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54 AEG Facilities-Affiliated Venues Go Dark for Earth Hour Joining Global Awareness-Raising Campaign in Support of the Environment

Mar 23, 2016

One of Numerous Annual Events Sponsored by AEG
and Other Sustainability Engagement Initiatives Activated at Owned
and Affiliated Venues

Los Angeles, CA (March 22, 2016) On March 19th, 2016, 54 AEG Facilities-affiliated stadiums, arenas, theatres, clubs and convention centers in 27 cities, eight countries and four continents joined millions of people and organizations worldwide in "going dark" for World Wildlife Fund's (WWF) Earth Hour, a worldwide grassroots movement uniting people to protect the planet. From 8:30 to 9:30 PM, dozens of facilities turned off non-essential lights and utilized signage and social media to help spread the message of Earth Hour. These venues took action as part of a global Earth Hour campaign organized by AEG 1EARTH, AEG's industry-leading corporate sustainability program. In addition to these public events, AEG engaged employees worldwide to learn about Earth Hour and participate in the office or at home.

Earth Hour is an annual event designed to engage millions of people worldwide on a broad range of environmental issues. Individuals, communities, households, and businesses are encouraged to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol for their commitment to the planet. Each year, more than 7,000 cities show their support for environmental issues by participating in Earth Hour.

"We're thrilled to have so many AEG facilities participating in Earth Hour again this year," said John Marler, AEG's Senior Director of Energy and Environment. "It's a testament to our global commitment to reducing our environmental impact and using our platform to raise awareness of important environmental issues."

WWF's Earth Hour is just one of the annual events that AEG 1EARTH activates throughout AEG Facilities' portfolio of world-class venues. In addition to Earth Hour, AEG Facilities venues participate in Earth Month, America Recycles Day and other community based environmental initiatives. In support of AEG 1EARTH's mission to reduce the organization's environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability, AEG venues achieved several environmental milestones in recent months:

  • At a ceremony attended by former Vice President Al Gore, STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, California unveiled 500 kilowatts of Bloom Energy fuel cells, which will generate electricity on-site and help reduce the arena's carbon footprint
  • Major League Soccer's LA Galaxy announced Protect the Pitch, a new sustainability initiative dedicated to reducing the team's environmental impact, supporting environmental projects in the community, and inspiring fans to help create healthier, more sustainable communities
  • Oracle Arena in Oakland, California achieved LEED certification, the pre-eminent global green building certification
  • Los Angeles Convention Center was re-certified as LEED Gold, making the LACC the largest convention center in the U.S. to receive LEED EBOM Gold recertification

AEG Facilities-affiliated venues that participated in this year's Earth Hour included:

1STBANK Center Broomfield, Colorado
Annexet Stockholm, Sweden
Arvest Bank Theatre at the Midland Kansas City, Missouri
Barclaycard Arena Hamburg, Germany
Barclays Center New York, New York
Bluebird Theater Denver, Colorado
BBVA Compass Stadium Houston, Texas
Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre Brisbane, Australia
Brisbane Entertainment Centre Brisbane, Australia
Cairns Convention Centre Cairns, Australia
Darwin Convention Centre Darwin, Australia
Ericsson Globe Arena Stockholm, Sweden
Eventim Apollo London, England
Gothic Theatre Englewood, Colorado
Hawaii Convention Center Honolulu, Hawaii
Hovet Arena Stockholm, Sweden
IndigO2 London, England
Keswick Theatre Glenside, Pennsylvania
Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
L.A. LIVE Los Angeles, California
Los Angeles Convention Center Los Angeles, California
Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin) Berlin, Germany
Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai) Shanghai, China
Microsoft Theater Los Angeles, California
Mill City Nights Minneapolis, Minnesota
Newcastle Entertainment Centre Newcastle, Australia
O.co Coliseum Oakland, California
Oracle Arena Oakland, California
Perth Arena Perth, Australia
Playstation Theater New York, New York
Rabobank Arena Bakersfield, California
Rabobank Convention Center Bakersfield, California
Rabobank Theater Bakersfield, California
San Joaquin Community Hospital Ice Center Bakersfield, California
Shrine Auditorium and Expo Hall Los Angeles, California
Sprint Center Kansas City, Missouri
STAPLES Center Los Angeles, California
Starland Ballroom Sayreville, New Jersey
StubHub Center Carson, California
StubHub Center Tennis Stadium Carson, California
StubHub Center Track & Field Facility Carson, California
StubHub Center VELO Sports Center Carson, California
Suncorp Stadium Brisbane, Australia
Target Center Minneapolis, Minnesota
Tele2 Arena Stockholm, Sweden
The Colosseum at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Nevada
The Fonda Theatre Los Angeles, California
The Novo by Microsoft Los Angeles, California
The O2 London, England
The Ogden Theatre Denver, Colorado
The SSE Arena, Wembley London, England
Ülker Sports Arena Istanbul, Turkey
Verizon Theatre Grand Prairie Dallas, Texas
Volksbank Arena Hamburg, Germany

 

About AEG Facilities

AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Corporation, is the leading sports, entertainment and venue operator in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone affiliate of AEG, owns, operates or consults with more than 100 of the industry's preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing. AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including live event producer, AEG Live, AEG Global Partnerships, AEG Development, AEG 1Earth, AEG Encore and AEG Creative to support the success of AEG venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world's most elite venues, including KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, Ky.), STAPLES Center (Los Angeles, Calif.), StubHub Center (Carson, Calif.), Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, Calif.), Sprint Center (Kansas City, Mo.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Target Center (Minneapolis, Minn.), Oracle Arena and O.co Coliseum (Oakland, Calif.), CONSOL Energy Center (Pittsburgh, Penn.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), Rabobank Arena (Bakersfield, Calif.), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), MasterCard Center (Beijing, China), The O2 (London, England), AccorHotels Arena (Paris, France), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), Perth Arena (Perth, Australia), Itaipava Arena Pernambuco (Recife, Brazil), Allianz Parque (Sao Paulo, Brazil), Allphones Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ülker Sports Arena (Istanbul, Turkey), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden) and KeyArena at Seattle Center (Seattle, Washington). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.

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