Tag: North Carolina

Why Splitting the GOP Convention Is Doable

The same pandemic that is driving Republicans to evaluate 2020 sites other than their chosen city of Charlotte, N.C., may also make such a move easier, said one arena manager with convention experience.

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Levy takes over Carolina Panthers’ food service

Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice as the food provider at 24-year-old Bank of America Stadium. (Don Muret/Staff) Levy adds fourth Charlotte sports venue to its portfolio Bank of America Stadium is going through major upgrades to accommodate the Carolina Panthers and an MLS expansion team. The teams’ newest move has Levy taking over the venue’s food service. Chicago-based Levy replaces Delaware North Sportservice, which ran the NFL team’s food and retail for the past 10 seasons. Legends and Fanatics are competing for the stadium’s merchandise operation, sources said, but at this point, it’s unclear which company will manage that piece of the business. Rick Abramson, Delaware North’s chief customer officer, confirmed the switch in food vendors. Abramson was principally involved in Sportservice signing its agreement in early 2010 with the Panthers under their old owner, Jerry Richardson. David Tepper acquired the Panthers in July 2018.  Panthers President Tom Glick did not return […]

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Carolinas and Georgia: Growing in Greensboro

A rendering shows the view from center stage at the Steven Tanger Center for the Performing Arts. (Courtesy Greensboro Coliseum Complex) North Carolina’s Greensboro Coliseum Complex is adding to its collection of facilities.  Piedmont Hall, a 20,000-square-foot flex-space facility, had its ceremonial ribbon cutting Sept. 5 and opened Sept. 6 across the street from the complex. The venue is in an old Coca-Cola bottling company warehouse that underwent a $4 million renovation funded by sponsorships tied to vendors Tickemaster and Spectra Food Services. “We did an analysis and found that younger people wanted something to do,” said Scott Johnson, the complex’s deputy director. “This industrial space appeals to them, and offers a standing-room-only concert venue that was needed in our community.”  The space includes multiple levels, with a sunken dance floor pit and a stage 42 inches above it. Its capacity is about 2,300.  The hall’s first performance Sept. 6 featured Aaron Lewis, former lead […]

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Carolinas and Georgia: Banner Year

Red Hat Amphitheater in downtown Raleigh, N.C. (Courtesy Red Hat Amphitheater) When the big acts came calling, the Carolinas and Georgia were ready Infinite Energy Center Duluth, Ga. Dan Markham, executive director of sales, booking and event management How did you do last year? Last year was great, with 2018 overtaking 2017 as the best year in the history of the 18-year-old arena. It was a combination of juxtaposing some shows to accommodate a heavier schedule last year. We had quite a few shows do multiple days. One of the big pluses here is we have an easy building to load in and out of. We also get a lot of rehearsals. We also did some huge shows that we were fortunate to get, what I’d call bucket list shows. Big shows Paul McCartney, U2, Justin Timberlake and Childish Gambino were big ones. We’ve added more hip-hop with Kendrick Lamar […]

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Heavy Duty

After Mary Poppins flew into the balcony at the Fox Theatre, this outside exit needed to be tented for the curtain call in case of rain. (Courtesy Fox Theatre) How theaters handle the demands of the most complex traveling productions Flying carpets, falling chandeliers and a magical nanny that hovers above the audience have been stretching the limits of the special effects that theaters can accommodate. Theatrical productions are getting bigger and heavier and often require additional structural work, leaving operations managers scrambling to retrofit their venues. “Creative people will always push boundaries,” said Bill Dantos, vice president of theater operations for Blumenthal Performing Arts, which runs the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte, North Carolina. “And the operations directors at PACs have to deal with it or lose the show.” Dantos had to reach out for help to mount “Phantom of the Opera,” “Aladdin,” “Mary Poppins,” “Billy Elliott” and “Jersey Boys” […]

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N.C. Concert Hall Readies for Debut

A rendering of the $4 million Piedmont Hall, which opens Sept. 6. (Courtesy Greensboro Coliseum) Greensboro Coliseum Complex adds venue in renovated bottling plant The Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum Complex is adding another live event space to its multitude of entertainment venues. Piedmont Hall, a new 2,300-capacity general admission facility, opens Sept. 6 with Aaron Lewis and the Stateliners, the first of nine concerts currently booked through early November. The 20,000-square-foot building sits across the street from the coliseum. It’s a retrofit of a 1920s-era soda bottling plant, first occupied by Coca-Cola and later Canada Dry. The $4 million project was funded by sponsorships tied to coliseum vendors Ticketmaster and concessionaire Spectra Food Services, said Scott Johnson, the complex’s deputy director. Coliseum officials will operate Piedmont Hall and have a concert booking deal with Live Nation. The venue will also play host to breakfast and lunch functions and high school proms […]

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