Pro Sports & Entertainment Facilities Summit 2024

The Westin New Orleans, New Orleans, LA
June 23, 2024 - June 25, 2024

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The Pro Sports & Entertainment Facilities Summit (PSEFS) is an invitation-only executive conference for Vice Presidents and Directors of Construction, Operations, and Event Services to share knowledge and discover solutions to enhance their facilities and operations. Unlike a traditional conference or tradeshow, PSEFS provides you with the undivided attention of the senior administrators over 3 days through targeted sessions, networking functions, and pre-arranged meetings.

PSEFS has transformed the executive conference experience. Unlike other industry events, PSEFS is smaller and allows you to build solid relationships with the administrators of capital planning for pro sport and entertainment venues. This all-inclusive Summit provides an intimate setting and creates a highly effective channel for true collaboration with the best-in-class vendor companies.

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Current as of June 17, 2024

1:00 pm

Registration Opens

2:00 - 5:00 pm

Tour – Tulane University

5:30 pm

Welcome Cocktail Reception

6:40 pm

Opening Session

Presented by

Aaron Golub, Former Tulane University Football Team Captain & NFL Free Agent

7:30 pm

Dinner

7:15 am

Breakfast & Itinerary Pick Up

8:00 am

Panel: Operational Excellence: Best Practices in Event Services and Operations

Panelists

Tim McNeff, Vice President of Arena Operations, The Kia Forum

Brittney Nizuk, Vice President of Facilities & Events, Sacramento River Cats

Jessica West, Vice President, Facilities & Operations, Orlando City SC/Orlando Pride

Moderator:

Geoff Hinds, CFE, Director, Fair & Expo, Deschutes County Fair & Expo Center

8:50 am

One-on-One Meetings

10:25 am

Sound Systems in Athletics: Engaging Audiences, Communicating Effectively, and Keeping People Safe

Presented by

Nicolas Betancur, CTS, Director of Business Development - North America -Integrated Audio Brands, Bosch Security & Safety Systems

11:15 am

One-on-One Meetings

12:45 pm

Luncheon

1:45 pm

VIP and Premium Experiences: Crafting Unforgettable Moments

Presented by

Kevin Gessay, Vice President, Chargers LUX

2:35 pm

One-on-One Meetings

3:40 pm

Strategies for Employee Engagement and Professional Development Across All Levels

Presented by

Eboni Wilson, Vice President of Guest Experience, UBS Arena

4:30 pm

Innovations in Event Services: Redefining the Guest Experience

Panelists

Priscilla Almeida, Vice President, Events, Las Vegas Raiders

Gina Chapa, Vice President of Guest Experience, Dallas Mavericks

JP Paul, Vice President, Corporate Development and Guest Experience, Minnesota Vikings

Moderator

Eboni Wilson, Vice President of Guest Experience, UBS Arena

5:20 pm

One-on-One Meetings & Happy Hour

7:30 pm

Dinner

8:00 am

Breakfast

8:30 am

The Art of Venue Transformation: Hosting Non-Sports Events Successfully

Presented by

Frantzer Le Blanc, MBA, CVP, Vice President of Operations, Moody Center

9:20 am

One-on-One Meetings

10:55 am

Roundtables

•Gamification in Engagement: Turning Guests into Participants
•Fan-centric Design: Architectural Trends for Unforgettable Experiences
•Smart Stadiums: Revolutionizing Fan Experience with Technology

11:45 am

Closing Lunch

 

12:40 - 3:00 pm

Tour – Caesars Superdome

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The Westin New Orleans
100 Iberville St, New Orleans, LA 70130, USA



Next to the Mississippi River, near the French Quarter and the central business district, this hotel in New Orleans is only steps away from the boutique shops at Royal Street and eateries.

The Pro Sports & Entertainment Facilities Summit is an invitation-only event for the heads of capital planning, design, construction, operations, and experience of stadiums, areans, and parks & rec. Registrations are complimentary for qualified participants and include 2 nights of accommodations at the conference hotel, meals, networking functions, and participation in the full conference program. Solution providers can attend through sponsorship.

To learn more about participating, please contact summits@opalgroup.net
  • Innovations on Improving the Guest Experience
  • Green Initiatives: Commitment towards Sustainability Standards & Design
  • Grab and Go Technology Trends
  • Facility Disruption and Safety Hazards
  • Best Practices on Cyber Risk
  • Smarter Venues: Strategic Systems for Engagement
  • Multipurpose Venues Maximizing Facility Use
  • Best Practices on Turnaround Times
  • Back of House Experiences
  • Best Practices on Revenue Streams for Capital Improvement
  • Addressing Staffing Challenges
  • Providing First-Class Experiences in Smaller Spaces
  • Season Ticket Holders, VIPs, & Members – Providing the Ultimate 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

    The experience at an Opal event is unmatched in the industry. There is no better environment in which vendors can interact with quality, interested prospects. Everything was on schedule, and Opal delivered on expectations. Locker Design & Sales Leader

    Dains Custom Athletic Lockers

    Well organized and great agenda. The participants were very engaged during presentations and one-on-one meetings. Director of Sales

    Ecore Athletic