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Sporting venues claim the glittering prizes

The cream of the UK  stadia have been honoured at a glittering ceremony. More than 300 guests from football and rugby grounds across the country have celebrated their ‘off the pitch’ successes at The Stadium Events & Hospitality Awards 2015 last night.  The awards were the 11th annual awards organised by Stadium Experience and aim to recognise the efforts and dedication shown by the catering, conference and events teams at every football and rugby stadium across the UK. The event, organised by Stadium Experience, was held at the King Power Stadium, home of Leicester City Football Club. The evening kick-started with live entertainment from the current freestyle football World-Champion, Andrew Henderson, followed by dinner, awards presentations and partying until 4am. There were a total of 10 possible awards up for grabs.  Some awards were entered by the club themselves and others by nominations from colleagues, media and other club directors.  The overall winner of the evening was Hull City Tigers, who scooped the top gong for Overall Matchday Hospitality Experience 2015, fighting off tough competition from 25 stadia across the Leagues. Stadium Experience Chair Person Collette Salmon, from Liverpool Football Club, commented: “Our teams take it to the limits each year and this is a time to recognise all of them who strive to bring excellence in their venues across the UK, the hard work never stops!  We at Stadium Experience are proud to host the annual Stadium Events and Hospitality Awards. Congratulations to all of tonight’s winners!” The full list of 2015 award winners   Media Choice Award Sponsored by Conference News (Voted for by media attending matches across the UK)  WINNER – Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club              SILVER – Aston Villa Football Club BRONZE – Manchester City Football Club   Conference & Events Sales & Marketing Award - Sponsored by Hospitality Gem                        
(Judged by a mystery shopper style telephone call enquiry and follow up process)                                          WINNER – Hampden Park Stadium SILVER – Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club BRONZE – Wycombe Wanderers Football Club   Star For The Future Award - Sponsored by The Football People                        
(Judged by panel of award sponsors and the Stadium Experience Awards committee) WINNER – Anna Carmichael - Everton Football Club SILVER – Emily Mills – Leeds United Football Club BRONZE – Ollie Brown - Southampton Football Club   Operations Team of the Year Award - Sponsored by FC Business
(Judged by panel of award sponsors and the Stadium Experience Awards committee)                   WINNER – Newcastle United Football Club          SILVER – Sunderland Association Football Club  BRONZE – Aston Villa Football Club   Chef Team of the Year – Sponsored by Stadium Experience (A live kitchen event where chef teams are judged by professional chefs on producing the best VIP three-course meal) WINNER – Chelsea Football Club               SILVER – Aston Villa Football Club            BRONZE – Southampton Football Club   Directors Choice AwardsSponsored by Verteda (Voted for by clubs board of directors when they visit an away match) WINNER – Norwich City Football Club                     SILVER – Arsenal Football Club BRONZE – Brighton & Hove Albion Football Club   Matchday Hospitality Awards – Sponsored by Salon Culinaire          
(Reported by professional chef judges who experienced hospitality at UK clubs this season using strict criteria) Matchday Hospitality Award - Small Stadium (up to 750 hospitality seats) WINNER – Saracens Rugby ClubSILVER – Morecambe Football Club
BRONZE – Notts County Football Club   Matchday Hospitality Award – Medium Stadium (751 - 1500 hospitality seats) WINNER – Hull City TigersSILVER – Bolton Wanderers Football Club
BRONZE – Leicester Tigers Rugby Club   Matchday Hospitality Award - Large Stadium (1501+ hospitality seats) WINNER – Aston Villa Football ClubSILVER – Hampden Park Stadium
BRONZE – Tottenham Hotspur Football Club   The Big One - Overall Matchday Hospitality Award WINNER – Hull City Tigers SILVER – Aston Villa Football Club
BRONZE – Hampden Park Stadium