About Stafford Sports

One of the nation’s leading sports advisory firms, Stafford Sports provides advisory services to the public sector, universities, and sports franchises. Our services include strategic planning as well as negotiation of development agreements, facility management contracts and tenant leases. We ensure a project’s long-term viability by providing comprehensive operations consulting for all phases of facility planning, design and construction.

Since its founding in 1994, Stafford Sports has achieved success with public and private entities, both large and small, by constantly providing a level of flexibility and personal attention that gets results.

Our Principals

Our Principals

  • Carl S. Hirsh

    Carl S. Hirsh

    Managing Partner

Carl S. Hirsh is Managing Partner of Stafford Sports, LLC, one of the nation’s leading advisory firms for the development, planning and operations of sports and entertainment facilities and properties.  For more than 35 years, Hirsh has served both the private and the public sectors.

At Stafford Sports, Hirsh is currently responsible for all phases of development for a variety of high profile facility projects including:

  • Iowa River Landing Fieldhouse (Amateur and Scholastic Sports, Sports Tourism)
  • Iowa River Landing Arena (University of Iowa)
  • University of Texas New Arena
  • Seattle New NHL/NBA Arena

Hirsh has led all aspects of the facility development process including financing strategies, business plans, operational planning and design, project budget oversight, contract negotiations, organizational and operating structures and overall project management.  Under Hirsh’s guidance, the staff at Stafford Sports counsels clients in the areas of strategic planning for new multipurpose facility projects including facility operations, revenue growth initiatives and short and long-term growth strategies.


Our Principals

  • Richard Oriolo

    Richard Oriolo


Richard Oriolo’s more than 35 years of experience in all facets of facility, and sports franchise development, management, sales and marketing gives Stafford Sports the unparalleled ability to look at proposed facilities and development projects from every possible perspective on behalf of its clients. Oriolo leads Stafford Sports efforts in the execution of feasibility studies, business plans and long-term strategic planning for university, public and private sector clients.

Mr. Oriolo developed business plans for such venues as Oracle Arena (Golden State Warriors), Nassau Coliseum (Islanders), Quicken Loans Arena (Cavaliers), Moda Center (Trail Blazers), Wells Fargo Center (Flyers and Sixers), Sun Life Stadium (Miami Dolphins) and XL Center (AHL Wolfpack) and has served as Advisor for the AT&T Center (San Antonio Spurs); BB&T Center (Florida Panthers) and Madison Square Garden (Rangers and Knicks).


Our Principals

  • Andrew Hirsh

    Andrew Hirsh


Andrew Hirsh has more than a decade of experience in multiple aspects of the sports and entertainment industry that benefits the needs and challenges of Stafford Sports’ clients.

Hirsh is currently serving as day-to-day liaison for the development and construction of the Iowa River Landing Complex, which includes a new multipurpose Arena and attached Fieldhouse. The Complex will host University of Iowa athletic programs, scholastic competitions, amateur sports and regional sports tourism events

Hirsh’s former experience includes the development and opening of new arenas in major markets; MLB ballpark customer and client support services; major market arena sports, entertainment and concert coordination; and the day-to-day operations of a mid-market arena.