Sporting Venues: Champion Locations

Mike Fletcher selects the first 11 numbers in Event's primary sporting venues squad.

POSITION: defender, left back

NAME: Sandown Park Racecourse

Facilities: The venue has around 5,000sqm of indoor event space. Surrey Hall has 2,740sqm. Esher hall has 1080sqm and the Grandstand and Sandown Views have a combined space of 900sqm and can be used as an extension to Surrey Hall for larger exhibitions or for big banquets and Christmas parties. Six conference suites overlooking the racecourse can seat from 10 to 450.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Barbara Crow, head of sales events and leisure. Tel: 01327 464 348 Email: barbara.crow@rht.net

Additional: An on-site hotel with 21 en suite rooms, a full-length nine-hole golf course, karting track, dry ski slope and health club. A £30m refurbishment has recently been completed which includes an upgrade of meeting, conference and exhibition spaces, a high-specification internet and IT network as well as the hotel itself.

POSITION: goalkeeper

NAME: Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground

Facilities: The Nursery pavilion seats 750 for dinner or lunch and 900 for receptions. When styled like a theatre, it can cater for 550. Lord's also has the Tavern banqueting suite with a capacity for 500 and the Long Room sits 200. The Tavern meeting rooms can hold up to 25 people and the roof terrace can host 250 for a reception.

Catering options: In-house but external caterers are welcome in both the banqueting suite and nursery pavilion.

Contact: Sales: 020 7616 8501 Email: events@lords.org

Additional: The Natwest Media Centre has a restaurant and two boxes called the Bishopsgate and the Lothsbury. Both boxes can host 100 for a reception and the restaurant seats 60.

POSITION: defender, full back

NAME: Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC)

Facilities: The Old Trafford cricket ground has 16 Executive boxes that hold 20 and eight lodge boxes that hold 24. The Red Rose suite can host 80 while the Tyldesley suite can handle 300 guests. The pitch-side Platinum Marquee can host 600 for a reception.

Catering Options: In-house.

Contact: Sales executive Warren Hegg or sales support executive Tina Harmer.

Tel: 0870 0624 637

Email: hospitality@lccc.co.uk

Additional: Test Match hospitality packages are available although One Day International hospitality has sold out for this year. Hospitality for LCCC evening matches and Twenty20 Cup fixtures start from £60 per person. Daytime LCCC match hospitality packages start from £65 per person.

POSITION: defender, right back

NAME: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Facilities: A stylish Queen's stand has seven meeting rooms with capacities varying between 20 and 400, all with views over Epsom Down's and London.

It has a purpose built cinema for audio-visual presentations and a large number of smaller syndicate and event areas.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Kevin Maxwell, head of event sales

Tel: 01372 726 311 Email: kevin.maxwell@rht.net

Additional: "The immediate appeal of Epsom is its accessibility but there's also plenty of car parking and acres of space for events," says Logical Venue Solutions spokesman Steve Ockerby. "The sheer size of the main conference room allowed us to run three activities for Orange at the same time and we were also able to stage other activities outside on the balcony and within the stables complex."

POSITION: Central midfield

NAME: Manchester City Football Club

Facilities: Seven individually themed suites range from a Legends lounge with capacity for 300 and the glass-fronted Mancunian suite for 350, which overlooks the pitch, to the Commonwealth suite. The East Executive concourse, with capacity for 1,500, is best suited to large-scale presentations, exhibitions and themed events. The stadium has 69 hospitality boxes with pitch views and smaller rooms.

Catering options: Lindley Catering. The in-house sales team manages a range of bespoke menus and dedicated service levels.

Contact: Conference and events team.

Tel: 0870 0624 141 Email: angela.hodson@mcfc.co.uk

Additional: Tailored packages can include a room hire charge plus catering, daily delegate rate or executive delegate package. Stadium tours, evening dinners, limousine hire and overnight accommodation can also be arranged.

POSITION: left wing

NAME: Donington Park

Facilities: Hospitality suites for 20 people or a double suite for 40 people. Redgate suites provide views of the start and finish straight.

Goddard suites can face onto both the National circuit and the Grand Prix loop. The Craner Curves suites offer high-speed racing around the bends and the Conservatory suite offers 38sqm of space with a further 30sqm conservatory overlooking the Grand Prix extension. The Paddock suite is a 660sqm hospitality area backstage.

Catering options: Eclipse Hospitality

Contact: June Nicholas, corporate and hospitality sales manager. Tel: 01332 819 505 Email: june.nicholas@livenation.co.uk Additional: Home to the British Motorcycle Grand Prix and rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, British Formula 3 Championship, Le Mans Series among other races.

POSITION: defender, full back

NAME: The Brit Oval

Facilities: The Oval Conference Centre has four conference rooms, the largest having a theatre-style capacity of 350. For larger conferences, the England room can host 500 theatre-style or 600 for a reception. The Australia and India rooms can each host 200 for a reception or 120 theatre-style.

Catering options: The Compass Group

Contact: Sales manager, Ceri Davies. Tel: 020 7820 5651. Email: cdavies@ovalevents.com

Additional: Oval Events is a partnership between Surrey County and the Compass Group. All international and Twenty20 hospitality is sold through Keith Prowse. All other hospitality is sold through Oval Events. Non-match day events have included the Business Travel World Spotlight seminar in February this year and the annual Professional Cricketers Association Conference. Christmas party packages include nostalgia disco nights and an Abba tribute band.

POSITION: right wing

NAME: Ascot Racecourse

Facilities: The racecourse can host events ranging from a 3,000-capacity reception in the concourse to dinner for 12 in one of 263 single boxes.

The Terrace View restaurant has a reception capacity of 500 guests while the Parade Ring restaurant and Panoramic restaurant have capacities of 420 and 250 respectively. The Ascot Pavilion can seat 1,100 theatre-style or 1,550 standing whereas the Exhibition Hall can seat 740 for dinner or 1,100 for a drinks reception.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Business and events team. Tel: 0870 7278 765

Additional: A £200m redevelopment has resulted in 300 meeting and dining rooms and a gallery offering more than 4,000sqm of exhibition space all located in 186-acres of parkland. Christmas packages at Ascot will be themed as the 'Ice Breaker' and will include a four-course dinner, themed bars, DVD disco and entertainment including dodgems. Prices start at £50 per person.

POSITION: central midfield

NAME: Millennium Stadium

Facilities: Seven suites vary in size and character and can be hired individually or grouped in various combinations. There is exhibition space and banqueting for more than 2,000 people on the 10,000sqm pitch area complete with closing roof combined with 124 executive box breakout rooms makes the stadium a versatile option for events.

Catering options: Letheby & Christopher

Contact: Sales manager Huw Mitchell. Tel: 029 20822080 Email: huw.mitchell@compass-group.co.uk. Venue sales manager Alex Luff. Tel: 029 2082 2467 Email: alexluff@millenniumstadium.com.

Additional: Available for hire in its entirety for pitch events or as film location. It was an audition venue for the filming of The X-Factor.

The European Forum for Quality Management dinner consisted of 900 people dining on the pitch area.

POSITION: striker

NAME: The Queen's Club

Facilities: The elegant President's Room's doors open onto a balcony with magnificent views over the grass courts.

It can host 120 seated or 180 for a reception or buffet. The Club restaurant has views of the centre court and can seat 45 or host 80 for a reception.

The contemporary committee room opens onto two tennis courts for mixing sports and meetings. It has a 50-capacity boardroom and can seat 30.

Catering options: In-house

Contact: Events team: 020 73863432. Marketing and hospitality manager Jo Arthur: Tel: 020 7386 3462

Additional: The Stella Artois Championships take place this month giving guests the opportunity to see six of the world's top 10 ranked men's tennis players. At time of press there was availability in the members' enclosure for the semi-finals on 17 June and finals on 18 June for up to 24 guests.

POSITION: striker

NAME: Old Trafford

Facilities: Manchester United's ground has more than 10 function suites suitable for large-scale banqueting and exhibitions to more intimate suites with direct views of the pitch. Delegate numbers can range from six to 1,000. The 4,000sqm Manchester suite can be divided into two sections or more if required and has full CCTV coverage with numerous display monitors.

The International suite has its own drive-in ground level entrance for larger display pieces or exhibits.

Catering options: In-house

Contact: Venue sales: Tel: 0870 442 1994 Email: conference@manutd.co.uk

Additional: Tours of the stadium and a visit to the Manchester United Museum are available.Construction of the North East and North West quadrants in August will result in 7,600 extra seats on a match day and 3,000sqm of additional hospitality. conference and exhibition space.

POSITION: substitute bench

NAME: Emirates Stadium

Facilities: Four large flexible spaces cater for up to 600 delegates with pitch views. Network bar areas and 150 executive boxes will be offered for breakout rooms or more discreet events.

Catering options: Delaware North Companies (UK)

Contact: Sales team. Tel: 020 7704 4270.

Email: events@arsenal.co.uk

Additional: Viewings of Arsenal's new stadium for next year began last month. A media centre with 150 tiered seats and the Director's suite will be available to event planners. Stadium tours will be introduced as part of package deals and outdoor space on the stadium podium is also on offer.

POSITION: substitute bench

NAME: Wembley National Stadium

Facilities: Wembley's grandest space will be the Corinthian room, with a banqueting capacity of 1,800 or 3,250 for cocktails. It has an elevated central dining area with a bridge connecting the two side mezzanines.

The Pitchview room will be able to host conferences for 50 delegates or a reception for 300. With direct access to dedicated seating outside on the tiers this, one of the smallest rooms, will offer a stadium atmosphere.

Catering options: Delaware North Companies (UK)

Contact: Jackie Boughton, Tel: 020 8795 9633

Additional: Three times the floor space of the Millennium Stadium, Wembley will be the biggest stadium in the world with all seats under cover.

POSITION: substitute bench

NAME: Great Leighs Racecourse

Facilities: Next year will see 3,700sqm of flexible exhibition and hospitality space open with restaurants and bars on every level. Capacities will range from 1,200 theatre-style for meetings to 2,000 for receptions.

A 50-bedroom on-site hotel is planned for 2008.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Sodexho Prestige sales and marketing director Nicola Butler.

Tel: 01245 362 412 Email: nicola.butler@sodexho-uk.com

Additional: The £40m venue is Britain's first new racecourse in nearly 80 years. It is scheduled to begin racing on 6 October. Tthe meeting and event facilities will open from May 2007.

CHAMPION LOCATIONS

Mike Fletcher selects the first 11 numbers in Event's primary sporting venues squad

POSITION: goalkeeper

NAME: Marylebone Cricket Club, Lord's Ground

Facilities: The Nursery pavilion seats 750 for dinner or lunch and 900 for receptions. When styled like a theatre, it can cater for 550. Lord's also has the Tavern banqueting suite with a capacity for 500 and the Long Room sits 200. The Tavern meeting rooms can hold up to 25 people and the roof terrace can host 250 for a reception.

Catering options: In-house but external caterers are welcome in both the banqueting suite and nursery pavilion.

Contact: Sales: 020 7616 8501 Email: events@lords.org

Additional: The Natwest Media Centre has a restaurant and two boxes called the Bishopsgate and the Lothsbury. Both boxes can host 100 for a reception and the restaurant seats 60.

POSITION: defender, left back

NAME: Sandown Park Racecourse

Facilities: The venue has around 5,000sqm of indoor event space. Surrey Hall has 2,740sqm. Esher hall has 1080sqm and the Grandstand and Sandown Views have a combined space of 900sqm and can be used as an extension to Surrey Hall for larger exhibitions or for big banquets and Christmas parties. Six conference suites overlooking the racecourse can seat from 10 to 450.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Barbara Crow, head of sales events and leisure. Tel: 01327 464 348 Email: barbara.crow@rht.net

Additional: An on-site hotel with 21 en suite rooms, a full-length nine-hole golf course, karting track, dry ski slope and health club. A £30m refurbishment has recently been completed which includes an upgrade of meeting, conference and exhibition spaces, a high-specification internet and IT network as well as the hotel itself.

POSITION: defender, right back

NAME: Epsom Downs Racecourse

Facilities: A stylish Queen's stand has seven meeting rooms with capacities varying between 20 and 400, all with views over Epsom Down's and London.

It has a purpose built cinema for audio-visual presentations and a large number of smaller syndicate and event areas.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Kevin Maxwell, head of event sales

Tel: 01372 726 311 Email: kevin.maxwell@rht.net

Additional: "The immediate appeal of Epsom is its accessibility but there's also plenty of car parking and acres of space for events," says Logical Venue Solutions spokesman Steve Ockerby. "The sheer size of the main conference room allowed us to run three activities for Orange at the same time and we were also able to stage other activities outside on the balcony and within the stables complex."

POSITION: defender, full back

NAME: Lancashire County Cricket Club (LCCC)

Facilities: The Old Trafford cricket ground has 16 Executive boxes that hold 20 and eight lodge boxes that hold 24. The Red Rose suite can host 80 while the Tyldesley suite can handle 300 guests. The pitch-side Platinum Marquee can host 600 for a reception.

Catering options: In-house.

Contact: Sales executive Warren Hegg or sales support executive Tina Harmer.

Tel: 0870 0624 637

Email: hospitality@lccc.co.uk

Additional: Test Match hospitality packages are available although One Day International hospitality has sold out for this year. Hospitality for LCCC evening matches and Twenty20 Cup fixtures start from £60 per person. Daytime LCCC match hospitality packages start from £65 per person.

POSITION: central midfield

NAME: Manchester City Football Club

Facilities: Seven individually themed suites range from a Legends lounge with capacity for 300 and the glass-fronted Mancunian suite for 350, which overlooks the pitch, to the Commonwealth suite. The East Executive concourse, with capacity for 1,500, is best suited to large-scale presentations, exhibitions and themed events. The stadium has

69 hospitality boxes with pitch views and smaller rooms.

Catering options: Lindley Catering. The in-house sales team manages a range of bespoke menus and dedicated service levels.

Contact: Conference and events team.

Tel: 0870 0624 141 Email: angela.hodson@mcfc.co.uk

Additional: Tailored packages can include a room hire charge plus catering, daily delegate rate or executive delegate package. Stadium tours, evening dinners, limousine hire and overnight accommodation can also be arranged.

POSITION: defender, full back

NAME: The Brit Oval

Facilities: The Oval Conference Centre has four conference rooms, the largest having a theatre-style capacity of 350. For larger conferences, the England room can host 500 theatre-style or 600 for a reception. The Australia and India rooms can each host 200 for a reception or 120 theatre-style.

Catering options: The Compass Group

Contact: Sales manager, Ceri Davies. Tel: 020 7820 5651. Email: cdavies@ovalevents.com

Additional: Oval Events is a partnership between Surrey County and the Compass Group. All international and Twenty20 hospitality is sold through Keith Prowse. All other hospitality is sold through Oval Events. Non-match day events have included the Business Travel World Spotlight seminar in February this year and the annual Professional Cricketers Association Conference. Christmas party packages include nostalgia disco nights and an Abba tribute band.

POSITION: left wing

NAME: Donington Park

Facilities: Hospitality suites for 20 people or a double suite for 40 people. Redgate suites provide views of the start and finish straight.

Goddard suites can face onto both the National circuit and the Grand Prix loop. The Craner Curves suites offer high-speed racing around the bends and the Conservatory suite offers 38sqm of space with a further 30sqm conservatory overlooking the Grand Prix extension. The Paddock suite is a 660sqm hospitality area backstage.

Catering options: Eclipse Hospitality

Contact: June Nicholas, corporate and hospitality sales manager. Tel: 01332 819 505 Email: june.nicholas@livenation.co.uk Additional: Home to the British Motorcycle Grand Prix and rounds of the British Touring Car Championship, British Formula 3 Championship, Le Mans Series among other races.

POSITION: right wing

NAME: Ascot Racecourse

Facilities: The racecourse can host events ranging from a 3,000-capacity reception in the concourse to dinner for 12 in one of 263 single boxes.

The Terrace View restaurant has a reception capacity of 500 guests while the Parade Ring restaurant and Panoramic restaurant have capacities of 420 and 250 respectively. The Ascot Pavilion can seat 1,100 theatre-style or 1,550 standing whereas the Exhibition Hall can seat 740 for dinner or 1,100 for a drinks reception.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Business and events team. Tel: 0870 7278 765

Additional: A £200m redevelopment has resulted in 300 meeting and dining rooms and a gallery offering more than 4,000sqm of exhibition space all located in 186-acres of parkland. Christmas packages at Ascot will be themed as the 'Ice Breaker' and will include a four-course dinner, themed bars, DVD disco and entertainment including dodgems. Prices start at £50 per person.

POSITION: central m

NAME: Millennium Stadium

Facilities: Seven suites vary in size and character and can be hired individually or grouped in various combinations. There is exhibition space and banqueting for more than 2,000 people on the 10,000sqm pitch area complete with closing roof combined with 124 executive box breakout rooms makes the stadium a versatile option for events.

Catering options: Letheby & Christopher

Contact: Sales manager Huw Mitchell. Tel: 029 20822080 Email: huw.mitchell@compass-group.co.uk. Venue sales manager Alex Luff. Tel: 029 2082 2467 Email: alexluff@millenniumstadium.com.

Additional: Available for hire in its entirety for pitch events or as film location. It was an audition venue for the filming of The X-Factor.

The European Forum for Quality Management dinner consisted of 900 people dining on the pitch area.

POSITION: striker

NAME: The Queen's Club

Facilities: The elegant President's Room's doors open onto a balcony with magnificent views over the grass courts.

It can host 120 seated or 180 for a reception or buffet. The Club restaurant has views of the centre court and can seat 45 or host 80 for a reception.

The contemporary committee room opens onto two tennis courts for mixing sports and meetings. It has a 50-capacity boardroom and can seat 30.

Catering options: In-house

Contact: Events team: 020 73863432. Marketing and hospitality manager Jo Arthur: Tel: 020 7386 3462

Additional: The Stella Artois Championships take place this month giving guests the opportunity to see six of the world's top 10 ranked men's tennis players. At time of press there was availability in the members' enclosure for the semi-finals on 17 June and finals on 18 June for up to 24 guests.idfiel

POSITION: striker

NAME: Old Trafford

Facilities: Manchester United's ground has more than 10 function suites suitable for large-scale banqueting and exhibitions to more intimate suites with direct views of the pitch. Delegate numbers can range from six to 1,000. The 4,000sqm Manchester suite can be divided into two sections or more if required and has full CCTV coverage with numerous display monitors.

The International suite has its own drive-in ground level entrance for larger display pieces or exhibits.

Catering options: In-house

Contact: Venue sales: Tel: 0870 442 1994 Email: conference@manutd.co.uk

Additional: Tours of the stadium and a visit to the Manchester United Museum are available.Construction of the North East and North West quadrants in August will result in 7,600 extra seats on a match day and 3,000sqm of additional hospitality. conference and exhibition space.

SUBSTITUTE BENCH

NAME: Emirates Stadium

Facilities: Four large flexible spaces cater for up to 600 delegates with pitch views. Network bar areas and 150 executive boxes will be offered for breakout rooms or more discreet events.

Catering options: Delaware North Companies (UK)

Contact: Sales team. Tel: 020 7704 4270.

Email: events@arsenal.co.uk

Additional: Viewings of Arsenal's new stadium for next year began last month. A media centre with 150 tiered seats and the Director's suite will be available to event planners. Stadium tours will be introduced as part of package deals and outdoor space on the stadium podium is also on offer.

NAME: Wembley National Stadium

Facilities: Wembley's grandest space will be the Corinthian room, with a banqueting capacity of 1,800 or 3,250 for cocktails. It has an elevated central dining area with a bridge connecting the two side mezzanines.

The Pitchview room will be able to host conferences for 50 delegates or a reception for 300. With direct access to dedicated seating outside on the tiers this, one of the smallest rooms, will offer a stadium atmosphere.

Catering options: Delaware North Companies (UK)

Contact: Jackie Boughton, Tel: 020 8795 9633

Additional: Three times the floor space of the Millennium Stadium, Wembley will be the biggest stadium in the world with all seats under cover.

NAME: Great Leighs Racecourse

Facilities: Next year will see 3,700sqm of flexible exhibition and hospitality space open with restaurants and bars on every level. Capacities will range from 1,200 theatre-style for meetings to 2,000 for receptions.

A 50-bedroom on-site hotel is planned for 2008.

Catering options: Sodexho Prestige

Contact: Sodexho Prestige sales and marketing director Nicola Butler.

Tel: 01245 362 412 Email: nicola.butler@sodexho-uk.com

Additional: The £40m venue is Britain's first new racecourse in nearly 80 years. It is scheduled to begin racing on 6 October. Tthe meeting and event facilities will open from May 2007.


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