Erie Events and Erie Otters Announce 10-Year Lease Agreement

Otters 10 Year AgreementThe Erie County Convention Center Authority and Ontario Hockey League’s Erie Otters jointly announced today that both parties have agreed to and signed a ten-year lease extension that will keep the Erie Otters in Northwestern Pennsylvania. The agreement sees that the Erie Otters continue to play its seasons in the Authority’s Erie Insurance Arena for an additional ten years, commencing with the 2019-2020 OHL Season.

“All of us in the Otters organization are pleased and excited to have our new ten-year lease signed with the ECCCA,” Erie Otters Owner and Governor Jim Waters said. “The Otters are very fortunate to call this fantastic facility home. I’m ecstatic to join our many fans and community partners in Erie in continuing Otters success for years to come.”

“We’re thrilled to retain this important business in Western Pennsylvania,” said John “Casey” Wells, Erie Events Executive Director. “Not only does our hockey team provide great entertainment, it generates a positive economic impact, creates jobs, and improves the quality of life in our community.”

Coinciding with the lease agreement is the addition of a dedicated Erie Otters retail location and new team office space inside the Erie Insurance Arena in the near future. The Erie Otters have been the primary tenant of the ECCCA-managed Erie Insurance Arena since 1996, when it was formerly known as the Tullio Arena.

The Erie County Convention Center Authority (ECCCA) operates four unique venues in the heart of downtown Erie – Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and the Bayfront Convention Center. The Erie Insurance Arena is home to the OHL Erie Otters and the NBA G-League Erie BayHawks. UPMC Park is home to the Erie SeaWolves, Double A Detroit Tigers.

Erie Events Impact Downtown Business

by Brandon Boyd, Coordinator of Communications and Client Relations

GRAPHICFORARTICLEIn 2018, Erie Events drove nearly $88 million in direct spending to the Erie region. Erie Events, which operates the Erie Insurance Arena, Warner Theatre, UPMC Park and Bayfront Convention Center, is located in the heart of Erie’s downtown cultural, entertainment and sports district.

With a 2018 event attendance of 729,966, Erie Events is a major driving force that attracts people to downtown Erie.  In addition to attending events, those people also visited restaurants, bars, and other businesses. Downtown establishments prosper on event days.

Bertrand Artigues, owner of Cloud 9 Wine Bar, said he sees a direct correlation between events held in downtown Erie and how busy his business is.

“If [Erie Events] is busy, I’m busy. When we prepare, one of the first things we do is look at the Erie Events website to see what is bringing people into town,” he said. “A big piece of the pie for business here is having events downtown. When events occur, everything flourishes.”

Rochelle Carlotti, bar manager at Jekyll and Hyde’s, agreed.

“We absolutely see an influx in business when events are happening. Weekdays especially are greatly improved by downtown events. Events at the Warner and the Arena, especially Otters games, more than double our business. People often come in for dinner before the event and often stop by after for a drink.”

The Erie Insurance Arena drew 291,862 patrons in 2018, with an average of 3,423 people per game coming to see the Otters during the 2018-2019 season. UPMC Park brought in a total event attendance of 217,868 and the Bayfront Convention Center had a total event attendance of 133,686. The Warner Theatre brought in an additional 86,550 attendees.

For J.B. Innes, manager and owner of 1201 Kitchen, a Warner Theatre crowd brings in a tremendous amount of business.

“When reservations start coming in for a certain date, especially a weekday, I know something’s happening,” he said. “For us, the Warner especially does a great job in bringing in a lot of our customers.”

Downtown businesses unanimously agree that Erie Events plays a significant role in the amount of traffic they get during an event.

“When there’s events and things are going well, there’s a momentum downtown. We get bombarded. It’s fun to watch and be a part of,” Artigues said.

“These events are the cultural center of our city. They bring people in business to all of the bars, restaurants and shops downtown,” Carlotti said. “[Downtown events] bring us a large amount of business from people who may not think to stop into our establishment otherwise.”

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, http://www.erieevents.com or by calling 814-452-4857 and by visiting http://www.alanjackson.com 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.”