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300 events professionals discuss the Event of the Future at Croke Park

July 31, 2017

300 events professionals discuss the Event of the Future at Croke Park

Events in the future will be immersive, engaging and technologically driven. Yet face to face is going nowhere and the more sophisticated our tech, the more we’ll crave the tactical reassurance of real people, real places, real time.

These were the key messages about the Event of the Future heard by over 300 corporate, association and agency events professionals gathered at Croke Park on Thursday 20 July to explore the power of live events and how they’re evolving in the future.

Held two days before U2’s triumphant homecoming concert, attendees also enjoyed a privileged “behind-the- scenes” look at the band’s technical set and sampled the events team’s newly launched “Stadium Street Party”, an innovative take on the more traditional summer barbecue.

Debuted in New York City in February and conceptualised by, a cloud-based platform that facilitates audience engagement during live events, The Event of the Future (EOTF) introduces meetings and events professionals from associations, corporations and agencies to insights, ideas and inspirations from best-in- class global practice in meetings and events. The Croke Park Meetings & Events team along with agency-partner SoolNua expanded the original concept into a half day conference.

Speakers included Kevin Jackson, “the most influential person in the UK events industry”, PJ Kenny, General Manager at The Hoxton and Paula Reynolds, Project Manager – Jameson Brand Homes | Irish Distillers Pernod Ricard. The event was moderated by Pádraic Gilligan Managing Partner at specialist agency SoolNua while David Meade, one of Europe’s most sought after keynote speakers closed the conference with a high-octane, energetic presentation.

Sinéad Heneghan, Head of Sales at Croke Park Meetings & Events commented “The reaction to “The Event of the Future” from attendees has been phenomenal. With attendees from the diverse corporate, association and agency sectors, our challenge was to create an event relevant to all. From the overwhelmingly positive feedback we received I think it’s safe to say we achieved our objective”.

Patrick Delaney, Managing Partner at SoolNua commented “We’re so proud to have played our part in creating this extraordinary event. The reaction has been truly encouraging and we’re already being asked about #EOTF18. The entire Croke Park Meetings & Events team – Sales, Catering and AV – deserve huge praise. We’re also grateful for the support of registration partner Tito, audience engagement platform and, of course, our great friends at SEA who provided entertainment for the Stadium Street Party”.


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Croke Park unveils major renovation of stadium’s flagship meeting and event spaces

October 7, 2015

Croke Park unveils major renovation of stadium’s flagship meeting and event spaces
Croke Park has recently completed a major renovation of its meeting and event spaces which includes the full refurbishment of the stadium’s two flagship suites in the Hogan Stand and the development of four new luxury All-Star Suites.

The Irish design and construction team who were led by John Henry Boyle from 21 Spaces, Andrew Leonard of Lighting Design Associates and K&J Townmore Construction, took three months to complete the transformation and the final result offers cutting edge technology within contemporary event spaces to agencies, corporations and associations.

During this renovation, Croke Park has invested heavily in a new IPTV and signage infrastructure which has been installed across the stadium’s network of 280 video displays and projectors. The system will allow customised branding and signage in the form of high definition multimedia content to be deployed at any screen location. The infrastructure will also support live broadcasting of presentations from the main event suites into breakout and lounge areas throughout the stadium.

The stadium’s new lighting system was designed by Andrew Leonard and Croke Park’s Hogan Suite, which can cater for up to 2,000 guests, is now fitted out with a comprehensive LED lighting package, including a stunning LED ceiling feature, which includes a vast array of programmable colour and pattern options as well as a motorised trussing system infrastructure.

The audio visual facilities of the Hogan Suite have also been completely upgraded and include the installation of a new Tannoy VLS Series Column Array Speaker System with a sleek and discrete appearance to compliment the suite’s visual aesthetic while delivering high quality sound. Two Lumen HD Panasonic DLP devices projecting onto edgeless screens have also been installed.

Irish carpet designers Ulster Carpets, have provided nearly 1,000 square feet of carpet for the stadium renovations and bespoke Irish artwork and installations were designed to both celebrate some of the GAA’s most iconic sporting heroes and evoke the emotional qualities of the stadium and its games.

Speaking about the renovation works, Mark Dorman, Head of Stadium Business, said, “Croke Park now has 110 event spaces that can host everything from small, intimate business meetings up to large corporate and social events for up to 2,000 guests. We are no stranger to big international occasions having hosted the Special Olympics and the visit of Queen Elizabeth ll. The improvements we have introduced within the stadium over the summer months will ensure that Croke Park Meetings & Events continues to be a world-class events destination.

The newly renovated suites and event spaces will be formally unveiled at the official launch of Croke Park Meetings & Events on Wednesday, October 7th which will be attended by over 500 invited guests. Previous high profile conferences and meetings in the stadium have included the 2012 European Union of Supported Employment Conference, the 2013 International Law Enforcement IP Crime Conference and recently the VTE Conference in September 2015. Upoming high profile future events include the Ocean Energy Europe in October 2015; the Hive Conference in April 2016 and the International Association of Credit Portfolio Managers scheduled for May 2016.

For more information contact:
Mark Dorman, Head of Stadium Business
ph: 01 819 2300

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