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SMG Gets Contract Extenson At CenturyTel Center Through 2010

(CelebrityAccess MediaWire) —
SMG’s contract to manage the 14,000-seat CenturyTel Center in Bossier City, LA has been extended through 2010.

“It has been a comfort to have SMG managing our facility,” stated Charles E. Glover, director of finance for Bossier City, “I know that the local staff and the corporate team are available to solve any problems as well as provide the leadership to keep our facility at the forefront of the entertainment industry. I am looking forward to continuing our efforts to keep the Center at the head of the class for a facility of our size in this market.”

During it’s tenure at the venue, SMG provided consulting, design, pre-opening and management services for the $60 million arena. Located on the banks of the Red River, CenturyTel Center is called home by the CHL Mudbugs hockey team and The Bossier City Battle Wings, an af2 team, and host a variety of other sporting events. This venue also features concerts, family shows, ice-skating shows, motor sports, rodeos, conventions, religious and community events, as well as other special events. CenturyTel Center offers 16 suites just 20 rows from the floor. Suites feature private restrooms, upscale seating, wet bars with sinks, ice bins and refrigerators, two TV monitors, cabinets for storage, and access to upscale food and beverage menus.

CenturyTel Center is conveniently located just five miles from the downtowns of both Shreveport and Bossier City and is accessible via parkways along both sides of the river. The Shreveport-Bossier City metropolitan area population is 380,000 and is the fastest growing area in the state of Louisiana.

With the inclusion of the CenturyTel Center, SMG provide facility services to 11 venues in the State of Louisiana; the Louisiana Superdome; New Orleans Arena; Shreveport Convention Center (under construction and is scheduled to open in early 2006); New Orleans Cultural Center; New Orleans Municipal Auditorium; Mahalia Jackson Theater; Baton Rouge River Center Arena, Theatre of Performing Arts and Grand Ballroom and the Ponchartrain Center. –Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner