Feature Article - June 2020
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2020 Report on the State of the Managed Recreation Industry

A Look at What's Happening in Recreation, Sports & Fitness Facilities

By Emily Tipping


The average annual operating expenditure for respondents to the Industry Report survey continues to rise, reaching $2,170,000 in fiscal 2019, an increase of 19.2% from the average of $1,820,000 reported in 2018. However, it is just 6.2% higher than the average reported in fiscal 2016, of $2,044,000. (See Figure 12.)

Looking forward, respondents in January were expecting their operating expenses to climb a further 5.5% over the next two years, reaching an average of $2,290,000 in fiscal 2021. These projections will certainly be affected by social distancing measures and facility closures in various ways, which will become clearer over time.