TIMES UNION CENTER CLOSES FIRST QUARTER AFTER JAM-PACKED EVENT SCHEDULE

TIMES UNION CENTER CLOSES FIRST QUARTER AFTER JAM-PACKED EVENT SCHEDULE

Albany, NY – Amidst a $19.6 million renovation, SMG managed Times Union Center paves the way for a successful 2017 with a thriving first quarter. The Times Union Center hosted 55 events including concerts, basketball, hockey, and expositions.

January began our busy first quarter with 15 events, including the highly anticipated Twenty One Pilots gig while February was a month of sports, which brought the return of the Harlem Globetrotters and NYSPHSAA High School Wrestling Championships. March ended the successful quarter with 21 events in just 16 days as the Times Union Center saw quick turnovers from sports to concerts and back in March.  Beginning with the 2017 MAAC Men’s and Women’s Basketball Championships, we moved onto Maroon 5, three nights of Garth Brooks and TobyMac, before a quick change to hockey. WWE Live took over mid-month for one night only before changing back to hockey for a three-game stretch. Following 5 days of rehearsals, we wrapped up the month with John Mayer’s opening night of the Search for Everything Tour. In addition to these individual events, the Times Union Center hosted two press conferences, including one hosted by Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, to highlight their first return to Albany in over 20 years.  The first quarter also saw significant construction milestones that will be on display in the coming months.  A new glass elevator and escalators were installed in the front atrium, one bathroom was completed and the landing connecting the arena to the parking garage was enclosed.

“The Times Union Center has had a remarkable first quarter which we can attribute to the support of staff, patrons, sponsors, suite holders, and promoters.  As incredible talent continues to come through the Times Union Center, fans have so much to look forward to in 2017 with state of the art advancements being brought to this great venue,” said Albany County Executive Daniel P. McCoy.

“2017 has already proved to be one of our best years.  With renovations successfully moving forward, we are grateful for the opportunities to host such incredible events.  With new events like Twenty One Pilots, Maroon 5 and John Mayer, as well as returning events including NYSPHSAA, MAAC and Garth Brooks, it’s an exciting time at the Times Union Center.  By the end of the year, the Capital Region will see the likes of The Chainsmokers, Poison and Tesla, 80’s greats including Howard Jones and Men Without Hats at Retro Futura, and Roger Waters,” said Bob Belber, SMG Regional General Manager of the Times Union Center.

In these last three months, over 265,000 patrons walked through the Times Union Center turnstiles, having consumed nearly 30,000 bottles of water, 20,000 soft pretzels, and 13,000 bags of popcorn. Just for fun – the Times Union Center staff used two different basketball floors and three different sheets of ice to meet the requirements of each event and additionally, a total of 45 basketballs were used to accommodate the 30 basketball games. Throughout these busy months, the staff logged a total of more than a whopping 27,000 hours.

Leading international trade publication, Venues Today, ranked Times Union Center as #5 in the Mid-Atlantic “Top Stops” for facilities with 15,000 – 30,000 seats from March 2016 through February 2017 ranking alongside high profile venues such as Madison Square Garden and Barclays Center.  Our 2017 first quarter events directly helped this overall ranking and was a fantastic way to kick-off 2017. Forthcoming, fans can look forward to The Chainsmokers, Poison and Tesla, Reebok East Regional CrossFit Games, and the return of New Kids on the Block. A full schedule of events can be found by visiting our website at www.timesunioncenter-albany.com or by following us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram @TUCenter.

SMG and Albany County also will be tuning in to the NCAA’s broadcast/streaming of their Site Selection Show on Tuesday, April 18th at 1:00 pm. When the NCAA will announce the cities that they will be bringing their NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championships as well as all other Division I, II & III sports championships for the years 2018 – 2022. Bids were submitted by SMG for the Times Union Center/Albany for Division I championships including Men’s Basketball, Women’s Basketball, Men’s Ice Hockey, Women’s Volleyball and SMG also submitted a bid for the Albany Capital Center for the Division I NCAA Fencing Championships in conjunction with Cornell University.