Venue Edge Gets Your Fans Off The Couch And In Your Venue

Venue Edge Aligns Your Technology to Improve the Live Fan, Viewer, and Customer Experience at Your Venue


Founded by former ESPN Creative Director and Director of Creative Technology David Saphirstein, Venue Edge draws on its extensive experience in sports production, technology, and branding to help you improve fan interaction at stadiums and arenas around the country.

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“David and the Venue Edge team helped us create the best fan experience we’ve had at our bowl games.”      
– Steve Hogan, CEO Florida Citrus Sports

Our Goals And What We Do

We begin by understanding your organization, your staff, and your fan base. Venue Edge will then analyze your current assets and existing resources to identify new opportunities.


Align your technology to improve fan interaction

We assess your current technology and look for ways to utilize it to improve the fan experience. We'll
also make recommendations on technology that will help you reach your goals.

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Identify untapped & overlooked revenue streams

Many organizations are not utilizing their current resources to their full potential. An outside set of eyes
can help identify existing resources that can be used to create new revenue.

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Help reduce technology costs

Venue Edge will look for ways to align resources and technology to avoid redundancy. We can
also leverage our relationships to find possible savings.

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Increase social & digital media fan engagement

Fan engagement doesn't just happen at the venue. We work with your team to
engage your fans all week long.

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Create new sponsorship opportunities

Venue Edge will help you create new activations that will help attract new sponsors
while engaging your fans in a creative and innovative way.

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Leverage current resources & relationships

Instead of looking for new resources and relationships we can find ways to
leverage what you already have in new creative ways that will also increase revenue.

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“David has worked with our team since the opening of the stadium to develop workflows that maximize our resources to create an exciting in-stadium atmosphere. His experience and knowledge of the stadium and broadcast production process has been invaluable to our Club.  ”      
– Kevin Coulthart, VP Marketing, Orlando City Soccer Club

Services and Capabilities

Graphics, Data, and Automation

We design and create graphic looks and elements, as well as creating automated stats pages, score bugs and other data management including social media aggregation.

  • Automated stats and graphic design
  • Automated score bugs and design
  • Branding, graphic design and animation

Content Development and Production Facilities

As a full service production company we produce everything from short in-stadium features to long form branding and sales pieces. We also supply mobile production facilities, directors/producers and crews, and consult on permanent build outs.

  • In stadium show development & production
  • Full mobile production rentals & coordination
  • Producer, director & full production crewing

New Technology Development

We aim to create technology to enhance the experience and bring what the fan expects at home to the stadium. This includes 1st & 10 lines and other virtual technology to help tell the story and generate new revenue streams.

  • Virtual 1st & 10 line with sponsor logo
  • Telestrator
  • Social media aggregator

Stadium TV Control

The FlexStream system supports multi-media content, creates custom channels, and inserts advertising on live broadcasts. Venue Edge offers system design and installation, graphic design and event management of the system.

  • Fan Concourse Viewing Systems
  • Custom Suite Channels
  • Private Broadcast Viewing

Web & Mobile Application Development

Today’s fan expectations are higher than ever. Our web, mobile, and expanded digital offerings put you in prime position to reach fans of all types. You will be able to drive active fan engagement on location, from their homes, and between events.

  • Mobile Video Streaming
  • Live Stats and Push Notifications
  • Custom Event Application Development
Venue Edge gave us a fresh, energetic look that enhanced the Mountain West brand and that of our corporate partners.  We have 20 games over the course of championships week, and we wanted a graphics package that would remain fresh, vivid and engaging for our fans. Venue Edge exceeded our expectations.
Dan Butterly, Former Mountain West Conference Senior Associate Commissioner

Some of our Clients and Partners

See some of our Client Spotlights below:

Venue Edge creates excitement with a new look for the Mountain West Basketball Championships game presentation

Venue Edge gave us a fresh, energetic look that enhanced the Mountain West brand and that of our corporate partners, particularly our title sponsor Air Force Reserve. We have 20 games over the course of championships week, and we wanted a graphics package that would remain fresh, vivid and engaging for our fans. Venue Edge exceeded our expectations.
- Dan Butterly, Former Mountain West Conference Senior Associate Commissioner

Create a game presentation to keep a 20-game championship fresh

Venue Edge worked with the Mountain West Conference team to rebrand all of the in-venue elements seen on the video boards and LED fascia boards throughout the arena. We delivered new animations, informational graphics and video elements to create an exciting atmosphere within the arena. The design leveraged the long history of the tournament being held in Las Vegas bringing the look and style of the city into the arena. The combination of brackets, graphical representation of the famous Las Vegas Strip and team logos in a neon treatment helped to bring a new and fresh feel to the 20-plus year-old championships. Venue Edge also worked with the arena team to improve processes and find new activation opportunities.

Neutral site games can create a challenge in entertaining the fans since there is no home team specific content

David and his Venue Edge team have been great partners in taking our fan experience and engagement to the next level.
- Matt Repchak, Senior Director of Marketing and Communications,Florida Citrus Sports

Year long support and partnership

David and Venue Edge works all year with Florida Citrus Sports in areas including:
• Identify and recommend new technology
• Produce in stadium show and game day production
• New sponsorship and activation development
• Produce marketing and sales videos
• Graphic design and animation
• Website design and development
• Main contact for ESPN and outside production partners

Venue Edge opens new stadium and creates
production workflow

David has worked with our team since the opening of the stadium to develop workflows that maximize our resources to create an exciting in-stadium atmosphere. His experience and knowledge of the stadium and broadcast production process has been invaluable to our Club.  -Kevin Coulthart – VP Marketing, Orlando City Soccer Club

Get the most out of existing resources

We began working with Orlando City prior to the opening of Orlando City Stadium which is home to the Orlando City Soccer Club and the Orlando Pride. We developed and continue to refine the production workflow based on available resources. During the first season we created a system that both live streamed matches while delivering an exciting in stadium show without having to duplicate any equipment or crew.

We value longterm partnerships and relationships

David has worked with our Intersport team since 2015 to produce the largest close out to one of our largest programs. Every year he uses his production and creative background to help us create an exciting fan and player experience while making sure we are being innovative each year by bringing new ideas and resources to the table. Our event wouldn’t  be the same without him!
– Amanda Paul, Account Supervisor, Intersport

Creative and production support

Since relocating to Orlando, the Venue Edge team has worked with the Intersport team to lead and coordinate all production needs to the in-stadium show of this premier high school all star football game. Besides leading the production team, David also directs the show and works with ESPN to ensure their needs are met.

Client Spotlights

We've been able to work with many partners and would love to share more with you.

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Who Is Venue Edge

Clients and Partners

Venue Edge Brings Experience and Expertise

We know what it takes to run the most successful events. Our flexible approach to multi-platform content delivery ensures you will meet every fans’ expectations.

We'll create a detailed report, providing specific recommendations where your organization can innovate and improve the fan experience, while identifying potential revenue opportunities. Venue Edge can then create and implement a customized plan for your organization.

Our Leadership

David Saphirstein

David started Venue Edge continuing a long career in the video production and sports industry, highlighted by senior level creative and technology management roles at ESPN. David has a proven track record for merging creativity and technology to engage viewers, fans and customers. He finds, introduces and recommends new technology and new revenue opportunities for his clients.

Prior to opening Venue Edge, David was ESPN’s Director of Creative Technology and launched ESPN’s Sports Lab based at Full Sail University in Orlando. He also led a team of engineers at the ESPN Innovation Lab at Walt Disney World developing innovative products to engage viewers and sports fans.

Charles H. Ogilvie Jr.

Chuck Ogilvie grew up in Winter Park, Florida, attended Winter Park High School and Mercer University, and has spent the last 42 years as an entrepreneur founding and working with existing companies. Many of these companies have been purchased by New York Stock Exchange corporations.

Chuck founded Designed Furniture Associates, Inc., a commercial office furniture dealership in 1984. He subsequently built the dealership into the number one Westinghouse Furniture Systems dealership nationally, in total volume, within five years. While owning DFA, Mr. Ogilvie served on the Westinghouse National Advisory Council for eight years and co-founded the National Independent Contract Dealer Council. During this time he was nominated twice for Central Florida “Entrepreneur of the Year” and was in the Orlando Magazine’s “Top 100 Companies” twice.

Eric Bartels

Eric has more than 20 years experience in the sports business industry. With a diverse background in marketing, communication and sales, he most enjoys developing strategic, customer-focused and revenue generating programs and campaigns and serving sports, media, and technology industry clients and organizations, including ESPN, the GolfChannel and the Orlando Magic.

A graduate of the Ohio University’s Sports Administration program, he also earned an undergraduate degree in Broadcast Journalism from East Carolina University.

Over the past 10 years,Eric has served on local and regional chapter boards, ranging from the AmericanMarketing Association to Young Life. He also serves as an university professor, in addition to serving as a consultant on select sports and technology business projects. 

Chris Pelczynski

Chris Pelczynski is a creative director who has spent over two decades in broadcast design; the majority of that time at ESPN in both Bristol, CT and Los Angeles, CA. At ESPN, Chris led the creative for some of ESPN's most well-known brands, including SportsCenter, NBA Countdown, NFL and SportsNation, as well as international programming. His work has been recognized with  9 Promax/Broadcast Design Association Awards and 2 Sports Emmy Awards. Chris holds a BFA in Graphic Design from Arizona State University.