Monday, July 26, 2010

Metro Radio Arena Ranked 10th Place in the World!

SMG owned METRO RADIO ARENA is now officially in 10th place as one of the world’s busiest venues, ranked by paid attendance figures published by Pollstar magazine; with well over quarter of a million visitors to the venue for the first six months of 2010, this puts them ahead of many world famous venues, moving up one place from 11th since June 2009. Indeed 5 of the top 10 venues listed are based in the UK, and SMG, the world’s largest private venue management company and owner/operator of Metro Radio Arena, have 2 of their UK venues featured in the top 10 ‘venues in the world’, including the Manchester Evening News Arena, the largest in Europe at No 2. We also locally manage The Journal Tyne Theatre and the newly re-furbished Playhouse Whitley Bay based within the North East.

The figures include concerts and all other entertainment shows but do not include exhibitions, conferences and sporting events.

2010 is proving to be yet another superb year for the Arena with the likes of Michael Buble, MAMMA MIA!, Lady GaGa, Rod Stewart and Stereophonics having already performed, and Peter Kay, Lord of the Dance, Paul Weller, Andre Rieu, Arena record holders Scissor Sisters and a further show from Michael Buble plus many more still to come, offering a huge variety.

Paul Tappenden, Metro Radio Arena’s Marketing Director said: ‘We would like to thank our commercial partners and staff for all their hard work, and of course the North East public for their continued support of our venue. Despite slowly increasing ticket prices it proves that they still want to enjoy a great night out and see world class quality shows, even when times are particularly hard, as during the current recession. There’s nothing quite like being there! Recent announcements including shows like Scissor Sisters with tickets costing only £30, and the Pet Shop Boys later this month also from £30 have driven healthy sales, proving that top class live entertainment is still accessible at reasonable prices.”

Pittsburgh To Host 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four

Moon Township, Pa. - The NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Committee has chosen the city of Pittsburgh as the site of the 2013 NCAA Frozen Four, it was announced today. Robert Morris University, in conjunction with VisitPittsburgh and the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL), will serve as host of the event at the CONSOL Energy Center, the new home of the Penguins set to open this fall.

"We're obviously extremely pleased to be hosting the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Division I Frozen Four in 2013," RMU Director of Athletics Craig Coleman, M.D., said. "We have a very strong partnership with the CONSOL Energy Center and VisitPittsburgh, and I believe the NCAA recognized the strength of that partnership in considering our bid. We plan on putting on the best Frozen Four ever."

The 2013 NCAA Men's Frozen Four at the CONSOL Energy Center will take place April 11 and 13, 2013, and will be the first NCAA Division I Men's Ice Hockey Championship event held in the state of Pennsylvania. In addition, it will be the first major team sport in NCAA history to conduct its national championship in the city of Pittsburgh.

"We are absolutely thrilled to have been chosen to host the 2013 Frozen Four at the CONSOL Energy Center," RMU head men's ice hockey coach Derek Schooley said. "The Frozen Four will be a major showcase for the city of Pittsburgh as well as our emerging hockey program. This is one of the NCAA's premier events, and Robert Morris and the city of Pittsburgh will be an excellent host."

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Monday, July 19, 2010

BOK Center Ranked #9 In The USA For Ticket Sales

Tulsa, OK – July 12, 2010

Pollstar Magazine, a leading industry publication, has just released their rankings of the top arena venues worldwide based on ticket sales for January 1 – June 30, 2010. The BOK Center ranked #9 in the United States and #24 in the World.

General Manager John Bolton commented on the success, “To be ranked in the Top 10 arenas on the eve of our second anniversary is a great credit to our fans who continue to support the BOK Center by purchasing tickets.”

Top 10 nationwide arenas (with ticket sales):

  1. Madison Square Garden Arena – New York, NY – 336,482
  2. Philips Arena – Atlanta, GA – 326,053
  3. Sprint Center – Kansas City, MO – 312,569
  4. St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, FL – 231,868
  5. The Palace of Auburn Hills – Auburn Hills, MI – 225,139
  6. Staples Center – Los Angeles, CA – 206,207
  7. American Airlines Center – Dallas, TX – 189,901
  8. Bank Atlantic Center – Sunrise, FL – 188,908
  9. BOK Center – Tulsa, OK – 180,280
  10. Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, CT – 168,462

The BOK Center has reached its #9 ranking by booking a wide array of acts that appeal to purchasers. The arena has hosted 9 out of 10 top North American tours.

Top nationwide tours in order:

  1. Bon Jovi
  2. James Taylor/Carole King
  3. Taylor Swift
  4. Paul McCartney
  5. George Strait/Reba/Lee Ann Womack
  6. The Black Eyed Peas
  7. John Mayer
  8. Tim McGraw
  9. Nickelback
  10. Michael Buble’

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The BOK Center, an 19,199 – seat entertainment venue, is managed by SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development. Headquartered in Philadelphia, SMG provides management services to over 200 public assembly facilities including arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theatres and convention, conference and trade centers. As the recognized industry leader since 1977, SMG provides construction and design consulting, pre-opening services, venue management, sales and marketing and event booking and programming. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through our in house catering company, Savor…catering by SMG, currently servicing 65 accounts worldwide. With facilities across the United States, and in Puerto Rico, Mexico, Canada, Europe and the Middle East, SMG controls over 1.5 million entertainment seats worldwide and manages more than ten million feet of exhibition space.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Country’s Best Acrobatic Gymnasts Compete

KISSIMMEE, FL –The nation’s top acrobatic gymnasts will be competing in the 2010 Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championships at the Silver Spurs Arena from Saturday, July 24 through Wednesday, July 28.

Acrobatic gymnastics combine the beauty of dance with the agility of acrobatics. Routines are choreographed to music and consist of dance, tumbling, and partner skills. At the elite level, each pair or group performs a balance, dynamic and combined routine. Pyramids and partner holds, characterize the balance routine, while synchronized tumbling and intricate flight elements define the dynamic exercise.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Michael Bublé Shows “Crazy Love” for the Gulf Coast

Pensacola, FL – Michael Bublé, the son of a fisherman, spent many long days and nights on a fishing boat with his father in the Pacific Northwest. Bublé is headed to Pensacola with his “Crazy Love” tour on Tuesday night and he knows hard times have fallen on a lot of people in the area due to the oil spill in the gulf. Earlier this week, Bublé made a group of tickets available to local fishermen and marina staff so that they can be his guests and enjoy a great evening of entertainment at the Pensacola Civic Center. Tickets were distributed through local fishing clubs along the Gulf Coast.

Thursday, July 8, 2010

DCU Center & College of the Holy Cross Score NCAA Hockey for 2012

Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional will be held in Worcester March 24-25, 2012

(July 8, 2010 - Worcester, MA) The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Committee announced that Worcester has been selected to host the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships Northeast Regional for 2012. The bid to host the event was submitted this spring by the College of the Holy Cross, SMG-managed DCU Center and Destination Worcester. The event will take place March 24-25, 2012.

NCAA has recognized the DCU Center’s success with the awarding of previous NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships. As host of the Regionals in 1993, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010 the DCU Center has developed the experience and understanding of tournament requirements. Nine of the 11 teams to win the regional in Worcester have gone on to play in the national championship game. Five of those teams won the national championship.

2012 will mark the third time that Holy Cross has hosted the Northeast Regionals at the DCU Center, having previously hosted in 2008 and 2010. Holy Cross was also Host Institution for the 2005 NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships First/Second Rounds at the DCU Center. "We are thrilled to have the NCAA men's hockey championship return to Worcester in 2012,” said Holy Cross athletic director Richard M. Regan, Jr. “This is an exciting event for our local community and a tremendous experience for the participating teams and fans. We enjoy working with the DCU Center and hope to continue this tradition for years to come."

Sandy Dunn, General Manager of the DCU Center, stated “The DCU Center is proud to have hosted the Men’s Ice Hockey Regional Championships 11 times in the last 17 years. Our wealth of experience and long-standing relationship with the NCAA gives us a great foundation to build upon to continue to provide a first class experience for the fans, athletes, coaches, tournament staff and media”. Dunn added, “We look forward to working with Holy Cross once again as the Host Institution for another outstanding Regional Championship in 2012.”

Destination Worcester’s support and expertise of City amenities and services was key in the bid to host the tournament. “The NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional is a wonderful event for the City of Worcester, said Patrick Lynch, Executive Director for Destination Worcester. “Past Regionals have had significant financial impact on the City, generating over $1 million of direct spending from the 2010 tournament alone. Events such as this bring vibrancy to the City and we are happy that NCAA Men’s Ice Hockey is returning in 2012.”

The DCU Center features a state of the art ice surface that was completely replaced in the summer of 2009, including new chillers, dasher boards and seamless glass. The attached Convention Center provides plenty of space for schools and alumni to hold functions during the two-day event. The DCU Center, renown for being a top-grossing arena of its size, has hosted other major televised sporting events including Professional Boxing, U.S.A. Gymnastics, the Professional Bull Riders, University of Massachusetts Basketball and the NCAA Basketball Championships First and Second Rounds.

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

SMG Marketing at Ford Center Wins “Outstanding Event” Award for Star Wars: In Concert

Oklahoma City, OK. – SMG Marketing at Ford Center received the “Outstanding Event” award from the Frontier Country Marketing Association on June 24, 2010. The award recognized the localized marketing and public relations campaign developed for Star Wars: In Concert.

Star Wars: In Concert launched their North American tour in 2009 and Ford Center was one of first of ten venues to host the event in the United States. Therefore the goal behind the localized marketing and public relations campaign was to educate the public about the new show and to encourage them to buy tickets to the event.

Utilizing community resources such as hosting special events at local malls, comic conventions, and the philharmonic, to placing advertisement on billboards and movie screens, the marketing campaign was able to reach various audiences. Combining these efforts with an impressive grass roots public relations campaign, a highlight of the following results were achieved:

15 stories featured in five different newspaper and on-line publications Generated 11 minutes and 29 seconds of television broadcast news coverage Secured five different in-studio radio interviews Achieved an average 36.18% "Open" rate for targeted emails with an average 7.00% "Click-thru" rate

“I am very proud of our marketing team for putting together such an amazing campaign for Star Wars: In Concert,” said Tim Linville, director of Sales and Marketing for SMG in Oklahoma City. “We are honored to be recognized by the Frontier Country Marketing Association and are proud to be a part of their efforts to promote local businesses and attractions.”

Thursday, July 1, 2010

BOK Center Recognized At International IT Awards Ceremony

The BOK Center (Tulsa, OK) was recently recognized at the ComputerWorld Honors Program in Washington, D.C. ComputerWorld Honors Program is a prominent ceremony that documents the achievements made in organizations that implement IT in the workplace. IJ Rosenblum, senior manager of technology, represented the BOK Center after it was nominated by the ComputerWorld board and asked to attend.

“We have a great infrastructure in the BOK Center which will allow us to look at emerging technologies and how they are used in marketing and end-user customer experience,” said Rosenblum. “This infrastructure, I believe, is the basis for how new buildings should be built and will act as a blueprint for SMG in approaching the technological concerns of our day to day business.”

This year, BOK Center is one of the 151 Laureates honored among 21 countries. ComputerWorld Honors Program, governed by the Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation, announced BOK Center’s case study for the “Fifth-Best-Selling Arena in U.S. Builds Its Networking Foundation to Consolidate Voice, Data, and Video IP Infrastructure—Helping to Attract Customers and Boost Revenue.”