Tuesday , April 23 2024

RFU and AEG added to iSportconnect Ticketing and Hospitality Masterclass!

iSportconnect logoiSportconnect, the world’s largest global private network of sports business executives, is delighted to announce the Rugby Football Union and AEG will be panellists at our Ticketing and Hospitality Masterclass.

AEG and the RFU will be joining Paul Fisher, Group Managing Director of The Jockey Club at the event held in London on 19th May.

The masterclass will be partnered by Sportsworld, the specialist hospitality, travel and event services company.

Richard Harris is representing the Rugby Football Union as Head of Ticketing.

Richard has  spent the last 6 years of his career delivering ticket revenue for major sports events hosted in the UK.

From the London Olympic and Paralympic Games in 2012 to the Rugby World Cup 2015, Harris oversaw the delivery of the ticketing strategy, technology, and record sales that underpinned these tournaments. Prior to this Harris spent 8 years working for The Football Association and Wembley Stadium in various roles.

As a Project Manager he played a key part in the team that opened the new Wembley Stadium. Harris’ career has seen him gain a unique insight into the challenges of balancing technology, operational delivery, revenues, and commercial pressures to deliver world class events.

Robert Byrne will be representing AEG as Managing Director of AXS.

AEG host a number of events across the globe in it’s premier stadiums – owning more sports teams and events than any other company in the world.

They focus on marquee sports that inspire fans and drive revenue.

Covering basketball, soccer and hockey among other events, AEG are renowned for their high profile events.

The event will consist of three panels looking at a range of topics:

Panel 1 – Getting the right balance

This panel will discuss if some sports have gone too far in pricing the fans out.

Are sporting events becoming too corporate? What is the answer and how do we get the balance right?

Panel 2 – What does the modern hospitality client want?

This panel will look at what clients want from hospitality and if the industry is meeting their expectations.

What are the right hospitality tiers to offer? How do you maintain the loyalty of long standing customers while increasing the value to the business? How can a venue revise and reposition long standing hospitality facilities?

Panel 3 – Technology & the Future of Ticketing

This panel will look at what trends, innovations and technologies will deliver the next generation of live sport & entertainment ticketing solutions.

How do you balance the commercial requirements and public demand to tickets at major events? How do you balance constitutional and contractual obligations while trying to grow new data? How we can use that data – below the line use of data, intelligent use of insight – to help us to grow the ticketing business?

iSportconnect Chairman Michael Cunnah said: “We are pleased to announce that such prestigious brands as the RFU and AEG will be part of our Ticketing and Hospitality Masterclass. The variety of experience will provide an interesting insight in how companies operate differently within the sector.”

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