Jay Cross is President of Related Hudson Yards, leading the Related Companies’ development efforts of the 28-acre Hudson Yards site on the west side of New York City. Cross has over 30 years of diversified real estate and sports business experience having been a driving force behind the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey, the American Airlines Arena in Miami and the Air Canada Centre, home for the NBA’s Toronto Raptors and the NHL’s Toronto Maple Leafs.
Cross was formerly President of the New York Jets LLC where he was responsible for all business operations of the NFL team, including finance, marketing, community relations, broadcast and game operations and the team’s 50% share in the New Meadowlands Stadium a joint venture with the New York Giants. Cross joined the Jets in 2000 from the Miami Heat of the NBA where he was the President of Business Operations and led the development of the America Airlines Arena, creating a public-private partnership between the Heat and Miami-Dade County to manage the project. In that role he also spearheaded a pioneering development program surrounding the arena that included multiple restaurants and an office tower, and closed on an unprecedented triple “A” $185 million bond offering.
Cross also served as the point person for the development of the Air Canada Centre, home of Toronto's NBA and NHL franchises. Cross has held senior positions with Marlborough Properties Inc. where he was responsible for the company’s commercial and industrial portfolio, and at The Prudential Insurance Company of America's real estate investment operations, where he was responsible for all aspects of The Consilium, a mixed-use project in Toronto incorporating 2 million sf of office space, a 400-room hotel and 1,000 condominiums. An accomplished sailor, Cross has been a member of three Canadian Olympic Teams and won 10 World, North American and National titles. Cross holds a Bachelor’s degree in Nuclear Engineering from the University of Toronto and a Master’s degree in Architectural Technology from Columbia University.