Campus Athletics Facilities Summit 2023

Philadelphia, PA
June 4, 2023 - June 6, 2023

299 days left

Enhancing the Student Athlete Experience

College athletics is a constantly evolving area. Recruiting student athletes is more than just having championships; it’s the academics, the look, the feel and pride of a school. And what reflects an athletic brand more than its facilities?

The Campus Athletics Facilities Summit (CAFS) is the premier conference for Division I college and university Athletic Directors focused on the enhancement of facilities and event operations. The professional development aspect provides real-world and practical insights from peer-to-peer collaborative sessions and organic conversations. The networking and meetings provide ideal solutions to your challenges. Take this opportunity to learn new ideas, discuss strategies and examine approaches to supporting college-level athletic facilities.

Be part of the movement that initiates the change.

The Summit Experience

Current as of June 3, 2022

12:00pm

Registration Opens

 

Sponsored by John Thomas Design

2:00 - 5:00pm

Tour – San Jose State University

5:30pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

 

Bourbon Tasting – Sponsored by MillerZell

6:30pm

Opening Session

7:30pm

Dinner & Opening Remarks

Presented by

Ian White, Sales Manager - Live Events, Entertainment & Spectaculars, Samsung Electronics America

7:15am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick Up

8:00am

How to do More with Less and While Managing Expectations

Kortne Gosha, Senior Associate Athletic Director, Facilities & Operations, Tulane University

8:50am

One-on-One Meetings

10:25am

Strategic Planning and Project Management

Frantzer LeBlanc, Vice President of Event Services, UBS Arena

11:15am

One-on-One Meetings

12:45pm

Luncheon

1:45pm

Overcoming University Bureaucracy

Eric Sabin, Associate AD, Facility Management & Capital Projects, Clemson University

Michael Turner, Senior Associate AD, Facilities and Game Operations, University of Nevada, Reno

2:35pm

One-on-One Meetings

4:10pm

AD Perspective: Cultivating Coach-Facility Relationships

Tom Buning, Athletic Director, Chaminade University

5:00pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

6:45pm

Dinner Reception

8:00am

Breakfast

8:30am

P3 Partnerships & The New Sports Landscape

Melvin Robinson, Former Assistant Athletic Director, University of Georgia, Director of Sports & Higher Education, AECOM

9:20am

One-on-One Meetings

10:55am

Panel: Enhancing Fan Engagement & Experiences

Moderator

Melvin Robinson, Former Assistant Athletic Director, University of Georgia, Director of Sports & Higher Education, AECOM

Panelists

David Salomon, Assistant Athletic Director/Facilities and Operations, St. John's University

Michael Turner, Senior Associate AD, Facilities and Game Operations, University of Nevada, Reno

11:45am

Roundtables & Closing Lunch

1. Financing Projects with Limited Funding

2. Rebuilding After the Storm

3. What’s New: Game Day Event Management

12:30 - 3:00pm

Tour – Santa Clara University

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The Campus Athletics Facilities Summit is an invitation-only meeting for athletic directors responsible for the planning, design, construction and operations of their athletic facilities. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations at the conference resort, meals, networking functions and participation in the full conference program. Solution providers are able to attend through sponsorship. To participate as a sponsor, contact summits@opalgroup.net

To learn more about participating, please contact summits@opalgroup.net

Opening Keynote

Presented by

Ellis Wyms, Super Bowl Champion & Former Defensive Lineman for the NFL

  • Financing
  • Succession Planning
  • Budgets
  • Capital Planning
  • Master Planning
  • Talent Management & Development
  • Community Planning
  • Security Implementation
  • Emergency Preparedness
  • Game Day Experience
  • Preventative Maintenance Planning
  • Security Management for Large & Small Events
  • Facility Improvements
  • Digital Fan Experience
  • Prescheduled One-to-One Meetings:
    Each participating solution provider and attendees will have pre-summit access to our matching software that allows you to completely customize your meeting agenda. The password protected website provides the information needed to make your selections on who you want to meet with.

  • Exceptional Networking Opportunities
    We strive to maximize your face-to-face time by providing a multitude of avenues to engage with all attendees. The agenda incorporates cocktail receptions, networking lunches and a specially selected dinner and tours of local athletic facilities. Leverage the meeting’s relaxed atmosphere and after hours networking activities to build strong personal relationships with current and future clients.

Attendees have requested to meet with companies in the following categories:

  • Architecture
  • AV Systems
  • Bleachers/Seating/Furniture
  • Cleaning Services
  • Concessions
  • Display Systems
  • Energy Management
  • Exhibits/Hall of Fame
  • Finance
  • Branding/Graphics
  • Gym Equipment
  • Lighting
  • Locker Systems
  • Luxury Suites
  • Parking
  • Playing Surfaces/Flooring
  • Scoreboard
  • Scoring Tables
  • Security Systems
  • Signage
  • Smart Devices/Tablets
  • Turf
  • Wall Treatments
  • Wifi/Wireless

    Excellent programs with good variety of topics and knowledgeable presenters. Deputy AD

    Colorado State University

    It was just what I was looking for in my first conference since stepping into this new role. It was 3 days packed with information, ideas, stories, etc. I took a lot from it and made a lot of contacts. Assistant AD for Facilities and Game Operations

    University of Texas Arlington

    Overall, I felt like this was a good experience. I learned some day to day facility and operations difficulties from Universities of all sizes. I also made some good connections with vendors as well. Associate Director of Athletics for Internal Operations

    Valparaiso University

    Being a first time attendee I really enjoyed the tours, conference and the meetings with the vendors. I came away with some really good information for some current projects, but also ideas for the future. Assistant AD- Athletic Facilities

    University of Iowa

    The 2019 Campus Athletics Facilities Summit was a great event. It brought together professionals as well as vendors in a unique setting and I truly enjoyed my educational experience. Associate Director of Athletics for Facilities, Operations and Events

    The Holy Cross College