SGSA Conference 2022 – tickets now available

Tickets are now available for the SGSA Conference 2022

Join us on Tuesday 24 May at the Etihad Stadium, Manchester

Book your tickets here


On 24 May 2022, the SGSA will be holding their sixth Annual Conference at the Etihad Stadium, one of the first grounds to be pioneering licensed ‘safe standing’ in seated areas from 1 January 2022. This comes as great news after the unfortunate cancelation of the Annual Conference over the past two consecutive years as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Since then, much has changed.

In celebration of moving forward with the historic change to allow standing in top flight football grounds in England and Wales for the first time in nearly 30 years, we are extremely pleased to be hosting our annual conference at the Etihad Stadium.

The last 19 months have been busy for sports grounds safety professionals. We’ve seen our events come to a halt and experienced sport without spectators, tackled the challenges of managing the safe return of fans, welcomed the policy change of licensed standing areas; and saw the new guidance on Event Safety Management being published.

The focus of the SGSA is the safety and enjoyment of all fans at sports grounds. In order to never become complacent when it comes to safety, we aim to bring together the events and sports sector at the SGSA Conference to discuss the latest developments in sports grounds and event safety.


The conference will start at 10am and finish at 5pm (registration from 9am).  There will also be tours of the Etihad Stadium available either before or after the conference.

Over the coming months we’ll be announcing details of our speakers and sessions.

The day will include a mixture of full plenary and breakout sessions, providing both strategic overviews of some of the biggest issues in sports grounds safety, as well as more in-depth discussions on specific subjects.

A focus of the conference will be the introduction of licensed standing in seated areas – with the event taking place at one of the early adopter grounds, you’ll be able to hear first hand the experiences from the first few months of its implementation.

The programme will also include:

  • What’s happening in the sports grounds safety sector and the long term impact of the pandemic
  • The Protect Duty
  • Safety management
  • Equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Fan engagement

There will be plenty of opportunities for you to network with colleagues and visit our exhibition area.

Once registered, you’ll be kept updated with the latest programme announcements and information about the day.

Find out all of the information and keep up to date on our conference webpage: