The Summit is designed to address the specific needs of project teams delivering next generation stadiums, arenas and major sports venue developments. Our delegate profile comprises:
- Owners, Operators and Investors in stadiums, arenas and major sports facilities;
- Project teams from major sports events and host nations (such as UEFA Euros, FIFA ™ World Cup and Olympic Games)
- City Councils/Municipalities/Regional Agencies (Mayors, Economic Development, Sports/Recreation/Leisure Departments);
- Sports Federations, Sports Clubs (professional and amateur), Governing Bodies, Sports Event Bid Committees, Sports Tourism Officials etc;
- Real Estate Owners/Developers;
- Cost Management Consultants;
- Project Managers and Delivery Experts;
- Architects and Designers;
- Engineering and Construction Firms;
- Product & Service suppliers to the sports venue sector.
Every year, TheStadiumBusiness team hosts a carefully-selected group of project delegations from the next batch of stadium, arena and sports facility projects.
We featured some of these in our 2018 Programme, take a look for more information.
Each year, we assemble a stellar cast of design pioneers and industry leaders as we explore the next generation of stadium design, development and delivery and 2018 was no exception. More info on the fantastic speakers who joined us this year in the Programme.
Our 2018 Speakers Included
General Manager Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
General Manager, Malaysian Resources Corporation Berhad
Beginning his career as a Project Engineer with Sime Darby, Datuk managed several large projects including the Boeing Aircraft Facility at Bukit Kayu Hitam. He was then appointed General Manager and Vice President of a Sime Darby’s subsidiary where he took the lead in steering the engineering services business unit.
Datuk was the Project Director overseeing the project nominated for the “World Architectural Award 2017 in Berlin, Germany in November 2017.” Datuk completed the rejuvenation project for Kuala Lumpur Sports City for 2017 SEA Games which was named the “Stadium of the Year 2018” at Amsterdam in the World Stadium Congress.
Managing Director Hertha BSC
Managing Director, Hertha BSC
Klaus Teichert is an Architect with a long track of project experience. He is managing director of Hertha BSC Stadion GmbH and responsible for the new Hertha Arena. Klaus started his career as construction engineer in the automotive industry in Spain. Later he was manager with an US-based IT-corporation and developed computer-aided-factory planning systems. Over the past 35 years, Klaus has been working for a broad range of industries, including automotive, construction, real estate, health care, government and IT.
President/CEO Danley Sound Labs
President/CEO, Danley Sound Labs
In 2004 Mike co-founded Danley Sound Labs along with legendary loudspeaker designer Tom Danley. Mike is actively involved in all aspects of the company, including bus dvlpt, new technologies and product dvlpt. He also assists contractors and consultants in project design, commissioning and final testing. This includes performance spaces, as well as some of the largest collegiate stadiums in the USA. Mike also designed several DISNEY projects such as Rivers of Light at Animal Kingdom, Fantasmic and the Star Wars Spectacular (the largest surround system in the world).”
Senior Business Development Manager Harman
Senior Business Development Manager, Harman
As a specialist in the large events arena and the venues designed to host them, Ryan Penny has first-hand knowledge of how audio visual technology can be used to enhance sports presentation and fan engagement. As Harman Professional Solutions ‘Business Development Manager’ for Large Venues in EMEA, Ryan supports a diverse range of end-clients, consultants and suppliers to deliver exceptional user experiences through the vast solutions designed and manufactured by HARMAN.
Having previously worked with two of the UK’s leading consultancy firms and working on the implementation of both Rio 2016 and London 2012 Olympic Ceremonies, Ryan is an advocate for the power of sound, lighting and video to heighten emotions at the heart of sport.
Head of Partnerships & Hospitality ACC Liverpool
Head of Partnerships & Hospitality, ACC Liverpool
Rob is an experienced senior level commercial professional with 20 years’ experience of B to B / B to C Commercial Sales, Sponsorship, Consumer Event Marketing and Corporate Hospitality sales. Rob is currently responsible for all Corporate Hospitality Sales at the Echo Arena Liverpool, management of all venue Sponsors for ACC Liverpool and all commercial advertising sales. Rob has worked in the major events sector for over 15 years, was part of the Liverpool Capital of Culture 2008 delivery team, worked for Chester Race Company for 4 years and has been with ACC Liverpool Group for 5 years.
Director d&b audiotechnik
Director, d&b audiotechnik
As a d&b audiotechnik Director since 2002, Stephen has intimate knowledge of the company, it’s technologies and positioning in the market.
Starting his career as a Sound Engineer and joining d&b in 1998, more recently in the role of Head of Sports Projects, Stephen has overseen the growing awareness of d&b audiotechnik in the Stadia and Arena segment where his desire to deliver the perfect audio experience can be matched with a passion for all sporting disciplines.
Peter has over 25 years’ experience in sports design across the world. He most recently led the team that delivered FC Spartak’s first stadium in Moscow, is part of the design team responsible for Al Wakrah Stadium – the first stadium revealed for Qatar 2022 FIFA World CupTM and, as part of the AECOM team, led the engineering design for the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games venues. Passionate about design excellence and the winner of the ACE Engineering Professional of the Year, Peter has delivered highly technical projects including the Halley VI Antarctic Research Station, the world’s first relocatable, permanently manned Antarctic research station.
James has a broad range of master planning, design and technical skills, including extensive experience on large-scale sports projects, complex planning applications on sensitive sites and major works to existing buildings.
He is responsible for a wide range of specialist consultancy services including strategic design, technical audit and project supervision.
As a consequence, he plays a key role in helping KSS maintain its profile in the sports sector, and his skill, commitment and enthusiastic approach make him universally popular with KSS’ clients.
Head of Estates Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Lords
Head of Estates, Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) Lords
Educated at Hurstpierpoint College, Robert studied Construction Management at South Bank University graduating with first class honours. Following a successful career working on several major projects, he worked with industry leaders such as James Longley & Company, WS Atkins and Synergy Construction Consultants.
Having project managed the refurbishment and extension of the Pavilion at The Oval in the early 1990’s, Robert was invited by Maurice de Rohan to join the Estates committee at MCC in 2004. Elected a Member of the MCC in 1994, Robert was later appointed Assistant Secretary (Estates) in April 2014 leading million pound ground development projects.
Ramon Jesús González Márquez
BIM Information Manager FC Barcelona
Ramon Jesús González Márquez
BIM Information Manager, FC Barcelona
Ramon Jesús González Márquez
BIM Information Manager
Kirsten brings insight and experience in the development of high-profile sports venues and masterplans. Her work at Wimbledon includes the development of the long-term strategic framework and the redesign of No. 1 Court. Other projects include the new grandstand and masterplan for The Curragh Racecourse and Stadium for Bath with Bath Rugby Club.
Shortlisted for AJ Woman Architect of the Year 2014, Kirsten’s work is acknowledged for its subtle response to place and unique expressive and material qualities. She has skills in physical planning and urban regeneration with strong focus on the role of the public realm in shaping solutions.
Chief Executive Officer Commerzbank Arena
Chief Executive Officer, Commerzbank Arena
Patrik boasts a wealth of knowledge and experience within the sports management and live event sector. With a degree in Business Administration, Patrik’s experience within the industry includes roles such as Director for the Financial department, Ticketing and Controlling for multiple concert promoters, Managing Director of the operation company for Commerzbank-Arena – the World Cup Stadium in Frankfurt and Managing Director of TSP – The Sports Promoters, a company of SPORTFIVE specialising in event-management and promotion. In 2010, Patrik was awarded “Executive of the Year” at TheStadiumBusiness Summit in Dublin. Commerzbank-Arena was awarded with the Live Entertainment Award 2016 in the category ‘Arena of the year’. Patrik has been consultant to many projects around the globe such as National Stadium Warsaw or Groupama Arena Budapest.
Design Excellence Director Ramboll
Design Excellence Director, Ramboll
Adam is a Chartered Building Service Engineer who leads a team of Building engineers with 26 years of experience in the design of Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health services. Adam’s experience in Building Services engineering and renewable energy systems was gained by working for both Contractors and Consultants. He has also had experience as a Project Director on various large high profile international projects in Egypt, Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Adam has a passion and a keen interest in sustainability and design solutions, and is very enthusiastic about engineering & new technology.
Mohamed Zakaria Serageldin
Board Member Al Ahly Club
Mohamed Zakaria Serageldin
Board Member, Al Ahly Club
Mohamed has been Vice Chairman of Al Arabia since 2013, and a Board Member for Al Ahly Sporting Club in Cairo since 2017. Mohamed, in his Master of Science thesis, developed a financial model of a multifuncational football stadium, investigating how to make it a more profitable project for the investor than traditional stadiums.
He also developed a project for a non-profit organisation aiming to educate coaches and youth in Egypt on the value of sports ethics, and raise health awareness through learning centres in Egyptian sports clubs.
Mohamed’s educational background includes three majors, in Construction Management, Sports Management and Construction Engineering.
Chief Operating Officer Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena
Chief Operating Officer, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena
Thad Sheely joined the Atlanta Hawks in 2015 as COO and oversees all aspects of team and arena business operations and real estate development. He is leading the $200 million transformation of the Hawks Arena and built the team’s the 90,000 SF new practice facility at the Emory Sports Medicine Complex. Sheely has over 20 years of experience at the intersection of sports and real estate, beginning with the development of AmericanAirlines Arena and then moving on to build MetLife Stadium for the NY Jets and Giants. Most recently, Sheely took a sojourn away from sports into pure real estate as COO of Hudson Yards, the $20 billion mixed-use development changing Manhattan’s skyline.
Don Szczepaniak is President/CEO for Prismview, a Samsung Electronics Company. Prismview designs, engineers and manufactures large-format LED video displays in Logan, Utah, USA. Don joined in August 2017 and is transforming the company’s display business.
Previously Don spent 31 years with Panasonic Corporation, leading both consumer and professional electronics divisions. He recently served as Executive Vice President overseeing the development of large-scale audio-visual and connectivity solutions for major Sports, Entertainment and Corporate clients.
Don earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing and Economics from Illinois State University. He is originally from Chicago, and currently lives in Utah, USA.
Martin has an excellent track record in the sport and entertainment sector
having worked on a number of national and international stadia and arena
projects. Through delivering such projects, Martin understands how the
requirements of different disciplines need to be integrated together driving a
well-coordinated and high value solution. As a director, Martin is responsible
for delivering multi-disciplinary projects and leading teams. He strives to
understand in detail the client and stakeholder key drivers so he can use his
experience to add value to projects where it matters most.
Director of Real Estate, Espai Barça FC Barcelona
Director of Real Estate, Espai Barça, FC Barcelona
William started his career working in the Sports & Entertainment Industry working for the Anschutz Entertainment Group as the Project Manager overseeing the successful completion of the O2 World Berlin in 2008. From there, William served as ICON Venue Group’s Vice President responsible for ICON’s European operations based in Berlin, Germany. While serving as ICON’s European Project Executive, William was responsible for all aspects of ICON’s engagements in Hamburg, Bern, Helsinki, Yekaterinburg, Geneva, Lausanne, Seoul, Barcelona, Fribourg and Dubai. Additionally, William spearheaded ICON’s efforts in Rome representing Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) in their efforts to secure the UEFA EURO 2016 for Italy. Finally, William was also in charge of consulting projects for the Turkish Basketball Federation (TBF), Palais Omnisports de Paris-Bercy (POPB) and Stadium Spartak in Moscow, Russia. In July 2014, William decided to take on new responsibilities and moved to Barcelona, Spain to work as FC Barcelona’s Project Director overseeing the Espai Barça Project.
Business Development Manager Global Sports Innovation Centre
Business Development Manager, Global Sports Innovation Centre
Eduardo has senior experience in sports management, marketing and ticketing, including Eventim’s entradas.com and start-up companies. He is Business Development Manager at Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft, a collaborative initiative between the public, private and academic sectors, which aims to promote innovation in the sports industry, creating an ecosystem composed by nearly 200 companies and institutions that generate synergies and value projects in the sector. Eduardo coordinates the Sport Thinkers for Real Sociedad smart stadium project.
Principal MANICA Architecture, USA
Principal, MANICA Architecture, USA
David believes in stunning design and innovative functionality as the path to successful buildings.
In his 25 years designing large public assembly facilities, David has forged a vision for some of the world’s highest-profile stadium, arena and convention projects totalling over $15bn in construction.
His comprehensive experience spans all phases of project development. He values a collaborative approach to design that successfully solves all of his clients’ needs related to aesthetics, program, budget, function and schedule. David’s passionate commitment and dedication to balancing the complicated needs of his clients have earned him lasting relationships with them all.
Chief of Media Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Chief of Media, Ashton Gate Stadium, UK
Lisa Knights is an experienced broadcaster and crisis communications expert with more than fifteen years working in television news and sport. As an anchor for Sky, BBC and ITN, Lisa covered many major international stories including three Olympic Games.
In 2014 she left Sky to take up the communications director role at Bristol Sport, looking after the media for its associated clubs (including Bristol City and Bristol Rugby) and the two-year, £45m redevelopment of Bristol’s Ashton Gate Stadium, which was completed in 2016. Lisa has overseen the development of the stadium’s broadcast facility including its matchday content on the in-bowl big screens and bi-weekly sports programme Bristol Sport TV.
Associate Director KSS, UK
Associate Director, KSS, UK
Debbie is a major creative force at KSS with extensive sports and hospitality experience. Debbie leads the creative interior design team on a number of KSS’ high profile sports venue projects including Anfield Stadium, Twickenham Stadium and Amex Community Stadium.
She believes in the practice ethos of understanding client values as the means of generating ideas, and is a strong team player who enjoys collaboration with architectural colleagues, brand consultants, contractors and suppliers.
Her natural sense of style, attention to detail and ability to communicate her ideas means she is widely respected by clients and consultants alike.
Global Sports Sector Director BuroHappold, UK
Global Sports Sector Director, BuroHappold, UK
Matthew is responsible for BuroHappold’s sports and entertainment business, leading project teams that work across integrated venue design, analytics, and consultancy. Since joining BuroHappold in 2006, he has led the engineering on the Olympic stadia for both London 2012 and Sochi 2014, as well as World Cup venues across the 2014, 2018 and 2022 finals. Matthew’s team is currently working for several sports governing bodies and leading professional sports clubs all over the world, using outcome-driven design to link operational, constructional and commercial opportunities to deliver world-leading performance on and off the field of play.
Founder and CEO TheStadiumBusiness/TheStadiumBusiness News
Founder and CEO, TheStadiumBusiness/TheStadiumBusiness News
Ian Nuttall is the owner and founder of TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Summit, presented by his Xperiology events business. His working life began in sports hospitality events management (including Formula 1, horse racing and Wimbledon) before pursuing an award-winning career in B2B magazine publishing. He has co-launched and edited numerous business titles (ranging from energy and industrial processes through to airport design and Intelligent Transportation Systems).
He has also founded many of the sports sector’s most respected publications and news sources – most recently TheStadiumBusiness News, delivering the all the latest Stadium Business news, blogs, videos, and up-to-the-minute media coverage from all the leading voices in the Stadium Business industry, all in one place. In addition to his ongoing commitments as a sports business writer and speaker, Ian provides highly-valued, specialist consultancy to the sports and entertainment venue sector.
Who will be there
KSS are internationally recognised as a leading sports architecture practice, specialising in stadia, indoor arenas and training centres.
We work with our clients to create venues of high quality and intense sporting and spectator experiences. We provide a full range of sports design consultancy services in master planning, architecture, interior design, graphic design, branding and wayfinding.
From our main office in central London, we create intelligent energy-efficient architecture where the design is informed by site context, functionality and flexibility.
Our sports team leaders have over 26 years of experience in stadium design and are proud to have worked globally in this field. Key highlights are Coimbra Stadium in Portugal, The Amex Stadium in Brighton, Stade Océane in Le Havre, Sammy Ofer Stadium in Haifa, Anfield Stadium and Training Centre for Liverpool FC, No.1 Court at Wimbledon, Twickenham Stadium in London, Selhurst Park Main Stand for Crystal Palace FC and Training Facility for Leicester City FC.- View Website
Market-leading provider of IP Video and Digital Signage technology that enables stadiums to harness the power of video to engage and entertain fans.
Exterity solutions enable stadiums and venues to deliver a dynamic mix of live footage and action replay to TV screens and mobile devices across the connected campus. Integrate live TV with digital signage announcements, advertising and scores. Create a personalised viewing experience for guests in VIP and hospitality areas. Exterity’s stadium & sporting clients include Arsenal FC, Celtic FC, Liverpool FC, MK Dons FC, Ulster Rugby, PSV Eindhoven, Stade Pierre-Mauroy, DC United, TSG Hoffenheim, Lord’s, The Open and Sandown Park Racecourse.- View Website
Find out more at www.exterity.com and follow us on Twitter @Exterity
With over 20 years’ experience, Cedar Packaging is the global market leader in creating brand enhancing ticket and membership packaging for the sports and live entertainment industries. We manage the whole process, from initial creative concepts and computer visuals, through to the production and then global distribution of the finished product. Custom ticket packaging is a unique and exciting way to engage with your audience, so talk to the Cedar Packaging team today to see what innovative packaging solutions we can create for you.- View Website
NOWOFOL offers innovative, fluoropolymer films for use as highly transparent roof membranes in modern, lightweight architecture: NOWOFLON ET Film. Light and UV permeability, flame retardancy, a self-cleaning effect and a service life of more than 30 years are the most important properties that this material offers. All products in this series are certified in accordance with DIN EN 13 501-1 and are classified as flame resistant/self extinguishing. While the film is extremely lightweight, it can handle very high weight loads. NOWOFOL has provided material for stadiums such as San Mames Bilbao, Oceane Le Havre, Zenith Saint Petersburg, Falcons Atlanta and the Vikings Stadium in Minnesota.- View Website
Ramboll is a leading engineering, design, environmental services and consultancy founded in Denmark in 1945. The company employs 13,000 experts and has a global presence with a strong representation in the Nordics, UK, North America, Middle East and Asia-Pacific. With more than 300 offices in 35 countries, Ramboll combines local experience with a global knowledgebase constantly striving to achieve inspiring and exacting solutions that make a genuine difference to our customers, the end-users, and society as a whole. Ramboll works across the markets: Buildings, Transport, Planning & Urban Design, Water, Environment & Health, Energy, Oil & Gas and Management Consulting. Our global team and organisational setup means we can harness the brightest and best thinking from around the world to solve your particular challenges, delivering a multi-disciplinary approach and creative thinking that each client seeks. In the sports sector, Ramboll has experience of delivering various sports facilities including stadia and associated precincts and training facilities. We regularly team with leading sports architectural practices to deliver such facilities as part of a wider team or as lead consultant.- View Website
From humble beginnings, Daktronics grew to become the world leader in LED digital display systems and today sets the market standards for customised digital display systems. During the journey, we haven’t forgotten where we came from. From our CEO on down, we guarantee our employees will put you first. With offices world-wide, Daktronics has had more than 18,000 video capable installations, satisfying customers around the globe. With more than 550 engineers, we continually invest millions of dollars into researching and developing our display products. In 2016 alone, we invested $23 million into our cutting-edge technology to ensure our products outperform your expectations.- View Website
PTI Consulting serves the sporting industry with pragmatic, technological, insight. We enable business growth through technology and people transformation in the sports industry.
• Technological Audit
• Event Management
As a primary offering PTI deliver CTO as-a-service – either on a retained or burst capacity basis. Our consultancy and service deliver valuable experience and strategic knowledge, helping the clients we work with to fully realise their opportunity and increase their commercial value. Some of our current clients include, AFC Wimbledon, Ashton Gate Stadium, Bath Rugby, Brentford FC and Leeds United.- View Website
BuroHappold Engineering is an independent, international engineering practice that over the last 40 years has become synonymous with the delivery of creative, value-led building and city solutions for an ever-changing world. Having worked on every continent, our clients include more than 90% of the world’s leading architectural practices and we have collaborated with global organisations such as the United Nations, The World Bank and UNESCO. Through our global community of driven, world-leading engineering professionals, we deliver elegant solutions for buildings and cities that seek to address the major problems facing societies today.
Follow us @burohappold.- View Website
Danley Sound Labs
At Danley, we desire to change the perception of the stadium experience by creating incredible experiences one audience at a time. Founded in 2005, Danley Sound Labs is the exclusive home of Tom Danley, one of the most innovative loudspeaker designers in the industry.
With over 40 years of experience and over 30 patents, Tom has pioneered numerous technologies that have been utilised in a wide range of high-end projects from NASA and the space shuttle program, to Disney and major musical acts around the world. Beginning in 2007, Danley Sound Labs established itself as a major player in the stadium and arena market in the United States.
Danley systems have been installed in nearly half of the 100,000+ seat stadiums in America with more soon to come. Danley is the chosen solution for top-tier programmes and teams such as the Atlanta Falcons’ Mercedes-Benz Stadium, the University of Alabama’s Bryant-Denny Stadium, Louisiana State University’s Tiger Stadium, the Green Bay Packers’ Lambeau Field, Florida State University’s Doak Campbell Stadium, Columbus Blue Jackets’ Nationwide Arena, the University of Iowa’s Carver–Hawkeye Arena and Kinnick Stadium, and many more. We invite you to experience Danley’s new technology for today’s stadium experience.- View Website
Pfeifer Cable Structures Division concentrates on building lightweight, long-span structures, based on an all ETA approved portfolio of tensile elements. Our expertise comprises all aspects of engineering, fabrication and installation for Cable Structures. We provide assistance to architects,- View Website
engineers and general contractors in all stages of designing, tendering and realising cable structures, up to delivering complete solutions. Since 1970, Stadia have been our main focus and area of excellence. Pfeifer Structures are found all over the world. With an unbeatable track record of over 1,000 projects, Pfeifer Structures wants to be your partner of choice.
TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards
TheStadiumBusiness Design & Development Awards will be inaugurated in 2017, aimed to recognise achievement and innovation in the design, construction, refurbishment and management of major sports venues- View Website
Xperiology’s total focus is the global sport, leisure and entertainment sector.
They’re a “boutique agency” operation with offices in Hove (UK) and Cortona (Italy) serving the information needs of the global sports and entertainment sector. Theywork with many of the sector’s leading organisations, providing illuminating ideas in EVENTS, ADVISORY and INTELLIGENCE.
Xperiology also deliver bespoke training and development workshops to help share best practice and shape the next generation of sports and entertainment venue industry executives.- View Website
TheStadiumBusiness Summit is the world’s leading meeting for the owners, operators and developers of stadiums, arenas and sport venues. Combining our specialist meetings Fan Experience Forum, Premium Seat Seminar, stadium tours, networking events and TheStadiumBusiness Awards, the Summit is the essential industry meeting of the year!- View Website
All the latest Stadium Business news, blogs, videos, and up-to-the-minute media coverage from all the leading voices in the Stadium Business industry, all in one place. Curated and brought to you by the TheStadiumBusiness team.- View Website
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