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  • Comcast Arena is now XFINITY Arena at Everett
    9/10/2014

    The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum announced today the rebranding of Comcast Arena to XFINITY Arena at Everett and Comcast Community Ice Rink to XFINITY Community Ice Rink. Comcast acquired the naming rights to the Community Ice Rink in 2003 when the venue opened, and added the Arena in 2007.

    The re-branding will be completed during the month of September at no cost to the Everett Public Facilities District. The naming-rights agreement allows the phone, cable and internet provider to extend its high speed internet consumer brand XFINITY to audiences in Washington.

    “The XFINITY brand is about continuous innovation and offering our customers more speed, more choice and more control,” said Dave Shirley, VP of Sales and Marketing for Comcast’s Washington Region. “We believe associating the XFINITY brand with a venue that is an innovator in its own right and such a source of community pride makes for a perfect fit.” 

    “We look forward to working closely with Comcast in rebranding the XFINITY Arena and showcasing the many wonderful products on the XFINITY platform,” said Global Spectrum President John Page. “Being a subsidiary of Comcast, there are many tremendous synergistic opportunities for us in Everett and the many other venues in which we are engaged.” 

    “Comcast has been a remarkable marketing partner since the opening of the venue in 2003,” said Global Spectrum’s Rick Comeau, General Manager of the XFINITY Arena at Everett. “The advertising support Comcast provides the Arena generates ticket sales, bringing more people to the city of Everett, generating significant economic impact throughout the Snohomish County region.” 
  • Comcast Arena Makes Switch to LED Lighting
    8/19/2014

    The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum today began installation of innovative LED lighting to the Comcast Arena, upgrading from metal halide bulbs to the higher quality, more efficient and interactive LED system.

    Partnering with Snohomish County Public Utility District (PUD) on this energy-efficient project, the estimated annual savings are 278,799 kilowatt hours of electricity per year, reducing electrical costs by an estimated 70%.

    “Silvertips fans will notice a difference when they walk in to Comcast Arena this season with the enhanced lighting both on the ice and off,” stated Rick Comeau, Global Spectrum’s General Manager at Comcast Arena at Everett. “The LED technology allows for greater interactivity from pre-game player intros to other promotions throughout the game. We appreciate the PUD identifying the energy-efficiency improvements to lower our operating and maintenance costs while providing a better quality environment for our guests.” 

    Not only is the lighting change more efficient, it also delivers more vibrant and consistent lighting improving the fan experience both in person and on broadcast TV. LED technologies will allow for enhanced game presentation including improved player intros, intermission activities, goal celebrations and more.

    “Energy efficiency partnerships and projects like this are great for all PUD customers because they help reduce the amount of energy we need to generate or buy on the open market,” said Shelley Pattison, Executive Account Manager at Snohomish County PUD. “That helps to keep rates stable for families and businesses, and it’s also good for the environment.”

    The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum continue to reduce the Comcast Arena at Everett’s overall carbon footprint including purchasing Green Power from the PUD, reclaiming heat produced by the ice refrigeration plant and recycling it for ambient air in the Comcast Community Ice Rink, retrofitting electricity and lighting, and using timers to reduce energy consumption.  


    Last year, the PUD partnered with local businesses to complete about 600 energy efficiency projects. These efforts, along with residential conservation programs, led to a record breaking year for the PUD and its customers for energy savings – enough to serve more than 8,500 homes.

  • Global Spectrum Job Fair
    8/7/2014

    Global Spectrum is looking to hire multiple, part-time positions within Comcast Arena for the upcoming season. Global Spectrum positions include Guest Services team members, Box Office ticket representatives and Operations staff. YES Housekeeping is seeking custodial staff. Centerplate is hiring bartenders, concession cooks, cashiers, dishwashers, banquet captains and servers, suite attendants and runners.

    Professionals interested in applying should bring their resume and be prepared to interview to join Comcast Arena’s dynamic and enthusiastic staff. The Job Fair will take place at the Edward D. Hansen Conference Center in Conference Room 1. 


  • High Times Cannabis Cup for First Time in Everett
    8/6/2014

    Cannabis Cup is a two-day trade show celebrating the cannabis culture and an informational gathering for vendors and patients, with booths ranging from clothing to grow equipment, to glassware and artwork. Previously held in Seattle, the event drew nearly 10,000 attendees from throughout the Pacific Northwest, and is expected to generate $2.3 million in economic impact for Snohomish County. 

    Three seminars are held daily with topics including legalization regulations from Northwest experts, current political issues, grow seminars with High Times editors and a cooking seminar with a Cannabis Cookbook author. 

    The event will be in compliance with all local and state smoking regulations. An outdoor private smoking area is available for those 21+ with valid picture identification. No selling or distributing of cannabis is allowed. 

    Saturday night’s entertainment will feature The Wailers, performing the Legend album in its entirety. The concert starts at 8 pm. 

    Cannabis Cup is produced by High Times Magazine and assisted locally by Bold Hat Productions, which also produces the Fremont Fair, Kirkland Uncorked, Fremont Oktoberfest and Hop Scotch Spring Beer & Scotch Festival.

  • 64,551 Through the Building in 11 Days
    6/23/2014

    The Everett Public Facilities District and Global Spectrum welcomed 64,551 guests to the Comcast Arena at Everett  over 11 days, with 17 graduations and a sold out OneRepublic concert. 

     From June 6 through 16, Comcast Arena hosted a record 17 high school and college gradations that included schools from Mukilteo, Monroe, Snohomish, Lake Stevens, Marysville, Edmonds, Everett, Shoreline and Northshore school districts. Marysville-Pilchuck High School, a new addition to the graduation line-up, celebrated their first Comcast Arena graduation on June 11.

     On June 12, Comcast Arena’s operations crew transformed the ‘convocation hall’ to host the sold out OneRepublic Native Summer Tour with The Script and special guests, American Authors. The show drew more than 7,500 fans from the Pacific Northwest and Canada.  

     “It is an honor to host these graduates and their families here at Comcast Arena each year,” said Global Spectrum’s, Rick Comeau, General Manager of the Comcast Arena at Everett. “The economic impact of these community events to downtown is significant and there was vibrancy felt throughout downtown Everett.”

     With out of town families attending graduations and more than 60% of attendees to OneRepublic traveling more than 20 miles to the concert, many experienced downtown Everett for the first time. “El Paraiso has served the local community for 14 years, but during graduation time, we are pleased to share our hospitality with so many first-time guests,” said Martin Guerrero, General Manager of El Pariaso in Everett.

     The graduations and concert also provided 5,000 hours for part-time operations, guest services, box office, concessions and catering staff. 


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