Kristen Pugh

Kansas City Chiefs, Manager of Game and Event Entertainment

Kristen Pugh is the manager of production and game entertainment for the Kansas City Chiefs. She is responsible for managing the overall timing, production, and entertainment of all Kansas City Chiefs football games and internal events. Included in her duties are building game thematics, finding and booking acts, implementing all sponsor features and promotions during games, and directing the gameday staff. She also coordinates with the television networks to ensure timing and execution of the broadcast and in-game show align. In addition, Pugh works on all Chiefs-produced television shows, guaranteeing all partner assets are executed and shows are delivered to local news affiliates.

Prior to joining the Chiefs in 2016, Pugh spent a year at the Orange Bowl Committee as the community outreach coordinator. While there, she oversaw all outreach programs and events. This included youth football and cheer, with 10 leagues and over 15,000 kids, as well as their Leadership Academy, which brought community leaders into underprivileged middle schools to encourage progression and growth. Additionally, Pugh spent one year on the inaugural College Football Playoff staff as the business and events intern. She had the opportunity to help lay the groundwork for what has grown into one of the biggest and most watched games of the year. Pugh worked directly with the selection committee throughout the season and helped plan and execute all VIP and invitation-only events for the week of the game. However, the University of Arkansas is who provided the start to her career. Working in the University of Arkansas Athletic department, Pugh began as the special events assistant and was transitioned into being the project manager for the Office of Student Athlete Success.

Pugh received a bachelor’s in communication and a master’s in communication and sports management from the University of Arkansas. She is a native of Raytown, Missouri.

Featured in: Venue Production and Technology Roundtable (12/15)

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