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  • Mannheim Steamroller - Christmas Performance On Sale Friday
    7/20/2015

    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.
  • Wheelmobile "Wheel of Fortune" Contestant Search
    7/7/2015

    Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be in the Pacific Northwest in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.

    Wheel of Fortune’s Wheelmobile, the show’s promotional vehicle, will be in the Pacific Northwest in search of good game players who are energetic, enthusiastic and fun. Viewers interested in being a contestant on an upcoming episode are invited to attend. Fans will have the opportunity to fill out an application, have his or her name drawn at random to play a simulated version of the game onstage, win unique prizes and be evaluated as a potential contestant for the broadcast version of the show.  Visit this page for more information.
  • Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Built to Amaze!
    6/17/2015

    Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Built To Amaze!, an extraordinarily engineered circus experience custom-built for family fun where Children Of All Ages®  find out what it takes to construct The Greatest Show On Earth®. The visionary blueprints have been assembled with a contemporary toolbox of unparalleled imagination that will be unleashed from shipping crates right before the audience’s eyes for the all-new circus spectacular Built To Amaze! at the XFINITY Arena at Everett October 1 – 4.

    Ringmaster Andre McClain takes the Ringling Bros.® reins accompanied by his horse Comanche, as the skilled circus supervisor (alongside award-winning comedic clown Davis Vassallo) to construct a fantastic design of high-energy and wondrous performances sure to amaze and thrill audiences.  Featuring more than 40 of the world’s best artists and athletes representing 13 countries along with numerous exotic and domestic animals assembled together, Built To Amaze! is highlighted by several unique acts this year including:

    • The popular King Charles Troupe hailing from New York City brings one-wheeled b-ball excitement to the ring with a spirited and comedic basketball competition featuring ten whirling unicyclists.
    • Crossbow Casanova presents an insanely accurate crossbow act shooting arrows through a thin piece of paper and the stem of a flower held in the mouth of his lovely assistant Ashley Vargas plus ending the act shooting off eight crossbows at once shooting the last arrow at an apple on top of his head.
    • Supersonic Skyscrapers aerial casting act will stun audiences as they toss and flip through the air only by the catch and release of each other’s hands while standing on a stilt-like platform.
    • Single Trapeze act featuring a solo female aerialist named Electra performing remarkable high-flying release moves.

    Be sure to come out one hour early to each performance to meet the performers and animals on the show floor, try on costumes, learn circus skills and more at the interactive All Access Pre-Show, FREE admission to all ticket holders.

    New this year, ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. To take advantage of this exclusive interactive experience, just log on to ringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.


  • XFINITY Arena Hosts Nearly 60,000 Guests at Record Number of Graduations
    6/17/2015

    As the school year comes to a close, high school and college seniors everywhere have already walked across the stage, turning their tassel from left to right, symbolizing the end of an era; otherwise known as graduation. Earlier this month, XFINITY Arena at Everett hosted the graduations for eight local school districts as well as two community colleges in a celebration of dedication, hard work and persistence put forth by the students. In all, 59,959 guests attended the graduations throughout the eighteen total ceremonies. The list of schools that held graduations at XFINITY Arena were as follows:                       

    • Western Governors University  
    • Mariner High School
    • Kamiak High School
    • Monroe High School
    • Snohomish High School
    • Glacier Peak High School
    • Lake Stevens High School
    • Marysville Pilchuk High School
    • Marysville Getchell High School
    • Edmonds Community College
    • Cascade High School
    • Jackson High School
    • Everett High School
    • Shorewood High School
    • Shorecrest High School
    • Woodinville High School
    • Bothell High School
    • Inglemoor High School

    This was the twelfth consecutive year the Arena has held graduations for schools in the area, this year hosting a record of 18. The celebrations brought patrons from across the state to watch their family and friends receive their diplomas. 

    The staff of Spectra at XFINITY Arena and the Everett Public Facilities District would like to congratulate the Class of 2015 on their accomplishments and wish them the best of luck with what the future may hold! 


  • Management Services for XFINITY Arena Become Spectra Today
    6/2/2015

    Comcast Spectacor, a leader in the sports and entertainment industry, is raising the bar on live event experiences by announcing today that its three divisions - Global Spectrum, Ovations Food Services and Paciolan - now operate as Spectra, a singular, new brand.  Clients and customers look for seamless experiences whether at a trade show, concert or sporting event.  By serving clients as one business, Spectra can optimize full-service operations for the good of clients, customers and fans.  Spectra is committed to innovating the live experience in ways that drive revenue and growth for venue owners, teams, event presenters, advertisers and sponsors.

    Beginning today, Comcast Spectacor will consist of three primary businesses: the Philadelphia Flyers, the Wells Fargo Center and the new Spectra.  In turn Spectra will consist of three divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services) and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan).

    Spectra in Washington

    Spectra is a major provider of sports and entertainment hospitality services in Washington. One or more of the divisions is at work supporting 15 Washington venues and events, including:

    • Green River Community College (Food Services & Hospitality)
    • Eastern Washington University (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Washington State University (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Clark County Fairgrounds (Food Services & Hospitality)
    • Amphitheatre Northwest (Food Services & Hospitality)
    • Gonzaga University (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • INB Performing Arts Center (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Spokane Symphony (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Everett Silvertips (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Spokane Chiefs (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Spokane Arena (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Spokane Convention Center (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • Spokane County Fair & Expo Center (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • State Fair Park (Ticketing & Fan Engagement)
    • XFINITY Arena at Everett (Venue Management, Ticketing & Fan Engagement) 

    These locations and events are some of Spectra’s 300-plus clients at more than 400 global properties that host millions of visitors annually.

    “Spectra is all about creating unforgettable moments for fans,” said Dave Scott, President of Comcast Spectacor. “We can do that best with all services under one umbrella to provide end-to-end solutions for venues, redefining fan experiences everywhere.” 

    The Spectra Advantage

    This proactive approach to modernizing the entire ecosystem of details involved in live event management has driven the growth in bundled relationships with clients like the XFINITY Arena at Everett which is operated by Spectra Venue Management and supplied by Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement.

    “The successes that clients like these are experiencing with multiple services at one location is what inspired us to move from a house of brands to a branded house as Spectra. It gives clients a more integrated, streamlined and powerful resource to host extraordinary events,” Scott added.

    About Spectra

    Spectra by Comcast Spectacor is the expert in hosting and entertainment, partnering with over 300 clients at 400 global properties to create memorable experiences for millions of visitors every year. Spectra’s expertise is embodied within three main divisions: Venue Management (formerly Global Spectrum), Food Services & Hospitality (formerly Ovations Food Services), and Ticketing & Fan Engagement (formerly Paciolan). Learn more at SpectraExperiences.com.

    Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Pa., Comcast Spectacor also owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center venue. Visit us at ComcastSpectacor.com, PhiladelphiaFlyers.com and WellsFargoCenterPhilly.com for more information.


  • Five Finger Death Punch & Papa Roach
    5/19/2015

    With 10 #1 singles and over 25 Top 10 singles between them, millions of video streams and fans all over the globe Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach have been dominating the airwaves throughout their careers. The two bands – who have also been heralded by fans and press alike as having killer live shows - have come together for the first time to co-headline North America arenas this fall, fueled by Monster Energy and produced by Frank Productions/NS2.

    Promoter Larry Frank, CEO of Frank Productions/NS2 notes: “Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach are the two most dynamic live rock bands touring today. We can’t wait to blow away fans across the U.S. with a show this huge.”
    In an innovative move, Five Finger Death Punch and Papa Roach actively involved the fans by giving them the opportunity to request the tour come to their city via a “demand campaign,” where an overwhelming 1.5 million people responded to the call to action and made their voices heard.

    Says Zoltan Bathory (guitar) of Five Finger Death Punch: “This tour is shaping up to be the perfect storm. We are really good friends with Papa Roach so for years we've been talking about touring together and it’s finally coming together in a big way. Both 5fdp and Papa Roach are bands of the people - our fans are who propelled us to success. So what better way than to give the fans ownership in the tour?”

    "We are super excited to be sharing the stage on this co-headliner with FFDP,” says vocalist of Papa Roach, Jacoby Shaddix. “This will give Papa Roach the chance to put on the best, most epic live show to date. Our fans are going to be so stoked for these shows coming up. We seriously can't wait to get out on the road for this tour."

    Special guests will be In This Moment with support from debut artist From Ashes to New. Fans will get to see four of rock’s most exciting, relevant bands under one roof on one night for around $40 – a nice price for a package sure to excite fans who voted to bring the tour to their town.
  • Arena Lacrosse Set to Take Center Stage
    5/11/2015

    The Arena Lacrosse League (ALL) will invade Washington when the Everett All-Stars entertain the Arena League All-Stars on Saturday, July 25 as part of the ALL Showcase Tour, a weeklong event being held at XFINITY Arena. The ALL is preparing for its 2016 inaugural season and the Tour will provide the league the opportunity to launch its brand to fans and ownership groups throughout what will be an 11 city, seven week tour coast-to-coast with the vision to grow indoor lacrosse across the country.

    Players will begin play in Everett on Monday, July 20 for an intense five day camp that includes a combine, draft, practices, video sessions, media training, game preparations, as well as public appearances to promote the Saturday night game.  Also part of the weeklong event is a Youth Camp and Tournament, where young players will have a chance to learn and play Arena lacrosse which is a modified indoor game where safety, skills and fun is the motto. Players can register on the ALL website.

    “Fans will see a brand of lacrosse that promotes transition and allows players to display individual skills in a team game. Exciting end to end action with lots of scoring opportunities will complement an entertaining night out for fans of all ages,” ALL spokesperson, Lance Winn.

    About the Arena Lacrosse League: The ALL will operate between late May and the first week of September. The youth camp and tournament is open to four age groups U11/U13/U15/U18, each age group will be limited to four teams of 10 players and one goalie to ensure players get ample development and playing time.


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