Marvel Stadium’s stadium event manager, Eray Saban, has been awarded Young Achiever of the Year at the 2019 Venue Management Association (Asia-Pacific) Venue Industry Awards in Melbourne.

The awards, which celebrate the unsung heroes of the venue industry, recognise the significant and outstanding contributions by members of the VMA across three categories; Venue Professional of the Year, Young Achiever of the Year and Allied Professional of the Year.

A member of the Marvel Stadium team since 2016, Eray has been involved in a diverse range of world-class events from AFL, cricket, music events and large-scale concerts.

“I feel honoured to be recognised by the Venue Management Association for my contribution to the industry in 2018 and am very proud of the events I have been involved in and my achievements,” Eray said.

Throughout his tenure at Marvel Stadium, Eray’s responsibilities have included looking after two of the stadium’s tenant AFL clubs, St Kilda and the Western Bulldogs, along with the Big Bash League, Melbourne Renegades and a host of international music acts including Foo Fighters, Ed Sheeran, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber and Adele.

Marvel Stadium CEO, Michael Green, congratulated Eray on behalf of the entire stadium team.

“We’re so pleased to see Eray receive this accolade. To be called-out and awarded Young Achiever of the Year amongst your peers is a huge achievement and a testament to the hard work Eray puts in week after week,” he said.

Eray played an instrumental role in a number of events hosted at Marvel Stadium last year, including the AFL’s third pride match between St Kilda and the Sydney Swans and Maddie’s Match, which helped raise over $1.6M for the Maddie Riewoldt’s Vision to fund medical research into finding a cure for Bone Marrow Failure Syndromes.

In addition, he hosted a Movember event that raised more than $33,000 for the Movember Foundation.  Identifying the need to address mental health, particularly for those in his field who often work long and challenging hours, Eray’s initiative was attended by industry peers from Melbourne’s biggest sporting venues and associations including AFL, Olympic Park, MCG and the Victorian Racing Club.

The VMA Young Achiever of the Year award is for professionals in the industry who are under 30 years of age.

This is the second time in three years that a Marvel Stadium employee has been awarded this prestigious accolade with Operations Manager, Casey Price winning the coveted award in 2016.

Eray will now receive complimentary registration and accommodation to the 2020 Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress to be held at the Gold Coast in May 2020.

The 2019 Venue Industry Award winners were announced at the Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony held in Melbourne on Tuesday, 28th May as part of the 2019 Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress.