Ahead of TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit in Manchester in December, we caught up with John Stewart, Stadium Infrastructure Project Manager at the Scottish Football Association.
Stewart has been with the Scottish FA since July 2016, having previously worked as head of estates development and senior project manager at the University of the West of Scotland.
At the Scottish FA, Stewart has worked as a stadium technical advisor working with UEFA to develop infrastructure projects ahead of Euro 2020, for which Hampden Park served as a host venue. The stadium has also been included on the proposed venue list for Euro 2028.
TheStadiumBusiness: What’s exciting you in the field of stadium design at present?
John Stewart: “Sustainability is one of the highest items on the Scottish FA’s agenda and we are always looking for innovative opportunities and solutions to incorporate it in all development projects.”
TSB: What’s in the pipeline for the Scottish FA/Hampden Park over the next six to 12 months?
JS: “As Hampden Park is one of the 10 venues selected for the joint UK and Ireland bid for Euro 2028, we are currently assessing areas of improvement within the stadium to meet the highest possible standards associated with hosting such a prestigious event.
“Subject to a successful bid, we will be looking to upgrade our existing stadium infrastructure and enhance the spectator experience, building on the major improvements at Hampden Park delivered for Euro 2020.”
TSB: What are you most looking forward to about the Summit?
JS: “The Summit provides a fantastic opportunity for stadium operators, designers, consultants and suppliers to meet and discuss areas of innovation and new developments with industry experts from around the world.”
Explore the future of stadium design with John and hundreds of other stadium industry leaders, exclusively at #TDS23 at Emirates Old Trafford, Manchester on December 6-7.