Tag: Madison Square Garden

VN Conference: Darren Pfeffer on MSG’s Big 2019

Darren Pfeffer says the key to MSG Live’s robust 2019 is constant innovation in how the company books its venues. Pfeffer spoke in an on-stage interview at the VenuesNow Conference on Tuesday, MSG Live operates the 5,600-seat Hulu Theater at MSG, the 2,894-seat Beacon Theatre; the 3,000-seat Chicago Theatre; 5,8000-seat Radio City Music Hall; LA’s Fabulous Forum, which holds almost 18,000 people; and the 20,789-seat mothership, Madison Square Garden. When Pfeffer joined MSG Live, the company was booking the venues together. Pfeffer split them up so that one team is responsible for one venue, another team responsible for another. “It’s been a great success,” he said. “We make more calls this way instead of waiting for our phone to ring.” There is still synergy between the teams, and no one is working in the dark. “When it works to book an act in several of our venues, we try to […]

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Top Mexican Wrestling Group Coming to MSG

A poster advertises the September date at Madison Square Garden, which is being announced Thursday. Lucha Libre AAA announcing September date as part of U.S. push Lucha Libre AAA, Mexico’s premier wrestling organization, is announcing plans Thursday to stage an event on U.S. soil at one of the world’s most iconic arenas. On Sept. 15, Lucha Libre AAA’s famed luchadores will descend on Manhattan’s Madison Square Garden for a colorful program that also represents a new American expansion effort by the league. “Lucha Libre needs to arrive in America,” AAA managing director Dorian Roldán said. “We are trying to break the walls. We are trying to bring part of the Mexican culture, trying to bring a little bit of Mexico to America through the Lucha Libre.” The show Roldán envisions — which he says the AAA team is still “brainstorming” — will make the league as accessible to American audiences […]

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WrestleMania Back in Market Where It Started

Celebrity timekeeper Liberace and some of Radio City’s Rockettes at WrestleMania 1. And, yes, there’s a story behind that. (Getty Images)  WWE mega-event began at Madison Square Garden in 1985 World Wrestling Entertainment’s WrestleMania celebrates 35 years this week, culminating with Sunday’s main event at MetLife Stadium in New Jersey. The massive production returns to the market where it all began at Madison Square Garden in 1985. Bobby Goldwater, now a consultant with The Goldwater Group, ran the Garden at the time WrestleMania 1 took place, and he played a key role in planning the inaugural event. The arena was the appropriate setting, considering MSG as an organization had a rich history with WWE Chairman Vince McMahon’s family, dating to Roderick “Jess” McMahon, Vince’s grandfather who promoted boxing at the old Madison Square Garden early in the 20th century with the legendary Tex Rickard, who owned the arena at the […]

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