ESSMA turns 25!

2021 is a year with a festive touch for the ESSMA-community.

Ever since 1996, ESSMA has strived to bring the stadium industry together and create a network for stadium professionals in Europe. At first, ESSMA was a small organization that shared insights in preparation of the 1998 World Cup in France. Today, it’s a broad association, bringing together over 3275 stadium professionals on a regular basis. From the start, the goal has been to create a network for stadium professionals in Europe.

 The entire team behind ESSMA is proud of the adventures and realizations that have been achieved over the course of decades. Especially the start of our own ESSMA Summit- events marked a new era. As of January 2015, the ESSMA Summit brings together the industry to share insights, learn from each other and network!

Find our more on the ESSMA Timeline!

Throughout the year, we will surprise you with look-backs on some relevant stadium projects over the past 25 years. And of course, our anniversary will be part of the programme in Turin, for the annual ESSMA Summit we hope to organise in 2021.

Challenge yourself in the ESSMA quiz!

In the meanwhile, we have a challenge for you! We designed a quiz on the history of ESSMA and the highlights of the stadium industry over the past 25 years. Grab your chance now and test your memory! The grand prize is a ticket to the ESSMA Summit 2021.

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First up in our series of remarkable stadium: Johan Cruijff ArenA

Coincidentally, the official inauguration of Johan Cruijff ArenA, formerly known as Amsterdam ArenA, took place in 1996. Since then, the ArenA has 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.

Share your favorite ESSMA-memory!

Appreciation and feedback from our members is key to us. Do you have good memories on ESSMA Events to share? Benchmark reports that helped you out significantly in the past? Let us know! share your memory in a short, personal video and we will be in touch! Videos can be mailed to