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October 19-23, 2020


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Conference program

 
 
  • Conference stream: Venue DESIGN

    Zoom panel 9-10 am Pacific Time

    This segment of the conference streams is about the most exciting and innovative newly planned stadiums and arena projects of the future – in one phrase, the next generation of venues. Listen about the newest trends in stadium design. How a stadium is no longer an isolated project but deeply integrated with multi-use urban development models to include hotels, conference centres, retail outlets and entertainment zones. Also, learn about the huge demand on training centers. Overlay, afterall, is a huge part of the buzzword legacy in major event planning.

    Chris DeVolder bio Managing Principal, HOK, US

  • 9 am PT

    Camp Nou Stadium to boost glitz quotient

    William T. Mannarelli - topic visual 2020Image: FC Barcelona

    The legendary Camp Nou Stadium is like a jewel in the crown of Barcelona in Spain. It ranks among Barcelona’s top tourist attractions. The whole tourism angle is intertwined with the game of football.

    The Camp Nou Stadium opened in 1957 and has been the home stadium of FC Barcelona since its completion. With a seating capacity of 99,354, it is the largest stadium in Spain and Europe, and the fourth largest football stadium in the world in capacity.

    William T. Mannarelli, Director of Real Estate & Espai Barça, will speak at length about the Espai Barça Project which is a large-scale infrastructure redevelopment project to improve (and expand) FC Barcelona’s infrastructure including their training facilities, Camp Nou Stadium, Palau Blaugrana, the club’s offices as well as the commercial and leisure facilities.

    The swathe of changes includes an upgrade of Wi-Fi technology to support the surge in data usage, improvements in VIP hospitality services and an increase in capacity by 6,000 seats. The changes are also focused on improving the quality of the stadium as well as the quantity of seats.

    William T. Mannarelli bioDirector of Real Estate & Espai Barça, FC Barcelona, Spain

  • 9:15 am PT

    ‘Isles’ rink reign in UBS Arena

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - UBS Arena visualImage: UBS Arena

    UBS Arena which will sit at Belmont Park in New York (US) is one of the few arenas in the world which is being built specifically for hockey and starting in the 2021-22 National Hockey League (NHL) season. The $1.5 billion multiuse arena is presently under construction and will be located next to the Belmont Park race track.

    Tom Pistore will throw light in this online session as to how the arena is being built for musical acts and it will mainly serve the purpose of hockey as the future home of the professional ice hockey team New York Islanders. He will also speak about the arena’s fan-first approach which will be best demonstrated in the design of the arena, with specifics on how the arena is being built to accord top priority to fans’ health and security so that spectators can walk into the arena without any worry lines on their foreheads in a COVID environment.

    Tom Pistore bio President, UBS Arena, US

  • 9:30 am PT

    AECOM Sports swear by ‘bubble’ protocols in COVID world

    Jon Niemuth - topic visual 2020 - topic visual 2020 Image: AECOM

    AECOM Sports best in class experts deploy the right resources for its sports and venues clients. The company brings together fans, athletes, sponsors and countries through its matchless experience, leadership and dedication to the sports and major events industry.

    Jon Niemuth will explain in this online session that as the sports industry transitions to return to play and championship level competition, how the need to specific ‘bubble’ protocols are being widely understood as the clearest and safest way to reinitiate sport in a COVID-19 world. While experiments with limited attendance events have occurred worldwide, the majority of professional and amateur sports are implementing some form of controlled environment for staff and players.

    Niemuth will also discuss AECOM Sports role in creation of these plans and key areas to focus on for one’s venue or event.

    Jon Niemuth bio VP & Director of Sports, AECOM, US

  • 9:45 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: Venue CONSTRUCTION

    Zoom panel 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time

    This segment of the conference focuses on risks and challenges during the construction process. It deliberates on the procurement process and puts the contractors in the center stage. It also focuses on stadiums and arenas under renovation. If your stadium is not new anymore, what are the ways to extend its life for years to come? Different concepts and add-on’s in order to optimize the spaces within your venue are also discussed. We also deliberate on the myriad of other construction tools required for the stadium sector.

    David M. Campbell, P.E. bio President, Geiger Engineers, US

  • 10:30 am PT

    West End Stadium construction baptism of fire

    Jeff Berding - topic visual 2020 Image: Kareem Elgazzar/The Enquirer

    The under-construction soccer-specific West End Stadium in Ohio, US, is set to go on stream on March 1, 2021. The innovative facility will be the new home of FC Cincinnati – the American professional soccer club based in Cincinnati. In this plenary, Jeff Berding will give a rundown on the challenges faced while constructing a new venue – prime among them being acquiring land, bringing a contractor on board who can take up a project of huge size, streamlining the parking spot, and getting the funding. Stadium design is not just about nuts and bolts, but the real challenge lies in generating an atmosphere inside the arena and creating an unrivaled experience for spectators with a striking design.

    Berding will also hold up a detail picture of how bringing a Major League Soccer team to a heartland US city – Ohio – in four years record time is fraught with challenges. The whole development would include amenities like bars and restaurants, a hotel, food market and a cultural institution. It will not only enliven the community but also infuse life into the neighborhood.

    Jeff Berding bio President, FC Cincinnati, US

  • 10:45 am PT

    Allegiant Stadium roof Vector Foiltec’s (crown) ing glory

    Vector Foiltec - topic visual 2020 Image: LV Raiders

    Bremen (Germany)-headquartered Vector Foiltec is a business using transparent plastic cushions filled with air as an architectural cladding technology.

    Mark Nolan will deliberate on how in order to lay down the cornerstones for both technical and commercial success, Vector Foiltec see themselves as a fully integrated member of the client’s project team. It is through this integration and constant interaction between themselves that the company is in a position to bring their wealth of knowledge and experience to the table to help guide the design process in a direction that is both technically and commercially beneficial for each project.

    Nolan will also reveal in this online session about the Design Assist project delivery method which is becoming more and more important and prevalent on complex projects, especially those in the stadium sector. This phase is crucial in the early development of a project.

    He will also deliberate on how Vector Foiltec completed the roof of the luxuriant Allegiant Stadium, the new home of the Las Vegas Raiders. Nolan will elaborate on Vector Foiltec’s design and delivery, which were divided into various phases starting with Design Assist where the overall concept, cushion sizes, and structural system were defined. The stadium project was a roaring success and the Raiders won their home opener under an ETFE roof that was completed ahead of schedule.

    Mark Nolan bio Pre-construction Manager, Vector Foiltec, US

  • 11 am PT

    OVG (pledge) to heal planet with Climate Pledge Arena

    Stephen Collins - topic visual 2020Image: OVG

    Oak View Group (OVG) is an American global advisory, development and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries.

    In this virtual conference, Stephen Collins will talk about a joint project between Oak View Group (OVG), Amazon and professional ice hockey expansion team Seattle Kraken based in Seattle (US), the Climate Pledge Arena - which will be the first net zero carbon certified arena when it reopens in late 2021.

    In the Fall of 2021 Climate Pledge Arena, a $1 billion 18,000-seat state of the art sports and entertainment venue will open as the home of the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Seattle Kraken and the Women’s National Basketball Association (WNBA) Seattle Storm. Located at Seattle Center in downtown Seattle, Climate Pledge Arena will become the first net zero carbon arena in the world and set a new sustainability bar for the sports and entertainment history.

    Steve Collins will also discuss about the building’s design and sustainability features and the road to net zero carbon, including the process of preserving the 44 million ton landmarked roof while excavating over 600,000 cubic yards of material and constructing the brand new 800,000 sq ft arena underneath. He will walk us through some of the unique sustainability elements including the buildings 100 percent electric operation powered with 100 percent renewable electricity, the use of reclaimed water in the ice system to create the greenest ice in NHL, and the unique partnership with Amazon to inspire climate action.

    Stephen Collins bio COO, Oak View Group, US

  • 11:15 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: Venue BUSINESS

    Zoom panel 9-10 am Pacific Time

    Is your stadium able to turn each customer into a fan and make them come back again and again? Do you know your fan to begin with? Learn the right tools to elevate your service delivery. Are there ways to create the right content and while creating more event days in the process? Are you focused on ticket sales of the future: selling through Customer Relations Management (CRM) and social media? How about brand activation? And, how to find the fine balance between a perfect venue, capital expenditure and a lasting legacy? This and much more…

    Ted Glick bio Senior Director, Sales & Service, Sacramento Republic FC, US

  • 9 am PT

    Denver BBQ Festival: Bingo! for Denver Broncos

    Chuck Olney - visual 2020Image: Musco Lighting

    The Denver Broncos are a professional American football franchise based in Denver, US. The team began play in 1960 as a charter member of the American Football League (AFL) and joined the National Football League (NFL) as part of the merger in 1970. Their residence is Empower Field at Mile High.

    Chuck Olney will make a PowerPoint presentation in this online session on how Denver Broncos excels in playing host to large-scale events with outside promoters but has limited experience in producing their own internal events. The organization takes on the onerous task of developing an annual community concept with high growth potential that they could own - a recurring event that would appeal to a large volume of regional consumers so that they can leverage their reach. His moot point of discussion will be on how to develop an annual community concept with high growth potential.

    He will also highlight the Denver BBQ Festival started in 2018 and the floodgate of opportunities it has thrown open like expanding the footprint and keeping consumers on-site for longer, and due to excellent marketing, in the second year itself their cash registers started jingling.

    Chuck Olney bio Director, Business Development, Denver Broncos, US

  • 9:15 am PT

    Cleveland Cavaliers get (real) on real-time data

    Cleveland Cavaliers - visual 2020Image: Cleveland Cavaliers

    The Cleveland Cavaliers are an American professional basketball team based in Cleveland (US). The Cavaliers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member of the league’s Eastern Conference Central Division.

    Mike Conley who has taken on the mantle of looking into the modus operandi of the newly transformed Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse – the multipurpose arena which sits in Cleveland and is the home ground of Cleveland Cavaliers – will provide a detailed look in this virtual summit as to how the organization is leveraging real-time information and transformed analytics to improve on operational knowledge, procedures, and the fan experience.

    Conley will also delve deep into the architecture, use cases and more that have made Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse a model for transformed venues of the future.

    Michael Conley bio Chief Information Officer, Cleveland Cavaliers, US

  • 9:30 am PT

    JLL wins fans’ (tru)st with Truist Park

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - JLLImage: JLL

    US-headquartered Jones Lang LaSalle Incorporated (JLL) is an American commercial real estate services company. JLL provide clients with exceptional representation and comprehensive development and real estate services in the sports and entertainment sector.

    In this virtual session, James A. Renne will talk about Truist Park – a baseball park in Georgia, US, which opened for the 2017 Atlanta Braves Major League Baseball Season and how JLL helped to define, design and construct a first-of-its-kind development. Not only opening with the brand new Truist ballpark for the Atlanta Braves, the Battery Atlanta (new home of the Atlanta Braves) has been touted as the South’s new “preeminent lifestyle destination”.

    He will also dwell at length on how sports and entertainment anchored districts are not a fad and how in “experience economy”, the venue itself is no longer the sole destination. In today’s age, fan experience begins outside the venue, offering unique opportunities to extend and leverage the sports brand, and create unique revenue streams for sports teams.

    Renne will also explain how creating destinations like Truist Park and the Battery takes long-term commitment through public and private partnerships and all its stakeholders. In its third year since opening and during an unprecedented pandemic year which has driven the whole world up against the wall, Renne will share how early decisions in developing the project is influencing today’s outcomes.

    James A. Renne, AIA bio National Director, Sports & Entertainment, JLL, US

  • 9:45 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: Venue TECHNOLOGY

    Zoom panel 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time

    It seems IT and venue technology is taking over the whole venue business. Technology will no doubt change the fan experience in stadiums and arenas forever. The general question is: How much technology can be implemented? How can a tech platform help organizations understand their fans’ behavior and spending? What kind of content the fans produce from within the venue? How venue technology platforms generate revenue for a compelling return on interest (ROI) model and justify the investment? Learn more…

    Angela Ruggiero bio CEO & Co-Founder, Sports Innovation Lab, Boston, US

  • 10:30 am PT

    Vinik Sports Group import on the expanded role of technology and innovation leadership

    Vinik Sports Group - visual 2020Image: Amalie Arena

    Home to an NHL franchise, a collegiate athletics property, two event venues, a digital media company, retail and ecommerce platforms, Vinik Sports Group (VSG) creates world-class experiences that grow brands, drive revenues and impact the community.

    Andrew McIntyre will delve deep in this online session on - given the challenging times created by the pandemic as well as the rise of entertainment districts, technology leadership can no longer solely focus their attention on traditional key performance indicators. Reducing operational expenses and driving efficiencies across the business units will remain a key component to technology strategy, but the next generation of technology leadership needs to expand its scope to drive strategies that enable revenue growth and create new revenue streams.

    He will also speak on how moving forward, every component of the technology portfolio will need to be analyzed to determine the ideal approach for monetization without sacrificing fan experience.

    Andrew McIntyre bio SVP, Technology & Innovation, Vinik Sports Group, US

  • 10:45 am PT

    L-Acoustics buoying up listener experience

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Dan Palmer visualImage: LA Cardinals

    L-Acoustics shapes the future of sound with its cutting-edge technology that allows audio professionals and artistes to buoy up the listener experience. The company provides pragmatic solutions to the audio industry.

    Dan Palmer will talk in this session about how world class sports entertainment sound systems are used internationally in all of the major sports, and specified for A-list concert touring artistes. He will also focus on how sports media has become highly immersive, and is statistically proven as a vital link to the overall fan experience.

    L-Acoustics explore the state of the art in sports sound, and Palmer will discuss “why good enough is no longer good enough!”

    Dan Palmer bio BD Manager, Sports Facilities, L-Acoustics, US

  • 11 am PT

    Orlando Venues managing multiple facilities during COVID-19

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Orlando Venues visualImage: Orlando Venues

    The City of Orlando (Florida, US) owns and operates multiple arts and cultural facilities designed to enrich the lives of Central Florida residents and visitors. Collectively managed by the Orlando Venues Department, these unique communal gathering places include the Amway Center, Camping World Stadium, Tinker Field, Harry P. Leu Gardens and the Mennello Museum of American Art. Be it concerts, family shows, sporting events, art viewing or nature appreciation, Orlando Venues caters to the interests of diverse audiences the whole year through.

    In this online symposium, Allen Johnson will point out how ruinous the effects of COVID-19 has been on the sports venue sector - seven months into a global pandemic, touring events and sports largely remain at a standstill. While athletes, artists, promoters and patrons eagerly await the return of live entertainment in safe surroundings, Johnson will discuss what can venue operators do to survive these trying times?

    Johnson will also share some innovative ideas that have helped keep his diverse venues active and serving the local community.

    Allen Johnson bio Chief Venues Officer, Orlando Venues, US

  • 11:15 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: GREEN Venue

    Zoom panel 12-1 pm Pacific Time

    Green initiatives are no longer the provinces of hippies and tree-huggers. Going green is a staple of the sports and entertainment venues industry and it can be profitable too. This is the segment that evaluates costs; attempts to understand from a community relations perspective; and articulate a green initiatives policy. How innovative green technology is changing the way we look at our stadiums and sports arenas; and transforming them into a model of sustainable projects. Going green is not just an option in the stadium business, it is the way forward.

    Scott Jenkins bio Board Chair, Green Sports Alliance, US

  • 12 pm PT

    Phoenix Raceway going ‘Green’ with NASCAR Green program

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Phoenix Raceway visualImage: Getty Images

    Phoenix Raceway is a one-mile, low-banked tri-oval race track located in Avondale, Arizona, near Phoenix (US). The motorsport track opened in 1964 and currently hosts two National Association for Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) race weekends annually.

    Julie Giese will point out in this online session as to how through the industrywide NASCAR Green program, NASCAR and its tracks have taken a holistic approach across its wide-ranging ecosystem to reduce and offset its impact on the environment.

    In this session, Giese will also review league-wide initiatives and track-specific programs like those at Phoenix Raceway focused on preserving the natural environment while bringing value and inspiration to the motorsports industry, its partners, employees and fans.

    Julie Giese bioPresident, Phoenix Raceway, US

  • 12:15 pm PT

    Appetize Technologies whetting digital (appet) ite in COVID world

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Appetize visualImage: Appetize

    Los Angeles (US)-headquartered Appetize Technologies, Inc., designs and develops enterprise software. The company offers barcode scanning, payment processing, reporting, and inventory management solutions, and serves customers in the United States.

    In this online conference, Wayne Scarsella will point out how COVID-19 has accelerated three to five years of technology adoption into just six months. Technologies in the form of contactless payment, mobile web, and QR codes -all that were experiencing slow and steady growth in a pre-COVID-19 world are now becoming commonplace and unarguably the ordering standard moving forward.

    In this online session, Scarsella will also discuss how the acceleration blurred the lines between physical commerce systems (i.e., point of sale [POS] terminals) and digital ordering systems (i.e., mobile web ordering) and what stadiums, arenas, and ballparks are doing to adapt to the new normal.

    Wayne Scarsella bio SVP of Sales, Appetize Technologies, US

  • 12:30 pm PT

    NHL thrust on ‘Green’ quotient in COVID world

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - NHL visualImage: NHL

    The National Hockey League (NHL) is a professional ice hockey league in North America, currently comprising 31 teams: Twenty four in the United States and seven in Canada.

    Omar Mitchell will speak at length in this virtual conference on how sustainability is the driving force in venues today as the environmental movement continues to grow steadily around the world. Consequently, sports organizations are facing an increasing number of calls to reduce the negative impact of their facilities and reduce carbon footprints to save Mother Earth which has been much wounded due to rapid industrialization.

    He will also reveal how Green/enviro has evolved due to the outbreak of COVID-19 which has the world in its fatal grip and how the sports venue sector has been forced to include health and wellness as an integral part of the enviro agenda in multipurpose facilities. While the NHL itself admits that its annual impact on the environment is massive, a recent report has revealed that the postponement of NHL due to the pandemic had prevented 200 tonnes of CO2 in carbon emissions.

    Omar Mitchell bioSustainable Infrastructure, NHL, US

  • Conference stream: Venue OPERATIONS

    Zoom panel 9-10 am Pacific Time

    Venues require large capital investments and are expected to produce a substantial return on investment (ROI). In addition to the initial investment, operating stadiums and arenas require year-round capital expenditure. The venues have to be maintained in the best possible way, at the lowest cost, while still maintaining aesthetic appeal and profitability. How does a successful asset management plan work in such a scenario? Does a venue need ISO or LEED certifications? How to solve the parking headaches? Customized facilities management may offer the right answers.

    Lee Zeidman bio President, STAPLES Center, US

  • 9 am PT

    SSTC, Inc’s ‘smart seating’ solution in a COVID world

    Coliseum Summit Online Week US 2020 visual - Jim Brown visualImage: SSTC, Inc.

    One of the key mantras for COVID-19 - which has rattled the world - is social distancing. SSTC, Inc., US, is an integrated event management solutions provider. The company’s solutions are in use by some of the largest live events venues across the continent.

    Károly Molnár will highlight in this segment about their new system Dynamic Social Distancing (DSD) - how to sell more seats safely in a COVID environment. The introduction of this new system will maximize the capacity at events whilst sticking to social distancing guidelines. It is like a two-pronged approach - the system will facilitate venue owners to get more people seated resulting in more revenue generation and so less impact from social distancing and can be adjusted as guidelines change.

    Brown will also explain the whole concept of optimized socially distanced seating for stadia, theaters, cinemas and arenas keeping in view the coronavirus situation the world over.

    Károly Molnár bio Partner, SSTC, Inc., US

  • 9:15 am PT

    Sporting Kansas City bend over backwards for fans

    Sporting Kansas City - topic visual 2020Image: Sporting Kansas City

    Sporting Kansas City is an American professional soccer club based in Kansas City, Kansas (US). The administrative offices are located in Downtown Kansas City, Missouri, and the team clubhouse and practice facilities are located in Kansas City, Kansas near Children’s Mercy Park - soccer-specific stadium in Kansas City.

    James Gregoire will be speaking in this online session on the operational challenges of opening a venue, with fans in attendance, in a COVID-19 environment. Fans returning to venues amid the pandemic are finding the venue experience fundamentally different – spectators arriving in masks, temperature checks at the ingress point, sitting two seats apart, and everything touchless and contactless.

    Gregoire will also point out how the onus is on the venue operators to keep fans safe in a world which is still bearing the coronavirus wrath. Children’s Mercy Park is currently hosting matches with 3,300 onlookers in tow and is working closely with the local Government to ensure a safe experience for all.

    James Gregoire bio VP & Stadium GM, Sporting Kansas City, US

  • 9:30 am PT

    Stadion Energa Gdańsk carving a niche

    UEFA Europa League Final - topic visual 2020Image: Arena Gdańsk

    The Stadion Energa Gdańsk is a football stadium in Gdańsk, Poland. It is used mostly for football matches and is the home stadium of Polish football club Lechia Gdańsk, currently playing in the Ekstraklasa, the top Polish professional league for men’s association football teams.

    Mateusz Prawda will throw light in this online assembly about Stadion Energa Gdańsk - from its construction that began in 2009 to becoming one of the most notable landmarks of the region. Since 2009, Stadion Energa Gdańsk has come a long way to become a multifunctional facility.

    Prawda will also touch on these questions - How did it change? What were the lessons learnt? And how well is it prepared to host the most high-profile events like the upcoming Europa League Final to be held in 2021 – and will provide the answer to the same.

    Mateusz Prawda bio Stadium Manager, UEFA Europa League Final, Gdansk, Poland

  • Conference stream: Venue SECURITY, HEALTH & SAFETY

    Zoom panel 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time

    At a time of heightened risks, security of venues and the safety of fans have become paramount. Sports venues are targets of opportunity. Here, we discuss the steps to protect venues from the new bad guys. How to react in case of a bomb threat for instance? We also attempt to differentiate between safety (crowd management) and security (crowd control). How can modern IT support safety and security? Is your training sufficient? Does it train staff on today’s threats and not those of yesterdays?

    COVID-19 has also thrown up the biggest challenge to the sports venue sector. Sooner or later, fans will come back into stadiums but will be apprehensive about the novel coronavirus till a vaccine is found. In this segment, we will discuss how social distancing norms will have to be strictly imposed in stadia, and how entry/exit protocols in and out of the venue should be touchless and in the form of biometrics. How will futuristic technology facilitate contactless service?

    We will also deliberate how enhanced sanitation and safety will have to be priorities in venues and how sports and entertainment venues should adopt mobile ordering and order-ahead capabilities for foodservices with designated pickup times. In a COVID-19 world, crowding around a food or drink counters is no longer acceptable and a scenario could arrive when food will be given in packets to spectators keeping in mind the health factor of both players and supporters.

    Paul Foster bio CEO & Founder, OnePlan, UK

  • 10:30 am PT

    Venue safety & security vs. revenue

    Detroit Lions - topic visual 2020Image: MJR Group Ltd./Coliseum

    With recent acts of domestic and international terrorism, the scales have become much easier to balance as it pertains to selling Safety First. Before the horrific acts of 911, major venue security was an afterthought. At that time, safety and security was one of the last venue operations discussed. Currently, security experts sit at the head of the table.

    Darren F. Johnson bio Director of Stadium Safety & Security, Detroit Lions/Ford Field, US

  • 10:45 am PT

    Miami Dolphins creating and executing a social distancing stadium plan

    Miami Dolphins - topic visual 2020Image: Hard Rock Stadium

    The Miami Dolphins are a professional American football team based in the Miami metropolitan area. They compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member team of the league’s American Football Conference East division.

    Anthony Mozzicato will spell out details in this online conclave of how the Miami Dolphins and Hard Rock Stadium (‘The Fins’ residence) have spent the last six months creating, planning and now fully executing a social distancing stadium plan hosting 13,000 guests (20 percent capacity) and 2,000-plus event staff team members working major events for the Miami Hurricanes and Miami Dolphins home football games.

    He will also give details of how their entire plan is based off three principle elements – 1) GBAC certification (first stadium in the US/National Football League (NFL); 2) Creating a minimal contact/touchless experience for the entire guest journey; and 3) Providing a socially distanced setting at key congregation touch points. Now that the stadium is back open for major events, the team has been very focused on making sure all initiatives are being fully executed in a safe manner with the guest and event staff experience top of mind.

    Anthony Mozzicato bio Director, Guest Experience, Miami Dolphins, US

  • 11 am PT

    Fumi-gate Europe Limited (gate) way to safety

    Fumi-Gate Europe Limited - visual 2020Image: Fumi-Gate Europe Limited

    With COVID-19 laying the world to siege, ‘staying safe and healthy’ is the catchword. Keeping this in view, Fumi-Gate Europe Limited offer the next generation in full body sanitizing systems. Their gates are designed with futuristic tech enabling their systems to sanitize up to 1400 per hour, making their product the optimal solution for areas of high footfall.

    Grant Whittaker will talk in this virtual meet how with the use of nano silver technology, Fumi-gate plays a key role in the preparations necessary for keeping people protected in a pandemic world. The nano silver particles specifically target harmful bacteria and neutralize them.

    Whittaker will also highlight the different benefits of Fumi-gate which is the best solution to keep the crowd who congregate on the venue to watch the sport they love protected. The prime benefit of Fumi-gate being it is a fast and effective fully automatic, full outer body and clothing sanitization system, automatically activated by passing through it.

    Grant Whittaker bio Director, Fumi-Gate Europe Limited, UK

  • 11:15 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: Venue VIP

    Zoom panel 9-10 am Pacific Time

    Does your stadium offer dog-friendly box seats? Does it have luxurious cabanas, swimming pools and night clubs catering to the needs of the discerning VIP clientele? VIPs are among the main patrons of a stadium, and therefore, the management needs to pay close attention to their basic comforts. Are stadiums geared to offer customized experience vis-à-vis seating and hospitality packages to different target groups? How do you create right products and offer right services for the right market and achieve the right results for the venue? Tune in…

    Rob Hunden bio President, Hunden Strategic Partners, US

  • 9 am PT

    SERIES Seating in the driver’s (seat)

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - SERIES Seating visualImage: SERIES Seating

    SERIES Seating is a premier fixed audience seating manufacturer based in Miami, Florida (US) doing business in over 40 countries around the world.

    Steve Burgess will tell the online audience how SERIES Seating was recently honored to be chosen as the seating partner for the renovation of Hayward Field at the University of Oregon (a historic track and field stadium which sits in the varsity campus).

    Burgess will speak on how this almost 13,000-seat project was quite unique because all of the seats were custom-designed specifically for Hayward Field. These seats were fully upholstered and are being used in an outdoor and rainy environment. There were quite a few challenges which SERIES Seating overcame and a new company has been created as a result of this project which he would introduce in the online session.

    Steve Burgess bio Vice-President, Sales, SERIES Seating, US

  • 9:15 am PT

    Las Vegas Raiders up the ante in a COVID-19 world

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Las Vegas Raiders visualImage: Matt Aguirre & Las Vegas Raiders

    The Las Vegas Raiders are a professional American football team based in the Las Vegas (US) metropolitan area. The Raiders compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the league’s American Football Conference West division. The Raiders’ new home is the elegant Allegiant Stadium – the domed facility which sits at ‘Sin City’ in the State of Nevada.

    The Raiders’ plush new facility is simply captivating and they played their first home game against the New Orleans Saints at Allegiant Stadium on September 21st, 2020. Playing in such a sleek facility before fans would have been like cherry on the cake for the Raiders. But, that was not to be as COVID-19 played spoilsport.

    In this online conference, Panos Pappas will speak on the above point as to ‘how does a team open a new stadium, in a new City, to a new fan base in the middle of a pandemic when no fans will be allowed to enter the stadium for the entire inaugural season?’

    Panos will also be discussing the many challenges posed due to fixtures being held sans spectators along with some of the events (virtual and non-virtual) they have scheduled throughout the year in order to keep fan engagement and interest intact and ensure that it is not on the wane.

    Panos Pappas bio Director, Premium Service, Las Vegas Raiders, US

  • 9:30 am PT

    Green Bay Packers chant cashless mantra

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Green Bay Packers visualImage: greenbay.com

    The Green Bay Packers are a professional American football team based in Green Bay, Wisconsin (US). The Packers compete in the National Football League (NFL) as a member club of the National Football Conference North division.

    Charlie Millerwise will speak in this online assembly as to how going cashless has become imperative looking into the grim coronavirus scenario the world over. Of late, NFL teams are jumping on to the cashless bandwagon. Packers’ home ground Lambeau Field recently switched on to the cashless mode.

    Millerwise will explain how by shifting to cashless, the Packers can continue building on their recent renovations aimed at making transactions throughout the stadium faster and simpler to allow fans to spend their time having fun and cheering on the Packers. Going cashless will also help fans and employees to stay safe and healthy.

    Charlie Millerwise Director, Development & Hospitality, Green Bay Packers, US

  • 9:45 am PT

    Q&A from the online audience

  • Conference stream: Venue EXPERIENCE

    Zoom panel 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time

    How do we define fan experience? Is it just about ordering a beer with a click on a smartphone or the thrill of betting on your favorite teams? What are the strategies of stadiums/arenas that cater to the needs of fans and add values to their experiences? Do we have tools or techniques to measure fan experience? What about the right prices? Do venue apps really deliver valuable content? Are loyalty programs of venues any better or worse than the ones run by airlines and rent-a-car firms? Find the answers to all these questions, and much more…

    Bernie Mullin bio Chairman & Founder, The Aspire Group Inc., US

  • 10:30 am PT

    Seattle Sounders (sound) fans first policy

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Seattle Sounders visualImage: Seattle Sounders

    Seattle Sounders FC is an American professional soccer club based in Seattle, Washington (US). The Sounders compete as a member of the Western Conference of Major League Soccer (MLS). The club was established on November 13, 2007, and began play in 2009 as an MLS expansion team.

    Bart Wiley will put across the point in this virtual session as to how Seattle Sounders has always attempted to follow the fan first ‘mantra’. Now in their 13th season in the top US domestic league, the Sounders engage fans in the stadium with now established traditions, a unified fan base, and a team that has made it to the playoffs each year in the league - winning two MLS Cup Championships along the way.

    Wiley will also discuss the COVID-19 issue which has almost unnerved the sports venue sector and provide inputs to the following questions - how will the Sounders come out of this unprecedented health emergency, how will they look to engage, take care of, and galvanize their fan base? Are traditions enough to capture the hearts of fans for multiple years? How will the stadium/fan experience differ than that of previous years taking into cognizance the coronavirus scenario which has led to many countries either not allowing supporters into the stadium fold or doing so in a limited manner?

    Bart Wiley bio COO, Seattle Sounders FC, US

  • 10:45 am PT

    Seattle Kraken add tech teeth

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Seattle Kraken visualImage: Seattle Kraken & OVG

    The Seattle Kraken is the National Hockey League (NHL’s) 32nd franchise, and will begin play in the 2021-22 seasons. They are a professional ice hockey expansion team based in Seattle, US.

    Todd Humphrey will speak in this virtual symposium about Seattle Kraken playing in the newly-named Climate Pledge Arena in Washington which will serve as their residence.

    Humphrey will also talk about the team utilizing technology throughout the arena and developing their own mobile application, all with an eye to improving every aspect of the fans’ experience. From transportation to ticketing and transactions, technology will play a key role in improving the overall fan experience.

    Todd Humphrey SVP Digital Fan Experience, Seattle Kraken, US

  • 11 am PT

    Pfeifer’s roof role in SoFi Stadium

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Pfeifer visualImage: SoFi Stadium

    Pfeifer is the world’s largest and most experienced lightweight structures specialty contractor. With over 1,400 employees and offices located in 20 countries around the globe, Pfeifer offers vertically integrated project delivery solutions on every project. Pfeifer’s primary focus is providing superior service to its clients.

    In this virtual assembly, Ian Wright will explain how Pfeifer delivered the roof of the SoFi Stadium, home of the Los Angeles Rams and Los Angeles Chargers, the largest cablenet and ETFE single-skin clad stadium in the world, working as part of a first-class project team.

    He will also highlight in this virtual as to the benefits of integrating Pfeifer into the project team in a design-assist role during the early phases of project planning, including specific benefits realized for SoFi Stadium.

    Ian Wright bio Director, Pre-Construction, Pfeifer, US

  • Conference stream: AUDIOVISUAL Solutions & BRAND Development

    Zoom panel 9-10 am Pacific Time

    AUDIOVISUAL Solutions

    No longer is it enough for fans to come to a stadium, sit in a seat and watch a game or other event. Venues face competition from fans’ own homes, where they have high-definition TVs and easy access to snacks, beverages and other amenities. To get fans in the door, sports teams and venues must offer much more than a game; they need to deliver a compelling experience. New audiovisual (AV) technologies are the foundation of modern fan engagement.

    A wide range of AV solutions is essential to these efforts. Stadiums and arenas are employing massive video boards as the centerpiece of many venues, giving fans a central place to focus their attention when it’s not on the action. Video walls, ribbons and individual displays,advanced audio systems, mobile applications — even next-generation technologies such as virtual reality and augmented reality — are coming into play. The use cases for these technologies vary just as widely. In addition to providing in-house entertainment for fans, they are used for wayfinding, advertising, digital menus, fan information, even security.

    Dan Goldstein bio Chief Marketing Officer, AVIXA, US

  • BRAND Development

    Over the years, branding has become one of the core strategies of any business. It plays a pivotal role in marketing and business development. In the field of stadium business, it isn’t the stadium alone that needs brand development. In fact, much of the branding strategy involves the sports clubs that the stadiums represent. As clubs go about increasingly looking for international investors, the focus on brand visibility seems to have gained prominence.

    Most clubs these days employ a strong squad of international business development professionals in a bid to come up with innovative and unique branding solutions. After all, branding could be the key difference between striking a deal or losing one. Ultimately, the stadium business sector becomes the true beneficiary of such branding exercise. The new funding and revenues generated by brand development is eventually ploughed back into building training grounds and new stadiums.

  • 9 am PT

    FC Helsingør fulcrum of football talent development

    FC Helsingør - topic visual 2020Image: FC Helsingør

    FC Helsingør is a Danish football club from Helsingør, Denmark. The club plays in the Danish 1st Division, having been recently promoted after winning the Danish 2nd Division.

    Jordan Gardner will touch on several topics in this virtual conference -international football investment, multiclub ownership, and the trend of American ownership in European football. This trend is best manifested by American investor Gardner who himself has invested in several football clubs across Europe, including FC Helsingør.

    Gardner will also discuss how the elite football clubs of Europe – England, Italy, Spain, France, and Germany has proved to be the driving force behind American ownership in European football. After Russian and Middle-East investors, it’s the American who is scooping up football clubs in Europe leading to the shifting axis of European football. He will also talk about how within the growing football industry, multiclub ownership has become increasingly commonplace over the past decade.

    Jordan Gardner bio Chairman of the Board, FC Helsingør, Denmark

  • 9:15 am PT

    IQONIQ’s (icon) ic offers bowl over fans

    IQONIQ - topic visual 2020Image: IQONIQ

    IQONIQ is a new fan engagement platform that exclusively targets the sports and entertainment world.

    In this online assembly, Kazim Atilla will bring into focus the platform’s modus operandi - how by combining all the modern-day features of fandom into a single platform, IQONIQ provides fans with a unique fan club which offers more personal, more rewarding and more purposeful experiences and engagements with their favorite star individuals and organizations.

    Kazim Atilla bio Founder & CEO, IQONIQ, Netherlands

  • Conference stream: Venue DESTINATION

    Zoom panel 10:30-11:30 am Pacific Time

    Sports sell places. How do you ensure that the spectators come to the venue earlier, stay longer, have more fun and in the process help generate more revenue? Many stadiums nowadays are conceptualized as destinations – for visitors and the neighborhood, the so called community stadiums. These stadiums will have to respond to local needs else they will never make profit. Stadiums are more than just a place to watch the game. Involving theme parks is bound to add value to the best practices and experiences for destination creation.

    Ryan Gedney bio National Design Director, HNTB, US

  • 10:30 am PT

    Banc of California Stadium leave fans spoilt for choice

    LAFC - topic visual 2020Image: LAFC

    The futuristic and al fresco Banc of California Stadium – located in the heart of Los Angeles in Exposition Park – is home to the Los Angeles Football Club. The 22,000-seat soccer-specific world class venue which opened in April 2018 offers unrivaled guest experience and recently received the LEED Gold Certification for its green building practices, commitment to environmental responsibility and overall sustainability. Their complimentary stadium fare is serviced to seats and fans are spoilt for choice when it comes to entertainment options like a visit to the park and the nearby museums. This session will deliberate on how the stadium has raised the bar when it comes to fan experience and the privately-funded venue stands testament to the job opportunity it has created for the community.

    Benny Tran bio SVP, Development & Strategy, Los Angeles FC, US

  • 10:45 am PT

    Phoenix Rising FC on Rhode Island (rising) mission

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - Phoenix Rising visualImage: Phoenix Rising

    Brett M. Johnson is the Co-Chairman of Phoenix Rising Football Club (FC) an American professional soccer team based in Phoenix, Arizona (US). Founded in 2014 as Arizona United Soccer Club, the team is a member of the United Soccer League (USL) Championship, the second tier of the American soccer league system.

    In addition, Brett Johnson is the founder of Fortuitous Partners and he will throw light in this online session about the Tidewater Landing project – a $400m sports-anchored mixed-used real estate development on the waterfront of Pawtucket, Rhode Island (US). The whole project is in the public-private partnership (PPP) mode in sync with the City of Pawtucket, State of Rhode Island (US) and Fortuitous Partners.

    Johnson will explain how the development will completely transform the Seekonk River waterfront with new public riverwalks, pedestrian bridge, park space with over 400 units of multifamily apartments, corporate office, restaurants and retail space, hotel and an indoor sports event/community center. The anchor of the project is a new 8,000-seat stadium that will be home to Rhode Island’s new USL Championship soccer franchise.

    Brett M. Johnson Co-Chairman, Phoenix Rising FC, US

  • 11 am PT

    tvsdesign push for soccer-specific stadia

    Coliseum Online Week US 2020 - tvsdesign visualImage: tvsdesign

    Atlanta (US)-headquartered tvsdesign is a collaborative architecture and interior design firm with 50 years of experience in planning, architecture and interior design. The firm’s passion for design excellence produces insightful solutions for numerous markets including sports, public assembly, retail, office, and hospitality.

    In this online conclave, Chris Lamberth will give an insight into how the growth of professional soccer in the US over the past 25 years has accelerated in recent years - built off the success of both Major League Soccer (MLS) and United Soccer League (USL) clubs. With over 80 teams located coast-to-coast in markets large and small, the need for soccer specific stadiums and facilities is critical to continued success.

    Within this framework Lamberth will talk on how building from local culture, these soccer stadiums are reflective of the community and the club. In this session, he will present an approach that TVS is exploring with the USL Championship San Diego Loyal (American professional soccer team based in San Diego, California) as an option for their new soccer-specific stadium.

    Chris Lamberth bio Principal, tvsdesign, US

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