GFS Associates, of St. Petersburg, FL, USA, has signed an agreement with Astana Sports and Management Group – part of the Astana Presidential Sports Club in Astana, Kazakhstan – to provide management services for the city’s new 12,000-seat Barys Arena, which is part of a larger sports complex now under construction. The news was announced by GFS Associates’ President, Michel F. Sauers, earlier this week.
Sauers said the Arena’s first hockey game will be held on October 27, when the hometown Barys Astana hockey club of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL) takes the ice in its new home rink.
Yerlan Kozhagapanov, President of Astana Presidential Sports Club, said:
We are extremely pleased to now have the resources of Mich Sauers and GFS Associates to provide us with guidance and experience in all of the important areas of design, management and customer services. Our mission is to make Astana the sports centre of Kazakhstan. This spectacular new arena and the events it will showcase are just a part of a larger sports venue that eventually will focus worldwide attention on our city.
This is a great opportunity for GFS Associates and our efforts in the international arena. We will bring the Astana Presidential Sports Club a broad spectrum of management services that our company personnel have accrued and perfected during their many years in the public assembly venue industry. We look forward to an outstanding and fruitful professional partnership with Mr. Kozhagapanov and the Presidential Sports Club.
Sauers advised that the state-of-the-art Barys Arena has 60 suites, four concourses, a centre-hung video scoreboard, two ribbon display boards, three outdoor video boards, a 300-person restaurant, full technical support facilities, video production facilities, multiple team locker rooms and dressing rooms, and the ability to adjust the dasher board system to accommodate both international and NHL hockey games.
About Astana Presidential Sports Club
The Astana Presidential Sports Club was created in 2012 to bring together under a single management umbrella all of the major professional sports organisations in the country and to provide first-class facilities in Astana in which they can play and perform.
About GFS Associates
GFS Associates www.gfsassociates.com provides management and consulting services for venues of all sizes and functions, including development, operations and administration of stadiums, arenas, convention centres, expo centres, amphitheatres and sports complexes.