2005

The O2 Awes Under the Big Top

Amusement Business Magazine, December 2005

Steve Cameron, writer for Amusement Business Magazine, details the progress of AEG’s 23,000-seat arena under construction beneath the Millennium Dome in London, England. Gary Hunt, Director of European Projects for ICON Venue Group gave Steve an insider’s view of the project.
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Article reprinted from Amusement Business Magazine

Team Building

November 5, 2005, The Denver Post

In suburban Denver and across the country, private developers are meshing sports franchises with broad real estate plays. They are using sports arenas and stadiums as anchors for projects that include residential, commercial and civic buildings…ICON Venue Group, a Denver company co-owned by Philip Anschutz, is helping with construction of Commerce City's soccer stadium and Broomfield's arena. Headed by Tim Romani, ICON also helped build the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field at Mile High.

The full article can be found in the November 5, 2005 edition of Denver Post.

Broomfield Event Center Breaks Ground

October 18, 2005, Press Release

Wiens Frew Management Group, LLC, broke ground today on what began as a bold idea in a city with a track record of making big things happen and in a location perfect for North Denver sports and entertainment fans. The Broomfield Event Center team includes Sink Combs Dethlefs (architect), The Romani Group/ICON Venue Group (owner’s representative), International Coliseum Company (owner’s representative), Saunders Construction (general contractor) and Hogan & Hartson and Hoffman, Pozner & Reilly (legal).

Newark Breaks Ground for Devils Arena

October 3, 2005 New Jersey Devils Online

ICON Venue Group is proud to announce that ground has been broken on one of its projects, the Newark Arena, future home of the New Jersey Devils. The groundbreaking ceremony had over 800 attendees and was reviewed in the New York Times and the New Jersey Star Ledger.

KSE Breaks Ground on New Rapids Stadium & World's Largest Soccer Complex

September 28, 2005, Colorado Rapids Press Release

Ground was broken on September 28, 2005 on the new Colorado Rapids MLS Stadium, one of ICON Venue Group’s projects. The new Rapids Stadium will be the cornerstone of an expansive sports, entertainment and retail complex. The stadium will be pre-fitted for concerts and stage events, seating up to 26,000, while seating 18,000 for sports events. Twenty-four youth and professional practice fields will join the stadium in the sports park, making it the largest soccer complex in the United States.

Boston Celtics Executive and MIT Sloan Graduate To Teach New Sports Management Course

September 19, 2005, MIT Sloan Newsletter

Morey plans to bring to his Cambridge classroom a first-string team of guest lecturers who are on the leading edge of the new generation of franchise managers who utilize sophisticated analytic methods both on and off the field. Speakers include…Tim Romani, founder and CEO of The Romani Group, a leading arena construction and operations consulting firm. [More…]

Wild CEO joins push for Vikings stadium

August, 30, 2005, St. Paul Pioneer Press

"Sperling is among a handful of experts on the  construction and management of major league sports facilities in the U.S,"  Steve Novak, Anoka's pointman on the stadium initiative, said Monday. "He  has almost encyclopedic knowledge of stadium issues between teams and  jurisdictions, and he's affiliated with people who have been working with the  NFL.'' One of the people is Tim Romani, whose development firm, ICON Venue  Group in suburban Denver, led the construction of the Denver Broncos stadium and  more than a dozen other sports facilities.

City to pay Frew, Wiens $1.4M fee, Contracts outline expectations for developers

August 13, 2005, The Daily Camera

Construction costs include $29 million to build the center (Broomfield Event Center), $6 million in equipment and furnishings and $9 million in "soft costs" such as the development fee to Frew and Wiens and the land purchase. Frew and Wiens have contracted with ICON Venue Group LLC to supervise construction. The Denver company worked on projects such as Coors Field, the Staples Center in Los Angeles and the Colorado Convention Center expansion.

The full article can be read in the August 13, 2005 edition of The Daily Camera website.

Public Sector Counseling: The Pepsi Center, Denver, Colorado

August 01, 2005, Case Study

Peter Bowes, Real Estate Counsel for the Pepsi Center project, compiled an online case study outlining the details of the land negotiations for Pepsi Center. In his study, he detailed Tim Romani’s key role and his effect on the successful land deal.

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The O2 to be a London 2012 Olympic Games Venue

July 6, 2005

On July 6, 2005, the International Olympic Committee  selected London to host the 2012 Olympic Games. The O2, an ICON Venue Group  sports and entertainment arena project, will be the main venue for basketball,  handball, gymnastics, and trampoline events.

Buyers Take in All the Angles

Amusement Business Magazine, July 2005

Steve Cameron, writer for Amusement Business Magazine, details the unique challenge of selecting and buying video display technology facing Tim Romani, President and CEO of ICON Venue Group, and Michael Hallmark with regard to their respective projects in the New Jersey and New York areas. [More…] Article reprinted from Amusement Business Magazine

AEG to start building arena inside London’s unloved dome

Sports Business Journal, May 16, 2005

AEG is spending $300 million to build the 19,000-seat arena and investing $1 billion overall on retail and entertainment development around it, including a casino and hotel, Romani said. He is project manager and principal owner of Denver-based Icon, AEG’s facility development partner. “It’s like building a ship in a bottle,” he said. “Usually, you build from the ground up and then set the roof on top. This one is totally the opposite. The first thing we’re building is the roof.”

(For the full article, please read a copy of the May 16-22, 2005 issue of Sports Business Journal)

ICON Venue Group Hired on Broomfield Event Center Project

May 12, 2005

ICON Venue Group was recently hired to represent arena  developers John Frew, former general manager of the Grand Prix of Denver, and  Tim Wiens, a banker and real estate developer to oversee design, construction,  and commissioning of the $45 million, 6,000-seat indoor arena scheduled to open  in late 2006 in Broomfield, Colorado. The arena will serve as the “Gateway to  Broomfield” is a 200-acre, mixed-use Arista community.

NBA arenas: Fantastic or not?

USA TODAY, April 13, 2005

Denver's Pepsi Center tops USA TODAY's list as the NBA's fan-friendliest arena. The Pepsi Center was completed on October 1, 1999 by its Owner, Ascent Arena Company. At that time, ICON President and CEO, Tim Romani, was President of Ascent Arena Company and was directly responsible for every aspect of the Pepsi Center project. Additionally, ICON Vice President and Project Executive, Marc Farha, served as Director of Construction and Operations on the project. Art Aaron and Jim Cronin, current ICON team members, were also instrumental in the Pepsi Center project. Now, the ICON executives bring their knowledge and expertise of financing, building, and operating the “fan-friendliest” arena to current ICON clients.

For full text of the online article, and to learn why Denver’s Pepsi Center was rated the number one fan-friendly arena in the country, click on the following link: [More…]

Redefining Downtown Kansas City

A Special Supplement to Heartland Real Estate Business, March 2005

Amid a $5 billion development boom in the Kansas City region, downtown Kansas City, Missouri, is currently undergoing a multi-billion dollar renaissance that will not only alter its skyline, but its image as well…"Kansas City is steeped in sports tradition and is a major metropolitan city in America's heartland," says Tim Romani, president of ICON Venue Group, which is the developer's representative for AEG, the center's developer. [More…]

Is he or isn't he?

Denver Business Journal, January 14, 2005

Is Tim Romani helping the Boston Celtics search for a new home? Sports Illustrated recently reported so in its online edition. [More…]

Dazzling sights

Stadia Magazine, January 2005

Tim Romani, President and CEO of ICON Venue Group, is set to be one of the most influential figures in the industry. He talks to Stadia about the challenges of delivering a raft of new projects. [More…]