Category: Spotlights

San Antonio’s Tech Port Center + Arena To Herald New Era of Esports, Concerts

Tech, sports and entertainment are most associated with leisure, and multi-use developments across the world have largely mirrored that. Anchor sports and entertainment venues attract patrons to restaurants, hotels, city downtowns, which can be a boon for a struggling downtown or jumpstart a new commercial development. Continue Reading San Antonio’s Tech Port Center + Arena To Herald New Era of Esports, Concerts

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Spotlight: A Golden 5

In its first five years, Golden 1 Center has brought forth new technology, sustainability and fan experiences while catalyzing growth in downtown Sacramento, California.

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Wolf Trap: The Arts, Naturally

ARTS CATHEDRAL: The Filene Center has 7,028 seats and is the primary venue at Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Wolf Trap) National park, foundation mark half a century of performances and gear up for the future The pandemic isn’t the only seemingly insurmountable challenge that the Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts in Vienna, Virginia, has faced in its 50 years of operation. In April 1982, after its Filene Center venue burned to the ground, patrons stepped up not only to financially support a true-to-the-original rebuild but also to create a temporary structure that would ensure Wolf Trap’s season of 77 performances went on as planned. In just six weeks, a performance space was constructed to play host to three months of musicals, ballets, symphonies and performances by revered artists in all genres. “This proceeded an extraordinary outpouring of support and donations to rebuild the venue,”… Continue Reading Wolf Trap: The Arts, Naturally

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Spotlight: Texas

HOT REED: Reed Arena has continued to safely host sports and events during the pandemic. (Courtesy Texas A&M University ) Things continue to be quiet across the venue landscape as the live events industry continues to prepare for a comeback. Here are a few things we found happening in Texas. Top Stops: Texas College Station After unusual first year, Davis ready to bring more shows to Reed Arena Darren Davis arrived at Texas A&M University and found his first show wrapped up with a bow on it. “My boss set me up for success when he hired me. He said, ‘Hey, it’d be great if you could come in the door with an event already in your pocket, right?’” said Reed, who became general manager of the university’s on-campus events center, Reed Arena, about a year ago. “And I said, ‘Oh, that’s great.’  The event, a speaking engagement with popular… Continue Reading Spotlight: Texas

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Spotlight: Kentucky & Tennessee

Things continue to be quiet across the venue landscape, but here are a few things we found happening in Kentucky and Tennessee.

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Amazon’s Chris Roe: Pledge Drive

GREEN PALACE: The construction of Climate Pledge Arena continues in Seattle. (Courtesy Seattle Kraken) Head of sustainability for company part of Climate Pledge Arena team Chris Roe is head of energy and sustainable operations for online retail giant Amazon, which acquired naming rights for Climate Pledge Arena, the $1 billion transformation of old KeyArena and future home of the NHL Seattle Kraken. Roe provided an update on the company working with Oak View Group (owner of VenuesNow) to develop the world’s first net zero-carbon sports and entertainment venue. The arena is set to open in fall 2021. What’s your background and your role with Amazon? I lead our team at Amazon working on renewable energy as well as our sustainable buildings, in support of our climate pledge, which is our commitment to have a net zero carbon footprint. We’re focused on driving to 100% renewable energy as part of our… Continue Reading Amazon’s Chris Roe: Pledge Drive

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Upgrades During the Downtime

SWEET SHOW: Blake Shelton got chocolates for his Valentine’s Day concert from Tacoma Dome staff (from left) Kim Bedier, Tammi Bryant, Hillary Brenner and Tom Alexander. (David Conger) Spotlight: Pacific Northwest Tacoma venues stay busy in anticipation of the day business returns Kim Bedier, director of Tacoma (Wash.) Venues & Events, oversees both the 23,000-seat Tacoma Dome and the Greater Tacoma Convention Center, with 119,000 square feet of meeting space. What follows are some of her comments on the new technology that her venues will feature when they reopen, the importance of new bonds among venues in the COVID-19 era, and why consistency is one of her three C’s for the comeback.  We were on tap to have an absolutely massive year at both our dome and our convention center. As you know, they’re building a new arena in Seattle, and so we were poised after coming out of our… Continue Reading Upgrades During the Downtime

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Logjammed: Montana’s Hottest Promoter Plots Comeback

The KettleHouse Brewing Co. (red building) and KettleHouse Amphitheater in Bonner, Mont. (Getty Images) Nick Checota has quickly become one of the key figures of Montana’s entertainment industry. The promoter and venue operator, a journeyman who worked in finance, consulting, and real estate before heading west about a decade ago, founded Logjam Presents in 2016, where he oversees a modest Big Sky Country empire that includes the 550-capacity Top Hat, the 4,500-capacity KettleHouse Amphitheater, and more. In keeping with his prominent status, when Checota connects with VenuesNow on a mid-December morning, he’s just getting off another call – with Montana Senator John Tester (D), as the Senate weighs including the live events industry in pandemic relief legislation before adjourning for the holidays. “The nice thing about Montana is we still have access to our leaders, unlike places like California,” he wryly jokes. “If we want to talk to our senator… Continue Reading Logjammed: Montana’s Hottest Promoter Plots Comeback

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Spotlight: D.C., Virginia and West Virginia

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., will have new seating and a new center-hung scoreboard when fans return. (Mike Pennello) Preparing for Reentry Region’s venues remake themselves for when the curtain rises As the holiday season arrives, venues in Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., remain shuttered, like many across the country. And, like peers in other markets, venue professionals from the area sing a familiar tune: Before the pandemic’s arrival, 2020 was set to be a banner year. But venue operators are optimistic that greener pastures are ahead in 2021. In recent years, the region has become a live industry hotbed, hosting coveted tours and programming as glitzy new venues open. Many of the facilities in the area have used forced closures to improve facilities and streamline procedures, so that venues are ready to go when the fog of the coronavirus pandemic lifts.   CLICK HERE FOR… Continue Reading Spotlight: D.C., Virginia and West Virginia

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Spotlight: Paramount Importance

Paramount Theatre General Manager Chris Goddard talks about the Denver theater’s distant and recent past and what the future holds for the 1,870-seat venue. 

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Spotlight: Xtream Perseverance

Xtream Arena powered by Mediacom is gearing up for a Sept. 17 ribbon cutting ceremony, taking its place as the jewel of the Iowa River Landing mixed-use development. “This is a really amazing development that the city of Coralville has been working on for 20 years,” architect Lonnie Laffen said.

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