David Stone

Vice President, David has extensive experience in the planning of pubic-assembly venues and other real estate development, with a focus on sports and entertainment facilities.  For nearly 20 years, he has provided guidance to public-sector agencies, colleges and universities, private developers, and others in the construction, renovation, and expansion of arenas, stadiums, theaters, amphitheaters, convention centers, sports complexes, and other venues in the US and internationally. He also has experience in the planning of individual events such as music festivals and has completed an economic analysis of the live music industry in Chicago.

David’s experience and clients include the following:

Arenas: the KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, the Smoothie King Center in New Orleans, KeyArena in Seattle, West Virginia University’s Coliseum, DePaul University’s Wintrust Arena, the University of Alaska-Anchorage’s Alaska Airlines Center, the Tacoma Dome, the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor, and the Denny Sanford PREMIER Center in Sioux Falls.

Stadiums: Lambeau Field, potential NFL stadiums in Oakland, Carson, and Los Angeles, California, the University of South Carolina’s Williams-Brice Stadium, Northern Illinois University’s Huskie Stadium, Fresno State University’s Bulldog Stadium, potential MLS stadiums in Las Vegas and San Diego, a baseball/softball complex for Loyola University New Orleans, and multiple minor-league and independent baseball stadiums.

Amphitheaters and Theaters: The Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn in Indianapolis, the Dillon (CO) Amphitheater, the Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica in Cleveland, Freedom Hill Amphitheater outside of Detroit, the Morris Performing Arts Center in South Bend, and a planned amphitheater in La Vista, Nebraska.

Convention Centers: the San Diego Convention Center, the Phoenix Convention Center, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle, the Century Center in South Bend, and the Ocean Center in Daytona Beach.

Multi-Facility and Mixed-Use Complexes: the Blaisdell Center in Honolulu (arena, convention center, and theater), the Rushmore Plaza Civic Center in Rapid City, South Dakota (two arenas, a theater, and convention center), James Brown Arena and Bell Auditorium in Augusta, sports/entertainment and convention complexes in Rio de Janeiro and Recife, Brazil, and a mixed-use sports and hospitality development in Panama.

Prior to joining HSP, David was a Principal at AECOM and led its Economics practice’s sports and entertainment consulting.  He was previously the Director of Sports Consulting at C.H. Johnson Consulting and a senior consultant at The Leib Group. David began his professional career in the real estate practice of Checkers, Simon & Rosner (currently RSM McGladrey), a public accounting firm in Chicago, and has also worked as a writer, including a staff writer for The Sports Business Daily.

David has written for numerous industry publications, including Stadia, Venues Today, and Revenues from Sports Venues, and has spoken at industry events such as the Association of Luxury Suite Directors, the International Economic Development Council, the Central Hockey League’s annual meetings, and the International Association of Venue Managers. He has also been a guest speaker to sports management programs at Northwestern University, DePaul University, Ohio University, Indiana University, and others. He is the author of “Chicago’s Classical Architecture: The Legacy of the White City” and “Chicago’s 1893 World’s Fair” and is a Commissioner of Chicago’s Old Town Special Service Area.  David has also served as an adjunct professor of Sports Finance in the Sports Management program at Loyola University Chicago.

David holds a Masters of Business Administration in Finance, Economics and Strategic Decision Making from Loyola University Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, with a minor in Spanish, from Indiana University.