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Sports facility companies choose new chief executive to lead Hoover Met complex

HOOVER, Ala., February 24, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — The Town of Hoover hired Sports facility companies (CFS) employee Shannon James Ealy as Managing Director to direct the day-to-day operations of Hoover Met Complex in the Hoover, AL. The sports complex can host a variety of tournaments, camps, clinics and leagues. the Finley Center is located at the Hoover Met Complex, a 155,000 square foot state-of-the-art sports complex and event venue. They offer basketball, volleyball and a range of other indoor sports, as well as football, soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball on our outdoor courts. This facility can accommodate events, sports tournaments, banquets, trade shows and more.

A career sports executive, Ealy has 25 years of experience in sports administration. Ealy has a diverse background in leadership, day-to-day operations, revenue generation, tax management, external affairs, internal operations, facilities management and event operations. Ealy formed Outsource Sports Management, a sports marketing and event management company, after the national pandemic to assist sports, entertainment and tourism organizations with expertise in outsourcing services due to significant job cuts and increased personnel costs.

Ealy said: “I am very happy to be returning to the Greater Birmingham-Hoover metropolitan area to continue my career in sports administration running the Hoover Met complex and its incredible staff. I want to thank the leaders of the companies at sports facilities. Jason Clement, Dave Prichett, Michael Godoy and John Sparks for the opportunity to be associated with such a great organization and world-class venue. I look forward to working and serving Mayor Brocato, his staff, City Council, the Vacuum community and all users of the Hoover Met Complex.”

“Shannon will bring a wealth of experience as General Manager of the Hoover Met,” said Vacuum Mayor Frank Brocato.

For eight years, Ealy held senior positions within the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB) athletics department, led day-to-day operations, supervised a $30 million annual operating budget, managed external and internal administrative units, and supervised football, basketball, softball and baseball. He successfully served as Acting Director of Athletics during a contentious and tumultuous time in the program’s history. He provided leadership, stability and confidence after the university eliminated football, bowling and rifle. Under his leadership, Ealy helped reestablish all three sports programs within six months.

Prior to joining UAB Athletics, Ealy served Team Bruno Event as Vice President of the Alabama Sports Foundation, where he led all efforts to produce large-scale sporting events such as the SEC Baseball Tournament, the SEC Gymnastics Championship, Magic City Classic, SWAC.

Football Championship, US Olympic Marathon Trials, American Football Games, Pro Beach Volleyball and Brett Favre Celebrity Softball Game.

At the same time he provided consultancy services to the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex to assist in the planning, programming and support of a city center birmingham stadium, entertainment district and accommodation as chairman of Birmingham Sports Ventures.

About the Hoover Metropolitan Complex

Hoover Metropolitan Complex is a world-class multisport and event facility located in Hoover, AL just 10 miles south of birmingham. The state-of-the-art Finley Center features over 83,000 square feet of uninterrupted multipurpose space and Hoover RV Park features 170 walk-through spaces with utility hookups. The outdoor complex includes five NCAA regulation size baseball/softball fields, five multi-purpose fields suitable for NCAA regulation soccer, football and lacrosse, 16 hard tennis courts, a playground and a wading pool. Hoover Met Complex is a member of the SF Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities and is operated by industry leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Companies.


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