Ricoh Arena shortlisted for international recognition

By Steve Carpenter 13/04 Updated: 16/04 14:03

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THE RICOH Arena will be hoping to make it a hat-trick of international awards after being shortlisted in two categories at the Stadium Business Awards next month.

The popular venue, which will be kick-starting Coldplay's eagerly anticipated stadium tour this summer, has already won six national awards and one international award since opening in 2005.

And stadium chiefs are hoping to improve that figure after being shortlisted in the Guest Event of the Year for hosting 5,000 delegates during the Boots conference and financial director John Street has been nominated in the Unsung Hero category.

Daniel Gidney, chief executive of the Ricoh Arena, said they faced some tough competition in both categories.

"Boots Conferences which is made up of Boots Stores Conference and Boots Health and Beauty Conference is our largest conference to date since it attracted 5,000 delegates over three days," he said.

"Every available space of our 20,000 sqm was utilised and during the three days we catered for 11,650 delegates.

"We face tough competition because we have been shortlisted along with the Eurovision Song Contest 2011 at ESPRIT Arena, Germany; FC Shakhtar’s 75th anniversary at Donbass Arena, Ukraine; the visit of HM Queen Elizabeth at Croke Park, Ireland; and

the opening ceremony at Juventus Stadium, Italy.

"John fully deserves his nomination. He is a thoroughly respected member of the management team whose work often goes unnoticed but he brings many valuable qualities to the role of financial director."

The Stadium Business Awards recognise a whole spectrum of achievements from across the global stadium industry and the winners will be announced at the Museo dell’Automobile Turin, Italy, on May 15.

Hundreds of nominations were whittled down to create the shortlist, which will be judged by an independent panel of industry figures.

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