Delivering the Next Generation of Stadiums, Arenas & Sports Venues

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TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit is the world’s leading gathering of professionals involved in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of major sports venues. Our programme is designed to address the specific needs of project teams delivering next generation stadiums, arenas and major sports venue developments. Take at look at our video highlights from 2016, and our 2017 event overview to get a flavour of the meeting

Our 2017 Speakers Include

  • Ronnie Hurst

    Project Director The new Perth Stadium | Department of Sport and Recreation, Australia

    Ronnie Hurst

    Project Director, The new Perth Stadium | Department of Sport and Recreation, Australia

    New Perth Stadium is a $1.24b (AUS) project and at 60,000 seats will be the third largest stadium in Australia once open in 2018. Previously holding the role of Director of Strategic Projects at the Department of Sport and Recreation, Ronnie provided strategic leadership and advice to key departmental projects, including leading the State’s response to the Football Federation of Australia’s bid to host the 2018/22 FIFA World Cup and negotiations for the $100m redevelopment of nib Stadium.

    Ronnie was also a member of the Project Bid Team that won the Australian Rugby Union nomination for a Super 14 rugby union team, The Western Force. Ronnie was appointed by the Minister of Sport and Recreation to the Board of VenuesWest.  VenuesWest is responsible for managing 12 State-owned sport, recreation and entertainment venues. Ronnie’s professional skills in sport, recreation and community development complement an extremely strong participation background in sport and recreation.

  • Paulina Ahokas

    Managing Director Tampere Hall, Finland

    Paulina Ahokas

    Managing Director, Tampere Hall, Finland

    Paulina is Managing Director at Tampere Hall Ltd (the largest Conference and Concert Hall in the Nordic region) and is a Member of the Board at HY Y Ravintolat Oy (a restaurant and events business). She has worked in many countries managing start-up companies both big and small; from busking tables to board rooms. Her goals are ‘empowering possibilities for wellbeing and success, with sustainable values’. Paulina specialises in cultural industries, internalisation, exports, marketing management and government liaison.

  • Ros Robinson

    Head of Marketing Club Wembley, UK

    Ros Robinson

    Head of Marketing, Club Wembley, UK

    Ros has 20+ years’ of experience working in sport and entertainment.  Her early career involved working in Formula One creating guest experiences for global brands such as Philip Morris, MasterCard and Vodafone.   She has also worked extensively across Football, mainly with the UEFA Champions League.

    Her experience lies in the creation of guest experiences and specific hospitality suites and lounges, having done so globally through either Formula One or football.  Ros is currently Head of Marketing for Club Wembley, Wembley Stadium’s exclusive members club providing guaranteed access to some of the largest sporting and entertainment events in the UK.

  • David Manica

    Principal MANICA Architecture, USA

    David Manica

    Principal, MANICA Architecture, USA

    David believes in stunning design and innovative functionality as the path to successful buildings. In his 20 years designing large public assembly facilities, David has forged a vision for some of the world’s highest-profile stadium, arena and convention projects totalling over $10bn in construction.

    His comprehensive experience spans all phases of project development. He values a collaborative approach to design that successfully solves all of his clients’ needs related to aesthetics, program, budget, function and schedule. David’s passionate commitment and dedication to balancing the complicated needs of his clients have earned him lasting relationships with them all.

  • William T. Mannarelli

    Director Área Patrimonial Espai Barça, FC Barcelona, Spain

    William T. Mannarelli

    Director Área Patrimonial, Espai Barça, FC Barcelona, Spain

    In July 2014, William decided to take on new responsibilities and moved to Spain to work as FC Barcelona’s Director, overseeing their Espai Barça Project.

    The project includes the renovation of Camp Nou (105k capacity), a new multi-purpose Palau (12.5k capacity) complete with training facility, a new Mini Stadium (6k capacity), and a mixed-use development on the Les Corts Campus served by a 3.5k underground parking facility, all worth €600m. Espai Barça’s completion is scheduled for late 2021. Previously, William was a VP at ICON Venue Group overseeing ICON’s European operations.

  • Mika Sulin

    Co-Founder Starsquad, Finland

    Mika Sulin

    Co-Founder, Starsquad, Finland

    Mika established his own advisory business in 2007 following requests from private investment and venture capitalist companies, who needed help to operate and manage global projects in the sporting goods industries, sports marketing and the stadium and arena sector. His clients include several European arena projects, such as Real Madrid Football Club, Supponor Systems Oy, Uplause, Footbalance Oy and Vierumӓki Sports Institute and Country Club.

    Mika was previously CEO of Nike Nordic, Nike Central and Eastern Europe, Salomon and Exel Sports Oy. Other roles included Managing Director of Hartwall Arena, Managing Partner at JC Arena Holding General and, recently, Secretary General IIHF WC Icehockey 2012-13 Helsinki-Stockholm and Secretary General Finnish Olympic Committee.

  • Derek Muldowney

    Vice President International Speedway Corporation, USA

    Derek Muldowney

    Vice President, International Speedway Corporation, USA

    Derek joined ISC in 1999 and has since been responsible for delivering multiple world class motorsports developments valued at over $3.0 Billion. Notable projects include the recent “Daytona Rising” development and the design/construction of Kansas and Chicagoland Speedways, Daytona International Speedway Fan Zone, as well as numerous track resurfacing, grandstand, suite and facility infrastructure projects.

    Prior to joining ISC, Derek worked in the oil/gas industry in Houston, Texas overseeing a diversified portfolio of energy related development projects in North & South America, Europe, Middle East and Asia. He is also a licensed Florida General Contractor.

  • Lisa Knights

    Chief of Media Ashton Gate Stadium, UK

    Lisa Knights

    Chief of Media, Ashton Gate Stadium, UK

    Lisa Knights is an experienced broadcaster and crisis communications expert with more than fifteen years working in television news and sport. As an anchor for Sky, BBC and ITN, Lisa covered many major international stories including three Olympic Games.

    In 2014 she left Sky to take up the communications director role at Bristol Sport, looking after the media for its associated clubs (including Bristol City and Bristol Rugby) and the two-year, £45m redevelopment of Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium, which was completed in 2016. Lisa has overseen the development of the stadium’s broadcast facility including its matchday content on the in-bowl big screens and bi-weekly sports programme Bristol Sport TV.

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