ORLANDO – September 21, 2015 – Orlando City SC today announced it has hired Scott J. Neal as its new Stadium General Manager effective immediately.
In this role, Neal, 43, will manage and coordinate daily operations of Orlando City's new downtown stadium, including engineering, maintenance, set-up and tear-down, and custodial management. Neal will also provide overall administrative planning, direction, and policies to the facility's staff, assuring the highest quality service for soccer games and events. Neal will report to Orlando City Chief Executive Officer Alexandre Leitao
"We are thrilled to add someone of Scott's caliber to our team as we continue to build and later operate a state-of-the-art downtown soccer stadium," said Leitao. "His expertise in venue management and operation will ensure we provide the best experience to our fans from the very beginning, continuing to defy expectations well into the future."
"I'm looking forward to this exciting opportunity with Orlando City," said Neal. "The new stadium project is just starting to ramp up in earnest, and I'm coming in at the right time to make sure we deliver a premier venue for our fans, our club, our partners and our community."
Neal spent the last seven years with SMG, a global leader in venue management, marketing and development, serving as a general manager at Rabobank Arena, Theater and Convention Center in Bakersfield, California and most recently at McLane Stadium at Baylor University. Neal brings over 20 years of sports and event experience to his role at Orlando City. He will relocate to the Orlando area with his family.