03/21/18 Mayor’s Budget Discussions: Sports Authority

03/21/18 Mayor’s Budget Discussions: Sports Authority


♪.>>WE’RE HERE FOR THE MAYOR’S BUDGET HEARING WITH THE METRO SPORTS AUTHORITY THIS AFTERNOON, I’M JOINED BY TALIA LA LOMAX O’DNEAL THE CITY’S FINANCE DIRECTOR. AND BY BRIAN KELSEY THE CITY’S CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER AS WELL. WE HAVE COUNCIL LADY TANIKA VERCHER, CHAIR OF BUDGET AND FINANCE. AND COUNCILMAN SWOPE, CHAIR OF THE FARMER’S MARKET COMMITTEE OF METRO COUNCIL. IF YOU’VE WATCHED ANY OF THESE HEARINGS, YOU WOULD SEE HOW IT’S ALL ABOUT ASKING FOR A STATUS QUO BUDGET. THAT’S BECAUSE PROPERTY TAX REVENUES WON’T BE QUITE AS STRONG THIS YEAR AS OTHER YEARS. OUR OVERALL REVENUES WON’T BE GROWING LIKE THEY HAVE IN PAST YEARS, SO IS HE WE’VE ASKED EVERYONE TO COME WITH A STATUS QUO BUDGET. AND WE BELIEVE THAT WE CAN MAINTAIN THE CURRENT TAX RATE, AND STILL PROVIDE THE SAME LEVEL OF SERVICES IF EVERYBODY DOES THAT. AND THAT’S WHERE WE ARE THIS YEAR. IF YOU COULD INTRODUCE YOURSELF AND MERCHANDISE ADKINS, WHO IS WITH YOU, AND GIVE US A BRIEF PRESENTATION, AND WE’LL PROBABLY HAVE A FEW QUESTIONS FOR YOU. NOT DID I H DIFFICULT QUESTIONS.>>GOOD AFTERNOON, MAYOR BRILEY, TALIA, AND BRIAN.>>BEHIND ME IS THE SPORTS AUTHORITY CHAIR IS KIM ADKINS, AND IS OUR STAFF, THE ADMINISTRATIVE SERVICES OFFICER, QUENTIN OUR SPECIAL EVENTS COORDINATOR, WE HAD A BOARD MEMBER WHO PLANNED TOP JOIN US, SHE MAY COME IN. AND WE ARE ALWAYS PLEASED TO HAVE REPRESENTATIVES FROM OUR FACILITIES FROM THE PREDATORS, WE HAVE PRESIDENT AND CEO, SEAN HENRY, WE HAVE DAVID KELLS. WE HAVE MICHELLE KENTUCKY EKENNEDY, KYLE CLAYTON. DID I MISS ANYBODY?>>YOU’RE GOOD.>>THAT’S THE PREDATORS, AND THEN ALSO FROM THE TITANS, WE ARE PLEASED TO HAVE PRESIDENT AND CEO, STEVE UNDERWOOD, BOB FLYNN, WALTER OVERTON, AND I THINK THAT’S IT, AND SO WE ALWAYS ENJOY GREAT SUPPORT FROM OUR FACILITY MANAGERS, AND WE APPRECIATE YOU ALL BEING HERE WITH US TODAY. THE SOUND ARE TRAVELING, THE NASH EVER NASHVILLE SOUND, IS AND SO THEY SEND THEIR REGRETS THAT THEY WERE UNABLE TO BE HERE. AS YOU KNOW, THE SPORTS AUTHORITY SERVES AS THE OWNER AND LANDLORD OF THE CITY’S PROFESSIONAL SPORTS AND ENTERTAINMENT VENUES, NISSAN STADIUM, BRIDGESTONE ARENA, THE 2017 PULSESTAR WINNER OF THE YEAR, AND ALSO FORD ICE CENTER, AND WE ARE CHARGED WITH KEEPING THEM IN FIRST CLASS CONDITION. IN 2017 ALONE MORE THAN 1 AND A HALF MILLION PEOPLE VISITED BRIDGESTONE ARENA. WE HAD OVER HALF A MILLION THAT WERE AT FIRST TENNESSEE PARK. WE UNDERSTAND THAT OUR VENUES ARE IMPORTANT TO THE ENJOYMENT AND THE QUALITY OF LIFE OF OUR RESIDENTS AND VITUTORS, OUR SPORTS TEAM, AND BOTH NASHVILLE APPLAUSE I CAN AND TOURISM INDUSTRIES, AND AS SUCH, THE CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF OUR FACILITIES IS A CHARGE THAT THE SPORTS AUTHORITY TAKES SERIOUSLY, WE HAVE PROPOSED A STATUS QUO BUDGET FOR FY 19, AND WE WILL AND WORKING TOWARDS OUR SAVINGS GOAL THAT WE DISCUSSED WITH OMB, IN REGARDS TO THE CURRENT YEAR. IN REGARDS TO OUR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WE WERE ABLE TO RECEIVE FUND CAN THIS YEAR, AND LAST YEAR THROUGH THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLAN. IN FY 17, IT ALLOWED US TO HIRE A SPECIAL EVENTS HAD INTRODUCED, THIS WOULD I – INCREASE OUR CAPACITY FOR BOTH CIVIL AND COMMUNITY EVENTS INSIDE THE NISSAN STADIUM FOOTPRINT, AS A RESULT WE HAVE SEEN A SUBSTANTIAL INCREASE IN THE NUMBER OF EVENTS AND THE REVENUE THAT WE HAVE GENERATED IN FY 18, ALONG WITH CONTRIBUTIONS FROM THE SOUND AND TITANS, AND SOME OTHER GREAT COMMUNITY PARTNERS, ALLOWED US TO ADD BREASTFEEDING, TO MAMAVA, PODS AT FIRST TENNESSEE PARK, AND NISSAN STADIUM, AND THANK YOU. AMAVA’S, ARE CLEAN, PROOF I HAVE AT ADA, COMPLIANT NURSING STATIONS AND THEY HAVE REALLY BEEN A HIT AT OUR FACILITIES THIS YEAR. OVER THE PAST 2 YEARS, THE SPORTS AUTHORITY IN PARTNERSHIP WITH OUR FACILITY MANAGERS, HAS MADE GREAT STRIDES IN PROLONGING THE LIFE OF OUR FACILITIES. WE HAVE COMPLETED BOTH SEAT REPLACEMENT PROJECTS AT BRIDGESTONE, AND NISSAN STADIUM. AND WE HAVE MADE MAJOR REPAIRS TO THE FAULTY EXPANSION JOINTS THAT ARE RESULTED IN SOME LEAKS, AND DAMAGE TO THE FACILITIES. SUITES AT BOTH FACILITIES HAVE EITHER BEEN RENOVATED OR IN THE QUEUE. ADDITIONALLY IN AN ATTEMPT TO BETTER UNDERSTAND THE CURRENT CONDITION AND THE FUTURE NEEDS OF BOTH BRIDGESTONE ARENA, AND NISSAN STADIUM. WE ENGAGED A LOCAL IF I REMEMBER TO PERFORM COMPREHENSIVE FACILITY STUDIES ON THE BUILDING. AND WE’RE NO YOU USING THE RECOMMENDATION THAT IS WE RECEIVED FROM THE STUDY TO PE PERFORM, AND PRIORITIZE CAPITAL SPENDING, I THINK THAT IT’S IMPORTANT TO NOTE THAT BOTH OF THESE PROJECTS, THE SEAT REPLACE{SUFFIX}MENT, AND THE SEAT REPLACEMENTS ARE BEING FUNDED WITH CME’S, AND REVENUE. AND IT MEANS THAT THE FANS WHO SIT IN THE SEATS ARE THE ONES WHO ARE PAYING FOR THEM. I HAVE FAILED TO MENTION OVER THE PAST COUPLE OF YEARS, OUR TEAMS, HAVE MADE SIZEABLE. INVESTMENT, FROM HVAC, REFURBISHMENTS, FOOD COURT CONCESSIONS BUILDOUT, AND METAL DETECTORS, AND EACH HAS CONTRIBUTED. IN ADDITION TO O MAJOR LEAGUE TEAMS, THE SOUNDS CONTINUE OPPORTUNITIES TO EXPAND THE USE OF FIRST TENNESSEE PARK. THIS PAST FALL THEY HOSTED THEIR FIRST CONCERT, KINGS OF LEON. TONIGHT THEY WILL HOST VANDERBILT BELMONT BASEBALL GAME. AND I’M SURE THAT YOU KNOW THAT THEY ARE GEARING UP TO HOST, THE F’S, INAUGURAL SEASON. AND THEY CONTINUE TO PROVIDE AN OPPORTUNITY FOR THE COMMUNITY TO ACTIVELY PARTICIPATE IN HOCKEY LEAGUES, LEARN TO /SKA*EUT PROGRAMS IN THE SCOTT HAMILTON SKATING ACADEMY, WHICH OVER THE PAST 4 YEARS, HAS GROAN FROM 4 TO 1400 PARTICIPANTS FROM NHL, ROOKIE CAMPS, TO FIGURE SKATING QUALIFIERS, IN THE LAST 4 YEARS, FORD ICE CENTERS, HAS BECOME 1 OF THE PREMIER, AND BUSIEST ICE CENTERS IN THE COUNTRY. THE NASHVILLE SPORTS SCENE IS BETTER THAN EVER. ESPN, HAS RECOGNIZED PREDATORS, AS THE NUMBER 1 TEAM IN ALL OF SPORTS, AND THE TITANS ARE BACK IN THE SEASON, AND I THINK THAT WE SAW WITH THE STANLEY CUP FINALS WAS SOMETHING THAT NONE OF US WILL EVER FORGET. AS WE LOOK TO THE FUTURE, WE ARE THRILLED THAT WILL NASHVILLE FINISHED AT THE TOP OF THE LIST FOR THE MAJOR LEAGUE SOCCER EXPANSION TEAMS. AND WE ARE THANKFUL TO THE NASHVILLE SOCCER HOLDS, WE REMAIN EXCITED ABOUT THE POSSIBILITY OF A NEW STADIUM, HOSTING A NFL DRAFT, AND A FINAL 4, AND HOPEFULLY, WE WILL HOST A WORLD CUP. WE HOPE TO HAVE FIRST CLASS FACILITIES THAT OUR COMMUNITY CAN ENJOY, AND HOST WORLD CLASS EVENTS LIKE I JUST MENTIONED WITH YOUR SUPPORT AND THE METRO COUNCIL, AND OUR PROFESSIONAL SPORTS TEAMS, WE CAN GET THERE. I’M PLEASED TO ANSWER ANY QUESTIONS.>>IT’S A TERRIFIC OVERVIEW. FROM AN OPERATING BUDGET PERSPECTIVE, WE HAVE A VERY SMALL BUDGET, WHO THE A WHOLE LOT OF OPTIONS THERE. I APPRECIATE YOUR COOPERATION.>>ABSOLUTELY.>>AS ALWAYS. WORKING WITH US. WITH.E JUST SUCH A JOY TO WORK->>WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT. THANK YOU.>>THE ONLY THING THAT WE’VE BEEN IN CONVERSATION RECENTLY ABOUT ARE SOME OF THE CAPITAL NEEDS. BECAUSE WE DO KNOW THAT THOSE ARE MUCH NEEDED AT THIS TIME. SO I DIDN’T KNOW IF YOU WANTED TO SPEND ANY MORE TIME TALKING ABOUT THAT TO, THE MAYOR WHILE WE’RE HERE?>>WELL, AS YOU KNOW, WE HAVE FACILITIES THAT ARE OVER 20 YEARS OLD. THE CAPITAL NEEDS PRESENT MORE FREQUENTLY. I THINK THAT THE FACILITY ASSESSMENT STUDIES THAT I MENTIONED EARLIER IS A REALLY HELPFUL TOOL TO KIND OF GUIDE AND? HOW WE MOVE FORWARD WITH THOSE. SO WE CONTINUE TO WORK — WE’RE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH THE TEAM TO LOOK AT A 5-YEAR PLAN. BUT CLEARLY, THE CITY HAS IMPORTANT OBLIGATIONS TO THE TEAMS, AND IT’S THE RIGHT THING TO DO. WE’VE GOT TO KEEP THE FACILITIES IN FIRST CLASS CONDITION, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO STUNNED CONVERSATION ABOUT THAT FUTURE.>>THANK YOU.>>THANK YOU FOR YOUR INITIATIVE, AND YOUR RELATIONSHIP ON THE PUBLIC INVESTMENT PLAN, PROGRAM. I’M GLAD TO SEE YOU PULL THAT OFF. 1 OF THE GOALS FOR THAT PROGRAM WAS TO ATTRACT SOME PRIVATE INVESTMENT, PRIVATE INVOLVEMENT, AND BUILD PUBLIC PRIVATE PARTNERSHIPS THAT WE CAN USE TO SHOWCASE TO OTHER METRO AGENCIES, AND DEPARTMENTS AS EXAMPLES. AT LEAST FOR THE ROUND THAT I WAS RESPONSIBLE FOR. I THINK THAT I MIGHT HAVE HAD 1 OTHER 1 WITH STRONG PRIVATE SECTOR EXPECTATION, AND I THINK THAT YOU LED THE WAY AND DEMONSTRATED WHAT WE WERE TRYING TO DO THERE.>>THANK YOU.>>YOU SAID IT WAS PRETTY WELL RECEIVED, AND YOU GOT SOME GOOD REVIEWS.>>WE HAVE. WE’VE GOTTEN GREAT REVIEWS. AND AGAIN UNDERSTANDING THAT WE HAVE THE SOUNDS AND THE TITANS WHO ARE IN THE ROOM WERE FANTASTIC PARTNERS ON THAT PROJECT, AND IT WAS A NEED THAT WE HAD SEEN. WE APPRECIATE THE TITANS WHO EVEN OVER AND ABOVE THE CONTRIBUTION THAT THEY MADE TO THE PIP, REALIZE THAT THERE IS A NEED FOR SPACES FOR NURSING MOMS, AND SO THEY LOOKED AT THE FACILITY, AND SAID WE HAVE 3 OTHER AREAS THAT ARE BEING UNUSED. SO IN ADDITION TO THE FUNDING OF THE PODS, THIS HE ALSO CONVERTED THOSE SPACES INTO NURSING ROOMS. AND THE PREDATORS HAVE DONE THE SAME THING AT BRIDGESTONE ARENA, AND SO WE’RE EXCITE ABOUT THAT.>>AND THERE’S A LITTLE BIT EVER UNKNOWN WITH YOU BE PICK WILL WORKS, AND SOME QUESTIONS ABOUT HOW THEY WOULD BE TRANSPORTED.>>THAT PIECE REALLY HAD BEEN A CHALLENGE. WE ARE CONTINUING TO WORK WITH PUBLIC WORKS IN HOPING THAT WE CAN DEPLOY THE PODS FOR EARTH DAY. WE THINK THAT THERE ARE SOME REALLY IMPORTANT LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES TO DO THAT.>>GREAT, THANKS.>>THANK YOU.>>SO OVER THE LAST 2 WEEKS, I HAVE LEARNED THAT THE PEOPLE THINK THAT I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SPORTS. I WAS RECENTLY CHALLENGED ON THE IDEA THAT I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT ICING WAS. SO I DID KNOW, AND I KNEW ALSO THAT THE RULE HAD CHANGED NOT TOO LONGO AND I THINK THAT 9 T THAT I DON’T KNOW ANYTHING ABOUT SPORTS. THAT IS NOT TRUE. I DO NOAH LITTLE. AND I DID ATTEND THE FIRST CONCERT AT FIRST TENNESSEE PARK. I WAS THERE FOR THE KINGS OF LEON. SO I AM A PARTICIPATE AND THE OCCASIONALLY, I GUESS IS WHAT I WOULD SAY.>>WE LOOK FORWARD TO HAVING YOU AT MORE OF OUR EVENTS. THE TITANS ARE REALLY — THEY’RE DOING A GREAT JOB INCREASING THE NUMBER OF VISITORS TO THE STADIUM. OF COURSE, BRIDGESTONE ARENA THEY ALWAYS DO A FANTASTIC JOB, AND SO WE’RE EXCITED.>>AL YOU OF THE TEAMS ARE A KEY FACTOR IN KNITTING TOGETHER THE COMMUNITY. BECAUSE THERE ARE FEW PEOPLE WHO ARE INITIALLY FROM NASHVILLE ANY MORE. WE’RE ALL FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD, AND SO IT’S MY SENSE THAT THE INVESTMENT THAT THE — THAT WE MAKING TO TO HAVE THE SPORTS TEAMS HERE IS IMPORTANT FOR BUILDING COMMUNITY AND KEEPING US ALL GOING IN THE SAME DIRECTION WHEN SOMETIMES IT’S EASY TO GET DIVIDED UP, INTO TRIBES, LET’S ALL BE PART OF THAT, PREDS, TRIBE, AND I’M A BIG SUPPORTER AND I LOOK FORWARD TO ADDING ANOTHER VENUE TO YOUR PORTFOLIO IN THE COMING MONTHS.>>I APPRECIATE THAT. WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT.>>ANY

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