Previous winners

Venue of the Year

Winner: Cornellà-El Prat Stadium/RFC Espanyol, Barcelona, Spain
"...world-class stadium, with cost-effective design, entirely privately-financed and after many, many years of waiting, the club and its fans have a fantastic place to call home.... UEFA has already recognised its achievements... over 40,000 seats to international standards at a cost of less than €85m... showing the way in value-for-money"

Runner-up: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK
"...for continuing to showcase the best of stadium management... a desire to be a venue for all kinds of events... innovation with cashless payment... and a welcome 'can do' attitude and total focus on customer service"

Finalists:

  • Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK
  • The O2, London, UK
  • Twickenham Stadium, London, UK
  • Espanyol Stadium, Barcelona, Spain
  • Cowboys Stadium, Texas, USA
  • Donbass Arena, Donetsk, Ukraine

Event of the Year

Winner: Donbass Arena opening ceremony, Ukraine
“…for showing that fantastic stadium events, experiences and professional delivery can happen anywhere, when the right stadium management and creative teams are aligned…”

Finalists:

  • 1st nPower Ashes Test match at SWALEC Stadium, Cardiff
  • Opening ceremony Donbass Arena, Ukraine
  • Croke Park's 125th GAA Anniversary Show, Dublin
  • Paul McCartney in Concert, O2 Arena, London
  • Andy Murray at Wimbledon under a closed roof, London

Executive of the Year

Winner: Patrik Meyer, CEO, Commerzbank Arena, Germany

Finalists:

  • Glenn Delve, Group MD, Rose Bowl plc, UK
  • Patrik Meyer, CEO, Commerzbank Arena, Germany
  • Terry Stevens, Stevens & Associates, UK
  • Shane Chalmers, Head, Stadium Management Co., Keepmoat Stadium, UK
  • Russ Stanley, Managing VP, Ticket Services & Client Relations, San Francisco Giants, USA

Unsung Hero Award

Winner: Everton FC’s ‘Stadium Department’, UK

Finalists:

  • Paul Burgess, Grounds Manager, Real Madrid FC, Spain
  • Everton FC’s ‘Stadium Department’, UK
  • Paula Street, Lindley Group (Caterers) Area Manager, UK

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…”

Finalists:

  • Withdean Stadium, Brighton, UK
  • Fratton Park, Portsmouth, UK
  • The Bird’s Nest/Beijing Olympic Stadium, China

Backlash Award

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

Finalists:

  • Wembley’s pitch fiasco
  • Durban Stadium’s jammed Sky Ride, South Africa

Best Matchday Experience

Winner: Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster, UK
“...for turning around a suffering stadium, delivering new levels of customer service, re-connecting to the local community... and for showing that great matchday experiences are not confined to just the top clubs…”

Finalists:

  • Keepmoat Stadium (Doncaster United), Doncaster, UK
  • Grolsch Veste (The Grolsch Fortress/FC Twente), The Netherlands
  • Anfield Road (Liverpool FC), UK

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…”

Finalists:

  • Liz Cooper, Marketing Manager, Ricoh Arena, UK
  • Semih Usta, Sports Director, Besiktas JK, Turkey
  • Philip Johnson, Populous (London 2012 Olympic Stadium design team)

Safety Award

Winner: Croke Park Stadium, Ireland
“…the record speaks for itself... 2008/2009 had over 4 million visitors without major incident...”

Finalists:

  • Donbass Arena, Ukraine / intelligent CCTV System
  • Croke Park Stadium, Dublin / training & management
  • Emirates Stadium (Arsenal FC), London / matchday stewarding

Innovation of the Year

Winner: Centre Court’s movable roof, Wimbledon AELTC

Finalists:

  • Agilysys Cash Reconciliation System at Twickenham Stadium
  • SkyView visitor attraction at the Ericsson Globe, Stockholm/Sweden
  • Centre Court’s retractable roof, Wimbledon – AELTC
  • DallasCowboysMaps.com travel advisory service
  • Payment Solution / JustPay contactless smart cards

Sustainability Award

Winner: Croke Park Stadium’s Cúl Green (Green Goal) Initiative, Dublin
“…for leading the way on environmental management of stadiums globally…”

Finalists:

  • Installation of photovoltaic roof, Ullevi Stadium, Sweden
  • Croke Park Stadium’s Cúl Green (Green Goal) Initiative, Dublin
  • VANOC – Vancouver Organising Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games

Creativity

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?...”

Finalists:

  • Museo River at River Plate FC, Argentina
  • Cowboys Stadium HD Video Board, Texas, USA
  • Emirates Stadium banner-wrapping, London
  • Sunderland’s Stadium of Light 2009 events calendar, UK
  • Ricoh Arena’s ticket marketing offers, UK