Sports Development

Game On takeaway: 'Were all technology firms. We just don't know it yet'

The Kansas City region's internationally acclaimed sports construction and AEC industry was the topic of MetroWire Media's Game On Sports and Entertainment Event on Thurs., March 7 at Children's Mercy Park. 

Here are some highlights from our star-studded lineup:

"The conversations we used to have are so outdated, it's amazing. Every year the conversation changes... The stuff that Silicon Valley is developing now will hit the sports industry in a couple years and it will blow your mind." -Andy Heitmann, VP Construction, Turner Construction.

"We're all technology firms. We just don't know it yet... Technology is impacting everything we do... From security to fan engagement, it's driving the fan and athlete experience." -James Dietz, AVP, Henderson Engineers.

“We have spent a lot of time developing sponsorship integrations that create great fan experiences. The idea is that venues and teams have opportunities within the built environment to tell stories using sponsor dollars as opposed to team’s dollars.” -Justin Wood, Partner, Dimensional Innovations

"The most important thing we can do is to create adaptable frameworks for buildings... 5G is on the way and that will transform the experience." -Kelly Holton, senior designer, Populous

"Engaging people with the live experience is our focus and challenge." -Jeff Sittner, Burns & McDonnell Sports Design Build team leader

"How do we take what we know about the fans and deliver what they want? It begins with knowing who is in the building." -Jason Houseworth, President, FanThreeSixty.

Special thanks to Sporting KC Executive Vice President John Moncke for serving as guest speaker and to our Platinum Sponsor, Turner Construction.

Click here to view a slideshow of our Game On event!

With $31M bond sale, Paragon Star developers prepare to kick into high gear

With $31M bond sale, Paragon Star developers prepare to kick into high gear

Paragon Star rendering courtesy of Finkle + Williams.

Elite Sports announces $25M investment in five facilities across KC region

Elite Sports will invest $25 million in five youth sports facilities across the Kansas City region, bringing the Olathe-based company's total footprint to 650,000 square feet. 

The new facilities also will bring more than 500 new jobs to the metro area, according to a release from the sports development and management company. 

"Our new facilities are paving the way for local clubs - practice is no longer a drop-off, but a lifestyle that goes well beyond the sport, and a unique experience that parents can enjoy as well," said Jason Bryson, CEO of Elite Sports.

The new, multi-sport facilities offer a one-stop shop for local athletes and parents with amenities such as medical clinics, fitness gyms, sports massage, classrooms, parent workstations, lounges, arcades, full-service bars, and nail salons. 

In addition to state-of-the-art technology and equipment for training, the facilities go beyond the sport and introduce youth athletes to life skills through various educational classes and opportunities.

Clubs and leagues including MAVS VolleyballElite Softball Academy, Kansas City Scott Gallagher and Heartland Futsal call the facilities home. Elite Sports will also offer rental space to other metro-area clubs for multiple sports. The facilities will host local, regional and national tournaments.

"Not only do our facilities provide outstanding benefits for athletes and parents, but to entire communities and the general public as well," Bryson said. 

Elite Sports will offer memberships to its fitness gyms and classes, known as The Burn KC. Two of the five planned Elite Sports centers - Olathe and Overland Park - opened earlier this year, and the remaining three facilities in Lenexa, Olathe and Kansas City plan to open later in 2018.