2019 VenuesNow Conference Comes To New York City

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After two years in Los Angeles, the 2019 VenuesNow Conference will be held Sept. 10-11 at the Hilton Conrad with CAA ICON as the presenting sponsor. Those who have attended VenuesNow’s the flagship event in the past can expect the same great discussions and insight from the sports and entertainment industry’s best, but now with a kind of New York flair. 

The speaker lineup will include a one-on-one with The Azoff Company CEO Irving Azoff and Madison Square Garden Co. Executive Chairman and CEO James Dolan,as well as a panel featuring NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, WNBA Commissioner Cathy Englebert and MLS Commissioner Don Garber.

The panel lineup will also ia session called Never Forget: How Sept. 11 Forever Changed Public Assembly, featuring former NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton and an array of leading experts on live event security and counter-terrorism.

“Top to bottom, the entire speaker lineup is pretty ridiculous, but it has been from the start,” says Ray Waddell, president of media and conferences at Oak View Group. “VenuesNow Conference has always been about innovation, positive disruption, thought leadership, and where the industry is headed, which reflects the overall ethos of Oak View Group.”

Oak View Group’s Media and Conferences division produces and operates the event. This division also operates two primary media and data platforms, the concert industry trade publication Pollstar and the venue industry trade publication VenuesNow, as well as their various websites, newsletters, and events, including Pollstar Live!

“We cover the business of the two pillars of live sports and entertainment events: the content and the venues, and all the stakeholders that serve and influence them,” Waddell says of his division.

Attendees will be treated to discussions exploring all the latest innovations in the world of live event venues, including technology, finance, safety/security, ticketing, sponsorships, concessions, design and development, e-sports, universities, gaming, inclusivity, immersive experiences, and the relationships between touring content, teams and owners, brand partners, venue operators, and other stakeholders serving the facilities industry, from the club to stadium level. 

“With the VenuesNow Conference, as with all of our events and media, we bring together the most powerful thinkers and innovators in our world to take stock of where we are as an industry and play a role in moving the business forward at a time when live events and public assembly are undergoing a critical evolution,” says Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group. “From its first year, the quality of the dialogue as well as the qualityof attendees and speakers, has set the VenuesNow Conference apart, and that will continue in September. We look forward to staging this conference in New York City and the Northeastern U.S., where so much of this thriving global business is concentrated.”

Don’t miss your chance to attend the premier gathering in the venue industry. Register today with code FOS19 for a special limited-time rate.