SGSA Conference 2022

Save the date and join us at
the Sports Grounds Safety Authority (SGSA) Conference 2022

Tuesday 24 May 2022

Etihad Stadium, Manchester


On 24 May 2022, the SGSA will be holding its sixth Annual Conference at the Etihad Stadium, one of the first football 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.

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 18 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.


Tickets for the SGSA Conference will be available for purchase on 4 January 2022, when we will also have a special early bird discount available for bookings.


Over the coming months we’ll be announcing speakers and sessions. There will be plenty of opportunities for you to network with colleagues and visit our exhibition area. You will also have the opportunity to tour the Etihad Stadium and look around the new licensed ‘safe standing’ area.

Exhibitors and sponsors

If you are interested in supporting the SGSA Conference 2022 through exhibiting or sponsoring at the event, please contact Andrea Jones at or call 07525 836287.