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Global Spectrum Lands Cross Insurance Arena

PORTLAND, ME (CelebrityAccess) — The board of trustees of the Cross Insurance Arena have announced the retention of Global Spectrum to manage operations at the Portland venue.

Formerly known as the Cumberland County Civic Center, the 9,500-seat multi-purpose arena first opened its doors in 1977 and currently serves as the home arena for the Portland Pirates of the American Hockey League.

The Arena just completed $33 million in renovations in February of 2014 and Cross Insurance came aboard as a naming-rights partner at the venue in June, 2014, after signing a 10-year contract worth $2.5 million.

"In the end, the trustees concluded that Global Spectrum is very well suited to achieve our two primary management goals: better access to national resources that will lead to more entertainment options and more efficient facility operations, and an approach that continues the traditions of local community involvement and entertainment value," board chairman Neal Pratt said in a prepared announcement. "This arena is a tremendous asset and we want to be sure to maintain its community flavor, as well as its economic and entertainment value." – Staff Writers