The 6th annual Design & Development Summit kicked off today (27 Nov, Barcelona) with some exclusive icebreaker events for delegates who had travelled from across the globe.
First up, FC Barcelona’s Espai Barça project team hosted our tour and project briefing. Visiting the Johan Cruyff construction site, moving to the interactive museum and stadium bowl, before a private project briefing at Conference HQ.
Over the day we heard from William T Mannarelli, Director Àrea Patrimonial, Espai Barça, Steven Wilbrenninck, Construction Manager, Àrea Patrimonial, Espai Barça and John Rhodes, Senior VP – International Sport for HOK, whilst viewing the project models, and exploring the Nou Camp.
Our kickoff day finished with the international Welcome Reception at Conference HQ, sponsored by those brilliant guys at d&b audiotechnik. Stadium professionals from more than 30 countries made some new contacts, and took the chance to get reacquainted with old friends, whilst enjoying a few drinks.
We couldn’t be more excited to discuss, debate and decide the next generation of stadia with such an impressive group of professionals tomorrow. Make sure you get some sleep, you don’t want to miss any of it!