ESSMA's 25th ANNIVERSARY
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.
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.
HOW WELL DO YOU KNOW ESSMA’S HISTORY?
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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
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.