Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Romney to Make a Campaign Stop at SMG-Managed Pensacola Bay Center

WHAT: Victory Rally w/ Mitt Romney & the GOP Team
WHERE: Pensacola Bay Center
WHEN: Saturday, October 27 at 11:15 am (Doors at 9:15 am)

For questions, contact us at: | (813) 644-2493
For Important Campaign Updates: Text (FL) to GOMITT (466488)

All attendees will go through airport-like security and should bring as
few personal items as possible. No bags, sharp objects, umbrellas, liquids,
or signs will be allowed in the venue. Cameras are permitted.

SMG Garners 8 Nominations in the 2012 Venues Today Hall of Headlines

SMG has received 8 nominations in the 2012 Venues Today Hall of Headlines, the annual awards given to headline – making people and events within the venue industry. The SMG venues are represented in three categories: news, booking and concessions. Winners will be showcased and caricatured in The Venues Today Year-End Issue December 2012.

“We congratulate all the SMG nominees and are proud of their achievements across many disciplines of venue management including new business, event booking, event marketing and food service,” said Wes Westley, President and CEO of SMG.

Moscone Center Achieves LEED Gold Certification

Mayor Edwin M. Lee today announced Moscone Center has received LEED Gold certification, the first convention center on the West Coast to attain the green building honor. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).

“Moscone Center is a vital hub for our convention and tourism economy, and we are very proud to have the first convention center on the West Coast to earn LEED Gold for an existing building,” said Mayor Lee. “This is now our City's largest municipally-owned green building. Receiving LEED Gold on the Moscone Center demonstrates once again that San Francisco is at the center of sustainability and innovation.”

SMG to Manage Miami Knight Center

On September 27, 2012, the Miami City Commission approved the selection of SMG to manage the James L. Knight Center effective October 24, 2012. The unanimous decision to change management firms follows a request for proposals issued by the city earlier this year.

“As we transition this important downtown asset, we will immediately seek to improve service levels, and key relationships with strategic partners including local hoteliers and the Greater Miami Convention & Visitors Bureau. By providing staff with additional resources we will help grow market share in both the meetings and entertainment sectors served by the Knight Center,” said Gregg Caren, SMG Senior Vice President for Strategic Business Development.

The Knight Center includes the Miami Conference and Conference Center, 28,000 square foot Riverfront Hall, and a 4,600-seat proscenium theater that has hosted everyone from Ricky Martin to Lady Gaga. Directly connected to the 612-room Hyatt Regency Miami, the complex has been at the heart of Miami's vibrant downtown since 1982.

“We are very pleased to see The Knight Center join the SMG network. SMG has an incredible legacy of more than 30 years of first-class management, commitment to its clients and employees, and highest quality service standards. We look forward to working with SMG and their team as they take Knight Center to the next level,” said Henry Torre, Director of Public Facilities for the City of Miami.

SMG will take over operational responsibilities from Global Spectrum, who held the contract since 1997.

During the RFP process, a professional selection committee unanimously ranked SMG as the most qualified firm to manage the center. “We are pleased to partner with SMG,” said Miami City Manager Johnny Martinez.” The Knight Center provides world class meetings, conventions and concerts and SMG is the leader in each of these sectors. This is a partnership that will benefit everyone in the Greater Miami area.”

INTRUST Bank Arena Ranks 33rd in the United States in Top Arena Venue

The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena finished the third quarter of 2012 ranked 33rd in the United States and 67th in the world according to Pollstar's Top 200 Arena Venues. The rankings reflect tickets sold worldwide for shows played between 1/1/12 and 9/30/12.

“It's an honor to be ranked as a top arena not only in the United States, but in the world,” said General Manager AJ Boleski. “We have a strong lineup of upcoming events for the remainder of 2012 and look forward to continuing to bring world class entertainment to Wichita.”

Upcoming events include the Oklahoma City Thunder NBA preseason game (October 24), Carrie Underwood (October 27), Aerosmith (November 11), Batman Live (November 13-14), Trans-Siberian Orchestra (December 5), Eric Church (December 8) and a Wichita State men's basketball game (December 22).

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