Sports Tourism Commission chooses Sports Facilities Management to supervise the outdoor sports complex |







PADUCAH – Sports Facilities Management, or SFM, will assist in the development of the McCracken County Outdoor Sports Complex. SFM is a subsidiary of sports facilities companies based in Clearwater, Florida.

The McCracken County Sport Tourism Commission unanimously chose the company after listening to three presentations this week. The committee also heard from Vieste on Wednesday and Pinnacle Indoor Sports and Eastern Sports Management on Tuesday morning.

From there, the commission and SFM will negotiate the terms of service for the sports complex. The commission would like SFM to move the complex from the design phase to full-time operation of the facility. Sport Tourism Commission Chairman Jim Dudley said the company’s involvement in the design process and then the transition to the management role was exactly what the commission wanted to see.

“We think that’s probably going to be the best option, is to have them managed as we go along,” said Dudley. “And again, that just gives us the best chance to be fully operational and to be successful from day one.”

SFM has some experience working in the region. Sports Facility Advisory, another branch of Sports Facilities Companies, previously performed consultancy work for the Paducah Aquatic Center project. SFM then applied to manage the aquatic center. The project was rejected by the current Commission of the city of Paducah earlier this year.






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Jason Clement, CEO of Sports Facilities Companies, during the presentation to the Sports Tourism Commission.


Before the Sports Tourism Commission decides to choose SFM, Jason Clément, CEO of Sports Facilities Companies, explained the company’s involvement in the aquatic center project.

“We made a number of studies with the town of Paducah when the community recreation center was on the board of directors. Obviously, that didn’t happen, ”Clement said. “We were involved there, so we know the community very well. “

Dudley has no concerns about SFM’s involvement in the Aquatic Center.

“They’ve done huge resorts all over the place. They’ve got experience in Kentucky, in facilities near here,” Dudley said. “So they bring great references, really a great sports management resume. So we’re really not concerned about that at all.”

Clément and SFM understand that the goal is not only to make this project financially successful, but also to ensure that the community itself is involved.






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“Using local, local programming and making it a community asset are just as important as the heads in the beds and the sports tourism that goes with it,” said Clement.

There is no fixed timetable for the end of contract negotiations. They are working to get them completed as quickly as possible so that they can move forward with the grand opening of the facility. The goal is to open the outdoor sports complex by 2024.


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