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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.


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HOK completes acquisition of 360 Architecture

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HOK announced earlier this week that it has completed the acquisition of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture, a 200-person firm that is a leader in the design of sports, recreation, wellness, entertainment and mixed-use facilities.

The completion of this transaction provides immediate benefits to both firms’ clients through the creation of HOK’s new global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice and expanded capabilities in Kansas City, Columbus and San Francisco.

Patrick MacLeamy, FAIA, HOK’s chairman and CEO said:

We acquired 360 because we consider them the world’s most innovative designers of stadiums, ballparks, arenas, recreation and wellness centers, and mixed-use entertainment districts. This partnership also enables us to provide design services to all types of clients through new HOK offices in Kansas City and Columbus. It’s a transformative acquisition that will bring significant benefits to our clients and people.

HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice will draw on the firm’s expertise in other markets including Aviation + Transportation, Civic + Cultural, Commercial, Corporate, Education, Government, Healthcare, Hospitality, Justice, Residential, Retail, Science + Technology and Tall Buildings to provide clients with highly integrated solutions.

Brad Schrock, AIA, a former 360 Architecture principal and a new director of HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice, said:

We’re thrilled about leveraging HOK’s worldwide network to expand our sports, recreation and entertainment design practice while offering our clients design leadership in many other markets.

John Rhodes, a director of Sports + Recreation + Entertainment for HOK in London, added:

This acquisition gives our London team immediate access to the world’s most innovative sports, recreation and entertainment designers. We’re tremendously excited about bringing our combined creativity and expertise to our clients.

HOK’s Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice designs mixed-use entertainment districts anchored by sporting venues that promote urban revitalization. As a game changer for cities, this approach is attractive to developers, municipal leaders and other civic-minded stakeholders. One of the group’s best-known projects is the Nationwide Arena District, which helped transform downtown Columbus by catalyzing approximately US$1bn in development around the Nationwide Arena. The team also participated on the design of the Sprint Center and its neighbouring eight-block, mixed-use Kansas City Power and Light District, as well as on Edmonton’s new Rogers Place arena, which will open in 2016 and anchor the Edmonton Arena District that is expected to transform that city’s downtown into a vibrant, dynamic community.

HOK President Bill Hellmuth, AIA commented:

At the heart of our practice is a desire to help create thriving cities and regions. With stadia and arenas hosting more entertainment events, they can act as catalysts to invigorate urban districts or to attract people to a region. These venues need to be integrated with neighborhood facilities including hospitality, retail, residential and office space. With the addition of 360’s team, HOK is one of a handful of firms in the world that can bring highly specialized design leaders in each of these areas to create truly integrated solutions.

Teams from both firms have been working on integration plans since announcing the agreement on August 19, 2014. “We have been focused on ensuring a seamless transition for 360’s people and clients,” said Hellmuth. “This process has confirmed the strong cultural fit between our firms. We both have a passion for design excellence and helping clients succeed.”

HOK’s re-entry into the Sports + Recreation + Entertainment market in 2015 coincides with the celebration of its 60th anniversary. After starting HOK Sport in 1983, the firm became a pioneer in redefining sports facilities and the fan experience. HOK spun off its sports practice in 2008. 360 Architecture was founded in Kansas City in 2004 through a merger of CDFM2 Architecture Inc. and Heinlein Schrock Stearns.

In addition to Schrock, directors of HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice are former 360 Architecture leaders Nate Appleman, AIA, LEED AP, and James Braam, AIA, LEED AP, in Kansas City, and John Rhodes, who joined HOK in early 2014 and is in the London office. Based in Los Angeles, Christopher Lamberth is the director of business development for HOK’s new Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice.

With the finalization of this merger, HOK’s global Sports + Recreation + Entertainment practice is participating on design teams for the Dubai Expo 2020 host venue in the United Arab Emirates; a retractable-roof, multipurpose stadium in Atlanta, which will be home to the National Football League’s Atlanta Falcons and a Major League Soccer expansion team; the proposed St. Louis NFL Stadium on the North Riverfront area of downtown St. Louis; the renovation of Sun Life Stadium for the NFL’s Miami Dolphins; the Rogers Place arena for the National Hockey League’s Edmonton Oilers in Edmonton, Alberta; the AT&T Center renovation for the National Basketball Association’s San Antonio Spurs in San Antonio; the design of Cisco Field, a proposed new ballpark for Major League Baseball’s Oakland Athletics in San Jose, California; a new stadium for MLS’s San Jose Earthquakes; and the redevelopment of Fort Regent on Jersey, the largest of England’s Channel Islands, into a leisure and entertainment venue.


HOK is participating in such projects as the renovation and expansion of MSU’s Davis Wade Stadium (above), as well as on a new stadium for the San Jose Earthquakes (below).

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In the higher education sector, HOK is playing a major role in the design of buildings that promote collegiate athletics, recreation and wellness and an overall healthy student lifestyle. Current and recent projects include Notre Dame University’s Campus Crossroads project in South Bend, Indiana, the Beauchamp Recreation & Wellness Center at the University of Portland in Oregon, and the renovation and expansion of Mississippi State University’s Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. The firm recently completed the design of recreation and wellness centers at Auburn University’s main campus in Auburn and at its campus in Montgomery, Alabama. In addition, HOK is involved in creating athletic facility master plans for the University of Missouri and the University of North Carolina.

Past projects in which 360 Architecture has played a significant role include MetLife Stadium, site of the 2014 Super Bowl and home to the NFL’s New York Giants and New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey; Basrah Sports City in Iraq, which includes a 65,000-seat stadium; American Airlines Arena in Miami; and the renovations of the University of Washington Husky Stadium in Seattle and Southern Methodist University’s Moody Coliseum in Dallas.

HOK is a global design, architecture, engineering and planning firm. Through a network of 25 offices worldwide, HOK provides design excellence and innovation to create places that enrich people’s lives and help clients succeed. For five consecutive years, DesignIntelligence has ranked HOK as a leader in sustainable and high-performance design.

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