Sport Facility Management

Sport facilities can range from gyms and park and recreation departments to large arenas and stadiums. A Sport Facility Manager is responsible for managing and maintaining sport and recreation facilities. Job responsibilities range from capital and operations management to leasing, construction, planning, designing, and marketing. Management must coordinate not only the facility but the employees of the facility to ensure operations run smoothly

Sport Facility Employers

Those facilities owned and managed by public entities provide employment opportunities that can be found locally or through professional organizations. Some facility owners hire private management companies to manage their facilities or provide specific services. Some of the largest sport facility management companies include:

  • AEG is one of the leading sports and entertainment presenters in the world. AEG owns or controls a collection of facilities around the world such as the Staples Center, Target Center, Sprint Center, and the Home Depot Center.

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  • Aramark is a leader in professional service, providing facilities management, food service, and uniform and career apparel to health care institutions, universities and school districts, stadiums, and arenas around the world. Aramark has 250,000 employees serving clients in 22 countries.

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  • Centerplate is one of the largest hospitality companies in the world, and they manage around 250 sports, entertainment and convention venues.

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  • Delaware North Companies is a global leader in hospitality and food service with over 55,000 employees. Delaware North specializes in gaming and racetrack operations as well as sports facilities management.

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  • Spectra provides innovative management, marketing, operations, and event booking services for public assembly facilities, including arenas, civic and convention centers, stadiums, ice-facilities, equestrian centers and theaters. Spectra is a division of cable giant, Comcast, and owns several professional teams and facilities.

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  • SMG Worldwide Entertainment and Convention Venue Management provides management services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theatres and conventions, conference and trade centers. SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats in over 65 accounts worldwide.

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  • 409 Management and Consulting is a venue management group that provides consulting in areas such as event, food and beverage and facility management. The company also operates an executive search division focused on sport facility management jobs.

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Examples of Sport Facility Jobs

  • Booking/Scheduling Coordinator
  • Box Office Manager
  • Change-over
  • Manager Concession
  • Crowd Manager
  • Event Manager
  • Facility Manager
  • Human Resources
  • Luxury Seating Sales/Management
  • Maintenance
  • Production Management

Sport Facility Management Associations

Specialized Facilities Management

Some of the specialized sub-groups under sport facility management include the following areas. Since almost every sport occurs in a facility, this category is broad and covers areas not traditionally classified as sport facility management jobs.

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