LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess) – Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries, has today (Dec. 16) announced respected venue management executive John Bolton, CVE, has joined the company as Senior Vice President of Entertainment and General Manager of the new arena at Agua Caliente in Palm Springs.
Reporting to Stephen Collins, Chief Operating Officer, OVG, Bolton will be part of the company’s senior leadership team and will support all OVG venues in driving entertainment and programming content. Based in Palm Springs, Bolton will assist in developing grand opening and entertainment plans for OVG’s eight new arena projects as well as working with OVG’s current venues under management.
Additionally, as General Manager of the Palm Springs arena, Bolton will oversee the development and opening of the venue. The Palm Springs arena will be home to the recently announced American Hockey League (AHL) expansion team, an owned-and-operated affiliate of the Seattle NHL team that also begins play during the 2021-22 NHL season. Groundbreaking and construction on the $250 million arena in downtown Palm Springs is slated to begin in February 2020 with completion in the fall of 2021.
Bolton comes to OVG from ASM Global where he served as Vice President of Entertainment. As part of the corporate team at SMG Entertainment, Bolton worked with stadiums and arenas across the country to present over 32,000 live events annually. He also supervised a national network of regional marketing directors who were responsible for some 140 arena marketing professionals. As General Manager for SMG in Tulsa, he was entrusted with overseeing the final phases of construction and grand opening of one of SMG’s premier arenas – Tulsa’s BOK Center – and acted as Regional Vice President for SMG for its venues in Puerto Rico and the West Coast.
Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, said: “John brings decades of industry expertise, and throughout his career, has played an integral role in building world-class successful venues. We are very pleased to welcome him to our team. As General Manager, John will bring passion, energy, and vision to the arena in Palm Springs, and I look forward to his contributions in the years to come.”
Added Bolton: “Nothing could be more exciting to me than being part of OVG’s unprecedented number of new arena projects both nationally and internationally. To have a role in developing the new arena in Palm Springs is a dream come true as I have always loved Palm Springs. I can’t wait to become involved in the community there and develop another unique and iconic arena.”
Peter Luukko, Co-Chairman of OVG Facilities and Alliances, said: “We’re thrilled to have John playing a key role in our business development efforts as we aspire to partner with the best facilities around the world. John will also play a crucial role in our event and content innovation strategy.”
Chairman Jeff L. Grubbe, of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, added: “Bolton is a key ingredient to building a top-notch team for this world-class facility. We are excited about the energy this new arena will bring to the revitalization efforts in Downtown Palm Springs.”
Bolton recently served as Chair of the Board of Directors (2013-14) for the IAVM. Bolton also serves on the Executive Committee and Board of IEBA as well as on the Board of Directors of the Country Music Association (CMA) located in Nashville.
In the past 24 months, OVG has announced the redevelopment and operations of the New Arena at Seattle Center as well as leading arena development projects in Belmont, NY, Austin, TX, and Milan, Italy. OVG is the largest developer of new arenas in the history of the industry.