VENUESLIVE Managing Director Daryl Kerry has today welcomed a 25 per cent shareholding investment in the company by the new ASM Global (Asia Pacific).

“We are excited about ASM Global’s investment in VenuesLive.  We look forward to the benefits that ASM Global’s investment in VenuesLive will bring, particularly in delivering additional events to the stadia we manage,” Mr Kerry said.

VenuesLive confirmed that ASM Global (Asia Pacific) had purchased a 25 per cent shareholding in VenuesLive previously held by Techfront Australia.

ASM Global, a premier venue management and services company, was formed through the recent merger of AEG Facilities and SMG.  The company spans five continents with a broad and diversified portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centres and performing arts venues.

Harvey Lister, Chairman and CEO of ASM Global in the Asia Pacific region, said ASM Global’s investment in VenuesLive was an exciting development that would guarantee more world-class music, family entertainment and sport content across a greater number of venues throughout Australia going forward.

As a result of this investment, Mr Lister will join the Board of VenuesLive with the day-to-day operational control of the company remaining under the direction of current directors and joint majority shareholders, Mr Kerry and Mr Steve Heytman.

VenuesLive is a leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events. It operates three of Australia’s most iconic stadiums – the 83,500-seat ANZ Stadium (soon to undergo a major refurbishment) and the 30,000-seat Bankwest Stadium in Sydney, as well as the 60,000-seat Optus Stadium in Perth. It also provides catering services in NSW to Sydney Olympic Park Venues, Sydney Motorsport Park, WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres, and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

In Asia Pacific, ASM Global currently manages the 12,000 seat Brisbane Entertainment Centre, the 52,500 seat Suncorp Stadium, the 21,000 seat Qudos Bank Arena in Sydney, the 8,500 seat First State Super Theatre at ICC Sydney,  the 15,000 seat RAC Arena in Perth, the recently opened 17,000 Coca Cola Arena in Dubai; mid-sized arena spaces in Brisbane, Newcastle, Cairns, Darwin and soon Christchurch; and convention and exhibition venues in Sydney, Brisbane, Cairns, Darwin, Newcastle, Christchurch, Kuala Lumpur and Muscat in Oman. The company is also the proponent for the 18,000 capacity Brisbane Live arena in the State’s capital.

Approval for the acquisition has been granted by the government owners of the three stadiums.

Bob Newman, President and CEO of ASM Global, said the new shareholding arrangement would offer VenuesLive the opportunity to benefit from ASM Global’s worldwide network of partnerships with leading entertainment and sports providers, which will bring high-profile content to the region.

“The real winners from these developments are the fans who will be able to access a greater range of world-class content, services, amenities and technologies in more venues than ever before, across Australia,” Mr. Newman said.

 

About VenuesLive

VenuesLive is a leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events. It operates three of Australia’s most iconic stadiums – ANZ Stadium (Sydney’s Olympic Stadium), Optus Stadium in Perth, and Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney, as well as providing catering services in NSW to Sydney Olympic Park Venues, Sydney Motorsport Park, WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres, and Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

The VenuesLive team provides a vast array of services to the venue and event industry including the procurement, staging, management and commercialisation of events; sponsorship; corporate hospitality; membership; catering; ticketing; merchandise; security; event staffing; ICT; marketing and communications; and facility maintenance including turf management.

VenuesLive is committed to growth and innovation in the areas of venue management, event delivery and catering services, leveraging its team’s extensive management and operations expertise to bring to life world-class events, service delivery, and a fans-first live sport and entertainment experience in all VenuesLive serviced venues.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company.  The company was formed by the recent combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management.  The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences.

ASM Global’s diverse portfolio of clients benefit from the company’s depth of resources and unparalleled experience, expertise and creative problem-solving. Each day, the company’s 61,000 passionate employees around the world deliver locally tailored solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deliver maximum results for venue owners, and operations, and amazing experiences for guests. By consistently looking for new ways to envision, innovate and empower the spaces and places that bring people together, ASM Global elevates the human spirit while delivering the highest value for all stakeholders.

After a competitive open tender process VenuesLive (NSW), as agent for Venues NSW, has been awarded the exclusive catering contract at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

VenuesLive (ex SAO) has been the caterer at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium since 2013 and demonstrated that our previous deliverables, venue knowledge, reputation and quality of service provided the best option for Georges River Council (the Venue owner).

Following the successful opening of Bankwest Stadium, we will implement a range of new food and beverage menu items and technical advancements at Netstrata Jubilee Stadium.

General Manager of Catering, Andreas Breitfuss, said of the announcement: “It’s fair to say that based on our track record and ability to win catering contracts, VenuesLive is a leader in the Stadia catering environments and our commitment to providing quality food and beverage services to major and suburban Stadiums is second to none.

“Our food and beverage philosophy of providing fresh and natural products with an emphasis on using local Sydney and New South Wales products along side of the high quality service standards has put us in good standing when submitting tenders of this nature.”

This is the third successful catering tender VenuesLive has won over the past two years (not including Bankwest Stadium).

Leading cleaning services company Facilities First has been entrusted with providing Western Sydney’s premier venues ANZ Stadium and Bankwest Stadium with cleaning and service delivery from 2019 onwards.

Facilities First will provide dedicated 24/7 service delivery and venue support while developing business relationships and community engagement within Western Sydney.

Pioneered in Australia over 20 years ago, Facilities First has provided cleaning services to some of the city’s most iconic hospitality venues.

Facilities First CEO Ben Bayot said of the partnership today: “We are excited to work in partnership with VenuesLive at ANZ Stadium and the new Bankwest Stadium and look forward to getting to know the communities serviced through these venues.”

Tim Brady, Senior Manager of Venues Operations at VenuesLive, said: “Following a rigorous procurement process, Facilities First Australia has been selected from a group of highly qualified and experienced cleaning service providers to manage the cleaning services at both ANZ Stadium and Bankwest Stadium in Sydney.”

Mr Brady also spoke of the partnership during the recent opening of Bankwest Stadium: “The new cleaning team from Facilities First formed an integral part of the wider Stadium operating team and managed the early intense period of operation with a calmness and capability that belied the very short period provided between the completion of construction and the venue’s first events.”

A grand stage for Sydney’s major sports and entertainment events, ANZ Stadium has welcomed more than 27 million fans since it was purpose-built for the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games.

The 30,000-seat Bankwest Stadium opened its doors to the public with a community open day on Sunday 14 April and has already hosted blockbuster sporting events and a series of business, community and cultural events.

The Stadium will host hundreds of additional meetings, functions and community events, with more than 600,000 people expected through the gates in its first nine months of operation.

About VenuesLive

VenuesLive is a leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events. It operates three of Australia’s most iconic stadiums – ANZ Stadium (Sydney’s Olympic stadium), Optus Stadium in Perth, and Bankwest Stadium in Western Sydney.

The VenuesLive team provides a vast array of services to the venue and event industry including the procurement, staging, management and commercialisation of events; sponsorship; corporate hospitality; membership; catering; ticketing; merchandise; security; event staffing; ICT; marketing and communications; and facility maintenance including turf management.

VenuesLive is committed to growth and innovation in the areas of venue management, event delivery and catering services . . .  leveraging its team’s extensive management and operations expertise to bring to life world-class events, service delivery, and a fans-first live sport and entertainment experience in all VenuesLive serviced venues.

About Facilities First

Facilities First is trusted to deliver cleaning, maintenance, and facility management services to over 3,000 sites. Pioneered in Australia over 20 years ago, Facilities First is dedicated to providing the highest quality of services to clients and ensuring job satisfaction to employees. Due to their loyal client base and internal structure centred around strength, diversity, purpose, relationships and making a difference, Facilities First is now one of the fastest growing facility management service providers within the market.

As a business, their roots began in the heart of Sydney providing cleaning services to some of the city’s oldest and most iconic hospitality venues. Two decades later, and a shift from TJS Services to Facilities First, Facilities First now employ over 1,300 direct staff, providing integrated services to these sectors:  Government, Health and Aged care, Hospitality, Venues and Events, Commercial and Retail, Energy and Resources, Education and Training.

See the Bankwest Media Release here

Office of NSW Minister for Sport Stuart Ayres

Western Sydney Stadium will now be known as ‘Bankwest Stadium’ after a seven-year partnership between the NSW Government and Bankwest for naming-rights of Western Sydney’s newest purpose-built stadium was announced today.

NSW Minister for Sport and Minister for Western Sydney Stuart Ayres made the announcement at the Stadium today alongside Bankwest Managing Director Rowan Munchenberg.

“Bankwest has embraced the opportunity to be part of booming Western Sydney and the company’s commitment to the naming rights of the venue is a huge vote of confidence in both the future of the Stadium and the region,” Mr Ayres said.

“This deal is important for the Stadium to be financially self-sustaining, making sure there is no burden to taxpayers to cover ongoing running costs.

“Bankwest Stadium is a game changer for sports fans across Western Sydney.”

Managing Director Rowan Munchenberg said Bankwest was thrilled to support this critical piece of community infrastructure in the vibrant, diverse and growing corridor of Western Sydney.

“The Bankwest Stadium partnership sends a clear message to the people of Western Sydney that we’ll continue to invest in products and services that meet their needs,” Mr Muchenberg said.

“Our vision is to deliver amazing customer experiences that matter, which is strongly aligned to the vision of this stadium ‘to empower world-class fan experiences’.

Bankwest Stadium is on track and on budget, with a rapidly increasing calendar of events and activities in place for 2019 including;

  • 14 regular-season NRL games commencing with Parramatta Eels v Wests Tigers on Easter Monday;
  • Three home Super Rugby games for the NSW Waratahs;
  • Western Sydney Wanderers playing English club Leeds in July;
  • Downer Rugby League World Cup 9s in October.

Bankwest Stadium will also host a range of community events, as well as meetings, functions and other special events.

The Stadium is owned by Venues NSW on behalf of the NSW Government and operated by VenuesLive.

BANKWEST STADIUM FAST FACTS:

  • The Stadium will cater for bigger crowds, provide an improved game-day experience and bring major benefits to the Western Sydney economy;
  • Generate approximately 1,200 jobs during construction and between 600 and 900 jobs once operational for sporting event days and major events;
  • Offer improved facilities for spectators including high-quality food and beverage facilities, improved screens, and better function facilities;
  • Total budget of $360 million with Lendlease appointed as design and construction partner;
  • Early work commenced in June 2017 with major work commencing in September 2017;
  • 30,000 seats, all fully roof covered and closer to the action than ever before in Australia;
  • 3,000 premium seats and 54 suites;
  • Full Wi-Fi coverage throughout the stadium;
  • A 360-degree open concourse with views of the field of play so that fans won’t miss any of the action when buying food and drinks;
  • Two flexible function spaces with views of the field and the parklands beyond the stadium;
  • Facilities catering to the emerging female sports industry including four team change rooms, which means women’s games can be played before men’s games.

The next generation of sporting infrastructure in NSW is on the way, with the magnificent Western Sydney Stadium now 70 per cent complete and on track to open in April 2019.

“With major construction more than halfway complete, securing a naming rights sponsor is a major milestone for the commercial operations of Western Sydney Stadium,” said Minister for Sport, Stuart Ayres.

VenuesLive, Operator of Western Sydney Stadium, has commenced a process on behalf of the NSW Government and Owner, Venues NSW, to enter in to a Stadium Naming Rights Partnership with a corporate sponsor.

This unique opportunity offers the Naming Rights Partner the chance to align their brand with the exciting new home of live sport and entertainment that will have pride of place in the growth corridor of Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Stadium is a 30,000-seat purpose-built rectangular stadium in the heart of Parramatta. Featuring steep grandstands and amazing sightlines, it will take fans closer to the action than ever before. It will offer an awesome live sport and entertainment experience in a lively precinct that will quickly become part of the fabric of Western Sydney.

While the Stadium will host major sport and entertainment events, it will also be a thriving hub of community activity, hosting an array of meetings and special events throughout the year.

Mr Shane Stoddard, General Manager Commercial at VenuesLive NSW, said the naming rights partnership opportunity at Western Sydney Stadium offered the successful corporation ubiquitous brand presence across all aspects of the community, along with a host of other benefits.

“Naming rights sponsorship occupies the highest point on the sponsorship pyramid, and for good reason given the many benefits that it offers,” he said.

“The competition to gain consumer attention is as intense as ever and this is a rare opportunity for a corporate sponsor to use naming rights at the amazing Western Sydney Stadium to rise above the advertising clutter and gain direct access to consumers.

“The Western Sydney naming rights present a rare opportunity for a corporation to embed their brand into the fabric of Western Sydney through the channel of sport and entertainment at the most exciting stadium in the country.”

The venue Operator envisages that Western Sydney Stadium will host a range of sporting events, which will include NRL and NRL Women’s Premiership games, A-League and W-League, Super Rugby, Rugby 7s, NSW and Australian representative games for both men’s and women’s teams in rugby league and rugby union, special football events featuring international clubs, among other one-off sporting events.

Live concerts and family-friendly entertainment events will also be scheduled – bringing to life the Stadium precinct on a regular basis.

  • Experienced venue operator VenuesLive to manage the new Western Sydney Stadium, bringing to life sport and entertainment events;
  • The 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium is more than 50 per cent completed;
  • It will be a world-class venue at Parramatta in the heartland of Western Sydney;
  • Western Sydney Stadium will bring fans closer to the action and create an amazing live sport and entertainment events experience.

See the official Media Release from the Minister for Sport, The Hon. Stuart Ayres, MP

THE NSW Government has announced the appointment of VenuesLive as Operator of the new Western Sydney Stadium.

The 30,000-seat Western Sydney Stadium at Parramatta is due to open in the second quarter of 2019.

The appointment of VenuesLive – the experienced operator of Sydney’s ANZ Stadium and Optus Stadium in Perth – is a significant milestone on the journey to deliver a world-class venue in the heart of Western Sydney.

Western Sydney Stadium is more than 50 per cent completed and will provide the fastest growing region in Australia with a new venue in which to host elite sport and entertainment events.

VenuesLive Chief Executive Officer, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “VenuesLive is delighted to be partnering with the NSW Government to operate Western Sydney Stadium, which will set new standards in live sport and entertainment when it opens in 2019.

Western Sydney Stadium will offer arguably the best viewing experience of any purpose-built rectangular stadium in the Southern Hemisphere when it comes to watching live sport and entertainment, but it will also provide Western Sydney with an exciting new home for a multitude of meetings and special events.

“VenuesLive is committed to growth and innovation in the areas of venue management, event delivery and catering services.

“We will leverage our team’s extensive management and operations expertise to bring to life world-class events in Western Sydney and deliver a truly fans-first live sport experience.”

Mr Kerry said VenuesLive would work closely with foundation tenants the Parramatta Eels and Western Sydney Wanderers, and other sporting clubs and entertainment promoters, to create an unrivalled spectator experience at Western Sydney Stadium.

Currently under construction on the site of the former Pirtek Stadium at Parramatta, Western Sydney Stadium is being delivered by Projects NSW, a specialist project delivery unit of Infrastructure NSW, in close partnership with Venues NSW, the owner, coordinator and promoter of a portfolio of publicly-owned sports and entertainment venues in NSW.

Western Sydney Stadium will provide undercover seating for 30,000 people and bring fans closer to the action than any other Stadium in Australia. It will feature significantly steeper grandstands with amazing sight lines from every seat.

VenuesLive is Australia’s leading provider of management and hospitality services to venues and events.

VenuesLive manages and operates ANZ Stadium (Sydney’s Olympic stadium) and the new Optus Stadium in Perth and its surrounding Stadium Park.

The company also provides hospitality services at Sydney Motorsport Park, Sydney International Aquatic Centre, Quaycentre, Sydney Olympic Park Sports Halls, Sydney Olympic Park Athletic Centre, Sydney Olympic Park Hockey Centre, Wollongong Sports & Entertainment Centres including WIN Stadium and WIN Entertainment Centre, and UOW Jubilee Oval at Kogarah.

The team that will run the new Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct is fast taking shape, with two of Australia’s leading sports administrators now confirmed in senior executive roles by Stadium operator VenuesLive.

The Perth Stadium team will be led by Chief Executive Officer Mike McKenna, who commenced work in Perth on Monday 28 November.

Mr McKenna has joined VenuesLive after almost 20 years in senior management roles at Cricket Australia and the Essendon Football Club. He was Executive General Manager, Operations at Cricket Australia and played a key role in the stewardship of all Cricket Australia’s marketing and commercial programs for 11 years.

Mr McKenna was architect of the hugely successful Big Bash League – a benchmark for sports, media and entertainment in Australia.

Prior to his roles at Cricket Australia, Mr McKenna was General Manager Commercial Operations at Essendon Football Club for seven years from 1998. During a period of significant transformation for Essendon and for AFL, Mr McKenna led the Essendon club’s move to Etihad Stadium.

“I am very excited about the opportunity ahead, helping to deliver one of the world’s great stadiums. Working with the WA Government, footy clubs, cricket and other sporting codes, we aim to deliver the best sporting and entertainment experiences for the people of Perth, WA and Australia,” Mr McKenna said.

“We have made a number of key appointments to my Perth Stadium management team and I look forward to the journey ahead.”

Respected Australian events manager Chris Loftus-Hills has joined the VenuesLive team after 11 seasons delivering major cricket events across the country,

Mr Loftus-Hills has been appointed General Manager Events & Operations at Perth Stadium and will take up his position in the VenuesLive management team on Monday 16 January.

Born in Kalgoorlie, Mr Loftus-Hills is well known for his role as Head of Events & Match Operations at Cricket Australia where he has worked since 2005.

“I am excited to be joining Mike McKenna and the team that will bring to life the new Perth Stadium and deliver world-class sport and entertainment events,” Mr Loftus-Hills said.  “I am very much looking forward to working with all the major sporting codes and other hirers to deliver a premium fan experience in a world-class facility that the people of Perth are going to be

A number of other senior appointments have been made at Perth Stadium by VenuesLive.

Robert Affleck, formerly Assistant Project Director for Perth Stadium with WA Government agency VenuesWest, has taken up the role of General Manager Corporate Services.

Dorian Hughes has joined VenuesLive as Operations Manager. His most recent role was Transition Manager for VenuesWest, responsible for managing the transition of Perth Stadium from construction to operation.

Kim Wisniewski has been appointed Information Communications Technology Manager. Kim joins the company from PricewaterhouseCoopers where he held the position of ICT Consultant.

Rebecca Purcell has taken up the role of Events Manager after a 10-year career in event operations at Sydney’s Olympic stadium, ANZ Stadium.

Commenting on the recent appointments at Perth Stadium, Chief Executive Officer of VenuesLive, Mr Daryl Kerry, said: “The new Perth Stadium team is well and truly taking shape with a number of senior executives either having already taken up their positions or transitioning across to VenuesLive.

“In Mike McKenna and Chris Loftus-Hills, the people of Western Australia have two of Australia’s finest sports administrators leading the way at Perth Stadium.”

As excitement builds toward the opening of Perth Stadium in early 2018, experienced Australian venue management company VenuesLive Management Services (formerly Stadium Australia Operations) has today officially been appointed Operator of the stadium.

Managing Director of VenuesLive, Mr Daryl Kerry, said his company was delighted to begin the journey that will ultimately deliver a world-class event schedule for the Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct.

“We are thrilled to take on the responsibility as Operator of Perth Stadium, which will be one of the great stadiums of the world when it opens for business,” Mr Kerry said.

“VenuesLive is honoured to be managing the Stadium on behalf of the Government of Western Australia and the people of Western Australia.

“Perth Stadium and the surrounding Sports Precinct will be an outstanding venue for Perth – a Stadium that the people of WA can be proud of and one that will attract world-class events and thousands of visitors to Perth and WA.

“VenuesLive will work closely with VenuesWest and Tourism WA to secure a range of exciting events for Perth Stadium and the surrounding precinct. This will be a Stadium talked about around the world, bringing endless colour, energy and excitement to the progressive city of Perth.”

Mr Kerry said the company would begin a recruitment process immediately to identify the best possible candidate for the role of Chief Executive Officer of Perth Stadium, as well as recruiting for other key operational roles.

Perth Stadium will be a multi-purpose venue capable of hosting AFL, cricket, football, rugby union, rugby league and entertainment events. It will have a capacity of 60,000 people and a fans-first approach in its design and technology infrastructure.

VenuesLive is an Australian venue management company that is an evolution of the experienced Stadium Australia Operations leadership and management team.

VenuesLive has been formally appointed Operator of Perth Stadium following an extensive tender and contract negotiation process by the WA State Government.

The VenuesLive management team will secure and bring to life an exciting array of events planned for Perth Stadium and Sports Precinct through its industry-leading delivery of services, innovation and fan experience initiatives. VenuesLive will be responsible for the day-to-day management of Perth Stadium and its surrounding Sports Precinct, including securing event content, event management, catering services, and ticketing.