Coliseum ASIA-PACIFIC returns to Beijing with 25 top speakers


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Coliseum – a top name in international stadium conferences – is returning to Beijing with over 25 top names in the sports venue business as speakers at the latest edition of Coliseum Summit ASIA-PACIFIC on May 15-16, 2019.

The event, to be held at the Beijing National Tennis Center, is supported by the China Sport Venue Association (CSVA), organized by Coliseum and co-organized by Beijing Vanguan Sports & Culture Co.,Ltd.

The speakers will represent industry experts from China as well as from the US, Germany, the UK, Spain, Australia, Malaysia and other countries.

“Coliseum is thrilled to be back in the flourishing stadium business market of China,” said Michael Rennschmied, the Founder of Coliseum – Global Sports Venue Alliance. “We hope to establish Coliseum as a permanent knowledge exchange podium between local and international experts in the stadium and arena business industry in China,” he added.

In three years, China will be hosting two of the biggest sporting events – Winter Olympics 2022 and Asian Games 2022. Quite naturally, the highlight of this edition of Coliseum Summit will be the two keynote speeches with a focus on China’s preparations for both these mega events.

The keynote speech on the inaugural day will be delivered by Lin Gui, Director of Planning and Development Department, Winter Olympics 2022 Organizing Committee. She is expected to reveal China’s strategy and ongoing activities as it prepares to host the sports gala.

The second keynote speech will be made on the concluding day by Xiaoying Yan, Deputy Director of the Stadium Construction Department, Hangzhou Asian Games 2022 Organizing Committee. He will showcase how the Games preparations are becoming a catalyst for development in Hangzhou, the capital city of Zhejiang Province in East China.

Simon Gorr, Head of Infrastructure at Australian Football League, and Jon Dutton, Chief Executive of Rugby League World Cup 2021, UK, are among the other prominent speakers. While Gorr will showcase the ongoing $225-million redevelopment of Melbourne’s Marvel Stadium and surrounding precinct; Dutton will highlight how the Rugby League organizers are trying to “put digital at the heart of their plans” to engage with new audience.

“The construction of large-scale sports stadiums has the advantages of promoting urban economic development, refining the cultural aspects and popularity of the city, improving the living standards of residents, stimulating infrastructure construction, and encouraging to create a sustainable and livable environment in the city,” China’s state-run Xinhua news agency stated recently in a report about Coliseum Summit ASIA-PACIFIC.

Emphasizing that the community needs to be focused on how to better plan, design and operate of large stadiums in a positive manner, the Xinhua report highlighted the significance of the Coliseum Summit.

Other distinguished speakers will share their unique case studies and experiences covering all the aspects of sports venue sector such as design, construction, operations, technology, security, fan experience, premium seating etc., Rennschmied said.

In addition to the already mentioned speakers, the confirmed list so far includes: Chen Xiaomin (Beijing Architectural Design & Research Institute, China), Axel Bienhaus (AS+P GmbH, Germany), Ang Kong (Tangshan C&T Group, China), Arne Sebastian Fritz (Drees & Sommer, Germany), Magnus Danielsson (Feld Entertainment, US), Qing Zhang (Suzhou Olympic Sports Center, China), Eric Jou (ESL, Taiwan), Mengming Yao (Signify, China), Qiyong Yang (National Aquatics Center, China), Dongxu Yang (China Sports Venue Association), Dr. Liu Dongfeng (Shanghai University of Sport, China), Jiaping Xu (Shenzhen Bay Sports Center, China), Sergi Torrents (LaLiga, Spain), Zhang Hao (Beijing Workers Stadium, China), Jian Wu (Zhejiang Dafeng Sports Equipment, China), Benjamin Wahl (Borussia Dortmund, China), Thomas Oudart (Sodexo, China), Gang Duan (China Tennis Open, China), Peter Lv (Huafa Sports, China), Jerry Han (Beijing Vanguan Sports, China), and Datuk Nalgunalingam (KL Sports City, Malaysia).

The speakers will share their unique case studies and experiences to throw light on the myriad of challenges faced by the sports venue sector and also deliberate upon the possible solutions.

Over 150 venue specialists from China and around the world have already registered to attend the summit. Participating delegates will also get unique ‘behind the scene’ experience through a venue tour of Olympic Green Tennis Center on May 16.

Coliseum is dedicated towards building the best global community of sports venue executives and professionals.
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