Former ESPN Wide World of Sports exec to run Legacy Sports Park in Mesa
Rodney Reese is moving across the country from ESPN Wide World of Sports to become general manager of the $250-million Legacy Sports Park in Mesa.
Reese is joining Oak View Group, which will manage and operate the 320-acre Legacy Sports Park, currently under construction for a projected opening in early 2022.
He will work with Legacy Sports USA in overseeing construction, scheduling events, hiring a staff and developing operating procedures. Once the park is open, Reese will lead management and operation.
Reese worked for 16 years at ESPN Wide World of Sports in Orlando, Florida, most recently as sports business development manager. Prior to that position, he was events manager and facilty operation manager.
Peter Luukko, OVG Facilities chairman, said Reese “will be an integral part of this venue’s success. We are fortunate to have Rodney join Oak View Group to lead our team at this one-of-a-kind destination.”
Reese worked with organizations including Major League Soccer, ESPN, NBA and CONCACAF soccer to bring events to ESPN Wide World of Sports.
“Rodney brings years of experience to the team with an extensive background in signature events and overall revenue generation,” said Chad Miller, Legacy Sports USA CEO. “His knowledge of the industry make him the ideal person to be the first general manager.”
Reese was general manager of the UCF Arena in Orlando from 2002-04 and assistant general manager of Old Dominion’s Ted Constant Convocation Center from 1999-2002.
He is a graduate of Pace University in New York and played basketball for the Washington Generals, long-time foil of the Harlem Globetrotters.
At Legacy Sports Park, Oak View Group’s role includes securing naming rights and founding partners and scheduling live events, family shows, exhibitions and conventions.
Oak View Group also will manage Arizona State’s new multi-purpose arena for hockey and other sports and events.
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