Bring Your Convention to the Bayfront Convention Center!

From the desk of Lisa DiLuzio, Bayfront Convention Center Director of Marketing and Sales:

Top Ten Reasons to host your convention in Erie at the Bayfront Convention Center:

  • Nonstop flights: The BCC is 15 minutes from the Erie International Airport which boasts nonstop flights to and from Chicago, Philadelphia and Detroit.
  • Shopping: No sales tax! The Millcreek Mall and numerous surrounding stores offer a wide variety of boutique and department store shopping.
  • Entertainment: Erie accommodates year-round entertainment, including Presque Isle State Park, Presque Isle Downs and Casino, Erie Insurance Arena, the Warner Theatre and UPMC Park for indoor and outdoor concerts and sporting events. Erie is home to the OHL Erie Otters, the NBA D-League Erie BayHawks and the AA-affiliate of the Detriot Tigers, the Erie SeaWolves. Erie also boasts the Erie Philharmonic and Broadway in Erie seasons annually.
  • Centrally located: Erie is Pennsylvania’s fourth largest city, nestled in the middle of Pittsburgh, Buffalo/Southern Ontario and Cleveland.
  • Affordable: With budget-friendly cost savings, the BCC Collection offers comparable amenities at lesser price points.
  • Parking: Free on-site parking, with more than 1,000 parking spaces available for your and your guests.
  • Connected hotels: Along with the 100,000 square feet of banquet space offered by the BCC, the Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and the Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel provide 392 premier waterfront hotel rooms and additional meeting and banquet space.
  • Breathtaking views: Located on Lake Erie’s Presque Isle Bay, the BCC presents amazing sunsets with waterfront views!
  • World-class facility: Through state-of-the-art functionality and technology, the BCC works to customize your space to accommodate meetings of two to a myriad of people.
  • Service: Award-winning customer service with unmatched hospitality comes with the BCC Collection.

Your experience is always better on the Bayfront!!

And if reading about the BCC wasn’t enough, see for yourself!

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Employment Opportunities with Erie Events

From the desk of Brighid O’Brien – Premium Services Coordinator:

The mission of Erie Events is to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visitors and residents, their familes and friends. Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers.

We uphold our mission statement with the help of our nearly 700 part-time employees and 45 full-time employees. We always have part-time positions available and at various times we have full-time openings.

We direct all interested parties to our website to find the current open positions. Once you’re on the Erie Events website, click  the “About” tab.  A drop down option will appear where you can select “Employment Opportunities.” Once the “Employment Opportunities” page is open, you will see a variety of positions we are hiring for. A job description will appear once you click on the position. Also on the “Employment Opportunities” page there is an option for you to fill out an application and upload your resume to our website. If you are unable to do this, applications can be picked up and also dropped off at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office during regular business hours.

Once we receive your application, we send it to the department supervisor of the division you are most interested in. The supervisor will review your application/resume.

Erie Events is a great place to work! We have employees who have been here 30+ years and some who are just beginning and already enjoying the work environment! We welcome you to apply to positions you qualify for.

Business Owners Recognize Economic Importance of Erie Events

Erie Events continues to make a positive impact in the community through entertainment, sports and other shows hosted at its downtown venues. The first two months of this year alone brought thousands of people to events at the Erie Insurance Arena, the Warner Theatre and the Bayfront Convention Center. When patrons attend a game, show, expo or performance, other businesses in the surrounding area benefit from the draw of the crowd. Restaurant owners recognize the importance of Erie Events in the community to help sustain business at their establishments.

It’s all about location, location, location for Cloud 9 Wine Bar, situated in the center of the arts and culture district. Bertrand Artigues, Cloud 9 owner, says his new location helped his business take off from day one. “I couldn’t be happier for this move,” he said. “Those events prove that Erie people want to come in and spend time downtown.” The wine bar is now just a few blocks from the Warner Theatre, the Erie Insurance Arena and UPMC Park. Artigues says attendees of the Erie Philharmonic concerts, Broadway in Erie performances, SeaWolves games and other entertainment audiences fill the establishment on a show night or game day. “Every time there is an event, we are so busy here,” he said. “I almost wish we could be bigger.”

Friday, February 17th, nearly 5,000 people attended the I love the 90s concert at the Erie Insurance Arena; Friday, February 24th, Thomas Rhett’s Home Team Tour attracted more than 7,300 to the Erie Insurance Arena; and on a Monday night in February when it would typically be quiet downtown, Broadway in Erie’s “Pippin” brought more than 1,500 patrons out for the show. The Bayfront Convention Center attracted large crowds on three separate weekends, with more than 9,000 attending the Auto Show, approximately 6,400 at the RV, Powersports and Camping Expo and more than 5,800 at the Sport and Travel Expo.

Those well-attended events provide trickle-down direct spending at many local restaurants and businesses. Although Erie Events venues are located in downtown Erie, patrons attending events spill over into the surrounding area. John Melody, founder of the UPick6 brand in Erie, with establishments in Erie, Harborcreek and Millcreek, says business increases on event days, even at his Harbocreek and Millcreek restaurants. “Anytime there’s an event, particularly on an off night, not a Friday or Saturday, you see an uptick in business and you can attribute they’re going to an event,” Melody says.

Calamari’s, a downtown staple since 1996, also gives Erie Events recognition for helping local restaurants and its employees. “All shows and sporting events in downtown have a positive economic impact on our sales, said Marci Honard, co-owner of Calamari’s. “We absolutely would suffer if there wasn’t an entertainment district in downtown Erie. We definitely would not have survived this long!”

Erie Events works diligently to uphold its mission to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visits and residents, their families and friends. Erie Events strives to present a diverse selection of performing arts and sporting events enjoyable not just to residents of our own community, but also to meeting and convention visitors, travelers and vacationers. By following this mission, Erie Events will continue to provide a positive economic impact that benefits local businesses.

The trend at local businesses will continue as the Erie Otters begin the playoff run March 23 and the Erie SeaWolves begin the 2017 season at UPMC Park April 6.

Through the Eyes of the Warner Theatre Operations Manager

Hello Erie – Operations Manager of the Warner Theatre, Barry Copple, here.

It has been an exciting and busy past year for us here at the historic Warner Theatre. We had a great Erie Philharmonic and Broadway season! Still to come is the last of the “Pops” series April 1, 8pm, “Disney Favorites with Jenny Oakes Baker” and the final Symphonic performance Saturday, April 8 at 8pm “The Organ Symphony.” Erie Broadway Series will finish out its season April 17, with two performances of “The Illusionists” at 5:30pm and 8:30pm. Other performances including Sesame Street Live “Make a New Friend” March 28 at 6:30pm and March 29 at 10:30am and 6:30pm. Celtic Woman will take the stage April 19 at 7pm. With all those events, we have plenty to do and see! With spring and summer around the corner, we will be busy with high school proms, graduations and private wedding receptions in the Grand Lobby!

Aside from all of the events, we are always in maintenance mode here. With tens of thousands of patrons coming through our doors every year, the Grand Old lady is in constant need of repair. We try and do what we can in between events when the schedule allows, but typically in the later part of spring and summer we go through and make an extensive list of items that have been identified as needing repair or replacement. Before we know it, September rolls around and the Philharmonic is getting ready to begin, Broadway will be just about a month or so away, and many other local, regional and national promoters will have booked concerts and shows that have numerous production needs that have to be handled months in advance. There’s never really down time at the Theatre, but that’s what makes showbiz so exciting!!!

We’ll talk again soon, Erie! Until that time, “Get up and go!”

Through the Eyes of a BCC Event Coordinator

From the desk of Annie Walbridge, Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center:

There is a lot more to this job than meets the eye. Besides recommending event space and dining options, we need to be aware of all of the best parts of Erie to suggest. I figured I would share my love for Erie as a whole and what all it has to over from the Convention Center’s side of it!

As a born-and-raised Erie girl, I am proud to live in Erie, PA and passionate about the great developments Erie has to offer. A lot of these have come about in recent years, and so even a local Erie-ite may not know what they have at their own front door! The city has completed many successful projects throughout the years as well has embarked on some very exciting upcoming ones. Whoever coined the hashtag #ItsOkToLoveErie had the right idea, by promoting the love for this city rather than focusing on its imperfections and struggles.

The new Courtyard Marriott Hotel, which is connected to the Convention Center, opened last summer and has the most spectacular views of our beautiful Presque Isle Bay. Since the opening of this hotel, we have been able to bring in more conventions than ever before. A recent article from The Guardian states, “research has found that “blue space” including sea, rivers, lakes and even urban features can have a positive impact on wellbeing.” That is exactly what you get with the infinity pool and floor-to-ceiling windows with a view of Lake Erie offered by this hotel!

I am lucky to be able to see views of Lake Erie every day at work. In having this opportunity, I also get to see how many people use these views as part of their daily activities. I see bikers, fishermen, walkers, runners, boaters, dog walkers, wildlife and more. It’s so great to see people taking advantage of the beautiful scenery our Bayfront offers, whether it’s winter or summer.

Groups that come to Erie for an event, such as a convention or trade show, often ask what else there is to do here. We suggest the 3,112 acre Presque Isle State Park, boasting 13 miles of recreational trails. We recommend the many different restaurants with bars and outdoor seating, such as the Sheraton Bayfront Grille, Courtyard Shoreline Bar and Grille, the Cove, Smugglers Wharf and Rum Runners. We refer them to the Victorian Princess, which is a paddle boat that offers dinner cruises, private tours and more! Erie also has a Presque Isle Water Taxi. You’re able to travel across Presque Isle Bay with stops to Dobbins Landing, Liberty Park and Waterworks at Presque Isle State park. The list goes on and on!

With Erie’s upcoming projects, including the development of Bayfront Place, I am excited to see how the future evolves in our city. As someone who is surrounded by the best that Erie has to offer on a daily basis, I see such great potential for our city and I know this is not the end for Erie, it is just the beginning of many new adventures!