Posted on May 06, 2015

The fifth edition of the World Stadium Congress returns to Qatar this month and will offer industry professionals from across the world, a platform to discuss and promote the latest intelligence and best practice that covers the full spectrum of stadia, from design, construction, technology and venue management to big event delivery. Recognising that stadia are evolving from simply being iconic buildings to becoming integral and sustainable structures within communities, this year’s Congress will feature an inaugural Sustainability Symposium, an initiative by Qatar Foundation, as well as streams that focus on creating community-driven and fan-centric venues.

“Across the GCC, there is a clear vision and commitment to develop sport and position the region as a premier destination for global, iconic sporting events,” said Marco Cipolat, Conference Director, World Stadium Congress. “With Qatar being awarded the right to host the 2019 Athletics World Championships and the 2022 FIFA World Cup, Qatar makes an ideal host for our summit and we are pleased to bring the World Stadium Congress back to Doha.”

“We firmly believe that the World Stadium Congress is the most comprehensive event of its kind anywhere in the region. This year’s Congress features a stellar line-up of speakers, dedicated content, new sessions focused on sustainability as well as streams on stadia operations and management. We are also delighted to host the World Stadium Congress Awards to honour outstanding achievements in the world of stadium design and development,” added Cipolat.

2015 is an exciting year with Rio and Baku in the final phases of preparation for next year’s Olympics. The spotlight on those two cities underline the need to create sustainable and fan-centric venues that reflect the communities they serve. The fifth edition of the World Stadium Congress will also showcase previous successful events such as the London Olympics and underscore the need for strategic planning and a people-first approach to ensure that venues can evolve into living landmarks.

Ronnie Hurst, Project Director, New Perth Stadium, Department of Sport & Recreation, Government of Western Australia, who will be sharing his experience in delivering a community icon remarked, “A fans-first approach to planning and designing the new Perth Stadium has been imperative in ensuring an exceptional event atmosphere and unrivalled fan experience. Through continued consultation with Western Australian sports fans and the teams that will use the stadium, the new Perth Stadium will set a benchmark for fan and spectator enjoyment.”

A new addition to the Congress this year, the Sustainability Symposium will centre on the importance of driving sustainability through urban architecture. Presented by the Qatar Foundation, the one-day symposium will delve into the vision and roadmap of Education City. The symposium chair, Ouassim Alami, Architecture Manager for Qatar Foundation, will lead discussions on the criteria for creating a truly connected experience and review how architectural innovation has been harnessed at Education City.

Over 300 industry professionals, ranging from architects and engineers, government and sporting bodies, technology providers and consultants are expected to attend the Congress, taking place from 18 to 21 May. Not only can attendees glean the latest solutions in venue, design, delivery, management and usage, they can hear about case studies such as the Vikings and New Perth Stadiums, participate in interactive discussions and extend their network of contacts. The impressive line-up of speakers include:

  • Ali Bin Nasser Al Khalifa, CEO, ASTAD Project Management
  • Ibrahim Al Haidous, Education, Science and Community Development, Qatar Foundation
  • John Harden, CEO, Cricket World Cup 2015
  • Chris Williams, Vice President, WJHW
  • Thomas Perslund, CEO, Friends Arena

 “I am looking forward to participating at World Stadium Congress 2015 to find out more about stadium design and construction in the Gulf region and the wider global market. We find conferences to be a necessary part of business to gather market intelligence, learn about stadium developments, meet potential clients and confer with fellow professionals," said Jim Heverin, Director, Zaha Hadid Architects.

The fifth World Stadium Congress will be held from 18 to 21 May at St. Regis Hotel Doha, Qatar. For more information, please visit www.worldstadiumcongress.com

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