ESSMA Summit 2018 at Aviva Stadium in Dublin

The fourth ESSMA Summit will be organised from 16 to 17 January 2018 in Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland), home of the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI). This must-attend stadium industry event is organised by ESSMA in partnership with the EPFL (Association of European Professional Football Leagues) and ECA (European Club Association).



The first day of the Summit will kick-off with a Stadium Tour led by the expert Aviva staff. This will be followed by keynote presentations on stadium lifecycle, match day operations and the fan experience journey.

On day two, in-depth seminars will focus on our six areas of expertise: Safety & Security, Fan Experience & Hospitality, Pitch Management, Construction & Development, Operations & Ticketing and Sustainability & SMART.

The ESSMA Summit is a fantastic event to broaden your network in the stadium industry and to link-up with European colleagues in a unique setting.


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"ESSMA members should join the ESSMA Summit in Dublin because it is the most important event held by ESSMA throughout the year. It is a great networking opportunity for people to meet other stadiums throughout Europe and to discuss problems that are similar in all stadiums. Next to this it’s also the ideal opportunity to get a taste of Dublin, a fantastic city."

Declan O’Brien, Operations & Events Manager Irish Rugby Football Union  


Aviva Stadium

The Aviva Stadium is built on the site of the former Lansdowne Road stadium, which was demolished in 2007. It reopened its doors on 14th May 2010 and has a capacity of 51,700 seats throughout the continuous curvilinear shaped stands enclosing on all four sides of the stadium.

The stadium is the home to the Irish National Rugby and Republic of Ireland National Football Team. In 2011, Aviva Stadium hosted the Europa League Final. Since opening in May 2010 over 1.8 million ticketed visitors have passed through the turnstiles for rugby, soccer and concerts.

In addition, UEFA has chosen Dublin to host the the draw for the 2020 European Championship (UEFA EURO 2020) qualifying groups. The draw will be held on December 2, 2018, in the Dublin Convention & Conference Centre (DCCC), which is fully equipped to deliver UEFA’s list of requirements. Aviva Stadium will also host three group matches and a round of 16 match during EURO 2020.


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Reasons to attend

  • Gathering the stadium industry: +350 participants 
  • Uniting the global stadium, arena and major sports venue industry
  • Quality networking
  • Keynote speakers from all over the world 
  • Highest ratio buyers to suppliers
  • Go home with 10 new ideas


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"We were very pleased to support the ESSMA Summit in the past. With today’s rapid evolution of stadium infrastructure and technology, the exchange of know-how and experiences among industry experts is extremely valuable."

Michele Centenaro, General Secretary ECA


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