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The latest speaker to confirm his participation at this September’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event is Mr Akira Shimazu, President & CEO of the Rugby World Cup 2019 Organising Committee.

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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 second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, took place September 28-30, 2015, at the Singapore Sports Hub’s Indoor Stadium and was lauded ‘an overwhelming success’ by all in attendance.

The 17th event for Stadia & Arena, the event was hailed a “really great conference” providing “invaluable contacts”, with nearly 500 high-ranking attendees representing just under 30 countries, including Australia, Cambodia, China, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Italy, India, Japan, Kingdom of Brunei, Malaysia, Mexico, New Zealand, Philippines, Qatar, South Korea, Thailand, Vietnam and the United States, for 2.5-days of networking, learning, knowledge-sharing and doing business.

One of the 50+ industry-elite speakers, Jason Hill, General Manager – Commercial at the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, commented:

I was impressed with the operation… and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.

Delegate Masa Hayafuji, Assistant Chief – Stadium Development Group of the J-League (Japan Professional Football League), said:

I just want to show you my great gratitude for inviting me to the conference. It was great experience and I met a lot of people in this industry because of your support.

Another speaker, Greg Turner, General Manager at the STU Sports Park, commented:

…thanks for hosting the conference and everything you did to help organise it. I found it immensely useful and must say I wish there were more such conferences in the region.

Look forward to next year in Japan and hopefully I can present an updated case study on the Sports Park and what we are trying to accomplish there!

Literally billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at the event, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region. Those included Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium and Kai Tak Stadium Hong Kong, in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.

Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, our local event partner, said:

As more major international sporting events are held in the Asia Pacific region, there is an increasing need for venue management professionals to gain a better understanding of effective management and utilisation of sports facilities. Stadia & Arena 2015 created that opportunity. We are heartened by the many discussions and sharing of real-world experiences amongst the community.

Over 80 delegates attended a special ‘behind the scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on the opening day.

The event kicked-off with an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub’s facilities, which more than 80 delegates took advantage of. The tour was followed by the event’s Official Opening, with welcome speeches from Alad Chairman, Alan Levett, and Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd, and rounded-off with a Regional Market Report that detailed the many projects currently under construction, in the planning stage or being proposed in Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.

Day II saw the start of the conference in earnest, with 50+ industry elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement. The day’s proceedings were brought to a close with an evening networking reception in the exhibition hall, which allowed delegates, speakers, sponsors and exhibitors the opportunity to chat in a more informal setting.

On the exhibition floor, which sported more than 40+ industry-leading exhibitors, attendees had the opportunity to network and meet with experts from across the entire spectrum of products and services for sporting events and venues, many of whom were exhibiting in Asia for the first time.

The event finale on Day III gave all visitors the chance to hear an insightful Closing Keynote from the Disney Institute’s Senior Facilitator, Wing Tan, during which he explained how as leaders in the sports industry it is important to understand that your fans are your ‘guests’ and the interactions they have with your stadium employees and third-party vendors will impact the overall fan experience.

As an alternative for delegates with a primary focus on Sports Turf, there was a special local site tour to learn about the importance of proper artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.

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SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau laid on a special local site tour to advise delegates on the importance of correct artificial turf maintenance.


With cities and countries from across Asia Pacific playing host to a plethora of major sporting events, including the 2017 SEA Games, 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2022 Asian Games and 2023 SEA Games, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan. So please watch this space for further details…and keep checking back both on this website and the show’s website at:

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A comprehensive review of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event will be available in the 4th quarter/Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be published later this year.

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Nearly 500 attendees networked, knowledge-shared, learned and conducted business during Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015.


With Asia Pacific playing host to the 2017 Southeast Asian Games (SEA Games) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia; the 2017 Asian Winter Games in Sapporo, Japan; the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia; the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea; the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast; the 2019 Rugby World Cup and the 2020 Summer Olympics in Japan; and now both the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, China and the 2022 Asian Games in Hangzhou, there are literally billions of dollars’ worth of sports venue developments planned or in the works in the region.

Attendees at this month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, will be treated to 2.5-days of networking, knowledge-sharing, learning about the latest developments and opportunities, and doing business, with many of the confirmed participants either from the top sports architecture, design and engineering firms or indeed the world-class venues themselves, including AECOM, Arup, Aurecon, Bahadır Kul Architects, Cox Architecture, HOK, Kai Tak Stadium, KPMG, KSS, Meis, Melbourne & Olympic Parks, Mott MacDonald, Pattern Design, Populous, Rossetti, Shantou Sports Park, Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (FIFA World Cup 2022™ Qatar) and the Sydney Cricket Ground, to name but a few.

The conference’s STADIA DESIGN/BUILD/ENGINEERING & MASTERPLANNING track will kick off with a series of special ‘Regional market reports’, during which top industry professionals will highlight the recent sports venue developments and upcoming project opportunities across Australia, Indonesia and Singapore. There will also be a session entitled Asian venues in focus’, which will feature in-depth presentations on regional sports projects, including China’s Shantou Sports Park and Australia’s Adelaide Oval, Sydney Cricket Ground and the new Perth Stadium.

In addition, there will be a session looking at the ‘Cultural specificity of stadia’ in which the panel of experts will share their own insights and experiences based on working on sports projects around the globe. Plus there will be session entitled ‘Global projects in focus: The latest leading edge designs and approaches for worldwide stadia’ that will focus on projects including Northern Ireland’s award-winning Casement Park stadium project and Hong Kong’s exciting Kai Tak Stadium, planned for completion in 2020.

Global design practice Populous will also present the results of their year-long Tomorrow’s Together: What Will Shape the Venues of the Future project to discover how the venues of the future will look, feel and function, undertaken in association with PanStadia & Arena Management magazine. Having explored the key trends throughout 2015, integrating feedback from PS&AM’s readership, three leading designers from Populous’ global offices will outline their visions of the future.

Only by attending Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific are you guaranteed to meet and hear insights from a wide range of the world’s leading sports architects, designers and engineers, while also learning about some of the many sports venue projects either already under construction or in the design and planning stages.

NB: There are now only limited places remaining on the bespoke tour of the Singapore Sports Hub that will take place on Monday 28th September, between 12pm and 1pm. To guarantee one of the last slots on the Tour, contact Sam Wibrew via email today at:

To secure your place at this must-attend event, simply go to: and complete the online booking form.

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Hong Kong’s proposed 50,000-seat Kai Tak Stadium is just one of the exciting sports venue projects to be highlighted during our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event.


Main image: The new Perth Stadium, currently underway in Australia, is another of the major sports venue projects to be highlighted during the event.


If you have not already secured your place, then make sure to do so TODAY at:

If you have not already secured your place at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so TODAY at:

With less than 1 working day to go until the start of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the must-attend conference & exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – we are delighted to confirm that a special ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub has been organised, on which there are now only a limited number of places remaining.

This bespoke Tour will take place on Monday 28th September, between 12pm and 1pm, with places to be guaranteed on a first-come, first-served basis.

The Tour schedule will be as follows:

–         12pm: Start at the Indoor Stadium

–          Sports Hub Library

–          Singapore Sports Museum/Shimano Cycling World

–          Water front area

–          Kallang Wave Mall

–          National Stadium

–          1pm: Back to the Indoor Stadium

This FREE tour is only available to Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 registered attendees.

In addition, the Official Show Guide has now been launched, which you can view online at: and details the comprehensive conference sessions, along with the 50+ industry-elite speakers and the more than 40 industry-leading exhibitors and sponsors.

Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will once again be the largest gathering of industry professionals in the region, with those attending the event to benefit from the opportunity of meeting many of the leading sports architects, producers and suppliers, including Arup, AECOM, Cox Architecture, d&b audiotechnik, Dallmeier, Harman, HOK, ICSS, KSS, Populous, Rossetti, Siemens, SMG and Ungerboeck Software. A large number of representatives from the end-users (i.e. clubs, federations, leagues & venues) have also confirmed, including: J-League, Hong Kong Rugby Football Union, Malaysia Stadium Corporation, Kedah Stadium Corporation, Melbourne & Olympic Parks Trust, Sydney Cricket Ground, Singapore Cricket Club, Singapore Gymnastics, Singapore Sport, Hong Kong Government (Leisure Services Dept.), Shantou University Sports Park and Kai Tak Stadium, to name but a few.

For further information, please contact Event Director, Sam Wibrew, TODAY via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678. You can also visit the website at:

Image of the Singapore Sports Hub, courtesy: Arup.


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:

International experts from the sports facility industry are set to discuss the latest trends and best practices in design and operation – the spectrum ranges from new approaches to traditional sports grounds, equipment for colleges, universities and schools, to stadiums and arenas for major events, as well as urban adventure areas and open spaces – at the 24th International IAKS congress for the Design, Construction, Modernisation and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities.

From 27 to 30 October 2015, international experts and top decision-makers will be converging on Cologne, Germany, to meet and network at the IAKS Congress for the Design, Construction, Modernisation and Management of Sports and Leisure Facilities. Experts will share their experiences with interested visitors of the trade fairs FSB and aquanale taking place simultaneously, with the program to run in three languages.

The congress program clearly gives an overview of all sessions and workshops, speakers, chairpersons and supporting programs. It displays information about the venue, journey, accommodation and tickets, and is available online, in English, Spanish and German.

The themes of the 2015 IAKS Congress will include the sports facilities of the Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2014 and 2016, the use of urban spaces for individual exercise activities and inclusive design for all.

Representatives of international sports organisations will discuss with participants the importance of architecture and building construction for the development of various sports and emerging, socially relevant trends in exercise, health and leisure behaviour. All lectures will be simultaneously translated into English, German and Spanish.

Best practice: in two congress sessions there will be six buildings and projects that will receive the IOC/IPC/IAKS Award for exemplary facilities on October 27, 2015. The Award commends exemplary buildings and complexes that integrate sensible sustainability and legacy considerations, strong functional planning and exceptional architectural design.

The congress sessions offer the unique opportunity to meet the award winners personally and get first-hand information about their projects.

All congress tickets include entry for the international trade shows FSB and aquanale, as well as many other benefits. Even greater discounts are available when you register several people and students get a discount of 75% off.

In this, the 50th anniversary year of IAKS, Dr. Thomas Bach, President of the International Olympic Committee, Sir Philip Craven, President of the International Paralympic Committee, and Dr. Thomas de Maizière, Germany’s Minister of the Interior, will continue the long-term tradition of their official patronage of the 24th IAKS Congress.

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For further information or to register, visit:


PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for IAKS and the FSB event, and will once again have an exhibition stand at FSB.

Ahead of the Soccerex Global Convention 2015, Soccerex has confirmed the final line-up of event partners and supporters. Brands such as Qatar’s leading communications company Ooredoo, market leader in enterprise application software SAP and  leading international media like Eurosport have all signed up for the three-day football business event.

The Soccerex Football Festival – taking place in the Old Granada Studios, September 5-6 – will be held in partnership with Marketing Manchester and with the support of Global Games, Football Freestyle Federation, Urban Cage Soccer and UK Footgolf Association.

The Soccerex Global Convention then kicks off at Manchester Central Convention Complex on September 7, with programmes of conference content, exhibition stands and networking activities over the next three days. The Convention is held in partnership with Marketing Manchester and with the support of international event host partner The Asian Football Development Project (Asian Forum). Other event partners include global insurance experts, Lockton, and leading sports broadcaster talkSPORT as well as FIFA Master Alumni who will be the academic supporter to the Convention. Major Events International (MEI) will be the commercial supporter of the event.

The Convention is staged with the institutional support of LaLiga, The Football League, French Football Federation, Ligue de Football Professionnel and the European Sponsorship Association (ESA) and can count on the support of international legal experts Pinsent Masons, logistics specialists DB Schenker International, leading global hoteliers, Radisson, world’s leader in visual communications Getty Images, Sports PR, communications and sponsorship activation consultancy Macesport, production distribution company Boulder Creek International, leading international law firm Maples and Calder, LawInSport, industry’s leading international sports business and financial advisory firms APC Sports Consulting Limited, Mobile Media Content, Red Touch Media USA, UK Trade & Investment, Qatar Stars League, Qatar Football Association and Football Medical Association.

The Convention will consist of a number of top companies giving in depth insights into the business  of football with the likes of Matchvision, Pro Soccer Development, Solive, Tifosy, Social Chain and Triple IT all having presentation slots for what is widely acknowledged as the world’s leading football business event.

Soccerex CEO Duncan Revie commented:

We are very proud to work with our host partners Marketing Manchester and all the different event partners and supporters of the Global Convention. We are very grateful for their immense support, without which we would not be able to deliver the events we do.

PanStadia & Arena Management is an Official Media Partner for the event and has an exhibition stand (#106). The magazine’s Publication Director & Editor, Katie McIntyre, will also be moderating a number of panel sessions on the Tuesday afternoon of the Convention, namely THE EVOLUTION OF THE STADIUM EXPERIENCE, taking place at 2pm in The Studio, and then the STADIUM OPERATIONS AND TOURNAMENT DELIVERY WORKSHOP taking place at 4.45pm in The Academy.

For a full list of Soccerex partners & supporters please go to:

The Soccerex Global Convention kicks off with the Football Festival on 5-6th September, with the conference starting on Monday 7th September. A packed international exhibition and a programme of networking and social events such as the half time networking lounge sponsored by bottoms up beer, social evenings sponsored by Prestige Hospitality, official sales agent for the UEFA Euro 2016 Hospitality programme and the VIP dinner sponsored by Global W Mexico. Another networking social event is “SoccerMatch”, which is the platform for the football industry to share ideas, discover new contacts and do business and is sponsored by Yuuzoo. The CSO Zone is playing a bigger part in this year’s Convention and will be sponsored by Terres Des Hommes.

For full information about Soccerex please visit


Image: SAN JOSE, CA – MAY 10: The United States takes on Ireland in the second half of their international friendly match on May 10, 2015, at Avaya Stadium in San Jose, California. The U.S. won 3-0. DAVE KAVAL, PRESIDENT, SAN JOSE EARTHQUAKES, is one of the key speakers for the THE EVOLUTION OF THE STADIUM EXPERIENCE panel session. (Photo by Brian Bahr/Getty Images)

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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



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

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

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Host of industry heavyweights confirmed as Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific sponsors

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In addition to an incredible list of over 50 industry-expert speakers, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific has attracted unprecedented support from the sectors leading architects, consultants, service and solution providers, including:

Presenting Sponsors:

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For more information on the sponsors, speakers, conference program and the 35+ industry-leading exhibitors already confirmed, or to register as a delegate or exhibitor, simply visit the event website at:


PanStadia & Arena Management is proud to be an Official Media Partner for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014.


World’s leading sports architects confirmed to speak at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014

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An unprecedented line-up of industry-elite speakers has been announced for this September’s unmissable Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event. With a combined experience of working on thousands of sports projects all over the world, the speaker list for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 is the strongest line-up of experts ever assembled for a sports venue conference.


The stellar speaker list of industry-leading figures includes:

David M Campbell, Principal – Geiger Engineers
Paul Hyett, Principal – HKS, Inc
Andrew James, Senior Principal – Populous
Kourosh Kayvani, Global Sports Leader – Aurecon
Mike King, Principal – Arup
Chris Lamberth, Sport & Commercial Development – 360 Architecture
Clive Lewis, Associate Director – Arup Associates
David Manica, President –  MANICA Architecture
Dan Meis, Global Director Sport – Woods Bagot
Andrew Noonan, Architect – Populous
JRJ Parrish, Principal – AECOM Global Sports
Teoh Hai Pin, Director – DP Architects
Matt Reynolds, Architect – Populous

John Rhodes, Senior Vice President/Director of Entertainment & Sport – HOK
Alastair Richardson, Director – Cox Architecture
Jonathan Rose, Principal Design + Planning – AECOM
Andy Simons, Director – KSS

Conference highlights include:

  • An opportunity to learn first-hand from the design team on the Singapore Sports Hub
  • Regional projects in focus, including the new Perth Stadium in Australia; Philippine Arena – the world’s largest arena – in the Philippines; Shantou Sports Park in China; and Japan’s New National Stadium project
  • A look at innovative sports projects from around the world including the new Atlanta Falcons NFL Stadium
  • Sports Venue Architecture Panel Discussion: a unique opportunity to listen to some of the leading sports venue architects in the world share their opinions
  • Roofing Innovations and Challenges in Modern Stadia: this roundtable panel of leading experts will discuss the complex design and engineering challenges in developing modern stadia projects



For the full Preliminary Program, detailing the speakers and conference sessions, please go to:


Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 will be hosted by the new Singapore Sports Hub this September, 24-26. To guarantee your place at this must-attend event and secure the special Early Bird rate, make sure to sign up today at:


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