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IceArizona Hires Global Spectrum to Operate Arena

by Staff Writer / Arizona Coyotes


Thursday, October 10, 2013

GLENDALE, Ariz. – IceArizona, owners of the Phoenix Coyotes, today entered into a partnership with Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum, a worldwide leader in managing and operating sports arenas and stadiums, to manage Arena. Terms of the partnership were not disclosed.

Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia Flyers parent company, Comcast-Spectacor, has agreed to partner with IceArizona to ensure the financial and promotional success of the Glendale arena.

IceArizona purchased the Phoenix Coyotes from the National Hockey League on August 5, 2013.

Global Spectrum manages the Wells Fargo Center, home of the Flyers, and the University of Phoenix Stadium, home of the Arizona Cardinals, which neighbors Arena. The company manages more than 115 facilities around the world.

In addition to managing and operating Arena, Global Spectrum will secure additional events and attractions to the venue.

Anthony LeBlanc, Phoenix Coyotes Co-Owner, President and CEO, called the agreement with Global Spectrum the perfect addition to an already world-class team.

“We are very pleased to partner with Global Spectrum to manage and operate Arena,” said LeBlanc. “We are confident that Global Spectrum will do amazing things for us in Glendale. It's difficult to imagine a better partner.”

“We would like to thank the Coyotes for this tremendous opportunity,” said Comcast-Spectacor President Peter Luukko. “We are excited about the possibilities and opportunities to secure new and exciting events for the region. We envision a synergistic relationship by operating both Arena and University of Phoenix Stadium that will be beneficial to all parties.

“At the University of Phoenix Stadium, the Arizona Cardinals and the Fiesta Bowl are the anchor tenants,” added Luukko. “We have been extremely successful attracting events such as international sporting events, trade shows, concerts, and large-size events to the stadium's schedule, making that venue one of the most heavily booked and successful stadiums in the world. By booking around the Coyotes schedule at Arena, we are certain we will see similar success.

“Based on our expertise in booking similar-size venues around the world, we are confident we can do great things together at Arena," added Luukko. “We are thrilled to be added to this great partnership and to be working with IceArizona on its commitment to keep the National Hockey League in Glendale. We believe NHL hockey is an integral part of the success of Arena and the surrounding development.”

In addition to managing the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Global Spectrum manages more than 115 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers SkateZone, a series of community ice skating rinks. Arena is a state-of-the-art, multi-purpose facility located in Glendale, Arizona. The arena anchors Westgate Entertainment District, the "crown jewel" of sports and entertainment complexes. Owned by the City of Glendale, Arena is home to the National Hockey League’s (NHL) Phoenix Coyotes and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually. The arena opened on December 26, 2003 (Arizona Sting lacrosse game) and the following night, December 27, the Coyotes hosted the Nashville Predators in front of a standing-room only crowd of 19,052 for the inaugural NHL game at Arena. The arena has also hosted five NHL Playoff series, including the 2012 Western Conference Final. The venue has also hosted major acts such as U2, Elton John, The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Rod Stewart, Toby Keith, Britney Spears, Usher, Kenny Chesney, Taylor Swift, Justin Bieber, Aerosmith with Lenny Kravitz, Nickelback, Bon Jovi, Madonna, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Justin Timberlake, Christina Aguilera, John Mayer, Tim McGraw and Faith Hill.

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