Weddings, quite simply, are a blast!

From the desk of Erica Krystek, Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center:

I’ve been working in the hospitality industry for more than thirteen years. While I never set out to be an event planner, it was the best career choice I could have made because I love what I do! I’ve been at the Bayfront Convention Center for more than two years now, and in that time I’ve planned hundreds of events such as weddings, holiday parties, corporate meetings, galas and showers.

I’m lucky enough to work with capable and talented staff at the BCC. We all come together as a team to fulfill our client’s expectations. By the time an event takes place, we’ve already reviewed the details as a team, ensuring everything is in order and the staff is ready at a moment’s notice.

My favorite aspect of planning a wedding is definitely the food! I believe the food at a wedding is an unexpected way to tell the story of the bride and groom. Our culinary team loves to tailor and customize menus, so I always encourage my couples to incorporate personal stories, family recipes and cultural dishes or ingredients into their food offerings.

The best piece of advice I can give to a bride and groom is to be sure to take one moment, at some point in the evening, to step back and observe what’s happening. Take that one moment to soak it all in and really witness all of your friends and family having an incredible time celebrating your marriage. Believe everyone when they tell you your wedding day flies by, because it certainly does!


Country Superstar Alan Jackson Brings His 2017 “Honky Tonk Highway Tour” to the Erie Insurance Arena

Join the celebration as the 2017 Country Music Hall of Fame inductee Alan Jackson brings his 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on Saturday, September 23. Multi-platinum singer Lee Ann Womack will be the special guest. Tickets go on sale Friday, April 28 at 10am.

Tickets and information are available at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office, or by calling 814-452-4857 and by visiting where you can find information about Alan, his tour schedule, music and more. VIP tickets and packages are also available.

Alan Jackson’s concerts find the country icon performing hits that have gained him legions of longtime fans, songs that continue to draw new crowds as a younger generation discovers his music. Jackson’s repertoire withstands the test of time; it has impacted a field of artists who cite Jackson as an influence. It’s these same songs – many of them written by Alan – that earned him his newfound place alongside country music’s greatest names and cemented his place in its history with his new membership in the Country Music Hall of Fame. Fans will hear the songs they love from the man who wrote them and made them famous, including hi debut hit, “Here in the Real World” …signature songs such as “Chattahoochee,” “Drive” and “Gone Country” … party anthems like “It’s Five O’clock Somewhere” and “Good Time” ..and many, many more.

Jackson’s recently-announced induction to the Country Music Hall of Fame has turned his upcoming Honky Tonk Highway Tour show into a night of celebration with his fans – a chance for everyone who enjoys and has been touched by his music to join the party and share in his success! “For a man who loves country music there is no higher honor,” the entertainer says. “This is the mountain top!”

Special guest Lee Ann Womack joins Jackson for his Upstate New York show. As a Jackson duet partner of long-standing, Lee Ann has appeared on several of Alan’s albums, and the two have shared a number of stages, including the Grand Ole Opry and Carnegie Hall. Lee Ann also honored Jackson at the 2014 CMT Music Awards when he received his Impact Award. In Erie, fans will hear hits spanning Lee Ann’s career to date, as well as brand new and unreleased songs.

Jackson’s 2017 Honky Tonk Highway Tour comes on the heels of the recent 25th anniversary celebration tour which found the superstar playing to sold-out crowds throughout 2015 and 2016. Jackson recently released the album, Angels and Alcohol, and is the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story.

About Alan Jackson:

Just announced as an inductee to the Country Music Hall of Fame, Alan Jackson’s membership among country music’s all-time guests is the latest in a long line of career-defining accolades that include three CMA Entertainer of the Year honors, more than 25 years of membership in the Grand Ole Opry, a 2016 Billboard ranking as one of the Top 10 Country Artists of All-Time, induction to the Nashville Songwriters Hall of Fame, and the Heritage Award as the most-performed country songwriter-artists of the ASCAP’s first 100 years.

The man from rural Newnan, GA has sold nearly 60-million albums worldwide and ranks as one of the 10 best-selling male vocalists of all-time in all genres. He has released more than 60-singles – registering 50 Top Ten hits and 35 #1s (including 26 Billboard chart-toppers.) He has earned more than 150 music industry awards – including 18 Academy of Country Music Awards, 16 Country Music Association Awards, a pair of Grammys and the ASCAP’s Founders and Golden Note Awards.

Jackson is one of the most successful and respected singer-songwriters in music. HE is in the elite company of Paul McCartney and John Lennon among songwriters who’ve written more than 30 songs they’ve recorded and taken to the top of the charts. Jackson is one of the best-selling artists since the inception of Sound Scan, ranking alongside the likes of Eminem and Metallica. His most-recent album, Angels and Alcohol, topped the country album charts when it was release, and he is also the subject of a new box set, Genuine: The Alan Jackson Story, available now.

About Lee Ann Womack:

Lee Ann Womack has sung for presidents, the Convert of the Nobel Price and Maya Angelou’s Celebration of Joy Rising. More importantly, the Grammy-winner has built a career singing songs that slice life wide open with a soprano that is all purity and ache. A Country Music Association Female Vocalist of the Year, Womack also won the prestigious Album of the Year for There’s More Where That Came From, plus a pair of singles of the Year.

The East Texan is a duet partner of choice for Jackson, Willie Nelson, John Prine, George Strait, and others. Her most recent album, 2014 Grammy Country Album of the Year nominee The Way I’m Livin’ – produced by Frank Liddell (Miranda Lambert, Pistol Annies) is an unvarnished distillation of Womack’s clear-eyed take on the real world. Drawing on songs fr4om Julie Miller, Brice Robison, Hayes Carll, Mindy Smith and Neil Young, USA Today called it “irresistibly teasing” with the New York Times adding “[Womack] is entrancing.”


Erie Otters Advance to Western Conference Finals; Cowbells Banned at EIA to Increase Venue Safety

The Erie Otters defeated the London Knights 5-4 Tuesday night in front of thousands at the Erie Insurance Arena. Warren Foegele scored the game winning goal in overtime, sending the Otters to the Western Conference Finals.

Due to the actions of some people in attendance at Tuesday night’s game, cowbells are no longer permitted inside the Erie Insurance Arena. To provide for a safer environment for the players, coaches, staff and patrons at our venue, we appreciate your cooperation with this matter.

The Otters will face the Owen Sound Attack in the Western Conference Finals starting Friday, April 21. Tickets for the first two games scheduled at the Erie Insurance Arena Friday, April 21 and Saturday, April 22 go on sale Wednesday, April 19 at noon. You can purchase tickets at the Erie Insurance Arena Box Office, online at or by calling 814-452-4857.

The schedule is as follows:

  1. Friday, April 21 at 7 PM
  2. Saturday, April 22 at 7 PM
  3. Monday, April 24 @ 7 PM @ Owen Sound
  4. Wednesday, April 26 @ 7 PM @ Owen Sound
  5. Friday, April 28 @ 7 PM
  6. Sunday, April 30 @ 2 PM @ Owen Sound
  7. Monday, May 1 @ 7 PM

Discover Value Advertising with Erie Events

From the desk of Elizabeth D’Aurora, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations:

The mission of Erie Events is to provide world-class convention facilities and entertainment venues throughout the region to visitors 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. Our venues, including the Bayfront Convention Center, Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre and UPMC Park saw more than 951,000 patrons at all venues in 2016.

You have the opportunity to advertise your brand in front of thousands of people at two of Erie Events premiere facilities – the Erie Insurance Arena and the Bayfront Convention Center. These two buildings alone saw more than 635,000 people in 2016, with 389,731 at the Arena and 245,306 through the doors at the Bayfront Convention Center. Concourse advertising through Erie Events is ideal for small to medium sized businesses who have a modest advertising budget. This opportunity provides local advertisers the chance to spread the word about their business in front of thousands of people with a variety of interests, needs and wants. With world-class entertainment events and great sports action, the Arena and BCC welcome a wide range of demographics in Erie, Crawford and Venango counties in Pennsylvania, as well as Ashtabula County in Ohio and Chautauqua County in New York.

At the Erie Insurance Arena, 14 monitors located above the concession stands will feature your ad approximately 50 times or more per event. At the Bayfront Convention Center, three monitors located throughout the main hallway will feature your ad and/or video commercial (without audio) that runs daily in a continuous loop. There are also backlit signs available at the Erie Insurance Arena for advertisers to display their brand. These signs are visible at every event in the Arena, including graduations, concerts, family shows, sporting events, etc. Contracts run on an annual basis.

If you’re interested in learning more about value advertising through Erie Events, please email me at I look forward to hearing from you!

NCAA Selects Erie to Host 2021 Women’s Frozen Four

Mercyhurst University to Host NCAA Women’s Frozen Four Hockey Championships at the Erie Insurance Arena

Erie, PA – The Erie Sports Commission is proud to announce the NCAA has chosen Erie, Pa. to host the 2021 Women’s Frozen Four, which will be hosted by Mercyhurst University at the Erie Insurance Arena March 19-21, 2021 as announced by the NCAA Tuesday.

The championship event was previously held at the Erie Insurance Arena in 2011, also hosted by Mercyhurst University. The bid to secure the event was submitted jointly by Mercyhurst University and the Erie Sports Commission in August 2016.

The tournament provides for a maximum field of eight teams. Four quarterfinal games will be played at the site of participating institutions March 12 and 13, 2021, with winners advancing to the Frozen Four in Erie. Teams will begin to arrive on Wednesday, March 17. Two semifinal games will be held Friday, March 19 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. before the Championship Game on Sunday, March 21 at 2 p.m.

“Hosting an event of this caliber is an enormous honor, not only for Mercyhurst University and the Erie Sports Commission, but for Erie as a whole,” said Ron Sertz, Executive Director of the Erie Sports Commission. “Being afforded the opportunity to host this national championship event for the second time speaks volumes to those in our great sports city, especially Mercyhurst University, who made the first event such an overwhelming success. In Erie, we truly get sports, and I’m looking forward to the opportunity to partner with Mercyhurst University once again to show off our great region to the athletes, staff, and fans of the 2021 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four.”

“It’s a great opportunity – not only for the University and the town,” said Joe Kimball, Mercyhurst University Director of Athletics. “But most importantly for our women’s ice hockey program. Erie Insurance Arena is a tremendous facility and will be a great choice to host the event.”

“This is yet another wonderful accomplishment for our women’s ice hockey program, Mercyhurst University, the Erie Sports Commission and the City of Erie,” said Mike Sisti, Head Women’s Hockey Coach at Mercyhurst University. “We have enjoyed so much success over the years with great players, coaches, administrators and the outstanding hockey fans and supporters from Erie. I am positive everyone will work together to make this a memorable event.”


The Erie Sports Commission is committed to promoting the Erie region as a prime destination for sports and recreation. The major goals of the ESC are to attract, create, support, and host sporting and recreational events that have a positive economic impact on the region, and assist in maximizing the potential of all regional sports facilities and venues. The ESC strives to enhance the image of Erie by showcasing the community, promote wellness through healthy lifestyles, and improve the quality of life for community members of all ages.