Lexington Center Corporation Selects Management Group for Rupp Arena, Convention Center and Opera House

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The Lexington Center Corporation (LCC) has approved a multi-year agreement with Oak View Group Facilities to manage and operate its properties, which include the 20,000-seat Rupp Arena, the new 200,000-square-foot convention center and the 900-square-foot Lexington Opera. places. Housing.

Oak View Group will report directly to LCC and begin managing the day-to-day operations of the Rupp Arena, Convention Center and Opera House on October 1.

According to a statement from the LCC, the Oak View Group facilities will generate new business opportunities and attract a variety of events that will attract visitors to Lexington and have an economic impact for Lexington and the region. Additionally, the group will be responsible for marketing and sales, ticketing, finance, operations, reservations, and premium / VIP seating experiences and opportunities for all three properties. The company will also focus on increasing convention center activity and creating more opportunities with VisitLex.

The contract extends a five-year partnership, established in early 2018, where Oak View Group was responsible for all areas of event programming at Rupp Arena, with the exception of University of Kentucky sporting events.

“Central Bank Center has been fortunate to have tremendous leadership from Bill Owen and his team over the past two decades,” said Bob Elliston, Chairman of the Board of Lexington Center. “As we prepare for Bill’s retirement in the summer of 2022, selecting OVG facilities was the right choice to position the Center to reach even higher heights as our capital expansion of nearly $ 300 million is online.

“Central Bank Center is poised to attract a larger market for conventions, meetings and the nation’s best music and entertainment tours,” Elliston added. “Through our existing reservation agreement, OVG has demonstrated its market leadership by taking Rupp Arena reservations to record levels in 2019, the last full year before the COVID-19 pandemic disrupts national tours.”

Oak View Group Facilities is a division of the Oak View Group, the world’s largest developer of sports and entertainment facilities with $ 4.5 billion in capital deployed across eight projects. The company is part of the team developing the new Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, and operates the Charleston Convention and Events Center in West Virginia, the Jackson Convention Center Complex in Mississippi, and the Fort Smith Convention Center in Arkansas. The company also has a reservation agreement at Thompson-Boling Arena on the University of Tennessee campus in Knoxville.

Oak View Group is currently involved in five new arena construction projects in the United States, including the Climate Pledge Arena, home to the National Hockey League’s newest franchise, the Seattle Kraken, UBS Arena in Belmont Park , New York, the new home of the NHL’s New York Islanders, the Enmarket Arena in Savannah, Georgia, the Coachella Valley Arena in Coachella Valley, California, and the Moody Center on the University campus of Texas, in Austin.

“Based on our success at Rupp Arena, we look forward to expanding our role and bringing our additional resources to all central bank center facilities,” said Peter Luukko, President of Oak View Group Facilities. . “We are focused on increasing revenues, partnerships, conventions and creating a greater community and regional presence, because Lexington has so much to offer.

“Additionally, as we expand our presence in the Southeast, Lexington will be a key hub for the Oak View Group facilities and our other Southeast properties,” said Luukko.


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