Wednesday, May 20, 2015

The Hemispheres Cup is coming to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome on August 1, 2015. Tickets go on sale May 22, 2015 via Ticketmaster.

Two of the best rugby clubs in the world, the Saracens from England and the Crusaders Knights from New Zealand will play a historic match, meeting in contest for the first time in either clubs’ history.  This will truly be the very best rugby every played in the USA. 

RugbyLaw, the founders of the NRFL, is proud to present this historic game to the American sports fan.  Whether one already loves elite rugby union, or those new to rugby and passionate about professional sports, will be thrilled to witness this contest.

New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu said, "We are happy to announce that New Orleans will host NRFL's premiere event right here in the Dome on August 1, 2015. This will be an unbelievable experience for New Orleans residents and visitors alike. We are a perfect city for world-class sports entertainment and the Superdome is the ideal venue. New Orleans stands ready to host some of the world's best events. NRFL and New Orleans are going to be a great match."

“The Mercedes-Benz Superdome is thrilled to host the inaugural Hemispheres Cup, which will introduce the sport of rugby to many local sports fans on a grand international level” notes Alan Freeman, SMG’s General Manager at the Superdome. “In our role as venue managers, SMG is constantly searching for events that will add variety to our event calendars, and will serve as a draw for our tourism business partners. To have an event of this stature choose New Orleans as the host city speaks very highly on what we have to offer as a tourist destination.”      

Hamish Riach, Crusaders CEO: "The Crusaders are thrilled to be sending a team to New Orleans to play Saracens.  This is an exciting opportunity for us, firstly to play in an amazing international venue like the Mercedes Benz Superdome in New Orleans, and secondly to play a team like Saracens who we would never usually get the opportunity to play.  Saracens and the Crusaders are two teams from opposite ends of the globe, but with similarly proud histories.  It is not often that non-international teams from the southern and northern hemispheres have the chance to pit themselves against each other, and we are honored to be involved in this inaugural hemispheres clash.  I have no doubt that this will be an incredible spectacle and a historic occasion."

Mark McCall, Director of Rugby of the Saracens, added: “It’s a privilege to be able to play against one of the best teams in the world in a fantastic city and to be able to give the people of New Orleans a chance to experience professional rugby. The City of New Orleans is famed for its welcome, vibrancy, history and culture and we are looking forward to being part of what will be a very special occasion. The Superdome is recognized all over the world and our players are already excited about playing at the home of the New Orleans Saints and in front of a City that loves its sport.

The Crusaders are one of the most successful sides in world rugby and as we very rarely get the chance to face teams from the Southern Hemisphere.  We can’t wait to test ourselves in what will be a very hard-fought contest.”

Premiership rugby union – the most exciting challenging game in the world - has finally arrived in the United States of America.  The best rugby to have been ever shown in the USA, presented by RugbyLaw.

"RugbyLaw, LLC will make rugby a major league sport, alongside the NFL, NHL, NBA, and MLB.   This August the first ever professional rugby of major league standards occurs at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The following week, August 8th, The USA’s first premiership rugby team, the NRFL Rough Riders, takes on ten-time Premiership championship team Leicester Tigers, in Philadelphia at Lincoln Financial Field.  2015 is the year the USA enters premiership rugby.”

“The game they play in heaven.”

Thursday, May 14, 2015

SMG managed, Royal Farms Arena Hits a Home Run with Prince

Baltimore, MD (May 13, 2015) – On Sunday night, royalty descended on Baltimore. The SMG managed Royal Farms Arena welcomed entertainment icon Prince and his band 3rdeyegirl back to Charm City for an epic two-and-a-half hour concert. It’s been over 15 years since Prince graced the hallowed stage of Royal Farms Arena. Playing to a sold out crowd on Mother’s Day, Prince united the crowd with a slew of hits and his newly minted homage to Baltimore.

“This was an absolute home run for SMG, the Arena and Baltimore. For those of us that do this every day, the excitement and sense of accomplishment of seeing a sold out crowd celebrating as one, never goes away. It’s why we do what we do…” Frank Remesch, SMG General Manager

It’s been an all-star year for the Arena; kicking off 2015 with PBR and followed by marquee and perennial events such as Monster Jam, Shogun Fights, Katt Williams, Baltimore Spring Fest, and Stevie Wonder.  The Arena looks forward to continuing its winning streak with Kevin Hart, Eagles, Motley Crue this summer and Marvel Universe Live in December.

SMG Worldwide Entertainment, the Royal Farms Arena and the City of Baltimore…Continuing to Make History.

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

Johnstown, PA Awarded Title of First-Ever “Kraft Hockeyville USA”

Johnstown, PA (May 4, 2015) – SMG-managed Cambria County War Memorial Arena has been named the first-ever “Kraft Hockeyville USA.” In partnership with the National Hockey League Players’ Association (NHLPA) and the National Hockey League (NHL), the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA contest captured the nation and ultimately named the Johnstown, Pa. arena, as its first recipient.

Tom Grenell, General Manager for the Cambria County War Memorial Arena for facility operator SMG, said “SMG is thrilled to be a part of Johnstown being voted as the inaugural recipient of the title of Hockeyville USA, evidencing the Community’s longstanding commitment to the sport of hockey. Personally, I am proud of the local SMG staff who, along with SMG’s corporate office, has worked tirelessly to revitalize and rebrand an historic and iconic 64-year-old arena with a proud hockey heritage. We continue to strive towards a level of professionalism that sets us apart, and look forward to making the NHL pre-season game a fabulous event for the City of Johnstown.”

Johnstown’s Cambria County War Memorial Arena will receive $150,000 in arena upgrades and the opportunity to host an NHL Pre-Season Game between the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning televised live on NBCSN on September 29, 2015. 

Johnstown has always celebrated its passion for hockey, even serving as inspiration for the popular hockey movie “Slap Shot.” Rich in hockey heritage, Cambria County War Memorial Arena will use the winning funds for professional arena enhancements to provide a better game experience for community members.

“The response we’ve seen from these communities and their rallying support for each other has been truly inspiring,” said Jane Hilk, Chief Marketing Officer and President, Kraft Beverages and Snack Nuts Division. “Since the voting period began, we’ve received an astounding 20.4 million votes from passionate hockey fans across the country, and are so proud to award the inaugural ‘Kraft Hockeyville USA’ title to such a well-deserving community.”

Johnstown was named “Kraft Hockeyville USA” through public voting at Alongside Johnstown, hundreds of other communities across the country submitted thousands of stories showing their hockey spirit and passion. The nine other finalist communities will share $275,000 in arena upgrades from Kraft, including runner-up Decatur Civic Center in Decatur, Ill., receiving $75,000.

“The National Hockey League is delighted for everyone connected with the winning effort by Johnstown in the inaugural Kraft Hockeyville USA voting,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said. “Kraft Hockeyville USA makes a lasting contribution to a community that has come together ‘For The Love Of Hockey,’ and we are particularly pleased that future generations of Johnstown players will be able to enjoy skating at an upgraded Cambria County War Memorial Arena.”

“Kraft Hockeyville USA takes players back to a local community arena like the one where they began playing hockey,” NHLPA Executive Director Don Fehr said. “It will be great for the players on the Pittsburgh Penguins and Tampa Bay Lightning to play before passionate local fans in Johnstown this September. We also congratulate these two finalist communities.”

“The Pittsburgh Penguins are excited to come to Kraft Hockeyville USA,” said Jim Rutherford, Executive Vice President and General Manager of the Pittsburgh Penguins. “The Cambria County War Memorial Arena in Johnstown has a special place in hockey history and will be a unique and iconic setting for an NHL Pre-Season Game. We congratulate the great fans of Johnstown and Cambria County War Memorial Arena for this well-deserved honor and want to thank all of our fans in Pittsburgh for helping to get out the vote. We all look forward to celebrating Kraft Hockeyville USA in September.”

“We are pleased to be facing off against the Pittsburgh Penguins in Johnstown this fall as part of Kraft Hockeyville USA,” said Steve Yzerman, Vice President and General Manager of the Tampa Bay Lightning. “I played my first-ever professional game in Johnstown on September 17, 1983, and the experience proved to be very memorable for me – so I believe this game will prove to be meaningful not only for the great hockey fans of Johnstown but for the Lightning organization and our players. We are grateful for the opportunity.”

Thursday, April 30, 2015


Charlottesville, VA (April 29, 2015) - Following an incredible 2014 which saw Paul McCartney's universally acclaimed Out There tour play 32 shows in 30 cities throughout South, Central and North America, Paul has confirmed June 23 at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville, VA as the newest installment of the 2015 Out There tour.

Currently tearing through Japan and South Korea, and with confirmed headlines at Firefly Music Festival June 19 in Dover, DE, Wells Fargo Arena June 21 in Philadelphia, and Lollapalooza July 31 in Chicago, the Out There tour, as always, features music from the most beloved catalog in popular music, spanning Paul's entire career--as a solo artist, member of Wings and of course as a Beatle. The set list also includes material from Paul's most recent studio album NEW, a global hit upon its release in 2013.

The McCartney live experience is a once in a lifetime opportunity; in just three hours some of the greatest moments from the last 50 years of music are relived; music which for many has shaped the very soundtrack of their lives. Paul and his band have performed in a staggeringly impressive range of venues and locations, including outside the Coliseum in Rome, in Moscow's Red Square, Buckingham Palace, at the White House, a free show in Mexico to over 400,000 people, played the last ever show at  San Francisco’s Candlestick Park where The Beatles played their final concert, and even broadcast live into Space! Featuring Paul's band of the last 10+ years--Paul "Wix" Wickens (keyboards), Brian Ray (bass/guitar), Rusty Anderson (guitar) and Abe Laboriel Jr (drums)--the show never disappoints.

The tour also uses state of the art technology and production to ensure the entire audience has the best possible experience. With massive screens, lasers, fireworks, unique video content and, of course, the best songs in the world, a Paul McCartney show is so much more than just an ordinary concert. Paul's shows attract a multi-generational audience from different backgrounds all brought together by his music.

2015 is already off to an incredible start for Paul. He has appeared on the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards with Rihanna and Kanye West performing their smash hit collaboration “FourFiveSeconds," treated New York City to an intimate Valentine’s Day concert the night before appearing on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary special, and more recently inducted Ringo Starr into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With a sold out tour of Japan and South Korea currently underway and massive U.S., UK and Europe festival and arena engagements on the horizon, Out There 2015 is sure to be another amazing chapter for a living legend who continues to make history with his every move.

Tickets for the newly announced date will be on sale Monday, May 4 at 10am. 
By Phone: 1-888-JPJ-TIXS (888-575-8497)
In Person: John Paul Jones Arena Ticket Office
American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Thursday, April 30 at 10 a.m. through Sunday, May 3 at 10 p.m.
Keep checking for further announcements.


Sioux Falls, SD (April 29, 2015) - Denny Sanford Premier Center is on course to smash annual income projections in Sioux Falls, S.D., with $1.1 million in revenue after the first six months already approaching predictions for the year.

Revenue expectations for the first year of operation for the 12,000-seat, $117 million events center were in the range of $1.3 million, according City Finance Director Tracy Turbak.
The Premier Center also generated about $900,000 in sales tax revenue in the first six months.

“Without a doubt, we are in the black, far in the black with this facility,” Turbak said. “It’s no longer just a projection. It’s a reality.” The Premier Center has hosted more than 408,000 people at 94 events, including 11 sellouts, since opening Oct. 3 with Jason Aldean. In addition to concerts, the venue hosts sports including football, basketball, hockey and rodeos.

Friday, April 24, 2015


Wichita, KS (April 24, 2015) – SMG and INTRUST Bank Arena are pleased to introduce Wingapalooza on Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015 at INTRUST Bank Arena. The one-of-a-kind event will feature Wichita-area restaurants and chefs showcasing their best wings.

Wingapalooza will take place from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the main arena floor and will include all-you-can-eat wings, a beer garden featuring select local craft beer options, and entertainment and music from a live DJ. Fans will have the opportunity to sample unique chicken wing recipes from the more than 20 restaurants and local chefs who will be showcasing their culinary flare and craft and competing for the best chicken wings in Wichita. Participating restaurants and chefs will vie for two awards at the event: a People’s Choice Award or “Lord of the Wings” and a Judge’s Choice Award.

“We’re excited to add Wingapalooza to the variety of events we strive to host at INTRUST Bank Arena,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager of INTRUST Bank Arena. “This unique type of event has been extremely successful in other cities. We look forward to not only showcasing the tremendous amount of culinary talent that Wichita has to offer, but also to the opportunity to provide our guests with the experience of tasting the best chicken wings in town.”

Tickets for the event are just $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Tickets to Wingapalooza are limited and guests are encouraged to purchase tickets in advance. Tickets go on sale Friday, May 1 at 10 a.m. and can be purchased online at, the INTRUST Bank Arena Box Office, by calling 855-755-SEAT (7328) or at participating Dillons locations. For more information on Wingapalooza, fans can visit

Participating restaurants already on board to compete at the first Wingapalooza event include The Anchor, Douglas Avenue Chop Shop, Joe’s Old Town Bar & Grill, Wing Stop and The Monarch. Space is still available for local restaurants and chefs who are interested in competing at Wingapalooza. For more information on competing, please contact Josh Howell at or 316-440-9013. INTRUST Bank Arena is proud to have iHeartMedia and Alt 107.3 as the radio sponsor for Wingapalooza. Additional sponsorship and vendor opportunities are available. For more information, please contact Kris Wheeler at or 316-440-9012.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Cobo Center wins recognition for energy efficiency

Detroit, MI (April 15, 2015) - Cobo Center has received the Sustain­ able Communities Champion Award from EcoWorks, a nonprofit organization based in Detroit that promotes energy efficiency, "green" building and sustain­ ability. The center has also received Green Venues Michigan Steward certification from the Michigan Energy Office and is the largest Green Venues facility in the state.

"We are very pleased with the recog­nition that our environmental efforts have received," said Claude Molinari, assistant general manager of Cobo Cen­ter and regional director of operations Cobo Center on behalf of the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority. "Green initiatives are a key component of our building operations."

Even as the build­ing goes through the final stages of a nearly $300 million upgrade and reno­vation, green initia­tives help  improve efficiency and reduce costs.

"Utilities are one of our largest expens­es, so energy management is critical to our operation," Molinari said. The us e of Detroit Thermal steam is monitored daily, sometimes  hourly, to ensure that consumption is in line with expectations. "Careful monitoring allows us to do a better job of conservation," Molinari added.

Reliability is also very important.

"As an events center, we know that 'the show must go on,"' Molinari said. "It's how we have to operate so we must have reliable heating." Molinari said he has great trust in Detroit Thermal and appreciates the fact that the company was proactive in helping the Center improve its metering system.

As a recent addition to its green initiatives, Cobo is having waste that cannot be recycled or composted taken to Detroit Thermal's sister company, Detroit Renewable Power. There the waste is converted to steam, which drives a turbine to produce electricity. The steam then goes through the Detroit Thermal system. In that way the Center is not adding anything to area landfills - and its waste becomes part of the fuel that heats its building. The process utilized by Detroit Renewable Power is called "combined heat and power" (CHP) and is twice as efficient as traditional power generation.

Cobo Center has become a jewel in the rejuvenation of downtown Detroit. Its striking new glass fagade is an exciting entrance into one of the largest contiguous exhibit venues in North America, and its new design allows for more flexible use of space. Although one of the most dramatic features of the renovation - the video wall - has yet to be completed, Cobo Center is already attracting more events and more conventions than ever before. The number of major bookings has doubled since 2011 , and the number of city-wide conventions has increased from six to 20.