BLACKHAWKS SELL NAMING RIGHTS TO $65 MILLION PRACTICE RINK

The Chicago Blackhawks have sold the naming rights to the team’s $65 million practice rink to MB Financial Bank, the Chicago Tribune reports. The new MB Ice Arena, located on the city’s near west side, is a 125,000 square-foot practice facility with two NHL regulation-sized rinks, public locker rooms and a public fitness center. The Tribune said recreational use will account for 94 percent of MB Arena use, which was a key factor in securing the privately-funded sponsorship deal. The rink is scheduled to open next month.

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CENTERPLATE PROMOTES CALLO TO VP, EXECUTIVE CHEF

Centerplate has promoted chef Carmen Callo to vice president and corporate executive chef for North America, Nation’s Restaurant News reports. The move is “another step in our trying to establish customer experience standards across all of our venues,” Centerplate spokesman Paul Pettas said. Callo has been with Centerplate since 2002, working as the company’s executive sous chef at Denver’s Colorado Convention Center.


CANADIAN LAWMAKERS PROPOSE TICKET CAP ON RESALE TIX

Ontario, Canada officials are weighing a measure that would cap the resale price of concert tickets at 50 percent of face value, IQ Mag reports. It’s part of a broader proposal – the Strengthening Protection for Ontario Consumers Act. If Iawmakers approve the bill, ticket bots would be illegal. Also, ticket resellers would have to disclose information like venue capacity, number of tickets on general on-sale and the original ticket price. “Stronger rules for buying and selling tickets will help give fans a fair shot at getting music, sports or theatre tickets,” Ontario Attorney General  Yasir Naqvi said.

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien

Maggie O'Brien has been a journalist for more than 15 years. She's covered everything from from crime to politics to fitness. Writing about bands and shows takes her back to the days of going to punk rock shows in the Midwest.
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