National Sports Services has been actively involved in all aspects of the construction and development process for baseball stadiums and arenas, including site and architect selection, developing funding plans, creating operating projections, determining programming needs and negotiating the GMP and contracts for major capital expenditures (i.e., zamboni, scoreboards, public address system, etc.).
National Sports Services personnel have had the opportunity to work with some of the finest minor league sports facilities in America, operating as a primary tenant, on behalf of a franchise owner, or assisting in the actual development, including:
Stanley Coveleski Stadium, South Bend, Indiana
Bi-Lo Center, Greenville, SC
Stockton Arena, Stockton, California
The Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
Kay Yeager Coliseum, Wichita Falls, Texas
Applebees Park, Lexington, Kentucky
Centennial Garden, Bakersfield, California
Hank Aaron Stadium, Mobile, Alabama
Landon Arena, Topeka, Kansas
Perdue Stadium, Salisbury, Maryland
The Mark of the Quad Cities, Moline, Illinois
All Pro Freight Stadium, Avon, Ohio
Metro Bank Park, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
NSS provided consulting services to Andrew Berlin in his acquisition and operation of the South Bend Silver Hawks Class A baseball team from August 2011 through July 2012. Included in the services rendered were a comprehensive venue analysis and recommendations (including sourcing selected elements) for stadium renovations and operational enhancements to Stanley Coveleski Stadium with the focus on maximizing return on capital with respect to both direct revenues and enhancing the fan experience. Beginning in February 2012, the $4 million in upgrades to The Cove included a new commissary, new outdoor suites, new audio visual elements, new playgrounds (inflatables, splash pad, play area), bleacher replacements, facade replacement, suite make over and team store.
The Bi-Lo Center was constructed for $63 million and had its grand opening in 1998. The facility includes individual suites, party suites, a club lounge and seats up to 16,000 for concert events. The facility is home to the Greenville Road Warriors hockey team, a member of the ECHL. The arena is configured to seat approximately 7,000 for hockey games.
Stockton Arena is a 10,000 seat, $68 million multi-purpose sports and entertainment venue located in Stockton, California opened in December 2005 setting a new standard for mid-sized arenas through unique architectural innovation. National Sports Services assisted International Facilities Group with pre-opening services for Stockton Arena. The Stockton Arena includes 24 luxury suites, 344 premium club seats, 5,000 square foot of meeting rooms and administrative offices for all the sports teams and the arena operations and management staff.
NSS successfully sold all available luxury suites and developed the sales strategy for all arena inventory resulting in more than $1 million in advertising and sponsorship sales.
The Arena at Gwinnett Center, located in Duluth, Georgia, was home to the Gwinnett Gladiators hockey team and the Georgia Force of the Arena Football League. The $65 million facility, which opened in 2003, has 11,200 seats, 36 private suites, two party suites, 300 club seats and boasts a $2.2 million technology package. The Arena is a part of a $90 million expansion project, which includes the local convention center.
Kay Yeager Coliseum, in Wichita Falls, Texas, is a $20 million multi-event center which opened in January, 2003. The facility seats in excess of 7,000 patrons, and includes ten private suites. The Coliseum hosts concerts, family shows and other entertainment events. The Wichita Falls Rustlers hockey team opened the building as the primary tenant, leading Junior Hockey in attendance its inaugural season, averaging in excess of 5,200 fans per game.
National Sports Services was actively involved in developing Applebees Park in Lexington, Kentucky. The stadium, completed in April 2001, features seating for more than 6,000, 24 private suites, a restaurant, children’s play area, multiple picnic facilities, a 2,000 square foot walk-in souvenir store and a state-of-the-art scoreboard and video screen.
National Sports Services extensively participated in all aspects of the construction and development process including site and architect selection, development of stadium programming, and negotiating the GMP and scoreboard contracts.
The Centennial Garden, home to the Bakersfield Condors hockey team, features 24 luxury suites, a VIP club room overlooking the ice, a video replay scoreboard and numerous state-of-the-art amenities. National Sports Services assisted Ogden Entertainment and the City of Bakersfield, California with issues involving the construction of the 9,200 seat, $34 million Centennial Garden arena which opened in October, 1998.
National Sports Services was actively involved with the installation of a complete ice system and dasher boards at Landon Arena in Topeka, Kansas prior to the Topeka ScareCrows inaugural 1998-99 hockey season. The firm assisted Spectacor Management Group (SMG) with retrofit issues at the facility, which was originally constructed in 1987.
Delmarva’s Perdue Stadium, built in 1996, features modern amenities, including skyboxes, club seating, traditional and specialized concession fare, a 2,000 square foot walk-in gift shop, spacious clubhouses and indoor batting cages. Capacity of Perdue Stadium, home of the Class A Delmarva Shorebirds, is approximately 8,000, which includes 5,200 permanent seats.
Hank Aaron Stadium, home of the Class AA Mobile BayBears, was built in 1997 and features the only field level luxury suites in America. The 6,000 seat facility with capacity of 8,000, has 18 luxury suites, a 250 capacity stadium club, field level box seats, club seating, traditional as well as catered menus, state-of-the art concession facilities, closed circuit television and a walk-in retail store.
The Mark of the Quad Cities opened in 1993 and has been recognized as one of the top facilities of its kind in the entire country, compiling awards and distinction within the entertainment industry. The MARK was named Performance Magazine’s Arena of the Year in 1996, the fourth consecutive year it garnered such an honor. The building seats 9,237 on two levels for hockey, offers 15 private suites and state-of-the art ticketing, concession and team facilities. The MARK is home to the Quad City Mallards hockey franchise.
All Pro Freight Stadium is a 5,000 seat multi-purpose baseball stadium which opened June 2nd, 2009. The $13 million stadium includes 11 suites, a 400-person picnic area, hospitality areas, kids play area, a state-of-the-art scoreboard, artificial turf playing surface and parking for 1,500 cars. The Lake Erie Crushers, a member of the Frontier League, are the prime tenant in the facility.
Bill Davidson of National Sports Services has participated on behalf of the Harrisburg Senators since October, 2007 with all aspects of the $45 million Metro Bank Park renovation in Harrisburg, PA. Davidson's involvement has included input and direction related to stadium programming, expenditure of construction budget, sponsorship elements, premium seating design and amenities. Phase 1 of the renovation of Metro Bank Park - outfield boardwalk from foul pole to pole, a 20’ x 55’ video board and two 6’ x 120’ LED displays and three private picnic facilities - was completed prior to the 2009 season. Phase 2 of the stadium project, which includes a new seating bowl, premium seating, new administration building, concession facilities and a 2,000 SF retail store, was completed prior to the 2010 season.