The 2023 Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards heads to Southampton for the first time

Southampton FC to host The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 on Thursday 8th June 2023 at St. Mary's Stadium.

St Mary's Stadium, Southampton FC

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 heads to south coast

Stadium Experience is pleased to announce that the 16th annual Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards will be hosted at St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton Football Club, on Thursday 8th June 2023.  Around 400 guests from stadium venues across the UK will be welcomed to experience a fine dining four course menu, awards ceremony, followed by DJ and after party onsite until 4am.

The awards recognise and reward the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference, and events teams at UK stadium venues.  Historically the awards have covered both football and rugby stadium venues, however 2023 will also incorporate cricket venues for the very first time in line with the expanding membership of the event organisers, Stadium Experience.

About St. Mary’s Stadium in Southampton

Southampton Football Club offers multiple unique event spaces and meeting rooms.  The variety and versatility of their suites makes the venue the smart choice for all kinds of events. Their range of flexible packages are designed to suit any event ambition with unique touches like stadium tours and presentations from ex-Southampton Football Club players which can add that extra flair to every event. Saints Events is powered by Gather & Gather, a specialist catering and hospitality company that holds a Royal Warrant for the provision of catering services and works with prestigious clients, including Historic Royal Palaces and Kew Gardens.  Gather & Gather strives to put brilliant food and drink experiences at the heart of every event.

Southampton Venue Hire - St Mary's Stadium, Southampton
St. Mary’s Stadium, Southampton

Key Awards Dates

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023 are already open for entries.  The closing date will be 31st March 2023.  The official results will be announced at the gala awards evening on Thursday 8th June 2023 in Southampton.

The Award Categories

For 2023, there are 14 categories available to enter.  All awards are judged completely independently by industry experts.  This year’s award categories, include:

Chef Team of the Year Award – Sponsored 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 – Sponsored by iVvy Venues

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

Non-Matchday Mystery Shopper Award – Sponsored 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 Award – Sponsored by Conference News

Visiting Football Directors Award – Sponsored by FC Business

Matchday Hospitality Award (Awards by Small, Medium & Large Stadiums) – Sponsored by Chefs & Events Staffing

Overall Matchday Hospitality Award

Tony Crosbie, Regional Director; Stadia & Events for Saints Events at Southampton Football Club, said: “We’re delighted to welcome the annual Stadium Events and Hospitality awards to St Mary’s Stadium to celebrate its 16th anniversary in 2023. It promises to be a superb evening, and we can’t wait to enjoy with you some brilliant food and first-class service at our impressive venue on the South Coast!”

David Thomas, Chief Commercial Officer at Southampton Football Club, said: “We’re delighted to have been selected as the official host for The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023, which is testament to our growing reputation for delivering brilliant and unique events with fabulous catering delivered with exceptional service.”

Collette Salmon, Chair of Stadium Experience, said: “We are thrilled to be heading to Southampton for the very first time to celebrate the amazing hard-work that goes on behind-the-scenes in stadium venues across the UK.   These will be the 16th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience, which continues to grow bigger and better every year.  We have a very exciting evening planned, in which stadium teams will really be able to celebrate their achievements on the south coast.”

See more about The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023.

Awards organisers, Stadium Experience, are also keen to explore awards sponsorship opportunities with companies who would like to get involved. 

About Stadium Experience

The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards is organised by Stadium Experience, a not-for-profit marketing collaboration of around 40 UK football, rugby, and cricket 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, with cricket and athletics venues added in 2022.

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