Great news for Legacy Sports Park! The 320-acre multisport facility under construction near Cadence, has hired Rodney Reese to serve as the first general manager of the park. Reese is the former sports business development manager at ESPN Wide World of Sports and brings 20 years of experience in both live event and venue management.
Reese is joining Oak View Group, which will manage Legacy Sports Park. Reese will oversee construction, create operating procedures for live events and lead the day-to-day operations of the complex while working closely with Legacy Sports USA.
“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 of the Legacy Sports Park in Mesa.”
Reese has worked with organizations including Major League Soccer, ESPN, NBA and CONCACAF soccer to bring events to ESPN Wide World of Sports. He is a graduate of Pace University in New York and played basketball for the Washington Generals, long-time foil of the Harlem Globetrotters.
As reported in our October blog, Legacy Sports Park will be located at Ellsworth and Pecos Roads, about 5 miles from Cadence. It is on track to open in January 2022. Legacy is in the final stages of having its 330 acres near East Pecos and South Ellsworth roads annexed into Mesa, though the land is currently a county island.
Legacy Sports Park will be the largest privately-owned facility of its type in the country. The park anticipates drawing participants from all over the United States and even the world. In addition to youth sports and soccer tournaments, there will be a 40-court complex for pickleball players, as well as an entertainment corridor and plenty of food options.
Just recently, Arizona Dynamics and Arizona Fusion Tumble have partnered with Legacy to bring an elite gymnastics program and a cheer and tumbling program to the park.
According to Legacy Sports USA, the national and international competitions and accompanying visitors will provide a forum for the exchange of cultural and educational philosophies through athletic competition regardless of nationality, religion, or socioeconomic background. The park is expected to create over 1,500 jobs and generate hundreds of millions of dollars in direct economic impact back to the surrounding community.