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Auditoria Magazine, Annual 2015

Las Vegas: the home of high rollers, stratospheric expectations and monumental pomp. MGM and AEG’s new Las Vegas Arena will, says its website, ‘bring the city, and the world, a whole new place to play… The Arena is what the Coliseum was to Rome. It will redefine and reshape how the monolithic events of our time are experienced and remembered.’ Low-key it isn’t.

The developers of the US $375m indoor arena broke ground on May 1, 2014, with completion scheduled for spring 2016, building through a period when Las Vegas’s offering to visitors continues to evolve....

...For Rob Stephens, senior vice president at Icon Venue Group, the Arena’s project manager, a key challenge is making sure the building has sufficient revenue potential. “These buildings are driven by sponsorship opportunities in many ways. We have to drive revenue and get innovative ideas within a reasonable budget."

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Cubs host 1060 Project Groundbreaking Ceremony at Wrigley Field

Press Release, October 11, 2014

The Chicago Cubs and Ricketts family hosted Mayor Rahm Emanuel, Major League Baseball Commissioner Allan H. (Bud) Selig, former Cubs pitchers Milt Pappas and Kerry Wood, city and state officials, community and corporate partners and representatives from the project team at Saturday's groundbreaking ceremony for Wrigley Field's long-awaited expansion and restoration, now titled The 1060 Project...

...The 1060 Project team includes Pepper Construction, which has nearly a century of experience working on large-scale projects such as the Merchandise Mart, Marshall Fields and the Shedd Aquarium; VOA, a full-service international architectural firm that designed many high-profile projects in the Chicago area, including Navy Pier, the Old Town School of Folk Music and Prentice Women's Hospital; D'Agostino Izzo Quirk Architects (DAIQ), a full-service architectural firm instrumental in restoring Boston's Fenway Park, Dodger Stadium and The Rose Bowl; ICON Venue Group, a project management company that has produced more than $4 billion worth of home venues for franchises in each major professional sports league, including work on Chicago's U.S. Cellular Field, Toyota Park in Bridgeview and the Cubs' new Spring Training complex in Mesa, Ariz; and Harboe Architects, led by nationally known, Chicago-based preservation architect Gunny Harboe, who has had oversight of major restoration projects such as the Sullivan Center, Chicago Board of Trade Building and Field Building.

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BMO Field Renovation Officially Underway

Toronto FC

Over the next two years, BMO Field will be getting a major upgrade that not only offers Toronto FC and its fans one of the top stadiums in Major League Soccer, but also gives the seven-year old facility the ability to host additional events outside of soccer. The renovation project began Tuesday with a ceremonial groundbreaking event featuring MLSE ownership and management, City of Toronto officials and players from Toronto FC...

...ICON Venue Group was selected to oversee the design and construction of the stadium renovations. ICON has served as project manager/owner’s representative for ten of the thirteen MLS Stadiums that have been constructed or renovated in the last eleven years. Gensler has been selected as Architect of Record and will design the stadium renovations. The stadium construction will be run by Toronto-based PCL Construction.

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Mortenson Construction Celebrates Project Milestone at HARBORCENTER

PR Web, June 27, 2014

Mortenson Construction, a leading builder of sports and entertainment facilities in the U.S., and partners Buffalo Sabres, Populous, and ICON Venue Group, took part in a ceremonial “topping off” of the structural steel on the ice rink and parking ramp at HARBORCENTER this week in downtown Buffalo, NY.

Five months after erection of the structural steel commenced, the final beam was swung into place amidst a crowd of onlookers....

...Upon completion, HARBORCENTER will offer patrons a two-rink community hockey center set atop a 900-car parking ramp along with space for a destination restaurant, retail shops, and a 205-key Marriott Hotel. It is projected to draw 500,000 visitors annually.

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Rogers Place to open for hockey in 2016, with biggest HD arena scoreboard in the NHL

Edmonton Journal, June 3, 2014

Three months after starting work, the Rogers Place arena is on schedule to open for the 2016-17 NHL season, construction officials say.

“This project is going to raise the bar,” Dan Vaillant of project manager ICON Venue Group said Monday.

“It’s going to be the building that the next NHL team is going to look at and try to better.”

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AEG-MGM arena project to break ground May 1

Las Vegas Review-Journal, April 17, 2014

Entertainment powerhouse company AEG and MGM Resorts International — partners on a $350 million, 20,000-seat arena behind New York-New York on the Strip — plan to move the first chunk of earth for the project at a groundbreaking ceremony set for May 1...

...The arena has a projected opening of spring 2016, said Tim Romani, president and chief executive of Denver-based ICON Venue Group, the project manager. Construction is expected to take 22 months.

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Populous, Barton Malow & ICON Venue Group Announced As Core Members for New Downtown Stadium Project

Press Release, April 15, 2014

Industry Leading Companies Join Forces to Design & Construct New Stadium

ORLANDO, Fla. – Orlando City SC and the City of Orlando have announced the selection of Populous as the lead architect and Barton Malow as the construction manager for the new, downtown Major League Soccer (MLS) stadium. Orlando City concurrently announced the selection of ICON Venue Group to serve as the Club’s owner’s representative overseeing the project...

...“We are truly excited to have Populous, Barton Malow & ICON Venue Group on board for the design and construction for the new, downtown stadium in Orlando,” said Orlando City President Phil Rawlins. “They each have proven track records and I look forward to working with them as we continue our progress toward our inaugural MLS season in 2015.”

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How long will it take to build a new stadium at CSU?

The Coloradoan, April 13, 2014

How long will it take to build a new stadium at CSU?

Any construction CSU hopes to complete for the proposed on-campus stadium will come down to the progress of all things plant growth. Short of bulldozing a parking lot, no structural work can begin before the Plant Environmental Research Center moves from Lake Street to its potential home south of Prospect Road near Spring Creek...

...With assistance from CSU, The Coloradoan worked with ICON Venue Group — hired by the university to oversee the project — and nonpartisan field experts at Turner Construction and the University of Southern California to establish a realistic timeline of how long it will take to build the stadium should shovels break ground today — no matter when "today" might be.

The consensus — including from ICON, speaking on CSU's behalf — was nearly two years, should weather not slow crews down. But plenty has to be done ahead of time; primarily raising the requisite $110 million in private donations and uprooting the PERC.

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ALSD Conference Headline Speaker Tim Romani: President & CEO, ICON Venue Group

ALSD, April 7, 2014

The Association of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) Headline Speaker Tim Romani

2014 - Monday, July 7
8 a.m. - 8:30 a.m.
Design & Build Forum

Tim Romani is president and CEO of ICON Venue Group, a Denver-based Project Management / Owner’s Representative firm in the sports, entertainment and public assembly industry.  ICON has demonstrated expertise in designing, constructing, commissioning, and operating projects for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB, and MLS franchises totaling over $4 billion in the US and Europe.

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GMP Met, Rogers Place Moves Forward

Press Release, February 11, 2014

Site preparations and groundbreaking slated for March 2014

Edmonton’s downtown arena project has been given the green light to begin construction in March 2014. The entire project, which is scheduled to open in fall 2016, will be an exciting addition to Edmonton’s core and become a landmark in the city’s downtown...

...ICON Venue Group will continue as project manager, bringing its extensive experience managing arena projects and keeping the project on budget and on schedule. 360 Architects, leading a team that included a number of local firms, provided the landmark design.

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State of Downtown speakers: Arena, arena, arena

Sacramento Business Journal, January 28, 2014

Plenty of words about downtown Sacramento’s new arena were broken up only by pictures of the same, but on the morning renderings of the long-awaited project were released, the main speakers at the State of Downtown event could be forgiven.

Keynote speaker Tim Romani of prominent developer Icon Venue Group said because he’s become so professionally and personally invested in the project, he gets excited when he walks the streets surrounding the arena site and contemplates the future, occasional current shabbiness aside.

“This is the district that when the arena comes, it will regenerate,” Romani said, citing figures from past projects his company did in Denver, Kansas City and Los Angeles as examples. “It is going to be a catalyst.”

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Mayor Kevin Johnson formally unveils drawings of new Sacramento Kings arena

The Sacramento Bee, January 28, 2014

Formally unveiling drawings of the new Sacramento Kings arena Tuesday, Mayor Kevin Johnson said he’s confident a measure challenging the city’s $258 million subsidy for the project will be kept off the ballot...

...On Tuesday, the executive managing the arena development urged the community to come together behind the arena effort.

Referring to STOP and its leaders, Tim Romani of ICON Venue Group told the downtown audience: “We need to listen to them, we need to hear them … but in the end, this arena will get built.”

Romani said Sacramento’s city-owned arena can spark a downtown revival comparable to other ICON-managed arena projects in Los Angeles, Denver and Kansas City. Vast portions of downtown Denver were a wasteland before the city built new facilities for basketball, hockey, football and baseball starting in the mid-1990s, said Romani, the event’s keynote speaker.

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Sacramento Kings Unveil Final Arena Drawings

The Sacramento Bee, January 28, 2014

The Sacramento Kings unveiled final drawings of their planned $448 million downtown arena Monday, depicting a see-through building they say captures what is quintessentially Sacramento, without looking quite like anything else that has been built here.

Following their vow to create an indoor-outdoor building that does justice to Sacramento’s warm climate, team architects gave the arena a half-block-long front entry dominated by five glass aircraft hangar doors that can fold upward to create a five-story opening, allowing people in the arena plaza and even motorists on nearby J Street to see directly into the facility...

... Arena project construction manager Tim Romani of ICON Venue Group will display the designs publicly today at the Downtown Sacramento Partnership “State of the Downtown” breakfast. Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson also will speak.

Romani said the team plans to begin demolition of much of Downtown Plaza in June. Construction on the arena would start in fall.

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ICON Venue Group Expands Executive Leadership Team to Build Foundation for Continued Success

Press Release, January 14, 2014

Art Aaron Named President; Founder Tim Romani Remains CEO; Marc Farha and Charlie Thornton Promoted to Executive Vice President

DENVER – Jan. 14, 2013 – ICON Venue Group, the leading international owner’s representative and project management firm in the sports, entertainment and public assembly industry, is expanding and strengthening its executive leadership team as part of a forward-looking strategy that will position the company for another generation of stability and success....

...“Over the years, we have greatly expanded and refined our service delivery to our clients, and this expansion of our executive team empowers our entire organization to further enhance how we serve our current and future clients,” said Romani. “I am very excited that Art, Marc and Charlie are joining me to lead ICON forward to continued success and growth for years to come.

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