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Lexington Center Corp. and OVG Facilities Promote Brian Sipe to General Manager of Central Bank Center
The Lexington Center Corp. and Oak View Group Facilities on Monday named Brian Sipe general manager of Central Bank Center in Lexington, Kentucky, which comprises 20,000-seat Rupp Arena, the new 200,000-square-foot Convention Center, and the 900-seat Opera House.
Sipe has served as OVG director of booking at Rupp Arena since April 2019. He is replacing longtime Lexington Center Corp. executive Bill Owen, who will retire June 30.
ASM Global Names Jay Cooper General Manager of T-Mobile Center
VenuWorks Names Vicksburg Convention Center Executive Director
Venue operator VenuWorks has promoted Erin Southard to executive director of the Vicksburg Convention Center in Vicksburg, Mississippi. Southard was sales and events manager for the convention center and has been with VenuWorks since 2003.
Pacers and Fever Home Renamed Gainbridge Fieldhouse Through Pacers Sports & Entertainment and Gainbridge Partnership
Pacers Sports & Entertainment on Monday announced that Indianapolis-based Gainbridge is the new naming partner for the home of the Indiana Pacers, Indiana Fever, and hundreds of events throughout the year.
LA Clippers to Announce Partnership During Groundbreaking for Intuit Dome
The NBA’s Los Angeles Clippers and financial software company Intuit, which makes TurboTax, QuickBooks, Credit Karma and Mint, announced Friday that they have entered a 23-year partnership. The deal includes naming rights to the future home of the Clippers, scheduled to open in Inglewood, California, for the 2024-25 season, which will be called the Intuit Dome.
The Clippers, Intuit and community leaders will break ground this morning.
KultureCity Names Little Caesars Arena 2021 Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Year
KultureCity named Little Caesars Arena in Detroit the 2021 Sensory Inclusive Venue of the Year. The award was presented at the KultureBall in Birmingham, Alabama, on Saturday night. The arena is home to the NHL’s Red Wings and the NBA’s Pistons.
All events hosted at the arena are sensory inclusive, designed to promote a positive experience for guests and fans with sensory needs. Sensory sensitivities or challenges with sensory regulation are often experienced by individuals with autism, dementia, post-traumatic stress disorder and other similar conditions.
Kevin Kastrup Joins Wasserman Music as VP, Casinos
Kevin Kastrup has joined Wasserman Music as vice president of casinos, overseeing North American casino bookings for the agency’s client roster. Kastrup is based in Wasserman’s New York office. He was an agent at Paradigm Talent Agency for nine years, where he specialized in symphonies and performing arts centers, as well as representing artists including A.R. Rahman, Lyle Lovett, Ry Cooder, and Wayne Shorter. (Photo Michelle Findlay / Courtesy Wasserman Music)
Kentucky Venues Enlists Spectra Partnerships to Secure Naming Rights for Two Major Venues and Sponsorship Opportunities at Six Signature Produced Events
Kentucky Venues, which operates the Kentucky Exposition Center and the Kentucky International Convention Center (above), on Wednesday announced that Spectra Partnerships will serve as its sales consulting agency. The team will be responsible for identifying and cultivating naming rights and corporate sponsorships for the exposition center and the convention center, both in Louisville, to generate new revenue sources.
Andrew Saunders Named Vice President of Entertainment for Seminole Gaming
Andrew Saunders has been named vice president of entertainment for Seminole Gaming, with responsibility for live entertainment programming at Seminole Gaming venues throughout Florida. Saunders most recently held booking positions for AEG at Staples Center and Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles as a senior talent buyer working in tandem with the Presents division and was a VenuesNow Generation Next honoree in 2019.
Seminole Gaming entertainment venues include the 7,500-seat Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, the 1,500-seat Hard Rock Event Center at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tampa, the 836-seat Seminole Center at Seminole Casino Hotel Immokalee, plus venues at Seminole Casino Coconut Creek, Seminole Brighton Casino and Seminole Classic Casino in Hollywood, Fla.
Thunder, Paycom Announce 15-Year Arena Naming Rights Agreement
The NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and Paycom on Tuesday announced a 15-year naming rights partnership that will transform the downtown home of the Thunder into Paycom Center. The name change takes effect immediately, with exterior signage to be completed in time for the start of the 2021-22 Thunder season. Financial details of the deal were not announced. The arena had been known as Chesapeake Energy Arena since 2011.
LA Clippers Organization Adds Two Executive-Level Positions
The LA Clippers organization has added two executive-level positions. George Hanna (right), chief technology and digital officer, will work across the NBA Clippers, the G League Agua Caliente Clippers, the Forum and the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center, the Clippers’ planned new arena scheduled to open in 2024, and oversee technology and digital. Alex Winsberg begins as the new chief legal officer for the new arena and general counsel of the Forum.
Nicole Duckett, Clippers general counsel and vice president, remains in her executive role leading legal for the teams, and she, Hanna and Winsberg all report to Gillian Zucker, president of business operations. The changes were effective June 28.
LA Clippers Organization Adds Two Executive-Level Positions (July 13, 2021)
Spectra Offers Venues Universal Mobile Application Powered by Venuetize
Venue management and hospitality provider Spectra has partnered with mobile first and advanced payment technology company Venuetize to offer a universal mobile application across Spectra’s more than 330 properties that provides guests a contactless experience while attending live events.
The Public Theater Adopts Contactless Mobile Ticketing from True Tickets
True Tickets has launched its secure, contactless mobile ticketing service for The Public Theater to bring digital ticketing to Free Shakespeare in the Park in New York City as well as other events to ensure a safe return to performances this summer.
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Promotes Randy Fibiger to SVP, Bookings, and Expands Role of Josephine Vaccarello to SVP, MSG Live & Business Operations
Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. announced Monday that Randy Fibiger has been promoted to senior vice president of bookings and that Josephine Vaccarello has been named senior vice president of MSG Live and business operations. In the newly created roles, Fibiger and Vaccarello will continue to report to Darren Pfeffer, executive vice president of MSG Live for MSG Entertainment.
Fibiger and Vaccarello with Foo Fighters at the band’s MSG show Sunday. (Gus Brandt / Courtesy Madison Square Garden Entertainment)
Las Vegas to Host SummerSlam at Allegiant Stadium
WWE announced that its SummerSlam event will take place at Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas on Aug. 21, marking the first time the annual event has been held at an NFL stadium. Allegiant Stadium opened last year as the home of the Las Vegas Raiders but without fans because of COVID-19, so SummerSlam will be one of the first events held at full capacity there. (Photo courtesy HNTB)
Los Angeles Lakers Extend Their Staples Center Partnership Through 2041 Season
The Los Angeles Lakers and AEG, the owners of Staples Center, have signed a long-term lease extension agreement ensuring that the defending NBA champions will remain in their downtown Los Angeles home arena through the 2041 season.
City Football Group Joins Oak View Group as a Joint Venture Partner in Co-op Live
City Football Group, whose football and other sports-related businesses are led by Premier League champions Manchester City, has become Oak View Group’s equal joint venture partner and investor in planned Manchester arena Co-op Live, alongside Harry Styles, who has taken a minority stake.
The arena is planned for the Etihad Campus, also the site of Manchester City’s home field, Etihad Stadium.
Wings of New York Opens First Store-Front Location in Yankee Stadium
Wings of New York, the virtual restaurant concept created by Nathan’s Famous, is opening its first physical restaurant on Friday inside Yankee Stadium. The Wings of New York location will offer a limited version of the restaurant’s menu, including Harlem-style chicken and waffles as well as Nathan’s Famous extra long hot dog.
Dylan Wanagiel Named Vice President of Sports Properties and Special Events at Prudential Center
Prudential Center appointed sports and entertainment industry veteran Dylan Wanagiel to the new role of vice president of sports properties and special events, the Newark, New Jersey, arena announced Wednesday. Wanagiel will be responsible for pursuing, booking, retaining, and the original creation of sports programming and nonticketed special events across all Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment properties.
Wanagiel spent 14 years at Madison Square Garden Entertainment, where he was most recently senior director of sports events.
Tim McNeff Hired as Forum’s VP of Arena Operations
Tim McNeff has been hired as vice president of arena operations at the Forum in Inglewood, California. McNeff comes to the Forum from Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium, where he was the assistant general manager and senior director of facilities. McNeff has more than 25 years of operations experience and has also worked at Circuit of the Americas in Austin, Texas; Staples Center in Los Angeles; and Disneyland Resort in Anaheim.
Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment LLC, F&M Bank Enter Partnership
Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment LLC announced Tuesday that it had executed a multiyear naming rights agreement on behalf of the Montgomery County Event Center in Clarksville, Tennessee, with Clarksville-based F&M Bank. Sabertooth Sports & Entertainment is owned and operated by Predators Holdings LLC, which owns and operates the NHL’s Nashville Predators and owns Powers Management, which operates Bridgestone Arena.
The Predators last week announced the formation of Sabertooth, an operations and sales service venture that will manage the 250,000-square-foot facility. A name and logo for the venue will be announced later.
Nate Harris Promoted to General Manager of VSU Multi-Purpose Center
In counsel with Virginia State University, Spectra has promoted Nate Harris to general manager of the VSU Multi-Purpose Center in Petersburg. Harris’ responsibilities will include overall management, promotion, and operation of the facility, including construction, purchasing, policy administration, booking, marketing, finance, food and beverage, box office, advertising, security, production and maintenance.
Populous Completes Georgia Tech Mac Nease Baseball Park
Design firm Populous, in association with Collins Cooper Carusi, completed the $10 million Phase II of renovations at Georgia Tech’s recently renamed Mac Nease Baseball Park at Russ Chandler Stadium.
Among the improvements: a new entry plaza that will provide a space to socialize on game days and Champions Hall, a two-story multipurpose gathering space created on the expanded concourse, which celebrates the history of Georgia Tech baseball.
UMBC Announces Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena
The arena at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, is now Chesapeake Employers Insurance Arena, it was announced Monday. The arena opened in February 2018, six weeks before UMBC men’s basketball achieved fame by becoming the first No. 16-seed to ever win a game in the NCAA Tournament, beating 1-seed Virginia.
Both the men’s and women’s basketball teams and the Retriever volleyball team compete in the facility. Oak View Group Facilities manages and operates the arena.
(Photo: Mike Raspa)
Centerplate and Graystone Quarry Strike a Melody at Tennessee’s FirstBank Amphitheater
Centerplate has been awarded the long-term contract to provide hospitality and food service at the newly named FirstBank Amphitheater and will be responsible for the management of food and beverage, VIP box and suite in-seat service and alcohol service.
Located at Graystone Quarry in Thompson’s Station at the southern border of Franklin, Tennessee, FirstBank Amphitheater has seats for 7,500 fans and is nestled in a reclaimed limestone quarry.
Lyte Partners With Life Is Beautiful Festival for Single-Day Ticket Reservations
Reservations technology platform Lyte has partnered with Life Is Beautiful to host reservations for single-day tickets to the three-day festival in Las Vegas, slated for Sept. 17-19. Life Is Beautiful’s three-day ticket launch March 12 led to intense demand and the potential of high ticket prices on the secondary market. The reservations system for single day tickets is open now.
Florida State Board of Trustees Approves Exploration of New Stadium Experiences
The Florida State University athletic department and Seminole Boosters have received approval from the university’s board of trustees to begin conversations with the school’s fan base regarding new conceptual experiences at Doak Campbell Stadium. The permission given by the board was the first of many steps to address the preferences expressed by ticket holders and infrastructure needs and repairs within the stadium.
The most recent round of renovations to the 70-year-old stadium, which has a capacity of 79,560, cost about $80 million and was completed in 2016. Improvements included updates to the suites, new club seats and structural work.
Delaware North Announces New SVP of Operations
Delaware North promoted Timothy Townsell to senior vice president of business operations at TD Garden in Boston. Townsell will report to Amy Latimer, president of TD Garden. He most recently served as Sportservice general manager at the arena.
Townsell’s duties will include developing strategies to support and drive business results for operational excellence, including facility management, capital projects and guest service. He will also serve as a key contact for both Delaware North Sportservice at TD Garden and The Hub on Causeway.
Delaware North Opens Boston’s First Checkout-Free Store Experience Using Amazon’s Just Walk Out Technology
Hospitality and food service company Delaware North announced the opening of two checkout-free convenience stores at TD Garden using Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology, a first of its kind in the city of Boston. MRKT, on levels 4 and 7 of TD Garden, is stocked with snack and drink options and will leverage Amazon’s Just Walk Out technology to allow fans to shop and pay without stopping to check out.
Fenway Park Opens 2021 Season With New Disinfection Plan
The Boston Red Sox and Reckitt, the makers of Lysol, have teamed up to create enhanced disinfection and cleaning measures at Fenway Park. The organization will use heightened sanitation procedures in advance of welcoming fans back to Fenway Park for the regular season. The partnership with the Red Sox follows the commitment by Reckitt with Major League Baseball, announced in October 2020.
Miami-Dade County Announces New Naming Rights Agreement With FTX
Miami-Dade County and cryptocurrency exchange FTX have reached an agreement for a 19-year partnership to name FTX Arena, home of the NBA’s Miami Heat. The agreement now goes to the Miami-Dade County Board of County Commissioners for approval at a special meeting scheduled for Friday.
The total value of the deal was reported as $135 million by the Miami Herald. Miami-Dade County owns the naming rights for the arena, which has been called AmericanAirlines Arena since it opened in 1999. The deal with the airline expired at the end of 2019.
Easier Entry Options for Knicks and Rangers Games as of April 1
Starting April 1, fans attending Knicks and Rangers games at Madison Square Garden in New York City will have two new options to demonstrate they are eligible to attend an event – proof from a health care provider of a negative antigen COVID-19 test or full vaccination – in addition to a negative PCR COVID-19 test.
New York state has also launched the NY Forward Rapid Test Program, which has multiple testing center locations, including several near the arena, that provide antigen COVID-19 testing, with results available in 30 minutes and for no more than $30.
Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex Names New Assistant General Manager
The Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex announced the promotion of department veteran Michelle Bradley to assistant general manager. She will oversee the overall and day-to-day operations of the Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in downtown Raleigh, North Carolina.
ASM Global Selected to Provide Management Services at the Dayton Convention Center
The Montgomery County (Ohio) Convention Facilities Authority selected ASM Global to provide management services for the Dayton Convention Center. In addition to running the day-to-day operations and management of the center, ASM Global will collaborate with the Dayton Convention & Visitors Bureau and area hospitality stakeholders for marketing and promoting the center and providing culinary services. The facility manager will also work with the authority on planning renovations to the center.
The Commons Project Foundation and Clear Partner to Support Safe, Secure Return to Work, School, Travel, Sports and Entertainment
A partnership announced Friday will allow users of Clear’s Health Pass solution to leverage The Commons Project’s CommonPass platform to collect and manage lab results and vaccination records from trusted health data sources, making it easier for individuals to share their health status so they can safely return to travel, work and school while protecting their health data privacy.
Clear is a secure identity platform that provides frictionless experiences and is being used by over 5 million members across the U.S. and Canada. More than 45 organizations are using Clear’s Health Pass, including the NHL, MGM Resorts, and as a vaccination verification pilot for the healthcare workers who attended Super Bowl LV. The CommonPass platform lets individuals collect their lab results and vaccination records from health data sources in the CommonTrust Network and demonstrate in a privacy-preserving manner that those records satisfy the health screening requirements of their destinations.
Amanda Moore Promoted to Lead Residency Business for Live Nation Las Vegas
Live Nation Concerts promoted Amanda Moore to lead the residency business for Live Nation Las Vegas. In her expanded role, Moore will be overseeing booking, marketing and business operations for the company’s multimillion-dollar residency business in the Vegas market.
Moore helped open the Live Nation Las Vegas office in 2015, and she has launched residencies for artists including Lady Gaga, Jennifer Lopez, Backstreet Boys, Aerosmith, Usher and Britney Spears.
NCAA to Allow Limited Fan Attendance at Division I Men’s Basketball Tournament
The NCAA will allow a limited number of fans at the 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship, including all rounds and the Final Four, the organization announced Friday. The decision to allow up to 25% capacity with physical distancing was made in conjunction with state and local health authorities due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The event capacity will include all participants, essential staff and family members of each participating team’s student-athletes and coaches and a reduced number of fans.
GBAC Star Service Accreditation Now Available for Cleaning Service Providers
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA, has launched the GBAC Star Service Accreditation Program for building service contractors and other outsourced cleaning service providers. The accreditation provides third-party validation of a cleaning service provider’s cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention protocols and procedures.
Showlight Announces Virtual Event
Following the cancellation of Showlight 2021, the lighting conference announced that a one-day Virtual Showlight will be held in its place. The live online event will take place May 25.
In a nod to the difficulty of scheduling a global virtual event, organizers noted in the release, “The time has been chosen to best accommodate USA and European delegates, the night owls further east, and (with apologies!) the sleepless in Australia and New Zealand!”
VenuWorks Selected to Operate ‘The Yard’; Keck Hired as General Manager
The city of Johnston, Iowa, has hired Iowa-based VenuWorks to manage The Yard in the Johnston Town Center. The central green space, scheduled to open this summer, will feature regular event programming including concerts, a splash pad, and a seasonal ice-skating rink. VenuWorks has hired Quincy Keck (above) as the general manager in Johnston.
New Jersey Devils Buy Black Program Now Accepting Applications From Local Black-Owned Businesses Through Feb. 2
The New Jersey Devils announced on Monday, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, that the team will begin accepting applications for the Devils Buy Black Program as part of Harris Blitzer Sports & Entertainment’s $20 million commitment to racial equity. All interested applicants may apply at NewJerseyDevils.com/buyblack.
Each business selected through the application process will become an official partner of the Devils for the 2020-21 season and receive marketing assets across Devils platforms. Select businesses will work alongside the Devils’ partnership activation team and have access to the brand and creative team, content team and the Devils’ digital, research and analytics teams
Legends Announces Majority Investment From Sixth Street to Accelerate Long-Term Growth
Legends on Tuesday announced that it signed an agreement to receive a majority investment from investment firm Sixth Street. Sixth Street will lead the Legends partnership group alongside co-founders YGE Holdings LLC, an affiliate of the New York Yankees, and Jones Concessions LP, an affiliate of the Dallas Cowboys.
Founded in 2008, Legends is a premium experiences company with six divisions operating worldwide: Global Planning, Global Sales, Hospitality, Global Partnerships, Global Merchandise, and Global Technology Solutions. Partners include the Yankees, the Cowboys, Real Madrid CF, SoFi Stadium, the University of Notre Dame, Ohio State University, Manchester City FC, the Los Angeles Clippers, One World Observatory and Live Nation.
Knitting Factory Inks Pact as Exclusive Talent Buyer for Tacoma’s Fawcett Hall
Knitting Factory Entertainment and Tacoma arts complex Alma Mater announced that the two have signed a deal for KFE’s live music unit to assume exclusive talent buying duties at the venue group’s live music venue Fawcett Hall, situated between the Central Tacoma and Hilltop neighborhoods in downtown Tacoma, Washington. The venue has a capacity of 300 seated and 500 standing.
The venue averaged 463 tickets sold and a gross of $9,686 for shows dating back 36 months, according to totals reported to Pollstar.
NCAA Announces Further Details for 2021 Division I Men’s Basketball Championship
The NCAA will stage the entire 2021 men’s basketball championship in Indiana in six venues: Lucas Oil Stadium, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, Hinkle Fieldhouse and Indiana Farmers Coliseum, all in Indianapolis; Mackey Arena in West Lafayette; and Simon Skjodt Assembly Hall in Bloomington.
Lyte Raises $33 Million in Series B Funding
Technology platform Lyte has announced $33 million in a Series B round, a combination of equity and debt, bringing its fundraising total to $48 million. Joining as first-time Lyte investors are Chamath Palihapitiya’s Social Capital, music icon Quincy Jones and Rocketship VC. In addition, Jackson Square Ventures, Accomplice, and Correlation Ventures return to fund and support the company as do Philip Deutch, Zander Lurie and digital media entrepreneur and Lyte board member Rob Goldberg.
Florida Panthers’ BB&T Center Becomes First NHL Arena to Achieve the Well Health-Safety Rating
BB&T Center, home of the Florida Panthers, has become the first NHL arena to achieve the International Well Building Institute Well Health-Safety Rating for Facility Operations and Management. The certification, which has been confirmed by a third-party verifier, Green Business Certification Inc., recognizes BB&T Center’s adherence to the IWBI’s guidelines and protocols for combatting COVID-19 and preparedness to safely accommodate fans upon reopening.
KFC Yum! Center Renews Stock Yards Bank & Trust Partnership
The Louisville Arena Authority and Stock Yards Bank & Trust Co. are extending the venue’s cornerstone partnership agreement at KFC Yum! Center through May 1, 2030, the arena announced Thursday. Stock Yards Bank has been the official banking partner of the arena, home to University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, since it opened in 2010. ASM Global operates the arena, which ranked No. 1 in VenuesNow’s 2020 Top Stops for Kentucky, based on ticket sales reported to Pollstar in the previous 12 months.
Karan Kathuria Joins Renkus-Heinz With Focus on Asia, Oceania and SAARC Regions
California-based loudspeaker manufacturer Renkus-Heinz appointed Karan Kathuria to director, operating across Asia, Oceania and the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation. Kathuria will introduce Renkus-Heinz technologies to the professional AV community, including consultants, integrators and end users. Kathuria’s professional background includes engineering, sales, operations and marketing roles with organizations including Bose and Harman. His most recent position was senior sirector at Music Tribe, a position he’d held since 2015.
LA Clippers Announce Business Operations Promotions and New Hire
The Los Angeles Clippers have hired Alex Diaz as chief operating officer, a position from which he will oversee the operations planning of the Inglewood Basketball and Entertainment Center, the team’s future home. His previous roles include senior vice president and general manager at Madison Square Garden and similar roles with the Brooklyn Nets/Barclays Center and the Miami Heat/AmericanAirlines Arena.
13th Annual Arvest Winterfest Presented With CommunityCare Returns to Downtown Tulsa for the Holiday Season
The 13th annual Arvest Winterfest presented with CommunityCare will kick off in Tulsa, Okla., on Nov. 21, but the event will have a new twist for 2020: Rather than skating on a rink outside the BOK Center, attendees will glide around a larger rink inside the building, part of a focus that event organizers say places a heavy focus on the health and safety of guests during the novel coronavirus pandemic.
Pendulum’s Montreal Excitation Concept Wins RTF 2020 International Design Award
Pendulum Studio’s Montreal Excitation concept — a ballpark, practice facility and concert venue — has been awarded a Rethinking the Future Architecture, Construction and Design Awards 2020 First Award for Sports & Recreation (Concept). Pendulum’s concept is sited on the historic 1967 World’s Fair Island in Montreal.
New GBAC Star Facility Directory Helps Locate Facilities Accredited for Cleaning Excellence
The Global Biorisk Advisory Council, a division of ISSA, on Friday launched its GBAC Star Facility Directory. The web-based tool allows users to identify facilities that have earned or committed to achieve GBAC Star accreditation, the designation reserved for facilities that have demonstrated a thorough approach to cleaning, disinfection, and infection prevention.
The directory is a searchable listing of facilities around the world, including stadiums and arenas, convention centers, hotels, restaurants, airports and commercial facilities. Users can search by facility name, type, location or keyword.
Northwell Scores Community-Driven Sponsorship Deal With the New York Islanders and State-of-the-Art-Venue UBS Arena at Belmont Park
Northwell Health, New York’s largest health care provider and private employer, on Tuesday announced a 10-year founding sponsorship deal with the New York Islanders and UBS Arena, the future home of the Islanders.
The deal with UBS Arena, scheduled to open for the 2021-22 NHL season at Belmont Park, is the latest extension of a decades-long relationship between the Islanders and Northwell as the official health care sponsor for the team and title sponsor for the team’s East Meadow practice facility.
The Mobile Locker Co. Announces Engagement With Two Top NFL Stadiums
The Mobile Locker Co. on Monday announced agreements to provide onsite storage services for two marquee NFL venues, Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass., and AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas. The venues will use The Mobile Locker Co. to help provide the safest possible environment for spectators to store belongings as fans return to live sporting events this fall. This is the first year that Mobile Locker Co. has supplied services for Gillette Stadium; it began working with AT&T Stadium last year.
Penguins, Aramark Making Changes at PPG Paints Arena
The NHL’s Pittsburgh Penguins and concessionaire Aramark will introduce self-checkout scanners, self-ordering kiosks and mobile ordering at PPG Paints Arena, the team announced Wednesday. The plans are intended to speed up service at concession stands as well as provide extra safety measures as the arena prepares for life after the COVID-19 shutdown. A new sports bar on the main concourse is also part of the improvements.
Charleston Gaillard Center Announces CEO Succession Plan
Charles Way Jr., chairman of the Gaillard Management Corp., the nonprofit that manages the Charleston (S.C.) Gaillard Center, announced on Tuesday a nine-month succession plan for the GMC’s president and CEO, Stephen Bedard, who will retire in June. The search for Bedard’s successor will be led by GMC board member Ted Legasey.
Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and Mobilitie Supercharge the Fan Experience with 5G Upgrade
Mobilitie, the largest privately held wireless infrastructure firm in the nation, is bringing 5G and next-generation wireless technology to the fans and visitors of Spectrum Center in Charlotte, N.C., home to the NBA’s Charlotte Hornets. With seating for more than 20,000, Spectrum Center has hosted a number of major sporting and entertainment events since opening in 2005, including NCAA basketball tournaments, the NBA All-Star Game and the 2012 Democratic National Convention.
Charlotte’s Spectrum Center and Mobilitie Supercharge the Fan Experience with 5G Upgrade (Sept. 24, 2020)
Oak View Group Expands Team at Seattle’s Climate Pledge Arena
Oak View Group, the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, and the NHL’s Seattle Kraken on Tuesday announced the appointment of five executives to the team at Climate Pledge Arena, future home of the Kraken, located at Seattle Center. Joining OVG is David Curry (left) as vice president of technology, Nick Vaerewyck (second from left) as vice president of programming, Randy Foster (center) as director of event production, Damon Murray as director of engineering and Christine Spiller as senior director of event services. All will assume their new roles immediately.
Live Nation Activates Concert Venues as Polling Places and Promotes Voting Engagement Among Fans and Employees
Live Nation on Wednesday announced several initiatives to encourage civic engagement and support access to voting in the 2020 elections. These initiatives include using Live Nation-owned concert venues as polling places, providing employees with paid time off to vote, incentivizing employees to serve as poll workers, and partnering with organizations on voter access and educational efforts.
Live Nation is working with local officials to examine the feasibility of using more than 100 Live Nation venues across the country as polling places. To date, The Wiltern and Hollywood Palladium in Los Angeles, Emo’s in Austin and the Buckhead Theatre in Atlanta are confirmed to serve as polling sites in their respective jurisdictions.
Ryman Auditorium Announces Multiyear Sponsorship With PNC Bank
Nashville’s historic Ryman Auditorium announced it has entered into a multiyear sponsorship agreement with PNC Bank, making PNC the official banking sponsor of the Ryman.
The sponsorship will create PNC Plaza at Ryman Auditorium, which includes a permanent outdoor stage that will offer another location for visitors to enjoy live music and other outdoor events as part of their Ryman Auditorium experience. The new stage is expected to be completed by the end of the year and will be positioned on the Fourth Avenue North side of the property.
City of Charleston Enters Into New Partnership With Oak View Group Facilities to Manage Charleston Coliseum, Convention Center, and Municipal Auditorium
In a unanimous vote, the city of Charleston, W.Va., on Tuesday approved a new partnership with Oak View Group Facilities, a global firm and specialist in providing premium services, content and streamlining venue operations for its clients, to manage, operate and schedule events for the 13,500-seat Charleston Coliseum, the 250,000-square-foot Convention Center, and the 3,400-seat Municipal Auditorium.
Oak View Group will immediately begin overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations for all three facilities with an emphasis on generating new business opportunities for the Convention Center. (OVG also owns VenuesNow.)
OCVibe Engages Premier Partnerships to Identify the District’s Founding Partners
OCVibe has signed sponsorship sales and consultancy agency Premier Partnerships to assist in the evaluation and go-to-market commercial strategy for the recently announced OCVibe, a 115-acre, mixed-use, sports and live entertainment district centered on Honda Center in the heart of Orange County, Calif.
International Ticketing Association Announces Digital INTIX 2021 Conference
The International Ticketing Association, known as INTIX, today announced that it will transition its annual in-person conference and exhibition to a digital-only format in January because of continuing health and safety concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. In keeping with the industry tradition that ‘the show must go on,’ the organization will host a weeklong “INTIX Live!” digital conference Jan. 25-29, 2021. An announcement of keynote speakers and the opening of conference registrations are coming soon.
Massive 320-Acre Family Sports and Entertainment Complex Coming to Mesa, Arizona
Legacy Sports Park, a privately owned 320-acre multi-use family sports and entertainment complex, will be built in Mesa, Ariz., opening to the public in January 2022. The outdoor facilities will include a soccer complex that includes 21 fields, including an 8,000-seat stadium; 20 sand volleyball courts, including a 1,500-seat stadium; eight baseball/softball fields; and a 50-acre special events area for concerts and events.
A multisports building will include 60 volleyball courts and 16 basketball courts with a 6,500-seat arena; an esports arena; a gymnastics, cheer and dance center; and a sports performance center headed by Dan O’Brien, U.S. Olympic gold medalist in the decathlon.
Oak View Group will be responsible for securing a naming rights partner and founding partners for the property; attracting events to the indoor arena, an outdoor amphitheater and the festival grounds; and managing and operating Legacy Sports Park when it opens. (VenuesNow is part of OVG Media & Conferences.)
New York Area Sports and Concert Attendees Likely to Return to Venues in Much Shorter Time Than Expected, New Riptide Partners Survey Unveils
New York-based sports and venue consulting business Riptide Partners announced its recent survey of New York-area event attendees, which revealed faster return to event timeline for consumers than has been widely discussed. “We think this survey tells a slightly different story than what was originally thought,” said Riptide co-founder Rob Comstock in a statement. “The variable of when people can return to venues in larger groups will be decided by health and government officials, but when that date is set, we believe that people will feel safer, and come back sooner, than anticipated based on the survey responses we have received.”
Riptide Partners received over 4,000 completed surveys from consumers who regularly attended sporting and entertainment events in the New York tri-state area. Of those 4,000, an overwhelming 89% said they would return to events depending on the actions taken by venue operators to ensure safety; 75% most frequently attended concerts / live events and 25% most frequently attended sporting events.
A Campus Vision: Introducing ‘Liberty Park,’ the Next Chapter in Housing for Historic Fairgrounds Property
The Mid-South Fairgrounds property in Memphis, Tenn., which includes Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium and the Children’s Museum of Memphis, has been rebranded as Liberty Park and will add a hotel, a youth sports facility and more as part of a $200 million project, the city and its tourism bureau announced.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse to Serve as Polling Location for 2020 General Election on Tuesday, November 3rd
The city of Cleveland, Cuyahoga County and the board of elections in partnership with the Cleveland Cavaliers have announced that Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will serve as a polling location for the 2020 general election Nov. 3.
Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse will also host the nonpartisan National Voter Registration Day on Sept. 22. Voters residing anywhere in Cuyahoga County will be able to register to vote at the FieldHouse that day, even if their actual voting precinct locations on Election Day are at different locations in the county.
Danny Wimmer Presents Names Joe Litvag President of Live Events
Independent live entertainment producer and promoter Danny Wimmer Presents announced the addition of executive Joe Litvag as its president of live events. Litvag, an industry veteran, brings over 25 years of knowledge and experience in all aspects of the live events industry. In this newly created position, Litvag will oversee the operation of DWP festivals and concerts and will lead DWP’s growth into venue management, booking, national touring, event services and more.
Litvag started his career at Contemporary Productions in St. Louis and grew into executive positions at SFX Entertainment and Clear Channel Entertainment. He next spent over 15 years as a senior executive at AEG Presents and most recently concluded a short stint as president of live entertainment at Blackbird Presents.
Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center Announces Annual Summer Session Music Industry Program to Run Virtually Aug. 17- 21
Grammy Museum Experience Prudential Center has announced today the return of its annual Summer Session music industry program, which will run from Monday, Aug. 17, to Friday, Aug. 21, hosted online by Zoom. The 2020 Summer Session is a five-day virtual summer music industry program for New Jersey-area students ages 13 through 18 interested in exploring a career in music and the entertainment industry. The museum is part of Prudential Center in Newark, N.J.
Live-In / Drive-In Concert Series Presented by Budweiser Zero Coming to Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park
Live Nation Philadelphia, in partnership with the Philadelphia Phillies, today announced plans for a four-week local drive-in concert series coming to the parking lot of Citizens Bank Park, home of the Phillies. The Live-In / Drive-In Concert Series presented by Budweiser Zero, a new alcohol-free brew from Budweiser, kicks off Aug. 16 with comedian Bert Kreischer and will continue with a variety of musical genres through Labor Day Weekend.
Other acts in the series include AJR, Pigeons Playing Ping Pong, The Struts, The Front Bottoms, Mt. Joy, Subtronics, Smith & Meyers, Lotus and Dark Star Orchestra.
Resorts World Las Vegas Partners With AEG Presents to Created Unrivaled Theatre Experience at Las Vegas’ Newest Resort
A 5,000-capacity concert and entertainment venue, The Theatre at Resorts World Las Vegas, will open as part of Resorts World Las Vegas in summer 2021. The theater will be built to accommodate, concerts, conventions, corporate gatherings and sporting events.
The venue, a joint development between Resorts World Las Vegas and AEG Presents, will be exclusively programmed and operated by Concerts West, a division of AEG Presents.
Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management and Spectra Partner to Develop Future Industry Leaders
Temple University’s School of Sport, Tourism and Hospitality Management announced a new agreement with international sports and live entertainment company Spectra that will provide comprehensive student fellowship and internship opportunities, create a pipeline of full-time positions with the company and offer scholarship opportunities to Spectra employees for the Executive Master of Science in Sport Business program.
Centerplate Renews Hospitality Partnership at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center
Centerplate announced today a long-term renewal for its hospitality partnership with the town of Ocean City at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City, Md. The newly forged agreement comes ahead of a 30,000-square-foot expansion project at the venue that will enhance Ocean City’s ability to attract more large-scale meetings and conventions.
AudienceView unveils strategic innovation plan in response to disruption across the live events industry
Live events solutions provider AudienceView today unveiled a strategic innovation plan designed to efficiently introduce new solutions to the industry in response to evolving client needs and requirements.
Earlier in 2020, AudienceView announced a brand transformationthat kicked off the strategic innovation plan in earnest. Since then, the industry experienced an unprecedented shutdown that has significantly impacted the entire live events landscape, from venues to producers and artists to suppliers like AudienceView. As a result, AudienceView has accelerated elements of its strategic innovation plan to better support the industry when the lights come back on.
It’s Official: T‑Mobile Center to Welcome Kansas City Locals for Years to Come
T-Mobile today unveiled details for T-Mobile Center, formerly Sprint Center, reinforcing its commitment to the community of Kansas City. The deal will last through at least 2032, joining those for T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas and T-Mobile Park in Seattle.
T-Mobile officially completed a merger with Sprint on April 1. The deal between the two cellular carriers was announced in April 2018.
Chybik + Kristof Architects Win Competition for Jihlava Multipurpose Arena Construction
Czech architecture and urban design practice Chybik + Kristof Architects won a competition for the construction of the Jihlava Multipurpose Arena in Jihlava, a 5,600-capacity hockey complex in the Czech Republic. The main building is an oval arena with an interior that can host hockey, exhibitions and events, and concerts.
PLASA Show postponed to 2021 with new dates announced
The PLASA Show, focusing on entertainment technology, will not take place as planned Sept. 6-8 at Olympia London because of COVID-19 and uncertainty regarding social distancing and lockdown policies, organizers announced Friday. The show is scheduled to return to Olympia London Sept. 5-7, 2021.
Jonathan O’Neil Cole Acquires 100% Ownership of Pendulum Studio, LLC
As founding principal, Jonathan O’Neil Cole has served as managing member and 51% owner of Pendulum, a Kansas City-based architecture firm, since its launch in 2007. As of July 1, 2020, Cole has acquired the remaining 49% balance of company shares and shall continue serving in his role as practice leader and CEO.
Centerplate Selected as Exclusive Foodservice Partner for Virginia Beach Sports Center
Concessionaire Centerplate signed a new multiyear agreement with the new Virginia Beach Sports Center, situated across the street from the Virginia Beach Convention Center. The facility, owned by the city of Virginia Beach and managed by Eastern Sports Management, will host sporting events and tournaments when it opens in November.
The IAVM Foundation Announces Wilhemina “Mina” Boyd, CVE, as the 2020 Legacy Award Recipient
Wilhemina “Mina” Boyd is the 2020 Legacy Award recipient, the IAVM Foundation announced Friday.
During a career of more than 30 years as a venue executive, Boyd held executive director positions at venues in Roanoke, Va.; Dallas; and Tampa, Fla., and executive positions in Kansas City, Mo., and San Antonio.
The IAVM Foundation Legacy Award is awarded to an individual or organization that has made a significant financial and/or nonfinancial contribution to benefit the mission and objectives of the IAVM Foundation, leaving a legacy for the advancement of the public assembly venue industry.
Richard Haycock, former general manager of Lansdowne Park in Ottawa, Ontario, is the 2020 recipient of the Charles A. McElravy Award, the International Association of Venue Managers announced Friday. The award honors extraordinary contributions to the association and the profession of public assembly venue management over a number of years.
Bill Powell, former vice president of event marketing and sales, Southern Region, for Feld Entertainment and Motor Sports, is the recipient of the Joseph J. Anzivino Distinguished Allied Award, recognizing Allied members who have made extraordinary contributions to the sports, entertainment, convention and exhibition industry.
A $3 billion, 115-acre mixed-use community and live entertainment district named OCVibe has been announced for land surrounding Honda Center in Anaheim, Calif. The project is being led by the Samueli family, owners of the NHL’s Anaheim Ducks, the arena’s primary tenant.
The district, which is to include a new 6,000-capacity concert venue, restaurants and two hotels in addition to office and residential space, is scheduled to open in 2024 and be completed by the 2028 Olympics, when Honda Center hosts indoor volleyball.
The Ontario (Calif.) Convention Center and Toyota Arena have announced their commitment to becoming safe environments to welcome guests back to the venues. They will pursue accreditation through he Global Biorisk Advisory Council Star accreditation on outbreak prevention, response and recovery, which provides third-party validation to ensure the implementation of rigorous protocols in response to biorisk situations.
The 1.33-mile concrete track was built in 2001 by Dover Motorsports and hosted NASCAR- and IRL-sanctioned events from 2001 to 2011. It sits on about 1,000 acres just outside of Nashville and has 25,000 permanent grandstand seats plus lights for night racing.
AudienceView launches AudienceView Campus Flow to create a safer student experience in a COVID-19 impacted world
Ticketing technology company AudienceView launched AudienceView Campus Flow, a new packaged offering designed to help higher education institutions manage capacity in spaces where students congregate, enhancing safety and supporting physical distancing measures.
The 2020 Minnesota State Fair Is Canceled
“Right now is the time of year when things need to really take off if we’re going to have a fair, but we can see that we’re out of runway and can’t get off the ground. There will be no State Fair this year.” — Minnesota State Fair General Manager Jerry Hammer
Engine Off, Party On! As America’s Wildest Drive-In Experience, The Parking Lot Social, Announces Summer 2020 Tour
XL Event Labs, which built The Big Bounce America around what it called the world’s biggest bounce house, will send The Parking Lot Social out for multinight stands in 11 cities tour starting June 23 with a free event for local front-line medical staff in Houston. Entertainment at the invent will include “Car-A-Oke,” silent disco, live bands, interactive trivia, stand-up comedians, and food and drinks.
Audio will be transmitted from the stage to wireless headphones that will be supplied to guests. Tickets will start at $30.
VenuesNow Conference Update: New Dates
The dates for the VenuesNow Conference are shifting a few days later on the calendar, to Sept. 21-23. The event will be at The Venetian Resort in Las Vegas.
IAVM’s VenueConnect 2020 Is Going Virtual
The International Association of Venue Managers announced Thursday morning that it will present its annual conference, VenueConnect, in a virtual format because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
VenueConnect 2020 had been scheduled for July 26-29 in Long Beach, Calif.
North Carolina’s Major Venues Team Up to Plan for Return of Concerts, Broadway and Comedy Events
A new coalition, NC Live, will provide guidance and best practices to ensure safe reopening of North Carolina arts and entertainment venues. The group’s executive committee has representatives from Blumenthal Performing Arts in Charlotte, Duke Energy Center for the Performing Arts in Raleigh, Durham Performing Arts Center, Greensboro Coliseum Complex, Live Nation Carolinas, Spectrum Center in Charlotte and Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh.
Quail Hollow Club to Host PGA Championship in 2025
Quail Hollow Club in Charlotte, N.C., will host the 2025 PGA Championship, the PGA of America announced.
The course, which opened in 1961, will be playing host to its second PGA Championship. In August 2017, a 24-year-old Justin Thomas finished two shots clear of Francesco Molinari, Louis Oosthuizen and Patrick Reed to claim the initial major championship victory of his career.
Madison Square Garden Sports Corp. Reports Fiscal 2020 Third Quarter Results
The company, formerly The Madison Square Garden Co., included the financial results of both the sports and entertainment businesses because it completed the spin-off of its entertainment businesses into a new company called Madison Square Garden Entertainment Corp. in April. The company reported adjusted operating income of $11.6 million, down 86% from the prior year quarter, in a reporting period dominated by the arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic.