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If you want to benefit from an invaluable opportunity to meet principals from the key sports architecture, design and engineering firms, and learn about the latest sports venue developments, not only across the APAC region but around the world, then you need to be at next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event.

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As progress continues on the site of Al Rayyan Stadium, eight floodlights of the deconstructed venue site have found a new use at the club’s newly-constructed training sites. With the environmental sustainability goal being a key part of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy’s (SC) programme from the beginning, the successful deconstruction of the old Al Rayyan Stadium and its surrounding site was completed in February 2015, with at least 90% of existing materials at Ahmed Bin Ali Stadium reused and recycled.

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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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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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Export to Japan, in association with UKT&I/UKTI Tokyo, have launched a Global Sports Events report detailing Japan’s progress on the road to Tokyo 2020 and provides details on the latest updates on business opportunities for British companies in this sector. 

This is the second Global Sports Event Webinar that UKT&I Tokyo and the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan (BCCJ) have hosted to date. NB: Only UKT&I and BCCJ members are allowed access to this webinar and the downloadable version of the report.

Since Export to Japan’s first webinar, Japan’s biggest achievements have included the completion of the venue planning and agreement of events with the IOC and the IPC.

The industry expert speakers introduce the Global Sports Event report on Tokyo 2020 and RWC 2019, which follows on from the previous report released last year.

They also discuss the Tokyo Metropolitan Government Olympics & Paralympics’ Action Plan, which will be soon available on Export to Japan.

About the Speaker

Tim Johnson, Head of Global Sporting Events and Strategic Trade at UKTI Japan hosts the guest speaker, Graham Davis, of the British Chamber of Commerce in Japan, who provides his expertise and discusses business opportunities for British companies as Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020 draw ever closer.

Benefits of Watching 

UK companies are eligible to receive an executive summary of the Global Sports Event report and TMG Action Plan via the webinar, and receive the latest updates on planning and progress.

They will also be able to learn about opportunities that might exist for UK companies in the supply chain, how the new National Sponsors could be involved in Tokyo 2020 and the ways in which this may be of interest to UK companies.

About the Report

Three major global sporting events are set to take place in Japan over the coming years. This report sets the scene for British companies who may be interested in becoming involved in the delivery of these events.

It also gives a detailed explanation of the major global sporting events that will be hosted in Japan over the next few years.

Topics covered include:

  • Introduction
  • Three Events
  • 2020 Olympics background
  • Timetable to the Olympics
  • Insight into Business Opportunities for UK companies
  • Tokyo 2020 – the view from LOCOG
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 background
  • Rugby World Cup 2019 – the organiser’s view
  • About the BCCJ, their partners and contacts

Updates to this report will delve more deeply into top level areas of opportunities for British businesses.


About the BCCJ

The British Chamber of Commerce in Japan’s mission is to strengthen business ties between the UK and Japan, promote and support the business interests of all their members, and actively encourage new British business into the Japanese market, as well as Japanese investment into the UK.

The BCCJ works closely with the UKT&I Tokyo in order to achieve this goal.

For more information, go to: http://www.exporttojapan.co.uk/videos/recorded-webinar-global-sporting-events-highlights-and-opportunities-for-Tokyo-2020#sthash.Z84SBta5.dpuf

 

About Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016

If Asia Pacific is a region you are interested in or is a region you are already working in and would like to secure more leads/clients/distributors etc., then you need to attend our annual Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference & exhibition – as mentioned during the above Global Sports Events Report’s webinar – which is being held at Japan’s Yokohama Arena from September 26-28.

Now in its 18th year, the event brings together the industry leaders from all aspects of sporting events and sports venues, from design & build, to management, operations and technology.

Some 50+ top industry professionals, from architects, engineers, sports venue owners/operators, LOC’s, government/council representatives and producers/suppliers, will share their insights over the 3-day event, during which you can network, learn, knowledge-share and do business.

Japan is the perfect choice for our 2016 event, with the Rugby World Cup 2019 taking place across 12 sites, 36 venues being currently proposed for the Tokyo Olympics 2020 and 19 confirmed for the Paralympics. This is all in addition to the country’s successful three-tier Soccer League, a well-established Baseball League, and a soon-to-be expanded Basketball League (with 15 arena projects already planned and many more proposed), making Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 too good of an opportunity to miss!

For further information, visit the event website at: www.saevents.uk.com

 

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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: 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.

 

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: www.saevents.uk.com

#StadiaArenaAP

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: www.SAEvents.uk.com

With a host of industry-elite speakers set to share details on numerous sports venue projects from around the globe and also provide insights as to the best-practices in fan engagement, revenue maximisation, safety & security, and much, much more, next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 conference and exhibition is a must-attend event.

With modern sports venues under increasing pressure to be commercially-viable and to deliver an all-encompassing fan experience, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will provide a vital platform for industry professionals to learn, knowledge-share and network with their peers.

During the conference sessions, over 40 speakers will share insights on all aspects of sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology. The comprehensive conference program will also feature presentations on a host of innovative sports venue developments from around the world, with both the venue representatives, as well as the architects/designers and other contractors to provide comment. In addition, a number of professionals will share insights as to best-practice in fan engagement, revenue maximisation, safety & security, sports turf, roofing, and much, much more.

Speakers include:

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

To view the full conference program, go to:

http://saevents.uk.com/wp-content/uploads/SAE_2015_Preliminary_Conference_Program_READER.pdf

NB: With Singapore having just recently celebrated its 50th birthday, the first 50 people to book their delegate places using the above link will be eligible for an additional 25% discount off the Early Bird delegate rate of SGD$650 (usual price USD$850), which ends on August 14. Simply state ‘Stadia25’ on the booking form that appears at the end of the Conference Program to avail of this specially-reduced rate. #StadiaArenaAP

http://www.saevents.uk.com

 

 

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: www.saevents.uk.com TODAY or for further information contact the Event Director, Sam Wibrew, via email at: sam@aladltd.co.uk 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: www.saevents.uk.com

 

 

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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The Local Organising Committee (LOC) of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 has unveiled the tournament’s official emblem. Since Jordan will be hosting the event in 2016, the logo was meticulously designed to reflect the Kingdom’s most iconic symbols.

The reveal took place during the Soccerex Asian Forum 2015’s two-day activities at the lowest point on earth, the Dead Sea. The U-17 Women’s World Cup’s official emblem was launched by HRH Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, President of the Jordan Football Association (JFA), President of the West Asian Football Federation (WAFF) and Vice President of FIFA.

The official emblem resembles the overall shape of the unique FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Trophy, serving as a canvas to showcase the visual aspects of Jordanian culture and art. A number of traditional items can be identified, like the distinctive pattern of the Jordanian scarf, the Hatta, and a Pan Arabic colour scheme, while a star taken from the national flag shines bright from the top of the emblem. Jordan’s national flower, the Black Iris, sits above the base of the emblem, symbolising the evolving character of FIFA’s youth tournament. Altogether, the visual keys form an iconic brand mark for the tournament and appeal to a wider, international audience.

Salah Sabra, LOC Chairman, commented:

We are excited to have launched the tournament’s official emblem, declaring Jordan as the host country of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in 2016. We are very proud to be accommodating such a globally acclaimed sports event that is highly anticipated by organisers, fans and audiences alike. Moreover, we are confident that the enthusiasm and support demonstrated by the Jordanian people, who are well-known for their hospitality and passion for football, will positively contribute towards the overall success of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup and will reaffirm Jordan’s ability to host renowned international sport events.

In turn, LOC CEO, Samar Nassar, stated:

The official emblem of the FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup embodies Jordan’s rich culture and represents the Kingdom’s unique spirit, history, heritage and authenticity of its people. By hosting the tournament, we are creating an ongoing legacy for women’s football and Jordanian football as a whole. Despite its formation 10 years ago, our national women football team’s great potential and ambition have spurred it towards achieving multiple local and regional accomplishments and successes. We are confident that hosting the FU-17 WWC will serve as motivation for our Jordanian female players and will help us uncover many hidden athletic talents.

 

The FIFA U-17 Women's World Cup Jordan 2016 logo was unveiled during the Soccerex Asian Forum.

The FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup Jordan 2016 logo was unveiled during the Soccerex Asian Forum.

UAE to host the 2019 Asian Cup

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The United Arab Emirates has won a unanimous vote to host the AFC Asian Cup in 2019, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) has confirmed.

AFC President, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa, said:

I would like to congratulate the UAE Football Association on their successful bid to host the AFC Asian Cup 2019. The AFC Executive Committee was convinced by the merits of the UAE bid.

I firmly believe that the UAE Football Association will host a tournament that could match and potentially even surpass the stunning AFC Asian Cup 2015 in Australia that we have all just witnessed.

 

The announcement of the Emratis’ winning bid came after a meeting of the AFC executive committee in Manama, Bahrain.

The UAE and Iran had been in competition to organise the tournament.

It will be the second time that the UAE has organised the continent’s showcase tournament, having previously staged it in 1996, when the hosts lost a penalty shootout in the final to Saudi Arabia.

The UAE bid proposed to organise the tournament in three cities: Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Al-Ain – which all have stadiums capable of hosting such an event – and also promised to build a new 25,000-capacity stadium in Dubai.

The bid document proposed the host stadiums to be: Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium and Zayed Sports City Stadium in Abu Dhabi; Sheikh Khalifa International Stadium and Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al Ain; Dubai International Cricket Stadium and the proposed new 25,000-capacity stadium in Dubai.

The expanded 2019 instalment of the tournament will see 24 teams competing instead of the usual 16.

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Fabric Architecture™ secures world first at World Cup

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To enhance fan engagement during the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ in Brazil, the Qatar FIFA Fan Zone in Doha featured a global design first: a striking retractable fabric roofing system by Fabric Architecture™. Set to become an exemplar project for Kinetic Architecture™ in the build-up to the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ in Qatar, the structure benefitted from the flexibility of a complete, partial or fully open roofing system to create a comfortable interior environment.

 

Qatar’s Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy’s fan zone, opened on 28th June, 2014. The structure broadcasted the last 16 matches of the 2014 FIFA World Cup™ tournament to crowds of up to 2,000 people on Qatar’s largest LED panoramic screen.

 

Designing an appropriate roofing solution for the structure meant overcoming a number of challenges. The fan zone required an open-air design, yet had to provide spectators with protection and respite from the high temperatures and it had to be constructed within a short time scale.

 

As such, the experienced teams of Project Engineers at Arup and Fabric Architecture were appointed to deliver this unique roofing system and Fabric Architecture appointed SCX Special Projects to develop the electrical mechanical interface.

 

The roof was designed with eight fabric canopies fixed onto 12-metre long tracks and each canopy retracted individually or in tandem; meaning the zone could benefit from a complete or partial open-air structure providing protection when necessary in a comfortable interior environment. The fabric canopy was a low-e fabric, which featured a solar transmission factor of just 4%.

 

The 12-metre long tracks creating the roof structure sit atop four towers. Air conditioning ducts were installed within these towers and also in several cooling tables located under the stage and the seating around the fan zone. This meant that, although the cooling system itself was discreet, it helped to reduce the zone’s interior temperature by 19 degrees when compared with the external temperature.

 

Nic Merridew, Programme Management Consultant, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy commented:

Delivering a roofing system that had never been attempted before, and in such a short time frame, was of course a real challenge. Fabric Architecture’s expertise, enthusiasm and experience as well as the company’s collaborative hands-on approach, was absolutely crucial to the project’s success.

 

Nigel Browne, Design Director at Fabric Architecture, added:

We have worked on a number of kinetic architecture projects and have created beautiful yet practical structures. However, the World Cup fan zone represented a unique set of design, performance and environmental challenges. We are incredibly proud of what has been achieved and we have played an integral role in demonstrating that an open-air arena can be cooled from 45°C to 26°C; in the case of this project it was even surpassed. We fully expect this to become an exemplar project for different open air stadia around the world.

Doha to stage Italian soccer showpiece

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The Qatari capital of Doha will stage the 2014 edition of Italian soccer’s Supercoppa Italiana.

Lega Serie A, the body which runs the top tiers of Italian club soccer, has confirmed a deal with the Qatar Football Association for the hosting rights to the mid-season showpiece. This year’s game will pit champions Juventus against Coppa Italia holders Napoli on 22nd December. The initial agreement is for a single year.

Serie A President, Maurizio Beretta, made the announcement at a press conference in Paris along with the Qatar Football Association General Secretary Saoud Al Mohannadi.

The match is usually staged in August as the curtain-raiser to the Italian season and has been played abroad several times in the recent past, including in Libya, the United States and in Beijing, which hosted the Super Cup in 2009, 2011 and 2012.

Mauricio Beretta, the Lega Serie A President, said at the Paris press conference:

We are grateful for the opportunity to be able to export our Supercoppa to an interesting and prestigious country like Qatar.

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Serie A President, Maurizio Beretta (pictured above) made the announcement along with Qatar Football Association General Secretary Saoud Al Mohannadi.

 

Dates announced for Stadia and Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event

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The dates for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event have now been announced, so make sure to mark September 28-30, 2015, in your diaries.

This industry-leading show, which is basically the ‘live’ version of PanStadia & Arena Management – the sector’s #1 magazine – will once again be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub with our local event partner MPI (part of the Pico group). Highlighting the success of this year’s event, is the fact that over 50% of the 2014 exhibitors have already confirmed their stands for next year!

In terms of last month’s inaugural event, we welcomed more than 500 top-ranking attendees (marking our biggest event yet) and not just from the Asia Pacific region but from wider afield, with delegations from the Qatar Supreme Committee, Malaysia Stadium Corporation, Japan Sport Council, Sport Singapore, AEG China, The NEC GroupSportsHub PtePico and ABRARENAS Brazilian Association of Arena Operators & Suppliers, to name but a few.

There were also a significant number of sports architects in attendance, including 360 Architecture, AECOM, Arup, Arup Associates, Billings Jackson Design, Cox Architecture, DP Architects, HKS, HOK, Gensler, KSS, Rider Levett Bucknall and Populous.

And, some 60+ industry-elite speakers – which included Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd; Brian Morris, CEO, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust; Brigadier General (NS) Lim Teck Yin, CEO, Sport Singapore; Ronnie Hurst, Project Director for the new Perth Stadium for the Western Australian Department of Sport & Recreation; Mark Collins, Managing Director, Global Spectrum Asia; and Eric Cuthbertson, VP of Operations, AEG China – shared their invaluable insights during the 3-day event.

Topics under the microscope during the conference included Sports Venue Management & Operations; New Approaches to Pitch Performance, Management & Maintenance; Revenue Generation; Roofing Innovations; as well as Safety & Security; and the many key sports projects to be highlighted included the Singapore Sports Hub; the new Perth Stadium; Philippine Arena; Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground redevelopment; Japan’s sports venue development programme and its centrepiece, the new National Stadium; the new Atlanta Falcons NFL stadium; Liverpool FC’s Anfield stadium renovations.

The event’s opening reception was held in the exhibition hall, which provided attendees with the opportunity to network and do business with the 50+ industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors that were showcasing their latest products, services and projects. This was rounded off by a special behind-the-scenes tour of the new 55,000-seat National Stadium, sponsored by Dallmeier and Vector Foiltec, who presented their responsibilities on the project alongside the Design Team (AECOM, Arup, Arup Associates and DP Architects) and NCR Corporation. Attendees were also treated to a second evening networking reception, sponsored by Delaware North Companies, during which everyone was able to sample local  delicacies, all washed down with the ubiquitous Singapore Slings.

Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 is primed to attract an even larger global audience of the sectors key decision-makers and with over 50% of the exhibition hall stands already booked, we expect it to be sold-out sooner rather than later, so we would strongly recommend that any companies interested in exhibiting or sponsoring next year’s event contact us sooner rather than later!

We also welcome end-users (i.e. stadium, arena, sporting event & venue owners and operators) to contact us if you would like to present your sporting event’s or venue’s latest developments or indeed share your insights in terms of best-practice, challenges, solutions and lessons learnt during one of the many roundtable debates. FYI: As the event is a ‘live’ version of PanStadia & Arena Management, many of the roundtable debates will also be published in the magazine.

For further information, email: katie@aladltd.co.uk or visit the website at: www.saevents.uk.com

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The Singapore Sports Hub was the host venue for last month’s inaugural Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event and will once again host the event in 2015. Attendees to the 2014 event were treated to a special behind-the-scenes tour of the Sports Hub’s new 55,000-seat National Stadium (pictured above, during the tour, sponsored by Dallmeier and Vector Foiltec).

 

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: katie@aladltd.co.uk

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.

Star Events supports Foo Fighters at Invictus Games

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Star Events Group supplied stage, rigging, grandstand, ancillary structures and miles of fencing and barriers to AEG Live’s Invictus Games’ Closing Concert, a first big event for the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park’s south lawn.

Headlined by Foo Fighters in front of a 26,000-strong crowd, and broadcast by the BBC, the concert crowned a phenomenal four days of sport for injured servicemen and women, motivated by Prince Harry.

As Official Supplier to AEG Live, together with parent company Beaver 84, Star Events provided for Unspun’s Opening Ceremony before adapting the kit to accommodate Foo Fighters and nine other Closing Concert acts, together with a succession of medal presentations.

Star Events clad the grandstand, stage right, with vinyl-wrapped solid panels from its Vista range, combining the requirement for a clean, corporate finish with the need to prevent any access underneath, in step with stringent security measures.

Roger Barrett, Star Events’ Special Projects Director, commented:

There were two very different sets of infrastructure in the original plans, but through cooperation from all involved, Unspun and AEG Live were able to share resources, with all the obvious benefits.

While we didn’t have any events in the space for three days, the Games was going on all around and the changeover took a lot of planning. We got it all across the line though and it was both a pleasure and a privilege to play such a big part in a truly inspiring event.

Jim King, Senior Vice President, Events at AEG Live, said:

Star’s experience, and its solutions to the demands of putting a new event into a tight new space, were integral elements to the success of the Invictus Games’ Closing Concert.

Barrett briefed delegates at the Stadia & Arena conference in Singapore this week, as part of a key group of events professionals who support concerts and other one-off events in stadiums around the world. Stadia & Arena will return to Singapore in 2015.