2021 is the year where ESSMA celebrates its 25th anniversary! Throughout 2021, we'll share our highlights since 1996.

Learn more about the Association's highlights throughout the years.

April 1996

ESMA (European Stadium Managers Association) was founded.

July 1996

First event organised at Stadio delle Alpi.

July 2008

After the unfortunate passing of ESSMA's founding father, Lionel Dreksel. John Beattie takes over the role as ESSMA President

July 2008

Switch from ESMA (European Stadium Management Association) to ESSMA (European Stadium & Safety Management Association).

June 2010

Dimitri Huygen takes on the role as Managing Director to further professionalise ESSMA.

June 2011

Establishment of ESSMA's Advisory Committee and Executive Committee.

September 2012

Launch ESSMA's second logo.

January 2015

First ESSMA Summit at Allianz Arena.

July 2015

Move to our current offices at Stayen, home of STVV.

August 2015

First ESSMA USA tour.

November 2016

Extension ESSMA board during the ESSMA Summit in Lyon.

October 2017

Launch ESSMA Knowledge Platform

January 2019

Switch towards ESSMA's current branding and newest logo.

April 2020

Launch of online ESSMA webinar series.

January 2021

First edition of our largest online event, ESSMA Spotlight.


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Most remarkable stadiums of the last 25 years

First up: Johan Cruijff ArenA 

Coincidentally, the official inauguration of Johan Cruijff ArenA, formerly known as Amsterdam ArenA, took place in 1996. Since then, the ArenA hosted countless (international) football matches, concerts and other events with the retractable roof as one of its key features. In addition, Johan Cruijff ArenA is a key example in the field of innovation as is currently being used as a testbed for COVID-19 initiatives.

What our members say about ESSMA

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.

Share your ESSMA moment