Spectra Takeover of Sportscenter: One Year Later

it's been a year since Spectra, the managers of the Owensboro Convention Center, took control of the Sportscenter.

 

It took charge of the building from the city in the wake of the failed move of the former Evansville Icemen to Owensboro.

 

On the front door of the Sportscenter, there's a sign advertising for tickets for a concert. This is one of the dozens of events that have either happened, or will happen here at the Sportscenter. Officials say this building still has a bright future.

 

Blake Henry, General Manager of the Owensboro Convention Center, says nearly 90 events have happened in the Sportscenter in the last year. He expects that number to go up next year. While the Sportscenter lost one tenant in the Kentucky Mavericks, who ended operations after their last season, they recently gained the North American Premier Basketball League when they announced a new team playing at the Sportscenter for the 2018-19 season.

 

"We're working very hard to program the Sportscenter with a broad, diverse schedule of events to serve everyone in Owensboro and the surrounding area,” Henry says.

In the past year, concession stands and other amenities were renovated.

 

"The future looks very, very bright,” says Mark Calitri of the Owensboro-Daviess County Convention and Visitors Bureau. He says the renovations will help them bring in more sports tournaments and other events.

 

"It's not overly large. it can accommodate the right size concert. it can accommodate the right size event. it's a spectator driven venue because the spectators can be right on top of the action and close to the sports going on,” Calitri says. Henry says there are still other low cost renovations in the works. Among them: replacing the video boards.

 

(This story was originally published on September 26, 2017)


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