March 01, 2006

Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of Philadelphia-based Comcast-Spectacor, has been selected to manage Cincinnati's Cinergy Center, which currently is under expansion and renovation. Global Spectrum will negotiate the terms of a three-year contract with the city and could take over the center as soon as May 1. Although the Cinergy Center has already reopened for some select events, the center's grand opening is set for the end of June.

Officials in Melbourne, Australia, unveiled plans last week for a US$274 million redevelopment of the southern banks of the lower Yarra River that will include a new convention center. Plans also call for a five-star Hilton hotel, an office and residential tower, a riverfront promenade with retail shops, and a renovated maritime museum. The convention center will include a 5,000-seat Plenary Hall, a ballroom, 32 meeting rooms and a ground-floor foyer capable of holding 11,000 people. Construction is expected to start in April, and the project should be complete in 2009.

Greg Caren, vice president, convention center business development, of Philadelphia-based sports- and convention-venue management company SMG, announced on Feb. 28 that the company would manage the Expo Imperial & Foro Imperial in Acapulco, Mexico. To open in November 2007, the facility will have between 250,000 and 300,000 square feet of exhibit space, as well as a 4,800-seat theater. Ground already has been broken on the project, which will be part of a new entertainment zone called Mundo Imperial that will include a hotel with approximately 900 rooms.