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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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Just days after Tokyo 2020 celebrated four years until the Opening Ceremony of the Games of the XXXII Olympiad (which will take place on July 24, 2020), Mr Toshiro Muto, Chief Executive Officer for Tokyo 2020, confirmed as a speaker for our Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 event being held at the Yokohama Arena in Japan, September 26-28.

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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 less than a month to go until the start of our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the unmissable conference & exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – the number of industry-leading exhibiting companies continues to rise, with those having recently booked including:

Windtech Consultants: A company of consulting engineers specialising in the analysis of wind effects on buildings, structures and the environment.

Mehler Texnologies: Premium technical textiles for textile architecture and high quality membranes for tents and temporary structures.

Arch Style Construction: A specialised high-tech company focused on developing and implementing the internationally patented ‘Arch-Type Support Structure’; one of the latest and most innovative achievements in the field of post-tension steel structures.

Pacific Seating: A company that specialises in the GLIDE Retractable/Telescopic System. The product range for which includes spectator seating for indoor and outdoor venues, and aluminium outdoor bleachers.

In addition, event sponsor, Ungerboeck Software a global leader in flexible, comprehensive event and venue management software  have increased their presence at the event by also confirming a stand.

With more than 50 industry-elite speakers confirmed, the event will once again be the largest gathering of industry professionals in the Asia Pacific region. You can see all the speakers and topics when viewing the latest Conference Program online at:


If you are one of the following ‘end-users’, then you will also be eligible for a specially-discounted delegate rate:

– Sports Venue Management, Operator or Developer

– Sports Club or Venue Key Executive

– Senior Official from a national or international sport association, league or federation

– Official from a body bidding for or hosting a major sporting event

– Municipal Sports Departmental Official

To apply, please contact Event Director, Sam Wibrew, TODAY via email at: or Tel: +44 (0)208 133 7678. #StadiaArenaAP

If you haven't already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at:

If you haven’t already registered to attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, then make sure to do so online today at:

China is re-emerging as one of the world’s top global sports event hosting nations, after being awarded the 2022 Winter Olympics and the 2019 FIBA Basketball World Cup for Men earlier this month, and all in the space of just eight days.

Now, as Beijing hosts the IAAF World Athletics Championships, and with a Chinese bid for the Asian Games in 2022 also declared last week, China is back.

Many experts are also predicting that the country will soon put forward a FIFA World Cup bid.

Just as China is re-emerging as a powerhouse in the world’s top sporting events, so is the entire Asia Pacific region, which will also play host to the 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup and 2020 Summer Olympics, to name but a few. This had led to a huge surge in sports venue development projects in this part of the world.

Next month’s Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event – PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s ‘live’ conference & exhibition – is set to provide the perfect platform to learn more about the regions projects, by meeting with the architects, venue representatives, etc., in one of the region’s showcase venues, the Singapore Sports Hub.

Image: The Hangzhou Olympic Sports Park – which will be featured in our forthcoming Q3 edition of PanStadia & Arena Management – is nearing completion in the Chinese city. The centrepiece will be the 80,000-seat stadium (pictured above); currently the largest stadium planned for construction in China for the next ten years. Courtesy: NBBJ.

If you haven’t already secured your place at our ‘live’ event, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 – the unmissable conference & exhibition for those involved in sports venue design, build, management, operation, fit-out and technology – then make sure to do so online TODAY at:

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



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:


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.

For further information, email: or visit the website at:

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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!

To enquire about speaker, exhibitor, attendee or sponsor opportunities, please email:

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.

Meet the world’s leading architects at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014

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With a combined experience of working on thousands of sporting events & venue projects all over the world, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 is set to deliver the strongest line-up of design experts ever assembled for a sports venue conference.

By attending this event, you can network with senior principals from a large number of world-famous architectural firms and design houses, including:

360 Architecture is on the design team for a retractable-roof multipurpose stadium in Atlanta for the NFL Atlanta Falcons, as Chris Lamberth will discuss during Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific. Other notable current projects include the renovation of Sun Life Stadium; the Rogers Place Arena, AT&T Center renovation; the design of Cisco Field; and a new stadium for the MLS’ San Jose Earthquakes. HOK recently announced it has agreed to acquire 360 Architecture.

AECOM provided masterplanning and landscape architecture for the Singapore Sports Hub, as company Principal, Jonathan Rose, will discuss during the conference. And Principal of AECOM Global Sports, J Parrish, will sit on the Sports Venue Architecture panel. AECOM is currently working on many other sports venue projects, including the 40,000-capacity Al Rayyan Stadium (as Project Manager) and Al Wakrah Stadium (as Design Consultant), both FIFA World Cup 2022™ host venues.

Arup has been involved in bringing to life some of the world’s most iconic sports projects, like Beijing’s National Aquatics Centre (Water Cube) and National Stadium (Bird’s Nest), as well as Munich’s Allianz Arena and Melbourne’s AAMI Park. Most recently, Arup served as lead architect for the sports venues and lead engineers for the precinct at the Singapore Sports Hub, as Clive Lewis, Associate Director at Arup Associates’ and Mike King, Principal at Arup, will discuss. Mike King will also share his insights during the Roofing Innovations & Challenges in Modern Stadia panel session.

Cox Architecture is currently working on the masterplan and redevelopment of Sydney Cricket and Sports Grounds at Moore Park. This project will be highlighted by the firm’s Director, Alastair Richardson, during the conference and Alastair will also be a member of the Sports Venue Architecture panel. Cox Architecture recently completed the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Aquatic Centre and is currently working on the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Velodrome.

DP Architects is a leading architecture practice in Asia and recent work has included The Dubai Mall and Resorts World Sentosa. They are part of the design team behind the new Singapore Sports Hub, as firm Director, Seah Chee Huang, will outline during the conference.

HKS design revenue-generating, world-class venues that leverage identity, promote community spirit and serve as destination environments for their partners and their fans. Paul Hyett, Principal, HKS, is one of the panel members for the Sports Venue Architecture roundtable.

HOK recently announced it has agreed to acquire the award-winning design firm 360 Architecture, re-establishing HOK as a global leader in sports and entertainment facility design. Senior Vice President/Director of Entertainment & Sport at HOK, John Rhodes, will join the conference’s Sports Venue Architecture panel.

Gensler is widely recognised as the world’s leading collaborative design firm, not just the largest. The firm’s Director of Sports & Entertainment, Ron Turner, is a panel member on the Closing Keynote session ‘Major sporting events: challenges, lessons learnt & considerations for upcoming sports events organisers’.

KSS Director, Andy Simons, will contrast the Group’s recent completions in new build total relocation stadia with their designs for clubs with huge location-specific-histories. Some clubs seek or have no choice but to relocate and take the opportunity to completely re-image and re-brand their identity. Liverpool FC is a world-class brand that has spent a huge amount of time and effort to ensure they stay at Anfield. Andy will present the emerging designs for the backdrop to the next phase in their rich history.

Populous has a portfolio of over 400 major event venues in all aspects of overlay design, procurement and construction. Their major event experience includes the design of the Sydney, London and Sochi Olympic stadia and building projects include Wembley Stadium, O2 Arena, Yankee Stadium, Soccer City and the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. Brett Wightman will outline the firm’s Philippine Arena project during the conference, whilst Andrew Noonan and Matt Reynolds will discuss the changing nature of arenas.

To ensure you don’t miss out, make sure to register TODAY to guarantee your place!

The Singapore Sports Hub will be the venue for this month's must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event.

The Singapore Sports Hub will be the venue for this month’s must-attend Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2014 event.

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:

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


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


FSB and aquanale finely tuned to sports market

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Koelnmesse has synchronised its two biannual october events FSB and aquanale. The two exhibitions and supporting technical conferences will run in parallel for the first time, announced Katherina C. Hamma, Chief Operating Officer of Koelnmesse at the European Trade Press Conference for the two fairs. Managers with responsibility for sports facilities will be able to view public swimming pool equipment and services alongside the sports floors, seating solutions and scoring systems typically lined up in the FSB exhibition.

Hamma said that the sector’s international leaders have already registered for the next edition of “the central communication platform in Cologne”. She added:

It’s already clear that our measures to further develop the trade fair concepts are in tune with the needs of the market. Visitors and exhibitors profit equally from the extended range of opportunities for communicaton and business.

The IAKS Congress will continue to run in parallel with FSB on all four days 22-25 October when concepts for sustainable sports facilities will be discussed, such as multi-use, energy use reduction, temporary and mobile accommodation and the business structures, such as leasing and reselling, that enable these concepts to succeed.

IAKS Managing Director Klaus Meinel told PanStadia & Arena Management magazine that the Congress will look back at the operation of two of the London Olympic and Paralympic Games venues and forward to the design and construction of sports facilities for mass participation in the UK.

The new PlanerFORUM running alongside aquanale will tackle design, construction, staffing and marketing issues around public pools.

IAKS, with the IOC and IPC, will hold its biannual awards ceremony which brings public attention to the best looking and most successful sports facilities worldwide. Meinel announced that the IAKS/IOC award has attracted 96 entries from 30 countries. The IAKS/IPC award, which encourages the design of inclusive sport buildings, has attracted 31 entries. The award for student architects, which this time focussed on designs to motivate yourng people to pursue an active lifestyle, has attracted 27 entries from 20 countries.

Klaus Meinel, Bert Granderath and Katharina C. Hamma at the European trade press conference for aquanale and FSB.

Klaus Meinel, Bert Granderath and Katharina C. Hamma at the European trade press conference for aquanale and FSB.