Landways’ Digital Infrastructure Project Announced As Awards Finalist



Landways’ Digital Infrastructure Project at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium has been nominated for the Venue Technology Award in The StadiumBusiness Awards 2019.

Landways’ CEO, Chris Smedley, commented, “We are delighted to have been selected as a finalist for the Venue Technology Award. Our highly scalable digital infrastructure at Kingsholm is delivering market-leading levels of data connectivity and enabling Gloucester Rugby to deliver brand new services for fans as well as generating new revenue streams. We look forward to the awards event and meeting the five other nominees.”

Launched in 2010, The StadiumBusiness Awards are the first industry awards for the stadium sector, by the stadium sector.

Ian Nuttall, Founder, TheStadiumBusiness said: “TheStadiumBusiness Awards are about recognising leadership, innovation, and achievement in the delivery, operation and management of sports facilities globally. Since 2010 we have given awards to some of the top venues from around the world and this year will be no exception.”

An expert judging panel has come up with the shortlist of world-class nominees across the nine award categories and selecting the winners is expected to be a tough choice. Award winners will be announced in an Awards ceremony evening at Emirates Old Trafford in Manchester on 4 June 2019 as part of The StadiumBusiness Summit conference.

Check out all the awards categories and finalists for 2019:

Venue Technology Award

  • Digital Infrastructure at Gloucester Rugby’s Kingsholm Stadium (Landways)
  • Shift-bidding and staff swapping at Emirates Old Trafford (Humanforce/Lancs Cricket)
  • Catering Digital Transformation across 8 French stadia (St Once/CasinoGroup/Digifood)
  • Arena fan experience makeover at Capital One Arena (Monumental Sports & Entertainment)
  • Integrated arena systems at Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee Bucks)
  • App-free in-seat ordering at BC Place Stadium (Centerplate/Ready/Bypass)

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

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Sustainability & Community Award

  • Sporting Salutes at Children’s Mercy Park (Sporting Kansas City), USA
  • Tackling Dementia Sports Café at Sixways Stadium (Worcester Warriors), UK
  • The Green Team successes at TheO2 (AEG 1Earth), UK
  • Protect The Pitch (LA Galaxy/Dignity Health Sports Park), USA
  • Reconstruction of Paride Tilesi Stadium after the Amatrice earthquake, Italy
  • Sensory Bags+ at Bridgestone Arena (Nashville Predators/Kulture City), USA

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Event of the Year Award

  • MultiSport Expo at Kazan Arena, Russia
  • CONMEBOL Libertadores Cup Final (River Plate v Boca Juniors) at the Bernabéu, Madrid
  • 2018 HSBC Sevens at Cape Town Stadium
  • ‘Give Gift of Football/Come Home This Christmas’ – Boxing Day Game at Stadium of Light (Sunderland AFC)
  • Washington Capitals Stanley Cup Finals Watch Party at Capital One Arena
  • The Pink Test – Jane McGrath Day 2019 at Sydney Cricket Ground

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Unsung Hero Award

  • Carmen Alvarez Beas, Head of Stadium Operations, Real Madrid
  • Kelly Kauffman, Chief Human Capital Officer, Milwaukee Bucks
  • Chris Sheap, Vice President of Ticket Operations, Washington Wizards
  • Gordon Jackson, Event Safety Officer, Hibernian FC

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Product Innovation Award

  • Double-sided LED halo ring display (Coop Norrbotten Arena) Bright Group/infiLED
  • Viola App – Mobile ticket wallet transfer FK Austria Vienna (keyper)
  • NFC Ticketing via Apple Watch and iPhone at Allianz Arena (FC Bayern Munich/SkiData)
  • CrowdKinetics’ analysis of Safe Standing (Premier League/BuroHappold)
  • Oilers Flash Mob / Flashpoint LED light show at Rogers Place (Game Changer/Edmonton Oilers)
  • Fantom smartband (Manchester City FC)

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Fan Experience Award

  • New East Stand hospitality spaces at Twickenham Stadium
  • Fan-First culture at Liverpool FC
  • STAGE staff induction and training programme (Fiserv Forum/Milwaukee Bucks)
  • Smart Wearable Shirt SOLOS (Real Sociedad, Spain and AFL Sydney Derby)
  • Benfica Tour 360 App (Sport Lisboa/Benfica)
  • Flyers Family Fun Zone (Wells Fargo Arena/MVP)

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Sponsorship, Sales & Marketing Award

  • Atlanta United’s record-breaking ticket run to MLS Cup (Atlanta United FC/AMB Sports & Entertainment)
  • A’s Access membership – new generation, flexible season ticket (Oakland Athletics/MLB)
  • SoccerLease vehicle lease activation (Birmingham City FC/SG Fleet)
  • Demand Release ticketing ( Falcons/EPCR)
  • Coors Light Beer Button (NBA Milwaukee Bucks/MillerCoors/Levy)
  • AberDNA membership campaign (Aberdeen FC/Stadimax)

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Executive of the Year Award

  • Brad Estes, President, Louisville City FC (USL)
  • Kim Bedier, Director, Tacoma Venues & Events
  • Laurie Dalrymple, Managing Director, Wolverhampton Wanderers FC
  • John Sharkey, EVP Europe, SMG
  • Nick Sautner, Eden Park, New Zealand
  • Thad Sheely, COO, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena

Winner decided by: Judging Panel

Venue of the Year Award

  • Fiserv Forum, USA
  • Banc of California Stadium, USA
  • VTB Arena Park, Russia
  • Marvel Stadium, Australia
  • State Farm Arena, USA
  • Etihad Stadium, UK

Winner decided by: Judging Panel