December 5, 2013

Long Beach Debuts New State-of-the-Art Venue

New venue in Long Beach, California

(From Successful Meetings, November 24, 2013)  A Long Beach, California, sports arena underwent a $7-million transformation. On November 20, Long Beach, California, opened a new venue. Once a sports venue the 46,000 square foot area is now called the Pacific Ballroom. The space is to be used for several different purposes including weddings and banquets. […]

December 5, 2013

New Name for Greenville Arena

(from Venues Today, November 26, 2013)  The Bi-Lo Center arena in Greenville, South Carolina, is getting a new name after 15 years. The new name will be the Bon Sectors Wellness Arena at the cost of a cool $4.5 million dollar deal over 10 years. Bon Sectors Heath System, sponsored by Bon Sectors Health Ministries, […]

December 5, 2013

Dome Owners Fight to Keep Rams in St. Louis

Picture of Saint Louis Rams rejected stadium proposal

(from Business Week, December 4, 2013)  The St. Louis Convention & Visitors Commission, which manages the dome, offered a $124 million improvement plan last year that included a bigger scoreboard and better club seating with the Rams paying slightly more than half of those costs. The Rams came back with a far more ambitious counter […]

November 21, 2013

Astrodome may be Doomed


(From Venues Today, November 12, 2013) The Houston Astrodome, built by Judge Roy Hofheinz and friends for baseball and football and rodeo, first opened its doors in 1965 and became the eighth wonder of the world. Unfortunately the last event held at the Astrodome was the Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo back in February 2009. […]

November 21, 2013

Atlanta Braves Bank on Mixed-use Plans

Behind Atlanta Braves' Homeplate

(From Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013)  The Atlanta Braves are beginning the process of building a new stadium in Cobb County. One reason they want to do this is to create more mixed-use developments around the ballpark. They have seen what other ball clubs have been doing with their stadiums, and they want to […]

November 21, 2013

Daytona Readies New Premium Seats for Sale

(from Sports Business Journal, November 18, 2013) After completing a $400 million renovation in 2016, the Daytona International Speedway will increase their prices for premium seats. The speedway will have two newly built suites, known as the Midway Suites and High Bank Suites, plus a new multiday club-seat package. Each can accommodate between 50 to […]

November 21, 2013

Big Renovation at Santa Anita Park

Santa Anita park recently went under a $15 million renovation.

(from Venues Today, November 19, 2013) California’s Santa Anita Park recently spent $15 million in just under 12 weeks to revamp the historic venue. The renovations were revealed at the 2013 Breeders’ Cup World Championship, the venue’s largest event, in celebration of the Park’s 30th birthday. Also celebrating a benchmark is the owner of Santa Anita […]

November 21, 2013

AEG Releases Renderings for Las Vegas Arena


(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 […]

November 14, 2013

NFL: We Have Final Say In L.A.


(From Sports Business Daily, November 11, 2013) All things must go though the NFL when it comes to relocating a team to Los Angeles. Currently, the City of Los Angeles is without an NFL franchise. With such a large market and potential revenues to be made, a push to have a team located there is […]

November 14, 2013

Mayor: Turner Field to be Demolished in 2017

(From USA Today, November 12, 2013) The Atlanta Braves have announced that they will be leaving the city of Atlanta moving to a suburb just outside the city in 2017 for a new stadium. Atlanta’s mayor has said that once the team has moved to the new ball park, Turner Field will be demolished. The […]

November 14, 2013

Study Finds Music Fans More Favorable to Brands Involved in Streaming and Concerts

T.I. Performs A One Night Only Show for AXE Music in New York City

(From Billboard Magazine, November 6, 2013) According to a recent study, fans of music and live entertainment are more favorable of the brands that are involved in concerts and streaming music services. Streaming services and live events provide brands with an opportunity to engage fans in the awareness of their company. These conclusions are the result […]

November 7, 2013

Live Nation Revenue Hits a Record $2.26 Billion in Third Quarter

Live Nation

(From Billboard Magazine, November 5, 2013) Increased concert attendance drove Live Nation’s third quarter revenue to a record high. The company turned in $2.6 billion in revenue this quarter, which is up 15 percent from the prior year quarter. Adjusted operating income (AOI), a metric that excludes certain one-time items, rose 9% to $221.2 million. […]

November 7, 2013

With ‘Mansion’ A Hit, Churchill Turns To Infield

The Mansion

(From Sports Business Journal on November 3, 2103) The Churchill Downs thoroughbred racetrack recently had a $9 million renovation that included a new section known as The Mansion. The Mansion is a mega premium area where tickets start at $7,000 a person. This year’s Kentucky Derby was the first time The Mansion was open and sold […]

November 7, 2013

Board Approves $1.2B Design for Falcons Stadium


                    (From Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) Lead architect Bill Johnson of Kansas City-based 360 Architecture  was more than excited to hear that a unanimous decision was made to improve the Atlanta Falcons stadium design for $1.2 billion. The new design will feature a retractable-roof […]

November 7, 2013

Garden Finds its Link to Future in Bridges

(from Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) With its finished ceiling as the defining characteristic, Madison Square Garden has stood out for close to 50 years.  Now with the addition of the Chase Bridge seats, another unique design element will be featured in the large arena. The world’s most famous arena and home of the […]

November 7, 2013

USC Short-Lists Architects for Memorial Coliseum Upgrades

USC plans to renovate the Memorial Colisuem

(From Sports Business Journal, November 4, 2013) USC is starting the process of renovating the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. They are looking for an architect that is qualified to upgrade the 92-year-old stadium. They started by selecting six architecture firms to compete for the position in the Master Facilities Renovation and Development Feasibility Plan. Out […]

October 31, 2013

How Newer Acts Like Ed Sheeran, Passion Pit, Weeknd Are Selling-Out Top Venues

Madison Square Garden

(from Billboard Magazine, Oct 29, 2013)  A newer breed of lesser known acts such as Ed Sheeran have quickly been able to go from small stages to selling out top venues thanks to support from social media.  For Ed Sheeran, his Twitter fan base and collaborators like Taylor Swift and One Direction have helped him […]

October 31, 2013

Brooklyn DIY Venue Owners Talk Cops, Gentrification and Strategy

Boston Police car

(from Billboard Magazine, October 22, 2013) Brooklyn nightlife venues find it valuable to be the first in their developing neighborhoods; the police get to be familiar with them and figure out they aren’t causing problems. However, in recent years there has appeared to be unfair targeting by authorities who are going as far as raiding […]

October 31, 2013

Are Booking Agencies the New A&R Departments?

(from VenuesToday, October 22, 2013)  On October 19-22, the Agents Panel discussed the decline of Arts and Repertoire (A&R) at the International Entertainment Buyers Association conference in Nashville, Tennessee. These booking agents have seen their roles in artists’ careers expand and modify over the years due to the trend of spending less money on developing […]

October 31, 2013

Rock for Disaster Relief

AEG Live Rocky Mountains and Live Nation came together to put on a benefit concert for flood relief in Colorado.

                    (from Venues Today, October 28, 2013) Colorado experienced devastating floods in September resulting in nine fatalities and an estimated more than $2 billion in property damages. AEG Live Rocky Mountains’ offices dealt with this destruction first hand when one employee lost his entire house and […]