The Stadia & Arena annual conference and exhibition is PanStadia & Arena Management magazine’s annual meeting of the world’s sports venue owners, operators and developers as well as the sector’s leading architects, designers, contractors, producers and suppliers. Launched in 1999 in London, the event is internationally acclaimed as attracting a high quality audience of industry decision-makers from around the world. It quickly established itself as Europe’s leading industry event for the entertainment and sports venue industry, taking place in cities as diverse as Barcelona, Geneva, Milan, Munich, Rome, Prague, Istanbul, Marseille and Bordeaux.
In 2014 and 2015, the event shifted its emphasis to focus on the Asia Pacific region, with a successful debut in Singapore following the official opening of the Singapore Sports Hub.
Following Japan’s successful international event bids culminating in the Rugby World Cup 2019, Tokyo 2020, the Kansai World Masters Games 2021 and, subsequently, the Asian Games 2026, the event moved to Japan for 2016.
Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2016, taking place at the Yokohama Arena from 26-28 September, was an overwhelming success with just under 2,000 attendees in total. In a packed conference room, over 500 delegates heard welcome speeches from the Japan Sports Agency, Tokyo 2020, the Rugby World Cup 2019, the J-League and Japan’s Basketball League. Topics covered ranged from master planning, regional projects and Japan’s college venues to fan engagement, commercialisation, security, technology and playing surfaces. The British Olympic Association’s Bill Sweeney then closed the event with enlightening insights into Team GB’s preparations for Tokyo 2020.
With Japan still the principal focus of the international sporting event world, Stadia & Arena Asia Pacific 2017 will once again return to the Land of the Rising Sun – from 12-14 September 2017 to the Makuhari Messe Exhibition Hall 7, Chiba City, Japan.