About the Awards

TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards were launched to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development, construction and refurbishment of major sports venue facilities globally. 2017 Winners were announced during TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2017 (28-29 Nov, Barcelona) – the world’s leading gathering of project teams delivering next generation stadia.

Since 2010, TheStadiumBusiness has presented awards to the most successful venues around the world, through the internationally-acclaimed TheStadiumBusiness Awards – the first industry awards for the stadium sector, by the stadium sector

TheStadiumBusiness awards team thanks the industry for its input in compiling and collating these shortlists.

Nominations for 2018 will open in the Summer of 2018

A word from our Founder

Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness said: “The Awards is about celebrating the professionals involved in the delivery of the next generation of stadia. For the last nine years, we have honoured some of the world’s top venues and this year will be no exception.

“Congratulations to everyone who reached the podium. Winners included our industry’s leaders, achievers and stand-out venues, who should all be very proud of their achievements.”

Winners were decided via online ballot of the stadium industry, with more than 45,000 votes cast from around the world.

Want to see who won? Download the 2017 Winners Brochure…



The 2017 Shortlists

The following nominations made it onto the 2017 shortlists.


Awarded to the architect, design firm, engineer, or consultant that has provided consistently outstanding service to stadium design and delivery.


• Arup

• BuroHappold


• Walter P Moore & Associates

Winner decided by: Online ballot of the global stadium industry


Awarded to the organisation that has demonstrated genuine, industry-changing innovation. Consideration is given to step change improvements in the following areas: Sustainability; Materials Utilisation; Ease of Application; Speed of Construction; or Cost Savings.

• Oculus retractable roof at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, USA

• Interior Video Wall Wrap at Krasnodar Stadium, Krasnodar, Russia

• Venue-wide LED Lighting at Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, USA

• NFL’s First Translucent Roof at U.S. Bank Arena (Minnesota Vikings), Minneapolis, USA

• Application of Building Information Modelling (BIM) at Espai Barça / Camp Nou (FC Barcelona), Barcelona, Spain

Winner decided by: Online ballot of the global stadium industry


Recognising the interior, hospitality, fan zone, concourse or makeover project that sets a new industry standard for interior design and fit-out in major sports venues.

• Re-Imagined Concourses at Manchester Arena, Manchester, UK

• Deconstructed Arena Design at Little Caesar’s Arena, Detroit, USA

• One Twenty Club, Wembley Stadium, London, UK

• The New Main Stand at Anfield (Liverpool FC), UK

• Neptuno Premium hospitality spaces at Atletico de Madrid’s Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain

• West Ham FC’s Hospitality Spaces at London Stadium, London, UK

Winner decided by: Online ballot of the global stadium industry


For a completed new-build – or expansion, modernisation or major capital enhancement project of an existing venue – that has delivered on all its goals and more. Projects must have been completed between 1 Jan 2016 and 30 Sep 2017.

• Royal Arena, Copenhagen, Denmark

• Mercedes-Benz Stadium, Atlanta, USA

• Wanda Metropolitano, Madrid, Spain

• T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, USA

• The Main Stand at Anfield, UK

• U.S. Bank Stadium, Minneapolis, USA

• Vodafone Park, Istanbul, Turkey

Winner decided by: Online ballot of the global stadium industry


The Outstanding Achievement Award recognises an individual that has shown exceptional commitment, service and leadership to stadium design and development over a sustained period of time. (And no, they don’t have to be retiring any time soon!)

Last year we recognised the achievements of Mika Sulin, Chairman, Sport & Live Vision Oy of Finland.




TheStadiumBusiness awards team thanks the industry for its input in nominating, compiling and collating these shortlists. Our 2018 expert judging panel will be announced in the Summer of 2018.


The 2018 winners will be announced on 13 November at TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2018.


Categories and nominations for 2018 will be announced next Summer.

Get in touch with our team for more information.

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