February PCCA Meeting
Thursday, March 6, 2014, 10:15 A.M.
Peoria Civic Center Authority Board February Meeting
March 6th (Peoria, IL) – The Peoria Civic Center Authority Board met on Thursday, February 27th at 4pm at the Peoria Civic Center. The meeting opened with the approval of the minutes from the January meeting and the approval of the consent agenda.
SMG General Manager of the Peoria Civic Center, Jim Wetherington, then gave his report which included information on events held in January and February of 2014. Multiple Bradley University Men’s Basketball games and Peoria Rivermen Hockey games have taken place, along with major events including Lady Antebellum’s ‘Take Me Downtown Tour’, Monster Jam, Million Dollar Quartet and Flashdance the Musical. Wetherington reported that the increase in snowfall this year on event days has affected ticket sales and overall revenue for Peoria Civic Center events. SMG is working with the Peoria Civic Center Authority Board on lowering operating costs and increasing revenues.
Megan Pedigo, Assistant Director of Marketing for the Peoria Civic Center, reported that the marketing department was in the final stages of preparation before launching the completely redeveloped www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com website. The project was started in April of 2013. The new site features interactive facility maps, as well as an interactive calendar of events.
The finance committee reported that during the month of January the Peoria Civic Center hosted 82 event days, which was 10 more than budgeted and 93,921 people attended events in the facility. It was also reported that ticketed events held at the Peoria Civic Center in the month of January generated $ 3,465,224.58 in economic impact for the community.
The Mission statement of the Peoria Civic Center is to be a catalyst for improving the quality of life and economic vitality in our area by hosting diverse events that are enjoyed and supported by all segments of the general public. The Peoria Civic Center will operate as a business enterprise consistent with sound industry practices, financial principles and in an open and responsive manner.
The next Peoria Civic Center Authority Board Meeting will be held on March 27th at 4pm at the Peoria Civic Center in room 405.
The Peoria Civic Center, an SMG managed facility, is an entertainment and convention venue that contributes significantly to the economic impact on the downtown Peoria area. For the most up-to-date event information, please check us out on the web at http://www.PeoriaCivicCenter.com.
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 230 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions, catering and special events division, SAVOR, currently servicing more than 100 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com