Author: James Zoltak

Atlanta Venues Again Rock the Vote

Early voting in Georgia’s crucial senatorial runoff elections conducted at State Farm Arena and Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta went smoothly.

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INTIX Quarterly: Rapid Response

RAPIDLY EVOLVING: A passenger uses a rapid testing service at Israel’s Ben Gurion Airport. (Getty Images) Head of Charlotte PAC on how rapid testing can set the stage for a big comeback  Rapid COVID-19 testing should become an important layer in live event health and safety measures as vaccines are rolled out and the venues industry emerges from the ravages of the coronavirus pandemic, says Tom Gabbard, CEO of the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, N.C. “It’s become clear that we are going to need a variety of tools,” Gabbard said. “Early on in this I think a lot of us studied the various hygiene measures that were important and our colleagues in Korea have very successfully played “Phantom” and “Cats” over there using just a very strong mask requirement and some other hygiene measures, but as I got further into this it became clear that one missing tool… Continue Reading INTIX Quarterly: Rapid Response

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Hot Wheels Drive-Thru Rolls Out

The Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru is drawing crowds in Ontario, Calif. (Courtesy Raycom-Legacy Content Co.) Live tour spins off new event, debuting at California’s Toyota Arena Raycom-Legacy Content Co., producer of the Hot Wheels Monster Trucks Live tour, launched a new attraction based on the iconic Mattel toy brand, the Hot Wheels Ultimate Drive-Thru, last week in the parking lot of Toyota Arena in Ontario, Calif.  The drive-through experience, which is more than two miles long, is due to run through Jan. 2 but could be extended another week depending on sales, which are reported to be strong, according to Raycom-Legacy President and CEO Ken Hudgens, who said 25,000 cars and over 100,000 guests are expected to take in the experience. Tickets, priced from $45-$60 a vehicle, went on sale Oct. 30. Though additional cities have not yet been announced, the family attraction — with more than 50 life-size Hot… Continue Reading Hot Wheels Drive-Thru Rolls Out

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R.I. Convention Center Taking Patients

The convention center, managed by ASM Global, has become a 600-bed field hospital. (Courtesy venue) Set up as field hospital in spring, it’s now getting COVID-19 overflow The Rhode Island Convention Center is again being used as a field hospital. The ASM Global-managed facility in Providence had been set up over two weeks in late March and early April as a field hospital to handle overflow from local hospitals as the novel coronavirus spread in the U.S. But as was the case at a number of convention centers and other venues, it wasn’t ultimately needed, said Lawrence Lepore, general manager of the convention center and the adjacent arena, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The hospital had been set up by the Army Corps of Engineers, which awarded a contract to AECOM to design it. It was about to be decommissioned and the state hired a contractor in early November to convert… Continue Reading R.I. Convention Center Taking Patients

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