(Oklahoma City, Oklahoma — June 14, 2016) — SMG, the worldwide leader of public assembly facility management, announces the selection of Hugh J. Lombardi as the new general manager for the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center, Oklahoma City, OK.
“We are very excited to have Hugh join our SMG team in Oklahoma City,” said Doug Thornton, SMG’s Executive Vice President of Stadiums and Arenas. “He is an accomplished arena manager who has deep experience and relationships in our industry. He will be a great addition to our operation there.”
Lombardi was most recently Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the TD Garden in Boston, MA. He directed and oversaw all TD Garden arena business and operations relating to event operations, Human Resource management, Information Technology, Ticketing, tenant relations, vendor relations, and labor relations. During his tenure, the TD Garden averaged in the top 20 in concert ticket sales in the U.S.
Before the TD Garden, Lombardi was the Chief Operating Officer, Sr. Vice President and General Manager of the Sommet Center (now called Bridgestone Arena) in Nashville, TN. He managed all day-to-day and event operations for metropolitan-owned Sommet Center, home to NHL’s Nashville Predators. Lombardi was the liaison between the team and the building where he oversaw management of Booking, Marketing, Ticketing, Security, Operations, Human Resources, and Finance.
“We are very fortunate that we are able to add someone of Hugh’s caliber to our team,” said Leonard Bonacci, SMG’s Regional Vice President. “After 27 years in this business Hugh has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our commitment to creating unforgettable experiences that our guests in Oklahoma City have come to know and expect.”
Lombardi attended Stonehill College in North Easton, Massachusetts and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing Management.
“Operating large public event facilities like Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center require highly specialized skills, vision and dedication to leverage opportunities, maximize the guest experience, enhance quality of life and stimulate the visitor based economy,” added Thomas Anderson, the Executive Manager of Special Projects for Oklahoma City. The local staff with SMG are passionate about Oklahoma City and the mission of these facilities. Hugh Lombardi has the industry experience and professional demeanor necessary to help ensure the highest level of performance. Hugh is a welcomed addition to the Oklahoma City team and I look forward to working with him.”
“The Thunder is excited to welcome Hugh Lombardi to Oklahoma City and Chesapeake Energy Arena,” said Danny Barth, Executive Vice President and Chief Administrative Officer of the Oklahoma City Thunder. “He brings significant major league experience and a strong ability to manage the facilities and staff of SMG. We look forward to working with him to continue to make our arena among the best in the NBA and the nation.”
Chesapeake Energy Arena is Oklahoma’s premier arena and destination for the best in sports and entertainment. Whether it’s the action of an NBA basketball game, or the excitement of a live concert or world-class event, more than one million guests create memories each year at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, Chesapeake Energy Arena is conveniently located in downtown Oklahoma City, which continues to rank among the strongest-performing metro areas. Cox Convention Center is one of the most centrally located venues of its kind in the nation. The SMG-managed facility offers over 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, 21 meeting rooms and a 15,000-seat arena, all just steps away from an ever-increasing number of downtown hotels and a vibrant entertainment district featuring a variety of canal-side restaurants, clubs, music venues and attractions.