Excitement at the Arena from the Desk of the Operations Manager

From the desk of Ray Williams, Erie Insurance Arena and UPMC Park Operations Manager:

What an exciting season we’re having here at the Arena! The Otters are playing well and hopefully will be playing into late May. The Bayhawks are in the middle of their season and will be around for at least two more years. We’ve had two great concerts a week apart with more than 12,000 people here between the two events. Mix in the recent warm weather and we’ve been able to start getting UPMC Park ready earlier than ever before for the upcoming baseball season. All of this excitement has kept the staff working hard, but everyone is excited to be part of the team that is able to help put on these wonderful events for the hockey, basketball and music fans in our community.

The last three weeks have been a lot of fun for me in particular. We’ve had hockey games, basketball games and aforementioned concerts. The games are always exciting with so many fans in the building and the energy in the crowds. Concert days may be long work days, but when the promoters and the road crews are easy to work with, relaxed and fun to talk to, they make those days fly by. The best part of the concerts are when the lights are turned off, the headliner hits the first note and everyone is on their feet and screaming – you can feel the excitement…it puts a smile on my face and reminds me of the great things I get to do and all the house are worth it to have everyone have a great time at the Arena! Without the fans, I couldn’t do what I do…and I say, thank you!



BCC General Manager Reflects on First 90 Days in Erie

gus-pineFrom the desk of Gus Pine, Bayfront Convention Center General Manager:

As I approach the completion of my first 90 days as the General Manager of the Bayfront Convention Center, and as a new member of this community, there is already a lot to reflect on. The first three months have been a whirlwind of events and getting out into the community to meet our clients and those in the area who hold influence over the future direction of this great city. As someone coming in, looking upon Erie with fresh eyes, there are several things I’ve observed that perhaps may remind longtime residents of what a great place Erie is to work and live.

There has been a tremendous amount of support and a genuine welcoming air as I’ve made my way around the community. The question I’m most often asked is “What made you choose to come to Erie?” This is often the case in many communities as we are usually our own biggest critics. If you too have wondered the same thing, let me walk you through some of the things that brought my family and me here and what has since solidified that decision for me over the last three months.

I’ve worked in and visited hotels and convention centers around the country and was honestly astounded by the Bayfront Complex as I drove into Erie for the first time. I know what visitors and major convention planners are looking for, and we truly have it all on the Bayfront. The architecture, the views and the proximity to shopping and local entertainment venues have turned what was once an industrial area into a tourism and convention mecca in the Mid-Atlantic region. The best part is our long-range plan includes so much more. The further development associated with the Bayfront Place plan will only strengthen our place as a serious convention destination and something both locals and visitors can enjoy together.

In addition to the prospect of selling a topnotch convention complex, the quality of life as a resident was a tremendous factor in our decision to choose Erie. Like any other community, Erie has its challenges. As a new resident, I can tell you there is a strong core of optimistic community leaders and influences who are looking to take this community to another level, and in the process, work to address many of the opportunities any city faces. If you have the chance, I urge you to educate yourself and get personally involved in being part of the solution. Of particular interest is the collaborative effort related to the Erie Refocused project of which our current and future Bayfront plan is a key element.

While the community works together to address these areas, we are already blessed with entertainment and beaches only matched by cities at least twice our size. The warmer weather is sure to bring a multitude of ways to enjoy the bay and beaches and all the festivals and events that go with it. If that wasn’t enough, we at Erie Events operate venues that ensure residents and tourists have access to great national and local entertainment throughout the year.

When I think back to all the times I’ve been asked “Why did you choose Erie?” I can honestly say “Why not?!”

Olate Dogs to Perform at the Warner Theatre

The Olate Dogs | September 30 | 4:30pm | Warner Theatre

Tickets on sale February 24 – Tickets are $75.00, which includes a meet and greet wit the dogs, and $25.00.

The Olate Dogs are the winning participants from Season 7 of America’s Got Talent capturing the $1,000,000 prize. Since that day, their lives have been a non-stop roller-coaster! Led by father Richard Olate and his son Nicholas Olate, the Olate Dogs (www.olatedogs.com) are a high-energy, fast-paced act filled with doggie friendly and amazing pet tricks.

The all-new LIVE theatrical show include the infamous jumping rope, twirling spinning and fun-loving Olate Dogs made famous on America’s Got Talent…but there’s much more. With a doggy fashion show, a classic comedic routine by Richard Olate, music by Nicholas Olate and amazing cycling and juggling by his wife, the Olate Dogs show is fun for kids of all ages.

The America’s Got Talent win helped launch the Olate Dogs into orbit! This past year along, they’ve appeared on numerous NBA telecast, performing at halftime for the 2016 NBA World Champion Cleveland Cavaliers and the 2015 World Champion Golden State Warriors, the Los Angeles Clippers and a host of others. Fans can often catch them on TV performing at NCAA Football and Basketball halftime shows, as well as Major and Minor League Baseball games. While on tour, they spend much of their time supporting dog rescues and animal shelters, bringing awareness to the need for families to rescue and adopt stray dogs and pets.

The Olate family story is a unique “only in America,” rags to riches journey. In 2012, the Olate Dogs shot to stardom with their victorious performances and grand-prize win on America’s Got Talent. These sweet, funny, talented dogs and their entertaining owners/handlers have been capturing the hearts across the world ever since matriarch Richard Olate developed his act on the streets of his native Chile. Richard Olate grew up very poor in South American and began rescuing stray dogs form the street and training them to be part of his amateur show. A third generation circus performer in the spotlight since he was 12, through hard work and constant struggle, at the age of 33, he made it to the United States. Richard’s dream to have his own dog variety show came true with the family performing hundreds of dates on national tours. Today, Richard and his wife, Rebecca, and son, Nicholas, continue to rescue dogs from shelters and homes and train them to become part of their professional troupe. The Olate Dogs travel across the continent, amazing audiences with their talents and supporting dog rescues and shelters all across America. In addition to his Olate Dogs gig, son Nicholas is sought-after recording artists currently working on his next album project.

As part of their AGT accolades, the Olate Dogs won a headlining stint at The Palazzo in Las Vegas. In addition to multiple touring commitments, they’re movie stars, too. Their first film, “Le Sauvetage” (The Rescue), was met with great acclaim, opening the Sonoma Film Festival in April 2014 and appearing at Court Metrage, Festival de Cannes in France in May 2014.

Ever since a father and son took their 10 flipping, twirling dogs from the center ring of a circus to the stage where they won America’s Got Talent, people have been packing their performances and watching their films. The Olate Dogs use slides and jump rope as good as any playground expert. They fall into conga line in perfect sync and perform flawless backflips. Richard Olate, son Nicholas and their poodle-mix rescue dogs continue to dazzle audiences with the fast-paced, trick-filled shows.

How to Register for Your Chance to “Come on Down” for the Price is Right Live!

From the desk of Ann Noble, Box Office Manager:

As you may have already heard, the Price is Right Live! stage show is coming back to the Erie Insurance Arena. Sunday, April 23 is your chance to get in on the fun and excitement of this iconic game show!

Wondering how you can become a contestant and win cash and prices, maybe even a new car?! It’s a pretty easy process. Registration will begin three hours prior to the show. You will need to present a valid photo ID and your date of birth. Once your registration card is filled out, you drop it in the designated bins. The random drawing is done by the producers at the beginning of the show. As always, no purchase is necessary to register to be a contestant. There will be a designated area for non-ticket holders to wait for their name to be called to “come on down.” Once all the names have been drawn, any non-ticket holders who have not been selected will leave the building.

Tickets for the Price is Right Live! are on sale now. Prices are $75.00/$47.50/$34.00 and can be purchased at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office, by calling 814-452-4857 or at http://www.erieevents.com.

The Price is Right Live™ is coming to the Erie Insurance Arena!

(Erie, PA, February 13, 2017) – The Erie Insurance Arena will play host to The Price is Right Live™ stage show on April 23, 2017 at 7:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 17, 2017 at 10:00am at the Erie Insurance Arena box office, www.erieevents.com or by calling (814) 452-4857.*

The Price Is Right Live™ is the hit interactive stage show that gives eligible individuals the chance to “Come On Down” and play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show. Contestants can win cash, appliances, vacations and possibly even a new car by playing favorites like Plinko™,  Cliffhangers™,  The Big Wheel™, and the fabulous Showcase.

Playing to near sold out audiences for more than ten years, The Price Is Right Live™ has given away over 12 million dollars in cash and prizes to lucky audience members all across North America.

The Price is Right™ is the longest running game show in television history and loved by generations of viewers   This on-stage travelling version gives fans the chance to experience the same fun and winning excitement up close and in-person.

The Price Is Right is produced by FremantleMedia North America and licensed by FremantleMedia.

EVENT:                                  The Price is Right Live!

DATE/TIME:                         April 23, 2017 7:30pm

VENUE:                                  Erie Insurance Arena

TICKETS ON SALE:            Friday, February 17th at 10:00am

*Additional purchase not required for contestant registration. Open to legal US residents, 18 years or older.  Ticket purchase will not increase your chances of being selected to play.  For complete rules & regulations, including eligibility requirements, visit or call the Erie Insurance Arena box office.  To enter the venue to watch show, a ticket purchase is required.

Expo “Season” at the Bayfront Convention Center!

From the desk of Sandra Olsen, Bayfront Convention Center Sales Manager:

Well, it’s the first quarter at the Bayfront Convention Center and that means it’s consumer show season! We have everything from automobiles, gymnasts, pool tables to RVs — all in the span of three short months! Thousands of people come through the building for each show.

It is truly amazing to see what happens behind the scene to “flip” the building from one show to the other. For the Auto Show, there were 26 deals with more than 140 new cars. Additionally, 21 antique and muscle cars were on display with eight future cars. For the RV show, there are five deals with more than 50 RV, camper and motorhomes on display. Motorcycle Pavilion will have more than 50 ATVs, bikes and gear! Move in of this show is something to see! How they get these enormous vehicles in and out without a scratch is amazing.

In March, the VNEA PA State Pool Tournament moves it’s more than 2,000 shooters from across the state on over to 180 tables. This is the fourth largest pool tournament in the country and it happens right here in Erie, Pennsylvania! Add to the mix a boxing match from Bizzarro Boxing Promotions and the Home and Garden Expo from Erie Promotions and you will round out our first quarter. There is a lot more to attend at the Convention Center, so please visit our website at http://www.erieevents.com for the full calendar of events. Hope to see you soon at one of the consumer shows down on the bayfront!hunt1car-show pool-tables

What’s New at the Arena in Food and Beverage?

From the desk of Beth Wilkinson, Concession Operations Manager at the Erie Insurance Arena:

If you plan on attending an event at the Erie Insurance Arena, you’ll want to check out the new menu items introduced this year to give our fans additional options when attending an event.

This year, our new main menu item is “rice bowls.” We offer three different choices, with one featured at each event. The choices include: Oriental (Chinese fried rice, marinated vegetables, crispy chicken, chow mien noodles, mandarin oranges and orange ginger sauce); Southwest (Chili Verde, Spanish rice, scallions and sour cream lime cilantro sauce); and Bayou Red Beans and Rice (red beans, dirty rice, scallions, black olives, cheddar cheese and remoulade sauce.) If you’re at an event and want to try one, you can purchase them in the North 1 concession stand located behind section 209-210.


Did you know we serve poutine at the Arena!? Poutine is a Canadian favorite consisting of French fries, poutine gravy and cheese curd. You can buy poutine behind sections 106 & 117.010

We also offer a new craft beer in two stands at the Arena – Goose Island is available in section 106 and 117. At craft beer stands you can find: Best Damn Root Beer, Smirnoff Electric Berry and Penn Dark.

Whatever your dining pleasure, there is something for everyone at the Arena! We hope you give our new menu items a try!