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AEG announces Antel Arena, first venue in Uruguay

The 10,000-cap. sports and entertainment venue will "set the standard for excellence" in South America, says AEG Facilities' Chuck Steedman

By Jon Chapple on 06 Sep 2017

Antel Arena, Montevideo, Uruguay

An artist's impression of Antel Arena


image © Antel

Uruguayan telco Antel has appointed AEG Facilities to operate and manage its 10,000-seat Antel Arena in Montevideo, set to open in mid-2018.

AEG’s large venues division will initially oversee the project from its office in Sao Paulo, and ultimately be responsible for all aspects of the arena’s operations, including hiring and training staff, sponsorship and premium seating sales, booking, security, ticketing, guest services, marketing, public relations, finance, human resources and overall event management.

The venue will host concerts, family shows, festivals and corporate events, complementing a raft of sports programming, including basketball, tennis and futsal (like football, but played indoors on a hard court).

“This new state-of-the-art arena is destined to be the home of the most important sports, music and entertainment events, fairs and conventions,” comments Antel CEO Javier Emicuri. “Our goal for this venue is to provide Uruguay with the best infrastructure to become a reference place in South America to host these major events, and with a strong partner like AEG at our side we are confident we will achieve this.”

“Antel Arena will immediately take its place at the head of the class for indoor venues in South America”

Chuck Steedman, AEG Facilities’ chief operating officer – who also joins the Antel board of directors – adds: “We applaud Antel and the government of Uruguay for designing and building this great indoor arena. Antel Arena will immediately take its place at the head of the class for indoor venues in South America and will set the standard for excellence on the continent.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to work with Antel and the people of Uruguay to provide the best in world-class sports and entertainment.”

AEG’s taking over Antel Arena follows a busy few months for the company, which is also undertaking new projects in Switzerland, Nashville and Stockholm.

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Leading AEG Facilities’ team in South America is Venancio Castro, who joined the company in 2014 as executive director.

 


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