Ex-U.S. Bank Stadium GM starts as Indiana Sports Corp. COO

Veteran stadium manager Patrick Talty has joined the Indiana Sports Corp. as its chief operating officer. His first day on the job was Tuesday.

Patrick Talty began his career in Indianapolis.

Talty has spent more than 20 years in sports and entertainment, including management roles at NFL stadiums in Minneapolis and Phoenix, in addition to stints at WWE and Zayed Sports City, a complex in Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

For Talty, it’s a return to Indianapolis, where he began his career at the RCA Dome and the Indiana Convention Center. He worked there from 1996 to 2001. 

Almost 20 years later, in his new post, Talty is in charge of the group’s effort to secure major events such as the Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four and Olympic Trials across multiple sports.

The sports corporation, founded in 1979, reached out to Talty in May to gauge his interest in the position as part of some staff adjustments. Talty said he made the decision to take the job in August, soon after he attended the International Association of Venue Managers conference and trade show in Chicago.

“It was an opportunity to go back to Indiana and help drive the sports economic engine,” Talty said. “I wanted to be part of it. Plus, my wife (Becky) has family here. It’s a good thing. If it was another city calling, I wouldn’t have picked up the phone. It’s a special community with everybody pulling in the same direction.”

Talty will work to build on events the sports corporation has already landed, which include the Final Four and NBA All-Star Game, both in 2021, and the 2022 College Football Playoff title game. The NBA event is booked for Bankers Life Fieldhouse and the Final Four and CFP final are set for Lucas Oil Stadium. 

On his own, Talty has lots of experience with those mega-events. During his five-year tenure at U.S. Bank Stadium, the building played host to Super Bowl LII and the 2019 Final Four. In Greater Phoenix, he worked Super Bowl XLII in 2008 along with multiple Fiesta Bowls at University of Phoenix Stadium, now State Farm Stadium.

In Minneapolis, John Drum, assistant general manager of operations at U.S. Bank Stadium since 2017, takes over as interim GM for the facility operated by ASM Global, the new name of the company formed by the merger of SMG and AEG Facilities. The management firm will conduct a national search for a permanent general manager, said Lisa Niess, the stadium’s spokesperson.