ICON Celebrates Topping Off Ceremony at ReAL Salt Lake MLS Stadium

December 10, 2007

On December 10, 2007, ICON Venue Group celebrated the official Topping Off of the ReAL Salt Lake MLS Stadium in Sandy, Utah. The ceremony celebrated the placement of the last piece of steel that completes the stadium’s canopy. The stadium is scheduled for completion early September of 2008.

ICON specially recognizes all of its personnel who have helped the arena construction reach this important milestone: Charlie Thornton, Mike Steele, Elliott Veazey, Ron Sally, Art Aaron, Jim Cronin, and Tim Romani.

K.C. Sees Future in Glass Palace

Sports Business Journal, December 3, 2007

Ellerbe Becket’s Steve Allison, a member of the Downtown Arena Design Team consortium, said that rather than designing a building for a tenant team, “we took our cue from ICON Venue Group,” the Denver-based developer co-owned by AEG, which plunked down $53 million for an ownership stake in the facility and its management rights.

To read the full article about Sprint Center, pick up a copy of the December 3-9 issue of Sports Business Journal.

Rockies' ballpark brought LoDo to life: Local economy often follows fate of baseball team

Rocky Mountain News, October 29, 2007

Tim Romani recalls the lifeless Denver neighborhood he visited in 1990, the burned-out buildings and empty warehouses…Although Romani did not build Coors Field - he was busy at the start of that decade running the construction of the new Comiskey Park in Chicago - he did oversee the development of the Pepsi Center and Invesco Field at Mile High, among other projects.

So he knows the role new arenas play in stimulating downtown economies. Coors Field "is a case study for what a new venue can do for an area of a city that's dead," said Romani, chief executive of the Icon Venue Group.

ICON Celebrates the Grand Opening of Sprint Center

October 10, 2007

Among Kansas City’s residents and dignitaries, ICON Venue Group celebrated the Grand Opening of Sprint Center 10-10-07 at 10:10 am to the sounds of the Kansas City Symphony and cheers from the crowd. Garth Brooks arrived to help Brenda Tinnen, Sprint Center General Manager, cut the red ribbon and welcome guests to tour the arena for its first official day of opening. Elton John will be the first Sprint Center concert on 10-13-07. ICON is so proud of its work representing AEG and being a part of such a wonderful community project.

ICON specially recognizes all of its personnel who have helped the arena construction reach this important milestone: Tim Romani, Art Aaron, Marc Farha, Chris Miller, and Chris Rassette.

Romani Group, Inc./ICON Venue Group celebrates three 2007 Colorado Construction Hard Hat awards for work on Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

October, 2007

Romani Group, Inc., parent company of ICON Venue Group is pleased to announce that Dick’s Sporting Goods Park is the recipient of three 2007 Colorado Construction Hard Hat Awards. Romani Group, Inc. served as Owner’s Representative for Kroenke Sports Enterprises throughout the design and construction of the 20,000-seat MLS soccer stadium and adjacent 24-field soccer complex and is proud to be part of the award-winning project team.

Dick’s Sporting Goods Park received three awards from Colorado Construction Magazine:
Silver Hard Hat in Outstanding Private Project for the playing field complex landscaping
Bronze Hard Hat in Outstanding Heavy/Highway Project for the infrastructure
Silver Hard Hat in Outstanding Engineering Design Project for the stadium

To read more about the awards, please go to the Colorado Construction Magazine website by clicking on the following link: [More…]

ICON Celebrates Richtfest Ceremony at O2 World

September 20, 2007

Almost exactly one year after groundbreaking, Richtfest (Topping Off) was celebrated for O2 World, one of Europe’s most modern multifunctional-arenas, with Berlin Mayor Klaus Wowereit in attendance. Traditionally the topping out ceremony marks the completion of the structural foundation and the mounting of the roof’s truss. Since breaking ground, 210 people have worked with 31,000 sqm of concrete and 4800 t of reinforcing steel. The closing of the roof is expected for mid October. From the outside the arena is taking shape. The structure of the 14440 sqm LED-Façade is already visible, most of the panels for the 3500 sqm glass front have been installed and around 1000 stone plates from Portugal and granite plates from China are being put on the concrete façade.

ICON specially recognizes all of its personnel who have helped the arena construction reach this important milestone: Tom Noonan, Bill Mannarelli, Susann-Isabell Pfaff, and Bianka Aversente.

ICON Prepares for Opening Events at The O2

June 22, 2007

After years of tightening budgets, overseeing contractors, and traveling to and from the UK, ICON Venue Group is set to celebrate the Grand Opening week of The O2 arena on the Greenwich Peninsula in London. The 20,000-seat arena is the centerpiece of an entertainment complex that also shares the 20-acre interior space underneath the world’s largest single-roof structure formerly known as the Millennium Dome. Building the arena underneath a roof presented unique construction challenges for ICON and the design and construction teams. For example, the arena roof had to be constructed on the dome’s floor and raised meter by meter to its current height.

The Grand Opening events include a concert by Bon Jovi on June 24th sold out shows to Snow Patrol, Andrea Bocelli, and Justin Timberlake. Already, 1.2 million advance tickets have been sold for concerts by Barbra Streisand, Prince, and the Rolling Stones. The Streisand concerts alone are expected to generate in the region of £3 million for each performance.

Pens fill out their team for arena construction

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, May 17, 2007

The Penguins have selected a Denver-based company that has worked on sports facilities from Berlin to Los Angeles to shepherd the new arena to completion and also announced that HOK Sport, which had been working behind the scenes, will be the arena's architect.

ICON Venue Group will oversee the design and construction of the facility and one of its primary tasks will be to keep the project within its tight $290 million budget. The arena will be built between Fifth and Centre avenues, bordering the lower Hill District. [More…]

Pens officials announce partners to build arena

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review, May 16, 2007

The Penguins announced Wednesday that they will team with ICON Venue Group and HOK Sport to oversee design and construction of a new Uptown arena.

ICON Venue Group will oversee the construction process, while HOK Sport will design the new facility, which is set to open for the 2009-10 season. [More…]

The Rapids’ New Home: An American Original

Sports Business Journal, April 9, 2007

The Colorado Rapids kicked off their 2007 Major League Soccer (MLS) season on Saturday, April 7, against D.C. United in from of a packed house and a national TV audience…More than just a matter of goals and saves, the match officially christened Dick’s Sporting Goods Park, arguably the most unique soccer facility of its type in the world.

“DSGP is going to be the hub for youth soccer around the state, maybe even the country. This is one of those public-private situations where both sides benefit. It’s an amazing facility, and I’m not even sure anyone believed the magnitude this project would have when it started,” said Charlie Thornton, senior vice president and project executive for ICON Venue Group.

(For the full article, please read a copy of the April 9-15, 2007 issue of Sports Business Journal)

ICON Celebrates the Grand Opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park

April 7th, 2007

April 7th, 2007 marked the Grand Opening of Dick’s Sporting Goods Park and the second opening of a soccer-specific stadium by ICON Venue Group (Toyota Park in Bridgeview, Illinois opened in July 2006). Despite freezing cold temperatures, the home opener sold out and the Colorado Rapids started the season with a win.

ICON would like to congratulate everyone involved with the project, particularly representatives from Kroenke Sports Enterprises, the City of Commerce City, HOK Sport, Turner Construction, and all of its subcontractors. GOAL!

Evergreen tops off the Sprint Center

Kansas City Star, April 06, 2007

The new Sprint Center arena celebrated its “topping  off” Thursday when a steel beam bearing an evergreen tree and hundreds of  signatures was fitted into the frame supporting its roof. The event was  attended by several hundred workers and dignitaries including Mayor Kay Barnes,  City Manager Wayne Cauthen and officials from M.A. Mortenson Co., the  Minneapolis firm building the $276 million project at 13th Street and Grand  Boulevard.