Christophe Segers - Finance & Operations Director at Royal Antwerp FC - talked about the importance of data gathering, data analysis to support the club’s growth and how to optimise revenue streams and decrease expenses during the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

Rui Lousa - Commercial CEO at FC Porto - shared insights on Estádio do Dragão, host venue of the fifth ESSMA Summit. Estádio do Dragão was inaugurated in 2003 with the aim of hosting three group stage matches, a quarterfinal and a semifinal at the UEFA Euro 2004. In addition, it has been elected to host the 2019 UEFA Nations League Finals. With a relatively low investment of €125 million, the stadium did manage to win several awards regarding construction, sustainability and good environmental practices including the ECA Best Achievement (Non-Sporting) Award for its eco-friendly stadium.

Thomas Otton and Guillaume Gouze – respectively Communication Director and Head of Stadium Department at Ligue Nationale de Rugby (LNR) – highlighted the opportunities offered by a post-match concert after the TOP 14 final to attract more fans during the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

Bernard Gerritsma - Safety & Security Manager at Feyenoord Rotterdam - gave insights on Security Management Group, Feyenoord’s own security company, and the stewarding procedures at De Kuip during the ESSMA Summit in Porto.

The main topic of the Pitch Management Seminar during the ESSMA Summit focused on disease management with presentations from Kate Entwistle - Researcher at the Turf Disease Centre - and Carlos Venegas - Groundsman at Sevilla FC.