Stadium Director

Manage people, problems, and premises to make stadiums “game ready.”
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Quick Stats


Outlook
Good

Salary Range
$50,000 – $156,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor


What do Stadium Directors do?

Stadium Directors are the innkeepers of the sports industry. Their “inns” play host to thousands of visitors every year who are “just passing through” for food, drinks, and a taste of their favorite sport. Those visitors include fans and spectators, Professional Athletes from home and opposing teams, and those who rent out stadiums for special events. The Stadium Director takes care of the facility — and everything that goes on inside it — to make sure those visitors have a positive experience.

Think of it as being a Building Superintendent, only for a large stadium or arena instead of an apartment building. As a Stadium Director, you’re the facility’s Caretaker. A big part of your job, therefore, is problem solving.

If there’s a rainstorm on game day, you pull a tarp over the field. If there’s a basketball game one night and a hockey game the next, you turn the basketball court into a hockey arena. And if the President Of The United States is coming to a game, you accommodate his security detail.

Unlike a Sports Turf Manager, who is chief Groundskeeper in charge of the stadium’s field, you manage the stadium’s interior. As a result, cleaning, repairs, and maintenance consume a big part of your day. Stadium operations consume the rest. In fact, a Stadium Director is frequently known as a Director of Stadium Operations.

In addition to the stadium’s physical facilities, therefore, you’re in charge of its everyday business, including booking the stadium’s events, and hiring, firing, and managing stadium personnel, vendors, and Contractors. You also oversee stadium marketing, advertising, and promotions, and manage the stadium’s finances.

Stadiums are home to lots of work and lots of play: You manage the work while teams and fans enjoy the play!


Should I be a Stadium Director?

You should have a bachelor's degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Logical Thinker: You take a step-by-step approach to analyze information and solve problems.
  • Detail Oriented: You pay close attention to all the little details.

  • Also known as: Director of Stadium Operations, Executive Director of Stadium Operations

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