75% Sold – The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2022
With just one month to go, over 75% of tickets to The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2022 are now sold. The awards, sponsored by Carlsberg UK, will take place at Anfield Stadium, home to Liverpool Football Club on Thursday 26th May 2022. Around 400 guests from approximately 40 clubs have booked to experience a fine dining three course menu, awards ceremony, followed by an exclusive onsite after party until the very early hours. 2022 will be the 15th annual awards event and marks the 20th Anniversary of Stadium Experience. Tickets start from just £99 each, and can be booked here.
The prestigious event aims to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK. Over 75 clubs have been nominated this year to be in with a chance of winning one of 13 different award categories. This year’s categories include:
This award recognises those individuals who are simply outstanding at what they do, and continuously shine. This may be someone at the start of their career, making great strides in their roles, or someone in a more senior role leading the way in excellence.
This award recognises the best retail catering teams at stadia across the UK. This team will demonstrate commercial growth, high quality food offerings or proactive sustainability improvements.
This award recognises the best matchday sales team in stadium venues across the UK. Judges are specifically looking for teams demonstrating consistent growth and using new ideas to drive sales and cross-selling.
This award recognises the best non-matchday sales team in stadium venues across the UK. Judges are specifically looking for teams demonstrating consistent growth, using new ideas to create unique and different events, whilst also providing value for money and overcoming any challenges.
Best Stadium Events Venue Award – Sponsored by Hi-Impact Media
This award recognises the very best stadium events venue within the UK. Judges are specifically looking for a stadium venue which consistently displays exceptional venue facilities and outstanding guest experiences.
This award recognises the often unseen behind-the-scenes teams that make stadium events run so smoothly. Judges are looking for teams which go above and beyond the call of duty to provide the very best service to customers.
This award was judged by Salon Culinaire chefs as part of the live kitchen event at the HRC Event at ExCel in London in 2020. Chefs teams had one hour to prepare, cook and present a three-course menu suitable for their Club Chairman to entertain the Head of the FA or RFU to dinner.
This award is voted for by Directors at rugby clubs. They are asked to nominate the club where they had the best away experience when travelling with their team. They are specifically asked to consider the welcome, service and catering when casting their votes.
This award is voted for by Directors at football clubs. They are asked to nominate the club where they had the best away experience when travelling with their team. They are specifically asked to consider the welcome, service and catering when casting their votes.
Reported by professional Salon Culinaire chef judges who experience hospitality at UK clubs this season using strict criteria. This is divided by size of hospitality offering with an award for:
Matchday Hospitality Award – Small Stadium (up to 1000 hospitality seats)
Matchday Hospitality Award – Medium Stadium (1001 – 2000 hospitality seats)
Matchday Hospitality Award – Large Stadium (2001+ hospitality seats)
This award pitches all sized clubs against all, to announce the overall winning UK stadium.
Awards Organiser, Debbie Rigney from Stadium Experience, commented: “After a two year break, we are so excited to be resuming The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards at Liverpool FC next month. Stadium teams work tirelessly, striving to bring excellence in their venues for both matchday hospitality and non-matchday events, and so these awards will bring everyone together once again to recognise and celebrate all of this hard work and commitment. We look forward to celebrating together at Anfield in Liverpool on 26th May!”
Independent Awards Judging
Each award category is independently judged. Some are voted for by stadium directors, and others are decided by teams of experts with many years experience in their fields. Read more about the independent judging panel.
Background on Stadium Experience
The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards is organised by Stadium Experience, a not-for-profit marketing collaboration of over 40 UK stadia. The organisation was established in 2002 to promote and market the UK’s football stadia as venues to the conference and event market. In 2013, the organisation evolved to welcome rugby stadia venues for the very first time. 2022 is the 15th annual awards event and marks the 20th Anniversary of Stadium Experience.