ASM Global will continue operating BMO Harris Bank Center, home of the Rockford IceHogs (AHL) under new Chicago Blackhawks (NHL) ownership, and will be part of the $23-million Rockford arena renovation.
It was announced in April that the Blackhawks would buy the IceHogs for $11.8 million. The City of Rockford, the Rockford Area Venues and Entertainment Authority (RAVE) and the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) will provide $13 million in Rebuild Illinois grant funding for BMO Harris Bank Center renovations, acting as the foundation for an overall $23 million in capital improvements to the 40-year-old facility. Another $10 million includes short and long-term capital from RAVE and the City of Rockford.
Under the new 10-year agreement, ASM Global will continue performing day-to-day operations and management responsibilities at the facility. In addition, ASM Global is overseeing the ongoing renovations and upgrades at the BMO Harris Bank Center. The Rockford arena renovation work will include infrastructure improvements, improved audio-visual and digital technology, enhanced guest experience and concession areas, expanded concourses, space for sports betting, and other modernized customer amenities. Additionally, the capital plan will upgrade BMO Harris Bank Center’s back-of-house facilities.
“We are excited to have ASM Global continue as RAVE’s operating partner moving forward for both the BMO Harris Bank Center and the Coronado Theater,” said RAVE Board Chairman Craig Thomas. “In addition, having the Rockford IceHogs under the ownership and direction of the Chicago Blackhawks is a win-win for everyone, especially the city of Rockford.”
“We’re excited to take this journey forward with the City of Rockford and ASM Global alongside us. The company’s reputation is in a league of its own and we cannot wait to see our partnership play out to the benefit of the community, region and the state of Illinois,” said W. Rockwell “Rocky” Wirtz, Chairman of the Chicago Blackhawks.
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