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Naming Rights Report: Scotiabank Convention Centre, Niagara Falls, Ontario

20 Nov

Buyer: Scotiabank

Date Announced: Nov. 16

Terms: 10 years, with a 10-year option, financials not released

Ownership: City of Niagara Falls

Brokered: WaM

Comments: The soon-to-open Niagara Convention & Civic Centre will be called the Scotiabank Convention Centre. The venue, which is located 500 yards from the Canadian Horseshoe Falls, is scheduled to open in April. It will be the largest event and meeting facility of its kind in Niagara Falls and the Niagara Region.

“They have been in the community for over 50 years and are strong supporters,” said Kerry Painter, general manager. “Some rental days and food came with the deal, and their employees will have a separate newsletter addressed to them.”

Tickets will be discounted for Scotiabank employees, and the convention center will market the facility in their bank branches.

Other cross-promotions are planned, Painter said. The bank already sponsors a movie card that offers points to moviegoers. That will be extended to include live performances at the venue’s theater.

In addition, the convention centers banking will move to Scotiabank.

“They have been very competitive and attentive to offering great service and rates,” Painter said.

Scotiabank will place a 400-square-foot branch and an automated teller in the facility. The deal includes signage throughout the building and on a large marquee outside, as well as on all collateral, including tickets and theater programs.

The 288,000-sq.-ft. venue is being built to meet LEED Silver certification. It will feature an 82,000-sq.-ft. exhibition hall, a 17,000-sq.-ft. ballroom, a 1,000-seat theater, and 26,500 sq. ft. of flexible meeting space.

Contact: Kerry Painter, (905) 357-6222


Rams’ New Turf is ‘Green’ and Grows the Bottom Line

21 Oct

Edward Jones Dome's new turf set up for the St. Louis Rams.

The St. Louis Rams opened their season at the Edward Jones Dome on new removable artificial turf that allows faster changeovers and is environmentally friendly.

The new field includes Magic Carpet II, a conversion system that lets the venue roll up the turf and store it underneath the stadium floor between games. The GameDay Game 3D synthetic turf also contains soybean oil instead of petroleum-based polymers, making it a “green” product.

“What drove us to it was that the system in place, Magic Carpet, rolls up and goes away,” said Nick Langella, general manager of the Edward Jones Dome. “It used to take three days to turnover, and every turnover cost $150,000 in labor and [expenses.] It was complete chaos.”

Since the new turf was installed Aug. 1, that has changed.

“Now we can put the field down in 20 minutes and it takes 8 to 10 hours to change it over to a show floor,” Langella said. The cost was higher, he said, but the St. Louis Convention and Visitors Commission (CVC), which operates the America’s Center complex, and Rams management agreed the change was worth the investment.

“Synthetic fields run between $600,000 and $800,000,” he said. “This was a $2.5 million system. It has already paid good dividends, we have put three or four more pieces of business in that we could not have had last year.”

The $2.5 million price tag will be paid for from the stadium authority’s preservation fund and from money left over from the Dome’s $30 million renovation project last year.

The turf on the playing field is one large piece, with the exception of the side panels, said Todd Britton, marketing director for AstroTurf. The GameDay Grass 3D turf has a taller pile than other synthetic turfs, which makes the field piece heavy.

“The football field is 200 tons,” Britton said. “It has three pounds of rubber per square foot. The roller blows air underneath it to reduce friction and that lets them roll it out in under 30 minutes. They roll it out, then groom it for four to six hours.”

It is also environmentally friendly. The soy-based polyurethane backing system replaces petroleum-based polymers used in similar backing components. It also contains coal fly ash, a byproduct from coal-fired power plants and furnaces, according to Andy Belles, Biocel marketing director. Those factors make the turf’s backing durable, safer to handle than petrochemical products, and more fire retardant. Venues can also use it to apply for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) points.

“Because the coal fly ash has been through an incinerator and been burned, it is already flame retardant,” Belles said. “[Biocel] replaces 70 percent of the petroleum in the backing with a byproduct of soybean oil. That is a short-term renewable resource, grown by American farmers.”

Because the backing is soy, it has low volatile organic compounds, or VOCs. Biocel was developed  with the support of the United Soybean Board, Belles said.

Langella said all of that was a bonus. “It was a nice thing that it had [the environmental features] but that was not the mission,” Langella said. “We didn’t go out and say let’s get a ‘green’ field.’”

For the football players, it means “they were playing on a quarter-inch carpet, and are now on a one-and-three-quarter-inch carpet,” Langella said. “The players are very happy when it is down, and we are very happy when it goes away.” — Liz Boardman

Contacts: Nick Langella, (314) 342-5025; Todd Britton, (706) 217-9690; Andy Gelles, (706) 271-5654.

Pasadena Goes Gold

17 Oct


The Pasadena Convention Center was awarded LEED Gold Certification by the United States Green Building Council after undergoing a $150 million expansion that was completed in February 2009. Only the third U.S. convention center to earn a Gold designation, the venue adhered to green standards for energy use, lighting, water and material use. Contact: Michael Ross, (626) 449-7360


Concessions: San Francisco’s AT&T Park Goes LEED

24 May

The city of San Francisco is typically known as a bellwether to eco-consciousness.

But in becoming the first previously existing major league stadium to attain Silver Certification in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED), the San Francisco Giants had to address a number of environmental challenges. Existing facilities have to meet separate requirements from new buildings to achieve LEED certification.

“I think it’s infinitely harder for existing ballparks to effectively retrofit their facilities to incorporate current trends and technologies into their existing practices,” said Jorge Costa, Giants senior VP of Ballpark Operations. “And there’s also an awareness that has to be created with the vendors and the public in making them know of the changes.”

Since the first stages of planning LEED certification two years ago, Giants staff and AT&T Park vendors, including Centerplate, Pacific Gas & Electric Company and Linc Facility Services have made a concerted effort in evaluating everything from waste management, recycling programs, lighting, water usage and even products and packaging.

The systemic approach brought a new attitude to AT&T Park, even though it has won Major League Baseball’s Green Glove award for recycling the past two years. The seventh-inning stretch, for instance, now includes an announcement from Giants manager Bruce Bochy asking fans for help picking up recyclables. Ushers wearing “Green Team” vests go into the stands, collecting any recyclable items the fans have collected up to that point in the game.

“I think the public awareness and education is pretty key to succeeding, and getting the numbers,” Costa said.

The team also installed new compact fluorescent lights throughout the park, and built a solar energy system which it plans to soon deploy. Low flush toilets were installed throughout the park, along with a powerful new Mitsubishi Electric Diamond Vision HD Scoreboard, which is 78 percent more efficient than its predecessor.

The park also dramatically increased its waste diversion numbers, with 67 percent of the ballpark’s waste being diverted from going to the landfill through an aggressive recycling and composting program. At a couple points last year, AT&T Park reached as high as 70 percent waste diversion, Costa explained.

“It’s a difficult standard to achieve and you couldn’t get there without the awareness of the fans and staff and all of the vendors,” he added.

Costa noted a particularly strong relationship with Linc Facility Services, which handles the stadium’s HVAC and engineering, and Giants hospitality partner, Centerplate.

While he didn’t disclose the total expense for the project, Costa said it was costly.  While ballparks like Target Field in Minnesota and Nationals Park in Washington were built with LEED certification in mind, Costa believes it was more difficult to achieve the high standard in a 10-year-old stadium.

Though the busy regular season schedule has kept Costa from speaking with many of his counterparts at other stadiums, he said sustainability has been a big initiative in Major League Baseball for several years.

“It’s about innovation and technology, good hard work, practices and awareness that are the key if you’re really going to try and accomplish this, and to maintain it long term,” Costa said. — Matt Gunn and Dave Brooks

Interviewed for this article: Jorge Costa, (415) 972-2496