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Tag: May 2021
SEE THE LIGHT: Ultraviolet germicidal irradiation units are popular retrofits because they are cost-effective and relatively easy to deploy. (Courtesy Mathias Environmental) There’s still time to find a post-COVID air-quality solution for your venue that will fit your budget, experts say Air systems at venues have been an especially keen focus of facility operators since the coronavirus pandemic struck, and with good reason. The latest information coming from researchers reinforces what many already believed: The threat of infection is greatest through the air, especially in closed spaces dense with people. Existing venues large and small have increased the minimum efficiency reporting value (MERV) ratings and air exchange rates of their heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems, added virus-zapping ultraviolet germicidal irradiation treatment and even used portable high efficiency particulate air (HEPA) filters in office spaces to mitigate the spread of the virus that causes COVID-19 and other airborne pathogens. New… Continue Reading HVAC: Clearing the Air
The 40th anniversary show at Billy Bob’s Texas went off without a hitch on April 1 but wasn’t what anyone originally had in mind. Continue Reading Billy Bob’s Texas Takes a Breath for Its 40th AnniversaryRead More
ODDS ARE GOOD: The Fox Bet Lounge at Lincoln Financial Field offers members premium perks in a sportsbook-themed space. (PhiladelphiaEagles.com) They’re splashing their brands on in-venue areas as they battle for market share PlayUp, an Australia-based sportsbook operator, has its work cut out as it fights for a share of the increasingly competitive U.S. sports betting market. After going live in Colorado in March, PlayUp is readying its launch in New Jersey, a state that has established itself as the most robust sports betting market in the nation. More than $6 billion in sports bets were placed in New Jersey last year; Nevada, with $4.3 billion in handle, was a distant second. While that’s enticing for companies with market access in the Garden State, grabbing a slice of the pie doesn’t come easy when competing against established brands like FanDuel, DraftKings, BetMGM and William Hill. PlayUp sees its sponsorship… Continue Reading Sportsbooks Bet on Arenas, Stadiums
Kerry Painter has been nominated as second vice chair of the International Association of Venue Managers. (Courtesy Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex) Oak View Group Facilities named Brad Painter booking director of Thompson-Boling Arena at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. Painter was senior director of booking operations for AC Entertainment. Dr. Til Jolly, chief medical officer of Aveshka Inc., was named chair of the newly formed Medical Advisory Board for the Innovation Institute for Fan Experience. Fiserv Forum, home of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks, hired Starr Butler as vice president of booking and events. She spent four years in a similar role at Prudential Center in Newark, New Jersey, and filled a consulting role for Legends. Kerry Painter, general manager and director of the Raleigh Convention and Performing Arts Complex in North Carolina, has been nominated as second vice chair of the International Association of Venue Managers’ board… Continue Reading Management: May 2021
The biggest run of Billy Strings’ spring tour took place at a venue that’s only months old.
Pat Nagle: “I was in high school and my favorite band in the world was Styx. I’ve been able to meet and be friends with them. REO, Cheap Trick, all the local bands, same thing.” (Courtesy Allstate Arena) Longtime Chicago-area GM talks about life during the shutdown and 30 years of memories Pat Nagle is tied to Rosemont, Illinois, as much as the iconic rose painted on the city’s water tower near O’Hare Airport. Over the past 32 years, Nagle has played a key role running Allstate Arena (capacity 18,000) and the Rosemont Theatre (capacity 4,400). Nagle, an accountant, started working as finance director for the Rosemont Horizon in 1989, nine years after the venue opened, and he was promoting concerts in-house by the early 1990s. The arena was rebranded in 1999 after Allstate Insurance Co. acquired naming rights. That same year, Nagle was promoted to general manager of the… Continue Reading Q&A: Rosemont’s Pat Nagle
COMFORT DOG: Three weeks after Tamara Deike interviewed Jason McNeely, owner of Austin’s Barracuda, for “Bring Music Home,” the venue closed permanently. (Matt Lief-Anderson/Courtesy Bring Music Home) A new coffee table book chronicles the struggle and wonder of America’s independent venues If ever there was a vital document capturing the essence of what this year has made America’s clubs so universally beloved, it’s “Bring Music Home,” a new coffee table book chronicling this fraught year for over 200 independent clubs in about 30 U.S. markets. Co-authored by Tamara Deike and Amber Mundinger, with art direction by Kevin W. Condon, this 500-page tome quickly makes clear what powers these treasured music temples: people. The book’s 375 owners, GMs, bookers, bartenders, sound technicians, security, musicians and others were photographed in their resplendent venue habitats. “The club scene is major for Atlanta; it’s no secret,” says Anthony Adighibe, co-owner of Oak Atlanta. “Most of… Continue Reading Bringing It All Back Home
Proof of vaccination and COVID-19 testing is expected to be a key topic in contract negotiations for concert tours this fall.
The second week of April marked a watershed moment for live entertainment during the pandemic as multiple artists announced fall arena tours.