BAKERSFIELD, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — The Bakersfield City Council has agreed to a 10-year agreement with AEG Facilities to manage Bakersfield’s Rabobank Arena, Theater & Convention Center complex, the San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center and Bright House Networks Amphitheatre.
The terms of the agreement will see AEG providing a full range of services for the venues, including management, event booking, sponsorship and naming-rights sales, seating programs, and venue operation, as well as access to AEG's 1EARTH sustainability campaign.
The 10,000-capacity Rabobank Arena opened in 1998 and is the anchor for an adjacent 26,000-square foot exhibit hall along with 14 meeting rooms and a 3,000-seat theater that is the seasonal home for the Bakersfield Symphony Orchestra, Community Concerts and an annual Broadway tour. The deal also includes oversight of the San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center, a public ice skating facility and the 4,000-seat outdoor Bright House Networks Amphitheater which has hosted concerts starring well known artists such as The Doobie Brothers, Peter Frampton, Earth, Wind & Fire, and Willie Nelson among numerous others.
“After a closely scrutinizing both proposals on a variety of levels, AEG’s was clearly the better plan for our arena, our other venues and our City,” said City Manager Alan Tandy. “Their experience, their understanding of our venues and our market and their willingness to take risk to guarantee the fiscal impact to our City set them apart. Finally, with AEG being the only company with a division (the second largest in the world) that books and promotes concerts and other live entertainment, this choice will also mean more and bigger events at Bakersfield facilities.”
The financial terms of the deal were not disclosed. – CelebrityAccess staff writers