SMG TAPPED TO MANAGE ABERDEEN VENUE BEFORE RELOCATION
The Aberdeen City Council in Scotland has named SMG to manage the existing Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre before it moves to its new home near the Aberdeen Airport. Last year, SMG was named the preferred bidder to manage, operate and program the upcoming $416 million complex, which will include a 12,500-seat arena with a moveable stage, 538,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, a conference center, three hotels and its own energy centre. “It is a terrific addition to our growing network of international facilities,” SMG President and CEO Wes Westley said in a statement. “We look forward to working with the council and the community for the success of these facilities.”
NAMPA MAYOR NEGOTIATING WITH SPECTRA TO RUN CIVIC CENTER
The mayor of Nampa, Idaho is negotiating a deal with Spectra by Comcast Spectacor to manage the city’s civic center. The Idaho Press-Tribune News is reporting that the Nampa City Council has approved a measure allowing Mayor Bob Henry to negotiate with Spectra, which already runs the city-owned Ford Idaho Center. The deal “would take the city out of the entertainment business and leave the professionals to it,” Councilman Bruce Skaug said before he cast his vote. A contract could be in place as soon as May 1.
LIVE NATION, NYPD TO STOP BOOTLEG JOHN MAYER GEAR FROM BEING SOLD OUTSIDE MSG
The NYPD and Live Nation have joined forces to stop street vendors from selling bootleg John Mayer merchandise outside the musician’s show tonight at Madison Square Garden. Live Nation has reportedly obtained a temporary restraining order that effectively bans street vendors within a four-mile radius from peddling anything with Mayer’s face or logo four hours before the concert begins. What’s more, police have formed a “MSG Team” task force who will seize any counterfeit merchandise they spot.