Blue Cross Arena General Manager Honored

ROCHESTER, NY – Jeff Calkins, SMG General Manager of the Blue Cross Arena will be honored as the 2013 Recipient of the Charles Wagner Award at the Rochester Press Radio Club’s 64th Annual Day of Champions Children’s Charity Dinner on Tuesday, June 18, 2013, at the Rochester Riverside Convention Center.

The award recognizes an individual in the Rochester community who has made major contributions to local sports.  The Blue Cross Arena is the home to the Rochester Amerks (AHL), Knighthawks (NLL), Razorsharks (PBL), and Lancers (MISL).  Calkins has been instrumental in bringing many annual sporting events to the arena, including St. Bonaventure Basketball, RIT Hockey, Section 5 High School tournament, the Atlantic Hockey Association Championship, and several NCAA events.

He is active in the community, serving on Rochester Downtown Services board, and countless charity fundraising efforts, including Camp Good Days & Special Times, the Rochester Rotary, and the Badge of Honor Foundation for Fallen Officers.

He and his wife, Liz Vega, reside in Pittsford, NY with their daughters, Claire and Margaret. His son, Ben, resides in Seattle and works for the Seattle Thunderbirds of the Western Hockey League.

Colin Kaepernick, quarterback for the San Francisco 49ers will be the featured speaker at the Rochester Press-Radio Club’s Day of Champions Dinner and receive the Sports Personality of the Year Award.

About SMG

Times Union Center is operated by SMG.  Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.   For more information visit