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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:

In the fourth part of this weekly series highlighting the latest sports venue developments from across the Asia Pacific region, we highlight the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ venue developments.

From 4 to 15 April 2018, Queensland’s Gold Coast will host the 21st Commonwealth Games. It will be the fifth time Australia has staged the Games, and the very first time it will be held in a regional Australian city.

The latest venue development news can be found on the tournament’s website, with details on upcoming tenders also availble online.

Images & data all courtesy: Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™

Commonwealth Games Venues


Broadbeach Bowls Club

The Lawn Bowls competition will be held at the Broadbeach Bowls Club, which is set to be upgraded to meet the competition requirements of the Commonwealth Games Federation and World Bowls Ltd.

Location: Broadbeach
Sport:  Lawn Bowls
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Indoor Stadium

The Carrara Indoor Stadium will be upgraded to host the Weightlifting competition.

Location: Carrara
Sport: Weightlifting
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre

A new Carrara Sports and Leisure Centre will be constructed to host the Wrestling and Badminton competitions.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Badminton and Wrestling
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Badminton and 2,500 Wrestling

Carrara Stadium

Carrara Stadium will be enhanced with temporary seating to provide for 40,000 spectators in Games mode. The venue will host the Opening and Closing Ceremonies for the Games and the Athletics competition.

Location: Carrara
Sports: Opening and Closing Ceremonies and Athletics
Spectator Capacity: 40,000


Coomera Indoor Sports Centre

The Coomera Indoor Sports Centre, a new AUD$40m indoor multi-sport sport and leisure facility that is being built at Coomera, and will host Gymnastics and the Netball finals, it will be a permanent legacy for the community.

Location: Coomera
Sports: Gymnastics and Netball (finals)
Spectator Capacity:


Gold Coast Aquatic Centre

The Gold Coast Aquatic Centre has undergone a major redevelopment to provide for both the Swimming and Diving programs. The redevelopment includes the construction of a new 50m, 10-lane swimming pool for competition, while the existing 50m pool will become the warm-up pool in Games mode.

Location: Southport Broadwater Parklands
Sports:  Aquatics (Swimming and Diving)
Spectator Capacity: 2,500 Diving and 10,000 Swimming


Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre

The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre will host the preliminary Netball competition, Basketball finals and be home to the Main Media Centre.

Location: Broadbeach
Sports: Netball (Preliminaries), Basketball (Finals) and Main Media Centre
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Gold Coast Hockey Centre

The existing home of the Gold Coast Hockey Centre at Keith Hunt Park, Labrador will be upgraded to host the Hockey competition for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™.

Location: Labrador
Sport: Hockey
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Merv Craig Sporting Complex

The Elanora/Currumbin Valley area will provide a picturesque location for the Road Racing elements of the Cycling program. Commencing and finishing at the Merv Craig Sporting Complex, the road race looped circuit provides for a range of areas where spectators will be able to view the event.

Location: Elanora / Currumbin
Sport: Cycling (Road Race, Time Trial)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000


Nerang Mountain Bike Trails will be the location for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ Mountain Bike competition.

Location: Nerang
Sport: Cycling (Mountain Bike)
Spectator Capacity: 2,000


The existing sound stages of the Village Roadshow complex at Oxenford will play host to the sports of Boxing and Table Tennis. This venue is being enhanced to provide for the International Sporting Federations technical venue requirements.

Location: Oxenford
Sports: Boxing and Table Tennis
Spectator Capacity: 2,700 – 3,000 Boxing and 3,200 Table Tennis

Robina Stadium

Considered one of the best regional stadiums in Australia, the Robina Stadium will host the Rugby Sevens competition.

Location: Robina
Sport: Rugby Sevens
Spectator Capacity: 27,400


Runaway Bay Sports Centre

The Runaway Bay Sports Centre will host the Squash competitions.

Location: Runaway Bay
Sport: Squash
Spectator Capacity: 3,000


Southport Broadwater Parklands

The Parklands will be the site for the start and finish of the Marathon event, Race Walks and Triathlon.

Location: Southport
Sports: Marathon, Race Walks and Triathlon
Spectator Capacity: 2,500

Brisbane-based Venues

Two sports are to be conducted at Brisbane based venues.

Belmont Shooting Centre

Clay Target, Pistol, Small and Full Bore Shooting disciplines for the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games™ will be held at the Belmont Shooting Centre.

Location: Belmont
Sport: Shooting
Spectator Capacity: 3,000


Queensland State Velodrome

Track Cycling will be held at the Sleeman Sports Complex, Chandler, where a new indoor cycling velodrome (Queensland State Velodrome) will be built.

Location: Chandler
Sport: Cycling (Track)
Spectator Capacity: 4,000

Regional Areas


Cairns Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Cairns
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000

Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre

Preliminary rounds of the men’s and women’s Basketball competition will be held at the Cairns Convention Centre and the Townsville Entertainment and Convention Centre respectively.

Location: Townsville
Sport: Basketball (preliminary rounds)
Spectator Capacity: 5,000