Matchday Hospitality Awards

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Now Closed For Entry!

Stadium Experience Member Venues Eligible Only

Award Criteria:

Your venue will be judged on the entire matchday experience, including efficiency pre-match, professionalism and customer service on the day with the main focus being on the catering and service experience. To enter, you must provide two places in hospitality at a match of your choice (ideally a Saturday match), with parking, in a non-exclusive suite that is available to purchase by the general public*. Tickets must be sent to Stadium Experience which will be sent to the judge at least 10 days prior to the match experience, along with the judging reporting pack. Venues with multiple clubs may enter one club per awards year.

*Must be hospitality packages sold match by match, which are available for individual purchase by the general public.

As judges diaries fill fast, we advise you to enter early to avoid disappointment! Judges are available June 2022 – April 2023.

The match must be held before Sunday 16th April 2023.  Tickets, itinerary and parking passes required at least 10 days prior to match date.

To Enter: Please complete the entry form below.  

Judging Process: This category is judged independently by industry experts with over 20 years experience in the chef and hospitality industries.  The judge will have strict criteria report pack with them, which has been developed jointly by the Head Judge and the Stadium Experience Leadership Team.  The full report will be validated by the Head Judge and Stadium Experience and will be sent to your venue after the awards evening.  The judges biography will be shared with you in advance of the fixture.  View the report the judges will be completing.

There will be a Bronze, Silver and Winner in each of the following categories:

Small Stadium = Up to 1000 Total hospitality guests

Medium Stadium = 1001 – 2000 Total hospitality guests

Large Stadium = Over 2001 Total hospitality guests

There will also be an award for the Overall Matchday Hospitality Winner (taken from the total scores across the three categories).

The Judges: An allocated judge and guest will visit your stadium to judge your matchday hospitality offering.  Their name and biography will be shared with you.  The current list of judges is shown below, please click to read more about their culinary and hospitality experience.

See all of the judges biographies for the Matchday Hospitality Awards below:

Rod Bowker (Head Judge)
Geoff Acott
Lee Corke
Graham Crump
Paul Gilmore
Mark James
Ian Jaundoo
Rob Kennedy
Donald Leitch
David McKown
Dennis Mwakulua
Neil Thomson
Sue Woolcock

Results: Bronze, Silver and Winner awards will be announced and presented at The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2023.  All award winners will be invited to the stage to collect their award.  Winners will be asked for a short quote for the official awards press release, and a brief video interview on the night to share your success.

Closing Date: Friday 31st March 2023

Cost: Free. You must provide tickets, hospitality and parking.

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