General presentation of the profession
A new and complex profession, as a stadium manager, you are responsible for the management of a sports venue as well as its operations. This covers the management of matches, the safety of people and facilities (including security), ticketing, public relations and hospitality. The operation of a stadium, owned by the club, is increasingly important in determining its course of action and its financial objectives.
The keys to success in this job
In-depth knowledge of the overall management of a private facility, now considered a profit centre, including being able to carry out various jobs. Developed knowledge of the subject area (mainly football to date) and the dominant business model in Europe are sought. This job entails large responsibilities.
Economic, commercial and managerial expertise in facility management, knowledge of management models in Europe and proficiency in English and one other language is recommended. Financial training is necessary.
The "new generation” stadiums, owned by professional clubs (football and rugby), are in development: In Lyon, Bordeaux, Nice, Le Havre, Le Mans, Valenciennes in particular but also new stadiums like in Lille. There are opportunities as event organizers and through local authorities.
€ 2,000 to € 5,000 per month, depending on club, discipline and years of experience.
EVERYONE’S TALKING ABOUT IT
After a professional career outside of sport, Eric, who graduated from the Grande École Programme in 2016, joined LOU Rugby, one of the top 14 clubs, as a Stadium Assistant Manager and was asked very quickly to work with the new private stadium Matmut Gerland in Lyon and help achieve the ambitions of GL Events, its main shareholder.