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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.

Maurizio Beretta

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

Jamal Alias Photography www.jamalalias.com

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.

 

Host of industry-elite speakers confirmed for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014

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The Asia Pacific Rim is on the verge of being the most active region in the world for new sports venue development leading up to the 2020 Summer Olympic Games in Tokyo. With over 60 new build and refurbishment sports projects currently planned, now is the perfect time to bring the 16th Stadia & Arena event to the zone.

 

Hosted at the brand new Singapore Sports Hub, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 will bring together the industry leaders in all aspects of sports venue design, build, management, operations and technology from around the world. Delegates will have the opportunity to listen to over 40 of the most well-known and well-respected names in the industry, from the world’s leading venue operators, consultants, architects, end-users and solution suppliers at the leading-edge of technology innovation. Some of the industry-elite speakers already confirmed include:

 

Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd.

Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd.

Philippe Collin Delavaud, CEO, SportsHub Pte Ltd: Mr Delavaud is the current CEO of the Singapore Sports Hub – and was also the CEO of the Stade de France – so has developed a unique knowledge-base and detailed skill-set of how to drive business as a stadium operator. Delavaud was CEO of the Consortium Stade de France, including during the 2007 Rugby World Cup, Managing Director of SDF Production, Chairman of the Board of Stade de France Live Events, and on the Board of the company that managed Green Point Stadium in 2009/10 on behalf of the City of Cape Town.

 

Yoshihiro Kizawa, Vice President & Executive Director, Japan Sport Council.

Yoshihiro Kizawa, Vice President & Executive Director, Japan Sport Council.

Yoshihiro Kizawa, Vice President & Executive Director, Japan Sport Council: Mr Kizawa entered the Personnel Division of the Minister’s Secretariat at the Japanese Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 1982. He was Director of the Arts and Culture Division at the Agency for Cultural Affairs, then Director of the Policy Planning Division at the Sports and Youth Bureau before becoming Deputy Director-General at the Research and Development Bureau of the MEXT.

 

Other notable speakers include Ronnie Hurst, Project Director on the new Perth Stadium, Western Australian Department of Sport & Recreation; Mark Collins, Managing Director of Global Spectrum Asia; Greg Gillen, DTZ Director of Stadia – Singapore Sports Hub; Roger Hooker, Director of ISC Singapore, Singapore Sports Hub; Damian Bush, Senior Director, Venues & Event Management, SportsHub Pte Ltd; Andy Simmons, Director, KSS; Roland Meier, Head of Panomera® Multifocal Sensor Systems, Dallmeier; Eric Cuthbertson, Vice President of Operations, AEG China; Andrew James, Senior Principal, Populous; Clive Lewis, Associate Director, Arup Associates; Alastair Richardson, Director, Cox Architecture; John Rhodes, Senior Vice President/Director of Entertainment & Sport, HOK; Adam Newsam, VP Sports and Tournaments, Ticketmaster International; Paul Hyett, Principal, HKS, Inc.; Dan Meis, Global Director Sport, Woods Bagot; David Manica, President,  MANICA Architecture; João Gilberto Vaz, President, ABRARENAS, Brazilian Association of Arena Operators & Suppliers; Chris Lamberth, Sport & Commercial Development, 360 Architecture; Mike King, Principal, Arup; and Bill Dorsey, Chairman, Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD).

 

Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific is truly an unmissable event for all those involved in sports events & sports venue design, build, operation, management, technology and fit-out. To view the full list of speakers, as well as the conference topics, please view our Preliminary Conference Program online at: http://www.saevents.uk.com/conference/program/ To guarantee your place at this must-attend event and avail of the Special Early Bird delegate rates, register today at: http://registration.saevents.uk.com/default.aspx

Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 will be hosted in the new Singapore Sports Hub this September, 24-26.

Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 will be hosted in the new Singapore Sports Hub this September, 24-26.

SIS spearheads drive to raise football standards in the Middle East

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SIS Pitches, which is spearheading the supply and installation of premium quality synthetic and natural grass pitches in overseas markets, reports burgeoning demand for elite level stadium pitches under a strategy by Middle Eastern states to drive up the standard of football in home leagues and construct stadia to serve a global audience.

The King Abdullah Sports City project in Jeddah is the latest nearing completion (picture courtesy Arup). The project is being delivered through a joint venture between Belgian contractors BESIX and local firm Al Muhaidib Contracting, with SIS Pitches contracted to construct four natural grass pitches – the main stadium pitch and three additional ones circling the stadium structure.

All parties are working flat-out to meet the tight deadline set to ensure early completion. David Ball, Managing Director of SIS (ME) LLC, said:

The stadium was originally planned for sign-off in October 2014 but the works were brought forward a year. Works are being delivered round the clock to get it ready in time. The grass will be sprigged with Bermuda 419 stolons imported from our turf farm in the UAE.
Work on the main stadium pitch is scheduled for October, the grass harvested in jumbo rolls from the onsite turf farm and then laid in the stadium.