TED CONSTANT CENTER CELEBRATES TEN YEARS OF ENTERTAINMENT
Sept. 28, 2012
Norfolk, VA October 2012 marks the ten year anniversary for Ted Constant Center, home of the Old Dominion University Monarchs and Lady Monarchs. After holding the first ticketed event on October 28, 2002 with a Counting Crows concert, Global Spectrum has hosted a variety of renowned touring events at Ted Constant Center, including Dave Matthews, Bruce Springsteen, Green Day, American Idols Live, Maroon 5, 50 Cent, Keith Urban, Blue Man Group, Michael Buble, Elton John, Harlem Globetrotters, Steve Harvey, Eric Church, and The Black Keys.
Ted Constant Convocation Center is a 9,100-seat multi-purpose arena located on the campus of Old Dominion University. Operated by Global Spectrum since the grand debut in 2002, Ted Constant Center is the cornerstone in the University Village project, a 75-acre development that also features restaurants, shopping, offices, research labs and residences with high-tech connections to the campus. Ted Constant Center is home to the Old Dominion men's and women's basketball teams, and plays host to ODU Wrestling matches, a variety of family-oriented events as well as concerts, ODU commencement, career fairs, and lectures.
To celebrate the tenth anniversary, Ted Constant Center will have a huge kick off the first week of October with 8 events over the course of five days. Tuesday, October 2, Journey, Pat Benatar, and Loverboy inaugurate the celebration with their greatest hits and Thursday, October 4, The King's Men Tour featuring Kirk Franklin, Marvin Sapp, Donnie McClurkin, and Israel Houghton will perform. Friday, October 5 through Sunday, October 7, Sesame Street Live will continue the celebration with a weekend full of performances in the arena; marking their tenth year in a row. Travelling along Hampton Boulevard, you can't miss the window display showcasing some of the past artists who have performed in the arena since opening in 2002. Passers-by on Monarch Way will see banners along the street with the Constant Center's ten year logo.
"The venue has been a tremendous success to both Old Dominion University and the community as a whole," stated Global Spectrum's Doug Higgons, Regional Vice President and General Manager of Ted Constant Center. "We're proud to have brought in major acts to the Hampton Roads area, in which the community has responded to in an overwhelming fashion."
Ted Constant Center staff produced a video to feature some of the many highlights of the decade. In the video, you will see interviews from the Vice President for Administration and Finance at ODU, Bob Fenning; Director of ODU Athletics, Wood Selig; ODU Men's Basketball Head Coach, Blaine Taylor; ODU Women's Basketball Head Coach Karen Barefoot; Steve Ballard of S.B. Ballard Construction Company; Global Spectrum Regional Vice President and General Manager of the Constant Center, Doug Higgons; Assistant General Manager, Mike Fryling; and Constant Center employees who have worked at the building since its opening in 2002. You can watch the video, here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XJLloVZPQ80.
Ted Constant Center recently accomplished a huge milestone in the 10 year history of the facility. Operated by Global Spectrum, the Constant Center is known as one of the premier mid-sized collegiate venues in the country. Venues Today recently ranked the Constant Center second among college arenas with 5,001-10,000 seats in the world over the last decade and 20th overall as a Top Stop of the Decade.
Venues Today is a notable international trade publication that covers the business side of entertainment and sports, mainly as it relates to venues. Venues Today Inc. is the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meetings venues internationally.
"This is an absolute honor for Ted Constant Center, our staff and the Global Spectrum family," states Doug Higgons, Regional Vice President for Global Spectrum and General Manager for Ted Constant Center. "We have made international headlines in our industry and it is something to be proud of. Hard work, loyal customers and great entertainment is what makes this facility special and we are proud to be ranked among the best in the world." Tickets for all Constant Center events are available through COXTix.com, at the Ted Constant Center box office, or charge-by-phone at 888-3-COXTIX. Join the free Constant Center Cyber Club and receive advance notices and special offers to future events at www.constantcenter.com. You can also become a fan and follow Ted Constant Center on Facebook at www.facebook.com/tedconstantcenter and on Twitter at www.twitter.com/constantcenter for special contests and daily updates.
About Global Spectrum Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages Ted Constant Center, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectactor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.