Dale Koger Leaves Legends

Executive was overseeing construction of Los Angeles Rams' stadium and mixed-use development

  • by Don Muret
  • Published: February 22, 2018

Dale Koger filled the role of owner's representative for teams developing sports venues while he was at Legends.

Sports construction executive Dale Koger has resigned from Legends. The move was effective Feb. 16, Koger said, and he’s searching for a new opportunity in facility development.

Over the past 20 months, Koger spent most of his time managing the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District at Hollywood Park, where the NFL’s Rams are building a $2.6 billion stadium tied to a mixed-use development. The Rams will share the Inglewood stadium with the NFL’s Chargers when it opens in 2020.

“We had a major difference in opinion in management styles,” Koger said, without providing further details. “I’m trying to keep it positive for everyone."

Koger spent the past four years as senior vice president with Legends Project Development, a division of Legends Global Planning. Koger headed the firm’s project management services, effectively filling the role of owner’s representative for teams developing sports venues.

Bill Rhoda, president of Legends Global Planning, confirmed Koger’s departure. It comes about seven months after Legends hired Paula Portz from PC Sports as chief operating officer for Legends Project Development.

“It was a mutual decision to part ways, and we wish Dale nothing but the best,” Rhoda said.

Koger's responsibilities included consulting on project delivery methods, architect and construction manager selection and value engineering, which involves cutting design costs to prevent budget overruns.

Under Koger’s watch, Legends won two new MLS stadium projects, Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and Audi Field in Washington, D.C., plus renovations to Philips Arena in Atlanta and Yankee Stadium in New York and the expansion of Donald J. Reynolds Razorback Stadium at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville.

Before Legends, Koger spent 13 years at Turner Construction, among the top builders of arenas and stadiums in North America. Before that, he was employed with Clark Construction. At Turner, Koger helped the firm win jobs to construct multiple facilities across the big leagues.

  • by Don Muret
  • Published: February 22, 2018