October 24, 2013

Chiefs Busy Testing Mobile Concessions Tech at Arrowhead


(from Sports Business Journal, October 21, 2013) At Arrowhead Stadium some fans now have the ability to pay for their beers without leaving their seats. During the 2013 season the Chiefs are testing multiple strategies to develop mobile concessions technology. According to Kansas City Chiefs’ Vice-President of Stadium Operations, David Young, Arrowhead Stadium is looking […]

October 24, 2013

Roseland Ballroom, Historic NYC Venue, Closing in April

New York City's Roseland Ballroom will soon close its doors for good,

                    (from Billboard Magazine, October 21, 2013) A New York City favorite, the Roseland Ballroom is set to close its doors in early 2014. Roseland first opened in Philadelphia, and then moved in 1919 to its current location in New York. The venue, presently booked by […]

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 […]

October 17, 2013

Future Home of the San Francisco 49ers Set to Establish Sustainability Milestone with LEED Gold Status

The new Stadium will be finished in August of 2014

(from Sports Business Journal, October 7-13, 2013)  Levi’s Stadium will set a new bar for green in sports after the San Francisco 49ers’ new facility opens in August of 2014.  The facility will have many “green components,” and it will be the first NFL stadium to earn Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification.  […]

October 17, 2013

Seahawks Turning Up the Fun at CentruyLink Field


(from Sports Business Journal, October 14, 2013) When it comes to live sporting events, it’s no longer just about the game that is happening on the field; it’s about creating an entertainment experience that will have fans coming back for more and more. Peter McLoughlin, CEO of Vulcan Sports & Entertainment and President of the […]

October 9, 2013

Show is Back at Carnegie, but Without a Settlement

The show goes on at Carnegie Hall.

(from New York Times, October 3, 2012) Carnegie Hall was recently flooded with picket lines that forced the cancelation of their gala opening concert. A long time dispute over jurisdiction was the cause of the strike. Carnegie Hall plans to expand their education department, over which union stagehands would like some control. Stagehands and union […]

October 9, 2013

Sewage and All, A’s Embrace O.Co Coliseum


(from USA Today, October 4, 2013) One of baseball’s most unloved ballparks is referred to by many as a “dump” and “toilet.” Even Bud Selig, Major League Baseball Commissioner, called it “a pit” and “an unfortunate mess.” The O.co Coliseum, home of the Oakland Athletics, will be hosting the Detroit Tigers for the American League […]

October 3, 2013

Atlanta Dance Music Festival TomorrowWorld Takes Drug Precautions After Electric Zoo Deaths


(from Billboard, September 27, 2013) Fulton County, Georgia has taken a risk in booking the electronic music festival known worldwide as TomorrowWorld (TW). When the pitch was brought to the commissioner’s attention, he was apprehensive about bringing this caliber of event to the humble roots of suburban Atlanta. This three day event will have an […]

October 3, 2013

Baylor and Populous Giving New Stadium Some Room to Grow

Baylor University's New Stadium

(from Sports Business Journal, September 23-29, 2013) The downward trend in attendance for college football has architects designing smaller stadiums that can grow as needed.   According to NCAA figures college football has seen a 2% decrease in attendance over the past four years.  This small but concerning number has athletic administrators focused on how to […]

October 3, 2013

In-game Locker Room Video Still Rare Around NFL

NFL Locker Room.

( from Sports Business Journal, September 30, 2013) The National Football League (NFL) has recently made it a requirement for all 32 teams to have locker room cameras during halftime and other points during the game.  The NFL has done this because they believe it will enhance the stadium experience for the fans that come […]

October 3, 2013

Centennial Olympic Park’s Plans for Profits

Atlanta's Centennial Olympic Park planning for future profits.

(from Venues Today, September 24, 2013) The Centennial Olympic Park was built in 1996 as the center piece of the Olympic games, it’s 21 acres of green space located in the heart of downtown Atlanta. There have been no changes to the business model of the park since it was established, but soon Atlanta’s Centennial […]

September 26, 2013

Jay Z and Kanye West Tours Doubling Up in Key Cities

Jay Z and Kanye West set to embark upon solo tours.

(from Venues Today, September 17, 2013) Jay Z and Kanye West are quite the popular duo in hip hop. Touring together in 2011 to promote their joint album, the pair received a gross of $50 million — the most ever made during a hip-hop tour. They will be parting ways this fall, however, to embark […]

September 26, 2013

Nets Opening Another Team Store at Barclays

Barclays Cener, Brooklyn, New York

(from Sports Business Journal, September 23, 2013) There have been many changes to the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York in the past year. Signed retail contracts, improvements to current venue aesthetics and the opening of a second team store have all been contributing factors. Along the outside of the building, Let’s Yo!, a local […]

September 26, 2013

The Future of Nashville


(from Billboard Magazine September 28, 2013) There have been five new start-ups in Nashville that stand out as innovative technology businesses.  These businesses represent how Nashville is evolving with new age technological advances. The first business, Noise20Trade, is a way for artists to get fan info in exchange for a song.  The information provided, specifically […]

September 19, 2013

Little Wrigley, Big Screen Highlight Cubs’ Pitch to Sponsors

Famous Wrigley Field

                    (From Sports Business Journal, September, Volume 16) The Chicago Cubs have developed a new marketing center in Chicago.  The Cubs call the $1.1 million center their presentation room.  It spans two rooms on the ground floor of an old concessions storage warehouse.  The center is located […]

September 19, 2013

Summertime, and Broadway Living is Hard: Attendance Drops 8 Percent

Broadway saw an 8 percent decrease in attendance for summer 2013.

(from New York Times, September 5, 2013) Following a recent trend of declining attendance, Broadway sees its lowest summertime attendance since 2003. Overall, attendance to Broadway shows between the Memorial Day and Labor Day holidays was down 8 percent compared to 2012 according to a data analysis from theater producers. This fact is despite an […]

September 19, 2013

Pink Wraps Tour Down Under, Grosses $29M for Final Three Shows

she owns the stage

(from Billboard Magazine September 13, 2013) Pop star Pink shines in Australia as she sells out arenas in the last leg of her tour, “Truth About Love.” Totals for the last week surpassed $31 million, which is less than half of what the end results are expected to be once the rest of the statistics […]

September 19, 2013

Rough Trade Will Open Flagship U.S. Store Nov. 25 in New York

Rough Trade

(from Billboard, September 17, 2013) Rough Trade, a music retailer from London that started Rough Trade Records, will open its first flagship store in the U.S. in New York, November 25. Rough Trade is iconic in London for being a channel for post-punk music in the late 1970’s The new store is a 15,000 square foot […]

September 19, 2013

Pac-12 Venues to get AT&T Wireless Boost

"Washington Huskies Stadium adds Wi-Fi during renovations."

(from Sports Business Journal, September 16, 2013) The Pac-12 conference has recently made a deal to become the first major college conference to provide all football stadiums and basketball arenas with full wireless capabilities.  This is a huge step for the Pac-12 and AT&T as it will provide U-verse presence for the Pac-12 networks, as well […]

September 19, 2013

Technology Gets Fans Talking

Social media is paving the way for sports venues everywhere

(from Venues Today, September 10,2013) Social media is quickly becoming the number one way of communicating throughout the world; sports venues are no exception.  This technology is being used to bring fans together, promote brands, and actively involve everyone watching the big game.  Arizona State University has launched a social media platform that uploads content to […]