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A New Nest for the High-Flying Falcons

Fresh off a trip to the Super Bowl, the Falcons couldn’t have chosen a better time to move into their new home, Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Falcon’s owner Arthur Blank set very high expectations for his team’s brand new stadium and boy did he deliver. The $1.5 billion Mercedes-Benz Stadium will feature unparalleled city views, an upgraded fan experience, and a breathtaking retractable roof. With its pulsating music and lights, the energy of Mercedes-Benz will bring a bright beating heart to the center of Atlanta.

As part of our series detailing the sports venues being unveiled in the next year, we wanted to give Falcons fans a little taste of their incredible new stadium. Mercedes-Benz Stadium should more than console Falcons fans still bitter about their Super Bowl loss as it looks to be the new standard for all other stadiums in both the NFL and MLS.

 

Premium Seating

Mercedes-Benz Stadium Quick Facts

Mercedes-Benz Stadium in Atlanta offers fan friendly pricing and eco-friendly technology.


For those fans looking for a more premium experience, Mercedes-Benz Stadium will have plenty of high-quality game experiences for their VIP guests. With 7,500 club seats, a suite level stretching from endzone to endzone, and over 100,000 square feet of premium clubs and lounges, including the Champions Lounge located behind the Falcon’s bench. Atlanta’s new NFL home is truly outfitted to give guests a top-of-the-line gameday experience.

 

Suite Options

Mercedes-Benz Stadium will offer two suite levels for fans that want to host clients or entertain friends in a suite. The Touchdown Suites are located on the field level, can host up to 22 guests, and are outfitted with a wet bar, comfortable theater-style seating and private restrooms in every suite. Each suite is decked out with all the tech that guests could want; HD TV’s with access to NFL Sunday Ticket and a local Wi-Fi network to give a full suite of guests internet access.

The Franchise Suites, which are located on the suite level, offer seating for between 14 and 22 guests. These suites are furnished with top of the line seating and offer a bird’s eye view of the action in your own comfortable climate controlled space. All suites come with a delicious catering menu, a full offering of beer, wine and spirits, and dedicated suite attendant to take care of your every need. With over 90 suites available at opening, there are plenty of options to take your gameday experience to the next level.

 

 

Iconic Roof and Halo Video Board

If fans want to see what really makes Mercedes-Benz Stadium the crown jewel of Atlanta, all fans have to do is look up. The stadium’s “360-degree Halo” video board is the largest in professional sports. The 63,000 square-foot screen is located right below the retractable roof’s opening providing fans ways to view the score, the time and recent highlights from any angle. To top it off, the stadium’s retractable roof, which was inspired by the Oculus of the Roman Pantheon, opens and closes in a unique way that is truly indescribable. Check out the video below for a fly-over of the stadium that demonstrates how the roof operates.

 

 

When Arthur Blank set out to build a stadium that was both environmentally conscious and fan-focused, I’m not sure even he knew how gorgeous his team’s new home venue would be. When Mercedes-Benz Stadium is finally opened on July 30th, NFL and MLS fans across the country will be very jealous of Atlanta’s iconic new home venue.

Sports fans should stay tuned to the Suite Experience Group’s Blog as the year progresses. We will be examining all of the new arenas opening up around the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA this year. The next venue in our series will be Little Caesar’s Arena, which opens in 2017 and will be shared by the Detroit Pistons and Red Wings.

As always, if you are interested in purchasing a luxury suite please contact us through our website.

 

*Information the Mercedes-Benz Website, Business Insider and the Atlanta Falcons was used in this post

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A Crown Jewel for California’s Capital City

Only three years ago the Sacramento Kings seemed headed out of California’s capital, but now, thanks to Sacramento mayor Kevin Johnson and Kings owner Vivek Ranadive, the Kings seem set to stay in Sac-town for a very long time. For the first time in ten years, full season and half season ticket plans have completely sold out. For a team that has struggled to fill Sleep Train Arena in the past this is fantastic news. The rises in sales are all thanks to the $507 million dollar Golden 1 Center.  Golden 1 is a technological marvel fit for the capital city of a state that includes both the Silicon Valley and natural wonders like Yosemite and Redwood National Parks. Here’s a rendition of how the Kings new arena will look like when it is finished that was taken from the Kings YouTube page.

 

Golden 1 Center fun facts

Sacramento’s brand new Golden 1 Center is making an effort to become one of the most eco-friendly venues in the entertainment industry.

As part of our series detailing the sporting venues being unveiled this year, we wanted to give Sacramento Kings fans a look into the most technologically advanced and green arena in the NBA. Kings fans are truly in for a treat as Vivek Ranadive’s design team has managed to both highlight Sacramento and create a state-of-the-art entertainment center.

 

Why is Golden 1 Center the most technologically advanced arena in the NBA and described by Wired Magazine as “A Giant Tesla”?

It is outfitted with over 650 miles of fiber optic cable and a 6,000 square foot data center

The arena can handle 500,000 Snapchats per second and it is conceivable that Golden 1 will be easily handle anything that mobile devices can throw at it for the next 10 to 20 years. There is also cell coverage no matter where you are in the building.

Golden 1 Center is a SMART building

It knows everything that is transpiring on the premises. Golden 1 can send fans score updates when they’re getting food, tell fans which bathroom has the shortest line or deliver a deal code to fans when they’re in line at concessions.

The Video Screen has more pixels than the Dallas Cowboys screen despite being half the size

Because of NBA regulations the Kings couldn’t build a bigger screen than the Cowboys but they did manage to get 32 million pixels on their 84 foot screen, which is six million more than the Cowboys fit on their 160 foot screen.

Golden 1 Center has its own app

The app permits fans to have the easiest gameday experience possible from getting to the game to ordering concessions. Golden 1’s app enables fans to purchase tickets and parking online and then gives fans directions to their parking spot and seat. Another cool feature of the app is that it allows fans to buy anything from a hot dog to a foam finger from the comfort of their seat.

Kings fans should be thrilled with their new arena, which has definitely delivered on its promise of bringing the ultimate modern gameday experience. A jewel amidst picturesque downtown Sacramento, Golden 1 Center should bring vitality and excitement to California’s capital city.

 

 

Sports fans should stay tuned to the Suite Experience Group’s Blog as the summer progresses. We will be examining all of the new arenas opening up around the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA this year. The next venue in our series will be the Detroit Red Wings Little Caesar’s Arena, which opens in 2017 and will feature very innovative seating options.

As always, if you are interested in purchasing a luxury suite please contact us through our website.

*Information from Wired Magazine and Amplify Magazine used in this post

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U.S. Bank Stadium: A New Home for the Purple People Eaters

As the 2016 NFL season draws closer, many industry experts will be focused on the land of a thousand lakes and the Minnesota Vikings’ new stadium in Minneapolis – U.S. Bank Stadium. The brand new stadium exemplifies a trend of big time investment in venues across the sports industry, but especially in the National Football League. Forbes has predicted that the NFL will generate over $13 billion dollars in revenue in 2016. While $13 billion in revenue is quite an impressive number, perhaps the most significant indicator of the health of the NFL brand is the number of multi-billion dollar stadiums under proposal or currently being constructed.

In our series on new sporting venues across the major North American sports leagues, we will be examining what is unique about each venue and what amenities and features these massive investments are providing in-stadium fans. Since the 2016 NFL season will be U.S. Bank Stadium’s inaugural one, our first post will give Vikings fans a little taste of what the Metrodome’s replacement has to offer.

U.S. Bank Stadium

The front of U.S. Bank Stadium is designed to look like the prow of a viking longship.

What’s cool/unique about Minnesota’s U.S. Bank Stadium?

  1. It looks like a Viking longship
  2. It is one of the only stadiums in the NFL with a single truss design, which enables it to shed the snow and ice common during Minnesota winters
  3. It has Turf Suites literally right on top of the field, close enough that fans can almost hear the play calls
  4. The stands are the closest to the field of any stadium in the NFL, so fans can really feel those bone-crunching hit

How does it compare to the old Metrodome?

  • It is almost twice the size
  • Has twice as many bathrooms
  • 44 more luxury suites
  • 8,000 additional club seats
  • Six new VIP lounges
  • Six different types of luxury suite to cater for all different sizes and types of groups

Also if you want to know more, here is an awesome infographic on the Vikings website comparing the two venues.  It is safe to say that fans of the Purple People Eaters will be extremely entertained in their swanky new stadium: there is truly an experience for everyone.

Sports fans should stay tuned to the Suite Experience Group’s Blog as the summer progresses. We will be examining all of the new arenas opening up around the NHL, NFL, MLB and NBA this year. The next venue in our series will be the NBA’s most technologically advanced and environmentally friendly arena, the Sacramento King’s Golden 1 Center.

As always if you’re looking to buy a luxury suite, check out our website.

Connor Sprague

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Everything You Need to Know About the Birth of Hockey’s Newest Expansion Franchise

If you’re wondering how exactly the NHL ended up in Las Vegas, it all starts with Bill Foley. Bill Foley is a top-level executive for Fidelity National Financial who has been pushing for a Las Vegas sports franchise for quite a long time. Rumors have been circulating for years about the possible relocation of an NBA or NFL team, so it is a little surprising that the franchise Foley finally landed was an NHL team. The question is, why after years of lobbying, did a big four sports franchise finally decide to take up residence in Sin City? Well, let’s let Kevin Costner answer that one for you.

T-Mobile Arena in Las Vegas, NV

T-Mobile Arena will host the NHL’s newest team, the Vegas Golden Knights.

“Build it and they will come.”

The consistent problem Foley had in his big time recruiting project was the lack of a feasible stadium for a new team to play in. He decided to solve that problem and build one. The $375 million project was funded by MGM Resorts International and Anschutz Entertainment Group and began on May 1, 2014.   Construction of the stadium, on an empty tract of land behind the New York-New York and Monte Carlo resorts, finished on April 6, 2016. No expense was spared in the construction of the arena and the superior quality of the stadium reflects its meticulous design.

Superior Design

T-Mobile Arena is a state-of-the-art facility featuring the most advanced technology and a world-class design. The building is constructed to highlight the best parts of the Las Vegas area. The front of the building reflects the glitz and glamour of the Strip, while the back of the arena is filled with deep purples, blues and reds to evoke the picturesque desert sunsets. Despite its grandeur, the arena still maintains respect for the beautiful natural setting that surrounds the city. The U.S. Green Building Council even gave the arena a Gold Certification for its environmentally conscious design. In January 2016, T-Mobile bought the rights to the 20,000-seat arena and off the bid for an NHL expansion team went.

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Foley now had his stadium but he was still missing his sports franchise. Luckily, he didn’t have to wait long. The NHL approved the Las Vegas expansion request on June 22, 2016. Even prior to the bid’s approval, Las Vegas showed that it would welcome a sports team with open arms – the arena sold over 10,000 potential season tickets. Unfortunately for the excited citizens of Las Vegas the hockey team will not be moving into T-Mobile Arena until 2017-2018. But don’t worry… In the meantime, sports fans can watch a plethora of supremely entertaining events. Already, T-Mobile Arena has hosted A-Listers like Billy Joel and George Strait as well as a big-time boxing match between Amir Khan and Canelo Alvarez. Looking a little further along this year, the Professional Bull Riding Finals will be held in T-Mobile Arena along with the Pac-12 Basketball Championships, many Ultimate Fighting Championship events and concerts from everyone from Garth Brooks to Gwen Stefani.

T-Mobile Arena luxury suite

T-Mobile Arena luxury suites plan to offer a VIP experience with cutting edge technology and first class service.

Top of the Line Luxury Suites

T-Mobile Arena’s luxury suites are not only the newest in the entertainment industry, but also some of the finest. The suites are located above the lower bowl and provide the best sightlines to the ice rink or stage. Additionally, suites contain HDTV’s to keep up with all the action, both live and on replay. Suite furnishings are of outstanding quality and offer a comfortable space to enjoy any event as well as entertain clients and guests. Customizable catering plans filled with the best options in game day fare can be purchased for an additional cost. A luxury suite comes with 12 tickets, the option to purchase an additional 4 tickets (a total of 16 tickets), 3 VIP Parking Passes and complimentary access to all of the arena’s VIP private lounges and clubs. As an added bonus, suite attendees get to access the arena through an exclusive VIP entrance. If you’re interested in attending an event at T-Mobile Arena in a luxury suite please contact us at our website:

 

https://www.suiteexperiencegroup.com/all-suites/oth/t-mobile-arena/

 

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Call us at: 1(800)592-7043

 

Upcoming Special Events

 

7/16/16        DIXIE CHICKS

7/22/16        USA BASKETBALL vs. ARGENTINA

8/06/16        BARBRA STREISAND

8/19/16        GWEN STEFANI

8/20/16        UFC 202: FEAT NATE DIAZ vs. CONNOR McGREGOR

8/21/16        SLIPKNOT

9/1/16           COLDPLAY

9/9-10/16     GEORGE STRAIGHT

9/11/16        DRAKE

 

AND MANY MORE…

Check out the full calendar at:

http://www.t-mobilearena.com/events

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2016 NBA Draft Review

It seems like only yesterday that the Cavaliers beat the Warriors in an epic game 7 at Oracle Arena and now only a week later the 2016 Draft is already over. The NBA never stops even in the offseason when there aren’t any games. Here are some of the players and teams that stood out after the draft.

Oracle Arena

Oracle Arena, where the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Golden State Warriors in Game 7 of the 2016 NBA Finals.

1. The Phoenix Suns absolutely aced this draft

With the 4th pick the Suns took Dragan Bender, a 7’ 1” Croatian power forward who reminds scouts of Kristaps Porzingis. Bender is extremely skilled and has the potential to be an excellent rim defender as he is long and mobile. Even though Bender was a great pick, their next move was the real gem of this Suns draft.

The Phoenix Suns fleeced the Sacramento Kings when they traded up to get the 8th pick. The Kings did not get even close to a fair return for the pick they gave up. For context here’s how NBA teams view the 13th and 28th pick. At the 13th pick NBA teams generally expect to get a player with the top level potential of an above average starter, but not an All-Star.   At the end of the first round, teams hope to get a solid rotational player off the bench. So let’s review this trade again.

Essentially the Kings traded a player who has the potential to be an All-Star in Marquesse Chriss, a guy who every other NBA team loved, for the chance at an above average starter, and a bench player plus a relatively unknown European shooting guard (Bogdan Bogdanovic). Chriss is a freaky athlete with a pretty jump shot, and a motor that runs extremely hot when he is engaged. If he reaches his full potential he will be one of the rare NBA bigs who can protect the rim and stretch the floor. He had the third most potential of any player in this draft, behind Ben Simmons and Jaylen Brown, but dropped to 8th because of concerns about his polish. At the 8th pick, Chriss was a tremendous value, and the Kings made a huge mistake trading him away

As an added bonus the Suns also picked up Tyler Ulis, who really should have been a first rounder, but fell because teams questioned if a 5’ 9” point guard could succeed in the NBA. Ulis should at the very least be a solid backup point guard behind Brandon Knight and Eric Bledsoe. In the long term this draft makes the Suns a lot more athletic and versatile, and while the Suns of next year may not contend for much yet, fans should be excited about the excellent group of youngsters the Suns drafted.

2. The Nuggets are going all in on 3-point shooting

With each of their picks the Nuggets took the best shooter available, and it worked out perfectly. They ended up with 4 of the top 5 shooters in the draft with excellent value at every pick. Jamal Murray at the 7th pick was a total steal because he shoots the lights out (he reportedly set the Boston Celtics record for 3-point shots made in a workout), and he is an elite competitor with a great feel for the game. He fell to 7th because of questions about his size and athleticism but he will be a perfect fit next to the super-athletic and long Emmanuel Mudiay.

At picks 15 and 19 the Nuggets took Spaniard Juan Hernangomez and Florida State Seminole Malik Beasley. Hernangomez is an interesting pick because he really blossomed this year in Spain, and looks like he could become one of the playmaking stretch 4’s that NBA GM’s are obsessing over. He will be a great fit next to either Jusuf Nurkic or Nikola Jokic, and is a strong compliment to Kenneth Faried if the Nuggets ever want to go small. I question the Beasley pick a bit is because the Nuggets already have a similar guard in Gary Harris who has shown some really nice potential. On the other hand, if a team can get a guy with Beasley’s potential at #19 they have to take a shot at him. Beasley actually probably would have gone higher in this draft had he not fractured his foot, which prevented him from working out for teams. The former Seminole is an electric athlete and lights out shooter, and should be really effective on a Nuggets team that will likely fast break quite a bit.

With their final pick the Nuggets took 6’ 11” French sharpshooter Petr Cornelie, who provides the team with a really interesting combination of length and shooting. This draft and the development of their young talent should push the Nuggets to be a contender for the 6th through 8th seeds in the West. Their starting lineup will probably have Emmanuel Mudiay at the 1, Jamal Murray at the 2, Danilo Gallinari at the 3, Kenneth Faried at the 4 and Nikola Jokic at the 5 spot. The Nuggets will feature a tremendous amount of shooting and athleticism on the floor at all times, which will allow them to compete with the many high-talent teams out west.

3. Jaylen Brown

Celtics fans hated this pick, but the more I think about it the more I begin to love it. Many experts thought that the Celtics should have taken a guard; either Jamal Murray or Kris Dunn, but they smartly swung for the fences. Brown has as much potential as Ben Simmons because of his rare athleticism, which we really have not seen from a player coming into the NBA since LeBron James. He comes with a ready-made NBA body at a long 6” 7’ and a chiseled 230 pounds. The Georgia native can jump with anyone in the league, and it would not surprise me if he had an over 40 inch vertical leap. The attribute that really separates him athletically is he speed and quickness. Brown has unreal speed and agility for a man his size, which is reminiscent of a young LeBron James and could translate into him becoming an elite defender.

A lot of scouts complained about Jaylen’s college production, but in reality he doesn’t fit as well in the college game as he does in the NBA. In the pros, Brown will be free to constantly attack the basket in a much more open and spaced NBA game. Also from the reports and videos I have seen Brown has made a mechanical adjustment to his jump shot, which has corrected a lot of his prior shooting issues (mainly consistency in the lower body), so look for him to have a vastly improved catch and shoot game.

Overall if Brown develops to his full potential the Celtics will be a scary team in the East who will have the talent and depth to compete with the Cavaliers and Raptors at the top of the East. At the very least Jaylen Brown makes the 2016-17 iteration of the Celtics much more dynamic and exciting than they were in the last year.

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