Author: Don Muret

Opening Number: WrestleMania

WrestleMania this month celebrates 35 years as an event at MetLife Stadium. World Wrestling Entertainment’s extravaganza has posted some impressive numbers over the years in evolving from arenas to a stadium event; here are some tied to attendance, ticket prices and gross ticket sales.  19,121 Sellout crowd at Madison Square Garden for the first WrestleMania in 1985. 2005 Staples Center becomes the final NBA/NHL arena to host WrestleMania, drawing a crowd of 20,192. 2006 Allstate Arena is the last arena to host WrestleMania, attracting 17,159 in attendance. 101,763 Record attendance for WrestleMania 32 at AT&T Stadium and the fifth-highest crowd for an event at the Dallas Cowboys’ facility.  $17.3 million Gross ticket revenue for WrestleMania 32, highest in event history. $6,507 Ticketmaster primary site listing for a platinum ringside seat to attend WrestleMania 35 at MetLife Stadium. $7,475.05 Total cost for that dynamically priced seat in the third row, which… Continue Reading Opening Number: WrestleMania

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WrestleMania Back in Market Where It Started

Celebrity timekeeper Liberace and some of Radio City’s Rockettes at WrestleMania 1. And, yes, there’s a story behind that. (Getty Images)  WWE mega-event began at Madison Square Garden in 1985 World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania celebrates 35 years this week, culminating with Sunday’s main event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The massive production returns to the market where it all began at Madison Square Garden in 1985. Bobby Goldwater, now a consultant with The Goldwater Group, ran the Garden at the time WrestleMania 1 took place, and he played a key role in planning the inaugural event. The arena was the appropriate setting, considering MSG as an organization had a rich history with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s family, dating to Roderick “Jess” McMahon, Vince’s grandfather who promoted boxing at the old Madison Square Garden early in the 20th century with the legendary Tex Rickard, who owned the arena at the… Continue Reading WrestleMania Back in Market Where It Started

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New Stones Dates Should Be Confirmed in Next Few Weeks

News broke over the weekend that Mick Jagger’s health would not allow the Rolling Stones’ tour of the U.S. and Canada to start as planned this month. (Getty Images) Scheduling could be tricky for stadium shows during football season Rescheduled dates for the Rolling Stones’ 2019 North American tour should be confirmed over the next few weeks, said Jeff Apregan, a consultant for the Gridiron Stadium Network. The group had six NFL member facilities on the original route. “It was never a conversation about cancellation, it was always a conversation about postponement,” Apregan said. “The concern of course is weather as you get later in the year.” The 17-show tour, originally set for April 20 through June 29, was postponed because of a medical condition concerning lead singer Mick Jagger, the band announced over the weekend. Some media outlets have reported Jagger will have heart valve surgery this week. Tour… Continue Reading New Stones Dates Should Be Confirmed in Next Few Weeks

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Clippers Choose AECOM Hunt/Turner

Joint venture will build NBA team’s new $800 million arena The joint venture of AECOM Hunt and Turner Construction will build the Los Angeles Clippers’ $800 million arena in Inglewood, Calif., according to sources familiar with the selection process. Clippers officials and AECOM Hunt declined comment. The news comes as no surprise, considering AECOM Hunt’s relationship with the NBA’s Clippers. The firm’s construction group has been consulting for the team for a few years on arena development. Plus, the Clippers selected AECOM’s sports architecture group to design the arena, sources said. AECOM planned Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, which opened in 2016 as the home of the NBA’s Kings. There are other connections. Wilson Meany, which ran the process for selecting a builder for the Clippers, is the developer for the Los Angeles Stadium and Entertainment District across the street from the Clippers’ site. The 300-acre property includes the NFL… Continue Reading Clippers Choose AECOM Hunt/Turner

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Renne joins Jones Lang LaSalle from Rossetti

Jim Renne’s projects at Rossetti included Ford Field in Detroit and the Daytona International Speedway renovation. He’ll be owner’s rep for teams, with emphasis on mixed-use developments Veteran sports architect Jim Renne has joined Jones Lang LaSalle as senior vice president and national director of its sports and entertainment division. Renne replaces Don Loudermilk, who retired after spending six years in the position. The sports and entertainment division falls under JLL’s project and development services platform. For about 25 years, Renne worked at Detroit-based Rossetti as a principal and design director. Renne designed major renovations of two motorsports tracks: the $400 million Daytona Rising project and, more recently, ISM Raceway’s $178 million face-lift in Phoenix. His portfolio extends to Ford Field’s original design and renovations; bunker suite additions to the Palace of Auburn Hills near Detroit; $500 million in upgrades to the U.S. Tennis Association’s National Tennis Center in Queens,… Continue Reading Renne joins Jones Lang LaSalle from Rossetti

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