OVG Facilities Named Manager of the New Robert Morris University Arena
UPMC Events Center Scheduled to Open Summer of 2019
Philadelphia, PA. (August 29, 2018) – Robert Morris University, located in suburban Pittsburgh, has awarded management of their new 161,000 square-foot. multi-purpose facility to OVG Facilities. The new UPMC Events Center is the future home of the Colonials and is scheduled to open in summer 2019. OVG Facilities currently manages several university complexes throughout the U.S.
OVG Facilities will provide full management, booking, and operational services to the UPMC Events Center, which boasts a 4,000-plus-seat arena dubbed Peoples Court, a practice court, locker rooms, a strength and conditioning center, and concessions. The complex also includes an 11,000-square-foot conference and meeting space for campus events and outside organizations. The facility will host all RMU athletic games for men's and women's basketball and women's volleyball, as well as provide a venue for other events, such as concerts, commencement, featured speakers, banquets, and much more.
"The UPMC Events Center is a remarkable complex, and we are thrilled the university has selected us to operate it," said Oak View Group's Co-Chairman of Facilities, Peter Luukko. "It's a beautiful, state-of-the-art facility, and we can't wait to see the impact it will have on the university and community. Our team is well versed in what it takes to open university complexes, and we are diligently working towards opening the events center. We look forward to becoming part of the community."
The $43 million UPMC Events Center has attracted several corporate sponsors, including UPMC, Peoples, Koppers, Eat 'n' Park, PNC, P.J. Dick, Pepsi, and PGT Trucking. The UPMC Events Center is the largest capital project in RMU history.
"OVG is going to be an outstanding partner for Robert Morris, and we are excited to see their team turn the UPMC Events Center into an entertainment destination for the entire Pittsburgh region," said Jay T. Carson, RMU Senior Vice President of Institutional Advancement
OVG Facilities currently manages and books programming for arenas, convention centers, theaters and amphitheaters all over the U.S. Included in their university portfolio is the Kovalchick Complex on the campus of the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, the UMBC Event Center in Baltimore, Maryland, the Watsco Center on the campus of the University of Miami, and Rupp Arena in Lexington, Kentucky.
About Robert Morris University: Through more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs across five academic schools, Robert Morris University (RMU) in Pittsburgh, Pa. enrolls more than 5,000 undergraduate and graduate students from 48 states and 39 countries. A nationally ranked, doctoral degree-granting research university, RMU offers fully online courses as well as a traditional residential college experience at its campus on 230 scenic acres 17 miles from downtown Pittsburgh. The Colonials compete in 16 NCAA Division I sports, including football, basketball, volleyball, ice hockey, and lacrosse.
About OVG Facilities: Oak View Group Facilities, a division of the Oak View Group, which was founded by Irving Azoff, Tim Leiweke, with Madison Square Garden Entertainment and have partnered with Silverlake to make a positive disruption in the entertainment industry. OVG Facilities is a full-service venue management company that creates customized management plans for each of their venues. The Group currently manages arenas, theaters, convention centers and amphitheaters all over the US and specializes in event programming, venue assessments, and security and emergency preparedness.