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June 5, 2018

No Rest For The Weary, Thirteen Straight Days of Event Activity at the Blue Arena

Spectra, operators of Blue Arena, caps off a busy thirteen-day stretch as they converted the Blue Arena five times for nine events from May 22 to June 3.  Included in this stretch were four Colorado Eagles games, a Celtic Woman concert, three graduations, and seven performances of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil.

“I’m very proud of our team at the Blue Arena,” said Spectra’s Tom Manning, Director of Operations, Blue Arena. “Our whole staff put in a tremendous amount of time and effort, to have our arena ready for each of these events.”

The Colorado Eagles kicked off the busy week on Tuesday, May 22 and Wednesday, May 23 as they took on the Fort Wayne Komets in Game 6 and Game 7 of the ECHL Western Conference Finals. After a thrilling overtime Colorado Eagles victory in Game 7 to advance to the Kelly Cup finals, the first of five venue transformations began. Staff converted the arena for the Celtic Woman concert on Thursday, May 24. Once the concert was over Thursday night, the arena was transitioned back to hockey for the Eagles to take on the Florida Everblades in Game 1 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Friday, May 25. After an exciting 3-1 victory of Florida to grab a 1-0 series lead, the venue was converted once again overnight for three Thompson School District Graduations on Saturday, May 26 beginning at 8 a.m. The fourth venue conversion came after the graduations on Saturday, to set the arena back up for Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Finals on Sunday night.  The fifth event conversion followed soon after to have the arena set up for Cirque du Soleil to start their event load-in on Monday, May 28, to set up for seven shows of Corteo by Cirque du Soleil May 31-June 3.

“Our goal in managing the facility for Larimer County is to maintain activity on a near daily basis through a diverse set of events for the entire community, and this stretch demonstrates our team’s efforts to doing just that while ensuring we transform events into experiences for our guests,” said Spectra’s Keller Taylor, District General Manager.

By the Numbers:

  • 39,517: Concert and show fans, hockey fans, and graduation guests entertained at Blue Arena from Tuesday, May 22 to Sunday, June 3
  • 4,076: Number of staff hours needed to complete all the changeovers and work the events
  • 2,134: Hot dogs eaten
  • 1,690: Pizza slices eaten
  • 2,060: Dippin’ Dots items sold
  • 469,732: ounces of beer and soda consumed

About The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex
The Ranch, Larimer County Fairgrounds and Events Complex, located in Loveland, Colorado, opened in 2003 and is owned and operated by Larimer County. The Ranch consists of the Blue Arena, the Ranch-Way Feeds Indoor Arena and Livestock Pavilions, the First National Bank Exhibition Halls, and the Thomas M. McKee 4-H Youth & Community Building. The Ranch hosts more than 2,000 events annually and is home to the Larimer County Fair and PRCA Rodeo. For more information, visit www.TREventComplex.com.

About Spectra
Spectra is an industry leader in hosting and entertainment, partnering with clients to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s unmatched blend of integrated services delivers incremental value for clients through several primary areas of expertise: Venue Management, Food Services & Hospitality, and Corporate Partnerships. All divisions are in place at the Blue Arena at The Ranch, a 7,200 seat multi-purpose venue that is home to the Colorado Eagles of the ECHL. Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

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Zack Orr
Director of Marketing | Blue Arena
970-619-4106 | Zack_Orr@ComcastSpectacor.com