• New Food and Beverage Provider at XFINITY Arena

    The Everett Public Facilities District (EPFD) announced today that it is expanding Spectra by Comcast Spectacor’s scope of work at XFINITY Arena by adding Food Services & Hospitality. Spectra by Comcast Spectacor has been the provider of Venue Management and Ticketing & Fan Engagement for the EPFD at the XFINITY Arena since the venue opened in 2003. Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast, who are also naming rights partner for the XFINITY Arena and XFINITY Community Ice Rink. 

    “We are always seeking new ways to enhance the customer experience, and a big part of any event is concessions and catering,” stated EPFD Board President, Gary Weikel. “Providing fans in the Arena and clients in the Conference Center with an outstanding selection of quality culinary options, delivered with a high degree of customer satisfaction, is of utmost importance and we are excited to partner with Spectra on all aspects of the live event experience.”  

    “Fully integrating all three divisions of Spectra, for the Everett Public Facilities District, allows our team to deliver the ultimate customer experience,” stated Spectra’s Glen Brandeburg, President and COO, Venue Management and Food Services & Hospitality. “Clients want a seamless end-to-end solution that drives revenue and growth that we provide with the specialized and efficient management for the EPFD. Clients and guests expect constant innovation throughout the entire experience, from purchasing tickets to the actual event, as well as food and beverage choices.” 

    “Spectra’s goal is to provide operational excellence for our clients while providing customers with friendly, personalized service,” said Spectra’s Tony Hendryx, Regional Vice President. “Providing exceptional quality products and guest services that complement the Arena, support the local area and increasing participation and satisfaction are at the heart of our operations. We look forward to delivering a fresh and exciting food and beverage program that entices guests and clients to return.” 

    Delivering fan-favorite food is a hallmark for Spectra, including leading the industry in providing only fresh prepared foods to sporting venues. Spectra will enhance Arena concessions with original concepts, creative menu items, and innovative food trends over the coming months. These enhancements include Burger Prime, custom gourmet burgers; Flights – Tastes of the NW, bringing the flight concept to food with three distinct flavor profiles defined by the NW; Everett Pizza Oven, custom made-to-order pizza; and Hops on Hewitt, offering favorite local craft beers.  The Arena Grill will operate as a four-star restaurant experience beginning with the Everett Silvertips season opener on Saturday, October 10. 

    With food quality and service, a critical factor in the success of meetings and banquets, a fresh signature catering menu for the Conference Center has been introduced by new Executive Chef, Jeff Nelson.  The menu features northwest-inspired culinary dishes, themed-buffets, create-your-own menu items, action stations, sustainable local vendors and Washington wines.  

    Spectra will work with local area volunteer organizations to raise funds in employment and business opportunities at concession stands. They are also now hiring premium services and kitchen staff. 
  • New LED Scoreboard Installed and Existing Boards Donated to Everett Public Schools

    Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, the providers of both Venue Management and Ticketing and Fan Engagement to the XFINITY Arena at Everett and the Everett Public Facilities District (EPFD), will unveil the largest enhancement in venue history, a new LED scoreboard, at the Everett Silvertips 2015-16 home opener on Saturday, October 10.   

    Designed to upgrade fan experiences, the center hung scoreboard display includes four main LED video displays measuring more than 14’ wide by 11’ high with angled visibility ensuring great visuals from any seat in the house. The variable content zoning technology allows for multiple images to be displayed on the screen at once, including statistics, graphics, in-game promotions, instant replays and live video. 

    “The addition of this new technology will redefine XFINITY Arena’s guest experience and engagement at Silvertips games and other sporting events,” said Spectra’s Rick Comeau, General Manager at XFINITY Arena. “This innovation will also drive bottom-line impact for the EPFD through increased event bookings from international events like Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, where high-end technology is necessary to professionally stage their events.”

    Two LED rings border the video displays, measuring 2.5’ high and 14’ in diameter, to display corporate sponsorship messages driving incremental revenue for the EPFD. Channel lettering above the top ring prominently displays the naming rights partner, XFINITY Arena. A secondary scoreboard has been installed at the east end of the Arena, measuring 19.5’ wide by more than 7’ high, displaying time, score, shots on goal, penalty time and other game statistics in real time. 

    “We appreciate the collaboration with the EPFD, Spectra, the City of Everett and the investment to enhance the overall game day atmosphere,” said Zoran Rajcic, Executive Vice President and Assistant General Manager for the Everett Silvertips. “The new scoreboard, coupled with the installation of LED lighting prior to last season, will make for an unforgettable experience every time a Tips fan attends a game.” 

    The existing scoreboard was dismantled in August and has been donated to Everett Public Schools for use in middle and high school gymnasiums. 

    The project was designed by The Rock Group, in partnership with OES and Lighthouse Technologies, global leaders in providing customized technology for stadiums, arenas and ballparks, including Safeco Field. 

    The Everett Silvertips face off for their first 2015-16 home game on Saturday, October 10 at 7:05 pm. Tickets are available now through the XFINITY Arena at Everett Box Office, charge by phone 866.332.8499, and online at USA Gymnastics is expected to announce the Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships (April 8-10, 2016) ticket on sale date within the coming weeks.  
  • Job Fair for Spectra Food Services at XFINITY Arena

    Spectra Food Services & Hospitality by Comcast Spectacor
    Ballroom #3 North – XFINITY Arena at Everett
    Monday, September 14th 11:00 am - 6:00 pm

    Looking for a FUN second job for evenings and weekends? Excellent opportunity to work in the fast-paced, exciting world of Spectra Food Service & Hospitality at the XFINITY Arena in Everett. Silvertips hockey, concerts, family shows, conventions and more!

    We are looking for energetic and dependable individuals to join our Food & Beverage team. Learn more about our excellent employment opportunities at the Spectra Food Services Job Fair.  No appointment is necessary. Employment applications will be available to complete at the Job Fair. Please follow the directional signage to the Job Fair in Ballroom 3 North.

    We are looking for experienced Kitchen staff to join our talented, enthusiastic and creative culinary team. Professional training through a culinary education or working in a fast-paced fine dining catering/restaurant facility preferred. We have the following positions open:

    • Lead Cooks
    • Line Cooks
    • Prep Cooks

    We are also looking to fill the following part-time positions:

    • Catering Waitstaff
    • Restaurant Waitstaff
    • Bartenders
    • Customer Service Representatives/ Cashiers
    • Concession Cooks
    • Distribution/ Warehouse Staff
    • Vault Staff
    • Laundry Staff
    • Supervisory Food & Beverage Staff

    Must be available to work variable shifts, evenings, weekends. Applicants must be 18+ years due to alcohol and other service requirements.

    Spectra Food Services & Hospitality is an Equal Opportunity employer. Minorities and females are encouraged to apply.  M/F/D/V.

  • Everett Silvertips to Host Pre-Season Game Friday, September 18

    The Everett Silvertips (@WHLSilvertips) announced in conjunction with the Western Hockey League today that a venue change will schedule XFINITY Arena as the host of a Friday, Sept. 18 preseason game between the Silvertips and Portland Winterhawks at 7:05 pm. 

    The two teams will face off for the third and final time of preseason, featuring the second preseason meeting at XFINITY Arena. Everett will host back-to-back games in as many nights for the final weekend of preseason, with Friday’s game followed by a Saturday night (7:05 pm) matchup against the Victoria Royals. 

    Tickets offer general admission seating, on sale now for $14 (fees may apply) at the Silvertips business offices and XFINITY Arena Box Office during normal business hours. Silvertips season ticket holders who have purchased the preseason 10-pack will receive the September 18 game vs. Portland free of charge, and will be e-mailed by a Silvertips ticket representative with a confirmation and instructions on obtaining their ticket. 

    The Silvertips are 4-1-0 in the 2015-16 preseason and have defeated Portland in the first two matchups, the most recent on Friday afternoon in a 3-1 victory at Toyota Center in Kennewick, WA. 

    Single-game tickets for all regular season games at XFINITY Arena are on sale now and can be purchased online here, by phone at (866) 332-8499 or at the XFINITY Arena box office during normal business hours. 

    For more information visit or call 425-252-5100.  To keep up with all the latest team news and information, “like” the Everett Silvertips Hockey Club on Facebook or follow @WHLSilvertips on Twitter.

  • Heritage Distilling Company Presents: Music At The Ballroom October 16

    Pickwick is an American indie rock, garage rock and R&B band from Seattle. The band released a series of singles in 2011 that led to sellouts in Seattle venues such as the Neptune and the Showbox at the Market. The band’s debut album, Can’t Talk Medicine, was released in 2013. Reviews of the album compared the band to The Black Keys, Alabama Shakes and Sam Cooke.          

    Bryan John Appleby recently released his new album, The Narrow Valley. The album is a combination of baroque California pop and Appleby’s deep sense of the cinematic. Appleby, along with producer Sam Anderson, traveled the Pacific Northwest enlisting friends from local bands, Seattle orchestra members and veteran session players to create this album.    

  • Shinedown and Breaking Benjamin in Everett October 26

    Known worldwide for their unparalleled streak of hits, Shinedown is without question one of the most successful rock bands of the 21st century. The multiplatinum group’s forthcoming fifth studio album Threat to Survival arrives September 18 and features the chart-topping, lead single “Cut The Cord,” which stands tall at #1 on the Active Rock radio chart for its third consecutive week.  The band’s unmatched ascendancy over multi-format rock radio commenced with their 2003 debut Leave a Whisper and the 2005 follow-up, Us and Them. Together, both albums yielded seven consecutive top 5 radio hits, including the #1 blockbuster, “Save Me.”  Released in 2008, The Sound of Madness proved to be Shinedown’s mainstream breakthrough, debuting at #8 on the Billboard 200 before spending 120 consecutive weeks on the chart. The album made rock history, with each of its six singles reaching #1 on the airplay rankings, including the double-platinum certified crossover smash, “Second Chance,” which also went to #1 on the Hot AC chart and top 3 at Top 40.  Amaryllis followed in 2012 and immediately entered Billboard’s Rock Albums chart at #1 while also coming in at #4 on the overall Billboard 200  - the multi-platinum group's biggest chart debut thus far. The album spawned a trio of massive hits in “Bully,” “Unity,” and “Enemies,” all of which reached #1 at Active Rock radio, bringing Shinedown’s tally of consecutive chart-toppers at the format to an amazing nine and counting. In addition, two additional singles from Amaryllis – “I’ll Follow You” and “Adrenaline” – both reached the top five at Rock radio, furthering Shinedown’s extraordinary streak of top-charting singles.  Hailed by fans as an explosive and exciting live act, Shinedown have toured hard throughout their career, including countless headline treks and high profile festival appearances. In 2009, Shinedown received an American Music Award nomination for “Best Alternative Rock Band.” 

    Over the past decade, Breaking Benjamin has amassed a sizeable and diehard fan base, both through their chart-topping music, as well as their electrifying live performances. Their discography includes 2002’s Saturate, 2004’s We Are Not Alone, 2006’s Phobia, and 2009’s Dear AgonyWe Are Not Alone spawned a pair of No. 1 radio hits (“So Cold” and “Sooner Or Later”) and sold 2.3 million units. Phobia debuted at No. 2 on Billboard’s Top 200, hit No. 1 on the Rock Album Chart and was one of the top 50 selling rock albums of 2006. It featured one No. 1 and two Top 5 rock radio hits (“Breath,” “Diary of Jane” and “Until The End”) and sold 2.8 million units. 2009’s Dear Agony debuted #4 on the Billboard Top 200 chart on one of the busiest release days of the year and #1 on the iTunes Rock Album Chart.  Dear Agony also spun off the platinum selling and #1 song Active Rock single “I Will Not Bow” where it stayed #1 for five weeks straight while the album itself was certified Gold, selling over 500K copies.  Known for their incendiary live performances, Breaking Benjamin returned to the road earlier this year with a sold out club tour, U.S. headline dates and performances at this year’s biggest rock festivals including Rock on the Range, Carolina Rebellion and Rocklahoma!

  • Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Performance On Sale Friday

    America’s favorite holiday tradition for over three decades is making its way to XFINITY Arena to kick off the Christmas season in style. Mannheim Steamroller Christmas is a show that features the beloved holiday hits of Mannheim Steamroller as well as astounding multimedia effects all performed under one roof. The distinctive sound of Mannheim Steamroller is sure to bring the holiday season to life with magical effects and songs the whole family can enjoy.  

    This year marks the 31st anniversary of “Mannheim Steamroller Christmas”, an album that revolutionized the music industry and changed the pace for holiday music everywhere. Chip Davis, the mastermind behind all of the success, is the number one selling Christmas music artist of all time, beating out none other than Elvis Presley.

    Now with a total of 13 holiday albums, the group continues to rule Billboard’s “Top Seasonal Chart” each year and performs to sold out crowds throughout the country. The group has also performed many times at the traditional Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade. The group has sold over 40 million albums, 27 million of which were holiday albums, making them one of the 50 bestselling artists over the past twenty years.

    The group is also featured on its own PBS program, “Mannheim Steamroller 30/40” which celebrates 30 years of holiday music as well as features interviews, behind-the scenes footage and live concerts as pieces of the broadcast. Aside from that, Mannheim has also been featured in a variety of well-known media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Business Week and Nightline News.
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