Cedar Fair Selects Sports Facilities Management to Manage New Indoor Sports Complex at Cedar Point
Collaboration marks evolution of both companies’ relationship to create best-in-class facility
Clearwater, FL (PRUnderground) November 29th, 2018
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company has selected Sports Facilities Management (SFM) to manage its new indoor sports complex, the Cedar Point Sports Center, in Sandusky, Ohio. With a planned opening in late 2019, the complex is near Cedar Point amusement park, The Roller Coaster Capital of the World®, and sits next to Cedar Fair’s existing outdoor sports complex that opened in 2017. SFM has been involved in the planning and development of the indoor venue since its inception.
“SFM has a strong management team, national network, and industry expertise that has provided a positive impact on the new Sandusky indoor sports complex from the very beginning,” said Duffield “Duff” Milkie, executive vice president and general counsel, Cedar Fair. “We look forward to working with SFM to create a best-in-class sports tourism facility that combines state-of-the-art amenities and leverages the existing tourism infrastructure that is currently place, further solidifying the region’s position as America’s Sports and Family Fun Capital™.”
SFM CEO Jason Clement said, “The youth and amateur sports industry is undergoing massive transformation. SFA and SFM have been involved in the development and operation of over 70 indoor sports operations. The Cedar Point Sports Center represents the next generation of sports tourism venues. The Cedar Fair team understands the importance of creating memorable experiences for guests, and this facility is going to be incredibly fun for a lot of families for many years to come.”
The Cedar Point Sports Center will house the traditional sports tourism spaces as well as a regional sports medicine center and a large interactive family entertainment component. It will include approximately 145,000 square feet of premier space designed to offer group events, corporate team building, sports camps, clinics, leagues, sports performance training, and recreation activities. The complex will include court space that will be able to simultaneously host 10 basketball games or 19 volleyball games, along with the ability to convert into a championship arena with retractable seating. The facility will also feature a full-service cafe and concessions area and active family entertainment as well as soft play areas for young children.
SFM is the industry leader in outsourced youth sports, local recreation, and community events facility management with proven results in their national portfolio. SFM-managed facilities host more than 25 million visitors each year resulting in hundreds of millions of dollars in visitor spending and economic impact. In addition to management solutions, SFM offers a suite of development services include FF&E procurement, marketing, pre-opening project management timelines, and more.
Cedar Fair Entertainment Company (NYSE: “FUN”), one of the largest regional amusement-resort operators in the world, is a publicly traded partnership headquartered in Sandusky, Ohio. Focused on its mission to become “THE place to be for FUN,” the Company owns and operates 11 amusement parks including its flagship park, Cedar Point, along with two outdoor water parks, one indoor water park and five hotels. It also operates an additional theme park under a management contract. Its parks are located in Ohio, California, North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Pennsylvania, Minnesota, Missouri, Michigan and Toronto, Ontario.
About The Sports Facilities Companies
The Sports Facilities Advisory, LLC (SFA), Sports Facilities Development, LLC, and Sports Facilities Management, LLC (SFM) are headquartered in Clearwater, FL. Founded in 2003, SFA has served more than 2,000 communities, produced more than $10 billion in institutional-grade financial forecasts, and provided funding strategies and solutions for more than 70+ youth and amateur sports and recreation complexes worldwide. SFD serves facility owners through owner’s representation, venue planning, and procurement services during pre-development and construction. SFM provides industry-leading, results-driven management solutions for sports, fitness, recreation, and event venues nationwide. Since 2014, SFM-affiliated venues have hosted more than 100 million visitors and generated hundreds of millions of dollars in economic impact. For more information, visit: sportadvisory.com and sfmnetwork.com.