Puerto Rico Coliseum Operator SMG to Manage California Arena
SAN JUAN – The City of Ontario, California has announced the transfer of management of Citizens Business Bank Arena from AEG Facilities to SMG Worldwide, the operator of the Puerto Rico Coliseum. AEG Facilities and Ontario have agreed that as of July 1, AEG will transition from management of Citizens Business Bank Arena and focus on the long-term success of the Ontario Reign hockey team. Since the opening of Citizens Business Bank Arena in 2008.
Citizens Business Bank Arena includes 9,500 fixed seats with additional “portable” seating risers to accommodate capacities of 11,089 for concerts, 9,736 for ice hockey or arena football and 10,832 for basketball. The 225,000 square foot venue features 36 luxury suites located on two levels and a continuous concourse hosting a variety of refreshment stands, merchandise kiosks, a VIP club and other fan amenities. The Arena is home to Ontario Reign, an AHL Hockey Team, and Ontario Fury, a PSAL Soccer Team.
SMG Worldwide provides management services to over 233 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums and a variety of other venues. It manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. It also provides venue management for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans.
“It has always been the vision of the Ontario City Council to have one source managing the City of Ontario owned facilities, the Ontario Convention Center and Citizens Business Bank Arena,” council member Alan D. Wapner said in the announcement.
“The arena will provide a destination experience, much needed to bring larger events with a significant economic impact to our area,” said Michael Krouse, regional vice president of SMG Worldwide.