SportsEvents Magazine

JAN 2018

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Page 26 of 75 January 2018 27 When Monty Jones Jr. joined the City of Hoover, Ala., as the general manager of the Hoover Metropolitan Complex, he brought extensive experience in the facility, event, sports and entertainment business. Jones' hiring as general manager last December includes the duties of oversee- ing the management and daily operations of the new Finley Center, the Hoover 11,000-seat Metropolitan Stadium and outdoor facilities which will include five regulation soccer/football/lacrosse fields, five regulation baseball/softball fields, 16 tennis courts, a pro shop, a walking track, splash pad, event lawn and playground. The 155,000-square-foot Finley Center includes more than 83,000-square-feet of multicourt space and can be configured with up to 11 basketball courts or 17 volleyball courts. The cen- ter also includes an indoor walking track, a food court, flexible meeting space and a clip 'n climb attraction. Drop-down netting provides the option to divide spacing for multiple activities to take place at one time. The facility also includes a one-of-a kind expanded recreational (RV ) park situated adjacent to Finley Center and within walking distance of the stadium. The RV park features 170 pull-through sites, electric, water and Wi-Fi. Jones is an employee of Sports Facilities Management, a company that oversees the facility and works under a contract with the City of Hoover in his capacity as general manager. Prior to becoming the new gen- eral manager, Jones managed the Spectra by Comcast/Macon Centreplex in Macon, Ga., that includes a 9,000-seat arena and was responsible for overall management and day to day operations for the SPHL Macon Mayhem and the 2,700-seat multi- purpose Macon City Auditorium. Prior to Macon, he managed the 19,000- seat Spectra by Comcast Spectacor/Gila River Arena in Glendale, Ariz., that is home to the NHL Arizona Coyotes and the Augusta Entertainment complex in Augusta, Ga. In addition, Jones was the general man- ager of the Augusta Entertainment Com- plex. He was also the executive director of the Patricia A. Jones Convocation Center in Chicago, Illinois and the Colonial Life Arena in Columbia, S.C. "The most rewarding part is being able to work with a great group of individuals for a common goal to be a part of a community that enriches the overall quality of life for the locals and provide a destination for others," Jones said. "You can see the enjoyment espe- cially in the youth as they score a basket, kick a goal or spike the ball." n Monty Jones Jr. General Manager Sports Facilities Management/ Hoover Metropolitan Complex, Hoover, Ala. J.D. Wood is the Tourism Manager for the City of College Station, Texas, and oversees 58 parks throughout the city with a focus on sports tourism. Over the years, College Station has hosted and run hundreds of events at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex and other city-operated parks and facilities with events as diverse as quidditch to USA Archery. As the tourism manager, Wood coordinates and manages the city's athletic programs, athletic tournaments and special events. Wood grew up in Onalaska, Texas and grad- uated from Texas A&M University with a degree in sports management. He has worked with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau, the National Senior Games and Texas A&M Athletics and works with events such as the Games of Texas, the NFL Superbowl, NBA All-Star Games and more. Being in College Station and Texas A&M is already a draw for major sporting events and that works in the city's and Wood's favor when courting tournaments, because of the close relationship. Earlier this year Wood told SportsEvents, "The level of service our parks employees provide, along with the quality of maintenance by our parks and recreation staff, helps set College Station apart. Our success is also a direct result of the strong partnerships we've developed throughout our community." This year, about 60 sports events and 60 special events will be held in College Station, including the 2018 Senior Games, Feb. 23-25 for people ages 50 and older. The Games of Texas will also come to College Station July 26-29. With more than 120 different sports events and special events taking place in the city at all times, Wood is a busy man who has a reputa- tion for deliver- ing memorable experiences. Looking ahead, he is hoping the city will win a bid to bring Beep Baseball to town, but in the meantime, he has local soccer, 7-on-7 and other local events happening each week, even when major events and visitors leave town. n J.D. Wood Tourism Manager City of College Station, Texas SPORTS EVENT PARKS & RECREATION LEADERS TO WATCH IN 2018 A great concept needs a great venue to meet the lofty expectations of aspiring athletes, and the Sports Venue Professionals who take care of the fields, competitors and spectators are key contributors to any event's success.

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