November 21, 2013

AEG Releases Renderings for Las Vegas Arena

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(from Venues Today, November 12, 2013) AEG and MGM have recently released the first plans for a $350-million venue in the middle of Las Vegas. The arena, which seats 20,000, is said to include several features that have never been seen before. Populous, the architects of the project, gained inspiration for the arena from the […]

October 24, 2013

Charlotte Construction Reaches Milestone

BB&T Ballpark's Video Board

                  (from Venues Today, October 15, 2013) BB&T Ballpark, home of the Charlotte, North Carolina Knights, is under construction, and the plans correlate with society’s technological advancements with the addition of the widest video board in Minor League Baseball. The ballpark includes a 30-by-82 foot HD video board […]

September 12, 2013

Oregon Opens $68M Football Complex

145,000 square foot video board at University of Oregon's Hatfield-Dowlin Complex

(from Venues Today, September 4, 2013) In late August, finishing touches were made on the $68 million Hatfield-Dowlin Complex, located on the University of Oregon’s campus, adding a gigantic video board in the lobby. The video board is made up of 64 Planar MX55 LCD display TVs measuring 55 inches each. The board is operated […]

May 2, 2013

Cavalry in the Capital

The Washington International Hourse Show held in Washington, D.C.

(from Venues Today, April 23, 2013) Although it seems a bit odd to picture hundreds of horses moving around in Washington, D.C. instead of the countryside, that’s exactly what is happening with the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) that has brought this event to the capitol since 1958. The WIHS has been at the Verizon […]

April 18, 2013

Toyota Field Funds Philanthropy

Toyota Field Stadium in San Antonio is donating all proceeds to charities for individuals with special needs

(from Venues Today, April 9, 2013) Although most venues’ competitive drive fuels their hunger for increased profits, that doesn’t seem to be the case at Toyota Field, San Antonio’s new soccer-specific stadium. Gordan Hartman, owner of the San Antonio Scorpions, is funneling all proceeds from the team and the venue into charities for individuals with […]

April 4, 2013

Sequestration Hits Meetings Industry

Sequestration cuts enacted by the US government have created a negative impact on the venue industry

(from Venues Today, March 27, 2013) On March 1, 2013 the United States government enacted a mandatory spending cut in the federal budget, which slowly began to show its effects in several different aspects of the United States economy, including the venue industry. Government trade shows, among several other events, have forcefully been cancelled due […]

February 28, 2013

Garden Fresh: MSG Transformation on Track

Madison Square Garden is undergoing transformations to improve the atmosphere of the venue

(from Billboard Magazine, February 23, 2013) Madison Square Garden (MSG), the world’s most famous arena, is currently going through transformations in order to make the venue more accessible and current. In the past decade, the sports and entertainment industry has changed dramatically, which has allowed MSG to credit much of their success to revenues from […]

February 14, 2013

Behind the Headlines: Superbowl Blackout

Power outage during Super Bowl XLVII game on February 3, 2013

(from Venues Today, February 6, 2013) Super Bowl XLVII, held on February 3, 2013 at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, was nothing less than complete excitement even with the power outage that caused a 34-minute game delay. Days later and the cause of the outage is still unknown. Doug Thornton, SMG Regional Vice President […]