2006

Arena Vision Taking Shape

Supersonics.com, November 29, 2006

Wednesday's announcement that the Seattle Sonics & Storm have selected HOK Sport as the architect to design the planned new arena for both teams gave Clayton Bennett, the chairman of The Professional Basketball Club, LLC, the opportunity to offer the Seattle media another update on his vision for the future home of the Sonics and Storm.

With the addition of the ICON Venue Group and its president and CEO, Tim Romani, to manage the arena project and the selection of HOK Sport and Senior Principal Jim Walters as architect, Bennett has made the template clear. The aim is to build a world-class multi-purpose arena along the lines of the Pepsi Center in Denver, which ICON and HOK teamed up on, or the Toyota Center in Houston, designed by HOK.

Sonics hire development firm to examine arena complex

The Seattle Times, November 17, 2006

The ICON Venue Group of Denver has been hired by the Professional Basketball Club LLC, owners of the Seattle SuperSonics, to plan and develop a potential arena complex in the Puget Sound region, the team announced Friday.

"Without question, we have selected the very best in the world for this complex and challenging project," Sonics' chairman Clay Bennett said in a statement. Bennett and his group purchased the team from the Basketball Club of Seattle in July for $350 million. The Sonics' future in the Seattle area is dependent on finding a replacement for their current home, Key Arena, Bennett has said.

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AEG has hand in NBA efforts in Seattle, KC

Sports Business Journal, November 13, 2006

New Sonics owner Clay Bennett hired ICON Venue Group to represent the NBA club as it goes through the process of hiring a designer to plan an 18,000- to 20,000-seat arena somewhere in Seattle, according to the architectural and design services RFP obtained by Sports Business Journal.

The Romani Group principal Tim Romani and AEG President Tim Leiweke formed a joint venture and created Denver-based ICON Venue Group in 2004.

(For the full article, please read a copy of the November 13-17, 2006 issue of Sports Business Journal)

Sprint Center Design Team wins AIA KC Award

November 12, 2006

ICON Venue Group would like to congratulate the Downtown Arena Design Team for winning the 2006 AIA KC Honor Award for Design. The Downtown Arena Design Team was responsible for the design of Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City, MI, scheduled to open in October 2007.

Small building, big excitement: Broomfield Event Center ready to rock!

Sports Business Journal, November 6, 2006

To get the project completed in such a short timeframe, Wiens and Frew turned to ICON Venue Group, specifically to Tim Romani, an old friend of Frew’s. ICON, which provides a full spectrum of venue development and management for sports, entertainment, and public assembly facilities, is a joint venture between AEG, a world leader in live entertainment and venue management, and Romani Group Inc., a premier venue development company. Romani was also responsible for the development of Denver’s other sports venues Pepsi Center, INVESCO Field at Mile High, and the nearly completed Rapids MLS stadium.

(For the full article, please read a copy of the November 6-12, 2006 issue of Sports Business Journal)

First exterior glass installed at Sprint Center

Kansas City Business Journal, October 18, 2006

Workers have started installing the $4.2 million worth of exterior glass in the Sprint Center arena in Downtown. Architectural Wall Systems of Des Moines is the subcontractor installing the glass in the Sprint Center, Melissa Nutt, director of business development for ICON Venue Group, said Wednesday. ICON, based in Greenwood Village, Colo., is the owner's representative for Los Angeles-based Anschutz Entertainment Group, which will manage the arena and cover any cost overruns.[More…]

Red Bulls break ground on new home

Mlsnet.com Press Release, September 19, 2006

It's been a long time coming, but the soccer-specific stadium that will be the home of the New York Red Bulls is finally a reality. When it opens, Red Bull Park will be the seventh soccer-specific stadium in MLS. Stadiums in Columbus, Los Angeles, Dallas and Chicago are already open, while facilities in Denver and Toronto are due to open in April 2007. Real Salt Lake has broken ground on a stadium in Salt Lake City to be completed in time for the 2009 season. ICON Venue Group, overseeing the projects in Denver, Harrison, and Salt Lake City, celebrated with Red Bull New York and AEG to mark the start of construction of the 25,000-seat soccer-specific stadium.

Upswing at Ostbahnhof

Der Tagesspiegel, September 14th, 2006

September 13th marked the start of construction for the O2 World in Friedrichshain, Berlin. ICON Venue Group celebrated the Grundsteinlegung, laying of the ground stone, with AEG and Berlin dignitaries to mark the beginning of construction for the 16,000-seat multi-purpose arena that will be the foundation stone for an entire [urban] quarter. The area is scheduled for completion in September 2008. [More…]

Rapids Hold Sod-Laying Ceremony at New Stadium

Colorado Rapids Press Special, August 29, 2006

The Colorado Rapids held an exclusive media event at the New Rapids Stadium in Commerce City to ceremonially lay the last piece of sod on the Rapids' playing field. ICON Venue Group is representing Kroenke Sports Enterprises to ensure the successful completion of the 20,000-seat soccer-specific stadium in April 2007.

RSL starts work on new home: a Sandy stadium

The Salt Lake Tribune, August 12, 2006

To cheers and chants from hundreds of Utah soccer fans, Real Salt Lake broke ground Saturday afternoon on a new $100 million soccer stadium in Sandy. Actual construction of the stadium, which is expected to become the heart of a new super-Gateway-type development, is expected begin by year's end and wrap up in 2008. ICON is representing Sports Capital Partners, developers of the Sandy MLS Stadium, overseeing all aspects of stadium design, construction, and commissioning.

Toyota Park: Soccer’s Next Stage

Sports Business Journal, July 17, 2006

ICON Venue Group, Developer’s Representative to AEG,  celebrated the soft opening of Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois with a  soccer match between the Chicago Fire and Red Bull New York on July 11, 2006.  The grand opening weekend featured a concert and soccer match the weekend of  July 24th. The soccer-specific stadium was featured in the July 17, 2006  edition of Sports Business Journal.

ICON/Romani Group Celebrate Topping Out at Colorado Rapids MLS Stadium

April 22, 2006

On April 22, 2006, ICON Venue Group and Romani Group, Inc. celebrated placing of the highest steel beam at the Colorado Rapids MLS Stadium under construction in Commerce City. Turner Construction is the General Contractor and Construction Manager for the stadium, which is 10 days ahead of schedule due to fewer than expected hard freezes during the winter. The concrete in the lower bowl is about 65 percent complete, and the steel work should be done by the weekend.

Sprint Center's club level structural work starts

Kansas City Business Journal, April 7, 2006

Construction of the Sprint Center arena reached a milestone Thursday when workers poured 340 cubic yards of cement and reinforced it with 46 tons of steel bars for the arena's first elevated deck, which will become its club level.

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The O2 Roof is Raised Inch by Inch

April 1, 2006

Over the last several days, the arena roof of The O2 was lifted inch by inch from the arena floor to its final position. Typically, the roof of an arena is constructed from above with large cranes, but because The O2 is being constructed underneath the Millennium Dome on London’s Greenwich Peninsula, the roof had to be built on the floor and raised into position. The roof, weighing over 10 million pounds, rests only 4 meters (about 13 feet) from the top of the Millennium Dome. Now, construction on the rest of the arena can continue.

Major League Soccer Announced that Red Bull Finalized an Agreement to Purchase the MetroStars

AEG Press Release, March 9, 2006

…as part of the agreement, Red Bull will partner with AEG in the development of the planned outdoor stadium for the team in Harrison, New Jersey. ICON Venue Group will manage the construction of the Harrison Soccer Stadium which will be operated and booked by AEG. Red Bull's purchase also includes naming rights for the stadium. [More…]

First Columns of Steel Put in Place for Devils Arena

March 2, 2006

New Jersey Devils owners Jeff Vanderbeek and Michael Gillfillan looked on as members of Ironworkers Local Union No. 11 erected the first columns of steel for the Devils Arena located in the heart of downtown Newark, NJ.

ICON Venue Group Teamed with The Bonham Group and Rossetti Associates to Compare Arena Sites in Louisville, KY

March 1, 2006

Louisville businessmen John Schnatter and David Jones  Sr. hired ICON and team to evaluate the suitability of building a 22,000-seat  arena at the Water Company site in downtown Louisville, KY. The study came on  the heels of a recommendation to build the proposed arena at a nearby  riverfront location. Schnatter and Jones hired the team to compare the two sites  and present the findings to the Louisville business community and Kentucky  Legislature on February 24, 2006.

'World-class' arena to cost $276 million

February 23, 2006, Kansas City Star

The city has nailed down the final price for the new Sprint Center downtown — $276 million…“We have been going through a process over the last several months working with subcontractors, working with Mortenson just to make sure that the prices we are getting are fully scrubbed, fully confirmed. And we believe at the end of the day we’re getting a fair price for the project we’re getting,” said Tim Romani, president and CEO of the ICON Venue Group, which represented AEG in negotiations with M.A. Mortenson Co., the Minneapolis firm that is building the bulk of the arena.

Curtain Up! Sprint Center Structure Helps the Show Go On

Structure Magazine, January 2006

When completed in the fall of 2007, the $250 million Sprint Center in downtown Kansas City will be a unique state-of-the-art multipurpose arena…The developer, Anschutz Entertainment Group and ICON Venue Group, develop and operate arenas around the world. Collectively, the project team provided a level of leadership, experience and passion like no other. [More…]
Article reprinted with permission from Structure Magazine