Specialist events and hospitality teams from football and rugby stadia across the country celebrated their ‘off the pitch’ successes at The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2017 last night. The sell-out event, sponsored by Carlsberg UK, was held in the new main stand at Anfield, home to Liverpool Football Club. The 480 guests, who work in conference and events, matchday hospitality, chef teams, public catering, operational departments and senior management, experienced a fine dining four course menu, awards ceremony and entertainment, followed by onsite after party until 4am.
The prestigious awards were the 13th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience, and recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK and Ireland. 80 football and rugby clubs were nominated for awards, with 21 different stadium venues scooping at least one of 33 gongs (across 11 categories). Some awards were entered by the club themselves and others by nominations from colleagues, media and other club directors.
In addition to this, Stadium Experience presented two extra surprise awards on the night to both Manchester City Football Club and Manchester United Football Club – The Above & Beyond Award 2017. These were awarded for their key roles in reuniting friends and relatives involved in the Manchester Arena events last week, and also working with and supporting the authorities and emergency services.
Watford Football Club were delighted to receive the Silver Award for Media Choice! The Media Choice Award category is voted for by visiting local and national media. This audience voted for a warm welcome, friendly service and top class food.