Matt Trnian, who has worked in various management positions at Grand Park Sports Campus since its opening in 2014, has been appointed director by Westfield Mayor Andy Cook, the city announced Thursday.
Trnian replaces William Knox, who has held the position since 2016. Knox announced in October that he was stepping down to concentrate on his own business, Legacy Sports Group, which provides facility and event management services.
Trnian began working as an intern at Grand Park while at Kent State University, where he majored in sports management and worked as equipment manager for the football team. He has served as Grand Park’s campus manager since March after three years as facility operations manager.
“2022 marks the eighth year of operation for the 400-plus acre campus, and since its opening, there has been one constant at Grand Park, and that’s Matt,” said Cook in written remarks. “Matt began his career as an intern at Grand Park, and I’m confident that he will continue to build on its enormous success in the sports tourism industry.”
According to Westfield, Grand Park draws 2.5 million visitors each year and helps the city attract more than $1.5 million in economic development annually.
“I’m excited to see what 2022 has in store for Grand Park,” Trnian said in written comments. “Being at the park since it opened has given me the opportunity to learn, grow, both personally and professionally and enjoy unique experiences I never dreamed of being a part of. I look forward to facing the challenges and opportunities that will come with this new position!”