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Faces and Places: 2014 Veritix Sports Facilities & Franchises / Ticketing Symposium

Pittsburgh was the site for SBJ/SBD’s annual conferences covering facilities, franchises and ticketing. Trips to Heinz Field, PNC Park and Consol Energy Center were part of the agenda.


The Heinz Field video board provides a welcome for attendees, who enjoyed a reception and stadium tour.

Don Marinelli, co-founder of Carnegie Mellon University’s Entertainment Technology Center, gives the keynote address on reaching and managing millennials.

Sporting Innovations co-founder and co-CEO Asim Pasha lays out the latest in technology that can connect teams to fans and fans to the games.

Pittsburgh Pirates owner Bob Nutting details what went into the franchise’s turnaround.

Art Rooney II, Pittsburgh Steelers co-owner and president, talks about the franchise and his family’s history in the NFL.

Frank Coonelly of the Pittsburgh Pirates and Anthony LeBlanc of the Phoenix Coyotes and Arena take part in the annual panel of team presidents.

Meagan Manning and Julianne Vitt of Veritix, Michael Behan of Legends, and Jake Reynolds and Brian Norman of the Philadelphia 76ers

Ron Contorno of Full House Marketing, Jeff Morander of the Phoenix Coyotes and Michael Thompson of Aramark Sports and Entertainment discuss tapping into local businesses in ticketing.

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