Stadiums Sessions

All sessions held in Metro Toronto Convention Centre 717, unless otherwise indicated.
Sessions and times are subject to change.

Stadiums Welcome and Fan Amenities: Trends for the Next Generation
Monday, 9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Speakers: Adam Vonthethoff, General Manager Hospitality & Portfolio Development, Adelaide Oval SMA;

The Boomlets will change everything. Learn how venue professionals will need to adapt in the always connected generation seeking involvement in the product. Discussion will include gamification of events and the change to catering requirements.

 


 

BootCamp Session 1&2: Design Charrette
Monday, 4:15 PM - 6:30 PM

Poof! You are now a billionaire owner of a professional sports team with the opportunity to design your brand new stadium. Come join us for a Design Charrette that will feature industry leading sports architects competing in groups of 8-10 people. Each group will collectively redesign their very own vision of the actual premium space this session will take place in at BMO Field. It’s an opportunity to share your wildest and most creative ideas. In the spirit of friendly competition there will be a vote for most creative group design.

BMO Field (West Club)
(Transportation will be provided.  Please meet at MTCC South Entrance (Level 500 at Bremner Blvd.) at 3:15 PM. Buses will depart at 3:30 PM for BMO Field.  Sessions begin at 4:15 PM.)


 

BootCamp Session 1
Monday, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

BootCamp Session 2
Monday, 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

BMO Field
(Transportation will be provided.  Please meet at MTCC South Entrance (Level 500 at Bremner Blvd.) at 3:15 PM. Buses will depart at 3:30 PM for BMO Field.  Sessions begin at 4:15 PM.)

Emergency Action Planning
Location: Loge Suite

Ethics
Location: Partner Suite

Media Training
Location: Press Conference Room

Locations are subject to change based on venue's availability.

 


 

Stadiums Keynote: What To Do When Things Go Wrong
Tuesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Speakers: Frank Suppovitz, President and Chief Experience Officer, Fast Traffic Events & Entertainment;

Award-winning sports and entertainment producer Frank Supovitz has more than three decades of experience in knowing what to do when things go wrong, and from that will share 10 mega-truths of crisis management. These takeaways can be utilized when you face the inevitably of something going wrong at your venue. Among the incidents that Supovitz has steered back on track: a look inside the Super Bowl control room during the infamous blackout in New Orleans, a peek behind the scenes while he manages the challenging removal of a Super Bowl halftime show, and much more!

 


 

The Power of Creative Placemaking
Tuesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Sharon Yazowski, Executive Director, Mortimer & Mimi Levitt Foundation;

What makes a community vibrant? Thriving public gathering spaces where people can come together, connect and feel a sense of belonging. Creative placemaking takes this one step further by integrating the arts and culture into public spaces to fuel economic growth, spark civic engagement and improve overall quality of life. Explore today’s “experience economy” in relation to creative placemaking and the exploding demand for outdoor concerts, with best practices and case studies of how free outdoor music series have served as catalysts for broader revitalization—injecting new economic and social vitality into public spaces and creating positive ripple effects.

 


 

Stadiums Round Tables
Tuesday, 3:30 PM - 4:15 PM

Don’t miss this excellent opportunity to discuss current topics with other stadium venue managers. This is a chance to hear what other venues similar to yours have to say about current issues and/or exchange ideas on best practices.

 


 

External Venue Security: Improvements for Game Days and Non-Game Days, Part 1
Tuesday, 4:45 PM - 5:45 PM

Speakers: Kevin Kempcke, Director, Security, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; Mario Coutinho, V.P Stadium Operations and Security, Toronto Blue Jays Baseball Club; Mark Camillo, Senior Vice President, Contemporary Services Corporation; William "Shannon" Brown, Commercial Facilities Section Chief, DHS;

Fan safety goes beyond what happens inside your venue. In this session, we will take a closer look at ways to improve fan/employee safety while outside the venue. From parking lots to entry gates, we will cover staff training, security monitoring, building maintenance, and safety infrastructure.

 


 

The Business of Booking
Wednesday, 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM

Perth Australia might be the world’s most remote city, but it still books a variety events for all kinds of venue types. Don’t miss out on the story of how this unique corner of the world packs fans into seats for all kinds of events.

 


 

Hiring, Onboarding, and Retaining Event Day Team Members
Wednesday, 10:45 AM - 11:30 AM

Speakers: Scott Lasker, Senior Director of Guest and Event Services, Buffalo Bills; Todd Dyer, Senior Director of Venues, Music Tours & Live Events, CAPS Payroll, A Cast & Crew Entertainment Company;

Are you having trouble finding event day team members? Retaining them? In today’s environment of low unemployment the challenge on finding QUALITY, part-time team members is increasing. Let’s have a discussion on how we make our event day positions more attractive and appealing and talk about how we can invest in finding and hiring quality individuals to support our facilities.

 


 

Non-Traditional Event Ideas Sent in from IAVM Members
Wednesday, 1:45 PM - 2:30 PM

Speakers: Juan Gabriel Tamez Ramirez, CVE, CEM, CEO, Expo Guadalajara Convention Center;

We solicited input from members on the wildest, weirdest non-traditional event that they have held in their stadium. Hear directly from them on how it was planned, if it was worth the time and trouble, and how you could do it too!

 


 

Internal Venue Security: Improvements for Game Days and Non-Game Days, Part 2
Wednesday, 2:45 PM - 3:45 PM

Speakers: Kevin Kempcke, Director, Security, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment; Mark Camillo, Senior Vice President, Contemporary Services Corporation; William "Shannon" Brown, Commercial Facilities Section Chief, DHS

Fan safety and venue security continues to be a the forefront of conversations in the industry. In this session, we will take a closer look at ways to improve fan/employee safety while inside the venue. From the scan of the ticket to sitting in-seat, we will cover; staff training, security monitoring, building maintenance, and safety infrastructure.

 


 

Stadiums Town Hall
Wednesday, 4:15 PM - 5:15 PM

Are you struggling with an issue in your stadium that you can't seem to solve? Are you implementing the next great idea that you want to share with the rest of the industry? In the stadium's town hall, we are going to hit on the items that you want to talk about. Come equipped with these items and be prepared to walk out of the session with answers to your issues and ideas to help your team be successful.

 

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