Stadium Experience signs two new members

Stadium Experience has welcomed both Northampton Saints Rugby Club and Preston North End Football Club as new members.

Northampton Saints

New Members – Northampton Saints Rugby Club and Preston North End Football Club

Stadium Experience has welcomed both Northampton Saints Rugby Club and Preston North End Football Club as new members. The new additions takes the total number of members to 60 different clubs across the UK and Ireland.

Stadium Experience is a not-for-profit marketing consortium and aims to share best practice and promote stadia as unique and prestigious venues for meetings, conferences and events. The group has increased its membership dramatically in the last few years, with the newest members including; AFC Fylde, Aviva Stadium, Burnley, Croke Park Stadium, Gloucester Rugby, Harlequins Rugby, Ipswich Town, Leeds United, Manchester United, Munster Rugby, Northampton Saints, Notts County, Ospreys Rugby, Preston North End, Scunthorpe United, St. George’s Park, St Helen’s Rugby, Stoke City, Swansea City, West Ham United, and Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Northampton Saints Rugby Club

Northampton Saints - Franklins Gardens

Franklin’s Gardens is in the heart of England – Just an hour away from London, Birmingham, Oxford and Cambridge, five minutes from the M1 and within easy reach of a number of major airports. The venue offers a portfolio of beautifully appointed spaces, offering a stylish and comfortable setting for any event. The stadium can cater for up to 600 theatre style or 450 banquet style, with 3000 complimentary parking spaces. This unique venue offers great value with Day Delegate Rates at just £25.00 per person. Enquiries can be made by calling 01604 751543 or emailing

Preston North End Football Club

Preston North End - Deepdale Stadium

The Deepdale Stadium, home to one of the founding members of the Football League, offers impressive conference and banqueting facilities. With ample free car parking spaces and within easy reach of all major transport links, (M6 motorway network and Preston’s West Coast main line train station), the stadium has a variety of rooms available, all with natural daylight, air management systems, and mouth-watering menus to suit each and every individual conference organiser and delegate. The venue can accommodate 350 delegates theatre style, with Day Delegate Rates from £30.00per person. Their ethos is to provide all guests and visitors with a quality, professional, reliable and flexible service. Enquiries can be made by calling 01772 693391 or emailing

About Stadium Experience

Stadium Experience was established in 2002 for football venues, and evolved in 2013 to welcome rugby stadium venues too. With the increasing membership, Stadium Experience has significantly stepped up its activities in recent years. Some examples include; sharing best practice and ideas with five dedicated networking events each year, joint exhibition opportunities (such as Event Organisers Forum, The Meetings Show, CHS and more), meeting event buyers and key agencies as a consortium, regular newsletters, an annual recognitions awards celebration; The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards and much more.

“We are delighted to have joined Stadium Experience,” said Abigail Dillon, Northampton Saints’ conferencing and events manager.

“At Franklin’s Gardens we’re always seeking new opportunities to showcase our unique venue and brand, and Stadium Experience is an excellent platform for this.

“We’re looking forward to sharing best-practice information with other stadiums and building valuable relationships within this industry, as we continue to make Franklin’s Gardens one of the premier multi-purpose conferencing and events locations in the country.”

Harry Flynn, General Manager for Heathcote & Co Deepdale (Preston North End’s catering partners) commented: “Heathcote & Co Deepdale are delighted to be joining Stadium Experience with PNE FC. This is an exciting opportunity for my team and we’re really looking forward to working with the Stadium Experience team.”

Debbie Rigney, Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience, said: “We are thrilled to welcome both Northampton Saints and Preston North End into our association. We now have 60 clubs across the UK and Ireland all working together to promote stadia as unique venues for every type of conference, meeting or event.

“The sustained growth in membership demonstrates how our members really do value the sharing of best practice, networking opportunities, promotional activities, as well as recognising the best in the industry at our annual awards. We would love to hear from any football or rugby stadium venue who would like to find out more about us, and potentially join our group.”

For more details on joining Stadium Experience.

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