Eric Nordness is a Senior Vice President & Chief Financial Officer of Hickory Street Capital. HSC is real estate development and investment business owned by the Ricketts family, owners of the Chicago Cubs baseball club. HSC was formed to advance the Ricketts family real estate development goals outside of Wrigley Field. Mr. Nordness leads real estate development for the Ricketts family.
HSC recently completed the development of a sports and entertainment district directly west of Wrigley Field, centered around a 30,000 square foot open-air event plaza known as Gallagher Way. The mixed-used development encapsulates the plaza and two six-story buildings that houses a 173-room boutique hotel, 100,000 square feet of retail space and 75,000 square feet of office space. Designed to fit seamlessly into the urban neighborhood environment, this new destination now serves as a year round entertainment destination and the town center of Chicago’s iconic Wrigleyville neighborhood.
Prior to joining HSC, Mr. Nordness was the Managing Member for Salita Development, a boutique hospitality development firm focusing on hotels and restaurants. Eric started his career at Robertson, Stephens & Co, a San Francisco headquartered full-service investment banking firm. Mr. Nordness has experience in real estate development, institutional finance and asset management. He received his B.B.A. in finance from the University of Iowa and a M.B.A. from
the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, with concentrations in both finance and economics.
What Does Real Estate Development In and Around Ballparks and Stadiums Mean for Fan and Brand Engagement Opportunities?
Real estate development around the ballpark, or stadium, is all about investing in the brand and growing the fan base. Development is aimed at fostering a game environment that is friendly to families, fans, and the casual attendee, while also creating a unique experience for events and entertainment beyond the game. During this session you will hear about the new fan and brand engagement opportunities created by the renovation and neighborhood expansion project at Wrigley.