(A re-shared media release from Eden Park)

The Chief Executive Officer of the country’s largest stadium has taken out the Executive of the Year accolade at TheStadiumBusiness Awards in the United Kingdom.

Nick Sautner was in Manchester to receive the international award after addressing the conference in relation to his experience leading New Zealand’s national stadium, Eden Park.

The prestigious achievement acknowledges the industry excellence of stadium executives leading facilities globally and Sautner was competing against a high calibre of individuals from across the world.

Doug McKay, Chairman of the Eden Park Trust Board, is thrilled to celebrate the well-deserved win for Sautner who was one of six contenders in the category for the sports venue leader, pioneer or visionary that has over-delivered in the past 12 months.

“This award reflects not only Nick’s relentless attitude towards making the stadium a better place for our community but also the reverence in which Eden Park is held overseas. Nick continues to drive a vision that our Board wholly supports, is constantly proactive in his strategy and thrives from strengthening our revenue base to ensure our business gets ahead. ‘Passion’ is not a big enough word to encapsulate his attitude towards our Park.”

Sautner says that to be acknowledged amongst leaders from venues in Kentucky, Washington and Georgia in the United States as well as Wolverhampton, Scotland and Germany in Europe, is a real honour.

“Being recognised alongside leading professionals on the world stage is humbling but also reaffirms the innovation and creativity our team is delivering in New Zealand at Eden Park.”

Over the past three years Sautner has led transformational change at New Zealand’s national stadium to modernise its operations whilst securing additional content through non-sporting and community-based events.

“I’m elated that Eden Park’s contribution helps to put our country in the spotlight. The stadium creates significant economic benefit and remains a strategic asset for Aotearoa and a community asset for the city.”

Sautner has 18 years’ experience in the sports and entertainment industry which has included roles at Colonial Stadium, Telstra Dome, Etihad Stadium, Domain Stadium and the West Australian Football Commission. He has instigated a continual focus on fostering innovation which has seen the procurement of numerous major sport, entertainment, religious and cultural events and initiatives on both sides of the Tasman.

Eden Park looks forward to continuing conversations and collaborating with neighbours, business associations and the local board given the stadium’s city fringe location in a semi-residential area.

More details on TheStadiumBusiness Awards and the award winners can be found here.


About Eden Park

Eden Park is New Zealand’s national stadium and a globally-iconic arena, located in central Auckland.

Eden Park Trust operates as a statutory not-for-profit body corporate, registered as a charitable trust with the Charities Commission. Its objectives are to promote, operate and develop Eden Park as a high quality multi-purpose stadium for the use and benefit of rugby and cricket as well as other sporting codes and other recreational, musical, and cultural events for the benefit of the public of the Auckland region.

Its rich history and profile is unmatched by any other stadium in the country. From its beginnings as a cricket ground in 1903, Eden Park became the primary venue for major summer and winter sport in Auckland when in 1913, the owner, Auckland Cricket, leased winter use of the ground to Auckland Rugby.

A Deed of Trust establishing Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby as the beneficial owners of Eden Park was signed in 1926 and has since been enshrined in legislation. Most notably remembered for hosting the 1987 and 2011 Rugby World Cup Finals, Eden Park remains the home of both Auckland Cricket and Auckland Rugby as it has been for more than a century.

Each year, more than half a million sports and entertainment fans from around the world visit Eden Park. The stadium successfully hosts sell-out crowds of up to 50,000 on match days and hosts more than 1,000 non-match day functions per year.

For more information:
Greta Lawson, Communications, Eden Park