Tag: District of Columbia

Spotlight: D.C., Virginia and West Virginia

READY FOR TAKEOFF: Scope Arena in Norfolk, Va., will have new seating and a new center-hung scoreboard when fans return. (Mike Pennello) Preparing for Reentry Region’s venues remake themselves for when the curtain rises As the holiday season arrives, venues in Virginia, West Virginia, and Washington, D.C., remain shuttered, like many across the country. And, like peers in other markets, venue professionals from the area sing a familiar tune: Before the pandemic’s arrival, 2020 was set to be a banner year. But venue operators are optimistic that greener pastures are ahead in 2021. In recent years, the region has become a live industry hotbed, hosting coveted tours and programming as glitzy new venues open. Many of the facilities in the area have used forced closures to improve facilities and streamline procedures, so that venues are ready to go when the fog of the coronavirus pandemic lifts.   CLICK HERE FOR […]

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D.C., Virginia and West Virginia: The Spice of Life

Fans gather on the lawn at Filene Center at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., for a night show. (Courtesy Wolf Trap) Variety in bookings helps keep venues of all sizes humming Altria Theater, Richmond, Va. Tim Miller, director of sales and marketing  How did you do in the last year? Overall, it was an extraordinary year. Our contemporary offerings have performed very well at both theaters. We also have tripled our subscriber base and have grown our food and beverage catering offerings, thanks to continued growth of our private events, corporate functions and weddings. Big shows In 2019, Altria Theater continued to host its Broadway in Richmond series, with productions of “The Book of Mormon” and “Waitress” as well as sold-out concerts like Hozier. Dominion Energy Center’s resident companies pack the house with the Richmond Symphony’s production of “The Nutcracker” as well as “The 85 South Show.” But without a […]

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Washington Entrepreneur Mark Ein Takes Over Citi Open Tennis

Mark Ein, a Washington, D.C.-area native, acquired the 50-year-old Citi Open in April. (Courtesy MDE Tennis) Major upgrades to tournament grounds for premium and general seats Mark Ein has a passion for tennis. He also has a craving for making decisions based on what’s best for business, not what’s the easiest. That philosophy has led to a complete remake of the Citi Open, a U.S. Open Series tennis tournament held at Rock Creek Tennis Center in Washington, D.C. Now in its 50th year, this is the first with Ein’s MDE Tennis, a division of MDE Sports and Entertainment in a five-year deal. The agreement was signed in April, giving Ein just a few months to remake the 2019 event, which began July 27 and runs through Sunday. “To start, our mindset was there was not a single decision we were going to make where the answer was because we are doing […]

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New MLS Venues Renew Premium Hospitality

The Sunset Club, an open-air gathering spot at Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles, home of LAFC. (Courtesy LAFC) Concessionaires help design social experiences, wider range of offerings for soccer fans  Already this Major League Soccer season, Minnesota United FC has opened $250 million Allianz Field and the Portland Timbers have pumped $85 million into expanding and renovating Providence Park. Both venues, plus 2017 newcomers Banc of California Stadium in Los Angeles and Audi Field in Washington, D.C., came with a rethinking of the way MLS delivers premium hospitality, now that the league’s teams largely have their own buildings. Building venues specifically for the sport has allowed concessionaires to work with architects and design experiences into the construction. It also offers better programming to align with expanded ticket offerings, such as all-inclusive, open-air social gathering spots and a broader mix of higher-end clubs and suites.  “We see an increase […]

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Teams, Venues Getting Ready to Place Their Bets

At Capital One Arena, the old Greene Turtle Sports Bar & Grille will become a sportsbook and restaurant. (Courtesy Monumental Sports & Entertainment) As some states work out sports wagering laws, arenas and stadiums make plans The sports betting landscape is gradually taking shape across the arena and stadium industry. One year after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned the Professional Amateur Sports Protection Act, teams and facilities are working through all the regulations of their respective states and leagues. For those whose states make sports wagering legal, they want to be ready to capitalize on a new revenue source and offer a new amenity for their fans. To date, 11 states plus the District of Columbia have legalized sports betting with various restrictions, depending on the state. In Washington, the district approved the measure in December, allowing four sports venues to develop sports books — Capital One Arena, Nationals Park, Audi Field […]

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