Hosting a conference within a sports stadium can offer several benefits, creating a unique and memorable experience for attendees.
When considering a stadium venue for your next conference, it’s important to assess your event’s specific needs, budget, and logistical requirements to ensure that the venue meets all of your objectives.
Many stadiums now offer on-site accommodation with hotels being built either attached to the venue or very close by. Hospitality packages are also available at the sporting venues so you can choose to book an experience to entertain your VIP clients.
The advantages of choosing a stadium for your next corporate event are:
Space & Capacity
Stadiums are designed to accommodate large audiences, making them ideal for conferences with a significant number of attendees. They provide ample space for various activities such as breakout sessions, exhibitions, dining & entertaining and team building events
Stadiums usually offer high-tech facilities with the most up-to-date technology to enhance the quality of presentations
Stadiums are designed to accommodate a variety of events and their layouts can often be customized to suit the needs of your conference or event. This flexibility allows you to create distinct spaces for all different types of events.
Don’t only consider stadiums for large events as many of the venues offer hospitality boxes on site, so the smaller executive board meetings or exclusive client drinks receptions can also work well!
Stadiums are usually easily accessible making it convenient for delegates to reach the venue via public transport or by car. Car parking, and lots of it, on site can also be a big bonus and more often than not will be free of charge for all delegates attending an event.
Hosting a conference in a stadium provides attendees with a unique and memorable experience. The sheer scale of the venue can leave a lasting impression on participants, making your conference stand out from others they may have attended.
Many of the event spaces provide fabulous views overlooking the pitches and an added incentive of a stadium tour or a guest speaker could be just what you need to give your event that extra ‘wow factor’.
The unique architecture and design of a stadium can serve as a captivating backdrop for photo opportunities, both for attendees and for marketing purposes
Versatile Outdoor Spaces
Many stadiums have outdoor areas such as balconies or terraces (& at some venues you can even use their pitch!) that can be utilised for outdoor sessions, team building or social events. These areas can provide a breath of fresh air and a change of scenery during the conference.
Stadiums often have large screens, banners and signage that can be used for branding and promotional purposes. This allows you to effectively showcase your sponsors and partners while enhancing the overall aesthetic of the event.
Here are a few of our favourite stadium venues that you could book for your next corporate event, to help you stand out from the crowd:
Tottenham Hotspur Stadium
Situated in the heart of Tottenham in north London, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium is easily connected to central London. This venue is able to host a wide variety of events within their facilities – many with spectacular views overlooking the football pitch.
The state-of-the-art stadium offers spaces that can accommodate anywhere from 10 to 10,000 guests. Whether you’re planning a small social event, running a team building activity or organising a large corporate event, they can combine spaces and bespoke packages / menus to help you create a unique experience
Along with all the event spaces, Tottenham Hotspur Stadium also offers a range of team building activities on site. Challenge your team and attempt the Dare Skywalk – scale the Stadium on the exposed walkway to experience breath-taking views of London, step on the glass walk way and even complete the experience with a 42m descent. The venue also has a brand new F1 karting experience, F1® DRIVE, which is looking to open later this year – London’s longest indoor track. Add either of these to any event to create an unforgettable experience for all your attendees.
Sandy Park Conference Centre
Sandy Park is home to Gallagher Premiership Rugby team Exeter Chiefs
Sandy Park has the flexibility to host large exhibitions and Dinners to small meetings and events, Conveniently situated by junction 30 of the M5 and only ten minutes from Exeter International Airport so very accessible
The venue has a variety of versatile spaces, including the impressive Exeter Suite ideal for the larger dinner dances, conferences etc
The top floor suites offer striking and views of the Sandy Park pitch and stadium and the stunning East Devon countryside. For smaller meetings, their seminar suites are ideal and all have moveable walls, enabling various configurations and capacities.
All suites are equipped with the latest in audio-visual technology and fully air-conditioned, plus free Wi-Fi is available throughout the venue.
For any residential meetings or event staff needing to say overnight there is the on-site Sandy Park Hotel with 250 bedrooms. It has a fantastic rooftop cocktail bar, together with a spectacular restaurant that boasts picturesque views down the River Exe Estuary and towards Torbay.
Located in the heart of Birmingham, Edgbaston is an award-winning conference, events & meeting venue.
The Stadium is 1.5 miles from the centre of Birmingham and New Street train station, less than 2 miles from the major motorway network and 20 minutes from Birmingham International Airport. With over 400 on site car parking spaces available, it can accommodate all event sizes.
The versatile, multi-function spaces can accommodate anything from 10 to 800 people, making Edgbaston a perfect venue for an assortment of events from an intimate meeting to a large exhibition. With the majority of spaces boasting panoramic views of the iconic cricket pitch.
There are over 39 dedicated event spaces with an event capacity over the entire venue of 3,500 plus.
The contemporary roof-top terrace, Skyline, situated within the South Stand offers views across the pitch and the Birmingham landscape beyond. It features a selection of informal seating areas and food stations, and can also be partially-covered to allow for the unpredictable British weather.
Saints Events at Southampton Football Club
Southampton Football Club has 15 event spaces, with the largest being able to accommodate 600 for exhibitions and 500 for a seated dinner. They also have 30 boxes, all pitch facing, perfect for smaller meetings to accommodate up to 20 guests. To add a little extra to your event they can offer unique touches like stadium tours and presentations from ex-Southampton Football Club players.
The venue is easily accessible from the M3 and the M27 offering complimentary parking on site for both cars and coaches. It is a 20 minute walk from the train station and a 10 minute drive from Southampton airport.
They are also offering a ‘Winter Wonderland’ themed, exclusive Christmas party for December 2023.
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Harlequins – The Twickenham Stoop
The Twickenham Stoop is a unique and versatile South West London based venue. With a capacity of just under 15,000 people, 9 large event spaces, 30 executive boxes, outdoor space and complimentary car parking, it is a venue to suit all occasions.
They can host small meetings, conferences, exhibitions, training, Summer or Christmas parties. As well as the extensive facilities inside the stadium, they also have a range of outdoor areas, pitch side concourses and exclusive access to pitch and changing rooms.
With close proximity to central London, the M25, M3, M4, M40 and Heathrow Airport, the location is easily accessible with great links to local hotel accommodation.
AFC Wimbledon Conference and Events
AFC Wimbledon is in the heart of South West London with fantastic transport links and ample car parking on site.
This space newly opened back in 2020 and caters for a multitude of events.
All of the meeting rooms have fantastic pitch facing views and they can accommodate up to 400 in a cabaret style or 500 in a theatre, with plenty of additional spaces for breakouts.
The venue has 6 contemporary event spaces featuring state-of-the-art facilities, served by high quality in-house caterers to ensure each event runs efficiently.