MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (CelebrityAccess) — AEG Facilities has appointed veteran venue professional Hugh Lombardi to the post of General Manager for the AEG Facilities-operated Target Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
In addition to serving as General Manager of Target Center, Lombardi was also named as AEG Facilities Regional Vice President and tasked with overseeing other AEG Facilities in the region, as well as coordinating the company at large.
Lombardi’s new gig includes oversight of the 20,000-seat Target Center, which just completed an 18-month, $145 million renovations, and which serves as home court to the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves and WNBA’s Minnesota Lynx.
Lombardi will activate numerous AEG Facilities’ proprietary initiatives including AEG S.A.F.E., AEG 1Source, AEG 1EARTH, AEG 1Force, AEG Encore and AEG Energy Services, in addition to working closely with AEG Global Partnerships and other divisions of the company, AEG Facilities said.
“We are thrilled to have Hugh join the AEG Facilities and Target Center team in Minneapolis,” said Chuck Steedman, Chief Operating Officer, AEG Facilities. “Hugh brings a great depth of knowledge and industry experience and will play a key role in the continued success and stellar reputation of one of the country’s premier destinations for sports and entertainment. His documented success in all areas of venue management will be a real asset for the Target Center and AEG Facilities.”
Prior to joining AEG Facilities and Target Center, Lombardi spent the last 16 years in executive roles and as General Manager for numerous arenas around the country, including Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena, home to NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder and the adjacent Cox Convention Center, Boston’s TD Garden, home to the NHL’s Boston Bruins and NBA’s Boston Celtics and in Nashville, at the Bridgestone Arena, home to the NHL’s Predators.
AEG Facilities also announced that Target Center’s David Schmid was promoted to Assistant General Manager Target Center and Tom Reller has been elevated to Regional Director of Operations for AEG Facilities.