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Double awards for City and Ashton Gate

Ashton Gate Stadium and Bristol City were last night honoured at the Football Business Awards.

Ashton Gate Stadium won Best Operations Team while Mark Ashton was named Championship CEO of the year at the Honourable Artillery Company in London.

It was a double honour for City and Ashton Gate Stadium, which successfully delivered a Summer Series of four concerts in the summer 2019 to further enhance its reputation as the premier sports, entertainment and business venue in the South West.

Ashton Gate was shortlisted for best Operations Team alongside Accrington Stanley Football Club; Arsenal’s Travel, Events, Supporter Liaison Team; English Football League and Everton Football Club

Mark Kelly, Managing Director of Ashton Gate Stadium, which was also nominated for Best Non-Match Day Use of Venue, said: “These awards are for all who work at Ashton Gate Stadium. We have such a dedicated and passionate team who consistently go above and beyond to make the stadium a 365-day destination, synonymous with quality and excellence.

“Congratulations to Mark Ashton for his award and all at the football club for their support in helping us make the stadium and multiple sports team model a beacon of best practice in the industry.”

As well as collecting the Championship CEO award, Ashton was shortlisted for the overall CEO award alongside Peter Moore (Liverpool FC), Gary Sweet (Luton Town), Carolyn Radford (Mansfield Town) and Alan Burrows (Motherwell). It was won on the night by Peter Moore.

Mark Ashton said: “To be named Championship CEO of the year is a great honour and one that should be shared by everyone at this great football club who work tirelessly every day – everyone deserves credit. It’s also testament to Steve and Maggie Lansdown for their continued investment and backing to run this club in a fit, proper and successful way.

“We are fortunate to call Ashton Gate Stadium our home and congratulations to Mark Kelly and his staff for their award. Their superb Operations Team ensures that our matchdays run smooth and I am fortunate to see every day what a great job they do on the wide range of events hosted at the stadium.”