Estadío Do Dragão to host the ESSMA Summit 2019

The fifth ESSMA Summit will be organised from 22 to 23 January 2019 at Estadío Do Dragão, home of FC Porto. This must-attend stadium industry event is organised by ESSMA in partnership with European Leagues and ECA (European Club Association).


The two-day Summit will include keynote presentations with top European clubs, an extensive Stadium Tour, a visit to the museum and in-depth seminars with topics focused on our six expert areas: 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. 

“As a long-term member, it’s a key benefit that we are able to share our own experiences and the new things we develop. I’m here to network and gain new ideas from all the different ESSMA members about their progress, challenges and how they coped with it.“

Sander van Stiphout, Amsterdam ArenA

About Estádio do Dragão

Estádio do Dragão, home of FC Porto, opened in 2003 and has a 50,033-seats capacity. The stadium is part of a larger sports complex of 3,000 m2 including conference halls, malls, restaurants, parking and pools. In 2004, they hosted the Euro 2004 opening match and the stadium was the stage of FC Porto’s journey towards European victory, in the 2003/2004 season.

The ecologic stadium has unique advantages that, supported by green areas and the restructure of surrounding accesses to the sports complex, residential, and commercial areas, turned it into a new centre of Porto. In 2017, Estádio do Dragão was distinguished with the EDP Energy and Environment Award of 2017 for service buildings. The award is aimed at companies that focus on the energy efficiency of their facilities, environmental sustainability, training of employees and the implementation of behavioural measures.  

About the ESSMA Summit

The ESSMA Summit is the must-attend stadium industry event. It is a great opportunity to broaden your network in the stadium industry and offers participants a unique setting to link-up with European colleagues to learn and share ideas and qualitative content. In 2018, we hosted 375 delegates from 31 countries in Aviva Stadium (Dublin, Ireland).