Meet the Facility Manager: Walter Overton, Nissan Stadium
At DPM Care, we are honored to work closely with incredible facility managers and property managers across the Southeast. And we know you have a tough job. Every company has unique needs. And it’s your job to make sure your facility meets the demands of your team – which is no small task.
As we continue our Meet the Manager series, we would like to introduce you to Walter Overton. Walter is the General Manager of Nissan Stadium, home of the Tennessee Titans. Read on to hear from him about what it’s like to manage the building that houses a NFL team.
Meet Walter Overton of Nissan Stadium
What is your role as general manager?
I am responsible for the physical operation and administration of Nissan Stadium, including all game day operations.
What’s a day in your life look like?
Every day is different and there’s a little bit of everything. Nissan Stadium not only houses a NFL team, but also a college football team. We’re also more than a football stadium; we’re an entertainment facility. We host concerts, car shows, and other events that keep us very busy in the off-season. Each day we’re maintaining the stadium and we are currently undergoing a lot of upgrades like replacing 60,000 seats, painting, and re-naming each gate after a different Nissan vehicle.
How big is your facility?
1.4 million square feet
What is the biggest challenge you face in your role?
The building is headed into its 18th year. As a staff we want to make sure the facility is maintained and quality upgrades are made to enhance the fan experience.
What’s your favorite part of your job?
The variety of people I get to meet. This space lends itself toward a lot of different people from different genres coming to the stadium. Also, I played football at Vanderbilt and I’ve been around sports my whole life so being the General Manager of a stadium is certainly a gratifying experience.
What is your best piece of advice to other facility managers?
Prepare and develop plans, policies, reports, systems as they are necessary for the operation and administration of the facility.
How does having a clean building help your business?
It is paramount to the fan experience. A clean building will enhance that experience.
How does preventative maintenance create value for you, or your business?
Preventative maintenance is necessary to prevent cost overruns. We gain value when we are on top of our maintenance needs.
How has DPM Care’s service impacted your business?
DPM has done a very good job of cleaning and maintaining our carpet. They are a quality company that responds when called.