Erie Events Announces General Manager and Assistant General Manager at the Bayfront Convention Center

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Erie Events is pleased to announce Mr. Gus Pine as the new General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center.

Pine will oversee northwest Pennsylvania’s largest convention venue, managing all aspects of the Bayfront Convention Center including marketing, sales, finance, bookings, daily operations, food and beverage, information systems, personnel and contracted services. He will report directly to the Executive Director of Erie Events.

Pine has held numerous positions in the hospitality industry, most recently as the Vice President of Convention Sales and Services for the Lansing Center in Lansing, Michigan. He was previously General Manager of the Radisson Hotel Lansing at the Capitol, also in Lansing, Michigan.

He is a native of Syracuse, New York and a graduate of the University of Virginia with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Business Administration. Pine and his wife, Kristen, have two children, Madeleine, 13, and Sofia, 9.

“My family and I couldn’t be happier as we look to join this tremendous community,” Pine said. “It is clear Erie believes in the far-reaching economic and social benefits that the convention industry can have on a community. I look forward to working with all of our stakeholders as we look to take this fantastic facility into the future.”

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Erie Events is pleased to announce the promotion of Mr. Michael Kelly to Assistant General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center.

Kelly was previously the Director of Operations of the Bayfront Convention Center, also overseeing the Food and Beverage Departments for all Erie Events facilities. He will continue to direct those departments in conjunction with his new position at the convention center.

He was hired in 2007 as the Director of Food and Beverage at the Bayfront Convention Center and promoted to Operations Manager in 2008.

In his new role, Kelly will assist Gus Pine, the General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center, in all aspects of convention center operations including marketing, sales, finance, bookings, daily operations, information systems, personnel and contracted services.

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Erie Events, formerly known as the Erie County Convention Center, operates the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and the Bayfront Convention Center. The mission of Erie Events is to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visitors and residents, their families and friends.  Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

An Evening with Travis Tritt at the Warner Theatre

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Erie, PA – Enjoy a special evening with CMA and Grammy award winning country artist, Travis Tritt Sunday, February 12, 2017 at the Warner Theatre at 7:00PM.

Experience this rare opportunity featuring the multi-platinum artist in an intimate solo-acoustic setting where his powerful voice and his guitar are the subject of the spotlight. An up-close and personal event punctuated by personal stories and anecdotes about his life and musical influences.

Tickets go on sale Thursday, November 17th at 10am and can be purchased in person at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, online at http://www.erieevents.com, or by phone 814-452-4857. Ticket prices are $35, $49 & $59 plus fees.

Performing some of his biggest hits, including “T-R-O-U-B-L-E,” “It’s A Great Day to Be Alive” and “Best of Intentions;” the Grand Ole Opry member will bring his award-winning songs to life and leave the audience with a truly memorable experience.

ABOUT TRAVIS:

More than 25-years after Travis Tritt launched his music career, he continues to sell-out shows, top sales charts and stay true and relevant to Country music fans across the globe. On the heels of sold-out shows throughout his solo acoustic tour and amid a heavy tour schedule that takes Tritt and his band across the country to play for packed out crowds, the Southern-rock influenced Country artist topped the SoundScan Top 200 Catalog Country Albums chart for multiple weeks.

A Marietta, Ga. native, Travis Tritt is dubbed one of “The Class of ‘89,” which included Country music superstars Garth Brooks, Clint Black and Alan Jackson; all of whom dominated the charts in the early ‘90s. Among his eleven studio albums and numerous charted singles are nineteen Top 10 hits, including “Modern Day Bonnie and Clyde,” “Love Of A Woman” and “T-R-O-U-B-L-E.”  His twenty-five year career has produced millions in album sales, two Grammy award wins and multiple No. 1 singles on the Country radio charts. Tritt formed Post Oak Recordings in 2012 and released his album The Calm After… through his own record label.  The Calm After… is currently available on iTunes and other major digital retailers.  For more information on Travis Tritt, visit his website TravisTritt.com and follow him on Twitter and Facebook.

Future Convention Business Increases Following Hotel Addition

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Photo credit: Gibbens Creative

The Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel opened in June and has already made a significant impact by earning national recognition and attracting additional conventions to the Flagship City. During the hotel’s first 45 days in operation, the Bayfront Courtyard was ranked in the top 1% for guest satisfaction out of the more than 980 Courtyard Brand hotels in North America. The addition of the 192 hotel rooms connected to the Bayfront Convention Center has been the driving factor behind securing more and larger conventions. The additional rooms compliment the already existing, award-winning 200-room Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel.

“With the addition of the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel, we have the opportunity to attract larger conferences that would have never considered Erie as a destination previously,” said Rob Mastro, Director of Sales and Marketing for White Lodging. “The Bayfront triplex makes Erie a more viable and more affordable option while showcasing its best asset, the waterfront. We’re booking business more than three years out which adds stability and optimism in the market.”

Twenty two conventions/conferences have been secured for 2017, with 14 out of those 22 coming to Erie for the first time. Some of the larger, new events include the NY State United Teacher’s Conference; the Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners Conference; the Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Spring Meeting; and the National Fireworks Association Trade Show. A complete list of all the conferences/conventions can be found below.

The 2017 events will generate more than 10,000 hotel room nights, resulting in a significant direct, positive economic impact in Erie County.

“As anticipated, new leads have been generated because of the addition of the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel,” said Lisa DiLuzio, Bayfront Convention Center Director of Sales. “In light of this recent development, our current convention calendar has experienced substantial growth, which in turn will reflect a positive economic impact for the entire community.”

2017 business:

  1. Stars and Stripes Gymnastics Tournament – repeats annually
  2. Pennsylvania State Pool Tournament – repeats annually
  3. Pennsylvania Music Educators Association – rotates
  4. Maplevale Foods Trade Show – repeats annually
  5. Kwik Fill Trade Show – new business
  6. Curtze Food Show – repeats annually
  7. Country Fair Trade Show – repeats annually
  8. Pennsylvania State Excel Gymnastics Tournament – new business
  9. Pennsylvania Orthopedic Society Spring Meeting – new business
  10. Pennsylvania Nurse Practitioners – new business
  11. NY State United Teacher’s Conference – new business
  12. VNEA Junior Pool Tournament – repeats annually
  13. Pennsylvania Athletic Trainers Annual Conference – new business
  14. County Commissioners of Pennsylvania Annual Conference – new business
  15. National Fireworks Association Trade Show – new business
  16. Pennsylvania Parking Association – new business
  17. AFSCME Council 85 Conference – new business
  18. ERIEZ 75th Anniversary Sales Conference – new business
  19. Pennsylvania Municipal League Annual Summit – new business
  20. Polish Catholic’s Women’s Retreat – new business
  21. Episcopal Diocese of NWPA Conference – new business
  22. Thirst Annual Convention – repeats annually

Harlem Globetrotters Bring Their 2017 World Tour to Erie January 31, 2017

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(ATLANTA, NOVEMBER 1, 2016 –The world famous Harlem Globetrotters, featuring some of the most electrifying athletes on the planet, will bring their spectacular show to the Erie Insurance Arena in Erie on January 31, 2017 at 7:00pm during their 2017 World Tour.

New this season, for the first time ever, the Globetrotters will debut basketball’s first 4-point line. The

4-point line will be located 30 feet from the basket – 6 feet, 3 inches beyond the top of the NBA’s current 3-point line.

During their 2017 World Tour, the famed team will feature a star-studded roster that includes Big Easy Lofton, Ant Atkinson, Hi-Lite Bruton, Thunder Law, Bull Bullard and Cheese Chisholm – plus female stars TNT Lister and Ace Jackson*– the Globetrotters’ one-of-a-kind show is unrivaled in the world of family entertainment. Every game will showcase incredible ball handling wizardry, rim-rattling dunks, trick shots, hilarious comedy and unequaled fan interaction. After the game, Globetrotter stars will sign autographs and take photos with fans.^

Tickets start at $17.50 plus service and handling charges and are now on sale at harlemglobetrotters.com, erieevents.com, the Erie Insurance Arena box office, or by phone at (814) 452-4857.  Information on group and scout tickets can also be found at harlemglobetrotters.com.

The Harlem Globetrotters will tip off their 2017 World Tour on Dec. 26, 2016 and bring their unrivalled family entertainment to over 250 cities in 48 states across North America.

The Harlem Globetrotters® are legendary worldwide, synonymous with one-of-a-kind family entertainment and great basketball skills for the past 90 years. Throughout their history, the Original Harlem Globetrotters have showcased their iconic talents in 122 countries and territories on six continents, often breaking down cultural and societal barriers while providing fans with their first-ever basketball experience. Proud inductees of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame, the Globetrotters have entertained hundreds of millions of fans – among them popes, kings, queens, and presidents – over nine thrilling decades. Sponsored by Baden Sports, Harlem Globetrotters International, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Herschend Enterprises, the largest family-owned themed entertainment company in the U.S. For the latest news and information about the Harlem Globetrotters, visit the Globetrotters’ official Web site: www.harlemglobetrotters.com and follow them on Twitter @Globies.

Erie’s Premier Public Assembly Facility Introduces Wireless Technology Advancements

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To make the patron experience more personal and of the highest quality at all Erie Events venues, free Wi-Fi service has been installed at the Erie Insurance Arena to kick off the fall and winter sports season. The service will dramatically benefit both patrons and tenants and provide them with the ability to capture and share their experiences. The added amenity, which will be available at all events, comes as the Erie Otters begin their season October 1st, 2016.

Erie based Internet and Technology Service Provider Velocity Network signed a five-year agreement with Erie Events to provide the bandwidth and hardware necessary to add Wi-Fi to the Erie Insurance Arena. The addition of Wi-Fi gives Erie Events the capability to provide free access to more than 407,000 patrons who attend events annually at the facility. Dozens of new access points were installed to cover all public spaces, locker rooms and backstage areas. Velocity Network deployed next generation access points from Ruckus Wireless to ensure the system can simultaneously service more than 6,000 patrons.

“Wireless connectivity enhances the patron experience and lets them share with friends and family, in real-time, the exciting events and memories they’re making at our venues,” said Casey Wells, Erie Events’ Executive Director. “This technological advancement supports our mission to provide world-class venues for everyone to enjoy. We are very fortunate to have an outstanding technology partner with the expertise to make this happen. It is another example of Velocity Network’s continuing commitment to our community.”

“Velocity Network is excited to provide this free service to the Erie community and patrons who visit the incredible venues managed by Erie Events. The addition of free Wi-Fi also opens up new opportunities for Erie Events to enhance the patron experience and meet the growing demands of the marketplace,” said Matt Wiertel, Director of Sales and Marketing for Velocity Network.

As part of the agreement, Velocity Network provided additional technology infrastructure upgrades that enable Erie Events to provide secure and scalable access to satisfy promoters and other tenants using the building.

With up to one gigabit of internet bandwidth available to the Erie Insurance Arena, the upgrades provide a smooth and seamless process to provide the technology infrastructure needed to meet the demands of today’s interactive experiences. “These devices ensure Erie Events can utilize the maximum Internet bandwidth provided to us from Velocity Network,” said Mike Bane, Erie Events’ IT Services Manager.

In addition to the Erie Insurance Arena, the Bayfront Convention Center is now fully equipped to provide free Wi-Fi service. The agreement with Velocity Network provided for the upgrade of the venue’s network with increased capacity and access points to better serve visitors to the Bayfront facility.

Planned renovation work at the historic Warner Theatre includes technology upgrades that will allow for free Wi-Fi in select areas of the theatre.

Thomas Rhett – 2017 Home Team Tour Coming to the Erie Insurance Arena

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Erie Insurance Arena | 2.24.17 | with special guests Kelsea Ballerini, Russell Dickerson, Ryan Hurd

**Tickets on sale Friday, October 7th at 10am**

Thomas Rhett solidifies his move “from a promised next big thing to actually being it” (Noisey) with his PLATINUM certified sophomore release TANGLED UP (The Valory Music Co.), earns Deluxe release slated for release October 28. The album has produced three chart-toppers including the 2X PLATINUM six-week No. one “Die a Happy Man” as well as the PLATINUM No. one’s “Crash and Burn” and “T-Shirt.” The singer/songwriter sparks “an ushering in of Country’s future” (Rolling Stone) as he dominates the Nielsen 2016 Mid-Year List with TANGLED UP, landing in the Top 5 Country albums while “Die a Happy Man” was the most streamed song overall with more than 80 million streams. Garnering two CMA nominations for “Die a Happy Man” after earning a Billboard Music Award for “Top Country Song” along with AMC and ACCA for “Single Record of the Year,” Thomas Rhett was also recently chosen as one of five CMT’s Artists of the Year. For more information visit http://www.thomasrhett.com.

 

Celtic Woman Return to the Warner Theatre

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DUBLIN, Ireland September 26, 2016 – Multi-platinum international music sensation, Celtic Woman, are returning with a brand new live show, ‘Voices Of Angels’ for an extensive North American tour in Spring 2017. The announcement coincides with details of the release of their spectacular new studio album, also titled Voices Of Angels, which will be released on November 18th, 2016.

Celtic Woman has a remarkable twelve-year legacy of introducing the most talented singers and musicians from Ireland onto the world stage. Voices Of Angels showcases the angelic voices of Susan McFadden, Mairéad Carlin, Éabha McMahon and introduces the breathtaking new Celtic violinist Tara McNeill. The Voices Of Angels World Tour kicks off on March 2, 2017 in Lakeland, Florida, and will crisscross its way across North America with performances lined up in over 90 cities through the end of June and will feature audience favorites including music from the new album.  For a limited time, every ticket purchased for the Spring 2017 tour includes a digital download of the Voices Of Angels album.

A fan club ticket pre-sale launches Monday, September 26. Tickets for most cities go on sale to the general public Wednesday, October 5, 2016.

The Voices Of Angels album contains some of the most popular songs from the Celtic Woman repertoire along with several previously unrecorded tracks, all with stunning new orchestral arrangements recorded with the 72-piece Orchestra of Ireland.

Following its debut on PBS in 2005, the group has achieved massive success encompassing ten chart-topping albums, eight DVDs and nine public television specials leading to sales of over ten million albums, with platinum success in nine countries. Each of its ten CDs – including 2016’s Destiny – has debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s World Albums chart. The group has been named Billboard Magazine’s #1 World Albums Artist six times.

As a touring powerhouse, the group has performed for over four million fans across 23 countries and six continents, with an especially devoted following in America. The show is renowned for its high quality entertainment, exceptional musical performances and stunning visual productions, enthralling audiences of all ages.

Show details: Warner Theatre, April 19, 2017