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Managing Sport Facilities-3rd Edition

Managing Sport Facilities-3rd Edition


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    Managing Sport Facilities, Third Edition, continues the tradition set by its predecessors of providing future and current sport facility managers with the knowledge they need in order to make the proper decisions in all areas of facility management. Like the previous two versions, the third edition provides a comprehensive understanding of crafting a career in running a sport facility.

    The third edition of Managing Sport Facilities engages students with a clear writing style, extensive real-world examples, and information on managing a range of facilities, from smaller health clubs, colleges, and recreational environments to professional sport stadiums. Because managers require current information to meet the needs of new facilities and audiences, this edition has been updated to include the following:
    • A new chapter on green facility management
    • Updated Sport Facility Management Profiles featuring industry experts introducing applied connections for each chapter
    • Expanded Facility Focus sidebars presenting facts and strategies used by real facilities
    • An updated instructor ancillary package, now including instructor videos that feature professionals in the field offering advice and insight
    In response to its increasing importance over the last decade, the newest chapter in this text focuses on implementing and maintaining green facilities. This chapter details items that should be considered during the construction of new environmentally conscious facilities as well as information on retrofitting and updating older facilities with green technology, such as recycling initiatives and solar panels. A facility built according to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) standards may lose its certification if not properly maintained over time, so tips for preserving green facilities are also included.

    In Managing Sport Facilities, Third Edition, students will learn the history of the sport facility industry and the primary goals and objectives of facility managers; how to build and finance a facility; facility operation; administration of marketing, finance, and other critical areas; and event administration and management. A comprehensive approach to understanding the wide-ranging job of sport facility managers has been applied, with a structure that builds from general to specific, and finally to practical knowledge in the final chapter. In addition, the text offers updated content in the Sport Facility Management Profiles, Facilities Trivia, Behind the Scenes, and Facility Focus sidebars in each chapter, which bring the theories and concepts to life by citing specific examples of strategies used in making a facility—and the facility manager—more successful. New instructor videos that can be shared during class provide students with a glimpse into the lives of real-world professionals as they provide insight and advice.

    Managing Sport Facilities, Third Edition, contains extensive textbook learning aids, including real-world checklists and forms that allow students a glimpse of some of the tools and guidelines that professionals use in their work. Each chapter begins with objectives and an overview and concludes with a summary and discussion questions and activities. The instructor ancillaries will help instructors prepare for and teach classes, and the text itself has an engaging style that makes the reading cogent and easy to remember.

    Starting from its already-solid foundation, the new material, updates, ancillaries, and practical learning aids make this third edition the most complete and up-to-date text on the subject. Students using this text will learn what it takes to blend leadership, operations management, and creativity in promotions as they begin their journey to being top-notch sport facility managers.


    Text for students in sport facility management or sport facility and event management courses. A reference for sport facility managers and industry professionals.

    Table of Contents

    Part I. Introduction to Sport Facility Management
    Chapter 1. History and Future of Sport and Public Assembly Facilities
    Facilities in Ancient Times
    Facilities From the Middle Ages to the 1800s
    Facility Management From Ancient to Modern Times
    Evolution of Professional and Collegiate Facilities
    Facility Focus
    The Future of Sport Facilities
    Trends That Will Affect Future Facilities
    Chapter 2. Facility Management
    What Is Facility Management?
    The Facility Manager
    Managerial Functions
    Chapter 3. Management Theory and Human Resources
    Management Theory
    Management Research Failure
    Computer-Aided Facility Management
    Simple Strategies
    Sport Facility Jobs
    Employment Options
    Hiring Process
    Employee Management
    Legal Concerns
    Part II. Facility Development
    Chapter 4. Facility Planning
    Fundamentals of Planning
    Planning for Existing Facilities
    Planning for Future Facilities
    Chapter 5. Facility Site and Design
    Site Location
    Site Cost
    Site Selection
    Facility Design
    Chapter 6. Facility Construction
    Construction Planning
    Preconstruction Phase
    Construction Elements
    Project Costs
    Completion and Analysis
    Part III. Facility Systems and Operations
    Chapter 7. Facility Systems
    Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning
    Air Quality
    Energy Systems
    Interior Systems
    Exterior Systems
    Combined Interior and Exterior Systems
    Chapter 8. Facility Operations
    Space Management
    Managing Specialized Components
    Establishing Grass Fields
    Maintaining Grass Fields
    Additional Outdoor Concerns
    Chapter 9. Facility Maintenance
    Maintenance and Repair Program
    Maintenance Audits
    Maintenance Department
    Basic Maintenance and Cleaning
    Chapter 10. Green Facility Management
    The Need for Green Strategies
    Green Solutions
    Green Building Design
    Green Building Operations
    Researching Wise Investments
    Part IV. Facility Administration
    Chapter 11. Marketing and Sales
    Marketing Concepts
    The Marketing Process
    Facility Marketing
    Chapter 12. Finance and Budgeting
    Financial Concepts
    Revenue and Expenses
    Financial Analysis
    New Facility Financing
    Selling a Facility
    Chapter 13. Legal Responsibilities
    Basic Law
    Tort Law
    Risk Management and Insurance
    Property Law
    Constitutional Law
    Government Regulations
    Part V. Event and Activity Management
    Chapter 14.Implementing a Security Plan
    What Is Security?
    Crowd Management
    Other Safety Concerns
    Crisis Management
    Chapter 15. Facility Preparation and Event Management
    Revisiting Planning
    Attracting Events
    Event Preparation
    Mid-Event Concerns
    Postevent Analysis
    Postevent Surveys
    Marketing for the Future
    Marketing Efforts and Costs
    Facility Analysis

    About the Author

    Gil B. Fried, JD, is a professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut. He has taught sport facility management for more than 20 years and has written numerous articles, books, and book chapters on sport facility management issues. Fried speaks throughout the United States on issues such as building and financing facilities and dealing with risk management concerns.

    He was the director of risk management for OR&L Facility Management, which manages several million square feet of space. He has also worked with the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) and developed the curriculum and materials for the IAVM’s Academy for Venue Safety & Security.

    Besides taking pictures of numerous sport facilities to include in future versions of this text, Fried enjoys playing badminton, farming, being with his wife and kids, and traveling.


    All ancillary materials are free to course adopters and available at

    Instructor guide. Includes objectives, summaries, and key terms for each chapter; suggestions for guest lecturers and tips for covering potentially difficult material; suggested answers to the book’s discussion questions; supplemental class activities; two semester-long case studies; and suggested background readings and web resources. It also includes a reference document to help instructors who may want to incorporate the book into a combined course on facilities and events.

    Test package. Includes more than 500 questions in true-or-false, multiple-choice, and essay formats, and is available for use through multiple formats, including a learning management system, Respondus, and rich text.

    Presentation package. Includes 355 slides covering the key points from the text, separated by chapter.

    The presentation package is also available for purchase • ISBN 978-1-4925-0395-8

    Instructor videos. Contains more than 20 video clips featuring interviews with industry professionals who give insight and advice on their multifaceted careers. These interviews may supplement class lectures and will help students understand the range of duties involved in this challenging and exciting occupation.