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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.

Sauers added:

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.

 

Mich Sauers launches consultancy business

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Mich Sauers has launched his own firm – Global Facility Solutions Associates, based in St. Petersburg, Fla, USA. Sauers said:

Our main value-add is our experience. We speak from knowledge of visiting thousands of venues; we know the comparables, what the opposition is doing, the latest opportunities.

We expect to work with owners and architects who are looking to build a new facility and from existing facilities who need assistance. For example, when researching a new ticketing service, or looking at the facility from a safety point of view or maximising suite revenue.

Sauers has spent the last 14 years with Comcast-Spectacor in Philadelphia and led global development of its venue consulting and operating business. He explained:

When it comes to design, we don’t care what colour you paint the building but we want to get the spacial relationships right. We’ve seen lots of examples of where it can go wrong, when there’s a lack of storage space, the box office is in the wrong position or the scoreboard operators can’t see the scoreboard.

Please think of GFS Associates for everything from pre-opening services to complete facility evaluations. We have a roster of professional consultants, each with over 25 years of experience in arenas, stadiums and convention, trade and expo centres.

Global Facility Solutions Associates consultants:

  • Pat Condon – Finance, Auditing and Compliance
  • Fred Maglione – Ticketing
  • Tom Paquette – Operations Arenas and Stadiums
  • Larry Rubin – Public Relations and Marketing
  • Dick Sherwood – Commercial Rights and Sports Marketing
  • Barry Strafacci – Operations Convention, Trade and Expo Centers

London 2012 venues team launches consultancy

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The senior team behind the London Organising Committee’s (LOCOG) successful delivery of the London 2012 Games’ venues and infrastructure has announced the launch of a new international consultancy, Trivandi Major Project Consultants.

Trivandi will advise on the delivery of major projects in the sport, event and leisure industries. As construction experts with operational expertise, Trivandi will provide clients with best practice advice and project implementation services for new build construction projects and temporary infrastructure for major events.

Four of the London Organising Committee’s senior team have joined forces to establish Trivandi:

James Bulley – Director of Venues and Infrastructure at LOCOG

Paul May – Head of Venue Development at LOCOG

Guy Lodge – Head of Overlay at LOCOG

Jonathan Branson – Head of Olympic Park Operations at LOCOG