Featured Story

MGM Resorts, AEG Commemorate Topping Off at New Arena

Las Vegas Sun, May 27, 2015

Tim Romani, of ICON Venue Group signs the final steel beam during a topping off ceremony for the Las Vegas Arena Wednesday, May 27, 2015. Representatives from MGM Resorts International and AEG, contractors Hunt-Penta and elected officials were on hand to celebrate the installation of the arena’s final steel beam. The $375 million arena is scheduled to open in Spring 2016.

To read the full article and see more photos, click on the following link: More


Orlando City's new stadium soon to take shape as massive underground drainage system nears completion

MLS, December 7, 2015

Scott Neal has some good news for Orlando City SC fans hoping to see real progress on their new stadium: It’s about to go vertical.

The other positive aspect of the current construction process, which has now been under way in real terms for around six months, is that Neal – the venue's general manager – expects things to start taking shape rapidly once they begin the above-ground structures.

Neal and City CEO Alex Leitao toured the site last week, and it is notable how extensive and complex the whole construction process is. While little can be seen from the surrounding streets, the below-ground work is fast being completed, hence passers-by can expect to see much more happening next month and into February....

...“ICON Venue Group, who are the construction management company, have already done several MLS stadiums, so they are real professionals in their field.”

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Golden 1 Center Topping Out

Colorado State University stadium excavation underway

The Coloradoan, October 12, 2015

“Mass excavation” began Monday on Colorado State University’s new stadium.

Scrapers, backhoes and trucks began the process of moving 65,000 cubic yards of earth from the stadium site. With a production goal of 2,000 yards of earth per day, an estimated 33 working days will be needed for 20 trucks to take 4,600 truckloads to the Larimer County Landfill.

“It’s what you call mass excavation — so it’s getting the bulk of the dirt out,” said Mike Harms, senior vice president for ICON Venue Group, the project manager. “Everything seems to be going fine. It’s pretty well-structured.”

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Would you pay more for peace and quiet at the ballpark?


Anyone who has been to a professional sporting event in the last decade or so is aware of the sensory overload fans now experience from all forms of in-your-face marketing, loud bursts that overwhelm every break in the action...

...Well, now, according to an expert panel of sports construction architects, engineers and builders recently assembled in Chicago, fans may soon be able to get a break. They'll just have to pay for it...

...Such were the revelations imparted earlier this month at an all-star panel put on by the Chicago chapter of the Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS). Moderated by Andy Holub, senior project manager with Turner Construction, the group included Day; architect Anthony Montalto, AIA, vice president and Midwest design director for Dallas-based HKS Inc.; Gary Storm, P.E., a senior principal with structural engineer Thornton Tomasetti; and Michael Harms, project executive with Denver-based ICON Venue Group. Their topic?

"The cathedrals of the 21st Century," said Holub, in kicking off the discussion.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Colorado State finalizing $220M stadium plans

The Coloradoan, September 4, 2015

It’s the calm before the storm.

As Colorado State’s 2015 football season about to begin, so is major construction of the university’s on-campus stadium, set for completion in time to kick off the 2017 season.

“The on-site work we’re currently doing is really site clearing in preparation for construction,” said Mike Harms, senior vice president for ICON Venue Group, the project manager. “On or about the first of October is when we’ll start the foundation work and on-site utility work.”

So it’s all systems go for the $220 million, 41,000-seat stadium on the south side of the university’s campus.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More


Milwaukee Bucks retain ICON Venue Group as owner's representative on arena

Milwaukee Business Journal, August 18, 2015

The Milwaukee Bucks have beefed up their arena-project team by hiring ICON Venue Group as the team’s owner’s representative.

ICON Venue Group, which has its U.S. headquarters in Greenwood Village, Colo., serves as an owner's representative on major stadium and arena projects across the United States and Canada. Recent projects include the Wrigley Field restoration in Chicago, the Las Vegas Arena and the Golden 1 Center for the NBA’s Sacramento Kings...

...Bucks owners and executives still hope to break ground on the arena by late 2015 and complete the facility in time for the 2017-2018 NBA season.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More


Ailene Voisin: Kings’ custom-built new home quickly taking shape

Sacramento Bee, August 22, 2015

Blink once, blink twice, blink three times. But nothing changes. Even on a day with blinding, blistering heat, the body of work – this Golden 1 Center sports and entertainment complex that encompasses four city blocks and remains in its skeletal stages – is not a mirage.

This is really happening.

The new arena that only the truest of true believers ever considered possible is being erected by the hour, growing up before our eyes, in communion with a community bursting with vegetables, fruits and fine wines, that embraces its Gold Rush history and its enduring Kings, and that pulled off two of the greatest upsets in professional sports history...

...In the grand scheme of things, the architects (AECOM), construction company (Turner) and project manager (ICON Venue Group) are thinking big.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Orlando City Soccer Club provides update on Downtown Stadium

PanStadia & Arena Management, August 6, 2015

Orlando City SC hosted a press conference to announce additional details about its new downtown stadium and unveiled a series of new renderings. Majority Owner, Flavio Augusto da Silva, confirmed:

"We are thrilled with the work to date and proud to unveil the latest set of renderings for our home in downtown. This new privately-financed stadium will be a state-of-the-art venue for our Club and for our fans. It will also create more jobs for the community and bring significant economic impact to the city of Orlando and surrounding communities"

...The Orlando City SC Stadium Project Team is comprised of some of the most decorated firms in the industry: Barton Malow, which currently oversees the DAYTONA Rising project in Daytona Beach, is the project’s general contractor and will manage stadium construction; ICON Venue Group, with experience in nine previous MLS stadium projects, oversees development and project management; and Populous, whose prior design work includes the Amway Center and all three NFL venues in Florida, serves as lead designer on the project.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Wrigley Field Renovation

PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine, 2nd Quarter 2015

Iconic home of the MLB Chicago Cubs for nearly 100-years, Wrigley Field is getting a four-phase, four-year US$575m makeover. Feature-writer, Steve Traiman, details exclusive insight from team management and the architect...

“The Project Team was put together early in the process, with ICON Venue Group, consulting architect DAIQ and Pepper Construction as contractor, with VOA joining shortly after as design architect. Locally-based Harboe Architects has been providing historic preservation input throughout the process..."

Summing up, Rice said: “Success of Phase One is a testament to our goal, and our guests and fans are ecstatic over these improvements. After the first two home stands, the videoboards have received rave reviews, and the fans are very excited about the bleachers’ expansion and new added left- and right-field porticos.”

To read the full article, click on the following link: More


Rogers Place Inspires Other Development in Downtown Edmonton

Sports Business Journal, June 29, 2015

The Edmonton Oilers have a mandate to develop the NHL’s first LEED Silver arena in Canada, doing so in a market dominated by the oil drilling industry. The region’s chief economic engine provides an interesting backdrop to the project. To their credit, though, the Oilers committed to setting the bar for a green arena per their deal with the city of Edmonton, which is financing most of the $480 million faility...

...The site of Rogers Place was originally part of the Canadian National Railway system as well as a tannery before it became a surface parking lot. It was a brownfield site that required environmental cleanup before arena construction started, said Shaun Mason, senior director for Icon Venue Group, the firm serving as the owner’s representative. In that respect alone, the arena has been a tremendous upgrade for the city’s downtown district, he said.

If you subscribe to the Sports Busines Journal, you can read the full article here: More

CSU Stadium Moves Slower than Similar Projects

The Coloradoan, June 28, 2015

CSU's new on-campus stadium could have been completed in time for the coming football season had it followed a typical timeline.

The planning process for new stadiums, including community input, usually lasts about 10 to 12 months, Tim Romani, the chief executive officer for Icon Venue Group, told the Coloradoan...

..."This has been longer than normal; it's been more methodical," Romani said. "… We normally move much, much quicker."

That was by design, CSU spokesman Mike Hooker said. The university wanted to gather as much information as possible before deciding whether to move forward with plans to replace Hughes Stadium, which has been home to the school's football team since 1968.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

Las Vegas Sees Largest Job in Over a Decade

Construction Equipment Guide, April 15, 2015

Not since construction of the City Center nearly a decade ago has Las Vegas seen a project the scope of the Las Vegas Arena. Spread over 16 acres right near the Strip, the arena will have the capacity to seat 20,000 people for events like boxing matches, concerts, award shows and other sporting events and entertainment...

...Because of the unique design, the project is relying heavily on 3D modeling, said Rob Stephens, senior vice-president of ICON Venue Group, the project manager. In addition to the extensive balconies, which were included to take advantage of the Las Vegas climate, the design also features a two-acre plaza and an abundance of extra space.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

CSU gets guarantee on $220M price tag for stadium

The Coloradoan, May 3, 2015

The contractors who will build CSU's new on-campus stadium have guaranteed that it won't cost the university more than $220 million.

Cost overruns, which stadium critics say are inevitable and could top $100 million, will be covered by the contractors involved and not the university — unless CSU were to "change the scope of the project" along the way, said Mike Harms, senior vice president for ICON Venue Group, the project manager for the stadium...

...Groundbreaking is scheduled for July 1, but stadium-related construction already is underway a few blocks away.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

With nearly $100M renovation, MLSE wants to create an NFL experience at its MLS stadium

Sports Business Journal, May 4, 2014

Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment is completing the first phase of a $99 million renovation of BMO Field that will put its premium amenities on par with NFL stadiums, said Tim Leiweke, the group’s president and CEO.

Toronto FC plays its first regular-season home game May 10, and fans will see an 8-year-old stadium that has grown by 8,400 seats with 17 new suites, two new event-level clubs, and an expanded Rogers Club on the second level along the west side...

...For Leiweke and program manager ICON Venue Group, a firm that has run multiple MLS developments, the roof retrofit is one of its most challenging projects to date. No other professional soccer team in North America has added a roof after the fact to an outdoor facility.

To read the full article, click on the following link: More

1060 Project Phase One

Mlb.com, February 2, 2015

A behind-the-scenes look at the work happening in and around Wrigley Field during Phase One of the 1060 Project.

To watch the video, click on the following link: Video


$477 Million Sacramento Arena Project 'Poses Challenges'

Capital Public Radio, February 18. 2015

Robert Synhorst is the Project Field Manager for the ICON Venue Group. ICON is managing the Entertainment and Sports Center (ESC) project for the Sacramento Kings.

For Synhorst, who is from Sacramento, working on the massive urban project poses "a lot of challenges."

"It's a challenge to build a building from the inside out," said Synhorst. "To take up between three and four city blocks right in the downtown urban core, a site this size, is unique."

To read the full article, click on the following link: More