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Published September 24, 2012
TOP-NOTCH: In the fiscal year ended June 30, the arena “played host to 167 events, including hockey games.” Williams said while that figure may be "well above average" for single-team venues, "We think we can continue to improve and get better." Williams added that the “concert world is changing.” The team believes that AEG, “because of its extensive arena holdings, is best equipped to handle such change.” Williams said that AEG's connections “can help Pittsburgh secure performers who may have bypassed the city in the past.” The team also is “interested in doing more intimate theater-style shows." AEG Facilities COO Bob Newman said that his company “differs from SMG and Global Spectrum in that it knows what it's like to own buildings, not just manage them.” Newman said, "We're partners. We're willing to take risks, invest in content or operational services, because we have to do it ourselves” (PITTSBURGH POST-GAZETTE, 9/23).