Category: Facility Management

ASM Global, Honeywell Strategic Alliance Aims to Create Safer Buildings

ASM Global and Honeywell have entered a strategic alliance to help build “smarter, safer and more sustainable venue operations and more enjoyable audience experiences” at ASM Global buildings.

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Caesars Veteran Sherri Sosa to Lead Live Nation’s Newly Named ‘Venue Nation’ Business

Sherri Sosa has overseen the growth of brands including the Flamingo, Paris, and Planet Hollywood Resort and Casino. Live Nation has announced that Sherri Sosa will lead the company’s venue portfolio under the newly titled Venue Nation banner, where she will serve as president overseeing all operations, business development and marketing. According to the announcement, Sosa will work closely with Bob Roux, president of Live Nation Concerts and Tom See, chief operating officer of Venue Nation, to oversee operations, growth and development of the venue management business, as well as key artist and partner relationships. “It is an incredible honor to be leading Venue Nation’s robust portfolio of venues across the U.S. during this pivotal time for the industry,” said Sosa, who will lead Venue Nation’s portfolio of 100-plus venues operated and owned in the U.S. and 200 worldwide.  “Venues are at the heart of the live music experience, and I […]

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Arizona State signs OVG to run hockey arena

Arizona State University’s new hockey arena, shown here in a rendering, will sit next to Sun Devil Stadium and Desert Financial Arena. (Courtesy ASU) New venue on campus will fill niche in Phoenix market Arizona State University has signed a 30-year deal with OVG Facilities to run a new hockey arena on campus scheduled to open in late 2022, officials with both parties confirmed. The school’s board of regents approved the $115 million project in November, clearing the way for construction to start in January. The arena will also be home to Arizona State wrestling and women’s gymnastics. In addition to a 5,000-seat arena, there’s a second ice sheet for community use attached to the building’s south side. The site is near Sun Devil Stadium and Desert Financial Arena, ASU’s basketball facility. It’s currently a parking lot with some grandstands removed from the school’s track and field venue to clear […]

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Video Interview: How the Live Biz is Rocking the Vote Like Never Before

Tune in Live on Facebook/VenuesNow. Join us for a Pollstar Live! and VenuesNow Digital Session: How The Live Biz is Rocking the Vote Like Never Before, live on Facebook at 1pm ET/10am PT on Thursday, October 29. Confirmed panelists include: Andy Bernstein, Headcount Hannah Gordon, San Francisco 49ers & Levi’s Stadium Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers Mary Kay Huse, Mandolin Steve Koonin, Atlanta Hawks & State Farm Arena Kevin Lyman, #iVoted Board Member & Kevin Lyman Group Vernon Reid, Living Colour and Emily White, #iVoted Moderated by Pollstar’s Eric Renner Brown.

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Video Interview: Return of Arena Concerts with Jeff Fortier, Mammoth Live and Mike Silva, Venuworks

Tune in on Facebook/VenuesNow. The U.S. Cellular Center in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, has held what appears to be the first paid arena concert in North America since the COVID-19 shutdown, bringing some hope to the decimated live music industry. Jeff Fortier from Mammoth Live and Mike Silva from Venuworks share the experience behind country artist Josh Turner’s concert, interviewed by VenuesNow’s Don Muret. The arena played host to Turner on Sept. 18, the first such event since live entertainment venues closed down in March, according to Pollstar data. The show drew 1,000 patrons in a limited-capacity setup at the venue, which normally holds 7,200 for an end stage concert. It’s a milestone for the concert industry, considering the pandemic has eliminated thousands of jobs and cost tens of millions of dollars in lost revenue from postponed and canceled shows.

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Video Interview: Hank Abate of UBS Arena and Dan Griffis of Oak View Group

VIDEO: UBS Arena, New York’s newest big league  facility, opens in the fall of 2021 at historic Belmont Park. Hank Abate, president of OVG Facilities and the arena’s general manager, will discuss the $1.5 billion project with Dan Griffis, president of OVG Global Partnerships, which sold the venue’s naming rights.    

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