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Baltimore Arena Renovation Breaks Ground

Baltimore Arena is shown in rendering. (Courtesy Oak View Group) Pharrell Williams, Kevin Durant Bring Star Power To Project The $200 million redevelopment of Baltimore Arena has broken ground and 13-time Grammy winner Pharrell Williams and NBA star Kevin Durant are on board as part of an investment group backing the project. Oak View Group, parent company of VenuesNow, is leading redevelopment of the 60-year-old city-owned arena in partnership with The Baltimore Development Corporation, Fundamental Advisors and Thirty Five Ventures, a company founded by Durant and his longtime manager and business partner Rich Kleiman. The work is expected to take 12 months and transform the former Royal Farms Arena (and Baltimore Civic Center), once the home of the Baltimore Bullets, into a state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that can anchor downtown Baltimore’s west side and serve as a development and economic driver for the area. Using private debt and equity,… Continue Reading Baltimore Arena Renovation Breaks Ground

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Pine Knob Memories: The Birth Of ‘Mr. Opening Night’

Two Tickets To Paradise: Eddie Money became Pine Knob’s “Mr. Opening Night,” playing the first night of the venue’s concert season for 28 consecutive years. (Chris Schwegler) The Birth Of ‘Mr. Opening Night’ By Jeff Corey, Former Vice President of Public Relations, Palace Sports & Entertainment I quickly learned the importance of making a huge splash with Pine Knob Music Theatre’s schedule announcement and season opening after joining Palace Sports & Entertainment’s Marketing Department in 1993. From late fall through spring, it was our main focus. Creating a lot of buzz was a really big deal, and for good reason. Pine Knob was already (21) years old and established as a top amphitheater and a beloved summer institution locally by the time PS&E purchased it in 1990. It was up to us to continue that momentum and grow it. For area concert fans, the annual announcement of Pine Knob’s lineup… Continue Reading Pine Knob Memories: The Birth Of ‘Mr. Opening Night’

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