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Managing Sport Facilities – 3rd Edition !

By Gil Fried

Managing Sport Facilities, Third Edition, provides students with the vital information and vocabulary to make smart decisions in all areas of facility management. This edition includes a new chapter on green facility management as well as an instructor ancillary package featuring new video content.


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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.


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

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