Friday, March 5, 2010

SMG Extended at Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH through 2031

Board of Aldermen unanimously approves SMG to continue to provide operational services at Verizon Wireless Arena.

Manchester, New Hampshire, March 5, 2010 – SMG President and CEO Wes Westley announced today that SMG’s contract to provide management services at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, NH has been extended through 2031. The Arena is an 11,000 seat facility that hosts some of the biggest names in entertainment, as well as community events. It is also home to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

Westley commented, “You don’t get this kind of extension from a client who has very high standards without doing something right. This extension is a tribute to the fine job being done by our local management team in conjunction with our corporate team. SMG has been operating the arena since its opening in 2001. Industry accolades, community support, and strong financials have been the pattern at this facility since it opened. We are honored by this clear vote of confidence from the Mayor and by the unanimous vote of the Board of Aldermen.”

Tim Bechert, General Manager for the Verizon Wireless Arena stated, “From SMG’s perspective we view our relationship with the City of Manchester as a partnership, and we are pleased to build on the foundation we’ve set. The Verizon Wireless Arena was opened under SMG management in November 2001 and has hosted over 1000 events, sold out more than 200 events and welcomes more than 5.1 million people.”

Harry Cann, Senior Regional Vice President for the Arena, added, “The Verizon Wireless Arena is clearly established as a premier venue in the industry. We are proud of our efforts and look forward to working closely with the City, the Monarchs, and local business partners for many more years. Our objective is to maximize the potential of the venue for the City and the surrounding community.”