Thad Sheely is the Chief Operating Officer of the Atlanta Hawks Basketball Club and Philips Arena and oversees all aspects of team and arena business operations and real estate development.
Sheely manages the operations and planning for the re-imagination of Philips Arena. Philips Arena is consistently ranked among North America's Top 10 arenas and will be upgraded with almost $200M of improvements in the coming years.
Sheely is the point person for the design and construction of team’s the 90,000 SF new practice facility, part of Emory Sports Medicine Complex. The complex combines sports, medicine and science with three industry-leading tenants; the Atlanta Hawks, Emory Orthopedics and the Peak Performance Project, P3 the leader in athlete training and analysis. This partnership is designed to provide world-class medical and training to the Hawks and the Atlanta community
Sheely also oversees business operations for the team including Accounting and Finance, Analytics, IT and Human Resources.
Joining the Atlanta Hawks and Philips Arena in 2015 with over 20 years of sports and real estate experience, Sheely’s previous projects included the development of Hudson Yards for the Related Companies, a 28-acre mixed-use property on Manhattan’s West Side, designing and planning their public experience, and managing the operations of the $20 billion development. Prior to Hudson Yards, Sheely led the stadium development and financing for major sports facilities including MetLife Stadium for the New York Jets and Giants, and American Airlines Arena for the Miami Heat.
His professional contributions have distinguished Sheely in the industry as Sports Business Journal selected him for their Forty under 40 Award in 2010, and Billboard Magazine recognized MetLife Stadium, while under his direction, as the #1 top-grossing stadium in the world in 2010 and 2011.
Sheely holds an MBA from Stanford Graduate School of Business and an undergraduate degree in Urban Studies from Columbia College. Sheely lives in Atlanta’s Morningside area with his wife and two sons.