The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review relays that the Penguins announced Wednesday the team will replace the management firm it has used to run Consol Energy Center and the former Mellon Arena for about 20 years.
AEG Facilities will take over operations at Consol Energy Center from SMG, formerly Spectacor Management Group, on Sept 1. AEG Facilities operates 100 arenas and stadiums worldwide including the Staples Center in Los Angeles, O2 Arena in London and the MasterCard Center in Beijing, China.
The Penguins and AEG signed a five-year agreement.
“We are excited to create this dynamic partnership with AEG Facilities and look forward to building on the success Consol Energy Center has enjoyed in its first two years of operation,” said Travis Williams, chief operating officer of the Penguins. “AEG Facilities brings an outstanding reputation for venue management and will work with us to enhance the overall fan entertainment experience at all Consol Energy Center events.”
Full-time workers including electricians, carpenters, utility crews and security guards, and part-time employees such as ushers, ticket-takers and concession vendors, will keep their jobs, AEG Facilities officials said.
AEG will evaluate whether to make changes to members of SMG’s senior management team working at the arena.
ARAMARK will remain the arena’s food service provider.