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Stadium Business Awards 2010

18th June 2010

The winners of the Stadium Business Awards in association with Guinness were announced today. The first awards to recognise achievements in the stadium industry, all aspects of the international stadium and sports venue sector were covered.

The awards ceremony took place during the Stadium Business Summit at the Guinness Storehouse in Dublin, in front of an audience of over 150 stadium industry professionals from around the globe.

Winners included Espanyol Stadium, Barcelona, for Venue of the Year; Wimbledon Centre Court’s retractable roof won Innovation of the Year; Dublin’s Croke Park picked up awards for both Sustainability and Safety while Wembley’s pitch won the Backlash Award.

Winners of the Stadium Business Awards 2010 with judging comments:

Venue of the Year
Winner: Espanyol Stadium, Barcelona, Spain
“…for showing that football clubs can have great, affordable stadiums without being saddled with debt and for embracing sustainable design into the stadium scheme from the outset...”

Event of the Year
Winner: Donbass Arena opening ceremony, Ukraine
“…for showing that fantastic stadium events, experiences and professional delivery can happen anywhere…”

Best Matchday Experience
Winner: Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster United), Doncaster, UK
“...for showing that great matchday experiences are not confined to just the top clubs…”

Innovation of the Year
Winner: Centre Court’s retractable roof, Wimbledon AELTC
“…for overcoming the technical challenges and delivering the project in such a way that allows Centre Court to retain its historic atmosphere…”

Executive of the Year
Winner: Patrik Meyer, CEO, Commerzbank Arena, Germany

“…for Patrik’s energy, enthusiasm and leadership... for taking Frankfurt’s Commerzbank Arena to the top of Europe’s multi-purpose, stadium entertainment spaces… and for his warmth and friendship to all in the industry…”

Unsung Hero Award
Winner: Everton FC’s ‘Stadium Department’, UK
“…for the team’s sterling service, often working above and beyond their normal duties… true dedicated ‘unsung heroes’ working behind the scenes at Goodison Park…”

Bulldozer Award
Winner: The Bird’s Nest/Beijing Olympic Stadium, China
“…for poor planning and execution in post-Games phase... since 2008 very few major events and really no legacy planning at all…”

Backlash Award
Winner: Wembley’s pitch fiasco
“…the problems continue... for the national football stadium to have a poor pitch is not acceptable…”

Team Player of the Year
Winner: Philip Johnson, Populous (London 2012 Olympic Stadium design team)
“…for coping with the pressures, expectations and demands of multiple stakeholders in delivering a world-class stadium…”

Safety Award
Winner: Croke Park Stadium, Dublin / training & management”
“…the record speaks for itself... 2008/2009 had over 4 million visitors without major issues...”

Sustainability Award
Winner: Croke Park Stadium’s CĂșl Green (Green Goal) Initiative, Dublin

“…for leading the way on environmental management of stadiums globally…”

Winner: Cowboys Stadium HD Video Board, Texas, USA
“…fantastic concept, amazing execution – when the stadium is competing with the living room, why not bring the living room into the stadium?...”