LOS ANGELES & MONTEVIDEO, Uruguay--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Further expanding its global footprint, AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of the world’s leading sports, venue and live entertainment company, has been selected by Antel, Uruguay's leading telecommunications company, to manage and operate a new state-of-the-art arena in Montevideo, Uruguay. Set to Open by mid-2018, the 10,000-seat state-of-the-art indoor venue will be home to world class competitions in basketball, tennis, futsal and other sports, as well as concerts, family shows, festivals, corporate and special events.
The project will be overseen from AEG’s office in São Paulo, Brazil with additional resources provided by AEG’s offices and venues globally.
Javier Emicuri, Antel’s CEO commented, "This new state-of-the-art Arena is destined to be the home of the most important sports, music and entertainment events, fairs and conventions. Our goal for this venue is to provide Uruguay with the best infrastructure to become a reference place in South America to host these major events, and with a strong partner like AEG at our side, we are confident we will achieve this."
As part of the comprehensive management agreement signed today by representatives of Antel and AEG, AEG Facilities will be responsible for all aspects of the arena’s operations beginning with directing all pre-opening functions including overseeing the hiring and training of the venue’s full staff and planning and executing the arena’s grand opening while managing key departments such as event operations, sponsorship and premium seating sales, booking, security, ticketing, guest services, marketing, public relations, finance, human resources and overall event management.
Chuck Steedman, AEG Facilities’ Chief Operating Officer who joined the Antel Board of Directors at the announcement said, “We applaud Antel and the government of Uruguay for designing and building this great indoor arena. Antel Arena will immediately take its place at the head of the class for indoor venues in South America and will set the standard for excellence on the continent. We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Antel and the people of Uruguay to provide the best in world-class sports and entertainment.”
Leading AEG Facilities’ team in South America is Venancio Castro who joined the company in 2014 as Executive Director, AEG Facilities. In this role, Castro is responsible for day-to-day management of AEG Brasil’s corporate staff and office in São Paulo, as well as overseeing AEG Facilities’ venue growth and operations throughout the region.
About AEG Facilities:
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 120 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Live, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1Earth and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Barclays Arena (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland Alameda Coliseum (Oakland, CA), PPG Paints Arena (Pittsburgh, PA), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), Wukesong Arena (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK), Perth Arena (Perth, Australia), Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI), Puerto Tico Convention Center (San Juan, Puerto Rico) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.
Antel is the Uruguayan state owned Telecommunications Company, which has a strong commitment to universalize broadband access and has taken firm steps to eliminate the digital gap, one of which is the current deployment of a nationwide fiber optic network. Antel currently provides Internet connectivity to a total of 74% of households across the country with more than 62% of those having fiber optic access. Antel was the first company in Latin America to provide customers with LTE technology, placing Uruguay in the top 10 countries of the world for mobile broadband speed. Nowadays the third parts of de mobile services are connected to LTE technology. For more information, visit www.antel.com.uy.