Everton FC’s Director of Marketing, Richard Kenyon, engaged hundreds of industry delegates about the journey towards bringing the Premier League club’s planned ground at Bramley Moore Dock to life in the closing remarks of the 8th edition of TheStadiumBusiness Design and Development Summit, which drew to a close yesterday (Wednesday) in London.

Kenyon detailed the impressive consultation process undergone by the club to ensure that every facet of the planned 52,000-capacity stadium was fit for purpose.

He also explained to the crowded conference room at the Hilton Wembley that the Merseyside club received more than 43,000 responses during the consultation, with 96 per cent backing the plans and 98 per cent supporting the proposed Bramley-Moore Dock waterfront design. Kenyon said the club is on track to submit planning application for the 52,000-seat stadium by the end of the year.

The 2019 event also heard from speakers and projects such as Mohamed Zakaria Serageldin from Al Ahly SC in Egypt and Steven Wilbrenninck, the construction manager for the remodeling of FC Barcelona’s Nou Espai Barça project.

Wilbrenninck said during his presentation: “We believe that venues should deliver a rich, memorable and sustainable experience for their visitors and the best possible business returns for the needs of their stakeholders.”

Other speakers included Tom Jones from Populous, Dan Brown for Lancashire County Cricket Club and Emirates Old Trafford, Andrew Billingham from YTL Arena and Peter Bryan, VP of development for the Golden State Warriors and Chase Center.

“The summit has again proven thought-provoking, together with being an excellent networking event,” said Craig Flindall, COO of Warwickshire CCC & Edgbaston Stadium.

Ian Nuttall, the founder of TheStadiumBusiness added: “Our eighth annual edition brought together the biggest audience of stadium design and development leaders with some 60-plus projects from across the globe. For most teams a new stadium is a once-in-a-lifetime undertaking – and the Summit provides the best opportunity to learn from others and to ensure the end-result is on time, under budget and, above all, fit for purpose.”

Sponsors included KSS Architecture and Design, Avixa, TAIT design and construction, PTI Smarter Venues, DSI IT solutions and Daktronics, among many others!

Dave Lyons from DSI said: “It was a great event and very well put together. There were insightful talks and some good open discussions. There are exciting times ahead. Thank you to all who took the time to speak to us and if we missed you, please feel free to reach to see how DSI Ltd can assist you.”