Category: Arenas & Stadiums

Q&A: Rosemont’s Pat Nagle

Pat Nagle: “I was in high school and my favorite band in the world was Styx. I’ve been able to meet and be friends with them. REO, Cheap Trick, all the local bands, same thing.” (Courtesy Allstate Arena) Longtime Chicago-area GM talks about life during the shutdown and 30 years of memories Pat Nagle is tied to Rosemont, Illinois, as much as the iconic rose painted on the city’s water tower near O’Hare Airport. Over the past 32 years, Nagle has played a key role running Allstate Arena (capacity 18,000) and the Rosemont Theatre (capacity 4,400). Nagle, an accountant, started working as finance director for the Rosemont Horizon in 1989, nine years after the venue opened, and he was promoting concerts in-house by the early 1990s. The arena was rebranded in 1999 after Allstate Insurance Co. acquired naming rights. That same year, Nagle was promoted to general manager of the […]

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Royal Albert Hall: The Big 150

HALL, YEAH! The Royal Albert Hall sold 1.7 million tickets across 1,500 events in 2019, which included 391 shows in the main auditorium. (Christie Goodwin) Historic London venue is celebrating a big birthday, and no virus is going to stop it Imagine planning your birthday party, a year-long birthday party with entertainment every day that includes some of the biggest names in music. Imagine the organization this would require, the scheduling, the negotiations — in addition to producing the entire show yourself. And imagine that before the festivities ever begin, life as we know it comes to a standstill. That’s pretty much the situation the team of London’s Royal Albert Hall has found itself in. The iconic venue turns 150 on March 29, and the original idea was to celebrate this milestone beginning in November 2020 and lasting through all of 2021. A dedicated anniversary committee, chaired by UTA’s legendary […]

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