(INDEPENDENCE, Mo.) Thursday, June 19, 2014 – The Independence Events Center Management Corporation, operators of the Independence Events Center (IEC) today signed a long-term agreement for management and operation of the facility.
Global Spectrum, which operates more than 120 arenas and stadiums throughout the world, has been selected to manage and operate the 5,800 seat multi-purpose entertainment and sports venue. The company will now be responsible for booking, scheduling, marketing, maintenance, contracted services, hiring and other operational aspects. Global Spectrum also announced a partnership with Live Nation Arenas to further provide their booking services to additionally increase the number of concerts, shows and events at the IEC.
“Independence is fortunate to have the best entertainment venue in the region, and the success of the Missouri Mavericks and Missouri Comets are testament to our commitment to excellence,” said City Manager Robert Heacock. “While the IEC has secured great events, like the Women’s NAIA national basketball tournament, competition is fierce and we welcome strong national partners.”
“This long-term partnership with Global Spectrum and Live Nation Arenas will elevate the IEC to an elite level to compete for concerts and national events, and will ensure the continued viability of the facility,” added Heacock. “As a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor and part of the Comcast family, we look forward to working with them and taking advantage of the many opportunities to enhance the visitor experience.”
In addition to managing the facility, two other Comcast-Spectacor subsidiaries will be involved with the day-to-day operations of the IEC. They include Ovations Food Services, the food and beverage concessionaire and suite caterers to the facility, which has been in place at the venue since 2013; and Front Row Marketing Services, which specializes in acquiring brand-enhancing sponsorships, partnerships, advertising and naming rights.
“We are thrilled to be working with the City of Independence,” said Global Spectrum President John Page. “By working in sync with our sister companies Ovations Food Services and Front Row Marketing Services, we firmly believe we will be able to enhance the experience for everyone at the Independence Events Center. It’s a beautiful facility with tremendous potential.”
Many of the world’s top-touring shows, including Disney On Ice, the Harlem Globetrotters, WWE, and the world's leading recording artists like the Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Beyoncé, P!nk, Jay Z, Bon Jovi, and Kenny Chesney perform in Global Spectrum-managed venues.