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Bill Sweeney, CEO at the British Olympic Association (BOA), is the latest high-ranking industry professional to confirm as a speaker for next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition, where he will deliver the Closing Keynote.

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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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Just days after Tokyo 2020 celebrated four years until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (which will take place on July 24, 2020), Mr Toshiro Muto, Chief Executive Officer for Tokyo 2020, confirmed as a speaker for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event being held at the Yokohama Arena in Japan, September 26-28.

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The Official Press Launch for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 conference and exhibition was held in Tokyo, Japan, earlier this week, with speakers from the Japan Sports Agency, Congress Corporation – an Event Partner – and UKT&I/BCCJ, and was met with great interest from the many members of the press in attendance.

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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 University of Southern Mississippi’s National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) will hold the 1st annual Professional Sport Facilities Safety and Security Summit on March 8-10, 2016, at the National Center in Hattiesburg, Miss.

Richard Fenton, Vice President of Corporate Security and Safety, Ilitch Holdings Inc. (Detroit Tigers and Redwings), commented:

Every stadium and arena present unique challenges in implementing best operatory practices.

This is an opportunity for industry professionals to come together and discuss best practices in a collaborative environment with the goal of developing a comprehensive safety and security guide that will be the industry standard.

The Summit serves as the only annual combined meeting for professional and minor league safety and security professionals. The target audience includes event and facility managers, operations personnel, local/state law enforcement, government officials, emergency managers, fire/hazMat and emergency medical/health services, and invited solution providers.

Summit highlights include keynote speakers and panel discussions covering topics such as parking lot security, gun carrying issues relative to off duty personnel, and violent extremist attacks.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in moderated discussions (round robin) for designated within the following topic areas:

  • Event Day Safety and Security
  • Crowd Dynamics/Management
  • Emergency Action Planning
  • Staff Development and Performance
  • Facilities Design/Technology
  • Risk/Threat/Vulnerability Assessment & Secure and Safety Aware Culture

Pricing to attend the Summit is $265 per person. LIMITED SEATS AVAILABLE.

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About NCS4

The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at the University of Southern Mississippi, supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies. It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.


PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner to NCS4 and this Summit.



The second ESSMA Summit is taking place at the San Mamés Stadium in Bilbao, Spain, from 19 to 20 January 2016.

The ESSMA Summit is the must-attend, two-day event organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association), in partnership with the EPFL (European Professional Football Leagues), ECA (European Club Association) and ICSS (International Centre for Safety & Security).

During the Summit, keynote speakers will discuss many stadium industry topics and provide in-depth technical workshops on trending stadium issues, all of which will be combined with a technical and commercial stadium tour that will bring great insights into the new San Mamés Stadium. In conjunction with this, a Stadium Development Seminar will run on the first day of the event, which will inform attendees about the new stadium and renovation projects in Europe.

Keynote speakers include Sporting Kansas City’s Chris Wyche, Executive Vice President of the Club and General Manager of Sporting Park. He will compare the transatlantic versus European approach about how stadiums deal with Fan Experience and will also explain how much effect a stadium and its fan experience have on a club on match days.

The host club, Athletic Club de Bilbao, will also give a presentation entitled “A unique club with a different stadium”, during which it will talk about how the new stadium has become an icon for the city and how it has managed to transfer the old San Mamés traditions into the new stadium.

Other clubs and stadiums that are confirmed to speak include: FC Copenhagen, Aviva Stadium, Valencia CF, Legia Warsaw, Twickenham Stadium and many more.

This ESSMA Summit offers a fantastic opportunity to broaden your network in the stadium industry and link-up with European colleagues in a unique setting.


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PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner to ESSMA and its members.

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

The Big Topics

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

Venue Technology: Selection & Integration

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Takeaways

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

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

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With only a couple of days to go until the 24th IAKS Congress kicks off in Cologne, Germany, make sure to guarantee your place among the Who’s Who of the sports facility industry who are set to converge on the city next week.

About 470 attendees from 49 countries have already registered to attend this event, which will see decision-makers, operators, architects, planners and landscape architects from both the public and private sectors coming together with the producers and suppliers of cutting-edge solutions for products, planning and design, as well as future-orientated concepts and trends.

The exhibition fair duo of FSB and aquanale will take place from October 27 to 30, across an exhibition area of around 80,000sqm in Halls 6, 7, 9 and 10. From now on, exhibitors at both events will benefit from an improved infrastructure in the new areas of the Cologne exhibition grounds.

Katharina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer at Koelnmesse GmbH, said:

The new structure for the FSB sections of amenities, sport and public pool construction means that existing synergies – amongst themselves and together with aquanale – can be exploited more effectively, creating more business networks on a national and international scale.

The restructuring represents a further consolidation of FSB’s leading position as the world’s largest industry event in the games, sport, amenities and pool construction sectors.

Make sure to visit the Alad Ltd stand, where you will find Sam Wibrew, Global Business Development Director for PanStadia & Arena Management magazine and Event Director for our ‘live’ event Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific, along with Global Sales Manager, Paul Thornhill, at Stand A051a in Hall 10.2.

PanStadia & Arena Management magazine is proud to be an Official Media Partner for FSB.

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PanStadia & Arena Management and Stadia & Arena Events look forward to meeting you at FSB in Cologne in October. Both the magazine and event will exhibit at the event in Hall 10.2, stand A051a. PanStadia & Arena Management is also an Official Media Partner of FSB 2015.

FSB, which is being staged in Cologne from 27 to 30 October 2015, is presenting itself as sustainable, green, playful, attractive and more successful than ever. Around 650 companies from over 45 countries, who will showcase their products and services on an area of 80,000 square meters are expected. As usual, they include the leading national and international industry players from the amenity areas, sports and pools facilities.

FSB hosts the IAKS and awards.

FSB hosts the IAKS conference and awards.

The trade visitors can look forward to a new tone-setting innovation in October. Once again, FSB will take place parallel to aquanale, the International Trade Fair for Sauna, Pool, Ambience, this year for the first time in the modern North Halls of Koelnmesse – to be more precise in Halls 6, 7, 9 and 10.2 of the Cologne fair grounds. With its thematic hall layout, both of the events are offering a clearer overview and an expanded range of products. The synergies, particularly in the swimming pool sector will thus be ideally exploited and interlinked. Decision-makers, operators, architects, planners and landscape architects from both the public and private sectors will find tailored solutions and future-orientated concepts for open spaces and, ultimately for social change in Cologne. The trade fair’s new scheduling outside of North Rhine-Westphalia’s autumn holidays, has received great response from municipalities and companies well in advance, which is expected to lead to increased interest on the visitor side – from both Germany and abroad.

Easy to reach, easy to meet

In order to successfully and sustainably consolidate FSB 2015, the organisers at Koelnmesse, together with the conceptual sponsors and partners, have further developed the fair concept. The new theme-orientated hall layout will lend the trade fair duo even greater momentum and will have an optimal effect on the synergies. As of 2015, exhibitors at both events will benefit from the improved infrastructure in the northern area of the Cologne exhibition grounds. In addition, the modern naturally lit halls provide the optimal transit route to guide the stream of visitors through the fairground’s Boulevard. The Northern Halls connect ideally with Congress Centres North and East. In the future, visitors of the trade fair will enter via Entrance North, which offers numerous parking facilities in the immediate vicinity, as well as Entrance East. Entrance East connects conveniently with the Inter City Express (ICE) train station, the public transport hub “Köln Messe/Deutz” station and the tram station “Koelnmesse”.

The newly developed exhibition concept is specifically targeted to ensure that decision-makers from municipalities and sporting associations, as well as the many international visitors, will have more time for an extensive fair visit and the exchange of information. Parallel to this, in cooperation with national sports and municipal associations, the specialist supporting programme addresses current industry topics in greater depth, with special focus on issues important for municipalities, planners, operators and sports clubs. Throughout the fair, numerous “action areas”, as well as individual trade events complement the offer in the halls. Some of these include the ISS solar skating rink, the “Soccer and More” football field, the “FIBA – World of Basketball” and the “Trampoline Variety by Eurotramp”.

Around 650 companies awaited in Cologne

The companies participating at FSB include among others: Aquarena, Aquadrolics, AST, Berleburger Schaumstoffwerke, Berliner Seilfabrik, Conica, Conradi + Kaiser, Engo, e.s.m Edelstahl, Eurotramp, Fritz Müller, Hamberger, Herculan, HSB Hinke Schwimmbad, Huck Seiltechnik, ISS Solar, Kindt, Klarer Freizeitanlagen AG, Kraiburg, Kübler, Lappset, Melos, Mondo, Patentverwag Italia Srl., Polytan, Raita, Roigk GmbH, Scheidt & Bachmann, SMG, Sport Thieme, Strabag, Tapper & Hollmann, Universal Sport, Wibit Sports, WIBRE Elektrogeräte and Wiegand Mälzer.

DOSB advises on sports facilities

FSB’s partner associations in the field of sports facilities include DOSB (Deutscher Olympischer Sportbund/German Olympic Sports Confederation), Landessportbund NRW (North Rhine-Westphalia Sports Federation), BSI/Bundesverband der Deutschen Sportartikel-Industrie (Association for the German Sporting Goods Industry) with Gütegemeinschaft Sportgeräte e.V (German Institute for Quality Assurance in Sports Equipment), ADS-Arbeitsgemeinschaft Deutscher Sportämter e.V. (German Municipal Sports Departments and Sports Associations Working Group) as well as FIFA (Fédération Internationale de Football Association) and FIBA (International Basketball Federation).

Together with the sports federations of the states of Hessen, North Rhine-Westphalia and Wurttemberg, as well as the Federal Sports Research Institute (Bundesinstitut für Sportwissenschaft), the DOSB will present itself at its own fair stand in Hall 7 once more. Consultation offers for sports facilities will be the focus and include topics like resource-saving modernisation, renovation and new construction of sports centres, as well as concepts for sustainable sports facility management.

Cross-generation public spaces for exercise The new FSB concept and the move to the modern North Halls allow Hall 9 to be used for the first time as a themed hall for the amenity areas, playground equipment and outdoor fitness sectors. Here, numerous national and international exhibitors will present their products, projects and services for the planning and designing of open spaces, specifically organised with concepts such as municipal planning and urban design, areas for play, spaces for exercise, demographic change and mobility in mind. Together with their long-standing partners STADTundRAUM and BSFH (Bundesverband für Spielplatzgeräte- und Freizeitanlagen-Hersteller/Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers), in addition to attractively designed themed areas, FSB is also presenting content-related forums with added value for municipalities, planners and landscape architects.

Across more than 2,000 sqm, STADTundRAUM (city and space) is presenting an area dedicated to urban spaces, places of encounter and playground themes. The visitor market place in the area is the communication hub for specialist in-depth exchange between exhibitors, planners and fair visitors. At the market place and the adjoining area, designed to resemble a “real” outdoor area, trade fair visitors can not only look at the exhibits, but also try out the objects first-hand. Among others, you will find a children’s carousel, a multifunctional movement station, a shoulder trainer for sports novices rooted in the Chinese tradition, as well as a special bench for walker users.

In addition, special topics and workshops have been thematically integrated in the layout planning. The following subjects will be covered: “Planning and demographic change – cities, urban districts, gardens, barrier-free spaces and mobility”, “Playground security” and “Accessibility”. The “SPIELRAUM-Preis” (the German Amenities Prize) will be awarded for the eleventh time at this year’s FSB (Friday, 30 October 2015) to distinguish exemplary areas for play. This year, “Barrier-free public spaces for play and exercise” are in special focus.

Federal Association of Playground Equipment and Recreational Facilities Manufacturers (BSFH) with two focal topics in Hall 9 In addition to its presentation as an industry association and as a meeting point for all questions on the topics of playgrounds, playground safety and outdoor fitness, in 2015 BSFH sets a new tone with the BSFH FORUM’s themed areas. In cooperation with the “Playground@Landscape” magazine and supported by the German Towns and Municipalities Association, a practice-orientated specialist programme will take place on 28, 29 and 30 October in Hall 9, with the topics of “Cities and municipalities get people moving: Fitness parcours in Cologne’s public space” as well as “Security on playgrounds” and “Trends in the playing ground worlds”. A further partner will once again be the German Association of Towns and Municipalities.

PlanerFORUM for municipal decision-makers This year, planners, planning offices and institutions will present their projects and services on the “planerFORUM” communal platform in Hall 9 already for the second time. In short presentations, they provide plenty of ideas and show realised and transferrable solutions as examples of best practice. The North Rhine-Westphalia section of the German Landscape Architects Association (bdla-nrw) is represented with six member offices attending. Examples from the wide spectrum of landscape architecture in the design of open spaces will be shown. On 29 October 2015 (“bdla day”), visitors will have the chance to get informed on the topics of “Golf training in public space”, “A liveable city for all” and skate park planning. A discussion will take place at the conclusion.

Public and private pool sector in joint halls In the scope of the trade fair duo, the joint presentation means that all aspects of the public and private pool, wellness and sauna sectors are now represented in Halls 6 and 7 – also in clearly defined theme worlds. The trade fair duo’s last edition successfully brought together the swimming pool sectors from aquanale and FSB’s ‘Public pool construction’ area and confirmed that joint trade fair concepts are a guarantee for a successful future for all sectors involved.

The 6th Cologne Swimming Pool & Wellness FORUM in Hall 6 is acting as the joint umbrella for the swimming pool sectora of FSB and aquanale again this year. Koelnmesse is, together with the trade associations bsw (the German Association of Swimming Pools & Wellness e.V.) and IAKS (the International Association for Sport and Recreational Facilities e.V.) and in cooperation with further partners, organising an informative and theme-oriented expert programme over four days that is tailormade for the target group of public swimming pool operators as well as for swimming pool constructors, hoteliers, planners and architects. Health and environmental protection are also the overarching trends for the “PlanerFORUM on public pool construction”, or to be exact, sustainable renovation of public pools as well as the topic of water treatment. The event will take place on 29 October as part of the sixth Cologne Swimming Pool and Wellness FORUM.

New: Forum on outdoor sports facilities

The outdoor sports facilities forum will take place for the first time at FSB 2015. The International Association for Sports and Leisure Facilities (IAKS) and its partner associations will present current trends and information for planners and operators of sports facilities and public amenity areas. Over the first three days of the fair, lectures will be given on themes such as “New Findings from FIFA’s Artificial Turf Quality Concept”, where results from the latest international research studies will be presented, the recycling of artificial turf systems, management approaches for the control of municipal open air facilities or safety management on sports grounds. Furthermore, there will also be first-hand information on the current situation of artificial turf standards and technology, infill granules and plastic floor coverings as well as an overview of the hybrid turf system that are available on the market.

24th IAKS Congres and the award ceremony of the Architecture Prize In 2015, IAKS is celebrating its 50th anniversary at FSB. This anniversary is an integral theme of the congress and the workshops. To commemorate its 50th anniversary, IAKS will take a look into the history of sporting and recreational infrastructure. In the course of an award ceremony, prominent figures from five decades of international sports facility construction will be initiated into the “IAKS Hall of Fame”. In line with this, the Congress will again this year deal with architecturally and operationally archetypal projects, in which sustainability and social aspects are of great importance. Under this year’s motto “Planning, construction, modernisation and the management of sports and leisure centres”, international experts from the sports facilities industry will discuss the building and business trends as well as best practices; the palette ranges from new ways for traditional sports grounds, sports facilities for colleges and schools, to stadiums and arenas for major events through to urban experiential spaces and amenity areas. The congress will examine the question of how one can best serve the demand for attractive, healthy and functional sports and leisure facilities to the benefit of everyone, a topic which indeed lies at the heart of FSB.

The absolute highlight of the IAKS Congress is the presentation of the IOC/IAKS Award, the IPC/IAKS distinction and the award for young talents, the IOC/IPC/IAKS Architecture and Design Award for Students and Young Professionals. These most important international architecture prizes for sports, leisure and recreational buildings are presented by the IAKS in the scope of a special event on all days of the trade fair.

International Swimming Pool Congress expands supporting programme For the first time ever, the trade fair duo is also hosting the International Swimming Pool Congress of the German Society for Natural Bathing Waters (DGfNB), which more than 1,000 national and international congress participants are expected to attend in Cologne. Under the motto “Variety on the Water”, the congress offers an informative programme on the latest trends, relevant norms, quality assurance programmes and for example on the state-of-the-art technologies in natural water treatment, types of construction or delivers tips and the latest cognitions for the sustainable water care of public and private swimming and bathing pools. Moreover, renowned companies from all over Europe will be presenting their services, products and innovations on the elaborately designed special area dedicated to the theme of natural pools and swimming ponds in Hall 6. Since this range of topics is of great interest to both the public and the private swimming pool market, the new hall location also creates the best possible synergies and short routes for visitors from both areas.

With less than a month to go until the start of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the unmissable conference & exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – the number of industry-leading exhibiting companies continues to rise, with those having recently booked including:

Windtech Consultants: A company of consulting engineers specialising in the analysis of wind effects on buildings, structures and the environment.

Mehler Texnologies: Premium technical textiles for textile architecture and high quality membranes for tents and temporary structures.

Arch Style Construction: A specialised high-tech company focused on developing and implementing the internationally patented ‘Arch-Type Support Structure’; one of the latest and most innovative achievements in the field of post-tension steel structures.

Pacific Seating: A company that specialises in the GLIDE Retractable/Telescopic System. The product range for which includes spectator seating for indoor and outdoor venues, and aluminium outdoor bleachers.

In addition, event sponsor, Ungerboeck Software a global leader in flexible, comprehensive event and venue management software  have increased their presence at the event by also confirming a stand.

With more than 50 industry-elite speakers confirmed, the event will once again be the largest gathering of industry professionals in the Asia Pacific region. You can see all the speakers and topics when viewing the latest Conference Program online at:


If you are one of the following ‘end-users’, then you will also be eligible for a specially-discounted delegate rate:

– Sports Venue Management, Operator or Developer

– Sports Club or Venue Key Executive

– Senior Official from a national or international sport association, league or federation

– Official from a body bidding for or hosting a major sporting event

– Municipal Sports Departmental Official

To apply, please contact Event Director, Sam Wibrew, TODAY via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678. #StadiaArenaAP

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

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

China is re-emerging as one of the world’s top global sports event hosting nations, after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup for Men earlier this month, and all in the space of just eight days.

Now, as Beijing hosts the IAAF World Athletics Championships, and with a Chinese bid for the Asian Games in 2022 also declared last week, China is back.

Many experts are also predicting that the country will soon put forward a FIFA World Cup bid.

Just as China is re-emerging as a powerhouse in the world’s top sporting events, so is the entire Asia Pacific region, which will also play host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, to name but a few. This had led to a huge surge in sports venue development projects in this part of the world.

Next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event – PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s ‘live’ conference & exhibition – is set to provide the perfect platform to learn more about the regions projects, by meeting with the architects, venue representatives, etc., in one of the region’s showcase venues, the Singapore Sports Hub.

Image: The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Park – which will be featured in our forthcoming Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management – is nearing completion in the Chinese city. The centrepiece will be the 80,000-seat stadium (pictured above); currently the largest stadium planned for construction in China for the next ten years. Courtesy: NBBJ.

If you haven’t already secured your place at our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the unmissable conference & exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – then make sure to do so online TODAY at:

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:

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:

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



PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the world’s leading conference and exhibition for sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – will return to Singapore this September, 28-30, where it will once again be hosted at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium.

Stadia & Arena has undergone a major transformation over the last 24-months, moving from Europe – where the event was hosted on 15 occasions – to Asia Pacific, reflecting the sheer number of sports venues underway and in development, as well as the significant number of major sporting events being hosted in the region.

The Singapore Indoor Stadium – host venue for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific – has also completed its own facelift, with an interim upgrade that included the addition of a new film around the stadium’s façade and the adjacent Singapore National Stadium has just finished its hosting of the 2015 SEA Games.

Last year’s inaugural Asia Pacific event proved to be an overwhelming success, with more than 500 industry figures in attendance, and this year’s event will duly deliver an unprecedented amount of specialist conference content and expert speakers covering all aspects of sports venue design/build, operations, management, fit-out and technology.

More than 40 top industry speakers are already confirmed for this year’s conference, including Global Spectrum Asia Managing Director, Mark Collins; Melbourne & Olympic Park CEO, Brian Morris; Live Nation Senior Vice President, Venue Development, Greg Gillin; Director at Studio City Entertainment Centre, Jennifer Kelly; Sydney Cricket & Sports Ground Trust General Manager – Commercial, Jason Hill; and ICSS Executive Director for Safety & Security, Malcolm Tarbitt.

Brian Morris, commented:

Last year’s conference was a really valuable experience for venue management professionals and I’m thrilled to be attending once again this year. I’ll be speaking on the current challenges involved in building emerging rugby and football clubs in the Melbourne sporting market – an environment that’s traditionally dominated by Australian Rules football. I’ll also be discussing fan engagement and the role of the venue operator in this space.

The event will also bring together the strongest line-up of leading experts from architecture, design and engineering firms; who have between them worked on hundreds – if not thousands – of sporting events and sport venue projects across the globe.

In the exhibit hall, attendees will have the opportunity to meet over 50 leading suppliers of services and solutions to the sports venue sector. Many of these will be showcasing their services in the region for the first time. The exhibit hall will be the place to hear about the latest projects and industry developments, see new technologies in action and be presented with a myriad of new ideas for your own sports venue project requirements.

For the first time in its 16-year history, the event will feature expert discussions on the opening afternoon, September 28, with in-depth sessions looking at the sports market and upcoming project opportunities in countries around the region, commencing with a special presentation on the SEA Games, which marked the first major sporting tournament to be hosted by the Singapore Sports Hub. Further reports on developments across Australia and Indonesia will follow. The first day will then be concluded with the Opening Reception, when attendees will have their first opportunity to network and do business with the show’s exhibitors.

With the two conference streams running parallel during day’s 2 and 3, delegates will benefit from a unique opportunity to listen to the opinions of leading experts from around the globe. Stream 1 will focus on sports venue design/build/engineering and major event planning, where delegates will learn about the key issues affecting the industry, as well as upcoming projects from both the region and further afield. Stream 2 will cover key practical issues regarding venue management and operation, revenue generation, fan engagement and the playing surface.

To view the preliminary conference program and confirm your place at this must-attend event, simply visit the event website at: