E: info@sportsvenuebusiness.com

O2 retains naming-rights to The O2 Arena for another decade

Almost a decade ago, The O2 was transformed from a ‘white elephant’ into the world’s most successful music and entertainment venue when Bon Jovi burst onto the stage. On February 23, the venue announced that they’d struck a deal with O2 for them to remain the naming rights partner for another 10 years.


Texas Tech replaces 11-year-old FieldTurf system

The Texas Tech Red Raiders know how to find talent. Back in 2006, the program unveiled their first FieldTurf surface and went on to upset the #1-ranked Texas Longhorns in 2008. In recent weeks, school officials confirmed that they would be replacing the existing 11-year-old FieldTurf field at Jones AT&T Stadium with a new FieldTurf Classic HD system.


Main Contractor announced for 2022 FIFA World Cup™ stadium

The Supreme Committee for Delivery & Legacy (SC) – the organisation responsible for delivering the stadiums and infrastructure required for the 2022 FIFA World Cup™ – has announced the Main Contractor (MC) for the stadium being built in Al Thumama, with Qatari construction giant AlJaber Engineering LLC (JEC) and leading Turkish construction firm, Tekfen Construction, confirmed as joint-venture (JV) partners.


POWERING UP: Leicester City upgrade King Power Stadium’s accessibility

Leicester City Football Club (LCFC) has confirmed that a stadium-wide upgrade of the facilities available for supporters with disabilities has taken place, helping to ensure King Power Stadium is accessible for all.


Watpac scores contractor role for stadium mega-screens

Queensland’s live sport fans and concert goers will soon feel even closer to the on-field action, with Watpac today announced as the project contractor to deliver new screens at The Gabba and Suncorp Stadium.


Pocket Palz



Patent-pending smartphone holder for seatbacks, restrooms or beside outlets to charge your phone.




Headquartered and manufactured in the United States, but can be shipped anywhere in the world.




Our innovative and durable smartphone holder is ideal for applications across your personal and professional life. There are more active mobile devices on the planet (over 7.2 billion) than people according to GSMA Intelligence. There are over 2 billion smartphones projected by the end of 2016. Pocket Palz® are the Safe, Secure, Sanitary and Convenient place to keep your smartphone handy. The smart home for smartphones™ in venues! Pocket Palz® is an innovative and functional outdoor and indoor medium to connect your key Sponsors with hundreds, thousands, even tens of thousands of your fans.


Pocket Palz® offers a unique, high visibility exposure opportunity for your Sponsors to reach their target market and is ADA Compliant.




We have installed over 500 Pocket Palz® for The University of North Carolina at Wilmington in their baseball stadium on seatbacks and in restrooms. As well as The Lowell Spinners baseball team in MA, and the Inland Empire 66ers in CA. We’re waiting on many more teams/stadiums/sponsors to place orders soon!


Pocket Palz® are perfect for VIP suites and are a great advertising platform



Full company name: Pocket Palz®

Contact person: Anne Brewer

Address: PO Box 16301, Wilmington, NC, 28408, United States

Email: anne@pocketpalz.com

Tel: +1-910-399-4529

URL: www.pocketpalz.com




Stadiums in the USA are encouraging (begging) fans to bring their smartphones to games – but discouraging (not allowing) bags or purses. That leaves us carrying our smartphones in our pockets and/or holding them in our lap. With Pocket Palz® installed in front of you (at your knee) it’s the perfect solution so you can be hands free!


This is great link to our local TV station: http://www.pocketpalz.com/news/ 


– Anne Brewer, Founder & CEO, Pocket Palz®














Amsterdam ArenA signs contract for new hybrid system

Six months after installing a hybrid pitch, Amsterdam ArenA will continue their cooperation with FieldTurf Benelux by choosing ‘PlayMaster’, the new Lay & Play system by Tarkett Sports. FieldTurf Benelux will install the hybrid surface, de Enk Groen & Golf will be responsible for the maintenance and monitoring.


Liverpool FC unveil plans for new training complex at Kirkby

Following on from last week’s joint announcement by Liverpool Football Club (LFC) and Knowsley Metropolitan Borough Council’s (KMBC) of plans for a new state-of-the-art training complex in Kirkby, the project details have gone out for public consultation and a project video has been released.


FC Barcelona employs software to improve management of its worldwide sponsorship sales

Iconic sports franchise FC Barcelona has selected KORE ProSports Sponsorship™ from KORE Software to improve the management related to its worldwide sponsorship sales and activation.


Detroit Lions unveil design concepts for Ford Field renovation

The Detroit Lions have unveiled a US$44m design renovation plan of Ford Field’s hospitality areas. ROSSETTI, headquartered in Detroit with nearly 100 employees in its downtown offices, is the design architect for the renovation. The firm is also the original designer of the stadium, which opened in 2002.


Time to change the stadium security mindset: Are you on board?

In the first part of this Featured Article from security expert James A. DeMeo M.S.Subject Matter Expert-Event Security, Consultant, Trainer, Speaker, Servant Leader, Game Changerwe learn about the vital role of stadium security and why everyone needs to be on board.



SVB Industry Directory: Your indispensable guide

The highly anticipated Sports Venue Business (SVB) Industry Directory is now ‘live’, with the first raft of companies listed, and with many more to follow over the coming days and weeks, it provides an indispensable guide to sports architecture & design firms, contracting & engineering companies, producers & suppliers, event organisers, and now even the venues themselves!


Update regarding the Kai Tak Sports Park project

Hong Kong’s Home Affairs Bureau (HAB) has this week confirmed new and updated information regarding the highly anticipated Kai Tak Sports Park project, which will feature a 50,000-seat, retractable roof stadium at the heart of this sports and community orientated development.


Crawford Architects


INDUSTRY SECTOR: Planning, Architecture and Interior Design


COUNTRIES/REGIONS WHERE ACTIVE: North America and Asia – Head Office, Kansas City, United States, office also in Sydney, Australia.


COMPANY INTRODUCTIONCrawford Architects is a successful and an award-winning international planning, architecture and interiors design firm. We specialise in large public assembly projects for professional and collegiate sports teams, convention centres, sports medicine and mixed-use developments. Our work represents more than US$4.1bn of construction.


Crawford Architects are known for our ability ensure that our project assignments are planned and designed in such a way that they integrate public spaces into the fabric of the community, bringing the ‘wow factor’ to all aspects of the development. One that compliments the overall architectural approach of a project by seeking material and system selections that are appropriate and sustainable with an eye toward visual impact, expediency and cost effectiveness.




The Dana J. Dykhouse Stadium, a 19,100-seat facility, was designed to be fully flexible for the team, to bring fans as close to the field as possible to provide a home field advantage and to accommodate community events. ©Randy Braley Photography

Petroleum Convention 2009 at Darwin Cove Convention & Exhibition Centre: The Darwin Cove Convention and Exhibition Centre in Darwin Cove, NT, Australia was named one of the top exhibition complexes in the world in 2016.

Minnesota Vikings Corporate HQ and training facilities: The Minnesota Vikings’ 300,000-gross-square-foot corporate headquarters and training facility features full-sized playing fields, indoor practice facility and other amenities. ©Crawford Architects

Pegula Ice Arena: The 227,000-square-foot Pegula Ice Arena is home to the Pennsylvania State University’s Division I hockey program and includes a 6,000-seat main arena, locker rooms, weight rooms and other features.



Full company name: Crawford Architects, LLC

Contact person: Stacey Jones

Address: 1801 Main St., Ste. 200, Kansas City, MO, 64108, United States

Email: stacey.jones@crawford-usa.com

Tel: +1 816.421.2640

Web/URL: www.crawfordarch.com



We’re passionate people. We work hard, we play hard. We believe good design can be a vehicle for a business to be more successful. We are intimately familiar with the process and issues associated with these projects, and we are recognized for our planning expertise, innovative design capabilities, accurate documentation and timely delivery of our work product.




Wayfinding masterplanners: GJandH


Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD)



ALSD Membership

27th Annual ALSD Conference and Tradeshow

4th Annual Design and Build Forum

3rd Annual Sports Sales Bootcamp



The ALSD Conference and Tradeshow has 1,300 attendees from all over the world, with the majority of attendees coming from North America.


In 2018, the Association delivered the first event outside of the States, ALSD International, which drew some 251 registered attendees from clubs & teams, stadia & arenas, sports venues, leagues & federations, architecture & design firms, producers & suppliers.



The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) was established in 1990 to provide a single platform for our member teams and venues with accurate and timely information from across all layers of the premium seat industry in stadiums and arenas throughout North America with a growing global reach. With its integrated marketing and advertising programs, the ALSD is also positioned to link buyers and sellers, including vendors, suppliers, and food and beverage concessionaires for the venue marketplace.


Our team is committed to organising, supporting and developing a network for suite directors and team/facility executives to share information, ideas and values with one another in order to ensure profit and quality for all. We are passionate about assisting teams and venues in providing premium seat patrons with superior service, state-of-the-art amenities and an overall exceptional experience. We aim to be the ultimate voice and accredited resource for individuals and organisations involved in the premium seat and design and build industries.


ALSD at Consol Energy Center

ALSD International – Europe’s leading conference and exhibition for the Premium Seat sector – is coming to Croke Park, Europe’s third largest stadium, in the beautiful city of Dublin this October 28-29, 2019.


The high-level event will examine premium seating and how to increase revenue with new builds, renovations and service expansions, as well as new F&B offerings. All aspects of the niche will be discussed and dissected by a variety of high calibre experts at the second edition of this industry-leading event, from architecture and design, through to VIP access, premium sales, client retention, sponsorship, innovative technology, products, solutions and fit-outs.


Attendees will benefit from a comprehensive conference program, during which they will hear insights from a range of industry leaders, as well as unrivalled networking opportunities, in addition to behind-the-scenes tours of Croke Park, the 82,300-seat home of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Aviva Stadium, the 50,000-seat joint home of the Football Association of Ireland and Irish Rugby Football Union, and the 9,000-seat 3Arena, one of the Top 10 busiest live entertainment venues in the world.


Croke Park, Europe’s third largest stadium, will host the 2019 edition of ALSD International. The inaugural event, held in London, drew 251 registered attendees and 60+ high calibre speakers from across Europe and North America



ALSD member venues represent 30,000 suites, 900,000 club seats and multiple new builds and renovations each year.



Full company name: The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD)

Contact person: Max Snyder

Address: 10017 McKelvey Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231, United States

Email: max@alsd.com

Tel: +1-513-674-0555

URL: alsd.com



ALSD International

Contact person: Katie McIntyre

Email: katie@alsd.com

Tel: +353 (0)44 9335212

URL: alsdinternational.com


ALSD International 2018 drew 251 registered attendees and featured 60+ high calibre speakers from across Europe and North America



The Association of Luxury Suite Directors devotes itself to providing a single platform for our members that fosters interaction and access across all layers of the premium seat marketplace. As the leading resource to premium seat directors and team/facility executives, ALSD delivers uncommon insight into the marketing, branding and operation strategies that guide their actions. Every day we work to establish and maintain individual relationships that promote first-class service to our valued members.


Main image, top: ALSD 2016 Design & Build Forum