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SMG Europe appointed operators of AECC ahead of move to new £333million location
Posted on 03 April 2017

SMG EUROPE APPOINTED OPERATORS OF AECC AHEAD OF MOVE TO NEW £333MILLION LOCATION

Aberdeen City Council has today appointed SMG Europe to manage the existing AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre) ahead of a move to its new purpose-built home near Aberdeen International Airport in 2019.

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first direct extends relationship with Arena in Leeds
Posted on 15 March 2017

FIRST DIRECT EXTENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH ARENA IN LEEDS

first direct has confirmed it will extend its naming sponsorship of Leeds' iconic arena for a further five years.

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SMG EUROPE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE APPOINTMENT TO UK ARENA PORTFOLIO
Posted on 24 January 2017

SMG EUROPE ANNOUNCES DOUBLE APPOINTMENT TO UK ARENA PORTFOLIO

SMG Europe is pleased to announce the double appointment of Jen Mitchell as General Manager of Leeds’ first direct arena and Ailsa Oliver as General Manager of Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena.

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SMG Europe wins public tender to manage and operate new AECC
Posted on 02 December 2016

SMG EUROPE WINS PUBLIC TENDER TO MANAGE AND OPERATE NEW AECC

SMG Europe has today been named preferred bidder for Scotland’s new AECC (Aberdeen Exhibition and Conference Centre). The UK’s largest arena operator has agreed a ten year deal with Aberdeen City Council to manage, operate and programme the new 12,500 capacity venue, due to open 2019.

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Manchester Arena has been recognised as one of the world’s best arenas with double award nominations.
Posted on 11 November 2016

MANCHESTER ARENA HAS BEEN RECOGNISED AS ONE OF THE WORLD’S BEST ARENAS WITH DOUBLE AWARD NOMINATIONS.

Manchester Arena has been recognised by industry professionals as one of the world’s best arenas after receiving two international award nominations. Billboard’s Top International Arena Of The Year and Pollstar’s International Venue Of The Year.

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Joshua vs Molina sells over 17,000 tickets on day one at Manchester Arena
Posted on 08 November 2016

JOSHUA VS MOLINA SELLS OVER 17,000 TICKETS ON DAY ONE AT MANCHESTER ARENA

More than 17,000 tickets were sold on the opening day of sales for Anthony Joshua's IBF world heavyweight title defence against Eric Molina at the undisputed and undefeated home of UK boxing.

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Manchester Arena announce Take That with 44 record-breaking hometown shows
Posted on 03 November 2016

MANCHESTER ARENA ANNOUNCE TAKE THAT WITH 44 RECORD-BREAKING HOMETOWN SHOWS

Take That have added a sixth hometown show at Manchester Arena as part of next year’s Wonderland Live UK tour, bringing their tally of shows at the venue to a record-breaking 44.

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Key 103 has been named the official radio partner for Manchester Arena
Posted on 03 November 2016

KEY 103 HAS BEEN NAMED THE OFFICIAL RADIO PARTNER FOR MANCHESTER ARENA

Manchester Arena has announced Key 103 as the 'Official Radio Partner'. The live entertainment venue has secured a twelve month deal with Bauer City Network Station.

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Manchester Arena GM makes Billboard top bosses list
Posted on 03 November 2016

MANCHESTER ARENA GM MAKES BILLBOARD TOP BOSSES LIST

Billboard magazine have revealed their list of Top Arena Managers - a ranking of the top 20 venue execs driving the $20 billion global concert industry - which includes James Allen, General Manager for SMG Europe’s flagship venue Manchester Arena.

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SMG Europe announces the return of Ticketmaster as official ticketing partner
Posted on 01 November 2016

SMG EUROPE ANNOUNCES THE RETURN OF TICKETMASTER AS OFFICIAL TICKETING PARTNER

LONDON, (01 November 2016) – SMG Europe announced today that it will be partnering with Ticketmaster as its Official Ticketing Partner at the expiry of its current ticketing contract. The move is expected to take place by summer 2018.

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SMG Europe and Live Nation awarded Bristol Arena operator contract
Posted on 27 July 2016

SMG EUROPE AND LIVE NATION AWARDED BRISTOL ARENA OPERATOR CONTRACT

Bristol City Council has officially awarded the contract for the operation of Bristol Arena, due to be built close to Bristol Temple Meads station.

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North East’s largest venue joins NewcastleGateshead at The Meetings Show
Posted on 13 June 2016

NORTH EAST’S LARGEST VENUE JOINS NEWCASTLEGATESHEAD AT THE MEETINGS SHOW

SMG Europe, owners of Metro Radio Arena, are set to join NewcastleGateshead Convention Bureau tomorrow at this year’s Meetings Show.

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2 million tickets sold by SMG Europe & Feld Entertainment
Posted on 06 May 2016

2 MILLION TICKETS SOLD BY SMG EUROPE & FELD ENTERTAINMENT

SMG Europe and Feld Entertainment are celebrating this week after selling their 2 millionth ticket in the UK.

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SMG EUROPE APPOINT FORMER PERTH CONCERT HALL GM FOR COVETED ROLE AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL
Posted on 26 February 2016

SMG EUROPE APPOINT FORMER PERTH CONCERT HALL GM FOR COVETED ROLE AT THE BRIDGEWATER HALL

SMG Europe is delighted to announce the appointment of Andrew Bolt, former General Manager of Australia’s Perth Concert Hall, as CEO of The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. Australian-born Bolt was General Manager of Perth Concert Hall for 21 years and previously in the management of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation and the West Australian Symphony Orchestra for 13 years.

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Frampton v Quigg to become second biggest selling fight in SMG Europe history
Posted on 22 February 2016

FRAMPTON V QUIGG TO BECOME SECOND BIGGEST SELLING FIGHT IN SMG EUROPE HISTORY

Saturday’s highly-anticipated clash between Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg is set to become SMG Europe’s second ever biggest selling fight.

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SMG Europe Hits Bullseye After Selling Over 140,000 Darts Tickets
Posted on 04 February 2016

SMG EUROPE HITS BULLSEYE AFTER SELLING OVER 140,000 DARTS TICKETS

Betway Premier League Darts has now amassed over 140,000 ticket sales for darts across SMG Europe's three arenas.

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SMG’s UK Arenas Top The Charts
Posted on 24 July 2015

SMG’S UK ARENAS TOP THE CHARTS

SMG’s UK Arenas are amongst the busiest in the world, according to industry bible Pollstar.

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Manchester Arena celebrates 20th anniversary year
Posted on 15 July 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

On 15 July 2015, Manchester Arena celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first ever event.

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SMG sign strategic alliance with Artexis easyFairs
Posted on 06 February 2015

SMG SIGN STRATEGIC ALLIANCE WITH ARTEXIS EASYFAIRS

Eric Everard, CEO of Artexis easyFairs and Wes Westley, SMG President & CEO today announced that they have finalised a strategic alliance and established a joint venture company, Artexis-SMG,

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SMG Europe makes strategic UK catering acquisition
Posted on 05 February 2015

SMG EUROPE MAKES STRATEGIC UK CATERING ACQUISITION

SMG Europe has acquired event catering and hospitality specialist, CGC Events Ltd.

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Manchester Arena Appoint Tresamo
Posted on 23 January 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA APPOINT TRESAMO

Manchester Arena have appointed Tresamo Media as their retained social media management agency.

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MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES  20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR
Posted on 15 January 2015

MANCHESTER ARENA CELEBRATES 20TH ANNIVERSARY YEAR

Manchester’s biggest live entertainment venue will celebrate its 20th anniversary this year. As part of the celebrations the venue will draw on its standing within the city’s rich musical history and be renamed Manchester Arena.

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MANCHESTER ARENA PLACES IN BILLBOARD’S TOP THREE 2014 INTERNATIONAL ARENAS
Posted on 24 December 2014

MANCHESTER ARENA PLACES IN BILLBOARD’S TOP THREE 2014 INTERNATIONAL ARENAS

Manchester Arena has been officially recognised as the third busiest venue in the world during 2014.

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SMG Named Preferred Bidder For New Bristol Arena
Posted on 03 December 2014

SMG NAMED PREFERRED BIDDER FOR NEW BRISTOL ARENA

Bristol Arena has moved a significant step closer with the announcement that the UK’s largest arena operator SMG, in partnership with Live Nation, has been named as preferred bidder to operate the 12,000 capacity venue.

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John Sharkey appointed Executive Vice President, European Operations
Posted on 26 September 2014

JOHN SHARKEY APPOINTED EXECUTIVE VICE PRESIDENT, EUROPEAN OPERATIONS

SMG President & CEO, Wes Westley, today announced that John Sharkey will become Executive Vice President, European Operations, effective 6th October 2014. He will assume responsibility for SMG’s existing business operations in Europe as well as spearheading the business development ambitions for the Group in Europe and Asia.

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First Direct Arena named best new venue in the world
Posted on 05 June 2014

FIRST DIRECT ARENA NAMED BEST NEW VENUE IN THE WORLD

The first direct arena in Leeds, operated by SMG Europe has been awarded the prestigious title of new venue of the year at the Stadium Business Awards in London.

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SMG Europe partners with the National Arenas Association
Posted on 06 May 2014

SMG EUROPE PARTNERS WITH THE NATIONAL ARENAS ASSOCIATION

The NAA (National Arenas Association) has welcomed SMG Europe’s flagship UK arenas as members of its organisation. SMG, the UK’s biggest arena operator, will now bring all of its major venues into the NAA as Phones 4u Arena Manchester, Metro Radio Arena Newcastle and first direct Arena Leeds join existing member Odyssey Arena Belfast.

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THE HOME OF BOXING LANDS SECOND EPIC ENCOUNTER
Posted on 21 March 2014

THE HOME OF BOXING LANDS SECOND EPIC ENCOUNTER

Manchester heavyweight Tyson Fury will face Dereck Chisora at Phones 4u Arena Manchester this summer in a WBO title eliminator bout. The announcement comes just weeks after local boxer Scott Quigg announced he would defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title at the UK's undisputed home of boxing.

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Kylie returns to her No 1 venue Phones 4u Arena Manchester
Posted on 17 March 2014

KYLIE RETURNS TO HER NO 1 VENUE PHONES 4U ARENA MANCHESTER

Kylie – the biggest selling solo artist in the history of Phones 4u Arena Manchester – returns to the city she says “has always welcomed me so much” to showcase tracks from her brand new album Kiss Me Once. The list of records Kylie holds at the Manchester venue is unprecedented. The pop icon has performed more shows, and to more people, at Phones 4u Arena than at any other venue in the world.

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PHONES 4u ARENA TO HOST WORLD TITLE FIGHT BY LOCAL BOXER SCOTT QUIGG
Posted on 10 March 2014

PHONES 4U ARENA TO HOST WORLD TITLE FIGHT BY LOCAL BOXER SCOTT QUIGG

Local hero Scott Quigg returns to Phones 4u Arena Manchester to defend his WBA World Super Bantamweight title against mandatory challenger Nehomar Cermeno on Saturday 19 April.

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On-Communications & Extricom powered Wi-Fi connects SMG Europe’s  First Direct Arena and Bruce Springsteen
Posted on 05 August 2013

ON-COMMUNICATIONS & EXTRICOM POWERED WI-FI CONNECTS SMG EUROPE’S FIRST DIRECT ARENA AND BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN

Leeds, UK – August 5, 2013 – SMG Europe, the worldwide leader in venue management, On-Communications, the arena communications specialists and Extricom, the award winning enterprise wireless LAN (WLAN) provider for large public venues, today announced their partnership to provide a market-leading WLAN solution for the new first direct Arena in the heart of West Yorkshire, UK.

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MOBILE PHONE RETAIL GIANT PHONES 4U TO RE-NAME MANCHESTER ARENA
Posted on 02 August 2013

MOBILE PHONE RETAIL GIANT PHONES 4U TO RE-NAME MANCHESTER ARENA

SMG Europe has announced a 5 year multi-million pound sponsorship deal with the mobile phone retailer Phones 4u which, from today, sees the group's flagship venue re-named Phones 4u Arena - Manchester.

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Mercedes Benz Superdome crowned Venue Of The Year at 2013 Stadium Business Awards
Posted on 10 June 2013

MERCEDES BENZ SUPERDOME CROWNED VENUE OF THE YEAR AT 2013 STADIUM BUSINESS AWARDS

SMG’s flagship Louisiana venue, the Mercedes Benz Superdome, was crowned Venue Of The Year at The Stadium Business Awards 2013 last week.

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BBC Sports Personality Of The Year to take place in Leeds
Posted on 10 May 2013

BBC SPORTS PERSONALITY OF THE YEAR TO TAKE PLACE IN LEEDS

The first direct arena Leeds has been announced today as the next venue to host the BBC Sports Personality of the Year, for its 60th anniversary.

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SMG announces partnership with worldwide financial organisation for new Leeds venue
Posted on 02 May 2013

SMG ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH WORLDWIDE FINANCIAL ORGANISATION FOR NEW LEEDS VENUE

One of the largest international banking and financial services organisations in the world has today announced a five year sponsorship deal with SMG Europe.

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SMG Europe partners with EventBooking.com across flagship UK venues
Posted on 28 March 2013

SMG EUROPE PARTNERS WITH EVENTBOOKING.COM ACROSS FLAGSHIP UK VENUES

SMG Europe – whose UK portfolio includes Manchester Arena and the new Leeds Arena – has teamed up with software experts EventBooking.com to manage its central event booking system.

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Phones 4u Arena to stage only UK indoor show of Roger Waters The Wall Live
Posted on 27 February 2013

PHONES 4U ARENA TO STAGE ONLY UK INDOOR SHOW OF ROGER WATERS THE WALL LIVE

Roger Waters - the creative genius behind musical pioneers Pink Floyd - returns to Phones 4u Arena this September for his only indoor performance of The Wall Live this year.

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Leeds Arena - Just what The Boss ordered
Posted on 19 February 2013

LEEDS ARENA - JUST WHAT THE BOSS ORDERED

The UK’s newest arena venue – due to officially open its doors in September – to be given an impromptu road test this July at the request of rock legend Bruce Springsteen.

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