The Price is Right LIVE! is Coming to the Warner Theatre

The Warner Theatre will host The Price is Right Live! on Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 7:30pm.

Tickets will go on sale Friday, February 13, 2015 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” to win.  Prizes may include appliances, vacations and possibly a new car!  Play classic games from television’s longest running and most popular game show from Plinko™, to Cliffhangers™, to The Big Wheel™, and even the fabulous Showcase.

Playing to near sold out audiences for nearly nine years, The Price Is Right Live! has given away more than 10 million dollars in cash and prizes and sold more than 1.2 million tickets.

If you enjoy the rush of emotions experienced while watching the show on television, just imagine the possibilities if you were actually in the audience watching it live.

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

 

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A Day in the Life: Director of Marketing & Sales at the BCC

From the desk of the Bayfront Convention Center’s Director of Marketing and Sales:

Hello!

I am Lisa Di Luzio, the Director of Marketing and Sales at the Bayfront Convention Center.

The BCC has intrigued me since its opening, and for the past two years I have had the opportunity to work with such a diversified and unique building with endless capabilities.

With more than 28 consecutive years in the sales and hospitality industry, I merge classic professionalism with innovative ideas for meeting and convention needs. Daily, I am posed with availability and capacity questions, logistical inquires, and the task of bringing reoccurring and new business to the BCC. With the support of my team, I continue to problem solve to get the most for our building and the Erie community by providing optimal cliental for economic growth and impact. Quite often I am faced with fitting a 1000 person event in a room while executing a 400 person one in another with no interruption in customer service and experience. My insight into maximizing the “lay of the land” (as I like to call it) and the market segments allows for best sales practices, endless growth, and continued opportunity for Erie’s public and prosperity.

Some of the events myself and my team have facilitated include the annual UPMC Hamot Gala, the Barber Ball, the LECOM Student Auction, countless consumer shows and expos, social and daily meetings, and city-wide conferences and conventions. I have also brought the Polish National Catholic Convention, many non-profit organizations, educational sessions, military affiliations, and more to the BCC. Moreover, I look forward to introducing the Courtyard by Marriott Bayfront Hotel for future conventions and city-wides.

I am very appreciative to work for a productive and professional team that collectively holds a common goal. Our goal is to provide top service and quality products not only to host an event but to offer every guest an experience. I have strong passion for the business, the building, and the overall direction of bolstering Erie.

I’m ready to Get Up and Go!

Get Ready for the Harlem Globetrotters in Erie February 3rd!

Zeus McClurkin from The Harlem Globetrotters made a special stop in Erie Wednesday. Zeus, an Advance Ambassador for the team, came to town to help promote next week’s game on February 3rd. He had a full day of television appearances and radio interviews along with a school visit to Harding Elementary school. He presented a program called the “ABCs of Bullying Prevention.”  Zeus, 6-foot-8, is from Columbus, Ohio and in his rookie year with the Globetrotters.

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Tickets are still available for the game which starts at 7pm at the Erie Insurance Arena. They can be purchased at www.erieevents.com, by calling (814) 452-4857 or by visiting the box office at 809 French Street.

A Day in the Life: BCC Director of Operations

A day in the life of Mike Kelly, the Director of Operations for Erie Events. He describes his role and how he contribute:

I started with the Erie County Convention Center Authority, now commonly known as Erie Events, in 2007 as the Convention Center’s Director of Food & Beverage. In 2008, I moved over as the Director of Operations, while still leading the food & beverage operations.  Recently, I was asked to lead the food and beverage operations for Erie Events.  This morphing of roles has taught me a great deal about the Bayfront Convention Center and Erie Insurance Arena businesses and has led to some very memorable experiences.

WE handle events from 3,000 to 5,000 people at the Convention Center at any given time;  Corporate business meetings, sporting events, consumer shows, weddings and wedding receptions, large banquets and even larger cocktail parties.  Many times events are happening simultaneously!   At Erie Insurance Arena, that number can range anywhere from 500 people for small sporting events to 8,000 for large concerts.

It’s a big job and people ask me how I manage to keep all these events straight on a daily basis. My answer is very simple; I have amazing co-workers!  A constant, concerted effort is made across the Authority by many employees to produce events, keep our establishments clean and safe and provide great hospitality and experiences for our guests.  Some days can be very trying as one could imagine, but the satisfaction of knowing we successfully produced an event that exceeded someone’s expectations is the reward!

Two Show Announcements!

“Weird Al” Yankovic is coming to Erie to perform at the Warner Theatre this summer. Yankovic will perform July 10th at 8pm at the Warner as part of his “Mandatory World Tour.” Tickets for this show go on sale January 30th.

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Plus, Slipknot with special guest Hatebreed will bring it’s epic “Prepare For Hell” world tour to the Erie Insurance Arena on May 12th. Presales are now available with general on-sale this Friday at 10am.

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Get all ticket information at http://www.erieevents.com, by calling the box office at 814-452-4857 or by visiting the box office at Erie Insurance Arena.

 

Mark Your Calendars!

We have some exciting events coming up and we want you to come check them out! Mark your calendars and get your tickets now for the following games and shows:

The Erie Bayhawks are home Friday, January 9th at 7pm against the Canton Charge. They’re also playing at home Saturday night at 7pm versus Grand Rapids.

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Lewis Black will take the stage at the Warner Theatre on January 9th at 8pm. Tickets are still available.

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The Otters have a 5pm home game this Sunday, January 11th.

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If you’re in the mood for a great performance, get your tickets now to Elvis Lives which is this Sunday, January 11th at 3pm.

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Make sure you continue to check out our blog to find out the latest upcoming Erie Events! Buy your tickets now at http://www.ereievents.com, the Erie Insurance Arena box office or by calling 814-452-4857.

A Day in the Life: Concession Operations Manager

Beth Wilkinson is still fairly new to the Erie Events management staff, but not new to the Food Service industry.  When asked how long she’s been in the business, she responds “Since I was tall enough to reach a sink.”

A graduate of Mercyhurst University, Beth has worked many years in the field, finding her true passion as the Concession Operations Manager at the Erie Insurance Arena. Events are exciting and upbeat. The time goes by quickly when it’s such a fun atmosphere.

The focus for this season, aside from always providing exceptional customer service, is trying new menu items.  This season’s new menu items are caveman pops (turkey legs), arena chips and brownie sundaes. If you haven’t yet, make sure you try one of them when you’re at the Arena.

The Food & Beverage Department has four full-time employees, 51 part-time employees and six volunteer groups.  It takes hard work from everyone to get ready for an event.  We are definitely a great team and enjoy serving our patrons!

School Kids Enjoy Lake Erie Ballet’s “The Nutcracker”

The Warner Theatre is playing host this weekend to a holiday favorite — the Nutcracker. The 56th annual production is Saturday night at 7pm and Sunday at 2:30pm. But before the performance this weekend for the general public, hundreds of school children got to see the show. It’s a Lake Erie Ballet production that’s a tradition in the community. There were around 1,200 students at the first performance this morning, followed by a special performance for around 100 autistic children. If you’re interested in coming to the show this weekend, get your tickets now at http://www.erieevents.com.

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A Day in the Life: Bayfront Convention Center General Manager

Jeff Esposito, the Bayfront Convention Center general manager, talks about local champions:

Usually when people learn that I am general manager of the Bayfront Convention Center I get lots of questions. That’s great – I love talking shop. One of the more frequently asked questions is how do you bring conventions to Erie? I usually respond by saying it’s with the help of people like you.

The Bayfront Convention Center has a sales and marketing department whose job it is to generate sales. We also team up with several other groups such as VisitErie, the Sports Commission, our hotel partners, Presque Isle Downs & Casino as well as other local attractions. We all work together to bring out-of-town groups to Erie. Yet, you have an even louder voice.

If you are a member of a group, you can bring the group to Erie. Next time you get an email notifying you of the upcoming year’s convention ask your group why are they not considering Erie as a location for the convention. Introduce us to the group and watch how surprised the event planners are after they have a tour of Erie and see for themselves all that we have to offer. You become a “Local Champion,” a person who brings a group home to Erie – along with its positive economic impact to the region.

Consider that even a small convention can bring more than $300,000 in economic impact to the region. That’s a great return and all it requires is your providing your group a positive recommendation about your hometown. So, the next time you get an email or flyer in the mail give us a call at 814-455-1260.

TBT: Erie Events Employees Team Build while Bowling

Erie Events employees had a great night team building event while trying to roll a good game at the Polish Falcons Club bowling lanes. The team building exercise turned into a friendly-competition as each team wanted to come out on top with the highest score, giving them the chance to hold the bragging rights!

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The most competitive of us all might have arguably been our executive director, Casey Wells. The teams were selected at random, but Casey lucked out when he landed on a team with the best bowler, Reine. That was essentially an automatic win considering most of the other employees weren’t the best bowlers! Martha, Casey and Reine took home the win, defeating everyone else.

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It was an enjoyable night for everyone who participated!