SMG Inks Deal With SBC Center

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
SMG has inked a deal with the SBC Center and the San Antonio Spurs for SMG to provide event booking and marketing services at the SBC Center in San Antonio, TX.

“We are excited to be working with such a class organization at this premier facility," said SMG Senior Vice President of Sports and Entertainment Mike Evans. "With our 19 venues in Texas and Oklahoma and by using our leverage within the industry, we are looking forward to bringing more quality entertainment events to the San Antonio market.”

“Having an international company such as SMG maximizing the potential of the SBC Center will help us move aggressively in booking and marketing of the arena,” said Rick Pych, executive vice president of finance/corporate development for Spurs Sports & Entertainment. “We have been in discussions with SMG for months now and we are pleased to be teaming up with the best facility management group in the business.”

Opened in November 2002, the SBC Center, home to the NBA Spurs, San Antonio Live Stock Show and Rodeo, WNBA Silver Stars, and AHL Rampage, provides San Antonio and South Texas with featured entertainment, sporting, and community events. The $186 million, mid-size, multi-purpose sports and entertainment complex is located at the corner of Coliseum Road and Houston Street on the east side of San Antonio.

There are five levels in the SBC Center: Event Level, Charter Level, Plaza Level, Terrace Level and Balcony Level. Fans enter the building on the Plaza Level. Multiple elevators and escalators provide direct access from the Plaza Level to the Balcony Level. The SBC Center has two luxury suite options designed for the business and personal entertainment needs of Spurs Corporate Partners and season ticket holders. There are 54 of these suites in the SBC Center.

The San Antonio Spurs and SBC Communications, Inc. agreed to a 20-year naming rights contract for the new arena.

With the Addition of the SBC Center, SMG provides facility management services to 17 venues in the State of Texas; the Abraham Chavez Theater, El Paso; American Bank Center Arena and the Corpus Christi Convention Center, Corpus Christi; El Paso Convention & Per. Arts Center and El Paso Dept. of Tourism, El Paso; Laredo Entertainment Complex, Laredo; Millennium Youth Entertainment Complex, Austin; Reliant Arena, Reliant Stadium, Reliant Center and Reliant Astrodome, Houston and the Ford Park Arena, Ford Park Exhibit Hall, Ford Midway and Ford Pavilion, Beaumont.

–Bob Grossweiner and Jane Cohen

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