Live Nation to Provide Design Assistance and Pre-Opening Consulting on New 9,000-Seat Arena

Savannah, GA (April 30, 2019) – The City of Savannah announced today that they are awarding a design assistance contract to Oak View Group Facilities and Live Nation for the new 9,000-seat multi-purpose arena scheduled to open in Savannah in the fall of 2021.

As part of the agreement, Oak View Group Facilities and Live Nation will provide pre-opening consulting on both design and development of the new arena. The two companies will work closely with the City and the construction team on providing recommendations on the impact of architectural design and the selection of and the procurement of furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The awarding also includes a future lease for the new arena where OVG Facilities and Live Nation could provide management and operations.

Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

“Oak View Group and Live Nation are two of the most influential companies in live entertainment and we’re fortunate that they will be guiding us through the pre-opening and design phases of our new arena in Savannah,” said Rob Hernandez, City Manager, City of Savannah. “With an experienced team, extensive resources, contacts and knowledge of our industry Oak View Group Facilities and Live Nation will provide tremendous insight to our team which ultimately will bring great pride to our region.”

“Savannah is a thriving market,” said Peter Luukko, Chairman, Oak View Group Facilities. “We are excited to partner with Live Nation in bringing our collective resources to Savannah and offering our insight on creating new and exciting opportunities for the entire region.”

“We look forward to the opportunity to work with Oak View Group Facilities and the City of Savannah in creating opportunities to bring many great live events to the region for many years to come,” said Michael Evans, President, Live Nation Arenas.

Oak View Group Facilities, which was founded by Irving Azoff and Tim Leiweke and is supported by Silverlake, specializes in event programming, venue assessments and security and emergency preparedness. Oak View Group Facilities provides full management services for arenas, stadiums, convention centers and performing arts centers.

Oak View Group will activate its other divisions in support of Savannah’s new arena. Oak View Group’s Global Partners will be instrumental in realizing new sponsorship and sales opportunities, and the Arena Alliance’s resources will maximize opportunities for concerts, family shows and sporting events. Currently, 28 of North America’s top-performing arenas, including arenas for 15 National Basketball Association teams and 18 National Hockey League teams, comprise Oak View Group’s Arena Alliance.

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