Jim is widely recognized as one of the leading designers and developers of youth sports complexes in the nation. In his role as the national director of business development, Jim Arnold leads the expansion of the SF Network of sports and recreation destinations across the country. With over sixteen years of experience in the industry, Jim has overseen the planning, design, development, and operations of many of the most innovative and successful facilities in the country.
Jim thrived in his role in the development and growth of two of the largest brands in youth sports, Ripken Baseball and Sports Force Parks. With the addition of the Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach and the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge, Jim was instrumental in developing the company’s youth facilities from one park to three, with the additions of the Ripken Experience Myrtle Beach and the Ripken Experience Pigeon Forge. Jim’s projects are highly regarded for their ability to drive profitability through creative design and self-operations.
While his career has been focused primarily on youth sports facility development, Jim has been involved in projects that touch all levels of sports across the world. From his role in the design of SRP Park (2018 Minor League Baseball Ballpark of the Year) to overseeing the development of a country-wide growth and development strategy for New Zealand Baseball. His experience across the sports landscape, plays an influential role in how he helps clients develop the most innovative, unique, and sustainable sports facilities in the industry.
- Ripken Baseball- Aberdeen, MD, Myrtle Beach, SC, and Pigeon Forge, TN*
- Sports Force Parks- Sandusky, OH, Vicksburg, MS, and Naples, FL*
- Publix Sports Park, Panama City Beach, FL
- Rocky Top Sports World, Gatlinburg, TN
- Cyclone Ballparks, Pecos, TX
- Cedar Point Sports Center, Sandusky, OH
- Ballparks of America, Branson, MO
- TNT Sportsplex, Kingsport, TN
*Please note that an asterisk designates a project completed prior to joining SFC