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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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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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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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To enquire about exhibiting or sponsoring our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event, or indeed to suggest possible topics for discussion or offer your services as a potential speaker, then please contact Sam Wibrew via email at:

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.

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



Hull Venue - rendering of preliminary design

Hull City Council has approved plans for the 3,500 capacity Hull Venue, a super-theatre style arena and exhibition centre. The council has committed £36.2m towards the cost of building a complex, including the venue, a hotel and improved retail, on the site behind Princes Quay shopping centre.

Feasibility work already undertaken demonstrates that the proposed venue would attract 240,000 visitors spending £13.8m in the city every year – creating at least 500 long-term jobs.

The purpose-built venue will, for the first time, allow Hull to attract large corporate and association conferences, exhibitions and trade tours as well as major touring concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows and sporting events, complementing what is currently offered at existing venues. Acts like Olly Murs, Paloma Faith and McBusted could be in the line-up after research and consultation with venue and tour operators revealed there is a real market for a venue of its size and flexibility, with visiting acts performing on more than one night.

The council-owned Airco Arena, situated beside the football stadium, has failed to entice leading acts to the city since its opening. The venue is operated by the Stadium Management Company (SMC), which has installed an artificial 3G pitch for the exclusive use of Hull City’s youth academy. The council is unhappy with this conversion, which excludes other sport clubs, whose plight will not be solved by the proposed Hull Venue.

The council expects to have design concepts completed and a contractor appointed by the end of this year, with the venue scheduled to open in 2018. The venue will have 2,000 sq. m of exhibition space, a restaurant, dressing rooms with en-suite facilities and an outside broadcast space.

Portfolio Holder for Visitor Destination, Councillor Steven Bayes, said:

A high-quality, purpose-built events and conference centre is absolutely essential to making Hull a top visitor destination and to secure a long-term legacy from our year as UK City of Culture.

Put simply, a city of Hull’s size needs a facility such as this. We will formally hand over the City of Culture title to another city in 2020, but this development will allow us to continue to attract events capable of delivering a big economic impact beyond that.

Most importantly, it will deliver 500 long-term jobs for our local workforce and young people, which is part of the legacy that we want to deliver for Hull and the economic future we need.

GlobalSportsJobs and WISE renew strategic partnership

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GlobalSportsJobs, the leading specialist digital media and talent platform for the international sports industry, and WISE (Work in Sports Exhibition), have renewed their strategic partnership for the Careers in Sports Convention’s second edition to be held in Lausanne, Switzerland, on 6-7 May 2015.


As an official strategic partner, GlobalSportsJobs will have a key role in helping develop this year’s conference programme and will provide career intelligence to the WISE audience in cross-promotional activities prior to and during the convention.


Will Lloyd, GlobalSportsJobs CEO, commented:

GlobalSportsJobs shares many of the same values as WISE and we are extremely pleased to announce the renewed partnership following a very successful collaboration during the convention’s inaugural edition last year. 2014 demonstrated the appetite for sport organisations and professionals to meet and discuss career management in sport business. We are highly enthusiastic about 2015 and the opportunities this partnership will bring for all those participating.


Giancarlo Sergi, WISE Director, said:

We are really delighted to partner up once again with such an established professional entity as GlobalSportsJobs. By collaborating with this talent platform we will be able to widen the vision and services we would like to offer to the participants for the benefit of their sports career.


The full conference programme will be announced soon on the WISE website.

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Note from the Editor

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I wanted to take this opportunity to wish all of our advertisers, contributors and readers a very happy New Year and say that myself and all the team look forward to bringing you all of the latest news on stadia, arena, sporting events and venue projects throughout 2015.

This year is another exciting one both for the sports venue sector that we serve, as well as for ourselves, with a host of stadium and arena projects due to open their doors, and others to commence. We are also very excited to be launching PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s App and Enhanced Facility Watch, which will provide you with even more vital information on all of the latest sports venue developments and tender news from around the globe. (NB: You can view the 2015 Media Kit online at which details all of the stadia and arena projects to be featured in 2015, as well as the specific industry sectors/topics to be featured in each edition.)

Our forthcoming Q1/Spring ’15 edition will also be a historic issue, as it will include the inaugural ‘Playing Surfaces Buyers Guide’; our independent guide to the leading companies involved in all aspects of natural, hybrid and artificial turf playing surface design, engineering, installation and maintenance, which we are producing in association with ESTO.

We are compiling this Guide to especially benefit our readers in emerging and developing countries by presenting them with a definitive guide as to the leading companies that they should be speaking to in terms of their playing surfaces needs. The directory will also include some independently commissioned articles covering all aspects of the industry based on feedback from our readers over recent years. It will take the same format as our hugely successful Architects, Engineers & Specialist Contractors (AEC) Directory that was included in our Spring ’14 edition and which remains online at: with regular additions and updates.

In addition, this September will see the second edition of our ‘live’ event, the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition. We welcomed 500+ top-ranking attendees to last year’s inaugural event and we are expecting even more to attend this year’s event, once again being held at the Singapore Sports Hub from September 28-30, 2015. Exhibition space is selling out fast and we are now accepting speaker requests and asking you to advise as to the topics you would like to see covered during this world-leading event.

If you have any news you would like to share either about a sports venue development, whether it be a new build or revamp, an innovative product, service or solution, then please contact myself, Katie McIntyre, either via email at: or contact me in the Irish office on Tel: +353 (0) 44 9335212.

In regards to speaker opportunities and possible topics for discussion at our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific event, please contact either myself or Sam Wibrew via email at:

For all the latest information both on the magazine and the show, please ensure to regular check out (where you will find digital editions of the latest issue, as well as back-issues) and

On behalf of all the team, we look forward to working with you through 2015 and here’s to a happy, healthy and prosperous 12 months!

Best wishes and thank you for your continued support!

Kind regards,

Katie McIntyre

Publication Director & Editor, PanStadia & Arena Management magazine

Panel Moderator & Head of Audience Development, Stadia & Arena Events


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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.

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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!

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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.

New ideas for your venue at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014

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With over 50 expert speakers from around the globe, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific offers a unique opportunity to network and exchange ideas on topics of real practical value to your sports venue, club or association; from revenue-generation to pitch performance. Find the full conference program here.

With over 50 sports venue projects planned or already in the works in the economically-buoyant Asia Pacific region, delegates in the paid-for ‘Stadia Design, Operations & Major Event Planning’ conference stream will hear insights from those involved in a number of the key projects, including the Singapore Sports Hub (where the event is being hosted, pictured below), Japan’s new National Stadium, the new Perth Stadium, Philippine Arena and Shantou Sport Park.

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The free-to-attend ‘Revenue Generation, Venue Management & Technology Innovations’ conference stream will include panel sessions on revenue-generation: maximising returns, new approaches to pitch performance & maintenance, latest innovations in sports seating, safety & security, and sustainability.

Delegates can also attend a special behind-the-scenes tour – sponsored by Dallmeier and Vector Foiltec – of the state-of-the-art 55,000-seat National Stadium, which is air-cooled for comfort and designed with a movable roof and retractable seating to support the widest range of sports and leisure events throughout the year. It is the first stadium in the world custom-designed to host athletics, football, rugby and cricket all in one venue, converting from one mode to another within 48 hours. Throughout the tour, delegates will hear insights from those involved in bringing the project from concept to reality.

The exhibition hall is open to everyone, with more than 40+ industry-leading companies already confirmed as exhibitors &/or sponsors, including:

360 Architects • 3bble SRL • AECOM • Arch-Style Structure • Arup • Bluecube • BMT Fluid Mechanics Ltd • Camatic Pty Ltd • Cox Architecture • Dallmeier • Delaware North Companies  DESSO Sports Systems • Douce Hydro • DP Architects • ESSG • Ferco Seating • Geiger Engineers • Global Spectrum Europe • Global Spectrum Asia • Green4 Solutions • GreenFields • Hussey Seating • ICSS • Insulglas Systems Pte Ltd • Kim Teck Lee Group – Malaysia • KSS • Lindner Group • MakMax (TAIYO KOGYO Group) • Pfeifer Seil und Hebetechnik • POPULOUS • Signature Systems Group • Skyfold • SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau • SOLARLUX Aluminium Systeme GmbH • Spec Seats • Sports & Stadia Services Ltd • Starena Australia • Terraplas • The Box Seat • Vanguardia Consulting • Vector Foiltec • Wembley National Stadium

If you are involved in the business of sports venue design, build, operation, management, fit-out or technology, then you simply cannot afford to miss this event, so make sure to register here online today.

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:

Populous_PrimLogo_K_thumb Global Spectrum Asia_thumbEvent Sponsors:

Wembley_Stadium_Cosultancy_thumb KSS no stand number_thumb ICSSv2_thumb ESSG_v2_thumb 360_thumbTour Sponsors:

Vector Foiltec_thumb Dallmeier_thumbAs for the industry-elite speakers, these include:



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.


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: To guarantee your place at this must-attend event and avail of the Special Early Bird delegate rates, register today at:

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.

Birmingham City Council seeks the sale of the NEC Group

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Birmingham City Council has resolved to seek offers for the NEC Group to secure an investor who shares the vision and strategic ambitions of the NEC Group and to maximise the proceeds for Birmingham City Council. The council believes that bringing the NEC Group under private ownership will enable the business to take full advantage of its growth opportunities and reach the next stage of its development.

The City Council will invite potentially interested buyers to participate in a pre-qualification process while sale preparations are finalised. In structuring a transaction, the City Council intends to ensure that the existing uses of the exhibition centre, International Convention Centre and two arenas (LG Arena and National Indoor Arena) are preserved. This will secure the profile of Birmingham and the broader West Midlands as a world-class home of a broad array of live events.

The City Council also intends to retain claw-back rights over certain land at the main NEC site, so ensuring that it preserves potential future development value from a highly attractive site that will be adjacent to the Birmingham Interchange HS2 station.

The NEC Group has developed under a highly-experienced management team, led since 2006 by Chief Executive Paul Thandi. Securing and enhancing this economic impact of the Group is a key objective for Birmingham City Council.

The council believes that a strong NEC Group attracts further economic activity to the region. This has been evidenced strongly through securing the £140 million plus investment into Resorts World Birmingham by Genting UK. The NEC Group’s position would be strengthened through private sector ownership, and this should act as a catalyst for further investment in the region.

In addition to its four venues, the NEC Group has successfully established a number of related businesses. These include a national ticketing agency (The Ticket Factory), a catering business (Amadeus) and NEC Group International which is taking its venue management expertise into the operation of third party-owned venues.

Martin Angle, Chairman of the NEC Group, said:

The NEC Group comprises four of the best-known and most well-established venues in the UK, located at the heart of England and boasting unrivalled accessibility by all modes of transport. The Group has weathered the challenging economic environment and has a clear vision for its future growth.

We look forward to working with Birmingham City Council in preparing the NEC Group for this major step forward and believe that its iconic status and portfolio of venues and businesses is likely to attract strong interest from potential buyers, from both the UK and overseas.

Birmingham City Council and the NEC Group have retained Gleacher Shacklock LLP as financial advisers and Wragge & Co LLP as legal advisers in relation to the sale process.