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The ESSMA Summit is the go-to stadium industry event organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with ECA (European Club Association) and European Leagues.

Estádio do Dragão

The Estádio do Dragão is an example of a multifunctional and ecological venue and has a 50,033 seat capacity.

Keynotes & Seminars

The keynotes sessions and seminars on Day 1 and 2 are linked to ESSMA’s expert areas. Discover more about the sessions.

Lisbon Stadium Tour

On 21 January, participants have the opportunity to take part in the Lisbon Stadium Tour (limited tickets available).

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Who's speaking?

Discover the ESSMA Summit 2019 Speakers

Bernard Gerritsma

Safety & Security Manager

Michael Lloyd

Deputy Stadium Manager

Tiago Gouveia

Marketing Director

Paulo Mariz Rozeira

Director of Legal Affairs

Khalifa Al Mana

Project Senior Engineer

George Vaughan

Head of Technology

Adrien Desfonds

Stadium Manager

Adrian Cefalan

EURO 2020 Bucharest

William Mannarelli

Director of Real Estate

Luis Cervera

Chief Projects & Operations Officer

Birger Nass

Head of Stadium and Infrastructure

Daniel Uthmann

Marketing Project Manager

Emmanuelle Rutsaert & David Steegen

Sponsorship and Hospitality Manager & Public Affairs Officer

Rui Lousa

Commercial CEO

Hugo Senlis

Assistant Albatros Course

Julien Barès

Chief Information Officer

Teresa Santos

Quality & Environment Manager

Krzysztof Szumowski

Head of Sports Administration

Carlos Venegas

Groundsman

Thomas Otton & Guillaume Gouze

Communications Director & Stadium Service Manager

Christophe Segers

Operations Manager

Richard Carpenter & David Roberts

Training Ground Facilities Manager & Grounds Manager

Thomas Kirschner

Head of Fans & Tradition Department

Wouter Gudde

Commercial Director

Neil Sharman

Security Manager

Richard Barnes

Counter Terrorism Security Adviser

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin

Facilities, Safety & Sustainability Officer

Duncan Fraser

Chief Executive

Kate Entwistle

Researcher

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Day 1: 22 January 2019

08:30
ESSMA Summit welcome and registration
10:15
Welcome words
10:30
ESSMA Association updates
Dimitri Huygen
ESSMA
10:45
Strategic stadium operations
Rui Lousa
FC Porto
11:15
Stadium operation, development and fan experience
Paulo Mariz Rozeira
Liga Portugal
11:30
Top 14 final concept
Thomas Otton & Guillaume Gouze
LNR
12:00
Organisational and technical issues of hosting the 2018 Ryder Cup
Hugo Senlis
Le Golf National
12:30
Estádio do Dragão Stadium Tours & lunch
15:30
Seminars
Stadium Operations
Fan Experience
Pitch Management
Stadium Development – New Projects
Stadium Operations Fan Experience Pitch Management Stadium Development I
ESSMA Update
14:00 - 14:30
ESSMA Update
14:00 - 14:30
ESSMA update
14:00 - 14:30
ESSMA update
14:00 - 14:30
B2B and B2C growth of Excelsior Rotterdam
14:30 - 15:00
Wouter Gudde - Commercial Director - Excelsior Rotterdam
The usage of data to improve the stadium experience
14:30 - 15:00
Daniel Uthmann - TSG 1899 Hoffenheim
Disease management
14:30 - 15:00
Kate Entwistle - Turf Disease Centre
EURO 2020 Bucharest Stadium Development
14:30 - 15:00
Adrian Cefalan - EURO 2020 Bucharest
Innovative catering & hospitality
15:00 - 15:30
E. Rutsaert & D. Steegen - RSC Anderlecht
Creating a SMART venue
15:00 - 15:30
George Vaughan - Ascot Racecourse
Disease management at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
15:00 - 15:30
Carlos Venegas - Sevilla FC
Aurora Aberdeen FC project update
15:00 - 15:30
Duncan Fraser - Chief Executive - Aberdeen FC
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Coffee break
15:30 - 16:00
Implementing a new venue management system at Legia Warsaw
16:00 - 16:30
Krzysztof Szumowski - Legia Warsaw
Fan activation at Schalke 04
16:00 - 16:30
Thomas Kirschner - Schalke 04
Liverpool FC training centre update
16:00 - 16:30
R. Carpenter & D. Roberts - Liverpool FC
World Cup 2022
16:00 - 16:30
Khalifa Al Mana - Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy
Panel discussion
16:30 - 17:00
Panel discussion
16:30 - 17:00
Panel discussion
16:30 - 17:00
Panel discussion
16:30 - 17:00

Stadium Operations

  • ESSMA Update
    14:00 - 14:30
  • B2B and B2C growth of Excelsior Rotterdam
    14:30 - 15:00
  • Innovative catering & hospitality
    15:00 - 15:30
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • Implementing a new venue management system at Legia Warsaw
    16:00 - 16:30
  • Panel discussion
    16:30 - 17:00

Fan Experience

  • ESSMA Update
    14:00 - 14:30
  • The usage of data to improve the stadium experience
    14:30 - 15:00
  • Creating a SMART venue
    15:00 - 15:30
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • Fan activation at Schalke 04
    16:00 - 16:30
  • Panel discussion
    16:30 - 17:00

Pitch Management

  • ESSMA update
    14:00 - 14:30
  • Disease management
    14:30 - 15:00
  • Disease management at Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán
    15:00 - 15:30
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • Liverpool FC training centre update
    16:00 - 16:30
  • Panel discussion
    16:30 - 17:00

Stadium Development I

  • ESSMA update
    14:00 - 14:30
  • EURO 2020 Bucharest Stadium Development
    14:30 - 15:00
  • Aurora Aberdeen FC project update
    15:00 - 15:30
  • Coffee break
    15:30 - 16:00
  • World Cup 2022
    16:00 - 16:30
  • Panel discussion
    16:30 - 17:00
No events available!
18:00
FC Porto Museum Tour
19:00
Evening cocktail and dinner

Day 2: 23 January 2019

08:00
Welcoming
09:30
Seminars
Data-driven Stadiums
SMART & Sustainability
Safety & Security
Stadium Development – Renovation
Data-driven Stadiums SMART & Sustainability Safety & Security Stadium Development II
ESSMA update
09:30 - 09:45
ESSMA update
09:30 - 09:45
ESSMA update
09:30 - 09:45
ESSMA update
09:30 - 09:45
Growing through data
09:45 - 10:15
Christophe Segers - Royal Antwerp FC
Arsenal FC’s 3MW battery storage system
09:45 - 10:15
Michael Lloyd - Arsenal FC
Anti-terror measurements
09:45 - 10:15
Richard Barnes - Met Police
Espai Barça: The creation of a sports campus in the heart of Barcelona
09:45 - 10:15
Kirill Makarishchev - VTB Arena
Digitalisation of a tradition club
10:15 - 10:45
Tiago Gouveia - FC Porto
FC Porto’s sustainability strategy and its main challenges
10:15 - 10:45
Teresa Santos - FC Porto
Counter terrorism at Wembley
10:15 - 10:45
Neil Sharman - Wembley Stadium
Levante UD's Stadium Refurbishment Masterplan
10:15 - 10:45
Luis Cervera - Levante UD
Coffee break
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break
10:45 - 11:15
Coffee break
10:45 - 11:15
Predicting and acting based on weather data
11:15 - 11:45
Birger Nass - DFL
Sustainability initiatives at Croke Park
11:15 - 11:45
Míde Ní Shúlleabháin - Croke Park
Service, safety & security with focus on stewarding at Feyenoord
11:15 - 11:45
Bernard Gerritsma - Feyenoord Rotterdam
Modernisation of the Matmut Stade de Gerland
11:15 - 11:45
Adrien Desfonds - LOU Rugby
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11:45 - 12:15
-
11:45 - 12:15
-
11:45 - 12:15
-
11:45 - 12:15
Panel discussion
12:15 - 12:45
Panel discussion
12:15 - 12:45
Panel discussion
12:15 - 12:45
Panel discussion
12:15 - 12:45

Data-driven Stadiums

  • ESSMA update
    09:30 - 09:45
  • Growing through data
    09:45 - 10:15
  • Digitalisation of a tradition club
    10:15 - 10:45
  • Coffee break
    10:45 - 11:15
  • Predicting and acting based on weather data
    11:15 - 11:45
  • -
    11:45 - 12:15
  • Panel discussion
    12:15 - 12:45

SMART & Sustainability

  • ESSMA update
    09:30 - 09:45
  • Arsenal FC’s 3MW battery storage system
    09:45 - 10:15
  • FC Porto’s sustainability strategy and its main challenges
    10:15 - 10:45
  • Coffee break
    10:45 - 11:15
  • Sustainability initiatives at Croke Park
    11:15 - 11:45
  • -
    11:45 - 12:15
  • Panel discussion
    12:15 - 12:45

Safety & Security

  • ESSMA update
    09:30 - 09:45
  • Anti-terror measurements
    09:45 - 10:15
  • Counter terrorism at Wembley
    10:15 - 10:45
  • Coffee break
    10:45 - 11:15
  • Service, safety & security with focus on stewarding at Feyenoord
    11:15 - 11:45
  • -
    11:45 - 12:15
  • Panel discussion
    12:15 - 12:45

Stadium Development II

  • ESSMA update
    09:30 - 09:45
  • Espai Barça: The creation of a sports campus in the heart of Barcelona
    09:45 - 10:15
  • Levante UD's Stadium Refurbishment Masterplan
    10:15 - 10:45
  • Coffee break
    10:45 - 11:15
  • Modernisation of the Matmut Stade de Gerland
    11:15 - 11:45
  • -
    11:45 - 12:15
  • Panel discussion
    12:15 - 12:45
No events available!
12:30
Closing lunch with speech by ESSMA President John Beattie
14:15
Start bus transfers to airport or hotel
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"The ESSMA Summit is a fantastic stadium industry event. The industry is really cluttered with a lot of conferences, but if there’s one you should really attend it’s the ESSMA Summit: you can network with hundreds of stadium industry peers from clubs, stadiums, leagues and FA’s. Next to this, the buyer to seller ratio is the highest there exists."

Benjamin Viard - Head of Stadium Department - Ligue de Football Professionnel

"This conference will gather top executives from the stadium industry to present new trends, share ideas and build relationships aimed at shaping the future of sports facilities. We are delighted to partner up with ESSMA in hosting this event which should be a must for anyone interested in the venue business."

Georg Pangl - General Secretary EPFL

"We are very pleased to support the ESSMA Summit. With today’s rapid evolution of stadium infrastructure and technology, the exchange of know-how and experiences among industry experts is extremely valuable."

Michele Centenaro - General Secretary ECA

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What to discover at the ESSMA Summit

Gathering the stadium industry: +350 participants

Quality networking

Keynote speakers from all over the world

Highest ratio of buyers to suppliers

Uniting the global stadium, arena and major sports venue industry

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