Leading Australian venue manager AEG Ogden excited about Perth Arena's potential

by laliveinsider on Wed., Jun 23 at 09:00 AM

June 23, 2010

Brisbane, Australia (Wednesday, June 23, 2010) - Leading venue management company AEG Ogden today welcomed the Western Australia's Government's decision to appoint it the preferred operator for the new Perth Arena.

Chairman and CEO, Harvey Lister said that AEG Ogden was pleased the Government and VenuesWest had entrusted the operation of this stunning new state-of-the-art arena in Perth to the company.

\"We have already commenced discussions with some of the established Australian and international promoters of major concert, sports and other entertainment events and we look forward to revealing an exciting range of events at the Perth Arena as its opening date draws closer.\"

AEG Ogden is part of the AEG Facilities global network, spanning five continents, which includes iconic venues such as STAPLES Center at L.A. Live, London's 02 Arena, Shanghai's Mercedes-Benz Arena and a network of Asia Pacific venues including Acer Arena at Sydney Olympic Park and the Brisbane and Newcastle Entertainment Centres.

Mr Lister said AEG Ogden already had a strong presence in Western Australia through the management of the Perth Theatre Trust Venues, which includes His Majesty's Theatre and the Perth Concert Hall.

\"We are proud of the success our team has been able to deliver during the past 11 years at these Perth venues and are equally excited about the challenge of adding to that success through the Perth Arena.

\"AEG Ogden now looks forward to meeting with VenuesWest and finalizing the details of the arrangements for our appointment,\" Mr Lister said.

About AEG Ogden

AEG Ogden is a joint venture between the Australian-based Ogden IFC and the Anschutz Entertainment Group of the United States.

AEG Ogden manages a range of arenas, convention centres and stadia in the Asia Pacific region including Acer Arena in Sydney, the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the Newcastle Entertainment Centre, the Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin and Kuala Lumpur Convention Centres, the Qatar National Convention Centre (currently under construction), Suncorp Stadium in Queensland and the four State Theatres in Perth. For more information, please visit www.aegogden.com.

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, and works in concert with affiliated AEG entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Development to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. AEG owns, operates or provides services to venues including STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), The Home Depot Center (Carson, Calif.), Nokia Theatre L.A. Live (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), The Rose Garden (Portland, Ore.), KeyArena (Seattle, Wash.), Conseco Fieldhouse (Indianapolis, Ind.), American Airlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), AT&T Center (San Antonio, Tx.), Time Warner Cable Arena (Charlotte, N.C.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), O2 World (Berlin, Germany), O2 World Hamburg (Hamburg, Germany), Ahoy Arena (Rotterdam, Netherlands), Acer Arena (Sydney, Australia), Globe Arenas (Stockholm, Sweden), Turk Telekom Stadium (Istanbul, Turkey) and the Qatar National Convention Centre (Doha, Qatar). For more information, please visit www.aegworldwide.com.

About Perth Arena

The new Perth Arena will be an iconic building for the people of Perth and Western Australia, attracting more entertainment, sporting and cultural events to Perth and bringing in new visitors. Sitting within the new Northbridge Link precinct, the Perth Arena will form an integral part of Perth's new revitalization.

When it is opened in 2011/12, the Arena will bring to Western Australia a new raft of entertainment acts that will perform in a space the quality of which has not been experienced before in Perth, with capacity for up to 15,000 for concerts.

The Perth Arena has been designed to maximize flexibility and will have a curtaining system in the auditorium reduce the seating mode as required to allow events with between 4,000 and- 8,000 patrons to be staged. The Arena will hold 14,500 boxing fans, possible basketball matches, international netball, martial arts tournaments, and national indoor sports championships

The Arena will host the 2012 Hyundai Hopman Cup, which will benefit from the retractable roof (providing Australian Open conditions for players), Plexipave court surfacing, stunning corporate suites and function areas, comfortable spectator seating and ample green room space for players.

The Arena will employ 30-35 full time staff and generate casual employment for over 500 casual event staff including catering staff, ushers, ticketing, security, cleaners and backstage operations staff.

Annually, during a full operational year, more than 400,000 people are expected to experience the peak of entertainment, sporting and dining experiences in the Perth Arena.

The Perth Arena is expected to be completed in 2011 and open for events in 2012.

The Government of Western Australia has vested the ownership of the Perth Arena in VenuesWest. For further information www.venueswest.wa.gov.au

Contacts:

Greg Adermann, AEG Ogden
0419 729972 or [email protected]

Michael Roth, AEG
(213) 742-7155 or [email protected]

Alison Groendal Salcedo, AEG Facilities
(310) 630-2032 or [email protected]

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