ESSMA Summit 2017 to be hosted at Parc Olympique Lyonnais: EURO 2016 host stadium

The third ESSMA Summit will be held at Parc Olympique Lyonnais in Lyon, France, from 16 to 18 January 2017. This must-attend stadium industry event is organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with the EPFL, ECA and the ICSS.


On Day One of this three-day event, attendees will be treated to a Stadium Development Seminar, which will divulge details on the latest stadium new build and renovation projects from across Europe, including Chelsea FC’s stadium development and Stadium Kantrida; the new Croatian stadium. This opening session will provide insights into different ongoing stadium projects: stimulating the exchange of knowledge, showing the potential impact of stadium developments and sharing future projects.


On Day Two, owners, operators and developers of stadiums and arenas will be invited to bring together the European sports venue industry under one roof. Inspiring keynote sessions from other industries will also be included to describe some of the latest initiatives and solutions when it comes to successful brand activation.


During the Summit, delegates will also be able to avail of extensive stadium tours, which will be organised by the Olympique Lyonnais staff members, to show the high level of Fan Experience available at Parc OL; highlighted by the stadium’s connectivity, including: Wi-Fi, mobile app, in-seat delivery, etc.


On the Day Three – the last day of the ESSMA Summit – attendees will be able to choose between 12 in-depth workshops on four stadium related topics:
– Fan Entertainment
– Stadium Management
– Safety & Security Management
– Pitch Management


Each participant will benefit from the opportunity to define a personal workshop selection, based on individual preferences.

The ESSMA Summit is a fantastic event to broaden your network in the stadium industry and to link-up with European colleagues in a unique setting.

To secure your place at the unmissable ESSMA Summit 2017, simply go to:

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About the host venue: Parc Olympique Lyonnais

Located in the commune of Decines-Charpieu, 10km east of central Lyon, the stadium forms part of a complex stretched over 50 hectares and featuring a training ground for OL as well as hotels and office buildings.

This new generation stadium is open 365 days a year and offers a unique experience to its spectators in proposing connected services, which revolutionise the “stadium experience”.

Constructed under the project name Grand Stade OL, the finished venue consists of three tiers. The stadium replaces the Stade de Gerland, OL’s home since 1950.

Parc Olympique Lyonnais staged its first game on 9 January 2016, when OL beat Troyes 4-1 in their Ligue 1 home opener.

The stadium also hosted six matches during UEFA’s EURO 2016 championships, one of which was the semi final.


The European Stadium & Safety Management Association (ESSMA) is a non-profit organisation with the mission to provide a global platform where stadiums and clubs have the opportunity to share knowledge and expertise.


ESSMA focuses on four area’s of expertise:

  • Stadium Management
  • Safety Management
  • Pitch & Facility Management
  • Fan Entertainment


The Association currently has over 300 European stadium members and 17 league/federation members.


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NB: Sports Venue Business’ CEO & Founder, Katie McIntyre, will be on hand during the ESSMA Summit 2017 and will be publishing a post-event feature.

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