Developing any new stadium is a major undertaking. But add to that launching a new team – in a new market – and you have one of the greatest challenges for any sports business.
Milton Keynes Dons FC was launched in 2004 and we are delighted to announce that Pete Winkelman, Chairman, MK Dons and Managing Director, StadiumMK will be joining TheStadiumBusiness Summit.
For the first three years Milton Keynes Dons FC played its home games on a temporary hockey field before moving into its new home StadiumMK opened by the Queen in 2007 with an initial capacity of 22,000.
The stadium project – which nears completion this year with the addition of a further 8,500 seats – incorporates world- class stadium design to UEFA Elite standards, an integrated hotel, conference facilities and a 5,000 capacity concert arena and event space (opening in December).
Our guest speaker Pete Winkelman will be drawing on a decade of development challenges and outline the key factors for a sustainable sports business in a new market.
About the speaker:
After moving to Milton Keynes in 1993, Pete established Great Linford Manor as one of Europe’s leading residential recording studios.
Inspired by the footballing exploits of his son Pete has worked tirelessly with the public and private sectors to deliver the new city’s 30-year ambition to host professional league football and develop a landmark multi-purpose sports and spectators events complex.