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Culver-Stockton grad following her big-league dream

By Herald-Whig
Posted: Feb. 17, 2020 12:01 am

KANSAS CITY -- Admittedly, Abbey Kortz's appreciation of football has been an acquired taste.

"Football was absolutely not my favorite sport (growing up)," she said. "Soccer was my passion."

That passion has been redirected in recent years.

Kortz, 30, a 2012 Culver-Stockton College graduate, is one of the supervisors at Arrowhead Stadium -- home of the Super Bowl champion Kansas City Chiefs.

Kortz, who is working for her fourth major-league organization since 2013, helps coordinate a 40-person staff for a wide variety events at Arrowhead. She could be overseeing a rock concert one night and an NFL game the next.

"I'm working probably 90% of my time, just going with the flow," she said.

And enjoying every minute of it.

Over the past seven years, Kortz has served an internship with the St. Louis Cardinals, then began full-time employments with the Florida Everblades minor league hockey teams, U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the Minnesota Vikings), St. Louis Blues and now the Chiefs.

Kortz has been connected with two Super Bowls, one Stanley Cup and a World Series. (Actually, the Stanley Cup needs an asterisk. She left the Blues two weeks before the team won the title to accept the position with the Chiefs.)

Kortz's forte is organization, preparation and overall logistics tied to game and event management. She has proven great at adjusting on the fly.

Kortz, a native of St. Charles, Mo., had always envisioned a career tied to sports in some way, shape or form. She played three sports in high school and soccer at Culver-Stockton.

"I have always loved the atmosphere and the environment (surrounding athletics)," she said.

Kortz said there is no specific game plan she is guided by, and realizes there is no easy way to the top of big-time sports administration.

"It's a great opportunity, but you have to put in your time," she said. "I'm accepting opportunities when they come, and I'm still trying to learn and grow.

"One of the most rewarding things has been all of the different people I have met in this industry. I have met people from all over the world."

While Kortz's road has been interesting and profitable, there are pitfalls, too.

"All of the moves I have made have been hard to do by myself, but I've had great support from family and friends," she said. "They've always been behind me while I'm following my dream."