Visit South Bend Mishawaka and Hunden Announce RFI Regarding a Proposed Tourism Generating Indoor Sports Facility

/Visit South Bend Mishawaka and Hunden Announce RFI Regarding a Proposed Tourism Generating Indoor Sports Facility

Visit South Bend Mishawaka and Hunden Announce RFI Regarding a Proposed Tourism Generating Indoor Sports Facility

|2017-12-12T13:49:26+00:00December 12th, 2017|

Visit South Bend Mishawaka (VSBM) is soliciting expressions of interest from organizations who may be interested in partnering on the Proposed 8-Court Sports and Recreation Facility in St. Joseph County, Indiana. The intent of the proposed facility is to generate sports tournament activity, as well as other related usage. Hunden Strategic Partners (HSP) is advising VSBM and co-managing the process with VSBM.

Visit South Bend Mishawaka is interested in learning what experienced organizations can do/offer/provide related to the Proposed Sports and Recreation Facility in the following categories:

  • Development/Funding/Ownership
  • Management Operations
  • Food & Beverage/Concessions
  • Advertising/Sponsorship
  • Anchor Tenant
  • Major Event/Tournament User

This RFI is not directed to any design, construction or related contractor or subcontractor. Submittals from such firms or teams will not be accepted.

In 2016, VSBM engaged Hunden Strategic Partners to complete a feasibility study regarding the proposed indoor facility in St. Joseph County. After a robust analysis, HSP determined, due to its location in the heart of the Midwest, its population base and its access to Chicago, Indianapolis, Michigan, and Ohio, that such a facility would be feasible and recommended the development of an 8-court sports facility.

Visit South Bend Mishawaka (VSBM) is tasked with the increase of tourism and tourism-related events in St. Joseph County (Indiana). VSBM is a member of the Northern Indiana Tourism Development Commission (NITDC), a regional partnership of the Convention and Visitors Bureaus from seven northern Indiana counties that work together using consumer research and leveraging resources. VSBM is an affiliate of the South Bend Regional Chamber of Commerce and partners with South Bend Regional Economic Development, Downtown South Bend Inc., and Sports Indiana, among other organizations.

For more information on the RFI, including important deadlines and process information, and to register to be included in future communications, please visit .

Proposers should contact Rob Hunden, President of Hunden Strategic Partners via email at with questions concerning this RFI in order to capture and share all questions and answers.

About Hunden Strategic Partners

Hunden Strategic Partners is a leading real estate development consulting firm, with professionals in Chicago, San Diego, and Minneapolis. The firm offers a full-range of development planning, market and financial feasibility, planning and impact analyses for specialty destination assets such as convention and expo centers, hotels, sports facilities, mixed-use projects, entertainment districts, theme parks, recreation facilities, residential, office, retail and other economic development projects.

In addition, HSP also provides the financial advisory services and developer solicitation and selection experience to move projects from concept to funding. HSP’s clients include cities, states, universities, CVB’s, authorities and private developers.

Hunden has worked on more than 350 small and large projects from coast to coast and internationally, including work for major league sports facilities and franchises (San Diego Chargers, Indiana Pacers), sports, parks and recreation facilities, hotels such as the 21c Museum Hotels in multiple locations and the new Curio on Navy Pier, numerous convention hotels (Fort Worth Omni, Evansville Doubletree), entertainment districts (KC Power & Light, Fourth Street Live!, San Juan District Live), downtown development plans (Hampton, VA; Columbus, OH) and many others. More than $3 billion in projects have been built as a result of work that Hunden has conducted over the past 20+ years.

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Contact: Rob Hunden

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