Patrick Talty currently is senior vice president of live events for World Wrestling Entertainment Inc. (WWE).
comes with a career history in both facilities and events management.
What drew him to Minneapolis, he said, is the combination of leading the opening of a new stadium, working with the Vikings and joining global sports giant SMG.
Since mid-2012, Talty has worked for WWE, a wildly popular entity that is expanding globally and has launched the careers of many entertainers under the direction of businessman Vince McMahon.
In the past year, WWE
moved to online streaming of matches, a major shift in how fans access its shows.
That "fan experience" is considered critical to the success of the new Vikings stadium.
The team wants to provide a venue that's enticing enough to draw fans out of their living rooms, where they can watch games on their big-screen TVs with their fantasy football devices by their sides.
"Our focus is going to be to make this stadium as alive as we possibly can 365 days a year," Talty
, 43, will start Monday.
wife, Becky, and four kids ages 7-16 will be moving with him to Minneapolis.
Talty, an Air Force brat who graduated from Virginia Tech with an accounting degree, considers Fairfax, Va., his boyhood home.
also studied for his
MBA at Ball State University
While there, he
learned from his
work at the recreational center that he
wanted to combine his
love of sports and recreation with a business career.
first job at the now-extinct RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
Ever since, he's
worked in stadium, arena and sports management.
From 2009 to 2012, he
worked in Abu Dhabi, in the United Arab Emirates, as general manager of Zayed Sports City
, a multivenue complex with a 45,000-seat soccer stadium.
and the MSFA are competing to land a pro soccer franchise for the new stadium.
time in Abu Dhabi, the Zayed venue oversaw several major sporting events, including the 2009 FIFA Club World Cup, the 40th UAE National Day Celebration, and the first WWE Raw World Tour.
Before that, Talty worked as the assistant general manager, overseeing booking and sales, at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Ariz.
To relax, Talty
spends a lot of time with his
family and keeps in touch with friends all over the world.
likes to bike, downhill ski and run, although he
physique doesn't always reflect his
commitment to working out.
likes to read inspirational, leadership and management books and is currently reading "Death by Meeting" by Patrick Lencioni, which tries to teach leaders to run energetic meetings rather than tedious and unproductive ones.
calls himself a hard worker who likes to "create a fun atmosphere" on the job.
According to his
Twitter feed, he's
also a fan of homemade ravioli, cinnamon buns and good coffee.