The details for the Lunch meeting on April 21 are as follows:
Topic: Renovations to the Bojangles Coliseum (http://www.bojanglescoliseum.com/)
In December 2014 Charlotte City Council approved $16M in funding for renovations (over two years) of Bojangles Coliseum. Renovations started on June 22, 2015 and were completed in late October of 2015. This first phase of renovations included the following key upgrades to the venue:
- Replacement of approximately 9300 original wood seats with new plastic bucket seating. (approximately 8650) to provide additional seating comfort – with new seat widths of 18” to 21” compared to previous widths of 17” to 18”.
- New state of the art Daktronics center-hung scoreboard and ancillary ribbon boards. New center scoreboard features HD quality full screen video complemented by HD quality side/corner video boards.
- New sound system replacing previous end-zone public address system delivering distributed sound and concert quality audio.
- Replaced 1993-era metal halides sports lighting with new Cree LED sports lighting fixtures – enabled the venue to increase foot-candle readings from approximately 130 to 230 foot-candles. The new lighting also allows for instant off/on controls that is a must-have for in-event features, videos, etc.
- Upgraded all event/team dressing rooms with new flooring, lighting, ceilings, and wall treatments to enhance usability for events.
- Gutted a former office/staff area of approximately 3,300SF to build a new hockey locker room complete with coaches office, work-out space, equipment room, changing room, main dressing space, medical/training room, commercial laundry space along with showers, sinks and toilet areas.
- Upgraded on exterior and interior all concession points of sale including new counters, walls and upgrades to plumbing and electrical. Additional equipment (some new, some relocated), signage and graphic packages have enabled our food and beverage operations to serve our customers at elevated levels for all events.
- Complete renovation of former dining/hospitality area that increase square footage, upgrades to kitchen, new seating, upgrades to existing bar and additional new bar and major upgrades to lighting and aesthetics. The crowning touch of this space upfit was walkway through the area for hockey team players/coaches directly to the ice from their adjacent dressing room – providing fans of all ages a chance to be up close and personal as the players enter/exit the ice.
George Hite- Bojangles Coliseum General Manager
Mr. Hite began his career in July 1988 as CRVA (Auditorium Coliseum Convention Center Authority)- Charlotte Coliseum (on Tyvola Road) as Event Staff Coordinator – responsible for hiring and oversight of all part-time event staff personnel including ushers, doors guards, ticket takers, guest serves and event staff supervisors. Some of the high points of George Hites’s career include:
- 1991-1993 – box office manager for Charlotte Coliseum
- 1993-1996 – moved to Independence Arena/Ovens Auditorium complex on Independence Boulevard as Assistant Manager
- 1996-2003 – elevated to Manager for Arena/Auditorium
- 2003-2007 – returned to Charlotte Coliseum (Tyvola Road) to prepare staff for move to new Time Warner Cable Arena and be onsite for final phase of construction of Time warner cable Arena (then knows as Bobcats Arena).
- 2007-2013 – served as onsite construction liaison for CRVA during construction of NASCAR Hall of Fame.
- 2013-present – returned to the complex on Independence Boulevard now known as Bojangles Coliseum/Ovens Auditorium as General Manager.
Steve Bagwell-VP of Venues and Charlotte Convention Center Director for the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA).
Mr. Bagwell is a veteran of the organization for more than 20 years, Bagwell first began his career as warehouse manager when the Charlotte Convention Center opened in 1995. He’s risen through the ranks taking on several roles that have led to his current position as VP of Venues. Some of the high points of Bagwell’s career range from achieving his CPA designation in 2000 to managing a multitude of needs at the Charlotte Convention Center during the eventful 2012 Democratic National Convention.
PDH: 1 Hour
Date: Thursday, April 21, 2016
Time: 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
(Registration will start at 11:30am)
The Bojangles Coliseum Red Line Club
2700 East Independence Blvd. Charlotte, NC 28205
Cost: $30 for Members; $35 for Non-Members
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