Government Entities

Open a Recreation Center

The opening process for a community recreation center requires leadership in a variety of areas. These include:

  • The construction of the recreation center
  • Collaboration with user groups
  • Publicity and marketing
  • Program scheduling to maximize community access
  • Operations, safety, event management, pricing, and other systems
  • Talent recruitment and training
  • Bookkeeping and financial reporting systems
  • Grand opening events

Each of these areas must be executed well for a recreation center to achieve an on-time opening and exceptional customer service reports. Sports Facilities Management provides expert guidance and leadership throughout the opening process. Our advisors oversee the opening process for numerous sports facilities annually and have a wealth of experience to support clients during this busy time.

SFM's Opening Processes

Our work begins long before the first shovel hits the ground. Sports Facilities Advisory and Sports Facilities Management account for the opening process within our budgeting and facility planning process. We launch the recreation center opening process when funding approval is secured. Because the opening process is a highly visible event, it is not the time for learning on the job.

We launch the opening process with recreation center planning meeting and the development of a detailed project plan. SFA/SFM opening plans become the facility opening “road map.” These date-driven plans address site preparation, zoning/permitting, vendor selection, brand development, pre-opening marketing, pre-opening staffing, staff training, program development, registration software and bookkeeping systems, to banking, communications, operations systems, safety and risk management.

With a proper recreation center plan in place, Sports Facilities Management provides the guidance, document templates, and a complete package of resources to accelerate and reduce workload throughout the opening process.

With SFA and SFM, sports tourism openings gain access to our team of experienced professionals and our expertise for marketing, sales, and operations development. Contact us today for more information regarding opening a recreation center with the help of SFA and SFM.



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