industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors were able to network with the 500+ high-ranking attendees, which included a top-level delegation from the Qatar Supreme Committee. Mike Tod RAIA, PMC Design Manager, CH2MHill, working for Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Legacy & Delivery, commented:

Thank you for organising such a well-run and interesting event.

Delegates also benefitted from a comprehensive conference programme, during which they heard invaluable insights from over 60 industry-elite speakers, including Ronnie Hurst, Western Australia Department of Sport & Recreation, who, as Project Director on the new Perth Stadium, detailed the venue’s recently unveiled design and timelines; Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd., (former CEO of Stade de France), shared his experiences during the “Revenue Generation: maximising returns for your sporting venue or event”; Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, shared his insights during the Closing Keynote on “Major Sporting Events: challenges, lessons learnt and considerations for upcoming event organisers”; and Yoshihiro Kizawa, Vice President & Executive Director, Japan Sport Council, detailed the centrepiece of Japan’s huge venue development programme, the new National Stadium, which is scheduled for completion in 2019.

Many of the major sports architects present also shared details on their latest stand-out projects, including Populous, who spoke about Philippine Arena and the changing face of arenas; Cox Architecture detailed Sydney Cricket & Sports Grounds’ redevelopment; KSS outlined Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium redevelopment; and 360 Architecture highlighted the new Atlanta Falcons NFL stadium.

Eoin Billings, Partner at Billings Jackson Design, who sat on the “Safety & Security considerations in sporting venues: from design to operation” roundtable, commented post-show:

Thank you for an excellent event and for driving what was a very interesting discussion. It is clear that the design community needs to be much closer to the operational teams…much, much closer…in meeting their needs. This discussion could be the basis for a whole event.

A large number of attendees took advantage of the special behind-the-scenes tour of Singapore’s new National Stadium, which boasts the world’s largest free-spanning domed roof, along with an innovative air-cooling system across all 55,000-seats, as Arup Principal, Mike King, and Arup Associates’ Director, Clive Lewis explained. Other contractors involved in the project, including AECOM, DP Architects, and NCR also shared their insights, along with Tour Sponsors, Dallmeier’s Roland Meier and Vector Foiltec’s Matthew Penrose and Angus Macleod.

Highlighting the success of this year’s show is the fact that a significant number of exhibitors have already confirmed their stands for next year’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event and, of all the delegates that completed end-of-show questionnaires, every single one confirmed that they will also be returning for next year’s event, which will once again be held at the Singapore Sports Hub, September 28-30 2015.

Speaking about Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014, Roger Hooker, Senior Director at Integrated Security Consultants (ISC) – who also sat on the “Safety & Security considerations in sporting venues: from design to operation” roundtable – commented:

Firstly, congratulations on your inaugural event here in Singapore. It was an interesting few days and great to see so many international delegates here – and only yards from our new office! I thought it really proved how there is a healthy thirst to discuss and explore opportunities in Asia, so I’m delighted you are returning next year. Thank you for the very kind invitation to join the panel, and share some of our experience with your delegates. There are lessons to be shared when you step off a plane and set up to trade overseas – and particular lessons to be learnt in Asia.

Myself and all the team, including all the crew at our local event partner, MP International/Pico, would like to thank our sponsors, speakers, exhibitors and attendees for making Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 such a great success, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming you all back to Singapore next year, along with many new faces!

To enquire about speaker, exhibitor, attendee or sponsor opportunities, please email:

FYI: A full post-show review, including details on those who took part, will appear in our forthcoming Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management, with attendee stats and further information to be published in this Friday’s digest.

Historic Wembley gates on boat to Chile

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When the royal tunnel gates from the original Wembley Stadium went up for auction in November 2011, few would have predicted that the successful bid would come from a museum in Chile. But successful they were, and logistics specialist Anglo Pacific is now safely shipping the gates to Santiago.

Royal tunnel gates from the original Wembley Stadium.

Royal tunnel gates from the original Wembley Stadium.

Dating back to 1923, the timber gates took centre stage during London’s second Olympics in 1948 when the teams used them for access to the ground. Old Wembley closed in October 2000 and the iconic twin towers demolished in 2003 with the gates days away from the same fate. Fortunately registered charity the Brooking Trust was able to whisk them to safe storage at Greenwich University. Sold by Sotheby’s at auction in London, the gates achieved a figure of £5,785 – within the auctioneer’s predicted range – and were amongst nine lots that included a round window from the iconic twin towers and lights from the royal box.

Terry Horsnell, Anglo Pacific’s Fine Art Consultant, said:

For the Atlantic crossing, the gates were too large for containers so had to be packaged in timber casing, lifted with specialist equipment and shipped as conventional below-deck cargo. A shipment like this only comes four or five times a year, a recent comparable was a 16 foot high Salvador Dalí statue we transported to Singapore, and it’s great fun to fine-tune all the logistical intricacies.

The gates will form part of the Museo de la Moda’s main project, a collection of pieces related to football, tennis and other sports.