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Convention, Sports & Entertainment Facilities Consulting - Overview

Based in Chicago, HVS Convention, Sports & Entertainment Services (HVS CSE) has performed hundreds of assignments around the world analyzing the feasibility of convention and conference centers, headquarters hotels, arenas, stadiums, event and civic centers, performing arts facilities, hospitality developments, tourism attractions, water parks, entertainment/urban development districts and museums. Our service delivery methods set the industry standard with techniques based on sound economics and rigorous analytical methods.

In this increasingly competitive environment, many communities seek the development of convention centers, sports facilities and performing arts venues to stimulate their local economies and improve the quality of life of their citizens. Whether public agencies or private developers undertake these projects, careful planning is required for successful implementation. Communities need to understand the costs, benefits and risks of public facilities development and communicate this to elected leaders and general public.

HVS CSE can help you meet these challenges with trusted, impartial advice resulting from our years of studying and guiding convention center, sports and entertainment facility planning.

  • State and local governments, convention and visitors bureaus, economic development agencies and private developers have all benefited from our research and advice, sometimes spanning the entire lifetime of a project from the early planning stages through financing, development and operations.
  • If you have little experience in the development and operation of public facilities, you will benefit from our knowledge of comparable projects; if you are experienced and have existing projects, you will benefit from our independent analysis and creative thinking.
  • We bring a track record of success to help you realize the best means to implement your development goals; many clients turn to us repeatedly as they seek new opportunities for public facility development.
  • We have worked in thousands of cities, towns and villages worldwide, and created ground-breaking models of public/private partnerships.
  • We strive to help you evaluate the risks and benefits likely to be encountered through every step of the development process and can assist from the initial conceptual phase through the implementation of financing.
  • We have specialized expertise in conference center and hotel operations and understand the important and complex interactions between these two components.

Our specialties include:

  • Feasibility testing
  • Market analysis
  • Demand/attendance projections
  • Facility recommendations
  • Site analysis
  • Financial analysis
  • Surveys and focus groups
  • Financing strategies and recommendations
  • Economic and fiscal impact analysis
  • Management and operating recommendations
  • Tax revenue projections
  • Development and negotiation assistance
  • RFQ/RFP management

Achieving Outstanding Results for You
Tom Hazinski, Managing Director of HVS CSE, brings the highly specialized expertise necessary to analyze and implement public facilities projects. In addition, each of our principals has master’s degrees in public policy and years of experience in state and local government and strong knowledge of public financing strategies.