The ESSMA Summit 2018: Day 2

The participants separated into different tracks: Operations & Ticketing, Fan Experience & Engagement, Pitch Management, Stadium Development, Safety & Security, Fan Experience & Hospitality and SMART & Innovation.

Participants in the Operations & Ticketing track, heard insights from Tine De Groote, Marketing Manager at KV Oostende, and Pierre Venayre, General Director at Stade Rochelais.

Delivering data on the latest developments and trends in the Fan Experience & Engagement track was delivered by Alberto Colombo, Deputy General Secretary at EPFL, Mats Enquist, CEO at Swedish League, Roger Brosel, Head of Content and Programming at LaLiga, and Julio Tarrega Diez, Audiovisual Manager at Valencia CF.

In the Pitch Management track, Majella Smyth, Head Groundsman at Aviva Stadium welcomed everyone. The session was delivered by Ole Myhrvold, Facility Manager of Norwegian Football Federation, Yves de Cocker of GrassMaster Solutions and Yasser Al Mulla, Senior Manager of the Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC).

Eric Hart, Head of Tampa Sports Authority – Managing Raymond James Stadium – provided details on the latest developments at the Authority-managed venues and Sylvain Caliman, Stadium Manager of Stade du Hameau, outlined the three construction phases of the new Section Paloise project, during the Stadium Development track, focusing on the key takeaways and lessons learned.

Cleverciti Systems also provided details on their parking sensor solutions.

The Safety & Security track heard from Eaman O’Boyle, Health & Safety Officer at Leinster
Rugby, Dirk Piens, Head of Organisation and Infrastructure at KAA Gent, Darren Crossman, Facilities and Safety Director at Principality Stadium, Leighton Jones, Head of Security at Fulham FC, and Paul Dodds, UK Country Manager at Genetec.

The Fan Experience & Hospitality track received insights from; Martina Flood, Head
of Catering Operations at Aviva Stadium, and Rob Toussaint, Commercial Director at Heracles Almelo.

The speakers for the SMART & Innovation track were: Michael Lloyd, Deputy Safety Manager at Arsenal FC and BASIS member, Matt Allen, Member of BASIS, and Umut Kutlu, Chief Marketing Officer at Besiktas JK.

Oliver Sahm of Bosch, also provided attendees with a presentation on Sound Reinforcement in Stadia.

For Stadium Development II – Future Trends, participants heard from Yasser, Matthias Eiles, Advisor at Football Infrastructure, German Football Association, and Wojciech Rokicki, Project Director at Legia Warsaw.

There was also a Q&A session with John Beattie – Stadium & Facility Director at Arsenal FC, and Musco Lighting – on LED Lighting for stadiums. /