Midway Central Station Hires General Manager
1 Feb, 2021
Midway Central Station at Bedford Park has hired an Illinois native to lead the team at the 116,000 square-foot indoor venue opening this summer. After a national search, the Village of Bedford Park, which oversees the project in partnership with Sports Facilities Companies (SFC), has selected Wade Welsh as General Manager.
Welsh has an extensive background in sports management and marketing, having held management positions at several sports organizations including most recently with NASCAR in Joliet, Illinois. Wade brings results from his past experiences in sales, marketing, management, and organizational structure to Midway Central Station.
“Wade is the ideal candidate we hire for any of our venues,” says Dave Pritchett, COO of SFC. “He brings a wealth of knowledge from the sports industry to Midway Central Station and we are confident he will succeed in this role. His experience in hospitality will serve Bedford Park well in hosting regional events and bringing in repeat customers every week.”
About his new role as General Manager, Welsh adds, “It is an honor to join the Sports Facilities Companies and serve as the General Manager for Midway Central Station. The Village of Bedford Park is a tremendous community and I look forward to getting to know the community better to bring excellent programs, events, and entertainment to this destination.”
Midway Central Station will feature 8 basketball courts or 16 NCAA-regulation volleyball courts, an e-sports café, a family entertainment center including a redemption arcade, laser tag/laser frenzy, party rooms, restaurant, and more.
About the hiring of Welsh, Village of Bedford Park Mayor, Dave Brady commented, “Mr. Welsh comes to Bedford Park as a seasoned professional with a proven background. We feel he is the right person to bring excellent events to Bedford Park and create an experience worth visiting time and again.”
The venue will offer comprehensive programming and entertainment, making it a desirable destination for events in the area. In the first year alone, Midway Central Station is expected to bring in $5.7 million in local spending to Bedford Park.
About Midway Central Station: Midway Central Station is a member of the SFM Network, the nation’s largest and fastest growing network of sports facilities and is operated by the industry-leader in outsourced operations, Sports Facilities Companies. Our Midwest location and proximity to Chicago’s Midway Airport increases the likelihood that you and your team will compete against teams from all regions of the United States and beyond. Only minutes from Midway Airport, major interstates and top-rated hotels; athletes and their families consider this the most convenient destination for sports tournaments. Full hardwood courts, a premium lounge with gaming options, and a state-of-the-art arcade that includes laser tag and e-sports are just a few of the amenities waiting for you. Learn more by visiting, playmidway.com.