Tuesday, September 29, 2015


CONSHOHOCKEN, PA (September 28, 2015) - On Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2015, the Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks Board voted unanimously to approve SMG’s management agreement to operate the iconic Greek Theatre, which concluded the selection process of a private, third-party operator under the Board’s new ‘Open Venue’ model. The historic Greek Theatre is owned by the City of Los Angeles and is currently operated by Neederlander Concerts. 

In its transition to an Open Venue model, the Parks Department conducted a competitive selection process, which involved evaluating proposals from two venue management firms – Global Spectrum L.P. d/b/a Spectra and SMG. The Board’s evaluation panel ranked SMG the highest based on several scoring criteria. 

SMG will provide full management and operational services for the Greek under an agreement that will have a one (1) year term, with two (2) successive one-year options that can be exercised at the discretion of the Board. 

“We are very excited to be working with SMG at the Greek,” said Mike Shull, General Manager of the Los Angeles Depart-ment of Recreation and Parks. “They manage some of the most recognizable facilities in the world.” 
SMG is expected to assume its new role, effective November 1, 2015. The Greek Theatre season starts April 15 and runs through October 31 each year. Promoters and event organizers have already submitted a significant number of requests for date holds through a lottery conducted by the Parks Department. SMG and the Park Board are estimating the venue will host approximately 70 live events next season, which is consistent with the past. 

“We welcome the Greek Theatre to our SMG family of facilities,” said Wes Westley, SMG’s President and CEO. “We are honored to have been selected and are looking forward to getting started.” 

“Everyone in the industry knows the Greek Theatre and we are honored that the Park Board has chosen SMG to operate its crown jewel,” said Doug Thornton, SMG’s Executive Vice President. “There are so many features that make this facility unique. We recognize the legacy of the venue, its significance to the community and the standard of care that is needed to operate within the confines of a neighborhood environment. We look forward to working with all of the promoters to offer the best in live entertainment, while preserving the legacy of this great facility.” 

Monday, September 28, 2015


(Tulsa, Okla.) September 25, 2015 – BOK Center hit another monumental milestone this evening at the Florida Georgia Line concert. At around 6:05 PM, the five millionth fan walked through the doors and had their ticket scanned. That lucky person was Hunter Orcutt from Tulsa who was attending with the concert with her husband, Alan. 

Orcutt had her seats to the concert upgraded to the first row, she got to meet both Tyler Hubbard and Brian Kelley of Florida Georgia Line prior to the show and she received an assortment of other prizes.

General Manager Jeff Nickler and Assistant General Manager Casey Sparks were present to meet Orcutt to congratulate her for being the winner.

"I never win anything, this is so insane," said Hunter Orcutt. "This is me and my husband's first time to BOK Center. We just moved here from Dallas and our seats tonight were in section 308, row Q. This is the best night ever!" 

In addition to the celebration going on inside BOK Center on Friday night, there was also a commemoration to the milestone event displayed outside as well. The BOK Tower in downtown proudly displayed "5M" in lights on the south side of the building for the evening. There was also a celebratory display of lights on the BOK Center plaza at the main entrance provided by Intergrity Lighting. 

"It's a testament to the incredible long-standing support of the Tulsa community that we're able to reach this milestone and we couldn't be more grateful," said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. "We are rewarding this five millionth fan as a tribute to all of the people who have ever attended an event at the arena."