Global Spectrum appointed to manage
URI Convocation Center
KINGSTON, R.I. -- March 28, 2000 -- Global Spectrum, a worldwide facility
and events management firm based in Philadelphia, has been named the facility
manager for the University of Rhode Island Convocation Center and its separate
ice facility. Global Spectrum is one of the largest facility management
companies in the nation and the only one to specialize in mid-sized facilities.
As the facility manager, Global Spectrum will oversee the entire operation
of the URI Convocation Center and the Ice Facility. The firm will hire and
train staff, book events, and handle ticketing for basketball.
Global Spectrum's parent company is Comcast-Spectacor, the organization
well known as the owner and operator of the Philadelphia Flyers (National
Hockey League) and the Philadelphia 76ers (National Basketball Association),
"The expertise that has helped the First Union Center and First
Union Spectrum complex in Philadelphia become among the most successful
in the country is the kind of rich experience that Global Spectrum brings
with it to the University's Convocation Center," said Robert M. Beagle,
vice president of URI's Division of University Advancement, the division
leading the fundraising drive that includes naming rights and other marketing
"The University will benefit from Global Spectrum's proven experience
in managing this type of facility and their solid network of resources,
including leads for naming opportunities, promoters, and performers, "
The firm already has assembled a team of specialists, including Front
Row Marketing, which will manage the corporate sponsorships and naming rights
for the Convocation Center; Fun League Group, operators of ice skating facilities,
to advise on the planning and operation of the ice facility; and Landes
Lombardi Associates, Inc., which will be engaged in advertising activities.
Currently Global Spectrum manages the following facilities: Comcast-Spectacor's
First Union Center and First Union Spectrum, Philadelphia, Penn.; Whittemore
Center Arena at the University of New Hampshire, Durham, N.H.; the Pueblo
Convention Center, Pueblo, Colo.; Colorado Springs World Arena, Colorado
Springs, Colo.; the Sovereign Bank Arena, Trenton, N.J.; the Harborview
Convention Center in Clearwater, Fla; and the James L. Knight International
Center, Miami, Fla.
The $54 million Convocation Center project is the largest building endeavor
ever at URI. The Convocation Center will host major University events, such
as convocation ceremonies, basketball games and other athletic contests,
alumni events, concerts and major cultural events. The overall project includes
a separate $12 million ice skating facility.
Actual construction for the Convocation Center is expected to commence
in fall 2000 to accommodate the URI athletics event schedule for this summer.
Utility relocation will begin after June 5, following the Rhode Island Special
Olympics, which URI hosts each year at Meade Stadium and accompanying athletics
facilities. Demolition of the football stands will take place after July
3, following the Snickers Soccer Tournament. Interior demolition and prep
work may start prior to July 3, since it can be completed without disrupting
Groundbreaking ceremonies for the Convocation Center are expected to
be held in the fall 2000. The Convocation Center will open its doors for
its first event in fall 2002.
For More Information: Linda Acciardo or Jhodi Redlich, 401-874-2116