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April 16, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global Expands International Reach with First Italian Partnership

Reaches Agreement to Service and Commercialize New Cantù Basketball Arena

ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, has been selected to co-manage operations, run the commercialization, and oversee the development of a new arena in Cantù, Italy. The nearly 6,000-seat facility, which will be completed in late 2023, extends ASM’s geographic footprint to Italy. Once completed, the arena will be the new home of Pallacanestro Cantù, the professional basketball team in Italy’s Lega Basket Serie A (LBA) and one of the most successful clubs in all of Europe.

“Today we plant the flag in Italy, a region with incredible growth potential,” said Ron Bension, President and CEO of ASM Global. “ASM brings to Cantù the decades of expertise and world-class service that have made ASM the premier venue service company it is today. We are looking forward to building on our success and making the new arena one of the most recognized facilities in the region.”

The entry into Italy continues ASM’s international market expansion. Already known for operating some of the most iconic and successful venues in the world like the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, The Globe in Stockholm, SSE Arena Wembley in London, and Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, ASM will provide the Cantù facility the strength and depth of its sports and entertainment networks. The arena will also benefit from ASM’s professional management services, operations assistance, market knowledge, building design support and planning expertise. Including the addition of this new facility, ASM’s European portfolio currently consists of approximately 50 theaters, stadiums, equestrian centers and arenas.

“The Cantù arena is but another example of ASM’s ability to help turn a great idea into reality,” said John Sharkey, Executive Vice President, Europe, at ASM Global. “We were introduced to this project last year and even in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic we remained steadfast to get to today. I couldn’t be prouder of our team and our new Italian partners and I cannot wait to break ground.”

The arena will be developed with the full support of Cantù Municipality by Cantù Next, a financial services and real estate development firm that will also provide most of the project’s funding. In addition to indoor and outdoor training facilities for the basketball club, the two-tier facility will provide structural flexibility to allow for other sports and events, including expos, fairs, conventions, and corporate gatherings.
“We are honored to be able to link the names of Cantù Next and Pallacanestro Cantù with ASM Global, the premier name in entertainment and venue management,” said Andrea Mauri, Managing Director of Cantù Next and Pallacanestro Cantù. “This alliance represents a great opportunity not only for the club, but for the new sports arena. Thanks to ASM, we will be able to develop new partnerships with international brands and will be able to better attract non-sporting events that will provide added value for the city of Cantù and, more generally, for our territory.”

Umberto Gandini, President of LBA, added: “In locating the stadium in a central area surrounded by city and regional institutions, the new Cantù arena follows the path of other Serie A clubs, such as the new facility in Brindisi, home of New Basket, or the Segafredo Arena, which houses the Virtus Bologna and is located in the Fiera District.


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March 16, 2021 | ASM Global

ASM Global Appoints Ron Bension as President and Chief Executive Officer

LOS ANGELES, CA -- ASM Global (“ASM”) today announced that Ron Bension has been appointed to the position of President and Chief Executive Officer and will assume his new role immediately.

“We are thrilled to have Ron join the ASM Global team. He is precisely the type of executive we seek to lead our businesses. His extensive history of managing enterprises that create superb experiences for customers and visitors will be an enormous asset to the company. In addition, his demonstrated strategic thinking and execution capabilities are a perfect fit for the next phase of ASM’s growth as we exit the pandemic,” said Kosty Gilis, Managing Director at Onex and ASM board member.

“We admire Ron’s long and successful track record across a number of highly respected companies in the live events and leisure industries and are confident in his ability to build on the progress made under Bob Newman. ASM is poised for success and at AEG we are as committed and optimistic as ever about the future of the company and the industry,” continued Dan Beckerman, CEO of AEG and ASM board member.

Mr. Bension brings over four decades of experience to ASM including, most recently, a long tenure at Live Nation as President of House of Blues Entertainment. Prior to this, he held President and CEO roles across a distinguished set of public and private companies including at Tickets.com, GameWorks, MCA Recreation Group and Universal Studios Hollywood.

“I am excited to join ASM Global. The company has an unparalleled track record of success and leading capabilities. I look forward to working closely with the dedicated ASM Global team to grow the business and to build upon the Company’s deep relationships with its incredible, best-in-class clients around the world,” said Mr. Bension.

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March 9, 2021 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

ASM GLOBAL AND MECUM AUCTIONS ANNOUNCE MULTIYEAR STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP AGREEMENT

ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, and Mecum Auctions, the worldwide leader in auctions of collector cars, vintage motorcycles and Road Art sales, announced today a multiyear strategic partnership. The agreement will allow Mecum to capitalize on ASM Global’s expertise and reach for centralized booking and routing across its extensive network of more than 200 venues throughout North America. .... Read More

December 10, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

BROOKSHIRE GROCERY CO. PARTNERS WITH CITY OF BOSSIER CITY FOR NAMING OF BOSSIER CITY ARENA

Brookshire Grocery Company (BGC) and City of Bossier City are excited to announce that BGC has purchased naming rights of the Bossier City Arena to be known as the Brookshire Grocery Arena. Mayor Lo Walker made the announcement at a press conference held at the premiere entertainment venue this morning. .... Read More

November 12, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

ASM GLOBAL SELECTED TO MANAGE NEWCASTLE GATESHEAD’S NEW SPORTS & ENTERTAINMENT COMPLEX IN UNITED KINGDOM

ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, has been selected to operate an all-new sports and entertainment campus situated on the Newcastle Gateshead waterfront at Gateshead Quays in the United Kingdom. .... Read More

October 22, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

17 ASM GLOBAL SITES CHOSEN FOR NCAA TOURNEYS

The NCAA has announced its venues for Championship Tournaments for 2022-2026, selecting 17 ASM Global-managed venues .... FULL LISTING

June 17, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

ASM GLOBAL SELECTED TO MANAGE KING CENTER

ASM Global, the world’s leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences, has been selected to manage the King Center for the Performing Arts at Eastern Florida State College.... Read More

April 29, 2020 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

ASM GLOBAL LAUNCHES VENUESHIELD PROGRAM

As local communities around the world consider reopening parts of their economies in the safest way possible, ASM Global, the world’s leading venue management and services company, today announced plans to launch a new environmental hygiene protocol... Read More

December 3, 2019 | ASM Global North America

ASM GLOBAL GRANTED CONTRACT RENEWAL TO MANAGE GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER

The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) Board of Directors has approved a contract renewal for ASM Global to continue managing the award-winning Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC)... Read More

November 14, 2019 | ASM Global North America

LYRIC FOUNDATION SELECTS ASM GLOBAL FOR MANAGEMENT OF MODELL PAC AT THE LYRIC

ASM Global, the leading provider of innovative venue services and live experiences, today announced that it has signed a five-year agreement with the Lyric Foundation for management of the Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric... Read More

November 7, 2019 | ASM Global North America

Hawai'i Convention Center Earns Awards of Excellence

Hawaii Convention Center recently gained recognition both domestically and abroad for its work in the meetings industry as the recipient of three awards... Read More

October 24, 2019 | ASM Global North America

ASM GLOBAL ANNOUNCES EXECUTIVE LEADERSHIP TEAM

Los Angeles, CA -- October 24, 2019 -- ASM Global (ASM), the premier venue management and services company, today announced the company’s new executive leadership team who will report to President and CEO of ASM Global, Bob Newman... Read More

October 10, 2019 | ASM Global Europe

ASM GLOBAL SIGNED AS VENUE OPERATOR FOR NEW GATESHEAD QUAYS COMPLEX

Further expanding its footprint in the UK, ASM Global (a merger between SMG Europe and AEG Facilities) announced today that it has signed to be the venue management provider for a new £260m arena, conference and exhibition centre on Gateshead Quays...Read More

October 3, 2019 | ASM Global North America

NEW ASM GLOBAL EXPANDS FOOTPRINT IN AUSTRALIA

ASM Global today announced a strategic investment of a 25% shareholding in Sydney-based Stadium operator VenuesLive from Techfront Australia. ... Read More

October 1, 2019 | ASM Global North America

AEG FACILITIES AND SMG COMPLETE TRANSACTION TO CREATE ASM GLOBAL

Los Angeles, CA, West Conshohocken, PA, – Oct 1, 2019 -- AEG Facilities, LLC (“AEG Facilities”), the venue management affiliate of Anschutz Entertainment Group, Inc. (“AEG”), and SMG, a portfolio company of Onex (TSX: ONEX) and its affiliated funds... Read More

September 13, 2019 | ASM Global Europe

SMG and AEG Facilities Merger Update

We are pleased that the proposed merger of SMG and AEG Facilities has received unconditional clearance from the ... Read More

FEBRUARY 7, 2019 | ASM Global North America & ASM Global Europe

AEG FACILITIES AND SMG ANNOUNCE MERGER FORMING ASM GLOBAL,
A DYNAMIC COMPANY SPANNING FIVE CONTINENTS

Los Angeles, CA, West Conshohocken, PA, Toronto, ON – February 7, 2019 -- AEG Facilities, the venue management subsidiary of AEG, and SMG, an Onex (TSX: ONEX) portfolio company, today announced they have signed a definitive agreement to merge... Read More
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