Date: June 29, 2005
NEDERLANDER STAYING AT THE GROVE OF ANAHEIM
The Nederlander Organization's contract to manage the Grove of Anaheim (Calif.) has been extended another five years, through Dec. 31, 2010. Nederlander was first selected to operate, manage and book the venue in October 2002 by the city of Anaheim for an initial three-year term. Built in 1997, the Grove of Anaheim is a 1,700-seat facility, located adjacent to Angel Stadium and owned by the City of Anaheim. The Grove hosts more than 250 events annually. Nederlander has booked the Broadway touring productions of “Stomp,” “Rent” and “Grease” and family shows such as Sesame Street Live there besides the usual list of concerts.
Contacts: Vanessa Kromer, Nederlander, (323) 817-6108; John James Nicoletti,Anaheim, (714) 765-5060
SCHUMACHER MOVES FROM ONE EDGE OF THE U.S. TO THE OTHER
Jeff Schumacher, who had been acting general manager of Dodge Arena, Hidalgo, Texas, on the border on Mexico, for Global Spectrum, has been promoted to general manager of Colisee in Lewiston, Maine, on the Canadian border, still with Global. Schumacher assisted with the opening of the Dodge Arena in October 2003. Prior to opening the Dodge Arena, Schumacher worked in Philadelphia as director of Soccer Operations for Comcast -Spectacor, parent company to Global Spectrum. Prior to joining his current employer, Schumacher had been director of Marketing and Booking of the18,000-seat Firstar Center (now U.S. Bank Arena), Cincinnati; marketing and salesmanager for Feld Entertainment in the Southeast Region; and marketing and PRmanager of the Wicomico Youth and Civic Center, Salisbury, Md.
Contact: Jeff Schumacher, (207) 783-2009
STATE CONSIDERING PURCHASE OF DUNKIN' DONUTS CENTER
Under legislation introduced in the Rhode Island House of Representatives, purchase of the Dunkin' Donuts Center in Providence may be in the offing. The proposal is for the state to buy the 33-year-old arena from the city and then fund extensive renovations, to the tune of $90.5 million total. The monies would be raised through a state bond issue and paid back over 30 years from arena operating and tax revenues. The breakdown includes $28.5 million to buy the arena and $62 million to overhaul it, with an additional $2 million budgeted to cover the cost of issuing the bonds. The legislation comes after two years of negotiations. If the purchase and renovation plan is approved, the Convention Center Authority would own The Dunk and two new directors would join the board. The Authority would seek a contract management company to operate it. The proposal requires approval by the Senate and the House as part of the state budget bill.
Contact: Larry Lepore, (401) 331-0700
FAIRS AND FESTIVALS IN THE MONEY
Sponsorship spending on annual events ranging from small community celebrations to large state fairs is expected to total $446 million, up from $419 million last year, according to a report from IEG. The increased spending is largely fueled by corporate America's growing interest in one-to-one marketing platforms and properties' stepped up efforts to offer customized packages for sponsors and prospects, according to thereport. “Fairs and festivals are increasingly moving away from cookie-cutter sponsorship proposals in favor of customized packages geared to the specific need of each sponsor. That has resulted in more corporate interest and more deals,” said William Chipps, senior editor of IEG Sponsorship Report. Fairs and festivals are also benefiting from companies' growing interest in mobile marketing tours and experiential marketing platforms. Companies are also increasingly aligning with fairs and festivals as a way to engage employees. Farmers Group Inc., for example, is using its fist-time tie to the Los Angeles County Fair , Pomona, to offer free admission for its employees, Chipps said.
Contact: William Chipps, (312) 944-1727