The ESSMA Summit is the go-to stadium industry event.

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The ESSMA Summit is the go-to stadium industry event organised by ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association) in partnership with ECA (European Club Association) and European Leagues.

Estádio do Dragão

The Estádio do Dragão is the example of a multifunctional and ecological venue and has a 50,033 seats capacity.

Keynotes & Seminars

The keynotes sessions and seminars on Day 1 and 2 will be linked to ESSMA’s areas of expertise.

Lisbon Stadium Tour

On 21 January, participants have the opportunity to take part in the Lisbon Stadium Tour (limited tickets available).


Who's speaking?

Discover the ESSMA Summit 2019 Speakers

Duncan Fraser

Míde Ní Shúilleabháin

Thomas Kirschner

Richard Barnes

Kirill Makarishchev

Ryan Neil

Wouter Gudde

Commercial Director

Kate Entwistle

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Day 1: 22 January 2019

ESSMA Summit welcome and registration
Dimitri Huygen
Managing Director ESSMA
FC Porto

Estádio do Dragão Stadium Tour Experience
Networking lunch offered by ESSMA
Operations & Ticketing
Fan Experience
Pitch Management
Stadium Development I
FC Porto Museum Tour
Evening cocktail and dinner

Day 2: 23 January 2019

Transport to Estádio do Dragão
Training Centre & Museum
SMART & Sustainability
Safety & Security
Stadium Development II
Closing lunch with speech by ESSMA President John Beattie

Aftermovie ESSMA Summit 2018

We could welcome over 375 delegates during our two-day Summit at Aviva Stadium

Recap ESSMA Summit 2018

Access all Summit presentations on the ESSMA Knowledge Platform

"The ESSMA Summit is a fantastic stadium industry event. The industry is really cluttered with a lot of conferences, but if there’s one you should really attend it’s the ESSMA Summit: you can network with hundreds of stadium industry peers from clubs, stadiums, leagues and FA’s. Next to this, the buyer to seller ratio is the highest there exists."

Benjamin Viard - Head of Stadium Department - Ligue de Football Professionnel

"This conference will gather top executives from the stadium industry to present new trends, share ideas and build relationships aimed at shaping the future of sports facilities. We are delighted to partner up with ESSMA in hosting this event which should be a must for anyone interested in the venue business."

Georg Pangl - General Secretary EPFL

"We are very pleased to support the ESSMA Summit. With today’s rapid evolution of stadium infrastructure and technology, the exchange of know-how and experiences among industry experts is extremely valuable."

Michele Centenaro - General Secretary ECA

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What to discover at the ESSMA Summit

Gathering the stadium industry: +350 participants

Quality networking

Keynote speakers from all over the world

Highest ratio of buyers to suppliers

Uniting the global stadium, arena and major sports venue industry

Go home with 10 new ideas

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