Tag: Pennsylvania

Live Nation To Be Mann Center’s Exclusive Booker

The Presser Foundation Stage in the TD Pavilion has a capacity of more than 14,000, with 4,500 seats under the roof. (Courtesy Live Nation Philadelphia) Multiyear deal will help bring improvements to open-air Philly PAC Live Nation will book shows at Philadelphia’s nonprofit Mann Center for the Performing Arts as part of an exclusive multiyear partnership announced Monday. The length of the deal was not announced, but it comes with options for extensions and takes effect immediately for the Mann’s summer 2020 season. As part of the agreement, the Mann and Live Nation will create new concession choices and enhanced VIP options to enhance the guest experience at the open-air venue. Live Nation will invest in the facility to support a multiyear master plan for improvements and make a yearly charitable contribution to back the Mann’s cultural and arts education mission. Live Nation will also participate in developing new music festivals to fill […]

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Wells Fargo Center’s Rage Room a Smash

Gritty, the mascot of the Philadelphia Flyers, after a smashing session in Wells Fargo Center’s new Disassembly Room. (Courtesy Philadelphia Flyers) Fans can break things and get away with it at Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia Got rage? Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia has got your back. As of Oct. 9, when the Philadelphia Flyers played their first home game of the season, fans can sign up to whack a TV, break some dishes and generally destroy things in the venue’s new rage room called The Disassembly Room. “We were trying to come up with a social club that appeals to millennials,” said Valerie Camillo, president of business operations for the Flyers and the venue. “And I looked around the room and everyone was over 40 years old, none of us were hip or cool, most had kids, and none of us go out anymore.” The group had assembled to […]

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Transformer

Renderings on public display show concourse and food service upgrades plus a new box office at Wells Fargo Center. (All photos courtesy Comcast Spectacor) Comcast Spectacor’s $260 million renovation project is nearing completion at Wells Fargo Center PHILADELPHIA — Wells Fargo Center is in full construction mode this summer, but it remains open for a dozen concerts. On a Tuesday in early July, forklifts maneuvered the new Center City Club at event level. On the main concourse, temporary walls shielded work zones with arena-branded “Pardon Our Appearance” signs in boldface type.  Outside the facility, the only visible sign of “Transformation 2020,” the name for the $260 million, five-year renovation project, was the new box office under construction on the arena’s northwest side. It sits adjacent to the Broad Street entrance, facing the Philadelphia city skyline.  The old box office inside the arena on the southwest side will be replaced with […]

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New Premium at Top of Wells Fargo Center

Comcast Spectacor is selling seats on Revolutionary Row, shown in a rendering, for roughly $5,000 apiece. Tickets to all Philadelphia Flyers and 76ers home games are included. (Courtesy Comcast Spectacor) Revolutionary Row, Liberty Lofts will replace high-up suites Wells Fargo Center officials are revamping the arena’s upper deck to feature Revolutionary Row, a new premium seat product sold as a combination ticket for fans of the NHL’s Philadelphia Flyers and the NBA’s 76ers for the coming season. The retrofit on Level 7, known as the balcony level, is tied to 280 seats that were previously front-row locations in suites at the top of the building. Wells Fargo Center had 26 of those suites when it opened in 1996. It was among the last big league arenas to position suites at the top of the highest level.  Over time, those units became a “distressed product” and often went unsold, said officials […]

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Million-Dollar Naming Rights for Esports?

 A rendering shows the interior of Fusion Arena, expected to be open in Philadelphia in early 2021. (Courtesy Comcast Spectacor) Comcast Spectacor seeks seven figures annually for Fusion Arena deal Spectra officials are marketing a 10-year naming-rights deal with annual value in the low seven figures for Fusion Arena, a 3,500-seat esports facility to be built in Philadelphia and the first of its kind to be constructed from the ground up in the U.S. Ten brands are interested in naming rights, covering both local and national firms in esports technology and other categories, said Bryan Furey, senior vice president of partnerships for Spectra, the facility management services group owned by Comcast Spectacor. “Our goal is to have a deal done by the end of this year,” Furey said. He would not identify any of the brands he said were showing interest in the deal.  The financial terms proposed by […]

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Community Assets

The 111-year-old Philadelphia Metropolitan Opera House reopened last year after a $56 million renovation. (Courtesy Live Nation) Revitalized theaters provide a boost to their neighborhoods, cities The romanticism of walking into an ornately decorated historic theater has drawn communities to save the old structures, and cities across the nation are now watching new development around theaters grow and neighborhoods flourish. An outsized example of economic growth around a revamped historic theater is The Met Philly, a 110,000-square-foot structure that was saved from despair with a $56 million restoration.  The once blighted building is now called the crown jewel of Philadelphia’s North Broad Street, an area that’s going through a renaissance with new hotels, residential and mixed-use development sprouting up.  The Met Philly opened as a massive concert venue in December and continues to wow audiences and musicians alike with its grand facade, plush seats and double balcony.  “I have to […]

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Steelers Add Simon to Facilities Team

Joe Simon moves to Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, which is entering its 19th NFL season. (Getty Images) Former Clemson associate AD oversaw multiple projects at school Jimmie Sacco has a new No. 2. The Pittsburgh Steelers have hired Joe Simon as director of facility operations at Heinz Field. Simon replaces Brian Opacic, who retired after 19 years, said Sacco, the NFL team’s vice president of stadium operations and management. Simon, 43, comes from Clemson University, where he was associate athletic director for facilities management over the past five years. During that time, Simon oversaw rapid growth in facility development, including construction of a $55 million football practice facility and the $64 million renovation of Littlejohn Coliseum, Clemson’s basketball arena. During Simon’s tenure, the Atlantic Coast Conference school also completed multiple upgrades of less than $1 million tied to nonrevenue sports such as a new baseball clubhouse and renovations to the […]

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