CAA Sports Acquires Strategic Management Consultancy Barrett Sports Group, Launches CAA ICON

October 2, 2017

LOS ANGELES (October 2, 2017) – CAA Sports, a division of leading entertainment and sports agency Creative Artists Agency (CAA), today announced that it has acquired Barrett Sports Group, LLC (BSG), a boutique strategic management consulting firm that provides venue advisory, valuation, and transaction due diligence services for public and private sports and entertainment facility owners/operators, professional franchises, and leagues.  Founded by sports industry expert Daniel S. Barrett, BSG will combine forces with CAA Sports’ industry-leading owner’s representative and project management firm, ICON Venue Group, becoming part of CAA ICON.  

CAA ICON consists of the Venue Development Group, previously operating as ICON Venue Group, and the Strategic Advisory Group, formerly BSG. 

With a portfolio of many of the most successful venues throughout the world, CAA ICON’s Venue Development Group provides public and private sector clients comprehensive facility development services to guide a project from conception through planning, design, construction and opening. CAA ICON executives have managed the development of home venues for NFL, NBA, NHL, MLB MLS, MLL, AFL, CHL, NBDL, DEL and BBL franchises, totaling more than $8 billion.  The company was recently named the Owner’s Representative for the Golden State Warriors’ new Chase Center; Las Vegas Raiders’ new Las Vegas stadium; AS Roma’s new sports and entertainment complex in Rome; and Madison Square Garden’s new Las Vegas venue.  Tim Romani, Founder and CEO of ICON Venue Group, which was acquired by CAA Sports in 2016, will guide the efforts of CAA ICON.  

“CAA and ICON Venue Group are known for impeccable client services, and creating the CAA ICON brand enables us to expand upon the incredible reputation we’ve collectively created in our industry as we continue to offer best-in-class services for our current and future clients,” said Romani. “We are thrilled to add BSG’s services into the CAA ICON umbrella and know that this will allow us to continue providing an even greater range of accountable, objective, and trusted services.” 

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AEG and MGM Resorts International Break Ground on New Las Vegas Arena Set to Debut in Spring 2016

May 1, 2014, PRNewswire

Partners, Athletes and VIPs On-Hand to Celebrate New World-Class Arena

LAS VEGAS (May 1, 2014)   / PRNewswire / —  Las Vegas Arena Company, owned by AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), broke ground today on a world-class, privately funded, $375 million indoor arena set to open in spring 2016. Located west of the Las Vegas Strip, between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, the new 20,000-seat arena will host boxing, UFC and other sporting events, major headline entertainment, awards shows and special events. 

On-hand to welcome guests to the special ceremony, which signaled the start of construction of the venue being built on a 16-acre site, were Dan Beckerman, President & CEO of AEG and Jim Murren, Chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International.  Joining the partners to put the first shovels in the ground were Chair of the Board of Clark County Commissioners Steve Sisolak, President of Ultimate Fighting Championship Dana White, CEO of Golden Boy Promotions Richard Schaefer, NBA and NCAA legend and Hall of Famer Bill Walton, NHL legend and Hall of Famer Luc Robitaille and W B C Welterweight World Champion Floyd Mayweather who took time away from final preparations for his Saturday night title defense to participate in this historic ceremony.

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

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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First Renderings of New Las Vegas Arena Unveiled by Project Developers AEG AND MGM Resorts International

November 5, 2013

Joint Venture Releases First Images of Privately Funded 20,000-Seat Indoor Sports & Entertainment Arena Set to Open in Early 2016

LAS VEGAS (November 5, 2013) – Joint venture partners AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM), developers of a new world-class indoor arena in Las Vegas, have released the first images and details of the 20,000-seat sports and entertainment venue which will be located near the heart of the famed Las Vegas Strip and adjacent to the I-15 corridor.

... Since its selection as the project’s architect of record, Populous has worked closely with the project owners and their project manager, ICON Venue Group, to design an arena that will connect 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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MGM Resorts International & AEG Enter into Definitive Joint Venture Agreement to Develop Las Vegas Arena

June 18, 2013

LAS VEGAS, June 18, 2013 – AEG and MGM Resorts International (NYSE: MGM) have completed and executed transactional agreements formalizing the details of the previously announced joint venture to build a new arena project, which will be the centerpiece of a complete revitalization of the area between New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, extending from Las Vegas Blvd. to Frank Sinatra Drive. They have selected Populous, designers of many of the world’s most memorable sports, concert and entertainment venues as the Architect of Record and designer for the new approximately 20,000-seat indoor arena.

... World leaders in the design and development of iconic arena projects, Populous’ portfolio of sports facilities includes more than 20 projects in association with AEG or ICON Venue Group (serving as project managers for the project) including London’s O2 arena, Berlin’s O2 World arena and Kansas City’s Sprint Center.

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ICON Venue Group Hires Three New Employees

October 24, 2012

ICON Venue Group (ICON), the leading Owner’s Representative and Development Manager in the Sports and Entertainment industry, has recently hired three new employees to supplement its national and international company operations. More

New Premium VIP Annex at the O2 World Hamburg – Opening on March 13, 2012

March 13, 2012

On Tuesday, March 13, 2012, Anschutz Entertainment Group’s new Premium VIP Annex at the O2 World Hamburg will open its doors for the first time for an Udo Lindenberg concert. The VIP Annex will not only serve as a new, spacious VIP entrance lobby, but will also provide new hospitality and catering amenities with a Premium Club on the first floor and a Premium Lounge on the second floor. In addition, more office spaces for O2 World Hamburg employees have been added to the ground floor. More


MLS Philadelphia Hired Rossetti and ICON to Design $115 Million, 18,500-seat Multi-Purpose Stadium

August 5, 2008

Keystone Sports and Entertainment, LLC, the Major League Soccer (MLS) Philadelphia 2010 ownership group, announced Rossetti Architects, an international design firm with offices in Detroit, Los Angeles, Denver, Newport Beach and Shanghai, and ICON Venue Group (ICON), the owner’s representative based in Denver, Colo., will lead the design and construction of the $115 million stadium situated along the waterfront in Chester, Pa. The multi-purpose stadium will be home to the MLS Philadelphia team making its debut in 2010. More


The Glass is rising: Installation of the glass curtain-wall at Sprint Center has begun

October 18, 2006

The enclosure of Sprint Center began yesterday with the installation of the first pieces of glass that will surround its exterior, creating the iconic look and feel of Kansas City’s newest landmark. The glass panels are 12’ x 5’ in size. In total, 2,204 panels will create the 130,000 sf exterior. More

The Glass is coming: Sprint Center prepares for installation with the placement of 80-foot steel tubes

September 22, 2006

Sprint Center continues to proceed vertically with the erection of enormous steel tubes that will form the support structure for the glass exterior curtain wall that will form the arena’s exterior façade. The tubes are over 80 feet tall and 16 inches in diameter and are being erected on the Grand Blvd. side of the arena site. More

Sprint Center continues to go vertical with placement of the first pieces of steel

August 7, 2006

Construction at Sprint Center will reach another milestone this week with placement of the first pieces of steel that will eventually form the arena’s upper concourse. More


Devils Renaissance Development (New Jersey Devils) hires ICON Venue Group

May 2005

ICON Will Serve as Owner’s Representative for the $310 Million Arena in Downtown Newark More


Romani Group, Inc. and Anschutz Entertainment Group Announce Joint Venture

November 2004

ICON Venue Group to Provide Unparalleled Services for the Development and Management of New Sports and Entertainment Venues Worldwide More