Talty will serve as general manager of the under-construction Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium, future home of the NFL's Minnesota Vikings.
Skol! Congratulations are in order for Patrick Talty, who will assume the role of general manager at the new Minnesota Multipurpose Stadium for SMG, Jan. 12.
Talty has worked around the globe, most recently serving as Sr. VP Live Events for World Wrestling Entertainment where he was responsible for global touring and event marketing for more than 420 annual events.
Now, he's preparing to take the helm of the $1.26-billion construction project in Minneapolis that will serve as home to National Football League's Minnesota Vikings, set to open in summer 2016.
"Minneapolis is a special community and a very exciting town," said Talty
said that he
family, including wife, Becky, and four children ages 8-16, are excited to get back to the Midwest.
career at the now-closed RCA Dome in Indianapolis.
In addition to his
time at promoter WWE, Talty
has international venue experience having served as GM of Zayed Sports City
in Abu Dhabi, a multivenue complex including a 45,000-seat soccer stadium, from 2009-2012.
"We are pleased they are bringing Patrick
to run our new stadium.
In addition to his
operational expertise, Patrick's promoter experience should bring a wide variety of new events to Minnesota; his
international work could offer some new opportunities for the stadium as well."
The next step for Talty
is to get his
feet on the ground.
"Starting Jan. 12, I can start to immerse myself in the project, figure out what's going on and catch up as much as I can, all while looking for a home," he
said, adding that his
family will finish the school year in Connecticut before joining him in Minneapolis.
In addition to getting acclimated with the weather and community, Talty
is looking forward to hiring a solid team, both from within the SMG
spectrum of employees and from other areas.
"We'll look at everyone who's out there to try to put a good team together that has some stadium experience, but who are true experts in their field, whether it be finance, HR, operations, or sales and marketing," said Talty
It's important to me that the fans have the best game-day experience," said Talty
"There's a lot of pressure, but you know what, it's also a lot of fun."
"It's going to be a great atmosphere to work in, and that's what makes it worthwhile and makes the stress manageable," he
"There's nothing you can't handle because it's a lot of fun."
Contacted for this story: Patrick Talty, Michele Kelm-Helgen and Mark Wilf, (612) 335-3308