February 01, 2019 | Johan Cruijff ArenA, 1100 DL Amsterdam, Netherlands

Pre-Congress Day: Monday, 20 May 2019


9:00 am - 10:00 am Registration, refreshments and networking

10:00 am - 11:00 am Securing Stadiums, Communities and Fans

With advanced technologies come advanced threats and vulnerabilities. With incidents, threats and risks on the rise, stadiums need to increase their physical and cyber resiliency to safeguard their fans from physical threats along with safeguarding their critical data, fans and customers data, and confidential information before they end up in external hands, costing lives of people and potential loss of millions of dollars and regulatory repercussions.
Ensuring a comprehensive security strategy should not only involve threats from terrorism, hooliganism or other emergency situations, but also heavily focused on cyber threats and data protection with the rising cyber attacks targeting stadiums, arenas and heavy data organisations.
Laura Metaal Hostile Vehicle Protection has developed various security products to prevent heavy vehicles from entering areas that need temporary or permanent protection, such as moveable Road Blockers, Perimeter Security and Pedestrian Portals.
In this workshop, case studies will be discussed, showing how baseball stadiums (Major League Baseball) in the US manage traffic and close off roads in a secure manner, protecting the crowds from hostile vehicle attacks.
The moveable “pin-down barrier” will be presented, a steel barrier on wheels that has an ASTM-F2656 approval. It can be removed in seconds, allowing emergency services to enter the area when needed.
The workshop will also highlight the Philadelphia Phillies who were recently awarded by the US Department of Homeland  Security for their security efforts, including the application of the “pin-down barrier”.

Michael E. Grilli, Chairman and Founder at BETA Group, Inc.

Michael E. Grilli

Chairman and Founder
BETA Group, Inc.

11:00 am - 11:30 am Morning coffee and networking

11:30 am - 12:50 pm Securing Stadiums, Communities and Fans

Michael E. Grilli, Chairman and Founder at BETA Group, Inc.

Michael E. Grilli

Chairman and Founder
BETA Group, Inc.

12:50 pm - 1:50 pm Networking lunch

Amsterdam ArenA, or Johan Cruijff ArenA is more than just a football stadium. It is an incubator, a knowledge centre and a catalyst for innovations that will shape the city of the future

The ArenA has been committed to sustainability and innovation and has won several awards and appreciations over the years. From their solar energy usage to their waste management and to the recent award winning energy storage system, it has given itself a target of 2020 to be the most innovative stadium in the world!

This detailed strategy tour through one of Europe’s most innovative and sustainable arenas will allow us to witness first-hand some of the inner mechanics of this exciting arena.

Hosted by the Amsterdam ArenA Management, this interactive tour will feature a first glance of the newly-expanded east side concourse, as well as the world-renowned innovation centre, pitch specifics and energy storage hub.

Strategy Tour Leader
Sander van Stiphout, Director International, Program Manager Innovation at Johan Cruijff ArenA

Sander van Stiphout

Director International, Program Manager Innovation
Johan Cruijff ArenA