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Tag: December 2020
On Halloween night, San Antonio’s Alamodome welcomed boxing fans inside for the first “Fight Night” since the shutdown of live entertainment eight months ago. Four bouts were featured, including the main event with Gervonta Davis facing Leo Santa Cruz for both the World Boxing Association lightweight and super featherweight titles, a rarity in boxing where titles in two weight classes are on the line. Davis was ultimately the winner with a knockout victory in the sixth round. The Premier Boxing Champions event drew a crowd of 9,024 at the stadium, which had instituted social distancing precautions and lowered the number of tickets available for purchase due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The fights produced a gross of $1,451,475 to earn the No. 1 ranking on this month’s Hot Tickets chart. The event was also made available on Showtime pay-per-view. Hot Tickets: December 2020
BIG PHISH: Phish had the biggest single-show crowd among Y2K concerts, drawing 75,000 to its Big Cypress show in Florida. (Getty Images) People are often able to tell you where they were and what they were doing when one of life’s major historical events occurred. For those who remember the arrival of 2000 and the commemoration of the new millennium, the Y2K phenomenon was such a moment. All over the world, people welcomed the 21st century in a myriad of ways. Some attended private parties with friends or headed outdoors for fireworks. Many rang in the new year out on the town at clubs, and some paid top dollar for a once-in-a-lifetime concert experience. The box-office archives contain 147 concerts that occurred during the final week leading up to New Year’s Eve 1999 with audiences of all sizes — from 60 tickets sold to 75,000. Grosses compiled during that week… Continue Reading Y2K’s Millennium-Size Draws, Venues and Ticket Prices
Christopher Pulling (left) and Julio Henriquez (Courtesy Wisconsin Center) The Los Angeles Clippers 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. Derek Goldfarb was named director of partnerships for the new 9,500-seat Savannah Arena, scheduled to open in 2022. As a member of the Oak View Group Facilities team that will manage and operate the arena, Goldfarb will be responsible for securing a naming rights partner, creating founding partners, and developing advertising and promotional relationships. He was chief revenue officer of the ECHL’s South Carolina Stingrays. GF Sports & Entertainment named Lindsey Masciangelo executive vice president of entertainment as the company expands its… Continue Reading Management: December 2020
A new multipurpose stadium designed by Pendulum Studio anchors the Franklin Urban Sports and Entertainment District, a development rising in Gastonia, N.C.
A New Direction What seemed like a move toward retirement for Carol Wallace was just another door opening Starting a consultancy and easing into semi-retirement after 35 years of venues industry service appears to have been one of those best-laid plans that went a bit astray for former San Diego Convention Center Corp. President and CEO Carol Wallace. Now president and CEO of San Diego Theatres Inc., the nonprofit entity that runs the San Diego Civic Theatre and Balboa Theatre, Wallace was still with the SDCC and owned an impressive resume in 2012 when some of the center’s sales and marketing functions were shifted to the San Diego Convention and Visitors Bureau and moves to expand the center stalled. Wallace started Carol Wallace & Associates, which offers consulting services in the areas of venue management, marketing and communications, staffing, facility development and expansion. The San Diego Convention Center, it turns out,… Continue Reading Hall of Honor 2020: Carol Wallace
All With a Smile The always smooth Jimmy Earl helped make Austin arena a concert magnet Jimmy Earl is among the last of a vanishing breed, a self-made arena manager. His early training came on the job, supported by continuing education through groups such as the International Association of Venue Managers. Earl retired this fall after spending close to 40 years running the Frank C. Erwin Jr. Special Events Center, the University of Texas’ on-campus arena. The 16,734-seat home of Texas men’s and women’s basketball also stands as a lucrative concert venue. He made a brief pit stop running the Fort Worth Convention Center from 1987 to 1990 before returning to Erwin Center after John Graham took over as director. Earl assumed his same position, senior associate director, before taking over for Graham as director after he retired in 2017. In Austin, considering UT is building the new $340 million Moody… Continue Reading Hall of Honor 2020: Jimmy Earl
All About Love Rick Abramson loves the concessions business and Delaware North Sportservice, and both have loved him back Rick Abramson walked by a concession stand one day at old Chicago Stadium and noticed some hot dogs looked out of place. It was the late 1970s. Abramson, Delaware North Sportservice’s on-site general manager, suspected a few game day employees were smuggling their own inventory to sell and pocketing the money themselves. “I let go of everybody working that stand and suspended them pending further investigation,” Abramson said. Abramson was called into Bill Wirtz’s office to discuss the issue. The Wirtz family owned the arena and the NHL Chicago Blackhawks, co-tenants with the NBA Chicago Bulls. Bill Wirtz informed Abramson of a rumor floating around the building that all the concession workers were ready to walk out in protest of his actions. “I explained to Mr. Wirtz that there were… Continue Reading Hall of Honor 2020: Rick Abramson
The NBA’s Cleveland Cavaliers have signed SeatGeek as their primary ticketing provider at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse, the firm’s first arena deal.
The Milwaukee Brewers are transitioning to American Family Field, the new name for their 20-year-old stadium that takes effect Jan. 1.