INSIDE IOWA STATE
April 27, 2001
Center's management contract goes to new bidder
by Steve Sullivan
Philadelphia-based SMG has been selected to manage the Iowa State
SMG is owned by ARAMARK Corp. and the Hyatt Hotel chain. SMG manages 117
arenas, facilities, stadiums, theaters and convention centers across the
A five-year management agreement with SMG will begin July 1, though
contract details are not finalized. SMG will manage events, conferences and
concessions at Fisher Theater, Stephens Auditorium, Hilton Coliseum and the
"SMG offered the best opportunity to reduce operating subsidies through
additional national event programming, reduced operating costs and increased
concessions sales," said Warren Madden, vice president for business and
finance. "SMG has the added benefit of being financially capable of
promoting events for ISU's venues."
Among the facilities managed by SMG are Denver's Mile High Stadium;
Louisiana Superdome; Chicago's Soldier Field; Miami Beach Convention Center;
Grand Rapids (Michigan) Convention Center; San Francisco Civic Auditorium;
and facilities at Tulane University, Western Michigan University and
Cleveland (Ohio) State University.
SMG proposed to retain all Iowa State Center employees. The center employs
36 full-time people. SMG was chosen through a bidding process involving an
18-member committee of university faculty, staff and students and Ames
The Iowa State Center has been under private management for 13 years,
primarily with Ogden Corp. Last year, ARAMARK purchased Ogden's venue
management businesses and food and beverage concessions.
Ames, Iowa 50011, (515) 294-4111
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