A apprehension of the Barclay’s Centermost slated to attainable this September in Brooklyn.
From Brooklyn to Kansas City, Mo., and credibility beyond, a advanced ambit of new barrio and afresh adapted adept accessories are authoritative account and alms new opportunities for touring artists.
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For a bounded exchange to be aggressive in cartoon top-shelf alive content, it allegation accept a aggressive venue. By the aforementioned turn, for absolute venues to abide applicable in alluring talent, they allegation break up to par in agreement of fan amenities, assembly capabilities and means to drive accessory acquirement in agreement of concessions, sponsorships and exceptional seating.
As ever, affluence of markets and venues appetite to break in the bold at a aloft level, as apparent by Billboard’s anniversary sampling of new and adapted accessories beyond the United States.
Barclays CenterBarclaysCenter.com@barclayscenterBrooklynCapacity: 19,000The New York touring bazaar will always change with the Sept. 28 aperture of the new Barclays Centermost in Brooklyn. Billed as the “billion-dollar arena” by the Nets NBA basketball team, its ballast tenant, the Barclays Centermost will bench 18,000 for basketball and as abounding as 19,000 for concerts.
Currently beneath architecture and advised by the award-winning architectural firms AECOM and SHoP Architects, the Barclays Centermost will action assorted basement configurations, 100 affluence suites, four confined and lounges, three clubs and a restaurant.
Fans walking by the advanced of the amphitheatre will be able to attending through the bottle access and see the scoreboard. Amid aloft one of the better busline hubs in New York, Barclays Centermost will be attainable by nine alms curve and the Continued Island Rail Road.
And the breadth affairs on actuality busy, with a projected 220 contest for its aboriginal year, including concerts, boxing, ancestors shows, able hockey and Nets basketball. Already appointed are Jay-Z, who will attainable the architecture on Sept. 28 with the aboriginal of assorted concerts; a concert by Andrea Bocelli; aloft academy basketball events; Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus; Disney on Ice; and an equestrian event.
Current programming alliances with Barclays Centermost accommodate Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, Lagardère Unlimited and the Brooklyn Academy of Music.
The new amphitheatre will become a amateur in the nation’s largest, and conceivably best competitive, concert market. In accession to New York’s Madison Aboveboard Garden, the bounded bazaar includes Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum on Continued Island to the east and the Izod Centermost and Prudential Centermost in New Jersey to the west.
“Music industry leaders and decision-makers are absolutely aflame about the aperture of the Barclays Centermost and bringing shows to Brooklyn,” says Sean Saadeh, VP of programming for Barclays Center. “We absolutely apprehend to accept abundant abutment from them in our countdown year.”
Livestrong Sporting ParkLivestrongSportingPark.com@LivestrongParkKansas City, KSCapacity: 25,000The new $200 actor Livestrong Sporting Esplanade in Kansas City, Kansas, opened June 9, 2011, with a Aloft League Soccer bout featuring the hometown Sporting Kansas Burghal against the Chicago Fire.
The aboriginal concert was a biggie, as the esplanade accustomed Farm Aid on Aug. 13, hosted, as ever, by Willie Nelson and featuring lath associates John Mellencamp, Neil Young and Dave Matthews, forth with Jason Mraz, Jamey Johnson, Jakob Dylan, Billy Joe Shaver and others. The breadth is operated by Philadelphia-based adeptness administration abutting Global Spectrum.
Livestrong Sporting Esplanade is adjourned through both accessible and clandestine sources, with the aloft advancing through sales tax acquirement bonds and accompaniment tax credits, forth with added clandestine investment. Capacity ranges from 18,500 for soccer amateur to 25,000 for concerts.
Livestrong’s cogent architecture appearance accommodate bristles exceptional basement areas and a re
vable basement breadth that reveals the date for concerts, additional four blooming apartment and four abetting locker apartment for performers. The stadium’s armpit additionally includes a capital breadth that can host concerts for up to 4,000 bodies and a state-of-the art complete system. That arrangement and the venue’s concert capabilities were put to the analysis a additional time aback the amphitheater hosted the Buzz Beach Ball radio appearance on Aug. 19 with Jane’s Addiction, Bush, Incubus, Neon Trees and others.
“In our aboriginal year, we hosted two acknowledged concerts, all of Sporting Kansas City’s home matches, all-embracing soccer matches and a array of clandestine events,” says Phil Laws, who acts as GM of Livestrong Sporting Esplanade for Global Spectrum. “Looking back, we accustomed a acceptable foundation of assorted contest in our aboriginal seven months, and we’re attractive advanced to architecture on that success.”
Ford CenterTheFordCenter.com@thefordcenterEvansville, Ind.Capacity: 11,000The new Ford Centermost in Evansville, Ind., opened aftermost November with some old time rock’n’roll as Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Bandage ashamed the rafters on Nov. 9, again Reba brought the acidity two canicule later.
Funding for the $127 actor activity comes from the City TIF District revenue, gaming receipts and a aliment and cooler tax.
Evansville has continued been a able concert bazaar “that now has a adeptness to accommodated the accepted demands of accident production,” says Scott Schoenike, controlling administrator of the arena, operated by VenuWorks.
Key bookings in aboriginal year of operations in accession to Seger and Reba accommodate Zac Brown Band, Eric Church, Lady Antebellum, Elton John and Trans-Siberian Orchestra. “The amphitheatre has performed as the ideal modern-day, multi-use facility,” Schoenike says. “In a 24-hour period, we adapted from a 1,000-yard clay Monster Barter appearance [and] played an NCAA Women’s Basketball bold and a CHL hockey game. The actuality that we’ve been consistently active four to six contest per anniversary aback aperture says it all.”
The Academy Esplanade Centermost at the University of Texas Arlington opened on February 1.College Esplanade CenterUTACollegePark.comArlington, Texas (University of Texas at Arlington)Capacity: 7,000The new $78 actor Academy Esplanade Centermost opened Feb. 1 with wins by both the men’s and women’s University of Texas at Arlington basketball teams, an caricature featuring the Dallas Cowboys cheerleaders, the UT Arlington ball and acclamation teams, the school’s pep band, pyrotechnics and a august ribbon-cutting of Texas-sized proportions.
The 7,000-seat appropriate contest centermost was advised by HKS, artisan of the new Dallas Cowboys Stadium, which is additionally amid in Arlington. ESPN Friday Night Fights was staged at Academy Esplanade Centermost on Feb. 17, followed by a sellout from hip-hop artisan Drake as the venue’s countdown concert on March 2.
College Esplanade Centermost is actuality positioned as the arch midsize breadth in the North Texas region, alms a added intimate-and in the case of abounding acts, realistic-option than the American Airlines Centermost in Dallas, which has about 21,000 seats. It compares agreeably with Verizon Theatre in Admirable Prairie, Texas, which has about 6,300 seats adverse a acceptable proscenium stage.
The architecture appearance a $1.2 million, four-sided Daktronics video awning and scoreboard, an end-hung video lath and flat-screen monitors throughout the concourses. Its split-bowl architecture puts added admirers abutting to the court, and a almost low beam intensifies babble and the all-embracing fan experience. A curtaining arrangement can abate capacities for abate shows.
James D. Spaniolo, admiral of UT Arlington aback 2004, says, “College Esplanade Centermost will be a admirable breadth for concerts, commencements, bedfellow speakers and all kinds of appropriate events. We are attainable for business for Arlington and the absolute North Texas region.”
Tuscaloosa AmphitheaterTuscaloosaAmphitheater.comTuscaloosa, Ala.Capacity: 7,740Tuscaloosa, Ala., is acclaimed as the home of the University of Alabama Crimson Tide, and now the city-ravaged by tornadoes in 2011-can avowal a new music breadth in the anatomy of the $18.2 actor Tuscaloosa Amphitheater, which opened aftermost April Fools Day with the Avett Brothers and Bandage of Horses.
Calling a academy bazaar home gives the about adjourned amphitheater a congenital audience, says afford administrator Wendy Riggs, admitting a breathtaking area is addition plus.
“We bazaar the area on the river abreast the University of Alabama, and additionally [advertise] that it is a capital adeptness with all amenities,” Riggs says. “We accept abundant assembly facilities, including centralized [audiovisual services] with our own camera crew.”
The afford has been busy, booking a advanced ambit of talent. Key bookings in the aboriginal year of operation accommodate Kenny Chesney, Alabama, Widespread Panic, Lynyrd Skynyrd/ZZ Top, Steely Dan, My Morning Jacket and Jill Scott.
“We had a aces aboriginal year, with 17 concerts,” Riggs says. “It was an affecting year, with the tornado hitting us aloof 26 canicule afterwards opening, but the amphitheater became the abode to bless adaptation for the town.”
United Wireless ArenaUnitedWirelessArena.comDodge City, Kan.Capacity: 5,000The United Wireless Amphitheatre is a new breadth that opened in 2011, created as allotment of a $35 million-plus advance and amplification of the Dodge Burghal Civic Center, which additionally includes the abutting Magouirk Appointment Center. Bookings that apparent the barrage of the circuitous included the Little River Band, the Rock & Worship Roadshow, the Royal Lipizzaner Stallions, Sesame Street, CBR Bull Riding, the Checkered Flag monster barter appearance and Miranda Lambert.
The amplification was adjourned by a “Why Not Dodge?” canton and burghal sales tax accustomed by bounded association in June 1997, which absolutely paid for the project.
The amphitheatre seats up to 5,000 for concerts, 4,000 for basketball or hockey contest and has feast basement for 1,000 on the amphitheatre attic and 400 in the Magouirk Appointment Center.
The amphitheatre now appearance abounding video assembly capabilities, with high-definition cameras and display; the adeptness to host ice hockey and basketball; three loading docks; a staging area; a club akin with 12 affluence suites; loge seating; and affair rooms.
The circuitous is operated by VenuWorks.
Located in Southwest Kansas, Dodge Burghal is on the avenue for tours amid Wichita, Kan., and Denver or Oklahoma Burghal and Omaha, Neb. Magouirk is the newest appointment centermost in Southwest Kansas and is amid abutting to Boothill Casino and Resort and the new Hampton Inn Hotel.
The adeptness has confused added than 75,000 bodies through its doors in 11 months of operation, with a $10 actor bounded bread-and-butter impact.RENOVATIONS:From the better arenas to the best affectionate theaters, renovations can accompany new energy-and bookings-to concert venues. Here are four contempo renovations of note, alpha with one at the nation’s better arena
Madison Aboveboard Gardenthegarden.com@MSGnycNew YorkCapacity: 20,697Do not abash the massive adapt of New York’s allegorical Madison Aboveboard Garden with a boilerplate renovation. This is a top-to-bottom transformation adjourned by MSG to account customers, athletes, entertainers, fans, apartment holders and business partners, from the aboriginal row to the last.
Fans got their aboriginal attending at the renovations at the alpha of the 2011-12 seasons for the New York Rangers and Knicks, and the advance should be complete for the 2013-14 seasons.
The Garden’s advance “is axis ‘the world’s best acclaimed arena’ into ‘the world’s best amazing arena,'” Madison Aboveboard Garden Co. president/CEO Hank Ratner says. “We are architecture a new Madison Aboveboard Garden aural the building’s iconic exterior, all-embracing the abundant history and abysmal affiliation the Garden has with New Yorkers and our visitors.”
Much of MSG’s transformation focuses on means to drive acquirement while convalescent the fan experience. The adapted Garden will accommodate new and different opportunities for business ally to drive their business objectives, and the heavy-hitters are onboard: JPMorgan Chase is the venue’s aboriginal “marquee” partner, and Delta Air Lines, Coca-Cola and Anheuser-Busch accept active on as “signature” partners.
For accumulated partners, there are 58 Madison suites that are 40% beyond and bisected the ambit to the events, as able-bodied as seats in the amphitheatre bowl, 20 event-level suites that action a lounge/entertaining atmosphere and 18 adapted ninth-level Garden suites. There will additionally be several new all-embracing club spaces: the 1879 Club presented by JPMorgan, the Delta Sky360° Club on the accident akin and the Madison Club on the seventh floor.
Visitors will apprehension a new access alert the admeasurement of the old one, with alternate kiosks, retail booths and a advertisement area; bigger upper-bowl sightlines that puts assemblage added than 17 degrees afterpiece to the action; and 50% added bathroom facilities.
Even with the upgrades, the Garden will still be, unmistakably, the Garden. The acquaintance of the amphitheatre basin will be maintained, the venue’s accustomed beam will be restored, and a admiration to the building’s acclaimed history is planned.
For abutting year, the new Chase Aboveboard at the building’s Seventh Avenue access will be open, forth with the Chase bridges aloft the amphitheatre and the new Budweiser fan accouter on the 10th floor. That division will additionally admission the advanced GardenVision center-hung scoreboard, 18 adapted Garden suites and the apology of the iconic Garden ceiling.
Chesapeake Energy Arena@ChesapeakeArenaChesapeakeArena.comOklahoma CityCapacity: 18,203Oklahoma City’s decade-old city amphitheatre was rechristened (and rebranded) the Chesapeake Energy Amphitheatre in 2011, and its advance is the latest $36 actor allotment of a $100 actor activity adjourned by a 1% sales tax that voters anesthetized in 2008. The accepted annular of renovations is the final appearance of a three-phase activity set to be completed in June.
The latest renovations will accompany the SMG-managed amphitheatre a new admirable access with a three-story atrium, new aliment and alcohol options and a ancestors fun zone. The adapted access will add added than 130,000 aboveboard anxiety to the architecture and will face a proposed city park.
Completed projects in this appearance accommodate a adapted capital avenue with a new ceiling, terrazzo floors, way-finding signs and 20 wedge-shaped video boards, and a adapted Old No. 7 Club.
The ParamountParamountNY.comHuntington, N.Y.Capacity: 1,555For added than a quarter-century, the Inter-Media Arts Centermost in Huntington, N.Y., on Continued Island brought a abundance of agreeable and cultural contest to its burghal village. While admirers mourned the IMAC’s closing in 2009, they accept animated the building’s acknowledgment as the Paramount. The “new” Paramount came about through the advance of the IMAC, an eight-month activity that amount added than $8 million. The 1,555-seat breadth was adapted from its amphitheater architecture to what promoters call as “Tribeca meets Abode of Blues.” Particular absorption has been paid to advance the back-of-house acquaintance for touring artists.
The Paramount opened Sept. 9, 2011, and has already hosted added than 50 events, answer its allegation out of the box. Contempo bookings accommodate Nick Carter of Backstreet Boys and Southside Johnny & the Asbury Jukes. Alive Nation is in allegation of booking the facility, with Ticketmaster administration the ticketing.
The Capitol TheatreTheCapIsBack.comPort Chester, N.Y.Capacity: 1,835Sometimes a Web abode says it all. Yes, TheCapIsBack.com. In the burghal boondocks of Port Chester, N.Y., on the bound of New York and Connecticut, the Capitol Theatre is ability a $2 actor advance to acknowledge the New York bounded touring circuit.
The landmarked venue, which dates aback to 1926, has an illustrious history, both afore and aback the bearing of rock’n’roll. A ancient amphitheater house, the anteroom aggregate its ’70s heyday with the Fillmore East in New York’s East Apple and hosted the brand of the Grateful Dead, Joe Cocker, Traffic, Santana and Janis Joplin, who gave one of her final performances in the breadth in August 1970. During the ’90s, the Capitol accustomed such bands as Phish, and the Rolling Stones filmed an MTV appropriate there in 1997.
The Capitol Theatre can be accomplished from Manhattan by alternation in beneath than 40 minutes. It will be appointed by Peter Shapiro, the administrator abaft the Brooklyn Basin in Williamsburg, in affiliation with the Bowery Presents. The Capitol is accepted to reopen in midyear.
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