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The Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA), after vigorous research and technical evaluation, has decided to install the next-generation subsurface aeration and vacuum-powered drainage system from SubAir (USA), at Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, making it the first ever installation of SubAir Systems for Cricket Stadiums worldwide.

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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 Disney Institute has confirmed that they will give the Closing Keynote at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference.

The Disney Institute’s Alice Edinger, Senior Account Manager, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific and Wing Tan Senior Facilitator, Disney Institute – Asia Pacific, will give the Closing Keynote at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015. This will mark the second time Disney has closed the show, with it proving a huge success at our 2013 event, and it is sure to finish the conference in style once again this year!

Edinger will also join the panel session on Fan Engagement, where industry experts will present their ideas and inspiration on how to give your supporters more ‘bang for their buck’, increase fan loyalty and enhance the game day experience in order to create lasting and memorable moments.

Edinger and Tan join the now more than 50 industry-elite speakers confirmed to participate at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event, which will cover all aspects of sport venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology.

The long-standing reputation Disney Theme Parks and Resorts has for incredible service and friendly employees is not magic, it is sound ideology, consistently applied in business. The Disney Institute’s program teaches the importance of understanding that fans are your guests and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience, which will have a significant impact on their intent to return to the stadium.

An exceptional fan experience is a direct result of employees delivering a high standard of quality service, which Disney has prided itself on for many years.

To find out more about how Disney can help your business grow, register as a delegate or visitor at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 online TODAY at:


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the world’s leading conference & exhibition for the sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology sector – will be held at the Singapore Sports Hub this September, 28-30. To register as a delegate or visitor, go to:

Soccerex African Forum to take place at Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban from 4-5 November

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The third edition of the Soccerex African Forum will take place at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, on 4-5 November.


With the confirmed presence of many local, regional and international academies, there will be business opportunities both for stadia companies involved in designing, building and supplying services for academies to clubs and for agencies involved in running player development programmes.


The event will have a host of specific stadia and performance conference content, as well as the perfect mix of attendees from rights holders throughout Africa and the rest of the world to help you grow your business in the sector, both regionally and globally.


Here is why you should attend the Soccerex African Forum:

  • Benefit from commercial opportunities around academies in Africa; from Manchester City providing insight on their community-based involvement in academies around South Africa, to Gerard Houllier sharing the blueprint behind one of the most renowned academies in the world, Clairefontaine, responsible for the development of many players of the 1998 World Cup winning squad.
  • Get updates from SAFA on the Hoy Park national training centre and meet South African municipalities in attendance looking to build structures to attract clubs to set up training programmes in their regions.
  • Meet European and African club commercial directors in attendance, from the likes of Manchester City FC, Sunderland AFC, Kaizer Chiefs, Zesco United, SAFA, Jomo Cosmos, Asante Kotoko, the Zimbabwe FA, Amazulu FC, Maritzburg FC, the Kenyan FA, Platinum Stars, Santos FC,  Ajax Cape Town and many more.
  • Learn from African FA presidents from Kenya, Burkina Faso, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Tanzania, Gambia and Swaziland among others their country’s plans for future growth in the major events and infrastructure areas.


The Soccerex African Forum is the continent’s leading football business conference and the meeting place for the industry to come together to learn, network and do business.


If you are in the business of stadia and player performance in Africa, the Soccerex African Forum is not to be missed. Contact the sales team on +44 208 987 5522 or email: for more information.


PanStadia & Arena Management is a proud and longstanding Media Partner of Soccerex and its events, with complimentary print and digital copies available to attendees, simply email Katie McIntyre at: to claim your free copies.

Next month's Soccerex African Forum - being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (pictured above) - is the continent’s leading football business conference and the meeting place for the industry to come together to learn, network and do business.

Next month’s Soccerex African Forum – being held at the Moses Mabhida Stadium (pictured above) – is the continent’s leading football business conference and the meeting place for the industry to come together to learn, network and do business.

Singapore Sports Hub plan for customer loyalty programme

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The Singapore Sports Hub is planning to launch a customer loyalty programme to become part of the technology make-up that will drive this world-class facility on day-to-day basis.

The Sports Hub is soon to implement a loyalty solution by UK-based Green 4 Solutions to reward customers and incentivise their engagement with the hub. Green4 Solutions was just one of the many industry leading exhibitors at this week’s Stadia & Arena event held at the Sports Hub. The event will return to Singapore in 2015.

The Sports Hub ecosystem hosts facilities including a 55,000-seat National Stadium, OCBC Arena for indoor sports, OCBC Aquatic Centre, Water Sports Centre, sports library and museum, 41,000sq m of retail space and integrated community facilities throughout the campus.

Visitors to the Sports Hub will receive points for various actions such as payment and usage of facilities and ‘checking-in’ at particular locations around the Sports Hub footprint. Users can redeem their points through Green 4 solutions such as redemptions, auctions and lotteries.

Marketing Director, Eugene Lee said:

We have some exciting plans on the horizon with this rewards programme. Loyalty will be a key part of our marketing strategy going forward and will allow us to engage with our customers online and on site, ensuring that they get the most of the facilities on offer.

Green 4 Solutions were chosen for their experience in sport and leisure and are helping us bring this vision to life.

Peter Oliver, Founder and Director of Green 4 Solutions added:

We’re immensely proud to have been selected to work with such an exciting project in Singapore.

The blend of sport and leisure is perfect for us and we look forward to seeing the results that our technology will help the Sports Hub to achieve.

Libya National Stadium breaks ground in Tripoli

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The groundbreaking ceremony for the National Stadium of Libya took place 26 February in Tajoura, Tripoli, in the presence of the Libyan Prime Minister, Ali Seidan, the German Ambassador, Christian Much, the football legend Franz Beckenbauer and Project Manager Hans-Joachim Paap from the project’s architect GMP.

The 71,000 stadium is one of the stadiums due to host the African Cup of Nations in 2017. Two venues are planned for the capital Tripoli. In addition to the National Stadium, the project includes an indoor pool, a multi-purpose arena and Family Sportsworld, a family sports facility. According to GMP, the complex, which is being built around a circular basin of approx. 500m diameter, is designed with a symbolism focusing on the number 3 in deference to the historic genius loci, as represented by the city’s name (tri-polis = city of three).

Project details (GMP)

  • Design: Volkwin Marg and Hubert Nienhoff
  • Associate Partners: Hans-Joachim Paap, Jochen Köhn
  • Team members: Nikolai Reich, Martin Krebes, Barbara Düring, Torsten Weber
  • Structural design (outline design): Werner Sobek Ingenieure, Stuttgart
  • Structural design (scheme and detailed design): schlaich bergermann und partner, Stuttgart
  • Services engineering (outline design): Bechtold Ingenieurgesellschaft mbH, Berlin
  • Project commissioned by: Masterplan Libya, Tripolis, Kronberg
  • Client: Lidco – Libyan Investment and Development Co. Tripolis
  • General contractor: Porr Libya
  • Renderings credit: GMP


Diary date: Soccerex African Forum coming up

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Get over to Durban in South Africa for 1-2 October’s Soccerex African Forum for an intensive dose of football business on the continent. Of particular interest to sports facility managers is the Regional Development Seminar. The second part of the workshop is ‘Managing Municipal Owned Sports Facilities & Win Win Lease Agreements’ in which Greg Fredericks, General Manager, 2010 FIFA World Cup Legacy trust and Vusi Mazibuko, Stadium Manager, Moses Mabhida Stadium will discuss how municipalities are supported when it comes to building local sporting facilities and how they should be managed to ensure that these venues can deliver safe and high level multisport programmes all year round.

The three-part seminar will look at the key components of football development across South Africa at both a municipal and provincial level. It will provide strategies for local governments to achieve the ‘2030 Vision’ set out in the National Sport and Recreation Plan by the South African Government. Robin Peterson, CEO, South African Football Association Development Agency and Tim Vine, Head of Public Affairs, English Premier League will be part of the discussion. The pair will discuss how SAFA’s development plans and the Premier League’s Premier Skills Programme are helping to ensure that the correct standard of coaching and training is being delivered, as well as how new partnerships can be established with international sporting institutions.

Another highlight is Hicham El Amrani, Confederation of African Football Secretary General and Mvuzo Mbebe, 2013 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) Local Organising Committee and 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN) CEO providing an official review of the 2013 AFCON as well as a preview of the 2014 African CHAN.

Domestic leagues are the bedrock of football in any country, and commercial activity is central to their development. The need to commercialise the game will be at the forefront of this year’s Soccerex African Forum with Saer Seck, President, Senegal Professional Football League, Jack Oguda, CEO, Kenyan Premier League and Stanley Matthews Sports & Commercial Director for Africa, SuperSport, all speaking on this topic. Jack Oguda commented:

League commercialisation is very important to the success of football in Africa, and this event provides us with the platform to raise the key issues to achieve that success. I’m looking forward to attending once again and speaking alongside my counterparts to help build on the success of last year’s event.