The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 – Now Open!

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 – Open For Entry

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 are now open for entry.  There will be 14 award categories this year, which recognise the very best stadium venues across the UK.

2023 Award Categories

Chef Team of the Year AwardSponsored by Chef Works UK & Bragard

Outstanding Contribution Award – Sponsored by Taste Beverages

Best Retail Catering Award – Sponsored by Rollover Hotdogs

Matchday Sales Team of the Year Award – Available for sponsorship – Find out more

Non-Matchday Sales Team of the Year Award – Sponsored by Special Occasion Linen

Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper AwardSponsored by Hi-Impact Media

Best Stadium Events Venue Award – Sponsored by Rational UK

Operations Team of the Year Award – Sponsored by Braehead Foods

Visiting Rugby Directors AwardSponsored by Conference News

Visiting Football Directors Award – Sponsored by FC Business

Matchday Hospitality Award (Awards by Small, Medium & Large Stadiums) – Available for sponsorship – Find out more

Overall Matchday Hospitality Award

Independent Awards Judging

Each category is independently judged by experienced industry experts.  Some categories are voted for by stadium directors, HGEM judge the mystery shopper award, and others are decided by teams of experts with many years experience in their fields.

HGEM judges the Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award by providing a mystery guest programme to assess the quality of sales enquiry calls and follow up email correspondence.

The majority of categories are judged by a panel of experts who submit their first, second and third placed votes in each category using strict criteria.  The votes convert to scores, with the highest scoring venues winning the top awards.  The judging panel for 2023 includes:

The Matchday Hospitality Awards are judged separately, led by Head Judge, Rod Bowker.  As Head Judge, Rod creates an expert team of judges, each with over 20 years experience in the chef and hospitality industries.  The judges attend matchday hospitality experiences and complete a full and comprehensive report on every aspect of their visit.  This category opened much earlier (in July this year) to include cricket venues for the first time, in line with the growing membership to Stadium Experience.

Deadlines & Results

The closing date for entries is Friday 31st March 2023, with the results revealed at a glittering awards ceremony in June 2023 at St Mary’s Stadium, home to Premier League Southampton Football Club (date will be confirmed shortly).  The event will be the 16th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience.  Tickets for the event will be available here or by emailing

Debbie Rigney, Marketing & PR Manager for Stadium Experience and awards organiser, commented: “We are thrilled to be officially launching The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards for 2023!  As our membership now includes cricket venues, the 2023 awards will also be including cricket venues for the very first time.  These awards recognise and reward the very best in the stadium industry and we can’t wait to celebrate on the south coast at Southampton FC next summer!”

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