The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards heads to Manchester for the first time

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards will be heading to Manchester for the very first time.  The organiser, Stadium Experience, is delighted to announce that the 2019 Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards will be hosted at the Etihad Stadium, home of Premier League champions, Manchester City FC.  The awards will take place in the prestigious Legends suite, during late May / early June 2019, with over 400 guests enjoying a four-course menu and awards ceremony, followed by entertainment.

The Etihad Stadium is a world class 55,000 seater stadium and has been home to Manchester City FC since 2002. Featuring 66 hospitality boxes, three concourse levels and 14 lounges, including the prestigious Tunnel Club, the stadium can also host up to 500 guests for a dinner or conference.  The stadium also offers fantastic road links, a tram station on site and free parking for over 2,500 cars.

The awards aim to recognise and reward the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK and Ireland.  For 2019, there are two brand new categories, and the independent industry judges will also be returning, with representation from HGEM and Salon Culinaire, as well as a special panel made up of experienced experts from; arrangeMY, Conference News, The Change Group, fcbusiness, HBAA, and Venue Smart.

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2019 will officially launch for entries on 1st October 2018, closing on 1st April 2019.  There will be a total of 14 award categories (Winner, Silver & Bronze available in each category), including:

Visiting Directors Award – Football (Voted for by visiting directors)

Visiting Directors Award – Rugby (Voted for by visiting directors)

Chef Team of the Year Award (Judged by Salon Culinaire)

Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award (Judged by HGEM)

Best Digital Enquiry Award (Judged by HGEM)

Shining Star Award (Judged by panel of industry experts)

Operations Team of the Year Award (Judged by panel of industry experts)

*NEW* Matchday Sales Team of the Year Award (Judged by panel of industry experts)

*NEW* Non-Matchday Sales Team of the Year Award (Judged by panel of industry experts)

Best Stadium Venue Award (Judged by panel of industry experts)

Matchday Hospitality Award – Small (up to 1000 hospitality seats) (Judged by Salon Culinaire)

Matchday Hospitality Award – Medium (1001 – 2000 hospitality seats) (Judged by Salon Culinaire)

Matchday Hospitality Award – Large (2001+ hospitality seats) (Judged by Salon Culinaire)

Overall Matchday Hospitality Award (Judged by Salon Culinaire)

Paul Burridge, Director of Hospitality for Fabulous Fan Fayre (F3) at the stadium, commented: “At long last The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards has made its way to Manchester! It’s with pride we are hosting the 14th awards evening here at the Etihad Stadium, home of Manchester City Football Club.  We are delighted to welcome the variety and diversity of each of the stadiums who will be joining us at the awards evening!”

Collette Salmon, Chair of Stadium Experience, said: “This will be the 14th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience.  Every year has grown to be bigger and better than the last, so where better to host the awards than at the home of a Premier League champions Manchester City.  We are very excited to be working with this world-class venue for the 2019 awards.”

More information about The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2019 here.  Stadium Experience is also keen to explore awards sponsorship opportunities with companies who would like to get involved.

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