Large Sports & Entertainment Venue Services Procurement with Matt Mehler

By Kelly Barner | August 16, 2023

Most of us have attended a concert or sporting event at a large venue at some point in our lives. Maybe you saw a hockey game, or a Billy Joel Concert, or a comedian. Regardless, you probably didn’t stop to think about the procurement effort required to bring that event to life and create an exceptional audience experience.

In this episode of The Sourcing Hero podcast, Host Kelly Barner welcomes Matt Mehler. Matt is a procurement professional with 20 years of experience in some pretty unique categories of spend and service locations. He specializes in managing services at large venues such as Madison Square Garden in New York City.


In this interview, Matt talks about the unique service requirements of large sports and entertainment venues:

  • How sourcing services for a large facility like Madison Square Garden is different than sourcing for hundreds of distributed locations
  • The categories of services that are unique to large venues and the relationships he built with those providers
  • How services spend offers a key opportunity for companies to hit their supplier diversity and sustainability targets


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