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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:

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

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

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

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

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

Brian Morris, commented:

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

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

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

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

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

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


Star Events wins major contract in China

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Star Events will design and supply a world-class rigging system to STU Sports Park in Shantou, on the south east coast of China.

Set within Shantou University, the Sports Park includes a state-of-the-art, multi-use arena with incorporated hotel and conference facilities. Star Events is contracted to design and install two rigging Mothergrids, which will cover three-quarters of the arena floor and can lift and hold production equipment weighing up to 70 tons.

The company will also provide the perimeter rigging system that will hold 33 large format, high-definition projectors supplied by American company Obscuitara Digital. All 80 of the hoists will be controlled by Star’s Active Roof Technology (The ART of rigging™) system.

STU Sports Park General Manager, Greg Turner, said:

We wanted a venue that could host a diversified event schedule and allowed promoters to move in and out as efficiently as possible. Thus our team has been working with Star Events for the past year, developing a flexible design which enables us to utilise every kilogram of capacity in our venue roof, so we can host the widest range of entertainment.

 Star Events’ commitment to China, the constant availability of its staff in China to meet with the various stakeholders, and its globally recognised expertise in event rigging were all key factors in the award of this contract.

Roger Barrett, Special Projects Director at Star Events, said:

Winning the Shantou University contract is very significant for the future of Star Events in China. And it means that we now operate over the full length of the country’s eastern seaboard, with Mothergrid installations in the North (Beijing) and the South (Shantou), either side of our central operational base in Shanghai.


Image caption: Shantou University Sports Park.

Star Events is one of the many industry-leading companies exhibiting at this September’s must-attend event for those involved in sports venue design/build, management, operation, fit-out and technology, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, with the firm’s Roger Barrett to speak during the conference session focused on ‘Roofing’.

In addition, David Manica, Principal at MANICA Architecture – the firm behind the Shantou Sports Park’s design – will discuss this 50,000sqm complex, which includes a multi-use arena; a nanatorium with competitive Olympic swimming pool; sport & fitness training facilities; a flexible grand conference hall; a 200-room boutique hotel; and an underground car park.

The preliminary conference programme for Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 will be unveiled within the coming days. If you would like to reserve your place, email Sam Wibrew TODAY at: