Don Garber, Adam Silver & Nicole Feld announced for VenuesNow Conference

A keynote discussion with major sports league commissioners including Don Garber (MLS) and Adam Silver (NBA) will be one of the highlights of the 2019 VenuesNow Conference, the flagship event of the sports and entertainment facility industry’s premier trade publication VenuesNow.


Set for September 10-11 at the Hilton Conrad, VenuesNow Conference (VNC3) relocates to New York City for its third edition. During its two highly-successful runs in Los Angeles, the conference built a reputation as the most compelling and thought-provoking gathering in the international sports and live entertainment facilities industry.


Other VNC3 power panelists set for this year include: Nicole Feld, Executive Vice President & Producer, Feld Entertainment Inc., Darren Pfeffer, Executive Vice President, MSG Live, The Madison Square Garden Company, Al Guido, President/ CEO & Co-Managing Partner, San Francisco 49ers/Elevate Sports Ventures, Hannah Gordon, Chief Administrative Officer & General Counsel, San Francisco 49ers, Charlie Jacobs, CEO, Delaware North’s Boston Holdings/Alternate Governor, Delaware North/Boston Bruins, Jerry Jacobs Jr., Co-CEO, Delaware North, Jerry Parisi, Managing Director, Sports Finance, MUFG, Bill Bratton, Executive Chairmen, Teneo Risk, Jason Miller, President, New York, Live Nation, Mike Luba, Forest Hills Stadium, Peter Shapiro, Brooklyn Bowl, Capitol Theater and Craig Levine, Global Chief Strategy Officer, ESL.


Topics at VenuesNow Conference – the flagship event of VenuesNow – will explore leading edge innovation in the world of live event venues, including technology, finance, safety/security, ticketing, sponsorships, concessions, design and development, e-sports, universities, gaming, inclusivity, immersive experiences, and the relationships between touring content, teams and owners, brand partners, venue operators, and other stakeholders serving the facilities industry, from the club to stadium level.


Additionally, CAA ICON, the world’s-leading owners representative and strategic management consulting firm for public and private sports and entertainment facility owners/operators, professional franchises and leagues, has signed on as presenting sponsor for VenuesNow Conference 2019.



The VenuesNow Conference is produced by Oak View Group’s Media & Conferences Division, which also includes the live entertainment trade Pollstar and Pollstar Live! The latter is the world’s largest gathering of concert industry professionals and is set for February 4-6, 2020, in Los Angeles.


In just two years, the VenuesNow Conference has become an invaluable event for this industry with its focus on positive disruption and innovation in the public assembly facilities space. With past speakers including Ari Emanuel, Coran Capshaw, Jerry Bruckheimer, Peter Guber, Tim Romani, Bruce Miller, David Bonderman, and Tod Leiweke, along with OVG leadership in Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff, no other gathering in the industry brings together as many primary influencers and those who impact it.


The curated attendance of VenuesNow Conference is made up of C-level stakeholders in sports and live entertainment, fostering the highest level of dialogue and one-of-a-kind networking opportunities.



Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group, said:

With the VenuesNow Conference, as with all of our events and media, we bring together the most powerful thinkers and innovators in our world to take stock of where we are as an industry and play a role in moving the business forward at a time when live events and public assembly are undergoing a critical evolution. From its first year, the quality of the dialogue as well as the quality of attendees and speakers, has set the VenuesNow Conference apart, and that will continue in September. We look forward to staging this conference in New York City and the Northeastern U.S., where so much of this thriving global business is concentrated.


Additionally, six “Innovation Spotlights” will feature in-depth Q&As with industry leaders on cutting-edge technology and positive disruption in such sectors as Premium, Concessions, Content, Design, 5G and Immersive Attractions in venues. On September 11, VenuesNow Conference will recognise the magnitude of that date with what is sure to be a powerful session titled “Never Forget: How Sept. 11, 2001 Forever Changed Public Assembly.”


Ray Waddell, President of OVG’s Media & Conferences division, said:

Programming the content for the VenuesNow Conference is highly rewarding but also challenging, as we are committed to providing a platform for only the most thought-provoking, actionable ideas and visionary speakers. Across the board, our team is on a mission to continually elevate this conference and all of our events, and we can’t wait for people to see what we’re bringing to New York in September!



Sports Venue Business is delighted to be an Official Media Partner for the 2019 edition of the VenuesNow conference. NB: Make sure to use the code ‘SVB19’ to secure an exclusive rate for this unmissable event.




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