(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Global Spectrum, operators of the new Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, AZ, has named Patrick Talty, a 10-year veteran of public assembly facility management, as director of operations of the new 64,000-seat home of the National Football League's Arizona Cardinals, scheduled to open in the fall of 2006.
Talty joins Global Spectrum from the Lansing Entertainment and Public Facilities Authority in Lansing, MI, where he was interim president and CEO since last August. He had been vice president of operations for the multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex since 2001, responsible for day-to-day operations of the Lansing Center, a convention center facility; Oldsmobile Park, home of the Lansing Lugnuts, a Toronto Blue Jays minor league baseball affiliate; the historic Lansing City market; and a host of related public and private events.
In his new post for Cardinals Stadium, Talty will be responsible for all operational aspects of the multi-purpose stadium, including maintenance, field conversion, event set-up, cleaning and security.
"As we move closer to completion of Cardinals Stadium, we will rely heavily on Patrick's experience and knowledge of operating similar facilities to create policies and procedures for the new stadium," said Global Spectrum's Peter Sullivan, Cardinals Stadium GM.
"When you look at the strength that Patrick brings to the Global Spectrum operations, you can see why we continue to be pleased with the top-notch team that the company is putting together for the facility management and marketing of the stadium," said Ted Ferris, president and CEO of the Arizona Sports and Tourism Authority.
Prior to Lansing, Talty spent five years at the RCA Dome and Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis, IN, home of the NFL's Indianapolis Colts, as director of safety and security (1998-2001) and event coordinator (1996-1998).
Talty began his career as director of facilities and operations at the Indiana Basketball Academy in Indianapolis, where he was responsible for coordination of construction and opening of a $1.1 million sports facility. He is a member of the International Association of Assembly Managers (IAAM) and served on the local organizing committee for the 2002 World Basketball Championships. — Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen