(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Eric Jones, a 24-year veteran of public assembly facility management and a specialist in "start-up efforts," has been named assistant general manager of the new 64,000-seat Arizona Cardinals Stadium in Glendale, AZ, home for the NFL’s Arizona Cardinals. The stadium is scheduled to open fall 2006. Global Spectrum is the facility’s operator.
During Jones’ facility management career, he has opened several new facilities, including Reliant Stadium in Houston, TX. Prior to joining Global Spectrum, Jones served as general manager of the Expo Group in Las Vegas, NV, since March of 2004. Earlier, he spent five years (1992-97 as general manager of the Phoenix Civic Plaza and Symphony Hall. Jones also served as facility manager in the opening of the George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston (1986-89), and as department director during the opening of the Tampa (FL) Convention Center (1989-90). From 1990-92 he ran the Trade Show Productions at the AstroDome in Houston (1990-92), producing shows for the facility.
In his new role, Jones will work closely with Cardinals Stadium General Manager Peter Sullivan on the day-to-day operations of the facility, including pre-opening and booking and scheduling events once the facility is opened. Additionally, Jones will be responsible for assisting in the hiring the staff, training and implementing new procedures at the facility, and working closely with AZSTA, the International Facilities Group (IFG), a partner in the pre-opening phase, and Global Spectrum's corporate offices in Philadelphia.
"Eric brings our company a tremendous amount of experience in operating and opening new facilities," said Global Spectrum Chairman Peter Luukko. "With Eric's booking and producing experience, he and Peter Sullivan will help us secure additional non-football events for AZSTA, making Cardinals Stadium truly a spectacular multi-purpose facility."
"Eric has worked at Super Bowls, Major League Baseball All-Star Games, Presidential victory parties and hundreds of festivals," said Global Spectrum President Michel Sauers. "We are confident that he will contribute to Global Spectrum's charge of making Cardinals Stadium the crown jewel of the National Football League." — Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner