Sean Saadeh Named VP of Programming for the Barclays Center
World Class Sports and Entertainment Venue to Host More Than 200 Events Annually
February 25, 2011
BROOKLYN, N.Y.—The Barclays Center in Brooklyn, the world class sports and entertainment venue set to open in late spring, early summer of 2012, has named Sean Saadeh as Vice President of Programming.
Saadeh, 35, will work with the Barclays Center executive team in managing and directing all event bookings for the Barclays Center and will utilize his relationships with top promoters to help bring best-in-class and diversified programming to the venue.
Saadeh joins the Barclays Center after nearly three years as Executive Director of Booking for AEG Facilities in which he oversaw the 20,000-seat Jobing.com Arena in Scottsdale, AZ., the home of the Phoenix Coyotes. He brings 15 years of experience in the negotiation of building rental agreements, fee structures, RFP's and contracts for event planners and concert promoters.
The Barclays Center will host more than 200 events annually, including premier concerts, monthly major professional boxing cards, professional tennis, top college basketball and hockey, family shows, such as Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus and Disney on Ice, and NETS Basketball. Current programming alliances with the Barclays Center include Golden Boy Promotions, IMG, Feld Entertainment, and Lagardère Unlimited.
"Sean is among the most knowledgeable and strategic event programmers for major sports and entertainment venues in the country," said Alex Diaz, the General Manager of the Barclays Center. "His contemporary approach to scheduling and booking a major arena and his strong relationships with established promoters will be instrumental in bringing the biggest acts and most wide-ranging talent to play at the Barclays Center."
About the Barclays Center
The state-of-the-art Barclays Center, to be located at Atlantic and Flatbush Avenues in Brooklyn, will host more than 200 events annually, including professional and collegiate sports, major concerts, family shows, NETS Basketball, and more. Scheduled to open in late spring, early summer 2012, the arena will offer 18,500 seats for basketball and up to 19,000 seats for concerts, and will also have 104 luxury suites, including 15 Brownstone Suites (16 seats each), 68 Loft Suites (10 seats each), 11 Cabana Suites, six Studio Suites, and four Party Suites. The arena will also include six clubs and restaurants.
The Barclays Center, designed by the award-winning architectural firms Ellerbe Becket and SHoP Architects, will be one of the most intimate seating configurations ever designed into a modern multi-purpose arena, with unparalleled sightlines and first-class amenities.
In addition to Barclays, the naming rights partner, the Barclays Center currently has 12 major partners, including: ADT, Cushman & Wakefield, Stolichnaya, EmblemHealth, MetroPCS, MGM Grand at Foxwoods, Willis, Jones Soda, Haier America, Phillips-Van Heusen, Anheuser-Busch, and High Point Solutions.
Nine subway lines and the Long Island Rail Road will be accessible at the foot of the Barclays Center.
Steel began to be raised vertically for the Barclays Center in November 2010, and portions of the upper concourse level are currently being constructed.
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