Facilities Summit - Portland Oregon

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What is the facilities Summit?

Developed by industry leaders in sports facilities, events, and tourism, the Sports Facilities Summit provides education and networking to sports tourism professionals through expert presentations, facilitated discussions, case studies and networking. The Sports Facilities Summit is valuable content for facility developers, sports facilities personnel and vendors, destination professionals and sports event owners.     

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  • Convention Centers
  • Developers & Architects
  • Indoor/Outdoor Facilities
  • Non-Traditional Sports Venues
  • Parks and Recreation
  • Stadiums & Arenas
  • Sports Complexes
  • Sports Destinations
  • Sports Facility Vendors
  • Sports Parks

The 2024 Facilities Summit topic:

Sports & Venue Management: Culture, History & Success in Sports Venues

This one-day learning experience, targeting sport venue owners, operators, and sport tourism professionals, will offer many avenues to understand sport venues and their place in sports tourism.

The Summit kicks off with a panel featuring staff from the Portland Expo Center who will explore the historical and cultural significance of the venue, as well as creating a long-term plan for financial sustainability by transforming the Expo Center into a sports-centered facility.

Attendees will then depart for the first stop on our mobile venue tour - The Tualatin Hills Parks & Recreation District's showcase venue, the Howard M. Terpening Sport Complex. The second stop on the mobile venue tour, Ron Tonkin Field, is where we'll enjoy lunch, a tour & presentation. Both mobile venue tours and presentations will be centered around 3 topic areas: Sport Venue Rationale, At-Venue Considerations, and Programming & Partnerships.

Attendees will take away a greater understanding of their destination’s facilities through the lens of its culture, history, and success goals. 


**All Facilities Summit functions will take place at the Hyatt Regency Portland, Multnomah Room, unless otherwise noted.

April 21, 2024
6:00 PM - Networking Mixer - Metropolitan Tavern, Hotel Eastlund - 6th floor

April 22, 2024
8:00 AM - 8:30 AM - Continental Breakfast & Networking - Hyatt Regency, Multnomah Room
8:30 AM - 9:00 AM - Breakfast Fireside Chat with AJ Zahn, Senior Vice President, Rose Quarter Operations
9:00 AM - 10:00 AM - Panel Presentation
10:00 AM - Depart for Mobile Venue Tour
10:30 AM - 11:30 AM - Mobile Tour - Venue #1
12:30 PM - 1:45 PM - Lunch & Presentation @ Venue #2
2:30 - 4:00 PM - Round Table Presentation & Discussion 
4:00 PM - 4:30 PM - Final Wrap-Up
6:00 PM - All Facilities Summit Attendees are invited to attend the Symposium Opening Party


Member Rate: $299

Non-Member Rate: $399 (Contact Member Service at Info@SportsETA.org to register)

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"As a new facility operator I have relied on best practices from similar facilities in order to plan our staffing and maintenance programs.  As we are entering the market, it seems there is a lack of networking and training opportunities for facilities like ours.  The Sports Facilities Summit fills a large need in the industry and I am excited to learn from experts around the country on how to better our product and/or operations."
Ben Huffman, STS, Director of Sports Enterprises, Warren County CVB


Contact our Member Services team at Info@SportsETA.org.

Cancellation Policy

Registrations for the Facilities Summit are non-refundable. However, you may transfer your registration credit towards a future Sports ETA event (Symposium, Women's Summit, Facilities Summit, 4S Summit, Chief Executive Summit). Your full registration credit will remain on your Sports ETA account for 1 calendar year starting the day of your cancellation request.

Cancellation and credit transfer requests must be submitted via email to info@sportseta.org no later than April 19, 2024.