The second edition of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific conference and exhibition, partnered by the GlobalSportsJobs.cn dual-language English/Mandarin platform, took place from September 28-30, 2015, at the Singapore Sports Hub's Indoor Stadium and was lauded as 'an overwhelming success' by those in attendance.
One of the 50+ industry-elite speakers in attendance, Jason Hill, General Manager - Commercial at the Sydney Cricket Ground Trust, said: “I was impressed with the operation… and enjoyed the experience immensely. Best of luck with 2016.”
Another speaker, Greg Turner, General Manager, STU Sports Park, added: “...thanks for hosting the conference and everything you did to help organise it. I found it immensely useful and must say I wish there were more such conferences in the region.”
Billions of dollars’ worth of global sports venue projects were represented at Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015, including groups currently involved in new major sports projects around the region, such as Sports City Malaysia (hosts of the 2017 SEA Games), the Cambodia National Stadium, Haryana Cricket Stadium and Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Stadium, in addition to global venue operators and facility managers. Developers behind major new sports projects in Australia, China and New Zealand were also in attendance.
Jason Ng, Executive Director of MP Singapore Pte Ltd – the event organiser’s local event partner – said: “As more major international sporting events are held in the Asia Pacific region, there is an increasing need for venue management professionals to gain a better understanding of effective management and utilisation of sports facilities. Stadia & Arena 2015 created that opportunity. We are heartened by the many discussions and sharing of real-world experiences amongst the community.”
Many delegates attended a special 'behind the scenes' tour of the Singapore Sports Hub on the opening day.
The event kicked-off with an exclusive ‘behind-the-scenes’ tour of the Singapore Sports Hub's facilities, followed by the Official Opening and a Regional Market Report that detailed sports projects across Australia, Indonesia and Singapore.
The conference then began in earnest on Day II, with 50+ industry-elite speaker sessions covering all aspects of sports venue design, operations, revenue generation and fan engagement, and the exhibition floor sported more than 40+ industry-leading exhibitors, with whom attendees had the opportunity to network and do business.
Day III’s finale gave visitors the chance to hear an insightful Closing Keynote from the Disney Institute's Senior Facilitator, Wing Tan, or else, for delegates whose primary focus was on Sports Turf, there was a special local site tour to learn about the importance of proper artificial turf maintenance from SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau.
SMG Sportplatzmaschinenbau laid on a special local site tour to show delegates the importance of correct artificial turf maintenance.
With cities and countries from across Asia Pacific playing host to a plethora of major sporting events, including the 2017 SEA Games, 2018 Winter Olympics, 2018 Commonwealth Games, 2019 Rugby World Cup, 2020 Summer Olympics, 2022 Winter Olympics, 2022 Asian Games and 2023 SEA Games, plans are already well underway to host Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016 in Japan, so make sure to keep checking back on the event website: www.saevents.uk.com for the latest updates.
A comprehensive review of the Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2015 event will be published in the Showcase Special edition of PanStadia & Arena Management magazine, which will be available in December and an Asia Pacific Buyers’ Guide will be available within the coming weeks, which will detail not only the many sporting events & venue developments from across the APAC region but also showcase the event’s sponsors and exhibitors.
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