Apr 27, 2012


(TAMPA, FL – March 20, 2012) With a $35.6-million dollar renovation of the Sun Dome Arena nearing completion in May, 2012, the University of South Florida today selected Global Spectrum, the worldwide leader in managing university arenas and stadiums, to operate the Sun Dome Arena in Tampa, FL, for the University. Global Spectrum, a subsidiary of the internationally recognized sports and entertainment firm Comcast-Spectacor, named Trent Merritt, an eight-year Global Spectrum employee, as the facility’s new General Manager.

“The Sun Dome is extremely important to both the University and the Athletic Department and we wanted to make sure we found the right company to assist us in its management,” said Director of Intercollegiate Athletics Doug Woolard. “Global Spectrum is one of the top management companies for operating on-campus arenas and stadiums and we couldn’t think of a better company to assist us in bringing a variety of events to the Sun Dome. Our students and community will be wowed with the renovations and we’re excited to work with Global Spectrum to make the Sun Dome a destination arena once again.”

“Upon its completion, the Sun Dome will fit nicely with our other Florida venues,” said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. “We are excited to bring our high-level of customer service to the University of South Florida and we’re looking forward to maximizing opportunities with our industry resources, as well as the synergistic opportunities with our other Florida venues to create experiences for the region.”

Last June, the USF Board of Trustees approved a major renovation to the 250,000-square-foot Arena including, but not limited to, the complete reconfiguration of the approximately 10,000 seat bowl area to oval seating, adding a state-of-the art center-hung LED scoreboard, adding additional concessions and restrooms on the concourse level, modifying and enhancing the southeast and southwest entries, and restoration of existing exterior concrete, and other cosmetic improvements.

The project will also include the creation of a hospitality and viewing club area, and 10 loge boxes with a total capacity of 60 seats to be sold by the USF Athletics Department.

”This is a very exciting time for USF, for USF Athletics and, with our renovation, the students, alumni and community members who will experience the new Sun Dome! Steve Oscher, President of Sun Dome Inc. Board of Director stated "The Board of Directors of Sun Dome, Inc. are very pleased with the decision to have Global Spectrum as our facility manager.”

Prior to his new assignment at the Sun Dome arena, Merritt was Global Spectrum’s General Manager of the Global WFCU Centre in Windsor, ON, since October 2009. Earlier he was Assistant General Manager at the John Labatt Centre, in London, ON; an Event Manager at Global Spectrum’s flagship arena, the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, PA; and an Event Supervisor at Citizens Bank Park, home of the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball.

Upon completion of the project, the Sun Dome Arena will serve as the exclusive home for all USF men's and women's Big East Conference and non-conference basketball games.

Among the many university buildings Global Spectrum manages are the BankUnited Center at the University of Miami, FL; the Colonial Life Arena at the University of South Carolina in Columbia, SC; the Ryan Center at the University of Rhode Island in Kingston, RI; and the Chaifetz Arena at Saint Louis University in St. Louis, MO.

The University of South Florida is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is classified by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching in the top tier of research universities, a distinction attained by only 2.2 percent of all universities. It is ranked 44th in total research expenditures and 34th in federal research expenditures for public universities by the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.5 billion, an annual economic impact of $3.7 billion, and serves 47,000 students in Tampa, St. Petersburg, Sarasota-Manatee and Lakeland.

About Global Spectrum Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the USF Sun Dome, as well as more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 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 also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, 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.