ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association)



At ESSMA, you are part of an established network of passionate individuals with a wealth of knowledge in the stadium management industry. ESSMA offers a platform to stadium professionals where they can share, learn and discuss topics related to ESSMA’s areas of expertise:


  • Stadium Development
  • Operations & Ticketing
  • Sustainability & Smart Stadiums
  • Safety & Security
  • Fan Entertainment & Hospitality
  • Pitch Management




European focus, but ESSMA allows non-European stadiums and organisations to join the Association.



ESSMA is built around 3 pillars: events, business intelligence, and strategic support.


We offer an inspirational range of events for members to connect, learn and evolve with other like-minded professionals. Our carefully designed workshops and tours along with our flagship Annual Summit stimulate knowledge sharing while adding value.


ESSMA carefully collects a wide range of data from its vast stadium network. We provide members with up-to-date, easy to understand data, analysing actual stadium development projects. ESSMA conducts valuable case studies to share best practice guidelines and insights from its experienced membership-base. Thanks to our Stadium In Construction database, we can offer an extensive overview of the industry, along with in-depth analysis of specific projects.


ESSMA aims to offer the right strategic support for every member. Whether it’s providing professional film solutions for events or helping with a bespoke communication strategy, ESSMA is there to help.


To get a quick, relevant and detailed response from industry experts to stadium related queries, ESSMA developed the Ask ESSMA service. A practical and educational program, ESSMA’s Join the ‘X’ Manager gives stadium professionals the unique opportunity to experience match-day preparations with other stadium management professionals to help increase their management knowledge and practical experience.


ESSMA hosts an Annual Summit for its members to network, knowledge-share and do business



ESSMA Workshops: our educational workshops are offered throughout the year to inspire members and to share expertise.


ESSMA Tours: our stadium tours are carefully designed to make sure you learn the practicalities of stadium management from the best. They offer an unbeatable opportunity to build relationships and improve your network.


ESSMA Summit: the ESSMA Summit is our marquee event of the year, bringing together our members to discuss hot topics and trends in the stadium industry underpinned by inspiring keynote sessions. If you’re in the stadium industry, the ESSMA Summit is the event of the year.



Full company name: ESSMA, the European Stadium and Safety Management Association

Contact person: Gert-Jan Cuypers

Address: Tiensesteenweg 168 H 602 3800 Sint-Truiden, Belgium


Tel: +32 487 78 68 94




ESSMA always strives to deliver the best possible support to its members. Our core values: friendship, respect, excellence, teamwork and integrity shine through in everything we do.



Above: ESSMA Summit 2017 Workshop


Forthcoming ESSMA events include: EU Stadium Tour | Global Stadium Tour



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