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SportTechie invites you to their webinar

The Way Back: Designing Stadiums for the Future

About this webinar

Wednesday, June 24 | 12:30 PM ET

This week we’ll show the world premiere of 12 Game-Changing Stadiums in History, a short-form video presented by the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation and SportTechie. The film, which challenges viewers to ask what were the innovations that stadiums got right and which ones missed their mark, is part of the new Game Changers exhibit that is scheduled to open at the National Museum of American History in the fall of 2022. Our expert panel of historians, architects and sports business professionals will discuss why these 12 stadiums were selected for their innovations, and we’ll explore the future of stadium design and construction, especially as it pertains to a post COVID-19 world. Watch the film here: https://youtu.be/XK1nYxi4_hs

Registration is free. All registrants will receive a link to watch the recording once the session concludes.


Arthur Daemmrich is the director of the Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation at the Smithsonian Institution. Located in the National Museum of American History, the Lemelson Center carries out historical research into invention and innovation, develops educational programs to inspire the next generation of inventors, and creates exhibits that engage over 3.5 million museum visitors annually. 

Brian Mirakian is a Senior Principal at Populous and serves as director of Populous Brand Activation in the Americas, which features an innovative approach that powerfully brings brands to life through design. Through a core focus on connective strategy in the entertainment and hospitality industries, he masterfully creates opportunities for engagement by linking people to immersive user experiences on all levels, design mediums and interactive technologies. 

Russ Simons is the Chief Listening Officer and Managing Partner for Venue Solutions Group. VSG is an industry leading operational consulting practice, providing solutions to all public assembly facility types. Russ is currently leading the International Association of Venue Managers COVID-19 response. He serves on the CISA/DHS COVID-19 Recovery Task Force. Russ currently advices several cities facilities working groups on COVID-19 related issues.

Jen Booton, Senior Writer, SportTechie [Moderator]


The Way Back: How Sports Innovate and Thrive is a SportTechie Live series of interactive and engaging conversations examining how tech and innovation will bring sports back (safely) during and after the COVID-19 pandemic. Sessions are Wednesdays at 12:30 PM ET.

Hosted by

  • Team member
    Jen Booton Senior Writer @ SportTechie

    Sports technology reporter

  • Guest speaker
    Brian Mirakian Senior Principal @ Populous

  • Guest speaker
    Russ Simons Chief Listening Officer and Managing Partner @ Venue Solutions Group

  • Guest speaker
    Arthur Daemmrich Director @ Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center for the Study of Invention and Innovation


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