A day in the Life | Patrick Conway

Senior Club DCFC Sales Executive at Pride Park Stadium

Pride Park Stadium, the proud home of Derby County Football Club, offers a range of contemporary and fully adaptable conference and banqueting facilities. Patrick Conway serves as the Senior Club Sales Executive at this unique stadium venue, and we’ve recently had the opportunity to catch up with him to delve into his role and talk all things Derby County Football Club.

How long have you worked at the venue?

I’ve been working at Pride Park Stadium for 18 months.

What does your job involve?

Along with dealing with enquiries and putting details together for clients’ events, I also look for opportunities to work with new clients for events and conferencing as well as hospitality bookings.

What’s the most challenging part of your job?

Being a football Stadium, the football takes priority… So navigating events around the football can sometimes be tricky.

What’s been the best advice given to you?

Never say no! There are no problems, only solutions.

What’s the best part of your job? And least favourite?

I enjoy showing clients around the stadium, putting the events together and seeing everything come together. My least favourite is moving the heavy equipment around the stadium!

What’s your favourite dish on the menu at the moment?

It’s got to be the Lasagne! It’s a firm favourite with all the staff too!

What are the catering options for delegates?

We have a wide range from breakfast rolls and small meeting menus such as wraps and chips to jacket potatoes and a four-course banqueting menu.

Do you have a favourite meeting room and why?

For me, and most people at Pride Park Stadium, it’s our Dave Mackay room. It has a modern feel and offers fantastic views of the pitch.

What’s been the most memorable event held at your venues?

An event that stands out was when Thorntons held their Christmas Party with us. As well as using our rooms, they used our concourses (where food and drink is served for fans on a matchday) to create a traditional Christmas market with food stalls and games.

Christmas parties always go down well at the Stadium; we’ve seen several creative ideas from companies to create a great night for their staff.

What can a 24-hr delegate do in their downtime?

We are located on the outskirts of the city centre where there is plenty for guests to do, along with a number of hotels and restaurants…

All close to the stadium. There’s also the extremely popular and fastly growing ‘We Are Padel’. This is a sports club where guests can play Padel, a sport which combines tennis and squash.

What do you do in your downtime?

I’m actually a Derby County fan myself, so I love watching the games all over the country.

Why should an event organiser pick your venue?

Pride Park Stadium is a truly unique venue, offering something different, such as stadium tours and pitchside photos. We offer a very bespoke service to each client and no event is ever the same.

If you’d like to host your next meeting or corporate event at Derby County Football Club, contact Findmeaconference today to find out more about this distinctive venue. Or, to read more Day in the Life Interviews, click here.

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