Weston Sports and Entertainment

Weston Sports and Entertainment is a professional consulting firm formed to manage the development of sports arenas and multi-purpose venues. Led by nationally recognized experts John Hilkene, Mark K. Horton, and Principal Edward Asher, Weston has no affiliation with any design or construction firm, and will therefore represent your company without bias. And with prior experience including projects for the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHAA, and NHL, our experience handling large capital projects speaks for itself.

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First Energy Stadium

Weston Sports and Entertainment was selected as the Owner's Representative to the Cleveland Browns during the two-phase, $120 million modernization of FirstEnergy Stadium in downtown Cleveland. Each phase is being completed during the NFL off-seasons; Phase I in 2014 and Phase II in 2015.

Phase I focuses on replacement of the scoreboards and escalators, as well as enhancements to the fan experience.

Phase II focuses on upgrades to the suites and club areas.

Nashville Sounds Ballpark

Case Study

Weston Sports & Entertainment, LLC was part of a team hired by the City of Nashville to provide a Feasibility Study for the new Nashville Sounds ballpark. The study consisted of the following:

  • Identifying the most suitable location for the facility
  • Determining the appropriate size (general seating, premium seating and suite configuration) and facility components for the new stadium at each potential site.
  • Describing any ancillary development opportunities in conjunction with the stadium such as retail, hospitality, residential, etc.
  • Validating all capital/development costs
  • Identifying the most feasible approach for financing the facility
  • Assessing the potential economical impact of the new facility, both direct and indirect
  • Traffic studies

Region 2000

Case Study

Liberty University and Virginia's Region 2000 Partnership engaged Weston Sports and Entertainment to perform Market and Feasibility Studies to determine the potential for developing a New Civic Center and Conference Center/Hotel complex. Work completed to date has included the following:

  • Identifying the regional marketing radius
  • Identifying competitive venues
  • Measure competitive impacts
  • Perform a market penetration analysis
  • Establishing the facility program
  • Site planning
  • Economic impact studies
  • Traffic studies
  • Deriving cost estimates
  • Revenue and expenses forecasts
  • Performing a financial analysis
  • Identify financial sources
  • Providing results and recommendations
  • Lease negotiations

Richmond Coliseum

Interim Report
City Response
News Article

The Consulting Team is Pleased to Present Preliminary Findings in Connection with the Arena Market Validation and Financial Feasibility Study

  • Major Goals and Objectives
  • Evaluate Local and Regional Market Demand
  • Site Analysis
  • Prepare Preliminary Construction Cost Estimates
  • Evaluate Financial Feasibility
  • Evaluate Financing Alternatives (Case Studies Included /To be Completed - Next Phase)
  • Evaluate Economic and Fiscal Impacts

KFC Yum! Center

Louisville Downtown Arena

The KFC Yum! Center, formally the Louisville Downtown Arena, was constructed by the Louisville Arena Authority and is home to the University of Louisville Men's and Women's Basketball Teams. Recently completed, the arena is located on the Ohio River near the Kentucky International Convention Center as well as many office buildings, hotels and restaurants. In addition to University of Lousiville basketball, the arena hosts many NCAA collegiate sports events and championships, hockey, concerts and other family shows.

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Expansion

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium Expansion

Papa John's Cardinal Stadium is the home of the University of Louisville Football Team. The stadium is currently undergoing a $72.0 million expansion to add 13,000 seats, 1,500 Loge seats, and 33 Suites.

Sprint Center

Sprint Center

Completed in the Fall of 2007, Sprint Center is the centerpiece of a $3 billion public-private mixed-use urban development. This multi-use sports facility anchors a district in downtown Kansas City which also includes upscale retail, office, and residential uses. Heralded nationwide as a model for urban redevelopment, the Sprint Center offers year-round entertainment.

New Charlotte Uptown Arena

New Charlotte Uptown Arena

The New Charlotte Uptown Arena is being constructed by the City of Charlotte and will be the home for the NBA's Charlotte Bobcats and the WNBA's Charlotte Sting. The arena is located in a downtown setting near a variety of office buildings, restaurants and stores. In addition to professional basketball, the arena will also hold college basketball games and tournaments, hockey, concerts and other family shows.

FedExForum

FedExForum

FedExForum is the new home of the Memphis Grizzlies NBA team. The arena seats 18,190 people for basketball and is located block from the historic Beale Street entertainment district. The area is tied to this entertainment district with an outdoor entertainment and party area along with a 35,000 s.f. exterior plaza. The arena has a very flexible seating bowl and ice floor allowing the arena to house ice events, concerts, rodeos, family shows, etc. FedExForum is designed to provide outstanding guest comfort, excellent sightlines and acoustics, and seating flexibility for a wide range of potential events.

Paul Brown Stadium

The contemporary design of the new Paul Brown Stadium anchors a revitalization of Cincinnati's Riverfront District -- and will set new standards for the design of future stadiums in the NFL for decades to come.

This $285 million, 1.8 million sf facility opened in August 2000. Mark Horton has assisted the Bengals organization in a variety of roles -- including lease negotiations, forecasting revenues, developing design program requirements, and validating cost estimates and construction schedules.

He also acted in the role of Owner's Representative during design and construction - as well as preparations for staffing and operating the new facility.

"Mark Horton provided superior leadership and direction for the Bengals in the development of Paul Brown Stadium. Mark served as the Club's representative on the project and oversaw design coordination, budget review, cost estimating, and program assurance. With his prior stadium experience, Mark contributed heavily to our project and was one of the reasons Paul Brown Stadium ended up the most decorated stadium in the NFL."

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Cleveland Browns Stadium

Mark Horton was Cleveland City Council's representative to the new, state-of-the-art, $350 million dollar Cleveland Browns Stadium. With an opening day in August 1999, the lakefront Stadium features 72,000 seats, 120 loges, uninterrupted site lines, a new Dawg Pound, and hi-tech scoreboards and graphics.

For this Project, he monitored three areas that are most critical to the Council: schedule, budget and EEO compliance. He reported directly to Council leadership on Project status and workforce diversity - including an advisory role on legislative oversight and policy initiatives.

Budgetary analysis and schedule management is a vital concern for any major project. The Stadium was no exception, with added pressure for completion by opening day of the Browns' football season. He utilized considerable project- and construction management expertise to review and analyze Project budget and schedule - enabling him to independently advise Council on the Project's progress and the potential for future delays that affect building turnover and cost.

EEO compliance was also a top priority for our client, and considerable resources to this monitoring function were committed - working to ensure that contractors were meeting the MBE/FBE contractual goals, as well as those set for utilization of minorities, females

Conseco Fieldhouse

Conseco Fieldhouse

Conseco Fieldhouse has become the arena that all others are judged against. Indiana is about basketball and the Conseco Fieldhouse was designed to create the environment that evokes the sights, sounds and feel of an old town fieldhouse like the Hinkle Fieldhouse featured in the film Hoosiers. This was accomplished through the use of exposed girders, arched windows and wooden signs that pay homage to Indiana's basketball heritage. Fans know they are in basketball heaven from the moment they walk inside this fully themed arena.

Even though the arena is designed to evoke memories of the state's great high school and collegiate fieldhouses, it still delivers all the amenities of a modern NBA arena.Conseco Fieldhouse can be configured for other events as well, such as ice hockey, concertsand traveling shows.

Quicken Loans Arena

Gund Arena

Quicken Loans Arena is located adjacent to Progressive Field in the Gateway district of Cleveland. The arena and stadium were constructed at the same time as part of a new sports district in downtown Cleveland.

Quicken Loans Arena was designed to create a more intimate setting with 60% of its 20,500 seats located in the lower bowl. This intimate feel was extended to the suites by locating 28 of the suites only 15 rows from the arena floor. The remaining 60 suites are located 30 rows from the floor.

Quicken Loans Arena is designed for concert quality acoustical sound and concert rigging capacity. Quicken Loans Arena also includes a full-service production facility which includes an on-line production suite, master control facility, TV and radio studios to provide video, matrix, lighting and audio services as well as broadcast coordination. Quicken Loans Arena also includes a club restaurant, a sports bar, and a 7,000 car parking garage. Quicken Loans Arena also contains a regulation sized practice basketball court that is a replica floor of the original Cavaliers main court.

Progressive Field

Progressive Field

Progressive Field is the crown jewel of Downtown Cleveland's renaissance.

Home of the Cleveland Indians since 1994, this facility has already been heralded as an icon in sports facility design. The record- breaking string of consecutive sell-outs season after season is a direct testimony to the success of a project originally conceived as a public-private economic-development program.

Mark Horton served as the project manager of Progressive Field for the Gateway Economic Development Corporation. This $200 million, 1.4 million square foot facility was opened on time and on budget to rave reviews throughout major league baseball and the nation.

"Please accept this letter of acknowledgement on behalf of Cuyahoga County for your hard work and dedication on the Gateway Sports Complex. Your project management skills were invaluable to this monumental achievement by the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County."

- Thomas J. Hayes
Cuyahoga County Administrator

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Testimonials

"John Hilkene's construction experience, due to his involvement in several new NBA facilities, was a valuable contributing factor to our ability to bring the Charlotte Bobcats Arena in on-time and on-budget."

-Barry Silberman,
Charlotte Bobcats Arena
Chief Operating Officer

"It worked out excellent. Many have commented that for the price we paid for it, the city of Memphis got a steal. We got the best bargain in the league."

-Charles Carpenter,
Public Building Authority
Acting Executive Director

"He [John Hilkene] helped to ensure that the building worked operationally for the public and the operators. Without him, this building would not be the great place it is."

-Rick Fuson,
Indiana Pacers
Senior Vice President

"Mark Horton provided superior leadership and direction for the Bengals in the development of Paul Brown Stadium. Mark served as the Club's representative on the project and oversaw design coordination, budget review, cost estimating, and program assurance. With his prior stadium experience, Mark contributed heavily to our project and was one of the reasons Paul Brown Stadium ended up the most decorated stadium in the NFL."

-Troy A. Blackburn,
Cincinnati Bengals

"The work on the Gateway Sports Complex has been important to us and Mark Horton's contributions have proven invaluable in so many areas; and still are."

-Todd Greathouse,
Gateway Economic Development Corporation
Executive Director

"Please accept this letter of acknowledgement on behalf of Cuyahoga County for your hard work and dedication on the Gateway Sports Complex. Your project management skills were invaluable to this monumental achievement by the City of Cleveland and Cuyahoga County."

-Thomas J. Hayes,
Cuyahoga County Administrator

 
 
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