A Day in the Life: Concession Operations Manager

Beth Wilkinson is still fairly new to the Erie Events management staff, but not new to the Food Service industry.  When asked how long she’s been in the business, she responds “Since I was tall enough to reach a sink.”

A graduate of Mercyhurst University, Beth has worked many years in the field, finding her true passion as the Concession Operations Manager at the Erie Insurance Arena. Events are exciting and upbeat. The time goes by quickly when it’s such a fun atmosphere.

The focus for this season, aside from always providing exceptional customer service, is trying new menu items.  This season’s new menu items are caveman pops (turkey legs), arena chips and brownie sundaes. If you haven’t yet, make sure you try one of them when you’re at the Arena.

The Food & Beverage Department has four full-time employees, 51 part-time employees and six volunteer groups.  It takes hard work from everyone to get ready for an event.  We are definitely a great team and enjoy serving our patrons!

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Snowtown Throwdown Tickets On Sale

Tickets for the first Snowtown Throwdown hockey series between Mercyhurst University and The Ohio State University are now on sale. The two-game series is scheduled for January 2nd and 3rd at Erie Insurance Arena. Game time on January 2nd is set for 7:05pm and on January 3rd at 2:35pm, followed by an Erie Otters game at 7pm. Tickets for the Snowtown Throwdown game are $15.00 for adults and are $10.00 for seniors and children. Tickets can be purchased at http://www.erieevents.com. More information on the game can be found at: http://hurstathletics.com/news/2014/10/28/MHOCK_1028142450.aspx.

Mark Your Calendars 11/10/14 – 11/16/14

Another week is upon us at Erie Events and we’ve got a jam packed schedule. If you’re bored this Monday morning and you’re looking to fill your schedule with excitement, we’ve got you covered.

The Erie Otters are on home ice Tuesday, November 11th for a 5:30pm game. They play Mississauga Steelheads at Erie Insurance Arena. They’re coming off a win from over the weekend against the Saginaw Spirit. Get your tickets ahead of time by visiting http://www.erieevents.com or call the box office at 452-4857.

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The Bayfront Convention Center is playing host to the Global Summit’s event Tuesday night featuring former First Lady’s Laura Bush and Michele Ridge. For information on that event, call 459-8000.

Bush & Ridge

The highly anticipated “The Live Debut of the Christmas Attic” by the Trans-Siberian Orchestra will rock Erie Insurance Arena in front of a sold out crowd Friday evening.

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Saturday, November 15th is a full day for Erie Events. If you’re looking for a free event, check out the PA State Yo-Yo Contest from 10am to 5pm at the Bayfront Convention Center. There’s also Christmas in the Country at the Bayfront Convention Center from 10am-5pm Saturday and 10am-4pm Sunday ($6.00 adults/kids 12 & under free.) Then you can head down to Erie Insurance Arena and watch the Erie Otters take on the Kitchener Rangers at 7pm. Tickets for that game can also be purchased ahead of time on our website.

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If you’re looking for something other than hockey on Saturday night, the Erie Philharmonic will perform at the Warner Theatre “Tchaikovsky’s Fourth with Christopher Rose, Percussion” for an 8pm show. Tickets and more information on that show can be found at http://www.eriephil.org.

Inside Warner

We wrap up the weekend Sunday night with the one and only Bill Cosby at the Warner Theatre. One of America’s most beloved comedians of all time will take the stage at 7pm. Get your tickets online at http://www.erieevents.com.

Cosby

 

Bayhawks Season Quickly Approaching – Training Roster Set

The NBA Development League Draft took place earlier this evening as the Erie BayHawks drafted seven players. In addition, Erie has added four players from the Erie tryout and two players are returning from last season.

The BayHawks did not have a first round pick after using it to trade for Jeremy Tyler last season. Erie had two picks in the second round and pcked up Daniel Coursey (6’10, 220, Mercer) with their first pick of the draft. Coursey averaged over 10 points per game his senior year, helping Mercer advance to the second round of the 2014 NCAA Tournament after defeating three seeded Duke.

Erie then selected John Bohannon (6’11, 210, UTEP) with their second selection of the second round. Bohannon led his team last year in rebounds with 8.3 per game.

In subsequent rounds, the BayHawks took guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (6’4, 210, Ohio State) in the fourth, guard Kevin Anderson (6’0, 175, Richmond) in the fifth, guard Travis Betran (6’3, 185, AustinPeay) in the sixth, center Marcus Goode (6’10, 295, Benedict College) in the seventh, and guard Justin Simmons (6’3, 190, Nebraska-Omaha) in the eighth and final round.

Also joining the BayHawks training camp roster are Marcel Anderson (6’1, 180, Harris Stowe State) and Darren White (6’4, 210, Campbell). Anderson played eight games for Erie last year and White played the entire season.

In addition to the seven players drafted and two that are returning, the BayHawks have invited four players, all who participated in the Erie tryout, to attend training camp. Those players include Alvin Brown (6’10, 2010, South Carolina-Aiken), Mike Schachtner (6’9, 215, Green Bay), Marquis Weddle (6’1, 185, Tennessee-Martin), and Jarvis Williams (6’6, 195, Minnesota State-Mankato).

The BayHawks Training Camp roster stands at 17 players, matching the maximum allowed by the league. Erie will open camp on Tuesday at Penn State Behrend’s Junker Center.

Erie BayHawks 2014-15 Training Camp Roster

NAME HEIGHT WEIGHT SCHOOL ACQUIRED
Anderson, Kevin 6-0 175 RICHMOND  2014 DRAFT
Anderson, Marcel 6-1 180 HARRIS-STOWE STATE  RETURNING
Batts, Kadeem 6-9 245 PROVIDENCE COLLEGE  AFFILIATION
Betran, Travis 6-3 185 AUSTIN-PEAY  2014 DRAFT
Bohannon, John 6-11 210 UTEP  2014 DRAFT
Brown, Alvin 6-10 210 SOUTH CAROLINA-AIKEN ERIETRYOUT
Coursey, Daniel 6-10 220 MERCER  2014 DRAFT
Crawford, Drew 6-5 215 NORTHWESTERN   AFFILIATION
Curry, Seth 6-2 185 DUKE      TRADE
Goode, Marcus 6-10 295 BENEDICT COLLEGE  2014 DRAFT
Schachtner, Mike 6-9 215 GREEN BAY ERIETRYOUT
Simmons, Justin 6-3 190 NEBRASKA-OMAHA  2014 DRAFT
Siva, Peyton 6-0 185 LOUISVILLE  AFFILIATION
Smith Jr., Lenzelle 6-4 210 OHIO STATE  2014 DRAFT
Weddle, Marquis 6-1 185 TENNESSEE-MARTIN ERIETRYOUT
White, Darren 6-4 210 CAMPBELL  RETURNING
Williams, Jarvis 6-6 195 MINNESOTA STATE-MANKATO ERIETRYOUT

 

The BayHawks start their season on November 14 when Erie travels to Idaho to face the Stampede on back-to-back nights. The BayHawks then head to Erie Insurance Arena for their home tip-off weekend to host the defending D-League Champion Fort Wayne Mad Ants. Season tickets and group tickets are on sale and can be purchased by contacting the BayHawks front office at 814-790-5600.

Mercyhurst Men’s Hockey Team to Host The Ohio State University in “Snowtown Throwdown”

Officials from Mercyhurst University along with the Erie County Convention Center Authority announced today the “Snowtown Throwdown” two-game series set to be played in January at Erie Insurance Arena.

The inaugural “Snowtown Throwdown” games will be played on January 2nd and 3rd with an Erie Otters hockey game to follow.

The Friday game is set for 7:05pm with the Saturday puck drop at 2:35pm.

The Erie Otters will play the Windsor Spitfire at 7pm Saturday evening.

Tickets will be available soon with a portion of proceeds from ticket sales going towards the Mental Health Association of Northwest Pennsylvania.

Stay  tuned for the latest on the Division I “Snowtown Throwdown.”

Head coach

Casey

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Week Full of Fun in Downtown Erie

If you’re looking for something to do this week, there is plenty going on in downtown Erie.

gala of the royal horses

Erie Insurance Arena will transform to host the Gala of the Royal Horses on Wednesday night at 7:30.

Tickets are still available for the unique show (http://www.erieevents.com/announcements/gala-of-the-royal-horses) that features horses from around the world that is a must-see show for horse lovers.

Boz Scaggs

Also on Wednesday night, Boz Scaggs will perform at the Warner Theatre with the Memphis Tour.

The show starts at 8pm with tickets on sale now http://www.erieevents.com/announcements/boz-scaggs.

Connor McDavid

On Thursday, your Erie Otters take the ice against the Plymouth Whalers at 7pm.

If you haven’t seen a game yet  this year, you don’t want to miss Conner McDavid and his teammates on home ice.

New! Phone Charging Stations at Erie Insurance Arena

It’s happened to just about everyone — you’re out for the night when your cell phone battery dies. You’re unable to communicate with friends and family to plan where you’ll meet after the game/concert and what time you’ll get there.

But if that ever happens when you’re at Erie Insurance Arena, you can now charge back up and carry on with your plans.

GoErie sponsors the two newly installed charging stations in the arena with eight chargers per unit.

The station charges 1% of your battery per minute.

Whether you have an iPhone 4/5/6 or an Android, there’s a charger to fit your phone.

So the next time you’re enjoying a night out at Erie Insurance Arena and you’re phone dies, you won’t have to worry.

Find the charging stations behind sections 114 and 108!

 

 

“Burn It Down” Tour Heats up Erie Insurance Arena

After a two-day set up and an amazing concert, Erie Insurance Arena is already back to “normal.” The ice is uncovered and ready for the Otters upcoming Saturday game.

The Jason Aldean “Burn It Down” tour with Florida-Georgia Line and Tyler Farr came and went, but not without a putting on a memorable performance to a sold out crowd.

Crews rolled into town on Wednesday to start setting up the show that has sold out 50,000+ stadiums across the country.

Before a sold out, energetic crowd that packed the arena in plaid, cowboy boots and cowboy hats, Tyler Farr took the stage singing his most popular songs including “Whiskey in my Water” and “A Guy Walks into a Bar.” He warmed up the stage for the guys of Florida-Georgia Line who put on an unbelievable performance. The crowd sang along to their most popular songs including “Dirt,” “Cruise,” and “This is How We Roll.”

Then, the main event — Jason Aldean — came out in full force.  It was an intimate setting for the star as he performed for around 7,000 fans, a small crowd compared to his typical performances at larger venues. He didn’t disappoint, as he had pyrotechnics and around an hour and 45 minute performance. Fans heard his most popular songs, including “Burn it Down,” “Amarillo Sky,” “Don’t You Wanna Stay” and many more.

With that great show behind us, we’re now looking forward to the many more upcoming events at the Arena! For a full list of those events, visit http://www.erieevents.com.

 

Otters Open Season at Home Saturday

It’s the calm before the storm (if you will) at Erie Insurance Arena as the Erie Otters get ready to kick off the season at home Saturday night.

Behind the scenes preperations have been ongoing for weeks – from bringing merchandise into the arena, to preparing menus and food, to getting the mechanics of the new scoreboard down – everyone at the arena has been hard at work.

Aside from the excitement around the game itself, there’s another big reveal at the arena for the upcoming season.

The $1.2 million high definition scoreboard will be used for the first time during the Otters Saturday home opener.

The board is 8-foot-high and 15-foot-wide with state-of-the-art video capabilities.

Ed Snyder has been putting the finishing touches on the graphics for the scoreboard reveal.

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Before the game, the  Otters are hosting the 5th Annual Otter’s Home Opener Party at the corner of 9th and French Streets.

Fans can enjoy free beer, soda and live music from Stephen Trohoske Bass Guitarist.

The party starts at 4pm with the puck drop set for 7pm.

If you’re looking to buy tickets to the game, visit http://www.erieevents.com.

Crews Prepare for Thousands to Attend Rock the Lakes at Erie Insurance Arena

Erie Insurance Arena is set to play host to the Rock the Lakes Event coming to Erie through the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association on September 27th & 28th.

Here’s a behind the scenes look at the stage setup as crews prepare for the two-day, free event that will feature Franklin Graham along with performances by TobyMac, Red, Flame, Lacey, Nate Feuerstein, Dennis Agajanian, and Tommy Coomes Band.

No tickets are required for this event and seating is first come, first serve.

Doors open Saturday at 4:30pm with the event scheduled from 6pm to 10pm.

On Sunday, doors open at 3:30pm with the event starting at 5pm through 9pm.