A Day in the Life: Assistant Director of Sports Facilities

From the desk of Ed Snyder, the Assistant Director of Sports Facilities, who also manages the video equipment at the Erie Insurance Arena.

The last time you visited Erie Insurance Arena for an Erie BayHawks or Erie Otters game, did you look up at the video board? Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes?  A whole team of individuals works to create the videos, ads, graphics and promotions you see while at an event at the arena!

The process begins with the sports teams. Both the BayHawks and Otters have Entertainment Directors who develop all content you see during a game, including everything from player headshots to advertisements and on court/ice promotions.  Developing and building this content starts in the offseason.  Many hours go into making the graphics and videos that are shown.  Once everything is developed, the entire event is scripted.  Every commercial, promotion, announcement and “pump up” video is planned out and has a specific place and time within the event.

Erie Insurance Arena added all new Daktronics video board equipment in the summer of 2014. This state of the art control room is where all of the planning and developing turns into the game day experience.  On game day the Entertainment Director loads and organizes all of the elements of that nights show in the production computers.

Just before the arena doors are opened to the public, the Erie Insurance Arena Production Crew arrives. These individuals work for Erie Events and are the ones who make the game night experience come together.

Every game there are multiple cameras located throughout the arena. These are used to capture game footage and crowd shots.  Some of the cameras you can see, such as the courtside camera or Miles walking around the seating bowl with the wireless camera.  Some cameras are out of view, located on suite level or the catwalk.  In addition to the camera operators, there are multiple operators within the control room.  These operators control digital ads, videos, arena music and graphic overlays.

Erie Events provides the Otters with a web stream of every home game directly from the control room. The NBA D-League brings in a crew that streams all BayHawks games on the NBA YouTube channel.  In addition to streams, some Otters and BayHawks are broadcast on regional or national TV networks.  Last season, Rogers Sportsnet broadcast multiple OHL playoff games from Erie Insurance Arena all over Canada.  Some of these games were also shown on the NHL Network.  The MSG Network and NBATV Network will broadcast multiple BayHawks games a year.

So the next time you are at Erie Insurance Arena and see a camera operator looking into the crowd, make sure you smile and wave. You might just be on the video board!

Production room scoreboard


WWE Returns to the Erie Insurance Arena

SUNDAY, MARCH 13, 2016 AT 7:00PM
TICKET PRICES: $95, $65, $55, $35, $25 $15
OR CHARGE BY PHONE AT 1-814-452-4857

KANSAS to Play Warner Theatre April 3

KANSAS at the Warner Theatre — April 3rd with tickets on sale December 22nd

KANSAS has spent than four decades as a part of the soundtrack of the lives of multiple generations of music lovers. The band’s first public statement appeared on their self-titled album in 1974. “From the beginning, we considered ourselves and our music different and we hope we will always remain so.” Little did this legendary rock group realize that back in the early ‘70’s, what seemed to be “different,” was actually ahead of its time. This “garage band” from Topeka released their debut album in 1974 after being discovered by Wally Gold, who worked for Don Kirshner. The band has produced eight gold albums, three sextuple-Platinum albums (Leftoverture, Point of Know Return, Best of KANSAS), one platinum live album (Two for the Show), and a million-selling gold single, ‘Dust in the Wind.’ KANSAS appeared on the Billboard charts for over 200 weeks throughout the ‘70’s and ‘80’s and played to sold-out arenas and stadiums throughout North America, Europe and Japan. ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ was the #2 most played track on classic rock radio in 1995 and went to #1 in 1997. In 1998, KANSAS released an orchestral album; “Always Never the Same,” recorded with the London Symphony Orchestra at Abbey Road Studios in London. They followed with an orchestral tour accompanied by top-caliber symphony orchestras. In 2000 KANSAS went back into the studio with original band member and songwriter Kerry Livgren to produce “Somewhere to Elsewhere,” the first album featuring all 6 of the original players in 20 years! The ten new songs were written by Kerry Livgren and recorded in his studio in Topeka, KS. Players included: Phil Ehart, Billy Greer, Dave Hope, Kerry Livgren, Robby Steinhardt, Steve Walsh and Richard Williams. KANSAS in 2002, released a state-of-the-art DVD using the latest technology in film, audio and visual design, entitled “Device-Voice-Drum.” The DVD was the driving force behind the 2002/2003 tour. Sony Music released a boxed set in 2004 titled “Sail On” which featured unique KANSAS cuts as well as vintage video footage on the included DVD disc. In 2006, Kansas, released the two-disc (one CD/one DVD) anthology “Works In Progress.” Material was taken from a decade’s worth of studio and live albums and home videos — 1992’s ‘Live At The Whisky,’ 1995’s ‘Freaks Of Nature,’ 1998’s ‘Always Never The Same’ and 2002’s ‘Device Voice Drum.

In 2009, in their hometown of Topeka, KANSAS celebrated their 35th Anniversary with a symphonic concert, accompanied by the Washburn University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Larry Baird. The DVD release “There’s Know Place Like Home” captured this unique live performance and featured special guests Kerry Livgren & Steve Morse with spectacular lighting and high-resolution clarity. Available on both DVD and BluRay, “There’s Know Place Like Home” includes favorites such as ‘Dust In The Wind,’ ‘Carry On Wayward Son’ and ‘Point of Know Return’ as well as a sampling from each album in their discography, with a special symphonic touch.

Inspired by their 35th Anniversary DVD “There’s Know Place Like Home,” KANSAS conducted their ‘Collegiate Symphony Tour’ from 2010-2012 performing their hits accompanied by various college and university symphonies throughout the United States to help raise funds and awareness for collegiate music programs. In 2011, this tour lead to a special collaboration with the US Army Orchestra culminating in the ‘Carry On Concert’ honoring America’s veterans on Veteran’s Day 11/11/11 at DAR Constitution Hall in Washington, DC. Coinciding with the celebration of their 40th anniversary, the band KANSAS, was inducted into both the Kansas Hall of Fame and the Georgia Music Hall of Fame as recognition for their achievements from both their native state and adopted home state. The band, which is currently comprised of original drummer Phil Ehart, bassist/vocalist Billy Greer, keyboardist David Manion, vocalist/keyboardist Ronnie Platt, violinist/guitarist David Ragsdale, and original guitarist Richard Williams, continues to perform in front of large and enthusiastic audiences around the world. Along with touring, KANSAS continues to remain a fixture of Classic Rock radio and has reached a whole new audience through their unmistakable presence on the popular video games Rock Band and Guitar Hero, and through their songs inclusion in various television shows such as ‘Supernatural,’ and ‘South Park,’ and with films ‘Old School,’ and ‘Anchorman.’

Two Broadway Shows Added to Season at the Warner Theatre

Blue Man Group is comedy, theater, rock concert and dance party all rolled into one. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience. It’s an outrageous evening of entertainment you’ll never forget. Don’t miss the show that has captivated 35 million people worldwide.

Blue Man Group – enemy of monotony, remedy for boredom, promoter of overjoy and elation. DARE TO LIVE IN FULL COLOR!

May 7, 2015 at 7:30pm

May 8, 2016 at 2:00pm


Star Trek: The Ultimate Voyage brings five decades of Star Trek to concert halls for the first time in this galaxy or any other.

This lavish production includes an impressive live symphony orchestra and international solo instruments. People of all ages and backgrounds will experience the franchise’s groundbreaking and wildly popular musical achievements while the most iconic Star Trek film and TV footage is simultaneously beamed in high definition to a 40-foot wide screen.

The concert will feature some of the greatest music written for the franchise including music from Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Motion Picture, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: Insurrection, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, Starfleet Academy and much more. This never-before-seen concert event is perfect for music lovers, filmgoers, science-fiction fans and anyone looking for an exciting and unique concert experience.

March 2, 2016 – 7:30pm

That’s a Wrap for 2015!

Lisa Di Luzio, the Bayfront Convention Center’s Director of Marketing and Sales, wraps up 2015.

As everyone knows, it’s the sales and marketing department’s number one priority to generate sales and I am happy to report, it’s not only Christmas presents wrapped under the trees here at the BCC, but more importantly a successful year end to the bottom line. While you’re ending one, you’re working on another. The 2016 Bayfront Budget and Marketing Plan is wrapped up as well.

As we head into 2016 aggressively, many people, events, thoughts, ideas, and successful planning and executing must factor into a successful budget and year end. We’ve been blessed in retaining loyal events, as well as, adding many new to the books in 2015. As we approach 2016 there are additional conventions booked, with even more on the books for 2017 due to the addition of our Team Christmas present, if you will, the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel. The addition to our complex of the premier hotel enhances the Bayfront Convention Center and provides convenience for our valued customers to host their events and guests under one roof. In 2016, the Bayfront will play host to the AFSCME Convention, the PA States Music Educator’s Convention, Frontiers in Education, and the PA Chiefs of Police, to name a few.

We team up with several groups such as VisitErie, the Sports Commission, our hotel partners, Presque Isle Downs & Casino, as well as, other local attractions to continue these successes. For instance, by working together and with our partners, in 2017 the Bayfront Convention Center, along with our (2) attached premier hotels, will be host to The National Fireworks Association. Booking a national association is a huge win for Erie and our properties, groups like such wouldn’t have even considered Erie until we added on. This makes us a player in the game to first and second tier cities.

This is just the beginning of what’s to come!

Wishing everyone a Very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year,

Lisa Di Luzio