the leading authority IN COMMUNITY RECREATION & SPORTS TOURISM
From great idea to grand opening…and beyond, you’ll be amazed at what SFA & SFM can do for you. As founding members of Aspen Institute’s Project Play and the only ICMA Strategic Partner, we’re uniquely suited to guide you through every step of planning, funding, opening, and managing a sports, recreation, events, or wellness complex.
You can go from great idea to ground breaking when the SFA team guides you through the proven Concept to Concrete process. We utilize our industry-leading market research, community feedback, and experienced analysts to assess feasibility, create business plans, economic impact forecasts, and institutional-grade financial forecasts. The goal of these documents is to plan a project that creates success with and for you. We are willing to stand behind our findings with our clients in public hearings, council meetings, investor presentations, to ensure the community or key stakeholders get the very best information available.
Obtaining project funding is the largest development hurdle for any sports, recreation, events, or entertainment facility. The process often takes months, if not years, to secure the equity, partners, and land necessary to begin construction. With SFA Funding Support Services, our team becomes your funding partner – making introductions to capital sources, preparing funding presentations, creating a financing strategy, and developing meaningful partnerships. For public clients, funding support services may also include structuring public-private-partnerships (P3), tax referendums, or bond issuance.
The development phase of a sports and recreation facility begins when the project is funded and ends after the grand opening. This is often an exciting time for new facility owners that can feel quite hectic with more questions than answers. When do I hire my General Manager? How do I book the best events? What should my maintenance schedule be? What is my marketing budget? What kind of equipment do I need? The good news is that you don’t have to do it alone. Facilities big and small can benefit from SFM’s pre-opening timeline, procurement, and development services. Our team is here to answer all your questions and lead you through a proven process that will ensure your facility opens on time, on budget, and with a powerful book of business.
Community leaders and private developers alike are recognizing the power of outsourced operations. The benefits of SFM’s management services include cost savings, increased efficiencies, program development, staff development, and innovative marketing and business development approaches. Said simply, SFM produces the outcomes you want in your facility – whether that’s economic impact through new market spending, local recreation participation, community health initiatives, or revenue to the bottom line. When you choose SFM, our expert and experienced team becomes yours – ready to create extraordinary results.