Apr. 12, 2012

Early-bird rates for VenueConnect 2012 end today
VenueConnect 2012 early-bird registration ends April 12 — today. In just one long weekend, July 21-24 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., attendees will gain so many new strategies, lessons learned and solutions for results, they'll need to pack an extra suitcase to bring it all home. We're covering real, current issues like ancillary income, expenses, sponsorships, major team tenants, taxes and more. It's time for venue professionals to step out of their comfort zone and be open to new strategies and solutions.More

Will Rogers Memorial Center Ambassador Program provides enhanced hospitality to guests
The Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau announced a new ambassador hospitality program in partnership with the Will Rogers Memorial Center for equestrian shows and guests visiting the center. The WRMC Ambassador Program is an extension of the FWCVB's Services and Hospitality Program, which provides support and planning assistance to visiting groups and enhances the overall guest experience in Fort Worth.More

Atlanta's Fox Theatre partners with Paciolan
Paciolan announced that the Fox Theatre, a nonprofit arts organization and one of Atlanta's premiere venues for live entertainment, has partnered with the company. The Fox Theatre will be implementing all of Paciolan's solutions, including ticketing, marketing, fundraising, social media and customer relationship management to sell tickets, market its performances, generate revenue, and manage patron relationships. More

Earth Day 2012 initiative
As Earth Day approaches this month, the IAVM Sustainability and Young Professionals committees want to encourage IAVM members to do a little more this month — and this year. As the thought of being sustainable can be overwhelming, IAVM will be assisting members in starting and continuing green initiatives by providing advice, tips and resources. One of the easiest places to start is reducing energy consumption around the home and office. Earth Day is observed April 22. For more information about IAVM's Earth Day Initiative, go to www.iavm.org/sustainability/earthdayinitiative.asp.More

Convenient and affordable online learning
The new IAVM Online Learning Center is the ultimate VenueConnect 2012 companion. This online educational resource connects you to digital conference recordings captured live from VenueConnect 2012 and IAVM sector conferences. The IAVM Online Learning Center is the perfect opportunity to revisit critical information and catch up on sessions you weren't able to attend. More

The Tobin equation: How performance centers elevate the arts
San Antonio Current
Raising money for arts organizations has always been difficult. Competition is steep. Last year the Tobin Endowment gifted the Bexar County Performing Arts Center Foundation with a $15 million gift to re-construct the old Municipal Auditorium in San Antonio into a new performing arts center, gaining naming rights to what is now known as the Tobin Center for the Performing Arts. Having already raised an additional $37 million from private and corporate funders above and beyond the $100 million approved by Bexar County voters for the project in 2008, J. Bruce Bugg Jr., CEO and trustee for the Tobin Endowment, is leading the campaign to raise funds for the Center that is slated to open in 2014.More

Take me out to the ballgame, not the concession stand
As first pitches make it across baseball fields across America, Andrew Tider and Greg Pelly are hoping that their startup Munchly hits a home run. Munchly is a Web application that allows baseball goers to order "peanuts and Cracker Jack" directly to their seat. There is no "app" for it yet. The Lowell Spinners, the Boston Red Sox minor league team, was Munchly's first partner, though Munchly isn't the first start up to identify this opportunity. Fan Go, recently acquired by GrubHub, launched a similar application in 2008. Both it and Munchly operate on the same concept that a user orders over a mobile device and a given concession stand fills and delivers the request.More

The Brick to move concerts to other venues, renovate
Star Tribune
Three weeks after its overcrowded opening rock concert left fans crying foul, the Brick nightclub in downtown Minneapolis announced renovation plans — and the relocation of four more of its sold-out concerts to other venues in the meantime. The 3-story Warehouse District facility, which is run by concert industry giant AEG Live, will lower its ticket-sale capacity, add risers to improve sightlines in the balcony and install 25 new TV monitors. The club already has raised the height of its stage by a foot and started work on doubling the front entrance to four doors.More

Opinion: Time to start talking about a new arena in Milwaukee
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
The Bradley Center in Milwaukee is old and outdated by NBA standards. Although it may still look good and certainly isn't crumbling, the 24-year-old structure is a veritable dinosaur among National Basketball Association arenas. Pushing for a publicly funded, state-of-the-art facility that could run as much as $300 million in this economic climate is a tough ticket to sell. But if groundbreaking for a Bradley Center replacement is not under way in the next five to seven years, keeping the facility's largest tenant — the Milwaukee Bucks — in Milwaukee will be nearly impossible. That could be a tough loss for Milwaukee and the region.More

Stephen Cannella: At 100, Fenway Park is baseball's oldest venue — and still its best
Sports Illustrated
Baseball's newest venue is officially open, and it's impossible to look at Marlins Park in Miami without thinking that place looks like fun. The fish swimming in the backstop, the Jacques-Cousteau-meets-Timothy-Leary home run sculpture, the South Beach nightclub satellite behind the bullpen, the pop art installations scattered on the courses: Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria isn't kidding when he says the ballpark he helped conceive and build "is meant to make you smile." But Fenway has endured and now, on its 100th birthday, it thrives, a shrine to the game and to a simpler sports era. Ballpark fads come and go. Fenway has outlasted concrete contemporaries like Tigers Stadium and the original Yankee Stadium.More

Members in transition
Many of our members are on the move and in transition to new positions and places within our busy industry, including Scott Cruickshank, who was named executive director of the Oregon Convention Center. Also, AudienceView Ticketing named Michael Bryce and Gopi Balasingam to vice president positions. More