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Louisville Board Picks AEG To Manage KFC Yum! Center

AEG Facilities “has been chosen as the new manager” of the KFC Yum! Center, according to John Karman of the Louisville BUSINESS FIRST. Louisville Arena Authority Chair Larry Hayes confirmed on Thursday that the authority's executive committee “made the decision to go with AEG as a replacement for the Kentucky State Fair Board.” Hayes said that a “management contract is currently being drafted” with AEG. The L.A.-based firm beat out Global Spectrum and Spectator Management Group for the job. Hayes said that AEG, which held the arena’s booking contract since the facility opened in October '10, was selected “because of its considerable experience as a promoter and venue manager” (, 6/21). Authority member Dan Ulmer on Friday said that a "three-person committee selected AEG last week and expects to begin 'serious negotiations' next week" (, 6/22). AEG VP/Communications Michael Roth said that AEG’s deal, pending approval, runs 10 years. Roth said that there has been no announcement on who would take over as the arena’s GM. Dennis Petrullo is currently AEG’s director of booking and event development (Don Muret, SportsBusiness Journal).
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