Date: Sept. 22, 2004
CIRCUS SETS ATTENDANCE RECORD IN EVERETT
The Everett (Wash.) Events Center enjoyed an opening night sellout crowd of over 8,000 people on Thursday, Sept. 16, for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The four-day, eight-show event, Sept. 16-19, drew 40,970 people total, a same-event, multiple shows record. Disney On Ice presents Princess Classics opened the 10,000-seat venue Nov. 5-9, 2003 in front of a crowd of 36,388, the previous record. This November, the Monster's Inc. ice unit will play the arena.
Contact: Eric Blankenship, (425) 322-2606
PACIOLAN SIGNS ITS FIRST NBA TEAM
The Charlotte (N.C.) Bobcats of the National Basketball Association and Paciolan have entered into a multi-year ticketing partnership. “Paciolan's ticketing system will make the New Charlotte Arena one of most fan-friendly and progressive arenas in the live sports and entertainment event industry,” said Ed Tapscott, president and COO of the Charlotte Bobcats. The Bobcats will maintain complete ownership of their fan data through a centralized database including ticket purchase history, demographic data, and attendance data. The team will offer advanced digital ticketing services, based on Paciolan's Access Management technology, including print-at-home, automated ticket scanning, validation, on-demand attendance reporting, and the ability to formally greet fans as they enter the arena. Access Management also serves as the basis for integrated parking, concessions, merchandise, and ticketing infrastructure. “The market is shifting away from third-party distributor ticketing solutions to in-house ticketing solutions,” said John Hnanicek, CEO of Paciolan.
Contact: Shaw Taylor, Paciolan, (949) 476-1212; Scott Leightman, Bobcats, (704) 424-4126
WINNIPEG ARENA CONTENTS UP FOR AUCTION
Winnipeg Enterprises Corp. is set to auction off the venerable Winnipeg Arena's contents in November. Available are seats, dasher boards, scoreboards and concessions equipment and its four Sony Jumbotron screens that have served the 13,000-seat venue, which hosts its last public event, a Manitoba Moose American Hockey League game, Nov. 7. In total, the arena has 14,249 chairs to sell, of which 6,300 are being set aside in hopes of a sale to another major venue. The rest are slated for public sale as memorabilia. Winnipeg Arena is being replaced by the $133 million MTS Centre.
Contact: Graham Hunter, (204) 982-5404
CLEAR CHANNEL EXPANDS VEGAS CONNECTION
The Fremont Street Experience, Las Vegas, has secured Clear Channel Entertainment Properties to develop and sell exclusive sponsorship and marketing programs for the walkable entertainment and gaming experience. The Fremont Street Experience draws more than 25,000 people each day, staying an average of four hours each. The centerpiece of the Fremont Street Experience is Viva Vision, a 90-foot high, 1,500-foot-long LED canopy which hosts five nightly light and sound shows and is capable of live video feeds and concert-quality sound. Viva Vision debuted in June and cost $17 million.
Contact for this story: Fremont Street Experience, (404) 233-8889
ONTARIO CONVENTION CENTER ANNOUNCES SALES GROWTH FOR FISCAL 2004
The Ontario (Calif.) Convention and Visitors Bureau announced a total projected economic impact for events confirmed during current and future years equaled $24,390,880. The projected economic impact increased 8.6 percent to $20,468,233 for events held in fiscal 2003-04. Lead generation increased by 116 percent. Hotel room booking increased 19.5 percent. The Ontario Convention Center rental revenue booking pace for current and future fiscal years increased 17 percent and actual rental revenue for the current fiscal year increased 4.4 percent. Amita Patel, OCVB's director of sales and marketing, cited aggressive sales efforts and a “strategically integrated marketing campaign…Our research shows that one in three sales leads turned into confirmed business this past year.”
Contact: Tera Zelinger, (909) 625-2225 x23