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October 14 | ASM Global


New Corporate Foundation and Scholarship Fund Will Drive Resources to Local Communities

ASM Global announced today a bold new corporate social responsibility platform, ASM Global Acts, which dramatically elevates the entertainment giant’s commitment to protect the environment, invest in people and strengthen communities around the globe.

ASM Global will also launch the ASM Global Acts Foundation to support philanthropic and community-based endeavors guided by its sustainability and diversity pillars. In addition, the ASM Global Acts Scholarship will focus on serving diverse and under-resourced communities with educational and career-development opportunities.

“ASM Global operates hundreds of stadiums, convention centers and arenas around the globe, which boost local economies, employ area residents and provide meaningful opportunities for the communities we call home,” said Ron Bension, president and CEO of ASM Global. “We will immediately launch this initiative at our Pennsylvania Convention Center, Chicago’s McCormick Place, California’s Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, Ontario Convention Center and Toyota Arena; but we plan to implement ASM Global Acts at every venue we have under our guidance as we roll it out in 2022. The ASM Global Acts Foundation and Scholarship further strengthens our philanthropic efforts and solidifies our intention to make a difference in the communities where we do business.”

Aligned with many of the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, the new initiative is an extension of ASM Global’s longstanding commitments to creating a better workplace, a more diverse workforce, serving the communities where it operates, and contributing to a healthier environment and planet. The execution of these commitments will happen at both the corporate and local level, creating value at scale within communities.

ASM Global has outlined the following broad goals and commitments:

  • Protect the Environment – Reduce waste from the guest experience across our venues, enhance facility efficiency through capital investments, and protect and preserve resources in and around our communities.
  • Invest in People – Create an environment of inclusion and gender equity across our organization, grow the diversity of our business partners around the world, and enable opportunities for our current and future workforce.
  • Strengthen Our Communities – Engage in improving the vitality of our communities, increase philanthropic support through meaningful efforts, and enhance the health and well-being of our coworkers, clients and guests.

The company will establish annual targets that measure impact and progress to achieving the commitments.

“Whether you are a performer on our stages, a technician, hospitality team member or visitor to our venue, we all have the ability to work together and harness our collective action to make the world a better place,” Bension said. “Our ASM Global Acts initiative is inspired by this idea of action and brings to life our dedication to making a meaningful difference in our communities and beyond,” Bension added.

October 8 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, and Nashville Superspeedway, Music City’s home for racing and live entertainment, have partnered to bring world-class content to Middle Tennessee and the region. It will be the first auto-racing venue in ASM’s extensive global network.

ASM will use its extensive experience in creating and delivering major live sports and music experiences including concerts, lifestyle festivals, and drive-thru and walk-thru exhibits in the expansive speedway complex. Nashville Superspeedway currently hosts events in NASCAR's top three series: the NASCAR Cup Series, NASCAR Xfinity Series and the NASCAR Camping World Truck Series.The non-exclusive agreement began Sept. 28, 2021.

“As the world’s leading provider of live-event experiences, ASM Global is uniquely positioned to provide world-class entertainment opportunities for music and sports fans in Middle Tennessee and throughout the region,” said Chuck Steedman, ASM Global executive vice president for strategy and development. “We are tremendously excited to work with Erik Moses and the team at the Nashville Superspeedway and to have the Superspeedway as our first auto-racing venue. The team is very active in the desire to bring a multitude of events to the Superspeedway.”

“We are thrilled to partner with a global industry leader like ASM Global to continue the work we began a year ago to reopen, revitalize and reposition the Nashville Superspeedway as a beloved racetrack on the NASCAR circuit and a leading venue in Middle Tennessee for a diverse assortment of live events,” said Erik Moses, president, Nashville Superspeedway. “The enthusiastic response to our first NASCAR tripleheader race weekend, including the sold-out inaugural Ally 400 NASCAR Cup Series race on Father’s Day 2021, and the support we’ve seen for the other events hosted here in the last year has strengthened our confidence in our ability to curate, attract and host top-quality sports and entertainment events at the Nashville Superspeedway. We look forward to working with ASM Global to bring exciting entertainment to the residents, visitors and guests of Middle Tennessee.”

October 1 | ASM Global


Capital One Hall, a brand new concert and entertainment venue makes its official debut on October 1st with a performance by Grammy, Tony and Emmy Award-nominated singer, songwriter and actor Josh Groban.

Located in the Washington D.C. suburb of Tysons, Virginia, the ASM Global-managed Capitol One Hall serves as the anchor for Capital City Center new 24.5-acre, mixed-use urban redevelopment that also features hotels, restaurants, retail outlets and parking.

The theater includes multiple performing spaces, such as the 1,600-capacity main theater which features a stage with an orchestra pit and fly system, and a state-of-the-art sound system, and the 225=capacity Vault, a black box theater intended for multi-disciplinary performances and presentations.

The Capital One Hall also offers the Atrium, a 1,200-capacity (550 seated) event space that can suit a range of programming from corporate meetings to cabaret productions.

The venue is also topped by The Perch, a large, 2.5-acre sky garden and a public park imagined as a gathering place for staff, guests and the public, featuring several attractions such as the Starr Hill Biergarten, the Sky Bark dog park, a grand lawn, sculpture garden and a one-of-a-kind rooftop 18-hole putt-putt course coming soon.

“We couldn’t be prouder to add the magnificent Capital One Hall edifice—which is one of the most beautiful, innovative and remarkable venues in the world to ASM’s industry-leading premiere portfolio of worldwide properties. It sits at the crossroads of live entertainment and amazing community engagement. There’s nothing else quite like it,” said ASM Global’s Ron Bension.

September 28 | ASM Global


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (September 28, 2021)—ASM Global, the global leader in event production and venue management strategy, announced Jay Cooper has been named General Manager of T-Mobile Center, Kansas City’s home for live entertainment and sporting events that anchors more than $8 billion in economic investment in a revitalized downtown.

“We are delighted to announce Jay’s appointment has General Manager of the T-Mobile Center,” said Ron Bension, President and CEO of ASM Global. “Having worked with some of the world’s leading venues, sports teams and event organizations, Jay will bring a wealth of experience and extensive industry relationships that will greatly benefit the facility.”

“I am excited and honored to lead the talented team at T-Mobile Center as General Manager,” said Jay Cooper. “Kansas City is a vibrant market and the staff of T-Mobile Center has an excellent reputation for delivering exceptional entertainment experiences. I am thrilled and look forward to collaborating with our team, the City of Kansas City and our partners to bring about the safe and timely return of live events to the Midwest.”

With more than 34 years of venue management expertise complimented by facility development experience, Cooper brings a unique skill set to the General Manager position having led numerous projects around the world through planning, construction, and operational stages. Cooper worked directly on the development and implementation of enterprise-wide supporting programs, including security, sustainability, energy management and VenueShield, ASM Global’s industry leading post-COVID-19 pandemic recovery program.

Cooper’s 25-year career with ASM Global began as General Manager of Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, where he was responsible for the pre-opening, marketing, booking and operations. He oversaw the development and management of the 18,000-seat arena which is the home of the NHL’s Columbus Blue Jackets along with numerous concerts and other professional sports. In addition, he has previously served in senior management roles at Toyota Park in the Chicago metro area (Chicago Fire), Tampa’s Amalie Arena (Tampa Bay Lightning) and Joe Louis Arena (Detroit Red Wings).

In his most recent role as Senior Vice President of Global Solutions, Cooper worked with venue owners and operators to identify fully integrated operational solutions and customized packages of services designed to improve operational performance, maximize returns from construction and capital expenditures and optimize revenue generation potential for each facility. His international expertise includes directing and executing pre-opening plans associated with newly built and renovated stadiums and arenas including Buenos Aires Arena (Argentina) and Antel Arena (Uruguay). He has also overseen pre-opening planning, including program development, operations management and staff training at major venues, such as: Allegiant Stadium (Las Vegas), Fiserv Forum (Milwaukee), Prudential Center (Newark), Videotron Centre (Quebec City), Rogers Place (Edmonton), Maracanã Stadium (Brazil), Arena Pernambuco (Brazil), Mercedes Benz Arena (Berlin), and MasterCard Center (Beijing) to name a few.

"Jay is an industry veteran who will optimize all aspects of venue operations and elevate T-Mobile Center as a community partner," said Doug Thornton, Executive Vice President, ASM Global. "He also understands what our clients, staff and guests need to be successful and will be committed to exceeding their expectations.”

A graduate of the University of Iowa, Tippie College of Business with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration, Cooper earned a Master of Arts degree in Sports Administration from Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan. Cooper and his wife, Melissa, have two adult children and make their home in Kansas City.

September 16 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the premier venue management and services company, has appointed Eric Blockie as General Manager of Tech Port Center and Arena. The Center will feature a 3,300-seat concert, esports and entertainment Arena, the country’s newest high-end Gaming Center and a cashless Food Hall featuring 6 unique restaurant concepts. The complex will also be the home of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology (SAMSAT) and an adjacent technology prototyping laboratory. The San Antonio-based entertainment and lifestyle destination will open in the spring of 2022.

The Center’s location in the heart of Port San Antonio’s campus makes it a strategic asset for marquee employers in aerospace, cybersecurity, defense, biomedicine, and applied technology that are thriving on the 1,900-acre technology campus and across the region.

An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Blockie joins ASM Global after a long tenure with the City of San Antonio as the Event Programming Manager at the Alamodome. Blockie served as General Manager at arenas and amphitheaters in California, New Mexico, and Texas. He started his career with Bill Graham Presents working in the office with Bill Graham in San Francisco.

“I am honored to be part of the ASM team to develop the nation’s first purposely built cutting-edge Concert and Esports Arena. The Tech Port Center will fill a need for a mid-sized venue in San Antonio, one of the country’s fastest growing markets. I will utilize my 30 years of experience in live entertainment and my personal passion for esports to bring in a unique blend of programming to a community that I have been a part of for many years.”

“As we prepare to launch a world-class entertainment and innovation venue, we are focused on providing unparalleled experiences to the public,” said Jim Perschbach, President and CEO of Port San Antonio. “We are very grateful that ASM has selected Eric to lead management of our new facility. His deep experience and connections within the industry-hand-in-hand with his energy and creativity-will be instrumental in delivering an array of terrific offerings to the hundreds of thousands of people who will come through our doors every year.”

“We are delighted to announce Eric’s appointment as General Manager of the Tech Port Center & Arena” said Dave Jolette, Regional VP of ASM Global. “Eric brings a diverse and extensive background in all aspects of venue management and operations. Eric’s relationships within the entertainment world will bring a full range of entertainment and events to Tech Port and San Antonio.”

September 7 | ASM Global


ASM Global has appointed experienced Middle East venue management and entertainment professional Dr. Debbie Kristiansen as General Manager of the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre, due to open in 2022.

The new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre is set to boost the Kingdom of Bahrain’s position as a leading meetings and events destination, attracting future tourism investment and events to the region. With 95,000 sqm of exhibition space over 10 Halls, a 4,000-seat tiered auditorium, 95 meeting rooms, Royal & VIP Majlis and a 250-seat restaurant, the Centre will be the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East.

The appointment of Dr Kristiansen, who has lived and worked in the Middle East for 16 years, has been applauded across the industry. Ranked in the Top 30 Most Inspirational Women in the Arab World 2019 and Middle East Female CEO of the Year 2018, with a long and distinguished career in the tourism, exhibition, events and entertainment industries, Dr Kristiansen’s knowledge and understanding of the culture and the character of the region will be an invaluable asset in her new role.

ASM Global APAC & Gulf Region Chairman and Chief Executive, Harvey Lister AM said Dr. Kristiansen is the ideal candidate to take on the role of General Manager of this landmark development.

“Debbie has more than 30 years’ experience in the industry and her leadership skills will bring many unique qualities to the role.

“Her appointment will help consolidate ASM Global’s reputation in the region as the world’s leading producer of event experiences and enhance Bahrain’s standing as an international meeting destination.”

Commenting on her appointment, Dr. Kristiansen said she was ‘truly excited’ to join the ASM Global family with its unparalleled reputation for delivering the very best in venue and event management and creating memorable experiences.

“To have the opportunity of working both for ASM Global, and to return to the beautiful destination of Bahrain, is a dream come true. This will allow me the privilege to help mentor and build the talent and skill set of young Bahrainis for generations to come.

“I look forward to working closely with Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority to develop and grow the international MICE business, and to create a long-term legacy for Bahrain,” she said.

Iain Campbell, Executive Vice President, ASM Global – Gulf Region, welcomed Dr. Kristiansen’s appointment and said it highlighted ASM Global’s reputation and ability to attract the best talent from across the globe. “It is a pleasure to have Debbie on the team with her considerable knowledge and experience across the broader industry, both regionally and internationally.”

Iain Campbell said he looked forward to welcoming other industry professionals to the team as the project progressed, offering a unique opportunity for those wanting to be part of the Middle East’s biggest and most advanced exhibition and convention facility. Visit for more information.

September 3 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the premier venue management and services company, has appointed Steve Tadlock as General Manager of Pechanga Arena located in San Diego. An industry veteran with over 32 years of experience in event and facility operations, Tadlock joins ASM Global after long tenures with venue operators SMG and LMI.

“I’m grateful to join the Pechanga Arena San Diego team and for the opportunity to lead this iconic arena and continue its legacy”, said Tadlock. The venue has a long history of success in this vibrant sports and entertainment market, and I’m excited to be an active participant in the next chapter of the arena and the future of the entire property as the development of the Sports Arena site and surrounding area comes to fruition.”

Tadlock spent 19 years with SMG, opening and operating two arenas as General Manager, most recently the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA. In addition, he had supervisory responsibilities of 14 facilities in the Western US and Canada as Regional Vice President.

Tadlock succeeds Ernie Hahn, who has served as General Manager and partner of Pechanga Arena since 1996. After four decades of progressive leadership at the venue, Ernie will work with Pechanga Arena SD as Senior Business Advisor while working on his new business Dream Hahn and Wonderfront Festival. In his new role, Hahn will provide his expertise in local event programming, booking, sponsorship, and community engagement to Pechanga Arena.

“After 30 years of putting my heart and soul into the Sports Arena (Pechanga Arena SD) as an Events Coordinator, Business Manager, General Manager and partner, I’m excited in this new role to work with Steve and our team to continue to bring world class entertainment to San Diego while working on other business endeavors”

“We are very fortunate to have two highly successful leaders collaborating together to continue the long tradition of success and world-renowned entertainment coming to Pechanga Arena.” Dave Jolette, Regional Vice President, ASM Global.

August 30 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences has announced its appointment as the managing operator for two venues within a grand mixed-use destination in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East.

Situated in the heart of Jeddah, adjacent to the King Abdulaziz International Airport (KAIA), this prestigious Airport City project will become one of the very few airport city destinations in the world.

Upon analysing the significance of this landmark development, SARH Real Estate Investment (SARH) appointed ASM Global to provide design expertise and venue management of the iconic 20,000-seat Jeddah Arena and the spectacular International Convention Centre Jeddah (ICC Jeddah) set to open in December 2025.

Chairman and Chief Executive of ASM Global, Asia Pacific & Gulf Region, Harvey Lister AM, congratulated SARH Real Estate Investments for their innovative master plan design to attract national and international tourism to the city and transform Jeddah into the first-ever transit gate in Saudi Arabia.

“ASM Global is looking forward to being an integral part of the team to deliver this visionary project in Jeddah. We pride ourselves on joining forces with partners with whom we know we can make a difference to creating and delivering amazing experiences,” said Mr Lister.

On announcing their partnership, SARH Real Estate & Development Founder and Chairman of SARH Real Estate Investments, Mr. Sultan Al-Harbi said with the strategic location of Jeddah, ultra-modern facilities, and the reputation of ASM Global, the Airport City will be a dynamic addition to the regional corporate and tourism industry that will significantly contribute to the Saudi Vision 2030.

“Upon analysing the significant importance of both the iconic Arena and Convention Centre, it was only fitting to appoint the global giants in the venue and entertainment industry, ASM Global, to collaborate on this landmark project for Jeddah and Saudi Arabia,” added Mr. Al-Harbi.

SARH Real Estate and Development recently announced their grand megacity district, promising to be the ultimate ‘live-work-play’ lifestyle destination linked by train to KAIA and the city of Jeddah. Within this urban precinct of the future, the ICC Jeddah & Jeddah Arena are supported by three to five-star hotels, a shopping mall, world-class parklands, anchored by a dedicated business centre and residential sector, as well as many other recreational amenities.

Iain Campbell, Executive Vice President, ASM Global Gulf Region added “ASM Global was chosen for its unparalleled international expertise in design and technical solutions, as well as its reputation for quality assurance and service excellence for venue management and marketing.

In recent years, ASM Global has expanded its wealth of international expertise by establishing iconic Middle East venues including the 17,000-seat Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, the new Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre - the largest venue of its kind in the Middle East - opening in 2022, as well as the successful pre-opening of venues in Oman and Qatar.

The construction of the Jeddah Airport City megacity district project is expected to commence by the end of 2021 and open for business in December 2025. For preliminary information, visit and

August 13 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of live entertainment experiences, is proud to announce a multi-year partnership with Unilever brand Lifebuoy, the world’s number one hygiene soap brand as the official partner of VenueShield across its portfolio of UK venues.

We have been working hard behind-the-scenes to ensure that when the time comes, you can visit us with confidence. Our VenueShield programme is at the heart of this effort, providing a comprehensive, best-in-class hygiene protocol that is in practise at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world.

As well as working in collaboration with the Venueshield programme to remind guests to regularly sanitise their hands, Lifebuoy branded dispensers will be positioned throughout the arenas and theatres to make it easy for visitors, staff & artists to sanitise their hands as they move around. The partnership will also include onsite branding and activations to encourage hand hygiene as well as to inspire confidence in returning to live events in the UK.

Commenting on the partnership, Stephen Tyldsley, Estates Director at ASM Global said: “We are working together to provide the highest levels of cleanliness and hygiene. As the UK’s number one hygiene brand, Lifebouy is the perfect VenueShield partner across our UK portfolio. Visitors will notice brand visibility in the form of hand sanitiser stations and public safety signage reminding guests to regularly sanitise their hands throughout the venue.”

Benoit Roger-Marchart, Managing Director, Lifebuoy UK & Ireland said: “We’re all looking forward to a return to live events, and we all need to play our part in helping to keep everyone safe.Evidence shows that regular hand sanitising continues to be one of the most effective measures at helping to keep COVID-19 at bay.By supporting ASM Global and its guests through their VenueShield programme with our state-of-the art dispensers we’re able to provide people with the reassurance they need to get back to the excitement of live events and concerts.”

August 10 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences has announced its recent appointment as the managing operator for Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre.

The project is set to complete construction in 2022 and will mark the launch of the region’s largest exhibition and convention centre on a total site area of 309,000 sqm. ASM Global was successfully appointed by Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority (BTEA) as the managing operator of choice after an extensive tender process in which ASM Global achieved preferred bidder status to manage, operate and programme the new destination due to its track record of success in managing venues of a similar stature across the world.

The centre will bolster Bahrain’s position as a leading Business Events hub internationally with a total build-up area of 149,000 sqm. ASM Global’s renowned portfolio is anchored by the most iconic arenas, convention centres and stadiums across five continents, meaning it’s ideally placed to maximise the venue’s appeal and success. The brand-new destination will feature state-of-the-art technology, as well as having the highest level of flexibility to host a range of events from exhibitions and conventions to concerts, live events, weddings, seminars and much more.

ASM Global APAC Chairman and Chief Executive, Harvey Lister AM congratulated Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority (BTEA) on their foresight in ensuring Bahrain would be at the forefront of attracting tourism investment and international events to the region.

“We are delighted to have been appointed the operator of what will be a landmark development, which will further position Bahrain as a growing international destination helping to drive growth and create jobs as well as a legacy for the Kingdom. We look forward to working with Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority in creating a brand-new exhibition and convention hub at the heart of the region”.

Iain Campbell, Executive Vice President, ASM Global – Gulf Region added “The appointment as managing operator is testament to ASM Global’s expertise, knowledge and experience in bringing venues to life across the world. Our aim for Bahrain International Exhibition and Convention Centre is to create a venue with its own distinct identity that resonates with MICE visitors as well as the leisure and tourism market that benefits the local economy and enhances the Kingdom’s status globally”.

Bahrain Tourism & Exhibition Authority Chief Executive Officer Dr. Nasser Qaedi said “The new centre will reinforce the Kingdom’s status regionally and internationally and Bahrain’s position in the MICE industry. We look forward to working with ASM Global to attract international exhibitions and conferences to be held in Bahrain”.

Bahrain International Exhibition & Convention Centre is currently under construction, with the opening planned for mid-2022. Readers can find out more by visiting

July 26 | ASM Global


The Oklahoma City Thunder and Paycom (NYSE: PAYC) today jointly announced an exclusive, 15-year naming rights partnership that will transform the downtown home of the Thunder into Paycom Center.

The name change takes effect immediately, with exterior signage to be completed in time for the start of the 2021-22 Thunder season. For the new season, the Thunder plans to reopen the building and bring fans back to enjoy the complete Thunder game experience.

“We are honored and excited to expand our partnership with Paycom to include a centerpiece, 15-year naming rights commitment for our arena,” said Clayton I. Bennett, chairman of the Oklahoma City Thunder. “We are especially proud to enhance our alignment with this innovative and visionary Oklahoma company that is not only a top job creator, but a nationally recognized technology leader. The Thunder shares Paycom’s always-onward vision, grit and relentless pursuit of excellence, combined with a passion for impacting our community. Together, we are committed to working hand in hand to create the best for our fans and city.

“On behalf of our ownership group and the entire Thunder organization, we look forward to presenting our new arena partner, Paycom, to the NBA global audience. We are especially proud to be able to welcome back our fans to again enjoy the Thunder game experience inside the fresh and exciting Paycom Center,” Bennett said.

Chad Richison, Paycom’s founder and CEO, said, “Oklahoma City is home to thousands of our employees, and I am happy that Paycom Center will be the home of the Thunder. We are committed to our community and remain focused on the future as we support the home team.”

Paycom, a member of the S&P 500, is one of Oklahoma’s largest companies, with a market cap of approximately $23 billion, and one of the country’s fastest-growing publicly traded companies.

The naming rights agreement consists of several marquee Paycom Center signage locations, including the building’s exterior and roof, game floor, scoreboard and more. Paycom will retain its branded on-court signage in front of the player benches and will continue actively engaging the community that is so important to Paycom and the Thunder. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

The building is scheduled to be fully transformed into Paycom Center for the expected return of fans to Thunder games for the upcoming season. The Thunder is working with the City of Oklahoma City to develop and complete the full exterior signage and lighting plan.

In addition to Thunder games, Paycom Center will host numerous concerts, sporting events and other world-class attractions, welcoming more than 1 million guests per year. Opened in 2002, the building is managed by ASM Global and owned by the City of Oklahoma City. It was the premier project of the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS), Oklahoma City’s first capital improvement program; approved by voters in 1993, MAPS has modernized the state’s capital city with continued citizen support via additional MAPS funding. Located in the center of downtown Oklahoma City, Paycom Center stands as a centerpiece of the renaissance and future of downtown, amid other MAPS projects like Scissortail Park, which opened in 2019, and the new Oklahoma City Convention Center.

“At ASM Global, we are thrilled with the potential this partnership between the Thunder and Paycom offers for future success of the arena,” said Chris Semrau, general manager of Paycom Center. “We work diligently to offer first-class amenities and services for fans, entertainers, guests and crew as we schedule events and shows throughout the year, all within a very competitive environment. Adding a technology and community leader like Paycom to the name of the arena only enhances our ability to help position the facility as modern, vital and built for the future.”

July 26 | ASM Global


ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, today announced a strategic alliance with Honeywell, a leader in connected buildings, to help create smarter, safer and more sustainable venue operations and more enjoyable audience experiences across ASM’s international portfolio.

ASM Global will work with Honeywell to establish new standards related to indoor air quality, safety and regulatory compliance for its VenueShield LIVE proprietary program for venue re-openings and operations. Honeywell will consult with ASM on guidelines related to deploying healthy buildings technology including indoor air quality, safety and security, and personal protective equipment (PPE). Honeywell will also create a custom, real-time Healthy Buildings dashboard for the VenueShield LIVE program to help ASM’s facilities staff quickly identify and correct critical building controls issues. The agreement runs through 2027.

Additionally, Honeywell will work with the ASM Global venue network to deploy a variety of technologies that support smarter, safer and more sustainable venues to improve the overall guest experience, including solutions to enhance overall building operations; mobile computing and data capture technologies to expedite ticketing, concessions and retail experiences; and more environmentally preferrable products to help the venues’ efforts to reduce their carbon footprint.

ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension said, “Aligning with Honeywell and its state-of-the-art technology will help ASM elevate even further what are already the world’s finest audience experiences at our venues.”

“As vaccine programs progress around the world, the desire for normalcy continues to increase. Live events such as concerts, sports and conventions contribute greatly to the vigor and excitement of daily life,” said Jeff Kimbell, Honeywell senior vice president and chief commercial officer. “We look forward to working with the ASM Global team to not only help audiences feel more confident about coming to live events but also in supporting venue modernization and digitization by providing greater automation and insight into the portfolio performance and a more seamless audience experience.”

VenueShield LIVE is deployed at more than 325 ASM Global facilities around the world, already providing high levels of cleanliness and safety, while inspiring consumer confidence, all in coordination with leading medical professionals, industry experts and public health officials.

“Producing premier entertainment events takes skillful coordination, and the building itself is a critical part of the equation. Our experience in building technologies, services and operations can provide additional value to the VenueShield LIVE offering,” said Doug Wright, president and CEO, Honeywell Building Technologies. “We are excited to work with the ASM Global team to support a safer return to live events and help its diverse network of venues drive critical outcomes to enhance audience experience, improve operations, and meet energy efficiency or safety goals.”

Honeywell’s Healthy Buildings solutions integrate air quality, safety and security technologies along with advanced analytics to improve indoor air quality while meeting energy efficiency goals to create a more productive and better occupant experience.

ASM Global’s properties produce a vast array of events ranging from professional sports to family entertainment to conventions and premier concerts. More than 200 million people pass through its venue doors annually. The alliance with Honeywell was brokered by AEG Global Partnerships.

July 2 | ASM Global


ASM Global—the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences—today was announced as the new operator of Södra Teatern and Mosebacketerrassen in Stockholm, Sweden.

A long-term lease agreement has been signed by ASM with the property owners, the brothers Jakob and Mattias Johansson, to manage the iconic theater, restaurant, nightclub and outdoor terrace on the heights of Stockholm.

“It feels fantastic to now be a part of and help elevate this classical venue’s continued development,” said Andreas Sand, GM at Stockholm Live, ASM Global’s subsidiary in Sweden. “Södra Teatern is already a great venue, which has evolved tremendously in recent years, both through careful renovation of the property but also modernization of the business.

“There´s really no better place in the city to see local artists like Albin Lee Meldau, Petter or Weeping Willows than on Mosebacketerrassen,” Andreas said.

Since 2008, ASM Global has operated the venues Avicii Arena (formerly Ericsson Globe), Hovet and Annexet in Stockholm. In 2010 the tourist attraction Skyview was also added outside the Avicii Arena. In 2013 ASM Global also became the operator of Tele2 Arena since its opening. In 2017 ASM Global also took over the operation of Friends Arena in Solna. Södra Teatern will now be the company´s sixth venue in Stockholm.

Södra Teatern was built in 1852 and is one of Sweden's oldest active theaters. Until 2018, the theater was owned by Riksteatern, a publicly funded theater institution. In 2018 Riksteatern sold the real estate and the operating company Södra Teatern AB to the brothers Jakob and Mattias Johansson, who renovated the property for two years. With the new agreement, ASM Global now takes over the management of the operating company and will manage Södra Teatern with its five stages, five bars, restaurant and famous rooftop Champagne bar and Mosebacketerrassen, the outdoor terrace with views all over the city.

June 28 | ASM Global


(SAN JUAN, P.R. – June 28, 2021) — As the entertainment industry begins to flourish after a global lockdown, the emblematic Coliseo de Puerto Rico José Miguel Agrelot (better known as “El Choliseo”), reopened its doors on June 26, 2021 to welcome 7,000 attendees to Gilberto Santa Rosa’s concert “Camínalo Pal Choli”.Santa Rosa, a Puerto Rico musical icon, delivered a world-class production, a 3-hour stellar performance with special guests and a vast repertoire of his famous musical trajectory. The arena sang and danced throughout the mesmerizing evening which also featured a spectacular display of lighting, and a presentation of the Puerto Rico Olympic team.

As explained by ASM Global’s Regional Manager Jorge Pérez “following the Puerto Rico Government’s Executive Order, the event was envisioned as a hybrid concert, which allowed fully vaccinated attendees to fully enjoy the memorable evening without the requirement of physical distancing. Other areas of the arena had physical distancing parameters and we deployed ASM Global’s VenueShield and GBAC Star Facility protocols throughout the Coliseo, along with ushers and security to safeguard and ensure our visitors experience”. Moving forward, all concerts and events at the arena will be for fully vaccinated attendees, allowing for a 100% occupancy rate. However, VenueShield parameters at restrooms, concession stands, hand sanitizer stations and disinfection protocols will continue to be implemented as part of ASM’s operational standards of excellence.

The Puerto Rico Department of Health also deployed a team of health professionals at the venue to offer COVID-19 vaccines to concert goers as part of the local government’s plan to amplify inoculation on the Island.

“Over the last week, the Coliseo de Puerto Rico announced 15 upcoming concerts that have sold out in hours, over 150,000 tickets. An example of people’s desire to cherish and enjoy our musical and event offerings. We look forward to the strengthening of our industry, working alongside local and US producers to bring world-class productions back to Puerto Rico”, said Pérez.

June 15 | ASM Global


(LOS ANGELES – June 15, 2021) — ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, today announced an extension of their agreement with Ticketmaster to continue serving industry-leading digital ticketing technologies to many of ASM’s premiere North American stadiums, arenas, convention centers and performing arts facilities.

ASM’s venues produce a vast array of events with partners ranging from professional sports to family entertainment and premier concerts with the world’s top promoters including AEG and Live Nation. ASM Global is also expanding its relationship with Ticketmaster by enabling the company to conduct ticket sales for Live Nation-promoted shows at other ASM Global venues throughout North America.

The partnership will give the more than 8 million fans that come to ASM’s venues each year easy access to the most sought-after live experiences in the U.S. and Canada. Ticketmaster is focused on creating solutions that help venues and event operators make the event-going experience easier for fans. With digital tickets, fans receive the benefits of state-of-the-art venue access with contactless entry, mobile box office support, instant transfer when sending a ticket to a friend or selling it to another fan, as well as anti-counterfeiting features, which eliminate ticket fraud by using an encrypted barcode that refreshes automatically every few seconds. Ticketmaster’s foundation of digital ticketing enables the rollout of regular upgrades and innovations.

ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension said, “With amazing content in all of our venues as a powerful foundation, we continue to discover imaginative new methods that leverage breakthrough technologies to create unparalleled consumer journeys including innovative food and beverage and premium VIP treatment for fans. Aligning with industry leaders like Ticketmaster is a critical component in providing millions of people with the most seamless and secure live experiences.”

“ASM is our largest partner in North America, and we are proud to grow our great work together,” said Michael Rapino, president and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. “We are committed to supporting ASM’s efforts to provide fans with best-in-class ticketing and fan-engagement now and into the future."

Ticketmaster’s Live Analytics dashboard will enable ASM to build stronger relationships with its fans. The analytics platform will provide ASM with insights and tools for better fan engagement across events of all kinds.

“We are committed to helping ASM deliver world-class events where the ticketing process elevates the entire fan experience,” said Mark Yovich, president, Ticketmaster. “Like Ticketmaster, ASM cares deeply about the customer journey and the value of building strong relationships with fans from the moment they purchase a ticket to well after the event ends.”

June 14 | ASM Global


(June 14, 2021) — Harvey Lister, Chairman and CEO of ASM Global’s Asia Pacific Division, has been appointed a Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the Queen’s Birthday 2021 Honours List for significant service to the arts, tourism, sport, and live event industries. The Honours List, established by Queen Elizabeth II of England and the commonwealth states including Australia, recognizes special achievements by citizens who have generously contributed to their community and country, globally and domestically.

For 50 years, Lister has been involved in the development, presentation and management of events spanning sport, arts, conventions and exhibitions, concerts and general entertainment. He has a wealth of knowledge and experience in the tourism and leisure industries.

ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of live entertainment experiences, was created by the 2019 merger of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. Following the merger, Lister became Chairman and CEO of ASM Global’s Asia Pacific Division, responsible for overseeing the company’s extensive venue portfolio across Australia, New Zealand, India, Asia and the Middle East.

“This extraordinary honour is recognition of Harvey Lister’s lifetime dedication to the entertainment and events industry in Australia,” said ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension. “His passion, innovation and determination to advance the sector is unmatched. We congratulate Harvey on being awarded an AM in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List and look forward to his ongoing advocacy and contribution to the industry both in Australia and globally.”

Lister has always willingly shared his knowledge and experience with the industry and generously supported his local communities. In addition to his corporate roles, he currently holds a number of positions with industry and community organizations including as Advisory Board Member, the Committee for Brisbane, Director of Australia’s peak tourism industry group, Tourism and Transport Forum (TTF) and Advisory Board Member, the Courier Mail Children’s Fund.

“I would like to express my thanks to the many people who have been there throughout my career for their generosity, loyalty and camaraderie,” said Lister. “I also wish to pay tribute to the 5,000 employees of our Australian ASM Global family, for the work they do and the role they play in the success of our many venues.”

June 9 | ASM Global


New partnership will provide specialist security services for ASM Global’s portfolio of UK venues

(June 9, 2021) — ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of live entertainment experiences, is proud to announce its partnership with Global Support Services UK Ltd. (GSS) to provide specialist detection dog services, plus additional counter-terrorism canine services across ASM Global’s portfolio of UK venues. The three-year partnership will see GSS providing specialised security solutions, focusing on the use of dogs to achieve the highest level of detection and protection capabilities.

“The use of detection dog teams is an extremely important part of our security operations, helping us to deliver a safe and secure environment for our customers and employees,” said ASM Global Security Director Gary Simpson. “GSS come with an excellent reputation as highly experienced professionals with first-class quality training and extremely high regard for the welfare of their dogs. They also possess a great will to achieve a safe, friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all our guests.”

“For more than a decade, GSS has offered a world-class service focused on innovation and quality to ensure the safety of the public, our customers and our teams,” said GSS Chief Executive Officer Daniel Mailly, “With the exceptional experience of our management team and unique partnerships with universities, government agencies and dog charities, we aim to provide highly effective, welfare-focused solutions that redefine industry standards. We are delighted to begin this partnership with ASM Global to deliver dynamic, bespoke services so all of their guests can feel safe and secure whilst enjoying their experience.”

June 2 | ASM Global

Greater Columbus Convention Center General Manager John R. Page Honored as a Member of Columbus Business First's 2021 Power 100

(Columbus, May 25, 2021) -- John R. Page, general manager of the ASM Global-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), has been selected by the editorial team of Columbus Business First as a member of the Columbus Business First 2021 Power 100!

The Power 100 is an annual list compiled by Columbus Business First based upon their reporting, research, and conversations with Central Ohio’s civic and business leaders of those individuals who make projects happen, influence public policy, facilitate important connections, and impact the Central Ohio region through their ideas, creativity and leadership that have a significant impact upon the Central Ohio business scene.

In their selection of Page, Columbus Business First noted that although the tourism sector has been substantially harmed by COVID-19, Page’s leadership of the convention center has been notable by his strategy to “leave no stone unturned” in his pursuit of non-traditional uses of the convention center, turning it into a venue for movie screenings, weddings, and yoga among other event usages. Further, Page’s leadership will be critical to the recovery of the tourism industry.

A 23-year ASM Global veteran, Page became general manager of the GCCC in 2013 and oversees the GCCC’s daily operations, stakeholder relationships and business development. Additionally, Page serves as a commissioner on the Ohio Expositions Commission, the governing body for the Ohio Expo Center and Ohio State Fair, is the board chair of The Ohio State University’s Hospitality Management advisory board and sits on the Board of Directors of Tourism Diversity Matters.

A Certified Tourism Ambassador, Page is a two-time graduate of The Ohio State University with a bachelor’s degree in business administration with a specialization in marketing and a master’s degree in sports management and has been previously honored by Columbus Business First among the Most Admired Chief Operating Officers in Central Ohio, recognized as a Central Ohio Smart 50 Award recipient and as a Diversity Pioneer by the Central Ohio Champions of Diversity.

“At the Greater Columbus Convention Center, we transformed non-traditional uses of the facility into experiences,” said Page. “This recognition from Columbus Business First is a true testament to the collaborative effort we provide within the hospitality and travel industry. I proudly share this honor with my GCCC team who have contributed greatly to the safety and success of the new normal for our industry.”

May 28 | ASM Global

ASM Global Partners with Mobilitie to Deploy 5G Across International Venue Portfolio

Advanced 5G connectivity solutions expected to power dynamic new interactive and immersive experiences for sports and entertainment fans across the globe.

(LOS ANGELES, May 26, 2021) — As sports and entertainment venues worldwide begin to return to live events at full capacities, fans can expect a new era of boosted streaming capacities and dynamic digital engagement experiences thanks to an innovative new partnership announced today by ASM Global and Mobilitie.

“ASM Global creates memorable live events every night worldwide and we are committed to providing our fans with the ability to share their incredible experiences seamlessly in real-time,” said ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension. “This extension of our partnership with Mobilitie will help fuel our creativity to envision and implement reimagined in-venue experiences.”

The multi-year agreement, brokered by AEG Global Partnerships, will allow ASM Global, the world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences, to super-charge its vast international venue network with advanced 5G connectivity solutions from Mobilitie, the country’s largest privately-held wireless infrastructure firm. Mobilitie’s robust and scalable 5G architecture will also improve broadcast production and immersive viewing experiences from ASM Global arenas, stadia, and convention centers, as well as more seamlessly integrate new technologies such as Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR).

“We are excited to further expand our relationship with ASM Global, the international innovator in the delivery of memorable entertainment experiences,” said Christos Karmis, President and CEO of Mobilitie. “We look forward to continuing to work closely with their global leadership and venue teams. We currently provide neutral-host wireless networks at several ASM Global properties, including the recently announced Coliseo de Puerto Rico and Puerto Rico Convention Center venues, and we look forward to expanding worldwide.”

The industry’s most reliable and seamless connectivity will also enhance ASM Global’s operational excellence and data analytic capabilities, as well as its world-class, award-winning VenueShield security and safety protocols and procedures.

May 21, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global Announced as Operator of Derby’s New 3,500 Capacity Performance Venue and Funding Deal Exchanged with Derby City Council

The world’s leading producer of entertainment experiences is set to manage and operate the exciting new 3,500 capacity performance venue at Becketwell Derby, which will be forward funded and owned by Derby City Council.

St James Securities, developers of the £200m Becketwell regeneration scheme, and Derby City Council have announced that ASM Global has been awarded preferred bidder status to manage, operate and programme the new entertainment and conference venue being developed in Derby, following a competitive tender process which underlined its experience and expertise in the sector.

The award of preferred bidder status is an important landmark in delivering this ambitious new venue, which will be a fully flexible, scalable space capable of staging concerts, stand-up comedy, family shows, musical theatre, conferences, and exhibitions.

This announcement coincides with the news that St James Securities have exchanged contracts with Derby City Council to forward-fund the project.

Derby City Council have assisted with land assembly for the development and St James Securities will deliver the performance venue to the Council with ASM Global to sign a 30-year lease, which will remove the development and financial operating risk from the Council.

Located in the Becketwell area at the heart of the wider mixed-use development currently being delivered by St James Securities, the purpose-built venue will include a 3,500-capacity events auditorium, plus a smaller 400 capacity secondary space, and will enable Derby to attract a range of exciting events.

ASM Global’s renowned portfolio is anchored by the most iconic arenas, convention centres and stadiums across five continents. In the UK, ASM’s collection includes AO Arena (Manchester), SSE Wembley Arena, first direct Arena (Leeds), Utilita Arena (Newcastle) and Bonus Arena (Hull), along with a number of theatres and smaller venues, ensuring it is ideally placed to maximise the venue’s appeal and success.

It is projected that the venue will host over 200 cultural and commercial events each year and attract an additional 250,000 visitors to Derby.

Over 200 new local jobs are expected to be created, giving the city centre economy a significant boost. The scheme is set to generate more than £10m per year for the area, providing a massive stimulus to local businesses.

The leisure and retail experience will be greatly enhanced, invigorating the day and night-time economies, and boosting the vibrancy of the area.

Construction work is set to commence shortly on phase one of the Becketwell scheme, which comprises of 259 one and two-bedroom apartments which will be built on the site of the former Debenhams store on Victoria Street, and a new public square, with completion by Spring 2023.

Work on the performance venue is set to commence in early 2022, with handover to the operator in 2024.

It is hoped the substantial levels of investment proposed at Becketwell will provide confidence for further new investment in surrounding areas of the city centre. More than 2,000 jobs are expected to be created by the development.

Commenting on the partnership with ASM Global and Derby City Council, Paul Morris, development director of St James Securities said:

“We are tremendously excited to be working with Derby City Council and ASM Global on this ambitious project, which will fill a significant gap in the city’s cultural landscape and bring an outstanding, modern performance venue to the city.

“Our aim has always been to create a whole new part of Derby city centre with its own distinct character and identity. For the world’s leading venue management and services company to come on-board to deliver this scheme is a real coup for the city and will be key to the future reinvigoration and repositioning of Derby city centre.

“ASM Global will help to inform the design, capacity and layout of the building and the mix of popular and mainstream shows, performances, and events.

“Our experienced team have a proven track record in delivering similar projects. The team will be led by IPW… who have been involved in similar venue developments including Leeds, Hull, Swansea, Battersea, York, Glasgow, Gateshead, Copenhagen, Singapore and Abu Dhabi.

“To see phases one and two coming forward in quick succession will provide huge confidence to investors and occupiers who are considering investing in and locating in Becketwell. We believe this is the beginning of an exciting renaissance of Derby city centre.”

Commenting on their decision to expand their portfolio into Derby, Tom Lynch - Group Commercial Director & Senior Vice President, Europe of ASM Global, said:

“ASM Global are delighted to partner with St James Securities and Derby City Council on the launch of the new Becketwell Venue for the City of Derby. The city has a rich history of events and culture, and Derby represented an obvious choice for ASM Global in expanding our extensive global portfolio of over 350 venues, which will see us launching into the UK Midlands region for the first time.

“We look forward to bringing world class concerts, entertainment and business events to Derby, in an innovative new venue which is perfectly placed to benefit from the demonstrable growth in 3,000-4,000 capacity shows in the UK.

“We have been inspired by the vision shared for the city, and the growth and opportunities for the East Midlands economy more broadly. Along with a busy concert and entertainment programme, the venue will attract a wide range of business events and provide a great meeting place and activation platform for the region’s world-leading industrial sectors.

“We applaud the ambition of St James Securities and Derby City Council in putting the new venue at the heart of what will be hugely important for the regeneration of Becketwell and the future growth of the city and region. We look forward to working with the Council as long-term partners on the development of Derby as a destination, as we have done so successfully with City Councils across the UK and globally.

On the news, Cllr Matthew Holmes, Deputy Leader of Derby City Council, said:

“It’s vital that we move forward to deliver a new venue as part of Derby’s recovery plan and for the city’s leisure and culture ambitions. By working with our private sector partners, we can do just that and bring a state of the art entertainments and events venue to Derby.

“ASM Global are world leading venue operators with a proven track record, so we are delighted to be teaming up with them and St James Securities for this project. They have the proven ability to bring the very best in entertainment and events to Derby, something that is long overdue.

“The new venue is an ambitious development that will also diversify and strengthen our local economy. It demonstrates confidence in the City to build back better and we look forward to the day when the venue will open its doors.”

The regeneration of the Becketwell area of Derby is expected to bring numerous benefits to the city, including a repopulation of both office workers and residents to the city centre which will help boost activity outside of traditional retail hours.

May 19, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global's Stockholm Live Announces Ericsson Global Venue Name Change to Avicii Arena

Sweden's iconic landmark to become a global symbol for mental illness prevention.

Stockholm Live, managed by worldwide live entertainment leader ASM Global, announced today that one of Europe’s most visited and famous venues, formerly the Ericsson Globe, will have a new name: AVICII ARENA. Through a unique partnership with the Tim Bergling Foundation, and support from local naming rights sponsors Trygg-Hansa and Bauhaus, Sweden’s iconic landmark will now become a global symbol for mental illness prevention.

“With our worldwide reach, ASM Global takes tremendous pride in not only presenting unparalleled entertainment experiences but also in playing a positive role in the lives of our millions of guests in countries throughout the world,” said ASM Global President and CEO Ron Bension. “We’re honored to participate in this collaboration to help prevent mental illness.”

Visible from most of Stockholm, the historic 15,000-capacity venue is intended to become “a hub for sharing ideas and hosting activities with the focus on young peoples’ mental health,” said Klas Bergling, father of the late producer and recording artist Tim Bergling, known worldwide by his stage name Avicii. “It was a significant milestone in Tim’s career when he played here nine years ago, and he would be extremely proud that this iconic building from today will bear his name.”

Bergling and his wife Anki Lidén founded The Tim Bergling Foundation after the death of their son in 2018 at the age of 28.The foundation’s work includes its “For A Better Day” project that collects young people’s voices, thoughts and needs into content that will serve as an important part of the continued Avicii Arena collaboration.

“It is only by listening to the young people and working with them that we can really make a difference,” said Bergling. “We will start from that in everything we do. We call the collection of young people’s thoughts ‘For A Better Day’ because we focused our surveys on what they need for a better tomorrow, and their answers will form the basis of our work inside and outside Avicii Arena.”

In celebration of the new Avicii Arena and the launch of the joint initiative, the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra has recorded a completely new interpretation of the Avicii song “For A Better Day,” sung by 14-year-old Ella Tiritiello from Kristianstad.The song is now available on Spotify and Youtube.

“Being able to use one of Sweden's most famous and visited buildings as a symbol and meeting place for one of the most important societal issues of our time in the way we now do together with our partners feels fantastic,” said Stockholm Live CEO Andreas Sand.“When we hosted the Avicii Tribute Concert in December 2019 at Friends Arena we got the idea to create a place that could spread the same understanding and community that we had that evening, with a focus on making a difference.”

Trygg-Hansa, one of the biggest insurance companies in Sweden, has been working for several years to prevent and reduce mental illness among young people. Within the framework of Avicii Arena, the focus will be on educational initiatives for high-school students.

“Trygg-Hansa sees mental illness among young people as the single most important societal issue,” said Hanna Axelsson, Communications and Marketing Manager at Trygg-Hansa. “We want to increase knowledge and understanding of young people's mental health, but we also want to contribute with concrete tools that help young people feel better. Within this initiative, we will focus on giving young people tools to influence how they feel, an understanding of what mental illness is and knowledge of where and when they can apply for help and support. We want to show Sweden's young people that the adult world listens and cares.”

Bauhaus, the biggest construction retailer in Sweden, sees its role in the fight against mental illness both from the point of being a workplace with many young people, and through its long involvement as a main sponsor within sports in Sweden.

“Our contribution to Avicii Arena is that we will influence, inspire and make demands on the sports clubs to put the young people's mental health at the center,” said Johan Saxne, Marketing Director for Bauhaus in Sweden and Norway.“Sports organizations and its leaders must give young athletes the right conditions to feel good with a focus on reduced pressure and more joy through sports.”

ASM Global
ASM Global is the world’s leading producer of live entertainment experiences. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues fuel live entertainment worldwide.

April 16, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global Expands International Reach with First Italian Partnership

Reaches Agreement to Service and Commercialize New Cantù Basketball Arena

ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, has been selected to co-manage operations, run the commercialization, and oversee the development of a new arena in Cantù, Italy. The nearly 6,000-seat facility, which will be completed in late 2023, extends ASM’s geographic footprint to Italy. Once completed, the arena will be the new home of Pallacanestro Cantù, the professional basketball team in Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and one of the most successful clubs in all of Europe.

“Today we plant the flag in Italy, a region with incredible growth potential,” said Ron Bension, President and CEO of ASM Global. “ASM brings to Cantù the decades of expertise and world-class service that have made ASM the premier venue service company it is today. We are looking forward to building on our success and making the new arena one of the most recognized facilities in the region.”

The entry into Italy continues ASM’s international market expansion. Already known for operating some of the most iconic and successful venues in the world like the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, The Globe in Stockholm, SSE Arena Wembley in London, and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, ASM will provide the Cantù facility the strength and depth of its sports and entertainment networks. The arena will also benefit from ASM’s professional management services, operations assistance, market knowledge, building design support and planning expertise. Including the addition of this new facility, ASM’s European portfolio currently consists of approximately 50 theaters, stadiums, equestrian centers and arenas.

“The Cantù arena is but another example of ASM’s ability to help turn a great idea into reality,” said John Sharkey, Executive Vice President, Europe, at ASM Global. “We were introduced to this project last year and even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we remained steadfast to get to today. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and our new Italian partners and I cannot wait to break ground.”

The arena will be developed with the full support of Cantù Municipality by Cantù Next, a financial services and real estate development firm that will also provide most of the project’s funding. In addition to indoor and outdoor training facilities for the basketball club, the two-tier facility will provide structural flexibility to allow for other sports and events, including expos, fairs, conventions, and corporate gatherings.
“We are honored to be able to link the names of Cantù Next and Pallacanestro Cantù with ASM Global, the premier name in entertainment and venue management,” said Andrea Mauri, Managing Director of Cantù Next and Pallacanestro Cantù. “This alliance represents a great opportunity not only for the club, but for the new sports arena. Thanks to ASM, we will be able to develop new partnerships with international brands and will be able to better attract non-sporting events that will provide added value for the city of Cantù and, more generally, for our territory.”

Umberto Gandini, President of LBA, added: “In locating the stadium in a central area surrounded by city and regional institutions, the new Cantù arena follows the path of other Serie A clubs, such as the new facility in Brindisi, home of New Basket, or the Segafredo Arena, which houses the Virtus Bologna and is located in the Fiera District.

Having the ability to find the energy and resources in a difficult season is an important sign that confirms the vitality and strength of our league.”

March 16, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global Appoints Ron Bension as President and Chief Executive Officer

LOS ANGELES, CA -- ASM Global (“ASM”) today announced that Ron Bension has been appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and will assume his new role immediately.

“We are thrilled to have Ron join the ASM Global team. He is precisely the type of executive we seek to lead our businesses. His extensive history of managing enterprises that create superb experiences for customers and visitors will be an enormous asset to the company. In addition, his demonstrated strategic thinking and execution capabilities are a perfect fit for the next phase of ASM’s growth as we exit the pandemic,” said Kosty Gilis, Managing Director at Onex and ASM board member.

“We admire Ron’s long and successful track record across a number of highly respected companies in the live events and leisure industries and are confident in his ability to build on the progress made under Bob Newman. ASM is poised for success and at AEG we are as committed and optimistic as ever about the future of the company and the industry,” continued Dan Beckerman, CEO of AEG and ASM board member.

Mr. Bension brings over four decades of experience to ASM including, most recently, a long tenure at Live Nation as President of House of Blues Entertainment. Prior to this, he held President and CEO roles across a distinguished set of public and private companies including at, GameWorks, MCA Recreation Group and Universal Studios Hollywood.

“I am excited to join ASM Global. The company has an unparalleled track record of success and leading capabilities. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated ASM Global team to grow the business and to build upon the Company’s deep relationships with its incredible, best-in-class clients around the world,” said Mr. Bension.


March 9, 2021 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, and Mecum Auctions, the worldwide leader in auctions of collector cars, vintage motorcycles and Road Art sales, announced today a multiyear strategic partnership. The agreement will allow Mecum to capitalize on ASM Global’s expertise and reach for centralized booking and routing across its extensive network of more than 200 venues throughout North America. .... Read More

December 10, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) and City of Bossier City are excited to announce that BGC has purchased naming rights of the Bossier City Arena to be known as the Brookshire Grocery Arena. Mayor Lo Walker made the announcement at a press conference held at the premiere entertainment venue this morning. .... Read More

November 12, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, has been selected to operate an all-new sports and entertainment campus situated on the Newcastle Gateshead waterfront at Gateshead Quays in the United Kingdom. .... Read More

October 22, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


The NCAA has announced its venues for Championship Tournaments for 2022-2026, selecting 17 ASM Global-managed venues .... FULL LISTING

June 17, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


ASM Global, the world’s leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences, has been selected to manage the King Center for the Performing Arts at Eastern Florida State College.... Read More

April 29, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


As local communities around the world consider reopening parts of their economies in the safest way possible, ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, today announced plans to launch a new environmental hygiene protocol... Read More

December 3, 2019 | ASM Global North America


The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) Board of Directors has approved a contract renewal for ASM Global to continue managing the award-winning Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC)... Read More

November 14, 2019 | ASM Global North America


ASM Global, the leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences, today announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with the Lyric Foundation for management of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric... Read More

November 7, 2019 | ASM Global North America

Hawai'i Convention Center Earns Awards of Excellence

Hawaii Convention Center recently gained recognition both domestically and abroad for its work in the meetings industry as the recipient of three awards... Read More

October 24, 2019 | ASM Global North America


Los Angeles, CA -- October 24, 2019 -- ASM Global (ASM), the premier venue management and services company, today announced the company’s new executive leadership team who will report to President and CEO of ASM Global, Bob Newman... Read More

October 10, 2019 | ASM Global Europe


Further expanding its footprint in the UK, ASM Global (a merger between SMG Europe and AEG Facilities) announced today that it has signed to be the venue management provider for a new £260m arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays...Read More

October 3, 2019 | ASM Global North America


ASM Global today announced a strategic investment of a 25% shareholding in Sydney-based Stadium operator VenuesLive from Techfront Australia. ... Read More

October 1, 2019 | ASM Global North America


Los Angeles, CA, West Conshohocken, PA, – Oct 1, 2019 -- AEG Facilities, LLC (“AEG Facilities”), the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (“AEG”), and SMG, a portfolio company of Onex (TSX: ONEX) and its affiliated funds... Read More

September 13, 2019 | ASM Global Europe

SMG and AEG Facilities Merger Update

We are pleased that the proposed merger of SMG and AEG Facilities has received unconditional clearance from the ... Read More

FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe


Los Angeles, CA, West Conshohocken, PA, Toronto, ON – February 7, 2019 -- AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, and SMG, an Onex (TSX: ONEX) portfolio company, today announced they have signed a definitive agreement to merge... Read More
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