Tag: Washington

Generation Next: Corey Margolis

General Manager for Angel of the Winds Arena, Everett, Wash., Spectra Corey Margolis loves getting a sense of the market before he kicks in with creativity. He’s done just that in Everett, Wash., as general manager of Angel of the Winds Arena, not only getting to know his market north of Seattle but also having some big victories along the way.  Margolis, 30, an eight-year veteran of Spectra, has served in the 10,000-capacity arena for about a year, his first stint as a general manager. Along the way he’s landed the WNBA’s Seattle Storm for home dates, drawn the Live Nation Backstreet Boys show for July and worked with the arena’s naming-rights partner — a casino about 20 miles from the arena — to promote Toby Keith for an August show.  Getting there, though, was about “figuring out what works.”  “It always takes time to get a sense of the market, […]

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Spanish Ballroom to Open in Tacoma

Tacoma’s new 700-capacity Spanish Ballroom will open April 24 inside McMenamins Elks Temple. (Courtesy McMenamins)  McMenamins finds “sweet spot” at 700 capacity in historic building Tacoma is getting an addition to its local music scene with the opening of the new 700-capacity Spanish Ballroom on April 24. The live music venue is inside McMenamins Elks Temple, a former Elks Lodge turned hotel and entertainment complex, and adjacent to the Spanish Steps in Tacoma’s downtown core. “There was no venue with this capacity in Tacoma,” said Jimi Biron, director of entertainment and venue programming for the Pacific Northwest’s McMenamins, which own 60 locations, including live entertainment venues the Edgefield Amphitheater in Troutdale, Ore.; the Queen Anne in Seattle; and the Bagdad Theater in Portland. “There are 400-capacity clubs and some 1,000-plus-capacity spaces in Tacoma but nothing in the 700-capacity.” Biron said. “We think we found a sweet spot. We’re not trying […]

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For Ballparks, Market’s Right for Naming Rights

A rendering shows the Seattle Mariners’ ballpark once new signs and lighting have been installed. (Courtesy Seattle Mariners) Milwaukee, San Francisco, Seattle all find partners for new long-term deals The recent trend for Major League Baseball teams nearing the end of stadium naming-rights deals has been to find new partners for long-term agreements. Over the past few months, the Milwaukee Brewers, San Francisco Giants and Seattle Mariners announced new deals to rebrand their venues for American Family Insurance, Oracle and T-Mobile, respectively. The agreements for Oracle Park in San Francisco and T-Mobile Park in Seattle took effect before the 2019 season. In Milwaukee, American Family’s deal kicks in after the 2020 season. The agreement extends to the Brewers’ spring training facility in Maryvale, Ariz., which is now called American Family Fields of Phoenix after going through $60 million in upgrades. Brewer MillerCoors, AT&T and Safeco Insurance all declined to renew naming […]

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