Delivering NextGen Spaces for Sports & Entertainment

Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester 6-7 Dec 2023

Stadiums. Arenas. Destinations.

TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit is the world’s leading gathering of professionals involved in the finance, design, delivery, refurbishment and operation of sports and entertainment venues.

For its 11th annual edition, the Summit returns to Manchester bringing together a host of C-level, international project delegations from new stadium, arena and entertainment destinations – along with the leading consultants, advisors and suppliers to the sector.

VIP Project Guestlist

Each year the Summit welcomes guest VIP delegations from sports and entertainment projects – including stadiums, arenas, training facilities, esports and entertainment venues. Our guestlist comprises “qualified buyers” who have allocated major capital expenditure to venue projects.

Do YOU qualify as a VIP Project?

Are you currently undertaking or planning an expansion, modernisation or new build at your venue? Are you a key decision-maker in the project team? If so, you may qualify for a complimentary VIP ticket to TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit 2023.

Register / Enquiries

If you’d like to join us – or have any questions – please complete this quick form and we’ll get right back to you.

Please note the £995 Earlybird rate (saving £300) ends on Friday 27 October.

The on-site Hilton hotel is made available at our discounted rate (£138 pppn) on a first-come, first-served basis. Once the hotel is sold out, delegates will be offered alternative accommodation near to Emirates Old Trafford. Book early to save money and maximise networking!

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    Setting the Standard

    The Summit is a high-level networking and knowledge exchange meeting designed to address the specific needs of all executives engaged in the development and delivery of next generation sports and entertainment venues. We have a total focus on quality. This means quality attendance, quality content and quality connections.

    Our proven formula (Compact Footprint x Quality Content = Maximum Knowledge Transfer) remains the most effective way to gain business and exchange ideas in this sector.

    Learn to…. Deliver On Time. In Budget. Beyond Requirements.

    Our Partners & Sponsors

    With thanks to these fantastic organisations for supporting this year’s Summit

    Design & Development Awards 2023

    Celebrating the best in venue design, development, construction and refurbishment.

    TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards were launched in 2017 to recognise leadership, innovation and achievement in the design, development, construction and refurbishment of sports and entertainment venues.

    Nominations are invited from around the world, with the finalists judged by an international expert panel and the winners announced at the Summit each year.

    Once again, we will be raising funds for our charity partner EMERGENCY throughout the nominations process and during the Awards night.

     LATEST  The shortlisted finalists for this year’s Design & Dev Awards have been unveiled here. The winners will be announced at the Summit on 6 December. Good luck everyone!

    Our Speakers / Judges / Panellists

    Sharing best practice and new ideas to deliver better venues

    Faye Bennett

    Founder & Managing Director FBCS

    Guy Wickett

    Director EnTodo Project Management

    Agne Grendele

    CEO National Stadium in Vilnius

    Ben Veenbrink

    Managing Director The Stadium Consultancy

    Ela Greatorex

    Senior Project Manager Legends

    Kamil Kukulka

    Executive Board Advisor ERGO ARENA Gdansk / Sopot

    Debbie Power

    Associate Director - Interior Design KSS

    Rob Amphlett

    UK Sports and Entertainments Sector Leader Buro Happold

    Gené Willis

    Head of Operations Bath Rugby Club

    Dipesh Patel

    Principal and Head of Sport BDP Pattern

    Ruth Shilston

    Strategic Director RWDI

    Steve Davies

    Chief Operating Officer Chester Races

    Martin Willis

    Director and Global Sports Sector Lead Ramboll UK

    Lisa Knights

    Group Communications Director Bristol Sport / Ashton Gate Stadium

    Myriam Calaber

    Sales Director for Europe & Africa VITEC

    Derek Wilson

    Founder/Principal WilsonSEA Architects

    Adam Horodecki

    Esports & Sales Manager Forum by Nowy Styl

    John-Paul Considine

    Head of the Premier League Stadium Fund The Football Foundation

    Hannah Buckley

    Senior Facility & Projects Manager Womens Pro Game The FA Group (Wembley Stadium)

    Tony Booth

    Vice President of Sales (UK & EMEA) Signature Systems

    Mark Donnelly

    COO/CFO, International Oak View Group (OVG) International

    Ian Nuttall

    Founder TheStadiumBusiness

    Emmanuel Afolabi

    Engineer Ramboll & Founder, The Fest Hub

    Alex Cohen

    Chief Commercial Officer Bath Rugby

    Kirsty Mitchell

    Architectural Project Manager HOK

    Peter Smith

    Project and Asset Manager Bristol Sport / Ashton Gate Stadium

    Rodrigo Pecollo

    Infrastructure Manager Club Atlético River Plate

    Agne Grendele

    CEO Lithuanian National Stadium

    Javier Dávila

    Sports Architecture Business Development IDOM

    Mark Langhammer

    Director Crusaders FC

    Jim Saywell

    Director- Sustainability Buro Happold

    Jonathan Hamp

    Managing Director Thermagrip

    Rodrigo Alvarez

    Leader Project Manager Club Atlético River Plate

    Andy Simons

    Director KSS

    Alex Weschta

    Chief Growth Officer TankBeer

    Patrick Halliwell

    Managing Director - Daktronics UK Daktronics

    Michael Parker

    Director of Strategic Accounts EMEA Daktronics (Diversified)

    Simon French

    Directors Hoare Lea

    Allan Gibson

    High Performance Products North Europ Kuraray Europe

    Ben DaCosta

    Co-Founder & Managing Director Bendac

    Tom Mudd

    Technical Director DigiLED

    Adam Selvey

    Design Excellence Director Ramboll

    Oliver Sahm

    Application Design - Germany Electro-Voice

    Andy Rigler

    Head Of Project Development EMEA Pro Media AV Europe

    Jakub Rachfalik

    Managing Director Forym by Nowy Styl

    John McMahon

    Contracts Director Portview Fit-Out

    Steve Macey

    Director Buro Happold

    Marko Hurme

    Chief Executive Officer Nokia Arena [Tampere]

    Jonathan Gregory

    Commercial Director Goodwood Group

    Harald Fux

    CEO/Architect Raumkunst ZT

    Robert Ebdon

    Assistant Secretary (Estates) to Estates Director Marylebone Cricket Club (Lord's)

    Paul Burns

    Executive Director Waterloo Minor Soccer Club

    Matthew Birchall

    Partner Global Sports and Entertainments Sector Director Buro Happold

    Nick Anastasiou

    Director Gorilla Carts

    Uma Srivastava

    COO KultureCity
    Thank you all for hosting a great conference! After some years, it was fabulous to re-connect with industry colleagues and learn how their projects have progressed. Great also to see such a focus on sustainability
    William T. Mannarelli
    M. Arch. / Dipl. -Ing. ArchitektVenue Development
    We are getting back to home after a long trip but it was worth it. The Summit went beyond all of our expectations. We accomplished all of our goals by far... you guys are best of the best, top of the top!
    Eduardo Olea
    Board DirectorTuboleta/Arena Development, Colombia
    We had a really productive and enjoyable event. The whole team commented on what a well run and high quality two days your Summit is!
    Darryl Holloway
    Architectural Sales ManagerQ-railing
    The Summit has again proven thought provoking, together with being an excellent networking event.
    Craig Flindall
    Chief Operating OfficerEdgbaston Stadium
    Such a diverse range of content and ideas – all very relevant to our Aberdeen FC project.
    Rob Wicks
    Commercial DirectorAberdeen FC
    Everyone is so generous with their insights and knowledge.
    Kirsten Lees
    Managing PartnerGrimshaw
    We’d heard good things about this conference so we thought we would just give it a go... we’re very pleased we did and we're definitely going to attend the show next year
    Gordon Bolton
    Managing DirectorBleep, UK
    You get people from all over the world; architects from Brazil or the states, owners from clubs in Europe and design experts and project teams... and it’s absolutely fantastic
    Daniel Gidney
    Chief ExecutiveLancashire County Cricket Club, UK
    We wanted to sponsor the Summit mainly for the quality of the delegates... everyone that attends has a genuine project that they’re working on, so it’s the right delegates with the right product we believe 
    Paul Tippins
    Business Development ManagerSamsung, UK
    An opportunity to meet with people that are on the edge of starting new projects and have new ideas that could help the development of the industry… and being at that moment in time is extrememly important
    Francois Clement
    The team was superb in introducing me to key stakeholders. Without doubt the best customer service I have ever experienced at an event
    David Morris

    Destination Manchester

    The Summit and Awards will be hosted at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester – the famous home of Lancs Cricket.

    With over 3,600m2 of space, 38 meeting rooms, over 600 on-site parking spaces, excellent transport links and a 250-bedroom Hilton Garden Inn on-site, Emirates Old Trafford is the ideal venue for the Forum.

    Free onsite car parking is available for all attendees. A taxi from Manchester Airport takes approximately 20-25 minutes. The Metrolink tram stop at the stadium connects to the city’s three key rail stations, with trams every few minutes.

    Full hotel details will be provided on registration.

    TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit

    6-7 Dec 2023

    Emirates Old Trafford, Talbot Road, Old Trafford, Stretford, Manchester, UK