ESSMA has been around for more than 25 years. We would like to give you an insight into the highlights of our history.
Learn more about the Association's highlights throughout the years.
ESMA (European Stadium Managers Association) was founded.
First event organised at Stadio delle Alpi.
After the unfortunate passing of ESSMA's founding father, Lionel Dreksel. John Beattie takes over the role as ESSMA President
Switch from ESMA (European Stadium Management Association) to ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association).
Dimitri Huygen takes on the role as Managing Director to further professionalise ESSMA.
Establishment of ESSMA's Advisory Committee and Executive Committee.
Launch ESSMA's second logo.
First ESSMA Summit at Allianz Arena.
Move to our current offices at Stayen, home of STVV.
First ESSMA USA tour.
Extension ESSMA board during the ESSMA Summit in Lyon.
Launch ESSMA Knowledge Platform
Switch towards ESSMA's current branding and newest logo.
Launch of online ESSMA webinar series.
First edition of our largest online event, ESSMA Spotlight.
ESSMA celebrates 25th anniversary
Ludwig Sneyers takes on the role as Managing Director
First physical ESSMA Summit after Covid-19 in Turin, Allianz Stadium
ESSMA Summit 2022 in Marseille, Stade Vélodrome
ESSMA Summit 2023 in Warsaw, Stadion Wojska Polskiego
Most remarkable stadiums of the last years
Up next: Principality Stadium in Cardiff
Principality Stadium, also known as Millennium Stadium, was opened in 1999 and is able to host 73,931 spectators. With their fully retractable roof, their partition drape system and their Desso pitch the stadium is known as a multi-purpose event venue that has been able to welcome over 1.3 million visitors per year on average.
The Welsh stadium has been host to a lot of big sporting events. The Rugby World Cup Final in ‘99, 6 FA Cup Finals, the 2017 UEFA Champions League Final and several other events all took place in Cardiff. With concerts of U2, Robbie Williams, and Madonna it showed why it’s praised for its multifunctionality. Following COVID-19, the stadium even converted to a temporary field hospital to accommodate up to 2000 patients.
What our members say about ESSMA
ESSMA makes networking easier. It’s the ideal location to meet representatives of other leagues and domain experts. You can find connections in all directions.
Kaveh Savari – Head of BTC & Events at Föreningen Svensk Elitfotboll
ESSMA keeps a view of evolutions in the stadium industry. The fan experience reports and workshops give a good view of the people of behavior in stadiums. They are the ideal starting point for a new stadium project.
Borja Gonzalez - Stadium Business Manager at Athletic Club
What is your most memorable ESSMA moment or what is your main raison why you joined the ESSMA Community? Some of you have been a part of ESSMA since 1996, while others joined more recently. Nevertheless, we’re interested to hear more about your best ESSMA memory! Send us your most important ESSMA memory and we'll share it with the rest of the community.