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April 1, 1991
One on One is a weekly feature offering excerpts of interviews conducted by The Evening Sun with newsworthy business leaders. Barry Silberman is president of Centre Management, a firm that manages the Baltimore Arena, the Capital Centre and the Patriot Center.Q. Give us a little of the history of Centre Management. When did it begin and who started it?A. Centre Management is really a separate entity that grew out of the Capital Centre operation. Capital Centre opened its doors in December 1973, but our first opportunity to manage another facility was at the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., on the campus of George Mason University, and we assumed a consultant's role with George Mason in 1984 and assumed the management of the facility in 1985.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1999
The Baltimore Arena is under new management.SMG, a private management company that oversees public facilities throughout the nation, has acquired the rights to operate the downtown Baltimore facility from Centre Management.SMG, which is based in Philadelphia, did not disclose the terms of its agreement with the Washington-based former operator, a company owned by Abe Pollin. He is the owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics.The change from a regional to a national company has already brought smiles to the faces of key people associated with the Arena.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,SUN STAFF | April 21, 1999
The Baltimore Arena is under new management.SMG, a private management company that oversees public facilities throughout the nation, has acquired the rights to operate the downtown Baltimore facility from Centre Management.SMG, which is based in Philadelphia, did not disclose the terms of its agreement with the Washington-based former operator, a company owned by Abe Pollin. He is the owner of the NBA's Washington Wizards, the NHL's Washington Capitals and the WNBA's Washington Mystics.The change from a regional to a national company has already brought smiles to the faces of key people associated with the Arena.
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By Ivan Penn and Gerard Shields and Ivan Penn and Gerard Shields,SUN STAFF | February 4, 1999
A Philadelphia-based arena manager is trying to buy the company that runs the Baltimore Arena, a move which could bring professional basketball and hockey teams as well as other high-profile entertainment to the city.SMG, which manages almost 65 convention and athletic complexes worldwide, is expected to close on the deal within the next few days. The company had submitted a bid last March to operate the Baltimore Arena, but lost to Washington Sports & Entertainment owner Abe Pollin, who has held the contract with the city since 1989.
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By Sandra McKee | March 14, 1995
Negotiations between Centre Management and prospective American Hockey League franchise owners Bob Teck and Alan Gertner took another step yesterday, according to Gary Handleman, vice president of facilities for Centre Management.Teck and Gertner are trying to work out an agreement for their proposed AHL expansion team to play at Baltimore Arena.Centre Management responded to Teck and Gardner's latest rental proposal yesterday. "It wasn't a simple yes," Handleman said. "But I think we'll be sitting down with them soon, possibly next week."
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff | March 13, 1991
The Baltimore Arena , which was $1.183 million in the red before the city turned over its operations to Centre Management in 1988, earned a $14,070 profit last year, city and arena officials announced today.The financial turnaround was the result of "professional management" which was able to cut costs and boost revenues at the arena, said Abe Pollin, chairman of the board of the Centre Group, the parent company of Centre Management."We told the city at the time that we took over that we would eliminate the operating deficit in five years," Pollin said.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Evening Sun Staff | March 14, 1991
The Baltimore Arena is operating in the black for the first time in recent memory, but the city still paid $332,000 last year to the firm that manages the facility.That fee, however, is a far cry from the $1.2 million the city-owned arena cost taxpayers before its management was put into private hands in 1988.Under a complex 1988 contract giving control of the 13,000-seat building to Centre Management, the city will pay a fee to the company until the arena's profit tops $484,000. But Centre management is obligated to cover any losses above $650,000.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
Brushing aside suggestions that the contract be competitively bid, the Board of Estimates approved yesterday a five-year extension of Centre Management's pact to run the Baltimore Arena.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke pushed for the contract extension over objections from Council President Mary Pat Clarke and others, saying that Centre Management saved the city $3.4 million during the four years it has run the arena.The company, which also manages the USAir Arena -- formerly the Capital Centre -- in Landover and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., assumed control of the city-owned arena in a no-bid deal in 1988.
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By Sandra McKee and Sandra McKee,Evening Sun Staff | January 11, 1991
Centre Management and the Blast reached agreement yesterday on the need for a new carpet at the Baltimore Arena."We're in agreement that the playing surface is not up to snuff, despite major expenditures by Centre Management to improve the carpet," said Blast general manager John Borozzi. "We've agreed that anything short of a new carpet is not acceptable and that to try to improve the carpet that's there would simply be throwing good money after bad."Borozzi said meetings with Arena manager Donna Patterson were positive and cooperative, and that they would continue today, as the two sides determine the percentage of cost each side will bear.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | May 1, 1993
Negotiations on a lease that would bring an East Coast Hockey League team to the Baltimore Arena next season remained snagged yesterday.John Haas, a local businessman representing would-be ECHL owner Ed Anderson, met for 90 minutes with officials from Centre Management, but was unable to close the gap on the issue of rent."
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By From staff reports | June 11, 1998
ANNAPOLIS -- Garrison Forest Veterans Cemetery in Owings Mills will be the site of 7,274 additional gravesites under a contract awarded yesterday by the state Board of Public Works.The board awarded a $546,995 contract to Cossentino Construction Inc. of Baltimore to provide the additional gravesites at the cemetery in the 11000 block of Garrison Forest Road. The firm was the lowest of seven bidders.The 91-acre cemetery has 17,756 gravesites and conducts more than 1,300 burials each year, making it among the busiest state veterans cemeteries the nation, Maryland officials said.
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By From staff reports | June 4, 1998
The Board of Estimates awarded Centre Management a five-year contract yesterday to continue managing the Baltimore Arena.Centre Management will be paid $435,000 a year under the contract. The properties of Centre Management, owned by Washington Sports & Entertainment, include the Washington Wizards basketball team, the Washington Capitals hockey franchise and the Women's NBA Mystics.The Baltimore Arena opened in 1962 as the Baltimore Civic Center. Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke has included a new arena in his long-term capital plans and has hired a consultant to study 10 possible sites and financing.
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By Jon Morgan and Jon Morgan,SUN STAFF | March 12, 1998
A Philadelphia-based arena manager is bidding to operate Baltimore's aging downtown arena, promising to fix up the building and draw new attractions -- possibly including a women's basketball team and a minor-league hockey team.SMG, formerly a component of Spectacor Management Group, submitted one of the two bids opened yesterday by the city to operate the Baltimore Arena. The other bidder is the current manager, Centre Management, which says it would like to bring in new attractions, including a minor-league men's basketball team.
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By Doug Brown and Doug Brown,SUN STAFF | November 14, 1996
The Spirit has agreed to a two-year extension of its lease that will keep the team at the Baltimore Arena through the 1999-2000 season.The old lease is set to expire after the 1997-98 season. Details of the new lease, negotiated by Spirit general manager Drew Forrester and Arena operator Centre Management, were not disclosed.In making the announcement, Mayor Kurt Schmoke said, "We're excited about the commitment the Spirit has shown to the city and the Arena. This is further proof that Baltimore sports teams see real value in playing at a downtown facility."
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By Sandra McKee | March 14, 1995
Negotiations between Centre Management and prospective American Hockey League franchise owners Bob Teck and Alan Gertner took another step yesterday, according to Gary Handleman, vice president of facilities for Centre Management.Teck and Gertner are trying to work out an agreement for their proposed AHL expansion team to play at Baltimore Arena.Centre Management responded to Teck and Gardner's latest rental proposal yesterday. "It wasn't a simple yes," Handleman said. "But I think we'll be sitting down with them soon, possibly next week."
NEWS
July 13, 1993
Old ArenaRegarding the Board of Estimates' approval of a five-year extension of Centre Management's contract to operate the Baltimore Arena and the objections raised by Council President Mary Pat Clarke that the contract should be bid, I would like to give her the courtesy of an explanation of why this is such a good deal for the city and also try and help her understand the current status of the arena business in general.First, the Baltimore Arena is not a jewel in the crown of concert and/or sport arenas across the country.
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By Ken Murray and Ken Murray,Staff Writer | April 28, 1993
Negotiations to replace the departing Skipjacks have reached an impasse, placing the future of professional hockey in Baltimore in jeopardy once again.Whether Baltimore retains hockey next season could come down to three issues: Does Centre Management want hockey in the Baltimore Arena? Will Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke use his political muscle to assist in the effort? And will the Washington Capitals give their blessing to a new team in the area?Ed Anderson, would-be owner of an East Coast Hockey League team, and Gary Handleman, vice president for facilities at Centre Management, have been unable to reach a lease agreement for the Baltimore Arena in negotiations that began March 30.Now, time is running out on Anderson and the Baltimore Hockey Advocates, a group of local businessmen trying to keep hockey here.
NEWS
By Martin C. Evans | March 14, 1991
Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke held a news conference at the Baltimore Arena yesterday to proudly proclaim that the city-owned entertainment center, which two years ago posted a $1.2 million loss, was finally turning a profit."
NEWS
July 11, 1993
While state transportation officials worked diligently through the spring to give taxpayers the best deal possible on a new vehicle emissions inspection network, city officials failed to do 00 the same for city taxpayers in renewing the management contract for the Baltimore Arena.It is a classic tale of two contracts: one is competitively bid, scrutinized in detail by experts and awarded to a Tennessee firm that had not used political pressure to get the lucrative job; the other isn't put out for bid but instead handed to a politically well-connected company.
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By Michael A. Fletcher and Michael A. Fletcher,Staff Writer | July 1, 1993
Brushing aside suggestions that the contract be competitively bid, the Board of Estimates approved yesterday a five-year extension of Centre Management's pact to run the Baltimore Arena.Mayor Kurt L. Schmoke pushed for the contract extension over objections from Council President Mary Pat Clarke and others, saying that Centre Management saved the city $3.4 million during the four years it has run the arena.The company, which also manages the USAir Arena -- formerly the Capital Centre -- in Landover and the Patriot Center in Fairfax, Va., assumed control of the city-owned arena in a no-bid deal in 1988.
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