CHARLESTON, WV — In a unanimous vote, the City of Charleston approved a new partnership with Oak View Group Facilities to manage, operate and schedule events for the 13,500-seat Charleston Coliseum, the 250,000-sq.-ft. Convention Center and the 3,400-seat Municipal Auditorium.
Oak View Group will immediately begin overseeing and managing the day-to-day operations for all three facilities with an emphasis on generating new business opportunities for the Convention Center. Shura Garnett, Senior Vice President, OVG Facilities, will serve as the Interim Executive Director of the facilities during the transition. Garnett, a 25-year convention center industry leader and past IAVM board chairman, joined OVG in 2019 to help expand the company’s existing convention center portfolio.
“The Charleston Coliseum and Convention Center is a showplace in our Capital City. The $100 million renovations made it competitive with other facilities throughout the country, but building a facility and filling it are two different things,” said Amy Goodwin, Mayor, City of Charleston. “Oak View Group has a wealth of industry knowledge and relationships with sales and booking agencies that will bring a major return on our investment to Charleston.”
“We are excited to deliver a series of unprecedented services, support and results here in Charleston,” said Peter Luukko, Chairman, OVG Facilities. “We look forward to creating new content, programming and booking opportunities for Charleston.”
OVG Facilities is at the forefront of 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, exhibitors, conventioneers, performers, athletes and employees can return confidently and comfortably to live entertainment venues and convention centers.