A Day in the Life: BCC General Manager

From Jeff Esposito, General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center:

I’m often asked what I like most about my job as a general manager. One of the things I like the most is that I get to work with a group of really great people. But, whjat’s even better is that sometimes I get to promote those people into full-time positions and watch them launch their careers. It’s especially nice when a current employee has developed the necessary skills to be promoted.

Recently, I had the pleasure of promoting four people. To me, this is probably the most fun part of my job. So without further adieu, I would like to introduce our three newest full-time team members at the BCC.

Louis Johnson was promoted to a full-time Operations Coordinator. Louis worked with us for two years in a part-time capacity. During that time, Louis learned all about the Bayfront Convention Center, from setting up tables and chairs, learning building policy and especially customer service. When an opportunity became available, Louis was ready. I congratulate him on his hard work and dedication.

Rachel Libra

Rachel Libra was promoted to a full-time event coordinator position. Rachel was on staff for a little more than a year before being promoted. Rachel handles the many details that go into producing successful meetings. Rachel advises our customers on building policy, menu choice, décor, seating arrangements, guest safety and more.

Jacob Juliano

Finally, I am happy to introduce Jacob Juliano. Jacob has been a part of the culinary team at the BCC for about two and a half years. He was recently promoted to First Cook Supervisor. In our kitchen that means Jacob is the Chef De Partie. Jacob manages several cooks and supervises daily food production.

As we celebrate their individual achievements, I also recognize the hard work, dedication and commitment of time from their supervisors. It was the supervisors that invested in training and mentoring Louis, Toby, Rachel and Jacob so they would be ready for their next opportunity.


WWE LIVE returns to the Erie Insurance Arena!


Sunday, September 27, 2015 at 5:00pm
Erie Insurance Arena – Erie, PA
** Tickets On Sale Saturday, August 1 at 10AM **#WWEErie PRESALE July 30 @ 10am – July 31 @ 10pm. Password: WWEERIE
WWE LIVE returns to the Erie Insurance Arena!Roman Reigns vs Bray Wyatt!Randy Orton vs Money in the Bank Contract Winner Sheamus!

Plus, more of your favorite WWE Superstars in action including:

Dolph Ziggler


The Diva’s

And Many More!

Tickets Start at $17!
Ticket Prices: $97, $67, $57, $37, $27 $17
Ticket Information: Tickets available at the box office, www.erieevents.com or charge by phone at 1-814-452-4857
WWE is the Best Value in Entertainment!


Erie Events Executive Director Welcomes New Owners in Erie Sports

From the desk of Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive director:

I am extremely excited to work with the new owners of the Erie SeaWolves baseball team and the Erie Otters hockey team. These highly successful individuals have made their mark in the business world and will now take their talent, energy and passion to focus on two of Erie’s premier sports franchises. I am convinced both owners are committed to Erie for the long term and will bring a new, unique and exciting perspective to our community.

Erie is especially fortunate to have three teams in nationally recognized leagues. It is critical fans show their support by attending games. Community support is the most important reason a team remains in a city.

I encourage you to experience a live sporting event with you friends and family.

Get Up and Go!!

Breaking Benjamin Returns to Erie


breaking benjamin group

Breaking Benjamin returns to the Erie Insurance Arena on September 16, 2015 for an 8pm show. Reserved seats and general admission tickets are $42.50, which includes facility fee and entertainment tax. Tickets go on sale Saturday, July 25, 2015 at 10:00am and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office (809 French Street), http://www.erieevents.com or by calling 814-452-4857.

Six years have passed since BREAKING BENJAMIN released their last album—2009’s Dear Agony—but that did not keep the multi-platinum band from scoring their first #1 debut on the Billboard Top 200 albums chart with their latest release Dark Before Dawn, One listen to their new album and it becomes clear that time away from the music world hasn’t caused them to lose a step. If anything, the sound is more invigorated, energetic, and purposeful than ever. Appearing on the album with Burnley are guitarists Jasen Rauch (RED) and Keith Wallen (Adelitas Way), bassist Aaron Bruch and drummer Shaun Foist (Picture Me Broken.) The result is simultaneously vintage BREAKING BENJAMIN and yet decisively more cohesive.

Over the past decade BREAKING BENJAMIN has achieved worldwide success through their chart-topping music, their electrifying live performances and in the process amassed a sizeable and diehard fan base (over 5.7 million likes on Facebook, 220,000+ followers on Twitter.) And, it’s the fans that ultimately fuels Burnley. “The band has always really been about the fans to me,” says Burnley. “That’s who comes first to me, and that’s what it’s all about. There’s nothing that matters any more than that to me, and so I’m just happy I’m able to give them the best they can possibly get.”

BREAKING BENJAMIN’S discography includes 2002’s Saturate, 2004’s We Are Not Alone, 2006’s Phobia, and 2009’s Dear Agony.  The second two—We Are Not Alone and Phobia—yielded spectacular results with each being certified Platinum.   We Are Not Alone spawned a pair of No. 1 radio hits (“So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later”) and sold 2.3 million units (albums and digital tracks). Phobia debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, hit No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart and was one of the top 50 selling rock albums of 2006. It featured one No. 1 and two Top 5 rock radio hits (“Breath,” “Diary of Jane” and “Until The End”) and sold 2.8 million units (albums and digital tracks). 2009’s Dear Agony debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart on one of the busiest release days of the year and #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart.  Dear Agony also spun off the platinum selling and #1 song Active Rock single “I Will Not Bow” where it stayed #1 for five weeks straight while the album itself was certified Gold, selling over 500K copies.

For more information, please visit www.breakingbenjamin.com and http://www.erieevents.com.


Mayhem Festival Cancelled

The Rockstar Energy Drink Mayhem Festival scheduled for July 22, 2015 at the Erie Insurance Arena has been cancelled and will not be rescheduled. Refunds are available.

If tickets were purchased with a credit card, an automatic refund will be issued. If tickets were not purchased with a credit card, please mail or return your tickets to:
Erie Insurance Arena Box Office
809 French Street
Erie, PA 16501

For more information, please contact the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office at (814) 452-4857.

Waters Closes Erie Otters Ownership Deal

Jim Waters, owner of JAW Hockey Enterprises LP, announced that the previously announced acquisition of the Erie Otters has no been completed.

“Today is a very special day for me. I am thrilled to be the new owner of the Erie Otters,” Waters said. “The team is fortunate to play in a first class facility in front of great fans. WE will now work to enhance the product, our presentation and brand,” Waters added. “I would like to that the OHL Commissioner David Branch and the OHL Board of Governors for their support and approval.”

“Finally, I would like to acknowledge Sherry Bassin. Sherry brought the Otters to Erie in 1996 and worked hard to build this franchise to what it is today. I know the Erie community is appreciative of his efforts.”