January 11, 2000 |
The folks at Comcast-Spectacor like to think they do a pretty good job of running the First Union Center. So good, in fact, that they figure they can make a buck doing the same thing elsewhere. With that in mind, the local sports and entertainment firm has purchased Globe Facilities Services, a Tampa, Fla., company that specializes in operating arenas and sports facilities. The new venture will be known as Global Spectrum and will be headed by Peter Luukko, who now serves as president of Comcast-Spectacor Ventures.
May 2, 2013 |
Apartment rents are going up in metropolitan Philadelphia, even as they fall in the Washington area. How'd that happen? Washington, with all its military, security, and telecom contractors, was supposed to have become the engine of U.S. economic growth. But with the federal government slowing down and Philly's hospitals and colleges pushing to grow, each of the two regions is expected to create jobs at roughly the same rate of about 3,000 a month this year, according to federal Bureau of Labor Statistics data.
June 25, 2015 |
Comcast Spectacor CEO Dave Scott says he had a moment of clarity at a dinner with Allentown's Brooks brothers in September. Jim and Rob Brooks, owners of the Lehigh Valley Phantoms minor-league hockey team and operators of the just-opened PPL Center, had contracted with Comcast Spectacor for ticketing, arena management services, and food concessions at the new multipurpose venue - a triple play, to borrow a phrase from the cable industry. Why not market those related Comcast Spectacor services together under one brand, Scott wondered, instead of separately as Ovations food services, Paciolan ticketing, and Global Spectrum venue management?
October 10, 2003 |
Phillies outfielder Marlon Byrd had successful surgery on his left shoulder yesterday, assistant general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. said. The 26-year-old Byrd underwent arthroscopic surgery to repair the posterior labrum in his left shoulder. The surgery was performed by Timothy Kremchek in Cincinnati. Byrd is expected to begin swinging a bat in early January and will be ready for the start of spring training in February, the team said. In his rookie season with the Phillies, Byrd appeared in 135 games, hitting .303 with 28 doubles, 7 home runs, 45 RBIs and 86 runs scored.
June 7, 2013 |
In a move to reposition the Convention Center amid fierce competition, the board of the troubled facility voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to privatize a range of management functions and hire an outside firm to lead it. The board also voted, 13-2, to hire SMG, a West Conshohocken-based management group that runs arenas and other large facilities in the United States and overseas. The board selected SMG over Global Spectrum, a unit of Comcast-Spectacor. The decisions leave unanswered what role the Convention Center's current president and chief executive, Ahmeenah Young, will have under the new management structure, said Board Chairman Gregory J. Fox. In other cities, such as Chicago, where SMG now directs the convention center, the authority's CEO was retained and works closely with SMG. "I am thrilled that the board today has embraced a bold and bright future for the Convention Center, born of a new management model that sets the stage for future improvements," Fox said after the board voted 12-3 to privatize and before selecting SMG. "It's a willingness to depart from the past and embrace the future.
April 11, 2013 |
The main problem keeping more big shows from the Pennsylvania Convention Center is that too many customers don't feel they are getting value for all they pay under its current labor arrangements, consultant Public Financial Management Inc. (PFM) wrote in a recent report to the center's board, echoing earlier reports. If labor is the issue, why is the center's board recruiting private firms to replace its management? PFM credits the managers for bringing in more money and spending less than the center's budget.
January 11, 2000 |
There are not a lot of people who know how to fill an arena better than Ed Snider. Snider is chairman of Comcast-Spectacor, which owns and operates the First Union Center, First Union Spectrum, the Flyers and Sixers. His company packs over four million people into some 400 events in the First Union Complex every year. So it shouldn't surprise anyone that Snider and company would go looking for more business. Snider announced yesterday that Comcast-Spectacor had acquired Globe Facilities Services, a Tampa-based facilities management company.
April 4, 2013 |
The Pennsylvania Convention Center board of directors says it sought applicants from across the United States when it sent a "Request for Qualifications" last year, seeking private firms to show they could handle management, marketing, maintenance, and capital improvements at the sprawling, taxpayer-funded, under-used Center City complex. The firms that answered the call were all locally connected, say people familiar with the results. Two are already Convention Center contractors with specialized duties.
January 30, 2015 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - There will be one football player at the Super Bowl who cares more about Katy Perry's performance than Tom Brady's. Sunday evening's extravaganza will be the culmination of 3 1/2 years of preparation for John Page and his team. Page is the president of Global Spectrum, which operates the University of Phoenix Stadium. When the NFL picked the Arizona committee's bid over Tampa's in the fall of 2011, Page created a team of experts to construct what he hopes will be "the best Super Bowl experience ever.
April 27, 2003 |
Refusing to cede Philadelphia's primary economic engine to Republicans, Gov. Rendell is maneuvering to install Comcast-Spectacor, a division of the cable giant that is one of his chief political supporters, as the day-to-day overseer of the troubled Convention Center. "They're the best in the country, and we need professional management," Rendell said in a brief interview Friday. "The fact that they happen to be a hometown company makes it even better. " The Democratic governor's two previous attempts at influencing who runs the center have failed, with political roadblocks and the eventual disinterest in the job by both his favored candidates.