The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards date has moved to Thursday 20th June 2019. The awards aim to recognise and reward best practice activities shown by the catering, operations, conference and events teams at football and rugby stadia across the UK and Ireland. All other entry deadlines remain unchanged.
There are 14 categories available for entry this year, with the majority open for entry until 1st April 2019. All categories are independently judged by industry experts from organisations including arrangeMY, Conference News, Craig Prentice Consultant, fcbusiness, HBAA, HGEM, Salon Culinaire, and Venue Smart.
The 14 award categories for 2019, include:
Visiting Football Directors Award (Voted for by visiting directors)
Visiting Rugby Directors Award (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)
The Winners, Silver and Bronze Awards for each category will be announced at the prestigious awards evening at Etihad Stadium, home of Premier League champions, Manchester City Football Club. Over 400 guests will be welcomed including decision-makers from teams such as sales, conference and events, matchday hospitality, chef teams, public catering teams, operational departments and senior management attending to share the celebrations and network. Tickets start from £95 each (discounted member rate) and are available to purchase now. More information is available online at – www.stadiumexperience.com/awards/.
Debbie Rigney, Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience, and awards organiser, commented: “2019 will be the 14th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience, and the very first time we will host in the city of Manchester! It’s truly fantastic to see so many stadium venues sharing their activities and best practice examples, which continues to drive up standards across the industry. We also have fantastic sponsorship opportunities available too – Ideal for companies wanting their brand in front of 400+ stadium decision makers from across the UK and Ireland.”