Economic Development through Sports Tourism
Recorded On: 04/30/2019
The boom of youth travel sports has created a race to create the next incredible sports destination that will draw thousands of visitors and rake in millions of dollars a year. Subsequently, communities across the country are tapping into the economic development power of sports tourism by developing their own facilities. Using the Concept to Concrete process model, this session will provide insights specifically curated for community leaders on the state of youth travel sports.
Join Eric Sullivan and Evan Eleff of Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC as they outline the current state of facility developments with real world examples of the mega-projects that are coming on-line. You will discuss:
- The benefits and challenges of creating a new sports tourism destination
- How to plan, fund, and manage sports facilities
- Project financing strategies
- Case studies of municipalities that have become sports tourism destinations
COO, Sports Facilities Advisory
Evan began his career with more than 8 years in facility operations and as a Program Manager within one of the largest YMCA systems in the U.S. Evan joined SFA in 2012 as a Business Analyst, Account Executive, and today Evan serves as the COO of SFA. He oversees the company’s customer service and delivery systems as well as the team of strategic advisors, business analysts, project managers, and research specialists who produce SFA’s market research, feasibility, and financing services. Since joining, Evan has served a portfolio of over 400 projects totaling more than $4.5 billion in planned and operational sports tourism, community recreation, and large-scale, master-planned sport, recreation, wellness, and entertainment destinations.
Evan holds a Master’s Degree in Sport Management from University of Florida and formerly served as Operations Director for the largest YMCA branch in the Tampa Bay region.
Eric developed the original financial and market analysis tools that SFA is most well-known for and led the first facility opening projects in our company history that paved the way for the launch of SFM. Since joining SFA & SFM in 2006, Eric has overseen and served as an advisor to hundreds of projects including market studies, financing plans, development plans, turn-arounds, and new facility openings. His work in domestic and international markets has included projects in the U.S., Canada, Caribbean, United Kingdom, Latin America, Asia, and the Middle East. Eric currently leads SFA & SFM’s expansion efforts in our continued vision to integrate sports, fitness, education, leadership development, and adventure sports into communities around the globe.
In 2012, he was honored as a member of the Tampa Bay Business Journal’s “30 Under 30” Up and Comers class. In total, Eric has been a catalyst for SFA’s growth, leading the entire planning, funding, and grand opening of more than $500 million in sports, fitness, recreation, and entertainment facilities.