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Director of Stadium Management

Phone: (412) ***-****  
Email: s***@***.com
Local Address:  Pittsburgh , Pennsylvania , United States
280 Park Avenue
New York , New York 10017
United States

Company Description: Formed in 1994, National Football League Players Inc. (NFL PLAYERS) is the exclusive licensing and marketing subsidiary of the NFL Players Association. Representing...   more

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Stadium Managers Association, 23 Dec 2006 [cached]
James V. Sacco (04-07)Executive Director of Stadium ManagementPSSI Stadium Corp - Heinz Field900 Art Rooney AvenuePittsburgh, PA 15212412-697-7145 (P)412-697-7151 (F)
news 20/04/2002, 20 April 2002 [cached]
Sacco is New SMA President
At the Annual Business Meeting in Tucson in January, James V. Sacco, Executive Director of Stadium Management, Heinz Field, was elected as President of the Stadium Managers Association for 2002-03. Sacco formerly held the position of Vice President and has been on the SMA board of directors since 1998. He is anxious to improve communications between the board and the members, and has definite plans in this regard. Comments and suggestions about the SMA are encouraged. Contact Jimmy Sacco at:
You won't see Jim Sacco running ..., 8 April 2014 [cached]
You won't see Jim Sacco running deep on Sunday, but that doesn't mean he isn't a crucial part of the Steelers' offense. How he keeps the fans energized and Heinz stadium ready for any event.
Like most kids, Jim Sacco grew up on a ball field. Unlike most kids, however, he never left. "My dad was an usher at Forbes Field [home of the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1909 to 1971]," recalls Sacco. "I grew up spending weekends at the ballpark. Back then everyone worked two jobs, and being an usher was my dad's second job. It was how he supported my mom, sister, and I. It's ironic that I'd grow up and make it my career."
Sacco is the executive director of stadium management for Heinz Field, home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the University of Pittsburgh's Panthers. He oversees day-to-day operations and development for the stadium, including food service, maintenance, security, and event staffing. "I'm in charge of everything that takes place here," Sacco says.
Sacco got his start in the early 1970s at Civic Arena, the former home of the Pittsburgh Penguins NHL hockey team, working in security for concerts. Nicknamed "The Igloo," the Civic Arena was the first major sports arena in the world to have a retractable roof.
"I loved it," says Sacco. "It was always my goal to be involved with a major facility and a major organization. I started out entry level, and my dream was to someday run a building."
In 1990, Sacco moved to Three Rivers Stadium, former home of the Pittsburgh Steelers and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the city's Major League Baseball franchise. He moved to Heinz Field in 2001 and became the executive director. "I've been in venue management for way too long," Sacco says with a chuckle. "And I've been around three great organizations. I love sports and I'm fortunate to have been associated with great teams."
A hometown boy, Sacco was born and raised in Pittsburgh. He says he has always rooted for Pittsburgh teams and has been glad to remain loyal. "Most people's goal is to get back home," he says.
"You never know what you're up for," Sacco says.
Even with all of the components, Sacco says his main focus is on the fans. "Whether the event is a sporting event or a concert, everything we offer and everything we do has to be fan friendly," he says. "From the moment they enter the parking lot until the moment they leave, we have to provide the highest quality of service, and the highest level of entertainment."
That includes keeping up with the latest technology. "The buildings and venues keep changing," Sacco says.
"People don't come for a hot dog now," says Sacco. "They want a variety of food to choose from, and we provide them with what they're looking for."
While there still are hot dogs for sale, fans can also snack on fish and chips, fresh-cut garlic fries, cheesesteak sandwiches, chicken wings, and freshly carved roast beef. Gluten free and vegetarian foods are also available, and new offerings for the 2012-13 season include Pub 33, which offers microbrews, and Hickory Bridge BBQ Co. Even with all of these upgrades and options, Sacco says fans themselves haven't changed. "A fan is always a fan," he says.
"It was nothing short of incredible," says Sacco of the experience. "To put together and produce and operate an event of this magnitude was unbelievable. I think I'm most fond of this event because it brought me back to the days I started at Civic Arena."
Sports Illustrated magazine ranks Heinz Field second on its list of best NFL Stadiums, based on a survey of fans. Sacco says he believes he has done well in this field because he loves all the events, regardless of type. "Entertainment, sports, concerts, truck pulls-I like everything," he says.
If you require proof, just try ..., 7 Jan 2015 [cached]
If you require proof, just try asking Jimmy Sacco, Director of Stadium Management (1-412-697-7150).
The Pittsburgh Steelers are ..., 1 Jan 2005 [cached]
The Pittsburgh Steelers are very pleased to find themselves finally with imminent corporate neighbors, according to James Sacco, Executive Director of Stadium Management.
The Steelers' Jim Sacco has a personal history of management of Pittsburgh entertainment complexes, including going back to the Syria Mosque. He states that the sports team, who hears regularly the concerns of community neighborhood groups, is quite confident that the entirety of the North Shore development will have enough of a positive impact on all of the North Side to dispel any past hard feelings or current doubts, and even build pride. With "increased jobs [1,000 with development all-told], tax revenues, and new resources," and even an increase in home buying interest, all of the stepped-up activity surrounding the land by the stadiums will be not so much viewed as commotion but vital energy, believes Sacco.
The Rooney family has long-invested money and effort into reshaping the North Side as a whole, according to Sacco.
Jim Sacco of the Steelers can't mention Art Rooney Sr. enough.
Like it or not, it has Sacco's described energy. The Steelers spokesman even offers, unsolicited, more than kind words for the two cultural institutions bookending the North Shore-the Carnegie Science Center and the Warhol Museum. He considers them of the highest quality, and this estimation is entirely accurate.
And Sacco acknowledges that recently, the Steelers understood and supported Governor Rendell's decision to redirect state funding set aside for this project to be redirected to the parking situation on the North Shore. However, he offers that the the amphitheater will indeed be built, and now is slated for being up and operational the summer of 2006, albeit not quite as large or with originally desired additional indoor music club, due to further funding restrictions.
"It just does not fit into what the partners are investing in,"said Sacco.
"Both of our ballparks still have rare open ends and very beautiful views," mentioned James Sacco. Indeed, they have been touted nationally as wonderful examples of modern sports arenas.
James Sacco believes that someday Western Ave, just slightly up Allegheny Avenue from Heinz Field and cutting through the heart of Allegheny West, will someday be a major thoroughfare again.
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