The 2016 edition of TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit quite literally kicked off in style this evening with a football-themed welcome reception in the very fitting ‘Heaven’ rooftop bar at Hotel Football.

Sponsored by d&b audiotechnik, the welcome reception marked the official opening of the world’s leading gathering of stadium designers, developers and owners in Manchester, with the conference beginning tomorrow morning at Lancashire County Cricket Club.

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Delegates from some of the most exciting major sports venues all over the world were welcomed with drinks and a chance to have a kick about on the roof of Ryan Giggs’ hotel. The reception was well-received (if at times a little too busy!) as delegates had a chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones, setting the bar for a successful 3 days of networking with peers.

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What are people saying?

Thank you for a great conference, which gave us several potential suppliers for our new stadium

Janus Khyl Director, FC Helsingor

Everyone is so generous with their insights and knowledge.

Kirsten Lees Partner, Grimshaw

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 Executive, Lancashire County Cricket Club, UK

My colleague and I agreed it was one of the slickest, most professional events we have ever attended, well done to you and your team.

Jason Maher Director, Condy Lofthouse Architects

A fantastic couple of days. wonderfully organised. Slick and professional. A week later, people are still saying how good it was.

Patrick Donoghue Sales Director, Ferco Seating

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 Director, Bleep, UK