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  • SMG Europe sells 140,000+ darts tickets

    Feb 4th, 2016

    SMG Europe Hits Bullseye After Selling Over 140,000 Darts Tickets   SMG Europe’s first direct arena will open this year’s Betway Premier League Darts as it is revealed the entertainment giant has now amassed over 140,000 ticket sales for darts… Read more…

  • SMG’s UK arenas top the charts

    Jul 24th, 2015

    SMG’s UK arenas top the charts   SMG’s UK Arenas are amongst the busiest in the world, according to industry bible Pollstar. SMG’s three UK arenas all placed within the top thirty busiest arenas in the world, according to Pollstar’s… Read more…

  • Manchester Arena 20th anniversary

    Jul 15th, 2015

    Manchester Arena celebrates 20th anniversary year   On 15 July 2015, Manchester Arena celebrated the 20th anniversary of its first ever event. Torvill and Dean opened what was then the NYNEX arena and 15,000 people came to watch the show… Read more…

  • SMG alliance with Artexis easyFairs

    Feb 5th, 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, which will be based in… Read more…

  • SMG acquires CGC Events Ltd

    Feb 5th, 2015

    SMG Europe makes strategic UK catering acquisition   SMG Europe, the operator of Manchester Arena, Newcastle’s Metro Radio Arena and the first direct Arena in Leeds, has acquired event catering and hospitality specialist, CGC Events Ltd. Manchester-headquartered SMG is a… Read more…

  • Manchester Arena celebrates 20th yaer

    Jan 15th, 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… Read more…

  • Manchester Arena in the top 3 in the world

    Dec 24th, 2014

    Manchester Arena places in billboard’s top 3 2014 international arenas   Manchester Arena (formerly Phones 4u Arena, Manchester) has been officially recognised as the third busiest venue in the world during 2014. The findings, announced this week by music industry… Read more…

  • SMG named preferred bidder for new Bristol Arena

    Dec 3rd, 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… Read more…

  • John Sharkey appointed EVP European Operations

    Sep 26th, 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… Read more…

  • first direct Arena – “best new venue in the world”

    Jun 5th, 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…. Read more…

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