New Firm Picked
To Manage KCAC
Published By: TheIndianaGazette.com, September 30, 2015 10:54am
Indiana University of Pennsylvania has selected Pinnacle Venue Services, of Virginia Beach, Va., and San Antonio, to be the new management company for the Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex.
Selection of the management company followed a national requestforproposals process, and the university is moving ahead with the contracting process. Pinnacle Venue Services is expected to take over management of the Kovalchick Complex in March 2016.
“We are pleased with the selection of Pinnacle as the management company for the Kovalchick Complex and feel confident in the company’s ability to expertly assume the management, marketing, operations and event coordination of the outstanding athletic, entertainment and conference facilities that are part of this venue,” said Cornelius Wooten, IUP vice president for administration and finance.
“While Pinnacle is a young company, the firm’s principals have an indepth understanding of IUP and the Kovalchick Complex, dating back to the venue’s groundbreaking in 2008. I know they will provide us with the direction, discipline and vision that will enhance our facilities and events for our students, staff, faculty and administration and residents of Indiana and our entire region.”
Spectra (formerly Global Spectrum) has served as the management company for the KovalchickComplex since 2009.
“We have been very pleased with the work that Spectra has provided as the management company for the facility,” said Sam Phillips, IUP assistant vice president for administration. “We have enjoyed great success at the Kovalchick Complex, and we feel certain that success will continue in all ways, and that the transition to a new management company will be positive and seamless.”
Events and activities scheduled for the Kovalchick Complex after March will continue as planned and as scheduled, Phillips said.
The Kovalchick Complex, a 148,500 squarefoot complex, consists of the 5,000seat Ed Fry Arena, 23,000 square feet of meeting and convention space, and the 635seat Toretti Auditorium. It opened in March 2011 and is home to IUP’s Crimson Hawks men’s and women’s Division II basketball and volleyball teams. It also hosts concerts, family shows, sports events, conferences, conventions, trade shows and meetings. It employs eight staffers fulltime and has about 60100 parttime workers, depending on the events season, according to Seth Bernat, general manager at the KCAC.
“I have seen this magnificent complex grow from a barren construction site into the premier sports and entertainment public assembly facility in the Indiana community,” said Doug Higgons, Pinnacle’s comanaging partner. “Our company is looking forward to working with IUP to bring new and exciting programs and services to the Kovalchick Complex that will appeal to audiences of all types, and that will benefit the university, the community and the region.”
IUP Communications Director Michelle Fryling said the base contract with the management company is good for five years with an option to extend it another 10.
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