Event Preview: Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013

MEI speaks to Katie McIntyre, head of audience development for Stadia & Arena Events, the organiser of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013 (21-23 May 2013).

Please describe what your event's aims and ambitions are?

“Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013 promises to offer the most comprehensive conference programme, covering all aspects of sports venue design, operation and revenue-enhancement, with no less than 50 of the industry’s elite as speakers. High-level representatives from clubs, teams, leagues and federations including Euroleague Basketball, European Minifootball League, French Football League, FC Barcelona, FC Zenit, FC Porto, Galatasary, IRFU, and VTB Arena, as well as industry-leaders such as AECOM, Agilysys, Arena One, Disney Institute, Mott MacDonald, Skidata, and The Lindley Group, are just some of the organisations that will benefit from the event’s extensive knowledge-sharing, learning and networking opportunities.”

How many years have you been holding your event?

“Stadia & Arena is one of the longest running events for the sports venue and live entertainment sector, having been in existence for the last 15 years and so benefits from longstanding relationships with the industry’s elite.”

Why did you choose Istanbul as the location for the event?

“Istanbul was chosen as the host city for this year’s Stadia & Arena event as it is one of the countries experiencing a building boom in its sports venue sector, with some 24 new and renovation projects and these will go ahead whether or not Istanbul is successful in its bid to host the 2020 Summer Olympics.”

How many people do you expect to attend the event and what can they expect from attending?

“The event has over 200 high-level industry professionals – from clubs & teams, leagues & federations, stadia and arenas, product and service suppliers etc – already confirmed to attend Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013, which will provide them with a plethora of knowledge-sharing, learning and networking opportunities.”

What are the main issues that will be covered in your conference sessions?

“The conference element of Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013 will feature the industry’s elite, from the director of sport at Istanbul 2020 to FC Barcelona’s presidential elect candidate and the director of facilities & investment at the Turkish Football Federation, and cover all aspects of sports venue design, operation and revenue enhancing solutions and products.”

Is there anything else you would like to tell us about your event?

“As the only event officially supported by the European Stadium & Safety Managers Association (ESSMA), there will be a large number of their members in attendance, as well as around 70 local sports officials. Stadia & Arena Istanbul 2013 also enjoys cross industry support from the likes of 360 Architecture, DDG, Gensler, Global Spectrum, ISS 24/7, KSS, Musco Lighting and Populous.”

How can MEI readers find out more about your event?

“Simply visit our website at: www.saevents.uk.com or contact head of audience development, Katie McIntyre, on Tel: +353 (0) 44 93 35212 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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