Category: Arenas & Stadiums

Tim Leiweke On UBS Opening, The Next Generation of Buildings, Spectra Acquisition

The scene during during the third period between the New York Islanders and the Calgary Flames at the newly opened UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y., Nov. 20.  Photo by Sarah Stier/Getty Images </em? After the ribbon-cutting ceremony to officially open UBS Arena, VenuesNow spoke with Tim Leiweke, CEO of the Oak View Group (VenuesNow parent company), which developed the new $1.5 billion facility. Here, the indomitable executive discusses the new building, the new generation of facilities, the closing of the Spectra deal and more. VenuesNow: What’s the one achievement you look back on that makes you proudest about cutting the ribbon for the opening of this arena? Tim Leiweke: I’d have to say getting through COVID. This is the second building we’ve opened in a couple of weeks [after Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena]. We ultimately still plowed straight ahead and we didn’t let COVID bother us. That was a huge […]

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Jubilant UBS Arena Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony A Long Time Coming For Islanders

Gov. Kathy Hochul, joined by New York Islanders owner Jon Ledecky, National Hockey League Commissioner Gary Bettman, and Tim Leiweke of the Oak View Group, cut the ribbon on the brand new UBS Arena at Belmont Park Nov. 19, 2021. (Photo by Kevin P. Coughlin / Office of the Governor) After a three-decades-long saga to have their own home in the metropolitan area, the New York Islanders celebrated the official opening of UBS Arena in Elmont, N.Y. with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday. “This is a historic day for the New York Islanders organization,” said team co-owner Jon Ledecky. The atmosphere at the event, held a day before the Islanders’ opening games over the weekend against Calgary and Toronto, was jubilant. For the fans of the NHL club, after 30 years of team ownership follies, a failed voter referendum, political battles, threats to move to other markets like Kansas City, […]

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Oak View Group Completes Spectra Acquisition

Venue developer, advisory and investment company Oak View Group announced it has completed its transaction to acquire leading venue management and hospitality company Spectra after receiving regulatory approval from the Department of Justice Nov. 15.

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NBA at 75: Built for Arenas

With the NBA reaching the 75-year mark, there’s no denying the role arenas have played in the league’s growth and success, according to executives that have run those buildings over the past several decades.

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