FORT SMITH, AR — The City of Fort Smith has approved a new partnership with Oak View Group Facilities to manage, operate and schedule events for the Fort Smith Convention Center and ArcBest Performing Arts Center.
On Jan. 1, 2021, Oak View Group will begin overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations for both facilities, which encompass 116,800 sq. ft. of useable space, including a 40,000-sq.-ft. Exhibit Hall. Oak View Group will also work closely with the Fort Smith Convention & Visitors Bureau and focus on generating new business opportunities for the Convention Center.
“We look forward to working with Oak View Group in reinventing Fort Smith as the premier destination for meetings and conventions,” said George McGill, Mayor, City of Fort Smith. “Oak View Group is the worldwide leader in creating new and exciting opportunities for facilities. We are excited to see what they will create here for Fort Smith and the Arkansas Western Corridor.”
“We are excited to deliver a series of unprecedented services, support and results here in Fort Smith,” said Peter Luukko, Chairman, Oak View Group Facilities. “With the support of our content partners and industry resources at Oak View Group, we will bring new content and programming opportunities to Fort Smith. We look forward to working closely with the City and the Convention & Visitors Bureau in seeking new opportunities to fill the convention center and performing arts center.”
OVG Facilities is also assisting arenas, stadiums and convention centers worldwide in the new protocol to reopen facilities post-COVID-19. The company established a Venue Reopening Task Force of engineering, health testing and various mechanical systems and chemical applications to help these venues ensure guests and employees can return confidently and comfortably to live entertainment venues and convention centers.