A Day in the Life: BCC Administrative Assistant

Carolyn Phillips

My name is Carolyn Phillips.  I am the Administrative Assistant for the Bayfront Convention Center.  I have been with the convention center since its opening in 2007.

I have various duties in the handling of all the functions of the administrative offices of the convention center.

My primary focus is to do all the contracts for every event at the convention center. I send out the contract, keep track of all the necessary paperwork required to produce the event, handle collecting the payments, send out the invoices and follow up for any final payments.

I am the first line of contact for the convention center and I especially like having that one on one contact with our guests. The convention center is a busy venue.  We have a large variety of different events at the center which keeps it new and exciting.  With the addition of another hotel on our property, we will be opening up the convention center to more and larger events.  I am proud to be part of such a wonderful community asset!


Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel Construction Begins

The Erie County Convention Center Authority moves forward today with a hotel groundbreaking to continue investing in the development of Erie’s prime Bayfront property.

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Corbett along with Erie County Executive Kathy Dahlkemper, Erie Mayor Joe Sinnott, State Senator Sean Wiley and other elected officials and community leaders were at the ceremonial event.

The Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel is located to the west of the Bayfront Convention Center at 2 Sassafras Pier. It will be five floors with 192 rooms. There will be 14 suites, 64 king-bed rooms and 114 double suite rooms, some with a balcony facing Presque Isle Bay.

The total cost to develop the hotel is $42.5 million. Rooms at the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel will cost 20% to 30% less than the average room rate at the Bayfront Sheraton Hotel.

The hotel will create 41 full-time and 14 part-time positions, along with 44 permanent indirect jobs created by supplier industries and secondary industries. Additionally, there will be 178 construction jobs stemming from the project.

The hotel will have amenities including two bars, three meeting rooms, a fitness center and an indoor pool. There will also be the first of its kind outdoor infinity pool overlooking Presque Isle Bay.

A $7.6 million, 281 space parking garage will be built simultaneously with the hotel for guest use and to provide for future development at Bayfront Place. There will be two retail spaces included in the parking garage – one will be 3,800 square feet and the other 4,300 square feet.

Construction on the parking garage begins in the spring of 2015, but will be complete at the same time as the hotel in the spring 2016.

Additionally, the Erie County Convention Center Authority is unveiling new branding today for the organization. The ECCCA will now be commonly known as “Erie Events” with the slogan “Get Up and Go!” Our new branding is more easily recognizable and understandable for residents and visitors.

“Branding is an important aspect of who we are and what we do,” said Elizabeth D’Aurora, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations for Erie Events. “Our new slogan better fits our action-oriented mission to create a lively downtown atmosphere.”

Along with our new branding, Erie Events is launching a social media campaign on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. Search “Erie Events” on all three of those sites to find us.

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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.”

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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.

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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.

Have you experienced the GoErie Club in the Erie Insurance Arena yet?

Brighid O’Brien is the Erie County Convention Center Authority’s executive assistant and the premium services coordinator.  She works with suite holders as well as personal seat license holders and others who attend an event in the GoErie Club. She encourages everyone to check out at least one game or event from the GoErie Club:

When attending an event on the 3rd level, the GoErie Club, you have access to many amenities. You may be wondering how can you purchase tickets for the next Otters game or maybe for the Royal Gala of Horses?  Visit our box office and tell them you would like to enjoy the next event in the GoErie Club.  There is an upcharge for these seats: $10 for Otters & BayHawks games and $15.00 for all other events.go erie club logoleft barright bar

Were you looking to build moral amongst colleagues or just want to reward your employees and loyal customers? The GoErie Club has hosted numerous corporate events and outings. The GoErie Club is available to groups during events and also on non-event days.

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As the Premium Services Coordinator at the Erie Insurance Arena, I look forward to seeing you and work on planning an event with you! Contact me at brighid@erieevents.com.


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.