Tag: COVID-19

Minor Leagues, Major Decisions

EARLY ARRIVALS: At Luther Williams Field, Georgia’s Macon Bacon were among the first baseball teams with fans in the stands after the shutdown last year. (Courtesy team) Across the country, owners have weighed the wisdom of going dark vs. playing on, all with the goal of making it past the pandemic Ken Young owns five minor league baseball teams, stretching from Norfolk, Virginia, to Albuquerque, New Mexico. Every Monday during the pandemic, the general managers of those clubs send him an update on the available cash on hand and whether Young needs to replenish those coffers. Those exchanges are tough to swallow, as they have been for everybody working in sports and entertainment. For Young, who also serves as executive chairman of Spectra Food Services and Hospitality, the losses he incurred from the cancellation of Minor League Baseball in 2020 run in the “multiple millions of dollars.” “I sit around […]

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Is The Vertical Theatre the Answer?

The Vertical Theatre Group, founded in August, is working toward a new venue design that could host profitable live performances with social distancing.

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The NFL Experience, 2020 Style

In the new world of NFL stadium operations during the pandemic, disposable masks and hand sanitizer serve as gate giveaways, cashless is king and concourses are separated into one-way traffic zones.

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‘Give Us a Date!’ U.K. Venues Tell Parliament

Witnesses including musical composer Andrew Lloyd Webber, Melvin Benn of Festival Republic and Lucy Noble of the Royal Albert Hall told the U.K. Parliament on Tuesday that the live events sector needs a target date for resuming fully attended shows to give venues the opportunity to prepare for the return of audiences.

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Little Trouble in the Bubble

READY FOR ACTION: The Vancouver Canucks and St. Louis Blues stand for the Canadian anthem at Rogers Place on Aug. 12. (Getty Images) Edmonton’s Rogers Place conquering challenges as an NHL hub city It has been smooth skating at Rogers Place in Edmonton, Alberta, a hub city along with Toronto where the NHL resumed play after the novel coronavirus shut down sports in March. But Stuart Ballantyne, the venue’s general manager, said Mother Nature sent one last slap shot at the building amid final preparations for Western Conference games. Just two days after the NHL arrived July 14, and two weeks before a modified postseason schedule began Aug. 1, a summer storm blew into the area and caused substantial flood damage in the building, said Ballantyne, Oilers Entertainment Group senior vice president of operations. The company operates Rogers Place and owns its NHL tenant, the Edmonton Oilers. “We had a […]

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