Working in Sports Facility Operations

Operating these fully loaded facilities takes a large staff of well trained employees performing unique tasks. These positions carry a similar prestige to working for a professional sports team, and therefore are often extremely competitive. Like team jobs, these jobs allow people access into the sports and entertainment world as a full-time job. The following pages will attempt to give insight on the potential jobs available to those interested in working for a facility operating company. Reading through these sections should give you a better understanding of the specific position/positions that fit your interests and qualifications.

With the ever increasing number of new sports venues, many of which include attached event centers, spending on entertainment and sports continues to rise. This also translates into more job opportunities for those interested in facility operations and event management. Those willing to relocate will have a much easier time finding work not only in stadium/venue operations, but all professional and collegiate sports jobs.

Those working for facility operating entity complete a great variety of different tasks from marketing and branding of the facility, to selling the venue for events to managing those events, to selling tickets and working with the main tenant (professional team or teams). Many of these jobs require handling all of the logistics to make the event a success in the eyes of the fans/consumers.

Each event operations job section will include; an explanation of job functions, the different levels of compensation, training and experience needed for the job and resources that may be useful for your job search.

*This section of SportsCareerFinder does not include the C-level (CEO, CFO, CMO, etc.) positions and instead are geared toward those individuals that are just entering the field, those looking to move laterally within the organization, or those looking to advance to the directorial or VP levels.


Sports Facilities – VP for Operations