The Oak View Group announced the opening of its first international office in London. OVG International will give the company a greater presence in the United Kingdom, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East as well as other key regions.
The executive leadership team of OVG International have each worked the majority of their careers internationally and have combined business experience on five continents. Sam Piccione III has been named president while Mark Donnelly will serve as chief operating officer.
On the company’s website, it noted that “OVG International will develop a global footprint reinforcing the Arena and Stadium Alliance already successfully developed in the United States by attracting the leading and like-minded venues from Europe, Asia and the Middle-East with our common goal to Book Together, Sell Together, Buy Together, and Think Together. While investing capital in new owned & operated venues in core markets with strategic partners.”
Tim Leiweke, Oak View Group chief executive, said when the announcement was made at the International Live Music Conference in London that, “Our aim is to create a new generation of state-of-the-art entertainment facilities. The live events market has grown significantly in the United States since Oak View Group launched three years ago, and we see a huge opportunity to drive similar growth internationally by creating world-class experiences in world-class arenas.”
Oak View Group is currently leading major arena development projects in Belmont and Seattle, while last year it partnered with the University of Texas at Austin to develop an on-campus arena. The group also runs the Arena and Stadium Alliance, an invitation-only group for venues to maximize sponsorship opportunities, additional events and content.