Owner's Representation

The goals reach beyond “on time” and “under budget”. Executing the construction of a sports tourism, recreation, or entertainment venue includes operational nuances that will position the venue well beyond opening day. The decisions made during the design and construction phases will influence the guest experience, increase revenue generation, and provide future flexibility for expansion and space needs as the industry continues to evolve. While many construction fundamentals apply, the development process for these venues can be greatly enhanced by working with a team that has relevant experience, industry relationships and operational expertise.

What Makes our Owner’s Representation Services Different?

At Sports Facilities Development (SFD), our owner’s representatives understand operations. Our team of architects, engineers, construction professionals, and facility operators are venue planning experts with extensive experience developing the nation’s premiere sports, recreation, or entertainment complexes. From groundbreaking to opening day, we will provide knowledge, data and direction so the end facility product is built best-in-class. Additionally, we ensure that project timelines and budgets are adhered to and address any issues that may arise during the construction process.

Sports leagues, tournaments, and recreational programs have specific compliance requirements to achieve optimal performance and safety. The details matter as design, space adjacencies, and equipment selection have profound impacts on guest experience and quality of participation. Sports complexes in particular have food and beverage (F&B), technology (including broadcast streaming, gaming and more), and special layout components that must be addressed during design and construction.

What Our Owner's Representatives Do

Through our experience as facility operators, we have developed a comprehensive process for developing facilities that provide optimal experiences for participants and spectators alike. Components of this process include:

Facility users, including sports leagues and tournaments, have specific requirements that facilitate safe and fair play for participants. SFD works with design teams to ensure that those requirements are successfully fulfilled. We also enhance the guest experience through the optimization of the design layout.

Through the work of an experienced team, whose managed hundreds of facilities throughout the country, we can establish a budget that accounts for a variety of trends, including labor and material costs. Further, we ensure that the project stays on budget through continuous collaboration with the construction team.

SFD manages the contractor selection process through the development of Request for Proposals (RFP’s). Our relationships with experiences contractors working with sports, recreation, and entertainment center projects ensures efficiency within the development process. Our team is also on the jobsite to help maintain project scope and resolve any issues that may occur.

The SFD team also coordinates that the procurement of furnishings, fixtures, and equipment (FF&E) for the development project. The owner’s representation team garners the necessary products and services, evaluates them and makes recommendations. We are volume purchasers of FF&E equipment. This means we may attain the best pricing on items such as, sport flooring, sports equipment, synthetic turf, site furnishings, F&B equipment, and technology. We also manage installation and provide training once the items have been procured. 

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Caitlyn is a dynamic human resources professional with experience leading human resource processes for a 1,400-member company. Caitlyn’s ability to guide a workforce of high performers is instrumental to her role as Human Resources Business Partner at Sports Facilities Companies.

At SFC, Caitlyn works one on one with SF Network venues and our home office as a dedicated resource for their recruitment requirements. She manages the applicant tracking system and trainings, ensuring successful candidate pools for each venue. 

Caitlyn identifies training needs and creates/procures a professional development curriculum. She also monitors training programs to ensure that training objectives are accomplished. In addition, she ensures regulatory compliance with legal requirements pertinent to employee management are met.

Since joining SFC, Caitlyn has increased candidate engagement with our application process from 65 to over 80 percent.

Notable Projects

  • Company-wide migration to SharePoint
  • Cedar Point Sports Center, Sandusky, OH
  • Panama City Beach Sports Complex, PCB, FL
  • Community First Champion Center, Appleton, WI
  • Elizabethtown Sports Park, Elizabethtown, KY
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Elizabethtown Sports Park

Sports Facilities Management assessed all aspects of Elizabethtown’s (KY) existing sports and recreation assets, particularly the E-Town Sports Park and made recommendations of best practices for driving economic impact through events, tournaments, and recreation programming.

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