Stadium manager resigns in Harbour Grace
Harbour Grace needs new stadium manager
A lucrative opportunity with the City of St. John’s triggered Mike Adam’s decision to resign as the Town of Harbour Grace’s stadium manager earlier this month. Adam told The Compass he was pleased to be involved with the transition from S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium to the new Danny Cleary Community Centre.
The Town of Harbour Grace is looking for a new stadium manager following the resignation of Mike Adam.
Adam, who became facilities manager for S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in October, 2014, and remained in that role after the Danny Cleary Community Centre opened last fall, recently accepted a job offer from the City of St. John’s. He’ll be an operations supervisor for the city’s Parks and Open Space Division.
“An old colleague of mine basically sent me an opportunity with the City of St. John’s, and I looked at it and it intrigued me,” Adam told The Compass. “I thought it might’ve been something I could be interested in and look forward to a new challenge and new opportunity. I decided to apply, and I guess the rest is history.”
Adam came into his role with the Town of Harbour Grace with considerable fanfare given his background in sports. He was a member of the Brad Gushue curling team that claimed gold at the 2006 Olympic Winter Games in Torino, Italy (the team also included Harbour Grace’s own Jamie Korab).
The Labrador City native worked for his hometown’s recreation department and later managed a stadium in Nova Scotia, prior to his arrival in Harbour Grace.
Adam’s last day working at the local arena was this past Friday. Looking back over his time in Harbour Grace, he’s particularly proud to oversee the move from the old stadium into the new multi-million dollar facility.
“Being part of the history of the S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium was pretty special, because you got to see what that building meant to everybody,” he added. “You hear all the stories of literally generations of people that had gone through that building, people coming back and coaching their kids now. They go back to the days when Dick Power coached them as a kid.
“But obviously, being part of the new arena build and seeing that open ahead of schedule — it’s a pretty remarkable building. It’s going to serve the region for generations to come, like the S.W. Moores did for so many years.”
With many more services available to the public at the new rink compared to its predecessors, the role of the facilities manager has grown. Adam said for whomever takes over his old job, it will be important to do your best to meet everyone’s expectations and ensure the building operates in a fiscally responsible manner.
The town recently advertised for a new facilities manager and set a deadline of Jan. 24 for applicants.
But obviously, being part of the new arena build and seeing that open ahead of schedule — it’s a pretty remarkable building. It’s going to serve the region for generations to come, like the S.W. Moores did for so many years. — Mike Adam
Mike Adam applies paint to the fresh ice surface at S.W. Moores Memorial Stadium in a photo taken after the fall fair in 2015.
Mike Adam recently resigned as the facilities manager with the Town of Harbour Grace in order to accept a job offer from the City of St. John’s.