City Names Droo Callahan as General Manager for The Bridge Indoor Sports and Recreation Complex
“Droo Callahan was a perfect fit for this up-and-coming venue,” says Dave Pritchett, COO of SFM. “He is a respected professional in the youth and amateur sports industry and we are confident he will exceed expectations as the General Manager of The Bridge Sports Complex.
By Connect-Bridgeport Staff on September 24, 2020
Opening in 2021 in Bridgeport, WV, The Bridge Sports Complex will be the premier sports and recreation destination for North Central West Virginia. After a national talent search, the City of Bridgeport, who oversees the project in partnership with Sports Facilities Management (SFM), has selected Droo Callahan as General Manager for the indoor sports complex.
Callahan brings a wealth of knowledge in sports management. After a 10-year professional soccer career with several teams, Callahan
managed Legacy Center Sports Complex in Brighton, MI. Droo brings not only this extensive experience to the Bridge, but event management, a focus on guest experience, athlete and spectator safety, and sport-specific expertise.
“Droo Callahan was a perfect fit for this up-and-coming venue,” says Dave Pritchett, COO of SFM. “He is a respected professional in the youth and amateur sports industry and we are confident he will exceed expectations as the General Manager of The Bridge Sports Complex. His experience and leadership will be an asset to the entire community as well as traveling sports families and athletes.”
About the opportunity to work for The Bridge Sports Complex, Callahan adds, “I am honored to take on this position and look forward to getting to know the community through The Bridge. The greater Bridgeport area is in transition to become a bustling destination and we
are extremely lucky to be a part of this growth with this venue adding to the community.”
The sports and events venue, opening in 2021, will be a premier indoor sports center hosting the best in regional sports events and local programming. The project features 156,000 square feet of multi-purpose sports space including a fieldhouse with six basketball/volleyball courts, configurable indoor turf arena measuring 40 by 70 yards, and a 25-meter competition pool. Other amenities include a play climb area, team and corporate meeting rooms, on-site concessions, and a fitness center.
About the hiring of Callahan, City of Bridgeport Mayor, Andy Lang commented, “Droo is an excellent fit for the role of General Manager. This project is going to be a tremendous asset to our residents, and we believe Mr. Callahan has the knowledge and expertise to ensure our venue is a success for everyone in Bridgeport and surrounding communities.”
The Bridge Sports Complex is expected to bring top-notch competitions and tournaments to the region and provide City and regional residents outstanding programming and membership offerings.
Editor's Note: Pictured is Droo Callahan during the first City Council meeting in September as he was introduced to the city's governing body. Bottom photo shows the Recreation Complex from a hillside as work continues to steadily progress.