Date: May 17, 2006

CABARRUS ARENA & EVENTS CENTER MAY BREAK EVEN

The SMG-managed Cabarrus Arena and Events Center, Concord, N.C., is on target to break even this year, according to local newspaper reports. Frank Lapsley, manager for SMG there, said this will be the first time the venue has broken even since it opened in 2002. Combining operational and capital costs, the arena had a $2.3 million budget in fiscal year 2006. The Cabarrus Convention & Visitors Bureau also contributes $100,000 to operations of the arena. The site houses the Cabarrus County Fair. In 2007, the Carolina Fuel, an expansion team in the American Indoor Football League, will play at the venue.

Contact: Frank Lapsley, (704) 920-3983

CONCORD AMPHITHEATER RENAMED SLEEP TRAIN

The Concord, Calif., shed which began life as the Concord Pavilion, then became the Chronicle Pavilion for the San Francisco Chronicle, is being renamed Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord. The new season begins June 6 with Bruce Springsteen. Sleep Train is a mattress retailer. The venue is managed by Live Nation. One improvement Sleep Train wanted as part of the deal was a free shuttle service to bring concertgoers from the parking lot uphill to the amphitheater.

Contact: Sleep Train Pavilion, (925) 692-2400

ARAMARK BUYS GOLDEN COLLAR

Aramark Corp. has completed the acquisition of a Beijing food-service company called Golden Collar. Golden Collar has 1,600 employees and 60 clients in four Chinese cities. Aramark said in a release that it worked with Golden Collar to provide food service at the Chinese FIA Formula One World Championship Round auto race.

Contact: Aramark, (215) 238-3000

BETHEL WOODS INAUGURAL SEASON ANNOUNCED

Bethel (N.Y.) Woods Center for the Arts inaugural season includes Phil Lesh & Friends, Trey Anastasio and Mike Gordon featuring The Benevento Russo Duo on July 9, Ashlee Simpson with The Veronicas on July 21, Brad Paisley with Eric Church on July 28, Goo Goo Dolls and Counting Crows on Aug. 9, and Keith Lockhart and the Boston Pops with Tony Award winning artist Faith Prince on Aug. 26. Jazz legends Wynton Marsalis, George Benson, and John Pizzarelli have been scheduled to perform during the Jazz Festival weekend, July 22-23, created by four-time Grammy Award winner Dianne Reeves, who is also scheduled to perform. The new performing arts center is comprised of a 4,800-seat summer pavilion with space on the lawn for an additional 12,000 patrons, an outdoor 700-seat amphitheater, and an interpretive and multi-purpose events gallery center. The gallery, to open in 2007, consists of approximately 4,500 square feet intended for community gatherings, lectures, receptions, meetings and other events, and the interpretive center, also scheduled for 2007, will include 10,000 square feet of exhibition space to tell the story of the 1969 Woodstock Festival, its historical context and its influence on American culture.

Contact: Rachael Vollaro, (212) 843-8046

BUD BRAND GETS A CORNER OF THE BANKATLANTIC CENTER

Sunrise Sports & Entertainment and the BankAtlantic Center, Sunrise, Fla., opened the Bud Select District – a new Anheuser Busch-branded point-of-sale area outside section 111 on the plaza level – on April 27. SSE worked directly with Anheuser-Busch to create the Bud Select District and improve the access and visibility of their product lines. The BSD will replace a merchandise stand previously located outside Section 111, and will be a point of sale for all Anheuser-Busch products available in the BankAtlantic Center.

Contact: Matt Sacco, (954) 835-7713