Terry Savarise, Senior Vice President, Stadium Operations
Entering his 32nd season with the Chicago White Sox, senior vice president of stadium operations Terry Savarise is directly responsible for all aspects of the operation of U.S. Cellular Field, including the over 2,000 employees who staff the ballpark on game days.
Savarise, who was promoted to senior vice president in 2004, was responsible for the planning and construction of the new ballpark, which opened in 1991. He also has overseen the ballpark's many popular renovations and remodeling efforts over the past 13 seasons.
Each of the many renovations to U.S. Cellular Field has focused on improving the game experience for White Sox fans by creating a more intimate and updated ballpark atmosphere. During more than a decade of renovations under Savarise's supervision, the White Sox moved seating closer to the field of play, added the popular Fan Deck in center field, changed the color scheme of the ballpark and in its most dramatic change, removed the top eight rows of the ballpark's upper deck and added a flat roof over the back rows of the upper deck. Many of the renovations were made possible by the naming rights partnership with U.S. Cellular. Savarise handled the layout and re-design of all aspects of the ballpark.
Among the specific makeover changes Savarise has overseen are construction of The Chicago Sports Depot, a new apparel and merchandise store featuring sportswear from all of the local professional and college teams, and Bacardi At The Park, a high-end sports bar popular with Sox fans before and after games. Both are located just north of 35th Street and The Chicago Sports Depot is open year round.
In 2005, the White Sox added the kids-oriented FUN damentals Deck in left field and the premium Scout Seating Area behind home plate. In 2007, U.S. Cellular Field added the Home Plate Club behind home plate on the 200 Level, and the ballpark's seat color was converted to forest green. In 2008, the White Sox and Chicago White Sox Charities created "Champions Plaza," a brick baseball diamond and granite and bronze sculpture located at the main entrance of the ballpark, and in 2009, ballpark enhancements featured renovations to the Gate 5 entrance ramps and a state-of-the-art, out-of-town scoreboard in right field.
Savarise also serves as senior vice president of operations for the United Center, home of the six-time World Champion Chicago Bulls and the 2010 Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks. The arena hosts over 220 major events per year, making it one of the busiest in the United States. Savarise was responsible for all design and construction aspects of the state-of-the-art multi-purpose arena. He also coordinated the installation and operation of the 1996 Democratic National Convention at the United Center.
Savarise spearheaded the design and construction of Camelback Ranch – Glendale, the award-winning White Sox spring training facility in Glendale, Ariz., which opened in spring 2009. Construction on the new site, which is shared with the Los Angeles Dodgers, began in November 2007 and ran around the clock to complete the unique campus-like complex in time for spring training. Savarise sits on the board of the joint venture which runs Camelback Ranch – Glendale.
Savarise also directed the design and construction of two other spring training ballparks for the White Sox: Tucson Electric Park, which opened in 1998 and served the club through 2008, and Ed Smith Stadium and Sports Complex in Sarasota, Fla., which served as the club's spring training and minor-league headquarters from 1989-97. In addition, he assisted in the development of L.P. Frans Stadium, home of the White Sox former Class A affiliate in Hickory, N.C.
Prior to joining the Sox, Savarise served an internship with the Cleveland Cavaliers of the National Basketball Association in their All-Star Game season (1980-81). He is a member of the Arena Managers' Association and the International Association of Auditorium Managers and has served on the board of directors of the Stadium Managers' Association.
Savarise is a graduate of the Ohio University Sports Administration program. He and his wife, Tara, have two children: Katie and Jon.
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