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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.

Chybik + Kristof Architects Win Competition for Jihlava Multipurpose Arena Construction (July 8, 2020)


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.

PLASA Show postponed to 2021 with new dates announced (July 3, 2020)


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.

Jonathan O’Neil Cole Acquires 100% Ownership of Pendulum Studio, LLC (July 2, 2020)


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.

Centerplate Selected as Exclusive Foodservice Partner for Virginia Beach Sports Center (June 30, 2020)


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.

The IAVM Foundation Announces Wilhemina “Mina” Boyd, CVE, as the 2020 Legacy Award Recipient (June 26, 2020)


Richard Haycock

 IAVM Announces 2020 McElravy and Anzivino Award Recipients

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.

 IAVM Announces 2020 McElravy and Anzivino Award Recipients (June 26, 2020)


Premier Mixed-Use Community and Live Entertainment District — ocV!BE — Coming to Anaheim

A $3 billion, 115-acre mixed-use community and live entertainment district named ocV!BE 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.

Premier Mixed-Use Community and Live Entertainment District — ocV!BE — Coming to Anaheim (June 24, 2020)


The Orange County Convention Center Welcomes the Together Again Expo

Alliance Nationwide Exposition, in collaboration with the Orange County Convention Center, will host the Together Again Expo on July 24 in Orlando. The event is designed to provide a forum on how live events can safely move forward and get back to business as Florida enters Phase 2 of the COVID-19 recovery.

The expo will offer attendees and suppliers the opportunity to learn about new industry best practices and will provide strategies and tools on how safely and responsibly to reopen live events, conventions, and trade shows. A live stream to include an educational component will also be offered.

The Orange County Convention Center Welcomes the Together Again Expo (June 15, 2020)


Ontario Convention Center and Toyota Arena to Receive GBAC Star Accreditation

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.

Ontario Convention Center and Toyota Arena to Receive GBAC Star Accreditation (June 9, 2020)


Patriot One Joins Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium to Form “The Stadium & Event Safety Strategic Alliance”

Patriot One Technologies Inc., Major League Soccer’s Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium today announced an innovative expansion of their partnership to enhance security and arena safety at Banc of California Stadium.

They will form The Stadium & Event Safety Strategic Alliance to turn Banc of California Stadium into a showcase venue for advanced safety and security technology. Christian Lau, Chief Technology Officer for LAFC and Banc of California Stadium. “Our venue in the heart of Los Angeles will become the center for new and innovative physical and health threat identification and detection technologies,” said Christian Lau, chief technology officer for LAFC and the stadium.

Patriot One Joins Los Angeles Football Club and Banc of California Stadium to Form “The Stadium & Event Safety Strategic Alliance” (June 9, 2020)


Nashville Superspeedway to host the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021

NASCAR and Dover Motorsports, Inc. have agreed to host a NASCAR Cup Series race at Nashville Superspeedway in 2021.

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.

Nashville Superspeedway to host the NASCAR Cup Series in 2021 (June 3, 2020)


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.

AudienceView launches AudienceView Campus Flow to create a safer student experience in a COVID-19 impacted world (June 2, 2020)


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

The 2020 Minnesota State Fair Is Canceled (May 22, 2020)


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.

Engine Off, Party On! As America’s Wildest Drive-In Experience, The Parking Lot Social, Announces Summer 2020 Tour (May 22, 2020)


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.

VenuesNow Conference Update: New Dates (May 21, 2020)


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.

VenueConnect 2020 Is Going Virtual (May 21, 2020)


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.

North Carolina’s Major Venues Team Up to Plan for Return of Concerts, Broadway and Comedy Events (May 19, 2020)


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.

Quail Hollow Club to Host PGA Championship in 2025 (May 14, 2020)


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.

Quail Hollow Club to Host PGA Championship in 2025 (May 14, 2020)