ESSMA Summit 2019 at Estádio do Dragão Porto: Uniting the Stadium Industry

The 5th ESSMA Summit will be organised on 22 and 23 January 2019 at the Estádio do Dragão (Porto, Portugal), home of Futebol Clube do Porto (FC Porto). This must-attend stadium industry event is organised by ESSMA in partnership with European Leagues and ECA (European Club Association).

Building on the great success of the previous editions, the 2018 Summit  will gather once again hundreds of stadium industry experts and well-known specialists from clubs, stadiums, leagues and FAs from all over the world to discuss various aspects of stadia management such as Safety & Security, Fan Experience, Construction & Development, Operations & Ticketing and  Pitch Management, among others.

On the first day of the Summit, attendees will sit together for the introductory keynotes followed by a tour of the Stadium which will host the final of the UEFA Nations League 2019.

In the afternoon, 4 seminars are scheduled on:

  • Stadium Operations
  • Fan Experience
  • Pitch Management
  • Stadium Development-New Projects.

On day two, the in-depth seminars will focus on

  • Data-driven Stadiums
  • SMART & Sustainability
  • Safety & Security
  • Stadium Development-Renovation.

Concerning the strategic partnership between European Leagues and the ESSMA Summit, European Leagues General Secretary Georg Pangl stated:

“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.”

For all the latest information on the event and to purchase tickets, please visit the official ESSMA Summit website.


ESSMA unites more than 400 European clubs/stadiums, 20 leagues/federations and 80 corporates in the stadium industry. Built around three pillars: events, business intelligence and strategic support, the Association offers an inspirational range of events for members to connect, learn and evolve with other like-minded professionals.

ESSMA carefully collects a wide range of data from its vast stadium network. It provides members with up-to-date, easy to understand data, analysing actual stadium development projects. ESSMA conducts valuable reports to share best-practice guidelines and insights from its experienced membership-base.

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.

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