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The Italian Job

PanStadia Magazine, Winter 2010

ICON Venue Group’s work for the Federazione Italiana Giuoco Calcio (FIGC) on the UEFA EURO 2016 bid was discussed in the Winter 2010 issue of PanStadia Magazine. Click on the link following link to read the full article. More...

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2010

CONSOL Energy Center Named Best NHL Arena In Sports Business Journal Survey

Press Release, December 6, 2010

CONSOL Energy Center has been named the “Best NHL Arena” in the sixth annual Sports Business Journal readers’ survey on the state of the sports industry. The new home of the Pittsburgh Penguins, which opened for the start of the 2010-11 season, outranked Madison Square Garden in New York, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, the Xcel Energy Center in Minnesota and the Prudential Center in New Jersey in the survey conducted by the leading sports trade publication in the country.
 
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Dynamo, AEG Announce 'Significant' Stadium Progress

Sbnation.com, August 24, 2010

On Tuesday morning, the Houston Dynamo and majority owner AEG briefed Houstonians on the progress of the downtown Dynamo stadium project. The club expects to break ground on the stadium between now and the end of the year in order to achieve the anticipated opening for the 2012 Major League Soccer season.

…The Dynamo have hired renowned firm Populous as the project's lead architect, and the bid process is underway for a general contractor. ICON Venue Group, having successfully overseen the development of numerous soccer stadium projects and considered to be the leading organization in its industry, has been hired as project manager.

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Dynamo expect to break ground on new stadium later this year

khou.com, August 24, 2010

On the heels of Houston hosting the most successful MLS All-Star Game in league history, the Houston Dynamo and majority owner AEG briefed members of the Houston community today that significant progress has been made on the development of the Dynamo’s $80 million downtown stadium project.

…The Dynamo have hired renowned firm Populous as the project’s lead architect, and the bid process is underway for a general contractor. ICON Venue Group, having successfully overseen the development of numerous soccer stadium projects and considered to be the leading organization in its industry, has been hired as project manager.

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Luxury Suites: Boxing Clever

Stadia Magazine, July 2010

As corporations and companies continue to downsize their suite commitments across the board, venue owners and operators are working closely with architects and suppliers to develop innovative approaches that encompass less inventory, new technology and better amenities to meet changing customer demands.

…“Suite designs also need to adapt and be responsive to local cultures,” notes Bill Mannarelli, vice president, ICON Venue Group, Berlin. “Where we are introducing suites into a marketplace devoid of luxury suites, we need to find the right balance from what we know works in the US and Europe, and also dovetails with local sensibilities. In Europe, that ranges widely from place to place and typically involves different expectations concerning food and drink. We are most successful when we apply a standard design and intelligently integrate the local cuisine.”

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CONSOL Energy Center Is First NHL Arena To Achieve LEED Gold Certification

Press Release, August 4, 2010

CONSOL Energy Center has achieved LEED Gold certification, becoming the first NHL arena to reach that standard of sustainability; it was announced today by the Pittsburgh Penguins and the Sports & Exhibition Authority.

“The Penguins and the SEA were committed to having a LEED building from the start of this project, and early on we realized that we had a chance to go for LEED Gold,” said Ken Sawyer, CEO of the Penguins.

In particular, Sawyer praised the efforts of design and construction partners Populous, PJ Dick/Hunt, ICON and Astorino.

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State of the Union: PPL Park Ready for its Debut

CSNPhilly.com, June 26, 2010

CHESTER – Philadelphia Union president Tom Veit never had any concerns about the construction of PPL Park – not unless you count every waking moment of his life.


…“ICON Venue Group did a phenomenal job and the union workers on site busted their rear ends. You had to have a group effort. It comes down to guys fitting bolts in welding. Those guys made the difference.”

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SECOND ROOF: B.C. Place

Sports Business Journal, May 31, 2010

A closer look at the new retractable-roof project at B.C. Place reveals a second roof installed midlevel that cuts the Canadian Football League stadium in half for Major League Soccer.

The Vancouver Whitecaps will move to the stadium in 2011, when they move up to MLS, and the team wanted to find a way to transform a 55,000-seat facility into a smaller one appropriate for soccer crowds. The team hired ICON Venue Group to help find a solution.

ICON, working together with PavCo, the stadium’s public landlord, and architects and engineers tied to the new retractable roof now under construction, came up with the idea of a second roof to hide the upper deck from soccer fans sitting in the lower bowl as well as shield them from the elements.

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Tim Romani and Charlie Thornton to Speak at Sports Conferences in April

March 19, 2010

Tim Romani will be a featured speaker at two sports business conferences in April. On April 7, he will be panelist for the SportsBusiness Journal’s Sports Facilities and Franchises conference in Arlington, Texas. He will sit on a panel of experts in a session entitled Facility Design: A Look Ahead to 2020. For more information about the conference, visit https://www.sportsbusinessconferences.com/SFF/2010/

Romani will also be a featured speaker at the Stadia Design and Technology Expo on April 28 in New York City. He will be a panelist in the session entitled Aging Stadia – Renovate or Rebuild? Charlie Thornton will also be a featured speaker at the conference lecturing in a session entitled Soccer-specific stadia: trends of the past, present, and future. For more information about the conference visit http://www.stadiadesignandtechnology.com/

Tim Romani to speak at Sustainable Opportunities Summit on March 4

Tim Romani will be sitting on the panel entitled Sustainability in the World of Sports at the 2010 Sustainable Opportunities Summit. The Summit, to be held in Denver March 2-4, offers opportunities to hear from over 70 leading industry experts, who will discuss sustainability in the areas of finance, economic development, energy and human capital. The event is hosted by CORE (Connected Organizations for a Responsible Economy), the City of Denver, and University of Colorado’s Deming Center for Entrepreneurship.