Rebecca Barry, General Manager, Organisational Development (VenuesLive NSW)

It was just over 12 months ago that VenuesLive opened Optus Stadium in Perth. Now the countdown is well and truly on to the opening of another VenuesLive-operated venue, the 30,000-seat Bankwest Stadium in Parramatta in mid-April.

As the NSW and WA Leadership Teams gathered in Sydney for the inaugural One VenuesLive Leadership Conference, it was only fitting that the group toured the latest stadium to come under the VenuesLive umbrella.

A focal point of the One VenuesLive conference at Sofitel Sydney Darling Harbour was focusing on harnessing the experience gained during the opening of Optus Stadium and determining how best to apply these learnings to Bankwest Stadium.

The One VenuesLive Leadership Group . . . touring Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney with the support of Lendlease and Infrastructure NSW representatives.

During the conference, Optus Stadium CEO Mike McKenna delivered a summary of the achievements and learnings over 12 months at Optus Stadium.

The VenuesLive WA leaders then identified key areas in the Bankwest Stadium design that, based on the Optus Stadium experience, could provide challenges for our team at Bankwest Stadium. This was invaluable feedback for the Bankwest Stadium team.

Bankwest Stadium will provide a catalyst for the Western Sydney region, home to 2.3 million people, providing a world-class purpose-built rectangular stadium. With a steeper grandstand design getting fans closer to the action than ever before, Bankwest Stadium promises to deliver a new level of viewing experience for football, rugby league and rugby union.

It has been built #ForTheFans, but it will also host a range of community events and activities, with the Stadium connected to surrounding parklands. Like Optus Stadium and its Stadium Park, green spaces in the Bankwest Stadium precinct encourage non-event day use, allowing the community to make use of the facilities all year round.

Over 2 ½ days, in addition to focusing on Optus Stadium and Bankwest Stadium, the leadership group worked through a number of other topics, including the One VenuesLive project, our People, and the future of the business. Sessions were led by a variety of people with great contributions and participation by all in attendance.

Our Staff Survey results were presented and unpacked departmentally. Each member of the Leadership Group has the feedback from their teams and will share that with you over coming weeks.

The conference schedule was pretty tight but we did manage to fit in a VenuesLive Quiz Show. Shane Stoddard and Mike McKenna (pictured right) reigned supreme but rest assured, there was plenty of fierce competition and the group will come back strongly to compete for the title in 2020.

In wrapping up the conference, Daryl and Steve spoke about the future – and the future looks bright.

Although there is ongoing uncertainty around the timing of the proposed ANZ Stadium redevelopment, VenuesLive remains committed to keeping staff up to date with developments and taking advantage of exciting new business opportunities as they arise.

Keep an eye out for an invitation to an all staff meeting in your state in coming weeks where we will share with you a conference wrap-up and the vision for One VenuesLive.