Further expanding its European footprint, AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of the world’s leading sports, venue and live entertainment company, has been selected by the Lausanne Hockey Club to manage their new state-of-the-art arena in Lausanne, Switzerland which broke ground earlier this year. Set to Open in Summer 2019, the city-owned venue will be home to the Lausanne Hockey Club Lions as well as other sporting contests, concerts family shows and special events.
Sacha Weibel, Lausanne Hockey Club President said, “We couldn’t be happier with our partnership with AEG Facilities, the world leader in the entertainment industry. Our goal is to become one of the European leaders in the sports & entertainment business and without a strong partner like AEG at our side, this would not be achievable.”
Effective immediately, AEG Facilities will be responsible for providing operations and design input during the construction-management phase of the project, transitioning to overseeing the hiring and training of the venue’s full staff while managing key arena departments such as event operations, security, ticketing, guest services, marketing, public relations, finance, human resources and overall event management. Richard Krezwick, Senior Vice President, AEG Facilities, and one of the venue industry’s most respected leaders, will oversee the project for AEG Facilities.
“This state-of-the-art new arena will be located in one of the most important regions for National and Olympic Federations, and we believe will deliver world class sports competitions and entertainment events that will establish Lausanne as a one of Europe’s busiest Gateway Markets,” said Bob Newman, President, AEG Facilities. “We are proud to partner with Lausanne Hockey Club, one of the most respected organizations in Europe, to develop an arena that will become a focal point and cultural hub for the City and region.”
AEG Facilities will also design the overall grand opening plan for the new Lausanne arena that will feature a unique design with first-class premium seating and four special seating configurations that will accommodate events ranging from 4,000 to 11,500.
The long term agreement expands AEG Facilities’ significant portfolio and footprint in Europe and across the globe. In Europe, AEG already owns or operates a network of world-class arenas in capital markets including The O2 (London), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin), AccorHotels Arena (Paris), The SSE Hydro (Glasgow), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg), Friends Arena, Tela2 Arena and Ericson Globe (Stockholm) and Stadio Della Roma (Rome), the planned new stadium home of FC Roma.
The perennially successful Lions of the National League A, the top tier of the Swiss hockey league, will be playing in a temporary arena while their permanent home is under construction.