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22 Oct 2019
HOK Sport's Nuno Guerreiro: UK’s Summer of Sport 'best since 2012'

This year's "summer of sport" has shown how the UK's sports infrastructure is capable of producing a plethora of events that attract fans from around the world, according to Nuno Guerreiro, principal architect at HOK Sport and Entertainment.

In an interview with Sports Management magazine, Guerreiro said that – with more than 2.6 million people attending seven major events – the UK sports sector can take "a lot of pride in what it has achieved".

"There's no doubt that 2019 has been a memorable summer for sport in the UK," Guerreiro said.

"Arguably, since 2012, never has the UK been such a focal point for summertime sports with the country hosting two World Cups (netball and cricket), the Major League Baseball London fixtures and the Ashes – alongside the all-time British classics of The Open, the tennis at Wimbledon, the Royal Ascot and the Silverstone F1 Grand Prix.

"Fundamental to the success of this year has been the locations.

"While M&S Bank Arena (the venue for the Netball World Cup), Royal Portrush (The Open) and the London Stadium (MLB Series) aren’t exactly new, they have yet to acquire the international renown enjoyed by the iconic venues of Wimbledon, Lords, Ascot and Silverstone. But maybe they should, as they all delivered unequivocally."

Guerreiro also pointed out that meeting the challenges in using "older" venues has been crucial in the success of the events.

"The expectations inherent amongst stakeholders using a venue are not to be underestimated," Guerreiro added.

"The organisers, sponsors, the media, athletes and fans have widely varying and exacting needs. These can vary from state-of-the-art media centres and broadcast facilities, a selection of corporate hospitality options, a range of fan food and beverage concessions, fan entertainment areas (to meet the ever-growing demands of social media) and impressive player facilities – spanning discrete warm-up areas, treatment rooms, changing facilities and lounges.

"With established grounds, there is often the need to retrofit technology – hence the historic issues with services such as WiFi - but even modern venues face unexpected challenges, as anyone who has hosted VVIP guests or completely new sports can attest."

The UK's Summer of Sport 2019

ICC Cricket World Cup
Venues used: Bristol County Ground, Cardiff Wales Stadium, The Riverside Durham, Edgbaston, Hampshire Bowl, Headingley, Lord's, Old Trafford, County Ground Taunton, The Oval, Trent Bridge
Total audience: 800,000

MLB London Series
Venue: The London Stadium
Total audience: 118,718

Netball World Cup
Venue: M&S Bank Arena, Liverpool
Total audience: 125,000

Royal Ascot
Venue: Ascot Racecourse
Total audience: 292,719

The Ashes
Venues used: Edgbaston, Lord's, Headingley, Old Trafford, The Oval
Total audience: 483,800

The Open
Venue: Royal Portrush
Total audience: 237,750

Wimbledon Tennis Championships
Venue: All England Lawn Tennis and Croquet Club
Total audience: 500,397


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13 May 2020
ISPA Conference and Expo rescheduled to help industry focus on reopening preparations
The International Spa Association (ISPA) has announced it has rescheduled and relocated the 30th annual ISPA Conference and Expo.
13 May 2020
We Work Well launches web-based meeting platform for digital buyers event
Due to the COVID-19 crisis, a plethora of industry events and conferences have been cancelled and rescheduled to avoid risk the spread of the virus.
01 May 2020
Gerry Bodeker, Marc Cohen and Anna Bjurstam to speak at virtual International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference
Spa brand Subtle Energies has announced that this year’s International Ayurveda and Yoga Conference will be hosted online with free entry for all.
29 Apr 2020
Belgin Aksoy says COVID-19 is a wakeup call
In the era of coronavirus and lockdown, people all around the world are turning to wellness for support and comfort. On 13 June 2020 the ninth annual Global Wellness Day will be hosted to emphasise the importance of wellness and taking care of ourselves.
24 Apr 2020
Euphoria launches five-week virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology
Holistic Greek destination spa, Euphoria, has announced the launch of a free five-week immersive virtual retreat inspired by Greek mythology and the five elements.
20 Apr 2020
Fourth World Wellness Weekend aims to draw more people to the wellness cause
This year’s fourth World Wellness Weekend (WWW) is aiming to shake up perceptions of wellness and help incorporate wellness into more people’s routines.
18 Apr 2020
HOTel&SPA 2020 cancelled – next event will be May 2021
Vladi Kovanic, director of VK Organisation – organiser of Forum HOTel&SPA – has cancelled the event for 2020.
31 Mar 2020
Expo 2020 Dubai likely to postpone until 2021 due to COVID-19 outbreak
Expo 2020 Dubai has announced that it will likely postpone the event by a year in the wake of the COVD-19 outbreak.
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