Official Award Nominations 2022
Stadium Experience is pleased to announce that over 75 football and rugby clubs across the UK have received nominations for The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2022. 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 40+ clubs will 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.
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. There will be a total of 13 different award categories, with a Bronze, Silver and Winner award for each presented on the evening. This means there are a potential 39 awards up for grabs. 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.
Stadium Experience Chair Person, Collette Salmon, commented: “Stadium teams work tirelessly, striving to bring excellence in their venues for both matchday hospitality and non-matchday events. These awards aim to recognise and celebrate all of this hard work and commitment. Congratulations and best of luck to all of this year’s award nominees – We look forward to announcing the results here 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 football and rugby 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.
Here is the list of nominees for 2022:
|Aberdeen Football Club|
|Annan Athletic Football Club|
|Aston Villa Football Club|
|Barrow Raiders Rugby Club|
|Blackburn Rovers Football Club|
|Bolton Wanderers Football Club|
|Bradford City AFC|
|Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club|
|Bristol City Football Club|
|Burton Albion Football Club|
|Burnley Football Club|
|Cambridge United Football Club|
|Cardiff City Football Club|
|Celtic Football Club|
|Chelsea Football Club|
|Crystal Palace Football Club|
|Derby County Football Club|
|Dewsbury Rams RLFC|
|Doncaster Rovers Football Club|
|Everton Football Club|
|Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club|
|Forest Green Rovers Football Club|
|Fulham Football Club|
|Gloucester Rugby Club|
|Hampden Park Stadium|
|Harrogate Town Football Club|
|Hartlepool United Football Club|
|Huddersfield Town Football Club|
|Hull City Football Club|
|Hull FC Rugby Club|
|Hull Kingston Rovers Rugby Club|
|Leeds United Football Club|
|Leeds Rhinos Rugby Club|
|Leicester City Football Club|
|Leyton Orient Football Club|
|London Irish Rugby Club|
|Liverpool Football Club|
|Manchester City Football Club|
|Mansfield Town Football Club|
|Middlesbrough Football Club|
|Morecambe Football Club|
|Newcastle United Football Club|
|Northampton Saints Rugby Club|
|Norwich City Football Club|
|Nottingham Forest Football Club|
|Peterborough United Football Club|
|Portsmouth Football Club|
|Port Vale Football Club|
|Queens Park Rangers Football Club|
|Rochdale Football Club|
|Ross County Football Club|
|Rotherham United Football Club|
|Sale Sharks Rugby Club|
|Saracens Rugby Club|
|Scunthorpe United Football Club|
|Sheffield United Football Club|
|Sheffield Wednesday Football Club|
|Shrewsbury Town Football Club|
|Steihousemuir Football Club|
|Stirling Albion Football Club|
|Stoke City Football Club|
|St. Helens Rugby Club|
|Southampton Football Club|
|Sunderland Association Football Club|
|Swansea City Association Football Club|
|Tottenham Hotspur Football Club|
|Walsall Football Club|
|Wasps Rugby Club|
|West Ham United Football Club|
|Wigan Athletic Football Club|
|Wigan Warriors Rugby Club|
|Worcester Warriors Rugby Club|
|Wycombe Wanderers Football Club|