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VN Conference: New York Club Heavyweights Discuss The Big Apple’s Live Market

Paradigm’s Carly James, Bowery Presents’ Josh Moore, Dayglo Ventures’ Peter Shapiro, and Live Nation’s Sean Striegel (from left) discuss New York’s club market with moderator Ray Waddell of Oak View Group. (Eric Renner Brown / Staff) While much of the VenuesNow Conference focused on arenas and stadiums and the aspects that govern them, such as infrastructure, concessions, and fan experience, one illuminating panel, “Clubs Of New York: The Competitive Landscape in a Microcosm,” thoroughly analyzed the smaller scale. The panel, which featured Live Nation senior vice president of booking Sean Striegel, Dayglo Ventures founder Peter Shapiro, Bowery Presents talent buyer Josh Moore, and Paradigm agent Carly James, and which was moderated by Ray Waddell, president of Oak View Group’s Media & Conferences division, told the story of America’s clubs and theaters market through the lens of the Big Apple’s robust live music scene. The governing theme of the panel was […]

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Commissioners on Venues: Figuring Out Technology, Finding the Right Capacity

The WNBA’s Cathy Engelbert, MLS’ Don Garber and the NBA’s Adam Silver on the Sept. 10 commissioners panel with moderator Tod Leiweke at the VenuesNow Conference. Three major league commissioners on a Sept. 10 panel at the VenuesNow Conference in New York City said evolving technology and shifting fan behavior continue to shape changes in their venues, including how big they should be. “I think one of the great things about emerging businesses is we’ve got to have a firm, focused vision, but you’ve got to be little flexible in strategy,” said Don Garber, commissioner of Major League Soccer, which is in the midst of a stadium renaissance as it pushes toward 30 teams. For Garber, who has run the league since 1999, the idea of moderately scaled soccer-specific stadiums across the MLS changed as some markets rang up big attendance numbers in football stadiums. “It’s ironic that the Seattle […]

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VN Conference: Capital Keeps Flowing for Projects

Larry Cyrlin, Peter Dorfman, Hannah Gordon and Jerry Parisi with moderator Alan Hoffman on the finance panel Tuesday at the VenuesNow Conference. While public funding continues to become less of a factor in facility development, bank lenders and institutional investors, familiar with the successful track record of sports and entertainment venues and buoyed by a good economy, are eager to do business. “As a bank, we’re in the business of taking risks,” said Peter Dorfman, managing director of the Sports & Entertainment Specialty Group at SunTrust and a panel member Tuesday for “Capital Ideas: Private Placement in Sports and Live Entertainment Venues” at the VenuesNow Conference in New York City. Sports stadiums and arenas with tenant teams provide a variety of revenue streams that can be pledged as assets toward the financing, including premium seating and suite income, seat licenses, sponsorships, concessions, merchandise and parking, said Jerry Parisi, managing director of […]

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VN Conference: The Escalation of Immersive Experiences

Nicole Feld, Melissa Hoffman and Sean Saadeh discussed immersive experiences on a panel at the VenuesNow Conference, on Sept. 11, in New York City. The term “immersive experiences” is often misunderstood, according to Nicole Feld, executive vice president and producer for Feld Entertainment, a company that has 50 years of experience with shows that incorporate the audience into the action. Feld spoke Wednesday, along with Melissa Hoffman, principal/studio leader for LAB at Rockwell, and Sean Saadeh, executive vice president of entertainment at Prudential Center in Newark, N.J., on a panel moderated by David Touhey, president of Monumental Sports & Entertainment, at the VenuesNow Conference in New York City. “The definition of live entertainment is changing,” Feld said. “Immersive in the way we use it today is when we get the audience not only to participate but to actually be part of the show’s environment. What fans remember is not the […]

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VN Conference: Sports Venues Prep for Betting Spaces in Their Buildings

The panel on in-venue sports betting Tuesday at the VenuesNow Conference, moderated by Marcus DiNitto, managing editor of BetIndiana. A panel of insiders on the sports betting experience in-venue weighed in on the trend at the 2019 VenuesNow Conference in New York.  Scott Butera, president of interactive gaming for MGM Resorts International, said that the pace has been a little slow as teams, leagues and state governments work through the regulations for sports betting at arenas and stadiums but that there are signs of momentum for the activity. “It’s important to do it right,” Butera said. “The issue for us is trying to get states to adopt a model that we think makes sense and can maximize revenues for everyone involved, where you have a lower tax design, reasonable licensing fees and open competition to get in the market. Those are all very important things.” New Jersey has been at […]

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VN Conference: Fiserv, Wrigley Provide Case Studies In Entertainment District Panel

The panel for “City Planning and Entertainment Districts and the Venue Footprint in 2030.” (Eric Renner Brown / Staff) Few venue-related advancements in recent years have been more prominent than the strategically planned entertainment districts sprouting up around arenas and stadiums. Several leading minds in the sector — John Shreve (Populous), Peter Feigin (Milwaukee Bucks/Fiserv Forum), Eric Nordness (Hickory Street Capital), Kirk Safford (Lyft) and Dana Warg (313 Presents) — convened at the VenuesNow Conference on Tuesday to discuss the rapid growth of such districts, and what lays ahead for them. For one, not all entertainment districts are created equal, a contrast illustrated by Feigin and Nordness’ work with the areas surrounding Fiserv Forum in Milwaukee and Wrigley Field in Chicago, respectively. With Fiserv Forum, planners had 30 contiguous acres to work with; at Wrigley Field, Hickory Street Capital had only a small sliver of land next to the ballpark […]

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VN Conference: The Allure, Challenges of Esports

“Esports: Where Do We Go From Here?” Tyler Endres, CEO, Esports Arena Craig Levine, global chief strategy officer, ESL Todd Merry, chief marketing officer, Delaware North Brian Mirakian, director of brand activation and senior principal, Populous Moderated by Bob Jordan, CEO, 1337 Facilities, LLC/founder, Venue Road Tuesday’s esports panel at the VenuesNow Conference in many ways reflected the esports market itself: fluid, freewheeling and full of excitement, as a panel of highly energized and informed experts brought insights and perspective to what for many is an untapped and rapidly developing market with immense potential. Playing off the panel’s subtitle, moderator Jordan’s first questions succinctly asked, “Where exactly is here?” All agreed the market is bigger than ever. “It’s an overnight phenomena that took 20 plus years, but really this last three years has been accelerated,” Levine said. Evidence of this includes the number of venues now being designed or renovated […]

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VN Conference: Jim Dolan Goes Deep on MSG Sphere With Irving Azoff

James Dolan and Irving Azoff in the leadoff session at Tuesday’s VenuesNow Conference in New York City. James Dolan, executive chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Co., and Irving Azoff, chairman and CEO of The Azoff Co., sat down for an illuminating conversation with broad implications for the live entertainment industry to begin the VenuesNow Conference at the Conrad New York Downtown on Tuesday morning. The conversation focused almost exclusively on MSG Sphere, the visionary new line of facilities by MSG Co. The first two Spheres are in the works in Las Vegas and London, and Dolan teased that MSG Co. has already started scouting locations throughout the world for future Spheres. Conference attendees were treated to a striking video detailing renderings of the Sphere facility and its associated technology, and Dolan elaborated upon the Sphere’s conception, planning and priorities moving forward. Though he has built an empire […]

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James Dolan, Irving Azoff Announced for VenuesNow Conference

MSG Co. chief and The Azoff Co. head are latest additions to conference lineup James Dolan, chairman and CEO of The Madison Square Garden Co., will sit down with Azoff Co. Chairman and CEO Irving Azoff to discuss MSG’s new paradigm-shifting Sphere projects and their impact on the future of global sports and live entertainment venues among other topics at the 2019 VenuesNow Conference in New York. The session is set for Sept. 10 at the Conrad New York Downtown hotel. Dolan owns the NBA’s New York Knicks and NHL’s New York Rangers and Madison Square Garden, the arena they call home. The Garden typically stands among the world’s busiest and more profitable sports and entertainment facilities. MSG’s portfolio extends to multiple venues across the country, including the Chicago Theatre, the Forum in Inglewood, Calif., and New York City’s Radio City Music Hall and Beacon Theatre. Its Sphere projects in Las Vegas […]

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Commissioners Lead List of VenuesNow Conference Speakers

MLS’s Don Garber, NBA’s Adam Silver in keynote discussion; Nicole Feld, Darren Pfeffer, Al Guido among other speakers announced VenuesNow Conference officially unveiled a slew of speakers Monday for its third annual event, slated to be held at New York’s Hilton Conrad on Sept. 10 and 11. The programming for the conference, which is being staged for the first time in New York after two years in Los Angeles, includes a keynote discussion with MLS Commissioner Don Garber and NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Other announced speakers include Feld Entertainment’s Nicole Feld, MSG Live’s Darren Pfeffer, Al Guido of the San Francisco 49ers and Elevate Sports Ventures, the 49ers’ Hannah Gordon, Charlie Jacobs of Delaware North’s Boston Holdings, Delaware North’s Jerry Jacobs Jr., MUFG’s Jerry Parisi, Teneo Risk’s Bill Bratton, Live Nation’s Jason Miller, Forest Hills Stadium’s Mike Luba, Peter Shapiro of Brooklyn Bowl and the Capitol Theatre, and ESL’s Craig Levine. […]

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