CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OUR 2010 FINALISTS AND WINNERS!

The winners of the 2010 Stadium Business Awards in association with Guinness have been unveiled at a special industry awards party at Dublin's world-famous Guinness Storehouse.

The 2010 winners included:

VENUE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Cornellà-El Prat Stadium/RFC Espanyol, Barcelona

"a worthy winner for two reasons: for showing that football clubs can have great, affordable stadiums (over 40,000 seats at a cost of less than €85m, all privately financed) without being saddled with suffocating debt AND  for embracing sustainable design into the stadium scheme from the outset..."

Runner-up: Ricoh Arena, Coventry, UK

"for continuing to showcase the best of UK stadium management... a desire to be a venue for every event... continued innovation with cashless payment... and a welcome 'can do' attitude and total focus on customer service"

EVENT OF THE YEAR
Winner: Donbass Arena opening ceremony, Ukraine

“for showing that fantastic stadium events, experiences and professional delivery can happen anywhere, when the right stadium management and creative teams are aligned…”

EXECUTIVE OF THE YEAR
Winner: Patrik Meyer, CEO, Commerzbank Arena, Germany

“For Patrik's energy, enthusiasm and leadership... for his warmth and friendship to all in the industry... and for taking Frankfurt's Commerzbank Arena to the top of Europe's multi-purpose, stadium entertainment spaces"

UNSUNG HERO AWARD
Winner: Everton FC’s ‘Stadium Department’, UK

“every club has a team that holds the stadium together... but Everton’s team has maintained a 19th Century stadium structure, unnoticed for far too long... with some of the team delivering over 25 years of continued service, this stadium’s ‘unsung heroes’ are worthy winners”

TEAM PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Winner: Philip Johnson, Populous (London 2012 Olympic Stadium design team)

“…for coping with the pressures, expectations and demands of multiple stakeholders in delivering a world-class stadium…”

SUSTAINABILITY AWARD
Winner: Croke Park Stadium, Dublin

“…for leading the way in environmental management of stadiums globally…”

CREATIVITY
Winner: Cowboys Stadium HD Video Board, Texas, USA

“…fantastic concept, amazing execution – when the stadium is competing with the living room, why not bring the living room into the stadium?...”

For the full story – and all the winners (and a few losers) – see our complete awards listing.