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A New Arena Filler: Representative Democracy

HAWKS VOTE YES: State Farm Arena showed off its voting setup at a media preview July 17. (Courtesy Fulton County) NBA venues and teams stepping up to take on Election Day responsibilities While arenas and, in some cities, polling stations are shut down as the 2020 primary and general elections ramp up, several venues and local governments have worked together to open up voting centers in at least five cities. State Farm Arena in Atlanta, the Henry Ford Detroit Pistons Performance Center in Detroit and Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, plus Charlotte’s Spectrum Center, Bank of America Stadium and Bojangles’ Coliseum, have confirmed they will open facilities for voting assistance while Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee is working out a plan with the help of Los Angeles Lakers superstar LeBron James and his More Than a Vote advocacy group. In Atlanta, where would-be voters were reported to have stood in lines for […]

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Generation Next: David Garcia

Vice President of Guest Experience, Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena David Garcia leaned on his personal Disney experience to help transform the culture for three big league teams in his hometown of Atlanta.  In his role as vice president of guest experience for the Atlanta Hawks and State Farm Arena, Garcia touches all aspects of event operations after the NBA team combined its premium and guest services departments into one group under Hawks owner Tony Ressler.  The Hawks hired Garcia after he spent about three years as director of fan experience for AMB Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Atlanta United FC of MLS, and operator of Mercedes-Benz Stadium. For Garcia, 33, the common thread for both positions was The Walt Disney Co., where he took a job out of college as a financial analyst in Orlando. Over the past 20 years, multiple teams have […]

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