(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Global Spectrum and University Partners International (UPI) have been selected by the University of Central Florida in Orlando to manage the 5,322-seat multipurpose UCF Arena, which opened on campus in l991. Global Spectrum named Rodney Reese as its general manager of the facility.
"We are pleased to be working with the University of Central Florida, and we are committed to help the University increase the number of ancillary events at the UCF Arena. We will work closely with all of our other university facilities as resources to maximize events and expertise to ultimately benefit the UCF and UCF Arena tenants, participants and customers," said Global Spectrum president Michel Sauers.
The UCF Arena is home to the Golden Knights men's and women's basketball teams as well as volleyball and numerous other special events and attractions. Global Spectrum was hired to help attract new events to the arena facility, including concerts, banquets, conventions, trade shows and other special events and exhibits. The UCF Arena also features VIP Skyboxes, meeting rooms, locker and dressing rooms, a training room, kitchen and four concession stands. The University of Central Florida is the nation's 15th largest university with 42,000 students.
Reese, who was most recently assistant general manager at the Global Spectrum-managed Ted F. Constant Convocation Center on the campus of Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, will oversee the day-to-day operations of the facility, including scheduling and booking events, marketing, sales, sponsorships and public relations.
Reese spent three years with Disney as Sports Event Sales Manager and Fieldhouse Operations Manager in Lake Buena Vista, FL, from l996 through 2002. He graduated from Pace University in New York with a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration. He is also a graduate of the International Association of Assembly Managers facility management school. Reese spent a season with the Washington Generals, opponents of the Harlem Globetrotters in l990-91. –Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen