Spring on the Bayfront!

by Ariana Malizia, Event Coordinator

As the warmer weather is upon us, we’re taking more and more time to walk from our cars in the parking lot to our respective offices and cubicles. We notice more pastel colors, birds chirping, soft breezes, and the sun glittering off the bay. Other natural sights that may catch your attention are the plants that are lining the Bayfront Convention Center and Bayfront Complex.

Some of the plants lining the Bayfront Landing Campus are Pin Oaks, Evergreens, Saw Grasses and Day Lilies. While Evergreens are well known, information regarding other flora may not be as common.


An example of a Pin Oak tree.

Pin Oaks are favored in landscaping along roadways and sidewalks, as they are relatively easy to transplant. The trees grow well in wet conditions and can withstand moderate flooding, which makes it an optimal choice to have around the Bay Area.

Saw Grasses originate in the Southern, swampier regions of the Country (most commonly in the Everglades). While this grass does have ridges that have the ability to cause (minimal) harm to humans, it is a preferred nesting area for ducks and geese due to the nutrients within the grass seeds and roots along with the camouflage it provides.

Day Lilies are perennials, they thrive in areas that produce the most sunlight. These plants are toxic to felines, so be sure to avoid using them as your kitchen centerpiece! An interesting fact about Daylilies: the leaves can be ingested by humans! This is most typical in Chinese cultures, where the petals are either eaten as they are or dried and sold for consumption (used in foods like hot and sour soup, and moo shu pork).

Warner Theatre Updates

by Barry Copple, Operations Manager of the Warner Theatre

Hello, Erie! Spring has sprung and great weather is on the way — I promise!

It’s been a busy time here at the Warner Theatre in more ways than one. Of course, we have plenty of exciting events coming up. Gordon Lightfoot performs May 11th at 8 p.m., the Erie Philharmonic plays their final performance of the season on May 18th at 8 p.m., and Life on Mars, The David Bowie Tribute, plays at 7:30 p.m.

We also have Little’s Annual Dance Studio performance on June 1 at 6 p.m., Long’s School of Dance performances June 7th and 8th at 6 p.m, Marguerite’s Academy of Dance performances June 14th and 15th at 7 p.m., and Spotlight Studios’ dance performance on June 22nd at 7 p.m.

And, as if that isn’t enough, we’re working on some great things for our next Broadway Series season, bringing in some nationally-touring musical acts, and the 2019-2020 Erie Philharmonic season will be starting up before you know it.

With all of that said, we are also close to embarking on the long awaited $20 million final phase of the restoration and expansion project. We are in final design work and we hope to begin construction this summer. The Warner would remain open and operate during the first part of the project until the end of March 2020. The Warner would then close and reopen in late November 2020. I believe it will be something we can all be proud of as a community.

That’s it for now, Erie! I hope you find this info helpful and exciting. I’m sure much more is to come your way. Downtown is a great place to be; I hope you find something we have to offer that will interest you enough to check us out!

So, “Get Up and Go,” Erie! Until next time.

Peace, Love and Camaraderie

By Lisa DiLuzio, Director of Marketing and Sales

I’m all about positivity. And connections. My home is your home, kumbaya, etc. My office on the second floor of the Bayfront Convention Center is all about spreading the love.

We recently added three staff members from the Sheraton to our offices. It’s not a whole heck of a lot different, but the move went well. We’ve had joint meetings together, we include them in our potlucks, and we make sure they feel included.

Within our office, it has helped to build synergy, camaraderie, and it’s maximized our space.

But perhaps even more importantly, it means more benefits to our customers.

We can be even faster and more efficient with our turnaround. Being able to pitch together, and not just separately, means an easier time for our customers. Socially, in the summertime, we’ll all be able to help out brides. With wedding blocks alone, now the Bayfront Convention Center and room blocks go hand-in-hand, and before you even hang up the phone or walk away from your meeting with the bride, your next connection is already right there.

It’s a more natural situation for all. It’s an easier flow for the consumer. And we’re enjoying it, too. That’s what we call a win-win.

The Secret Keeper

by Brandon Boyd, Communications Coordinator

I’ve never been one for keeping secrets.

I do try really, really hard. When people tell me things, I like to be a trusted confidant. If it’s serious and personal, I make sure to keep it on lock-down.

But when it’s something fun that other people might be interested in — yikes!

It’s my dilemma every time I receive word of a new show coming in. When I’m in a meeting and hear the buzz about Chris Stapleton choosing to come to Erie, or when rumored names discuss whether they can make Erie work in their schedule or not, I instantly want to go to everyone in Erie and say “HEY, GUESS WHAT!”

Top secret grunge retro isolated stampMy job doesn’t allow for that, though. While it is my job to promote events and provide a great experience for you at them, I can only talk about them when I’m allowed to. Show promoters typically have announce dates and a whole schedule on when the public can first learn of a show, when tickets go on sale, etc.

So it’s often me sitting on a secret like it’s attached to an airbag just waiting to go off. And when it finally goes public, BOOM! It’s all across our social media, on local radio stations, television, etc.

I chose this topic because, once again, I’m holding a secret that will be announced this Tuesday. There’s definitely a large crowd of people who will like this upcoming announcement! Stay tuned!

Tips and Secrets for Event Planning

by Danielle Steffan, Event Coordinator

There are many steps that go into a planning an event. I am sharing some tips and secrets to make your event as successful as it can be!

Develop Goals for the Event: It is important to establish realistic goals for the event. This should be one of the first things you do! Examples include: What is the goal of your event?  How many attendees would you like to have? Why are you organizing the event? What are your expectations of the event? Setting goals for the event will help to keep on track with the planning process.

Plan Ahead– Planning an event involves people, outsourcing, tasks and coordination. It takes a decent amount of time to get all of these items organized. It is really important to use your time management skills to keep on track.  Waiting until the last minute will only cause stress, and some details may be missed.

Event Planning Checklist! Creating a checklist will provide a step-by-step guide to keep details in order.  This way no details are missed (big or small) and you can double check your work. The checklist helps to keep yourself organized and will help to execute the event.  I believe it is one of the most important things you can do when you are planning an event.

Communicate with your Coordinator:  Always update your coordinator on any changes or updates that are happening with the event. This would include a change in number of attendees, special dietary requests, event start/end time, the list goes on! Keeping good communication will make the event more successful!

Expect the unexpected: We all expect our events to run perfect, and most of the time, they do! It always helps to expect that something may happen or come up that wasn’t planned or out of your control, such as weather conditions.

Have fun! – Make sure to have throughout the planning process! Whether you are planning a wedding, birthday party, fundraiser or corporate event, enjoy the process! Planning can be stressful, but if you have a positive outlook from the beginning, the event is sure to be more enjoyable and successful


These are just a few tips that I have found to be very helpful while planning!

Host Your Event on the Anchor Plaza!

by Erica Krystek, Event Coordinator

Anchor Plaza 3The Anchor Plaza is a fabulous outdoor space available to host your special event. Located between the Courtyard and the Bayfront Convention Center on the second floor. It is accessible from all three properties (Bayfront Convention Center, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel) by a covered walkway, so guests essentially don’t have to go outside.

Whether it be an intimate wedding ceremony and reception, cocktail party, family gathering, bridal or baby shower, or even a corporate celebration, this space can be transformed for any occasion! It is 20,000 square feet of rooftop space that is protected with a large tent so you can keep your guests under cover while still enjoying an outdoor experience! There are many options for setup as well as food and beverage service provided by the Bayfront staff. Depending on the specific event requirements, the capacity varies from a 150 guest wedding reception to a 400 person cocktail party. Smaller gatherings less than 50 guests can booked through the sales manager at the Courtyard Hotel.anchor-plaza outside

Due to the Erie weather pattern, the Anchor Plaza is available to rent during the months of May through October. We encourage you to give us a call at the Bayfront Convention Center to schedule a tour of this unique space and plan your next event!

Let’s Talk About Groupon

by Ann Noble, Box Office Manager

rs_1024x759-180328103024-1024-grouponLooking to score a deal on tickets? Groupon might be the place to look.

It is becoming more common to have shows offer a discount through Groupon. Here’s how it works:

The show promoter or presenter strikes up a deal with Groupon to offer a discount on tickets for their show.  The show promoter dictates how many seats will be made available to Groupon and where the seats will be located.

They may not always be the best seats in the house, but the discount is usually generous enough to make you forget all about that!

Groupon sends out the offer and sells the show off of their  website.  The consumer receives a voucher to redeem at the box office for their tickets.  In the “fine print” section of the voucher  are the instructions on where and when the voucher can be redeemed.  This “fine print” is actually quite large and is located on the right hand side of the voucher. Vouchers can be printed and turned in at the box office, or can be redeemed right off of your smartphone.

It is important to keep in mind that these tickets were not sold by the box office in case there are any issues. You want to make sure that you have selected the correct performance if there are more than one.  If you did select an incorrect date you would contact Groupon to make the change. Often the box office does not receive the list of purchasers until the day before the event.  Also be sure to list the name of the person who will be redeeming the voucher, as we are required to ask for ID along with the voucher.

Inside Knowledge on Our Events

by Dawn Betza, Marketing Coordinator

First, I want to start off by saying thank you….thank you to each & every one of you for supporting our events over the years. Without you, our shows would not be successful. And 2018 proved no different! We had nearly 800,000 patrons attend our events at the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, Bayfront Convention Center & UPMC Park.  National touring artists such as Brad Paisley, Impractical Jokers, Jerry Seinfeld, TobyMac, Gov’t Mule, Stomp, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, REO Speedwagon, and Disney On Ice Frozen were just a few of the shows that thrilled fans of all ages.

We are in the business of entertainment & entertainment brings happiness. It diverts people’s attention from their demanding lives and provides a way to break away from everyday humdrum activity. It aids in the health & well-being of us all. For almost 18 years, I’ve been fortunate enough to work in an environment that brings smiles to people’s faces!

There are times, though, that those smiles are turned upside down. While we do our best to make your experience a memorable one, there are certain things that we can’t control. Many factors are dictated by the show promoter, tour management or the artist. The following will help explain some of our policies & procedures.


We do not buy talent, ever. We rent our venues to show promoters who bring the acts to Erie. We frequently get suggestions from patrons who would like to see more rock, hip hop, oldies, etc…..so would we! But unfortunately, we have no say in the types of shows that perform in our buildings.


Erie Events does not set ticket prices, the promoter does. Several factors determine a promoter’s decision on prices – artist fee, cost of venue, cost of security, ushers, box office, advertising, stage crew, sound, lights, etc. The promoter takes all the risk, so prices are carefully figured out.


This is another area that we don’t control. The promoter makes the decision to offer a discount, Groupon, etc.


Doors typically open 60 to 90 minutes prior to the start of the event. If doors are delayed, the show is not ready. We must wait for show approval before we can allow the public to enter the building.


Erie Events does not issue meet and greet passes to events. Backstage access is strictly limited and is arranged by tour management.


The camera policy is set by show management. If an usher taps you on the back & tells you to stop taking photos, please do not grumble at him/her. We must follow show rules.


If you’ve won tickets through a giveaway on the Erie Events Facebook page, please be patient with us. They won’t be ready for pickup until we get approval from the show to print them….this could take a few days or a few weeks.


Broadway shows typically require a seating hold that could last as long as 30 minutes. Even if the doors are open, we are not permitted to seat patrons until the stage is clear of both performers & crew.


To avoid issues with counterfeit, stolen, or invalid tickets, tickets should only be purchased from www.erieevents.com or the Erie Insurance Arena box office at 809 French Street. M-F 10am-5pm, Sat 10am-2pm

You Want to Work Here: Here’s Why

by Danielle Weaver, HR Coordinator

5 Reasons why Erie Events is a great place to work!

  1. The Culture:

 Erie Events has a very team-oriented culture. We believe in our employee’s happiness and it is a top priority. Happy employees certainly make for happier customers. Whether you’re planning an event at the Bayfront Convention Center, in line for snacks at the Erie Insurance Arena, or needing help finding your seat at the Warner Theatre, you’re going to interact with a staff member who is attentive and happy to assist you.

  1. Employee Development:

We are big on promoting from within. Erie Events takes pride in developing our staff. We strive every day to make our staff successful. We’ve had part-timers become full-timers, and had members of our full-time staff get promoted. We value hard work, and we’re big on recognizing you when you’re doing an outstanding job.

  1. Team work and collaboration:

Whether you’re at the Warner Theatre, Erie Insurance Arena, UPMC Park, or the Bayfront Convention Center, we serve thousands of customers in the community yearly. The most amazing thing to is seeing all different levels of staff come together with such high energy the day of the event. We go above and beyond work as a team to make your experience the most enjoyable as possible! While it may seem like a seamless event when you attend, there are many people that have a hand in making it all possible.

  1. We are a family:

Erie Events employs over 800 employees which includes 53 full-time employees. You really get to know your co-workers well as you work alongside them to make each event special for our patrons. We make sure to laugh together and bond through helping others get the absolute best.

  1. Health and Insurance Benefits:

Erie Events provides a well thought out comprehensive benefit package. We strive to make out of pocket medical, dental and vision expenses for employees very reasonable. We provide additional benefits to make our employees feel whole. Some examples include: Prescription Reimbursement, Employee Assistance Program, Flexible Spending Account, and Short-Term Disability, Long Term Disability, and Life Insurance.


For a full listing of our open jobs, please visit https://www.erieevents.com/employment-opportunities/

Expos Offer Exceptional Experiences

by Brandon Boyd, Communications Coordinator

It’s Expo season at the Bayfront Convention Center, and it couldn’t be a better time.

I IMG_1784say that not only as an employee, but also as a consumer.

I’ve attended two events in the past two weeks at the Bayfront Convention Center as a visitor, andnot an employee, and enjoyed my time at both.

I first attended the Erie Kennel Club Dog Show. Despite the bad winter weather, my girlfriend and I drove down to the Bayfront Convention Center to check out the Show. Some people are fans of football teams. Others, baseball teams. We’re fans of dogs.

We found ourselves cheering for the dogs as they went by and commenting on just how cute each dog was. We got to meet some of our ‘favorite’ dogs after the event and pet each of them and tell them how good they are. What’s a more enjoyable time than that?

This week, my brother, my dad and I came to the Bayfront Convention Center for the Erie County Automobile Association Auto Show. We looked at all kinds of cars – a 1967 car just like the one my Dad used to own back in the day, cars we wanted to get one day, cars we could never afford, cars with new gadgets and gizmos and gearshifts – but perhaps the most important thing we did was spend time with each other.

I know, I know, cue up the sappy music and start the Hallmark movie. But it was legitimately a nice time to spend with family.

I’m not a huge car guy. I drive a car, obviously, but I’m not a mechanical person. My dad and brother know more than I do, and I was able to ask them any questions I had. But these are the kinds of moments I’ll remember when I look back one day. Whether it’s petting puppies with my girlfriend, hearing my dad talk about how he sold his 1967 Corvette for $1,700 in the 70’s and thinking he got a steal, or getting into the driver’s seat of trucks and sports cars with my brother and commenting on how they felt, they’re all good memories.

Those are the kinds of things offered at our venues. Not just events, but memories.

See you next week at the RV & Motorcycle Expo.