Friday, August 7, 2015

Jim Gaffigan’s Cotagious tour sells out Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl Theater.

Jim Gaffigan’s Contagious tour played to a sellout July 31 at Lincoln’s Pinewood Bowl Theater.  SMG – Lincoln’s General Manger Tom Lorenz and Mammoth Live’s Jeff Fortier present Jim with some unique Nebraska gift items to celebrate the occasion.

Venues Today ranks Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena number 3 in the world by attendance and number 6 in the world by gross ticket sales for venues of 10,001-15,000 seats for the first half of 2015.

The report ranks the arena number 1 in the U.S. in both categories. View the rankings from the image below, taken from Venues Today:

Premier Food Services Provides Catering Services For Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015

Los Angeles, CA (July 31, 2015) – Premier Food Services is proud to have provided food and beverage services for the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015). In previous years, Premier Food Services’ parent company SMG hosted the competitions in 2001 at the George M. Sullivan Arena in Anchorage, AK, followed by holding the 2003 Special Olympics World Games closing ceremony at the Odyssey Arena in Belfast, Northern Ireland, the first World Games held outside of the United States. Carrying the torch in 2015, Premier provided food and beverage services for athletes, guests, and event personnel during this year’s Games.
“Premier Long Beach is proud to be a Silve
r Champion of the 2015 Special Olympics World Games,” said Veronica Quintero, regional general manager, Premier Food Services.
Premier arranged food services for four different Long Beach venues from July 20 through August 2. The venues included Alamitos Beach, Belmont Pier, Marine Stadium, and Aquarium of the Pacific, where Premier provided breakfast, lunch, and dinner for the volunteer workforce, along with lunches and snacks for athletes during the competition days. Premier also provided snacks for honored guests and families of the athletes as well as lunches for the Special Olympics World Games officials.
“Premier is proud to be part of the Special Olympics World Games,” said Paul Tazar, managing director, Premier Food Services. “Our team has provided chef-inspired, locally sourced, sustainable menus at multiple on and off-site locations, showcasing California culinary creativity to athletes, honored guests, families, Special Olympics officials and spectators from around the world.”
The 2015 World Games was the largest sports and humanitarian event hosted by Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games, with more than 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and 500,000 spectators in attendance.
The World Games were hosted for nine days from July 25-August 2 and featured 25 Olympic-type sports: Aquatics, Athletics, Badminton, Basketball, Bocce, Bowling, Cycling, Equestrian, Football, Golf, Gymnastics, Half Marathon, Handball, Judo, Kayaking, Open Water Swimming, Powerlifting, Roller Skating, Sailing, Softball, Table Tennis, Tennis, Triathlon, Volleyball, and Beach Volleyball. These Games showcase the unlimited potential of people with intellectual disabilities – one of the largest disability populations in the world.
To learn more about the 2015 World Games, visit
About the Special Olympics World Games Los Angeles 2015 (LA2015) 
With 6,500 athletes and 2,000 coaches representing 165 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games – being staged in Los Angeles July 25 – August 2, 2015 – will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world in 2015, and the single biggest event in Los Angeles since the 1984 Olympic Games. The 2015 Special Olympics World Games, with the unparalleled spirit, enthusiasm, teamwork, joy and displays of courage and skill that are hallmarks of all Special Olympics events, will feature 25 Olympic-style sports in venues throughout the Los Angeles region. The Opening Ceremony, to be held July 25, 2015 in the historic Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, site of the 1932 and 1984 Olympic Games, is expected to attract 80,000 spectators. On April 30, 2014, LA2015 and ESPN announced a global programming deal that will see ESPN bring coverage of World Games to millions of fans around the world. Honorary Chairs of the Games are President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, with Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and California Governor Jerry Brown serving as Honorary Hosts. Current Founding Champions and sponsors include: The Coca-Cola Company, Mattel, Deloitte, Toyota, Bank of America, Kaiser Permanente, OUE Skyspace Los Angeles, Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro), Davis Elen Advertising, Microsoft, Toys“R”Us, The Walt Disney Company, Google, UPS, Herbalife Nutrition, Los Angeles Times, AMC Theaters, La OpiniĆ³n, Los Angeles Tourism and Convention Board, WWE, Los Angeles News Group, AEG, Annenberg Foundation, David Geffen, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg, Panda Express, LA84 Foundation, and Knights of Columbus. LA2015, the Games Organizing Committee, is a recognized 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. For more information on the 2015 Special Olympics World Games, including volunteer and sponsorship opportunities, visit and on social with #ReachUpLA on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
About Premier Food Services 
Founded in San Diego in 1985, Premier Food Services is reinventing the hospitality industry. Rooted in its California heritage, Premier is passionate about creating chef-driven, seasonal menus inspired by diverse cultures and the unique West Coast lifestyle. Tailoring services to each of its 31 venues and their audiences, Premier prioritizes partnering with community vendors and giving back to others in the area who share a commitment to quality and sustainability. To learn more about how Premier is raising the bar on service and expertise, visit

Tuesday, July 28, 2015


Medicine Hat, AB (July 28, 2015) – After twenty-­three months of construction, the Canalta Centre is ready for its debut.

The official ribbon cutting ceremony for the Canalta Centre is scheduled for Saturday, Aug. 22 at 1:00 p.m. Self-­guided tours of the facility will be held immediately following the ribbon cutting and will be available until 4 p.m. Attendees are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the Medicine Hat and District Food Bank.

“We can’t wait to open the doors and show the facility off,” said Medicine Hat Mayor Ted Clugston. The Canalta Centre will allow Medicine Hat and area residents’ access to entertainment and events never before available in our community. The facility will help keep local dollars in Medicine Hat and bring in visitors and investors from other communities.”

This state-­of-the-­art facility, with a total project budget of $74.9 million, is Medicine Hat’s newest premiere entertainment venue. As the new home for the Medicine Hat Tigers, the Canalta Centre will also host a diverse array of entertainment experiences the whole family can enjoy including concerts, family shows, sporting events, conventions and more. With full-­bowl concert seating of over 6,600 seats, two star dressing rooms, four auxiliary rooms, a moveable curtain system for multiple event configurations, this facility is over 192,000 sq ft and is truly a world-­class event centre.

The Canalta Centre is proudly owned by the City of Medicine Hat and operated by SMG, a global leader in venue management.

For more information on the Community Open House and the Canalta Centre, please visit

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Chesapeake Energy Arena Climbs Ticket Sales Chart

Oklahoma City, OK (July 13, 2015) - The SMG-managed Chesapeake Energy Arena posted its strongest showing in 12 years in Pollstar’s mid-year ranking of the Top 100 arena venues based on ticket sales.

The arena came in at No. 16 in the United States and No. 43 in the world with 173,838 reported tickets sold so far in 2015. It’s the arena’s highest U.S. ranking in the mid-year Pollstar chart since it ranked 8th in 2003. That was the first year Chesapeake Energy Arena was eligible for the mid-year chart after opening in July 2002.

“The event promoters and our staff have helped make this a remarkable year for us so far,” General Manager Gary Desjardins said. “We are proud we have been able to bring some of the top touring acts in the world to Oklahoma City.”

Chesapeake Energy Arena has already seen several acts that rank among Pollstar’s mid-year ranking of the Top 100 Worldwide tours of 2015, including Fleetwood Mac, Eagles, Chris Brown, Eric Church, Charlie Wilson, Varekai by Cirque du Soleil, Ariana Grande, New Kids on the Block, Kevin Hart, Miranda Lambert and the Winter Jam tour.

The arena will see more quality tours in the second half of 2015, including The Comedy Get Down on July 25, WWE Monday Night Raw on July 27, Def Leppard on Aug. 10, Shania Twain on Aug. 12 and Foo Fighters on Sept. 29. The arena will also host the North American Youth Congress Aug. 5-7, The Good News Festival with Franklin Graham Aug. 22-23 and the Big 12/SEC Challenge on Dec. 20.

In March 2016, the Big 12 Women’s Basketball Championship and NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship will return to Chesapeake Energy Arena.

A full schedule of upcoming events at Chesapeake Energy Arena and ticket information can be found at The full Top 100 arena ranking and Top 100 tour ranking is available in the most recent issue of Pollstar.

Grateful Dead Concerts Meant Chicago Raked In Hotel Taxes

City of Chicago officials say the Grateful Dead’s set of final concerts over the Fourth of July weekend brought in more than $431,000 in hotel tax revenue for the city.

Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel’s office said Wednesday morning that downtown hotel occupancy for the weekend was 77.7 percent. That’s compared to the same weekend over the previous five years, which had an occupancy rate for leisure bookings at downtown Chicago hotels of 57.7 percent.

The mayor’s office says hosting large, high-profile events like the three-day concert series are critical to Chicago’s economic growth.

Soldier Field has said that 71,000 tickets were sold for the band’s final show on July 5 – the most for any event at the lakefront stadium.

Alaska Aces, SMG to host charity 5K

ANCHORAGE – The Alaska Aces are trading in their skates for running shoes and raising money for some Alaskan causes. Sept. 13, the Aces will co-host a 5K race to raise money for the Fisher House of Alaska, the Scotty Gomez Foundation and the Anchorage Sports Association. The new voice of the Aces, Kurt Haider, and race organizer Justin Phillips joined Daybreak Wednesday to talk about the upcoming event.

“Basically, we were looking at other ways to be more involved in out community,” Phillips said.
The race course will start at the ice rink outside the Ben Boeke Arena, continues down through the Chester Creek Trail and circles back to the start. Finishers will have a nice reward at the end.

“Folks will be invited into the Sullivan Arena to check out all of the things that are happening there,” Haider said. “The new seats, the new boards, the new glass, the whole place is amazing — it’s going to be amazing.”

The Alaska Aces and SMG Inaugural 5K will take place Sept. 13 at 10 a.m. at the Sullivan Arena. Early signup is anytime before Aug. 31 for $35. It’s $45 for those who sign up after. For tickets and bib pickup dates, visit the Alaska Aces website.