Feb 11, 2015


Global Spectrum, operators of two American Athletic Conference (AAC) venues in the state of Florida, the USF Sun Dome at the University of South Florida (USF) and the CFE Arena at the University of Central Florida (UCF), is teaming up with OneBlood to launch a friendly blood drive competition between the two university arenas.

Every two seconds, someone is in need of a blood transfusion in the United States. Blood donations profoundly affect the lives of patients in our community, and in many cases, one donation could impact or even save the lives of three patients.

Both the USF Sun Dome and the CFE Arena will compete in two separate blood drives to see which venue can collect the most donations by encouraging fans, students, and staff to contribute to this great cause.

“This friendly competition will benefit a great cause at both USF and UCF and add an extra element to this great in-state rivalry,” says Global Spectrum’s Trent Merritt, Regional Vice President and General Manager of the USF Sun Dome. “Community involvement is one of the pillars of success for Global Spectrum, and this is a great example of how we find creative ways to align our business, our partners, and our community.”

CFE Arena will hold their blood drive on Knights Plaza, outside the arena, prior to the UCF vs. USF Men’s basketball game on Wednesday, February 11th from 2:00PM to 7:00PM. Fans interested in donating blood at the CFE Arena at UCF can set up an appointment or get more information on how to donate blood with OneBlood at http://admfin.ucf.edu/BloodDrives/.

The USF Sun Dome will hold their blood drive during Bull Market at the Marshall Student Center at USF on Wednesday, March 11th from 11:00AM to 5:00PM. Fans can set up an appointment in advance at https://www.oneblooddonor.org/index.cfm?group=op&expand=633500&zc=33620.

“Community involvement is very important to UCF and Global Spectrum, and we are always exploring new ways to get involved in our respective community,” says Global Spectrum’s Brian Hixenbaugh, General Manager of the CFE Arena. “This blood drive is a great way to get involved, and play off the rivalry between UCF and USF.”

The winning university arena will be decided based on the volume of blood collected during each blood drive.

Global Spectrum will announce the winner via social media on Monday, March 16th. Fans are also encouraged to use the hashtag #UCFvsUSFOneBlood as they make their donations and to follow the progress of the competition.

Follow the USF Sun Dome on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/USFSunDomeArena and @USF_SunDome on Twitter and the CFE Arena on Facebook at www.facebook.com/CFEArena or @CFEArena on Twitter.

About Global Spectrum Charities

Global Spectrum Charities was established by Global Spectrum, to improve the quality of life for people living in regions throughout the US and Canada where the public assembly facility management company operates a stadium, arena, convention center or theatre. Global Spectrum Charities gives back to the community through contributions, donations, celebrity and star appearances, and random gifts of kindness on behalf of the company’s employees, customers and visitors.

About Global Spectrum

Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages more than 125 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 24-million people attended more than 15,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor, which operates in 48 of the 50 United States, also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks.

About OneBlood

OneBlood is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) community asset responsible for providing safe, available and affordable blood to more than 200 hospital partners and their patients. The service area of OneBlood includes the Tampa Bay area, the Orlando-metro area and surrounding Central Florida counties, South and Southeast Florida, parts of Southwest Florida, Pensacola, Tallahassee and areas in Southern Georgia and Alabama. The OneBlood name is a constant reminder of the collective power we share to save another person’s life.