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Must-attend event for stadium professionals


The third ESSMA Summit will be organized in Parc Olympique Lyonnais (France), from 16 to 18 January 2017, the home stadium of Olympique Lyonnais. This must-attend stadium industry event is organized by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with the EPFL, ECA and the ICSS.

Keynote speakers on stadium industry topics and in-depth workshops on trending stadium are combined with extensive stadium tours that aim to bring great insights to all participants. Next to this, a Stadium Development Seminar will be organized on the first day, which has the goal to share new stadium & renovation projects in Europe.

The ESSMA Summit is a fantastic event to broaden your network in the stadium industry and to link-up with European colleagues in a unique setting.


DAY 0 - 16/01

Stadium Development Seminar

This seminar will focus on new stadium- and renovation projects in Europe. It aims to provide insights into different on-going stadium projects: stimulating the exchange of knowledge, showing the potential impact of stadium development & sharing future projects. The seminar will be accessible for a limited number of people in order to stimulate interaction between stadium professionals. More information can be found here.

DAY 1 - 17/01

ESSMA Summit Keynote speakers & stadium tours

ESSMA invites owners, operators and the developers of stadiums & arenas to bring together the European stadium industry. Inspiring keynote sessions from other industries are included to take a look from the brand activation side.

Extensive stadium tours will be organized by Olympique Lyonnais staff members. Small groups will get detailed explanations and demonstrations at each stop. The level of Fan Experience will be highlighted by the connectivity of the stadium: Wi-Fi- mobile app, in-seat delivery,..

The day will be closed with an informal networking event with all the delegates.

DAY 2 - 18/01

ESSMA Summit In-depth workshops

The last day of the ESSMA Summit offers 12 in-depth workshops on 4 stadium management topics:
– Fan Entertainment
– Exploitation & Operations
– Safety & Security
– Pitch & Facility Management

Each participant has the opportunity to define a personal workshop selection, based on individual preferences.


Speakers will be announced soon!


Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Located in the commune of Decines-Charpieu, 10km east of central Lyon, the stadium forms part of a complex stretched over 50 hectares and featuring a training ground for OL as well as hotels and office buildings.
- This new generation stadium is open 365 days a year and offers a unique experience to its spectators in proposing connected services which revolutionize the “stadium experience”.
- Constructed under the project name Grand Stade OL, the finished venue consists of three tiers.
- The arena replaced the Stade de Gerland, Lyon's home since 1950.
- The stadium staged its first game on 9 January 2016, when Olympique Lyonnais beat Troyes 4-1 in Ligue 1.
- The stadium welcomed 6 EURO 2016 matches, of which the semi final.

• 59 186 seats
• 25 000 WiFi connections
• 8 000 m² reception area
• 6 000 VIP seats
• 300 screens
• 105 lodges
• 4 event boxes
• 2 giant screens (2 x 88 m² )

more information


Accommodation alternatives will be communicated soon. ESSMA will provide transfers from the ESSMA Summit event hotels to the stadium.

Cannot wait until the next ESSMA Summit?

Check out the other ESSMA events and join us on our workshops and stadium tours! ESSMA is to be the leading platform in the stadium industry. Our different types of events – from workshops, through stadium tours, to the yearly ESSMA Summit – offer unique opportunities for information and knowledge sharing on the latest stadium industry topics. To find out more about all the specific ESSMA events and plan your calendar with us, visit the ESSMA events site.

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