Events for 30 delegates can still take place under the current restrictions. Ashton Gate offers 36 spacious meeting rooms, making social distancing easy to achieve. As a large venue, the majority of 2020 events have been unable to take place, however, the team have remained flexible, putting the needs and safety of their clients at the forefront. This has resulted in 80% of the non-matchday business postponing rather than outright cancelling. During the pandemic, Ashton Gate has taken pride in remaining open in some capacity throughout, holding small business events where possible.
According to the results of the Bristol Conference and Meetings Survey 2019, the Bristol Business events industry is worth an estimated £347 million and brought approximately 1.68 million delegates to the city in 2019, pre-pandemic.
“Ashton Gate Stadium is leading the way in bringing business events back to life in a COVID secure way.”
“Ashton Gate Stadium is leading the way in bringing business events back to life in a COVID secure way, as well as working hard to get fans safely returning to watch sport as part of the #LetFansIn campaign. It’s been time to get creative for the Venue Sales team, with the focus being on ‘what can we do’ instead of what we can’t do. We have hosted Drive-In Movies, Comedy events and a Murder Mystery evening, and now are leading the way in showing that small business events are safe to return”. – Charly Andrews, Venue Sales Manager, Ashton Gate Stadium.
“The meetings and events industry is a key employer in Bristol, and despite the industry as whole suffering the detrimental effects of the pandemic it’s been wonderful to see our businesses adapt and innovate in order to do whatever they can to support their clients and overall recovery. Ashton Gate Stadium is not only the city’s largest venue but one of the most versatile, hosting sporting events, concerts, conferences, and exhibitions. At the Convention Bureau, we collaborate with venues and suppliers to support the recovery of the industry and its businesses in any way we can. We remain optimistic and hope to see a positive change in the near future to ensure our industry survives.” – Amy Bramhall, Convention Bureau Manager, Meet Bristol.