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Trends, Technologies and Techniques Defining the Sports Stadium
In the five years before ISE 2018, SVG Europe had staged the Sports Venue Technology Summit at ISE, providing a valuable opportunity to find out more about the changing technological composition and applications of the modern sports stadium.
For 2018, SVG Europe partnered with leading venue publication PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine to create a brand new event, Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit. This expanded the focus to consider other areas related to the overall experience of the modern stadium – in particular the design approaches, operational methods and technologies geared towards enhancing fan engagement.
Now a full-day summit with multiple networking opportunities, Sports Venue and Fan Engagement Summit featured panels and presentations from leading broadcasters, service providers, vendors, architects, designers and consultants. With a number of new landmark stadiums and arenas due to open over the next few years, the event captured an important moment in time – as the needs and expectations of the modern sports venue continue to evolve rapidly.
09:30-10:00 Registration & Coffee
10:00-10:10 Opening Remarks from SVG Europe and PanStadia & Arena Management Presenters: David Davies, SVG Europe, Editor John Sheehan, PanStadia & Arena Management, Editor
10:10-11:00 Stadiums Present and Future: Design Trends and Operational Changes (Pan Stadia Curated Session)
In recent times the increased expectations placed on new stadiums and arenas has led to much closer cooperation between architects, venue operators and project stakeholders. This opening panel will explore how understanding the requirements of modern sports venues and designing them to be adaptable and flexible is key to ensuring that they meet the differing expectations of operators, sports people and spectators alike. Moderator: John Sheehan, PanStadia & Arena Management, Editor Panellists include (more to be confirmed): Peter Ayres,AECOM, Director Buildings + Places Paul Brislin, Arup, Director and Architect
11:10-12:10 Even Closer to the Action (SVG Europe Curated Session)
From higher-resolution displays and superior audio reinforcement in stadiums, to the increased accessibility of related content on mobile devices, huge amounts of time and money are being invested in bringing sports fans even closer to the action. In this panel, broadcasters and vendors will consider the latest innovations in fan engagement, and how technologies used within the stadium and beyond can complement or contrast with each other. Moderator: David Davies, SVG Europe, Editor Panellists: Charlie Marshall, Supponor, COO Ryan Jespersen, Wowza Media Systems, Regional Manager, Europe, Middle East and Africa Hassan Peymani, Volcano City, Director/Co-Founder Nik Selman, Formidable, Managing Director
13:15-14:15 New Initiatives to Engage with Fans and Maximise Revenue Streams (PanStadia Curated Session) Two critical challenges for sports venue operators and tenant teams are to maximise their revenue channels whilst meeting the fans increasingly demanding expectations of a memorable ‘live’ stadium or entertainment experience. This panel will share their experiences and opinions on initiatives to enhance the game day experience, increase fan loyalty whilst maximising the ability to generate new revenue streams and enhancing existing ones. Moderator: John Sheehan, PanStadia & Arena Management, Editor Panellists include (more to be confirmed): James Middling, Mott Macdonald, Global Head of Sports and Events
14:15-15:00 Get Yourself Connected: IP Networking and the Stadium of the Future (SVG Europe Curated Session)
Ask any integrator or consultant to identify the most important single element of the contemporary stadium and they are very likely to confirm that ‘it’s all about the network’. Designing and building networks that can cope with the expectations of today, as well as support expansion for those of tomorrow, is no small challenge, and has been an abiding preoccupation at most landmark venues constructed over the last few years. This closing panel of the day will consider whether there is any such thing as a standard network topology at a modern stadium, and identify the design approaches and techniques that can result in a truly futureproofed venue. Moderator: Roland Hemming, RH Consulting, Founder/Consultant
15:00-15:30 One to One Interview (PanStadia Curated Session)
In addition to moderating a panel on IP-based infrastructures at sports venues, leading consultant Roland Hemming will also participate in a closing 1-2-1 conversation with SVG Europe Editor David Davies at the Sports Venue & Fan Engagement Summit, which takes place on 8 February during ISE 2018. A leading audio consultant and project manager, Roland Hemming’s extensive experience covers almost every aspect of live audio. He was the audio manager, working for the client, managing the two largest audio projects in the world: the Millennium Dome and the 2012 Olympic Games. He is the founder of RH Consulting and continues to work on major venue and event audio projects around the world.
During his 1-2-1 conversation at Sports Venue & Fan Engagement Summit, Hemming will discuss his involvement with the current revision of the BS 7827 standard, which provides a cost of practice for designing, specifying, maintaining and operating emergency sound systems at sports venues. He will also touch upon a separate programme of work that entails the production of a new code of practice regarding counter-terrorism and sports/entertainment venues. Hemming will also discuss some specific current projects for RH Consulting, including audio upgrades at Derby County Football Club in the UK, and at Amsterdam Arena in the Netherlands.