Improving communities through sport

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Evan Eleff

Sports Facilities Advisory

Evan Eleff

Sports Facilities Advisory

Evan is the COO of Sports Facilities Advisory and a Member in Sports Facilities Companies (SFC). Since joining SFC in 2012, Evan has led the Sports Facilities Advisory team in producing market studies, facility plans, financial forecasts, economic impact analyses, feasibility studies, and strategic funding initiatives for more than 1,500 communities around the world and a portfolio of more than $8 billion of planned assets. Additionally, Evan has been directly involved in the development, opening, programming, management, and/or optimization of more than fifty SFC-supported venues.

Evan is considered one of the country’s foremost experts in the youth and amateur sports and recreation industry and is an authority on new facility planning, public-private partnership creation, sports tourism destination development, and operational optimization. He is a key resource and speaker for industry associations including International City/County Management Association (ICMA), International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM), National Association of Sports Commissions (NASC), The Aspen Institute Project Play, USIndoor Sports Association, and others.

Evan has served in key roles for several groundbreaking projects focused on expanding awareness of the social, educational, economic, and health-based impacts of sport and activity, including the multiple Project Play regional reports, the Florida Recreation and Park Association Parks Impact Calculator, and the Pure Michigan Sports Economic Impact Report.

Prior to joining SFC, Evan was the director of operations for the largest YMCA in the Tampa  Bay area, even representing the YMCA Association when out on the road. He was also the Director of Marketing for Facility Vendor Network. 


  • University of Florida, Gainesville, FL – Bachelor of Arts in political science and Masters in sport management

Notable Projects

  • John T. Rhodes Myrtle Beach Sports Center, Myrtle Beach, SC
  • Rocky Mount Events Center, Rocky Mount, NC
  • Rocky Top Sports World, Gatlinburg, TN
  • Spooky Nook Sports, Manheim, PA
  • Spokane Sportsplex, Spokane, WA
  • The HUB Recreation Center, Marion, IL
  • Upward Star Center, Spartanburg, SC

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