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Utah Jazz Unveil Vivint SmartHome Arena Renovation Plans

The Salt Lake Tribune, September 21, 2016

A $110-million remodel of the team's downtown arena is underway, and expected to be completed in time for the start of the 2017-18 NBA season. And as they unveiled renderings and plans for the first Wednesday, officials promised a makeover that would give the quarter-century old building new life.

ICON Venue Group, a company that oversees the development and construction of facilities throughout the world, will help manage the project.

"Behind the scenes, this building has great bones," ICON CEO Tim Romani said. "It's a phenomenal building. It allows the renovation project to really focus on fan experience instead of using a large portion of the budget to fix costly projects that are inherent" with an older arena.

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The Madison Square Garden Company Adds Two World-Class Partners to Las Vegas Venue Team

Globe Newswire, November 3, 2016

Selects ICON Venue Group as Owner’s Representative and Project Manager, and HOK as Lead Design Consultant and Architect of Record

Joins Powerhouse Team That Includes Las Vegas Sands, Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation and Oak View Group

New State-of-the-Art Destination Will Be World’s Largest Venue Built Specifically for Music and Entertainment

NEW YORK, Nov. 03, 2016 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Madison Square Garden Company (NYSE:MSG) announced today that it has added two world-class partners to the team tasked with bringing a groundbreaking new venue to Las Vegas: ICON Venue Group (ICON) has been named owner’s representative and project manager, and HOK has been named lead design consultant and architect of record.  The two companies, along with MSG, Las Vegas Sands Corp. (NYSE:LVS), Azoff MSG Entertainment, Live Nation Entertainment, Inc. (NYSE:LYV) and Oak View Group, will work together to create the premier destination for fans from around the world who want to see the biggest and best artists in a next-generation venue designed specifically for live music and entertainment.

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Pride of Place

PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine, 3rd Quarter 2016

Orlando City SC, Major League Soccer’s (MLS) expansion Club, who first began in the MLS in 2015, will kick-off its third campaign in the new downtown stadium that will create a world-class soccer experience in the heart of the ‘City Beautiful’ next March....

...Charlie Thornton, ICON Venue Group Executive Vice President, who is serving as Project Executive and Owner’s Representative, told PS&AM, “This has been a unique opportunity for us to create a definitive stadium plan for a franchise that was seeking to join the MLS.

"Ultimately, the plan and incredible support from the local fan base provided their entry to the MLS and they took on the development of a new stadium. There has been an incredible outpouring of support from the City of Orlando. You can’t drive a block without seeing cars proudly displaying the Orlando City crest – it is truly an exceptional city with exceptional fans."

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Edmonton's New Ice Palace

PanStadia & Arena Management Magazine, 3rd Quarter 2016

When the CAN$480m Rogers Place opened this September with its innovative above-street Ford Hall entrance and adjoining Community Ice Rink, it was the culmination of a public/ private partnership (PPP) that represents a true brokered meeting of minds...

...Daviss continued: “Early on, we brought in ICON Venue Group as owner’s representative for both the City and the Katz Group. They really knew what to look for and how to focus some of the content to our architect.”

...Black said: “ICON’s role was very important. In the dark days of negotiations, Dan Vaillant, ICON Senior Vice President who served as Project Executive, helped us greatly in achieving a very functional partnership."

Daviss concurred with these sentiments and added: “ICON had the confidence of both parties. Dan was a very patient, thoughtful, diligent guy who guided both of us towards common viewpoints.

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The Edmonton Connection

Sports Business Journal, October 24, 2016

The Edmonton Oilers didn’t play their first regular-season game at Rogers Place until two weeks ago, but iterations of the $465 million arena had been spooling through the imagination of owner Daryl Katz for eight years — or since the day he bought the NHL team in 2008.

Against strong opposition in the league’s second-smallest market, Katz willed his vision into existence as the centerpiece of a $2 billion downtown development funded by a public/private partnership. Then he took control of the details. “Down to the fabric on the chairs in the suites,” he said...

...“Step one for anyone considering a new building is, go visit Edmonton,” said Tim Romani, the CEO of ICON Venue Group, which managed the design and construction of Rogers Place.

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Celebrating the Opening of Rogers Place

ICON is celebrating the much anticipated opening of Rogers Place, the newest arena in the National Hockey League, and would like to thank the ICON Edmonton team for working tirelessly over the last four years to help make this $613.5 million venue a reality.

Being hailed as the next great arena in North America, Rogers Place features 18,651 seats, the largest true high-definition scoreboard in the NHL, wide concourses and the latest in technology. The arena is part of the new ICE District, which is now Canada's largest sports and entertainment district, and is the first LEED Silver-certified NHL facility in Canada.

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T-Moblie Arena Wins Best Project from ENR Southwest 2016 Competition

ENR Southwest, August 17, 2016

ENR Southwest recently announced the winners of its 2016 Best Projects competition, and the T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas won Best Project in the Sports/Entertainment category.
A panel of eight judges represented the varied demographic imprints in the industry — from project manager to vice presidents and senior architects. All of the winning projects will be covered in more detail in the November issue of ENR Southwest.

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Halfway Home: CSU Celebrates On-Campus Stadium Milestone

Colorado State University News, August 2, 2016

Halfway to history.

That milestone was celebrated Tuesday as CSU and the team building the on-campus stadium came together to toast the halfway point of the historic project. The “topping-out” event – meant to mark the placement of the structure’s final beam – included remarks from CSU President Tony Frank, Athletics Director Joe Parker and Maja Rosenquist, senior vice president and general manager of Mortenson Construction...

...Rosenquist went on to cite the contributions of other companies involved in the project, including Populous Architects and ICON Venue Group. She added that Mortenson employs nearly 100 CSU graduates – including dozens working on the stadium project.

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From AEG to CAA to What's Next

Venues Today, May, 2016

Tim Romani's ICON Venue Group, a leading project management/owner's representative firm based in Denver, was purchased in late-March by CAA Sports, a division of leading Los Angeles-based entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA). ICON has been a major firm in the sports, entertainment and public assembly industry since 2004, first as a 50/50 joint venture with Anshuts Entertainment Group (AEG), then, from 2012 until now as an independently-owned and -operated business. Romani is the founder and CEO of ICON Venue Group. 

The company’s portfolio is currently valued at $6 billion. Icon is working on 19 projects in the design or construction phase, all continuing forward just as they did before the CAA purchase. Five projects- new buildings T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, Rogers Place in Edmonton and the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, plus renovation of BMO Field in Toronto and the second phase of four-phase renovation of Wrigley Field in Chicago- are slated to open this year. 

Venues Today spoke to Romani about ICON Venue Group, project management, owner's representation and the future.

..."It’s great to have clients understand how these buildings come together because you can ask a question and get an immediate and informed answer." - Tim Romani

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Show Time

PanStadia & Arena Management, 2nd Quarter Edition, 2016

Katie McIntyre describes the brand new US $375m, 20,000-seat T-Mobile Arena, which opened its doors to the public on 6 April 2016, as Las Vegas' hottest new sports and entertainment venue.

..."Globally-renowned sports architects Populous worked closely with the project owners and their project manager, ICON Venue Group, to design this 20,000-seat arena, which connects the contrasting influences of Las Vegas; the desert and Spring Mountains to the west and the pulsating, high-energy Las Vegas Boulevard to the east."

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Finely Tuned

PanStadia & Arena Management, 2nd Quarter Edition, 2016

CFL Argonauts join Tornonto FC in upgraded BMO Field CAN $120m two-phase project. Fueature writer, Steve Traiman, gets insight from team owner, MLSE, and the practice behind the desgin, Gensler Architects.

...For ICON Venue Group, Dan Vaillant, Senior Vice President and Project Executive, added: “This project is nothing short of incredible. MLSE had a grand vision for BMO Field and we were honoured to serve as their Owner’s Representative in bringing that vision to reality. Renovation projects are never easy and we were very fortunate to have a fantastic group of project partners that really pulled together despite aggressive time schedules, inclement weather and regularlyscheduled events at the stadium and Exhibition Place." 

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Public Marries Private to Build Rogers Place

Venues Today, June 29, 2016

It often takes more than just public money to get a mega-complex entertainment district project off the ground. Canada's Rogers Place is a prime example of how to get it right. 

Speaking at a panel at the Association of Luxury Suite directors (ALSD) annual conference held here this week, Alberta's civic municipal officer Rick Daviss, venue building organization ICON Venue Group's Art Aaron and Melissa Heiter, and for-profit entity Katz Group investor representative Bob Black discussed the difficult, often contentious process of minds meeting to get their $614-million project from the drawing board to full realization...

..."These projects are not easy to get done. We see a lot of pretty pictures and hear a lot of wonderul stories about how great these projects are going to be, but the reality is far from what is presented to the public," said Heiter. "There are a lot of things that get said, a lot of threats that get made and there are a lot of feelings and emotions of the stakeholders, the city and the residents that all tie together before anything comes to fruition."

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MLSE scores goal with BMO Field makeover

Canadian Facility Management and Design, May 19, 2016

BMO Field, home to the Toronto FC, hosted the celebration of two goals on the TFC’s home opener May 7. One was the point scored by Tsubasa Endoh that netted the Major League Soccer (MLS) team a 1-0 win over FC Dallas. The other was the completion of the sports venue’s two-year, $150-million transformation in time for the season’s kickoff.

... Dan Vaillant, senior vice president of owner’s representative ICON Venue Group, led the project management team. He said that renovations come with inherent budget, design and schedule challenges, and the BMO Field project was no exception with its aggressive budget and short window of time.

... “I’ve been involved with stadium projects for the last 15 years and this has proved to be one of the most challenging I’ve worked on,” Vaillant said. “It was very satisfying to see BMO Field transformed into a world-class venue and open with a win and 30,000 people in attendance.”

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Lions’ new home starts to take shape

Orlando Sentinel, April 5, 2016

From the street, it’s hard to determine how Orlando City’s future stadium is progressing. Take a few steps over mounds of dirt covered in tire tracks, though, and the picture becomes more clear.

...Standing on a top step, overlooking it all on Monday afternoon was Orlando City majority owner Flávio Augusto da Silva, who visited the stadium site for the first time.

Augusto da Silva was shown around the grounds by project director Brent Beardslee. They stood where the scoreboard will be (in a corner near Church Street) and talked about the next steps: mechanical, electrical and plumbing work, which will begin next week.

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CAA Sports remains in buy mode - Acquires Owners’ Rep ICON Venue Group

Sports Business Journal, March 21, 2016

CAA Sports has acquired ICON Venue Group, an arena and stadium project management firm that has overseen high-profile sports developments.

The acquisition launches CAA Sports into an entirely new business — acting as owners’ representatives in the building of major sports facilities. Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.

...“We’re engaged directly by team owners, cities, stadium authorities, private developers that are in the business of building entertainment facilities,” said Tim Romani, CEO and founder of ICON Venue Group.

ICON Venue Group will keep its name and continue to operate under Romani. He and 70 employees of Denver-based Icon, including engineers, construction project managers and attorneys, have all joined CAA Sports as part of the deal.

...“What will be different is the ability for us to cover more ground for our clients,” Romani said. “Having CAA in this journey and really providing the vision and the leadership for this going forward is going to allow us to take our level of client service to a completely new place.”

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Oil Boom - Rogers Place and the ICE District Drive Economic Benefits in Edmonton

SEAT Magazine, Winter 2016

Canada’s largest mixed-use real estate development is taking shape in Edmonton, Alberta. The C$2 billion investment by the City of Edmonton and Katz Group, owners of the NHL’s Oilers, consists of 26 acres of contiguous land in the downtown core. The new ICE District, set to be complete in 2019, will sit within two blocks of both the current residential and commercial centers of the downtown, and within three blocks of the city’s arts district, all anchored by Rogers Place – a new arena for the city’s beloved hockey team.

...“We were not allowed to make all the walls straight,” says Dan Vaillant, Project Executive and Senior Vice President at ICON Venue Group. “We were not allowed to remove ceilings throughout the building. We were not allowed to take out square footage. So I’m impressed with the fact that we were able to get it into budget without picking that low-hanging fruit from a value engineering standpoint.”

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BioSteel Centre Opens!

February 10, 2016

Congratulations to the ICON Toronto team: Stephanie Bax, Jonathon Southgate, Carrie McKinnon, Dan Vaillant and George Messina on receiving an Occupancy Permit for the BioSteel Centre, the new training facility for the Toronto Raptors. The new facility will officially open in advance of the NBA All-Star Game in Toronto on February 14, 2016. 

For the Raptors, the training facility will feature numerous components to help the team’s coaches and players prepare for games. There will be two regulation-sized NBA courts, a large medical area, a full hydrotherapy zone and an athletic training room that will be twice the size of their current one. What sets the Raptors' facility apart from many of the others across the league is its prominent location. Set in the heart of the city, the building is easy to reach and figures into an already scenic spot overlooking both Lake Ontario and the city’s downtown skyline.

Coming together: Two sides who despised and distrusted each other preparing to share Edmonton arena triumph

Edmonton Sun, January 28, 2016

...While almost every other new arena to come on board in the past decade or more experienced major cost-cutting alterations from the design stage to the end of construction stage, Rogers Place in downtown Edmonton appears it will make it to the turn-over-the-keys stage without having that happen.

...ICON, both Daviss and Black believe, is taking more than normal pride bringing this extra special building down the homestretch. “It’s absolutely evident they are,” said Black.

“They really helped Sheppard us through some difficult times both during the negotiation phase with the City and the efforts to find ways to maximize on the impact per dollar spent."

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