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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 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.
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.