Erie’s Premier Public Assembly Facility Introduces Wireless Technology Advancements

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

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


Celtic Woman Return to the Warner Theatre

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

Erie SeaWolves, UPMC Enter Naming Rights Partnership

The Erie SeaWolves, Double-A affiliate of the Detroit Tigers, and UPMC announce today a partnership that will rename the downtown Erie ballpark where the SeaWolves play.

Beginning today, the facility at 110 East 10th Street, formerly known as Jerry Uht Park, is renamed UPMC Park. The new name will be featured on major signage on the exterior of UPMC Park. UPMC, UPMC Health Plan and UPMC Hamot will be prominently displayed inside the ballpark with recognition on the scoreboard, home plate backstop, and playing turf behind home plate. In addition, the new name will be featured in the team’s communications, marketing and promotional efforts.

Under the partnership, UPMC and the SeaWolves will continue successful, annual community impact programs including UPMC Health Plan Paint the Park Pink weekend, C. Wolf’s Super Smiles (a youth dental rewards program,) and C. Wolf’s Healthy Challenge (a youth rewards program based on fitness and nutritional choices.)

“We are thrilled to have UPMC as our stadium naming rights partner. UPMC is one of the most recognized names in health care and an organization that has been investing in the Erie community over the last several years,” SeaWolves Owner and CEO Fernando Aguirre said. “This is another major statement on the part of UPMC regarding the importance of Erie in their businesses plans. From our perspective, this is on the most critical aspects of our financial plans to continue with our long-term commitment to maintain professional Double-A baseball in Erie. The community will continue to benefit from the entertainment value of professional baseball.”

“Since the early days when UPMC Health Plan was just beginning, we have had a business office located in downtown Erie and for about the same amount of time, we have had a wonderful relationship with the Erie SeaWolves. As we celebrate our 20 years of service as a Health Plan, we can take our partnership with the SeaWolves to the next level and deepen our commitment to the Erie Community,” Stephen Perkins MD, UPMC Health Plan’s Chief Medical Officer, Commercial and Medicare products said.

“Our commitment to Erie goes beyond our promise to make high-quality affordable health care services accessible to local residents. Our promise to the community also means reaching out beyond our hospital walls and being a good community leader with partnerships like this,” Jim Fiorenzo, President of UPMC Hamot said. “We are proud to support our Erie SeaWolves, and carry on Jerry Uht’s passion to keep Double-A baseball here in our town. This beautiful venue not only provides a healthy atmosphere for families and friends to gather to enjoy the game of baseball, but also helps boost local businesses throughout the city.”

A world-renowned health care provider and insurer, Pittsburgh-based UPMC also provides nearly $900 million a year in benefits to its communities, including more care to the region’s most vulnerable citizens than any other health care institution. The largest nongovernmental employer in Pennsylvania, UPMC integrates 60,000 employees, more than 20 hospitals, more than 500 doctors’ offices and outpatient services, and a three million-member Insurance Services Division, the largest medical and behavioral health services insurer in western Pennsylvania. Affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences, UPMC ranks No. 12 in the prestigious U.S. News and World Report annual Honor Roll of America’s Best Hospitals.

While this is UPMC’s first stadium naming rights deal in professional baseball, UPMC is no stranger to sports partnerships. UPMC Sports Medicine serves as the official sports medicine provider of the Pittsburgh Steelers and Pittsburgh Penguins. The UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex is a regional destination for athletes of every age and serves as the training center for the Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins. The UPMC Rooney Sports Complex is one of the leading sports medicine centers in the United States and serves as the practice and training facilities of the Pittsburgh Steelers.

UPMC Park is administered by Erie Events. In March 2016, the SeaWolves announced a new lease with Erie Events to play home games at the ballpark through the 2020 season.

“We would like to congratulate the SeaWolves and UPMC,” Casey Wells, Erie Events Executive Director said. “This announcement speaks volumes for the partnership that Erie Events has established with SeaWolves owner Fernando Aguirre and his commitment to Erie. Fernando has delivered on everything he promised from the start, and we are confident that his long-term plans and commitment are further solidified by today’s announcement.”

The SeaWolves open their 23rd season on Thursday, April 6, 2017 against the Trenton Thunder at 6:35pm.

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SeaWolves, Tigers Announce PDC Extension

The Erie SeaWolves, in partnership with their parent club the Detroit Tigers, announce today an extension of the team’s Player Development Contract with the Detroit Tigers through the 2018 season.

“We are excited to continue our relationship wit the Detroit Tigers through the 2018 season,” SeaWolves Owner and CEO Fernando Aguirre said. “The Tigers are perennial postseason contenders, and many of the players responsible for that continued success played for the Erie SeaWolves.”

The SeaWolves began play in 1995 as the Short-Season New York-Penn League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1999, Erie welcomed the Double-A Eastern League affiliate of the Anaheim Angels to town. The SeaWolves began their current affiliations with the Tigers in 2001. Since partnering with the Tigers, 169 SeaWolves players have played in Erie and advanced to play Major League Baseball.

“We appreciate the relationship we have with the SeaWolves and are delighted to extend this agreement,” Dave Littlefield, Tigers’ Vice President of Player Development said. “While we are in the business of developing impact type players, winning is an important part of the process, and the goal is to see the Erie club win the Eastern League Championship.”

I Love the 90’s

Following early sold out shows and mounting demand from fans, I LOVE THE ‘90s TOUR has added more tour dates! The once-in-a-lifetime lineup comes together for a nostalgia-driven blast from the past and now comes to the Erie Insurance Arena on Friday, February 17, 2017.
The inaugural edition of I Love The ‘90s Tour invites fans to reminisce about the trend-setting decade with some of the most iconic, indelible names in rap, hip hop and R&B. All 4 One, Coolio, Salt-N-Pepa, Tone Loc, Vanilla Ice and Young MC compose the line-up in Erie.

It was a satellite radio station come to life. It was the ultimate Throwback Thursday. It was a dance party filled with joyous Gen-Xers doing the “Funky Cold Medina” in a “Gangsta’s Paradise” and showing they could still “Push It.” Push it real good… The crowd included many groups of girlfriends, some dressed up in era-appropriate overalls, neon shoes, gold chains and caps turned backward. They danced and screamed when they heard songs they recognized, and they heard many songs they recognized.-Kansas City Star

Tickets go on sale Friday, September 23rd at 10:00am and are available at the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling (814) 452-4857

Martina McBride Brings Her Soaring Voice to Fans in Erie on the Love Unleashed Tour

Nashville, TN (September 12, 2016) – Hot on the heels of her latest studio album, RECKLESS, award-winning country superstar Martina McBride is bringing her all new Love Unleashed Tour to The Warner Theatre on December 1st. Tickets will be on sale beginning September 16th at 10AM. Tickets can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office, and 814-452-4857.

“With so much tragedy and uncertainty in the world, our family is watching less news and spending more time listening to music, sharing stories over dinner, and loving each other,” says McBride. “I want this concert to be a place where people can share the common experience of music and how it can work its magic, as only music can. A place where we can come together and show our love for each other and head back out into the world a little stronger for having been there.”

Martina will offer VIP Experiences for the first time which will include a meet & greet and Q&A session, exclusive autographed gift, premium tickets and more. VIP packages went on sale to the public Friday, August 19 in select markets.  More details available here:

RECKLESS (Nash Icon Records) marks Martina’s 13th studio album featuring songs that are both a mix of classic country and a contemporary edge. Martina’s current single, “Just Around the Corner,” premiered on the CMT Awards this summer. Martina’s unparalleled vocals and depth are what keep fans ready for more.

For additional tour dates and information, please visit and keep up with Martina McBride on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


About Martina McBride:

Multiple Grammy® nominee Martina McBride has sold over 18 million albums to date, which includes 20 Top 10 singles and six #1 hits. On February 26th she released her first single, “Reckless,” the title track from her new album which is now available. McBride has earned more than 15 major music awards, including four wins for Female Vocalist of the Year from the Country Music Association and won three Academy of Country Music for Top Female Vocalist. Martina has been awarded 14 Gold Records. Nine Platinum honors, three Double Platinum Records, and two Triple Platinum Awards. Martina was awarded the Covenant House Beacon of Hope Award and Music Business Association’s prestigious 2015 Harry Chapin Memorial Humanitarian Award for her philanthropic efforts on behalf of domestic violence. Martina will bring her passion for family and music to help Sarah Cannon launch their national Band Against Cancer campaign this year with special concerts in selected markets. Recently, Martina released her first book, Around the Table, a full-color illustrated collection of her favorite recipes, hosting tips, practical menu planning advice, and themed décor inspiration.  Martina is signed to the innovative Nash Icon Records, an imprint under the Big Machine Label Group umbrella.