Tag: Tim Leiweke

How Staples Center Became Kobe’s House

SHOW OF EMOTION: The makeshift memorial to Kobe Bryant grew next to Staples Center and L.A. Live in downtown Los Angeles. (Courtesy Staples Center) The scene surrounding Staples Center on the night of Jan. 26 felt almost like a surrealist film. Patrons dressed in gowns and tuxedos made their way through a maze of barricades down Figueroa Street, West Olympic Boulevard and Chick Hearn Court surrounding the entirety of the L.A. Live complex for the 62nd annual Grammy Awards. There was a heavy police and media presence, heavier than usual as this Grammys had a taste of controversy tied to it. In the 10 days leading up to “Music’s Greatest Night,” the Recording Academy’s first female CEO was placed on administrative leave following accusations of misconduct, which resulted in countercomplaints of alleged misconduct. Earlier that day, though, something of far greater impact suddenly eclipsed all else, and throngs of despondent sports […]

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Tim Leiweke: ‘The World Is Changing to Event-By-Event VIP Opportunities’

Tim Leiweke, CEO and co-founder of Oak View Group, at last year’s VenuesNow Conference. (Black Coffee Productions for VenuesNow) OVG CEO sees 5G, all-cashless concessions, sports betting and esports as topics for VenuesNow Conference Tim Leiweke, co-founder and CEO of Oak View Group, addressed some trends affecting the development of arenas and stadiums. OVG, parent company of VenuesNow, is developing new NHL arenas in Seattle and New York, a college arena at the University of Texas in Austin and a minor league hockey arena in Palm Springs, Calif. Overseas, OVG has partnered with Live Nation to build an arena in Milan, Italy. In terms of technology, what are the challenges for future-proofing new NHL arenas in Seattle and New York? We catch ourselves in a transition to 5G, and what we have learned from Verizon and AT&T is they’re not there yet but they’re getting there. We must be able […]

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