Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, has been selected to manage and operate the Kansas City Wizards' new 18,500-seat stadium that will open in June 2011. The firm manages 90 stadiums, arenas and convention centers throughout North America, including PPL Park in Chester, Penn., home of Major League Soccer's Philadelphia Union.
The Wizards $160 million venue is being built at The Legends in Village West in Kansas City, Kan. According to the team's press release, Global Spectrum will provide innovative management, marketing and operations at the new stadium, which features 33 luxury suites, two premium clubs, a 60,000-sq. ft. entertainment plaza, and a 2,000-seat supporters section. Global Spectrum will also book non-soccer events for the stadium.
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Global Spectrum handles similar responsibilities for Major League Baseball’s Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park in Philadelphia, PA, and the National Football League’s Arizona Cardinals at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, AZ, among many others.
"Global Spectrum has an outstanding reputation for managing high-performance facilities throughout North America," said Robb Heineman, Kansas City Wizards president and CEO of OnGoal. "As we prepare to open the most dynamic stadium in North America, we felt it was necessary to hire the best firm to manage and operate our stadium. We look forward to working closely with Global Spectrum in making our new stadium the premiere facility of its kind in the United States, and a must-play venue in the Kansas City region."
"We are very excited to be working with Robb Heineman and the entire Wizards organization," said John Page, Chief Operating Officer of Global Spectrum. "This is a terrific opportunity for Global Spectrum to create new opportunities for the Kansas City region by managing the Wizards new stadium."