City en­ters talks with new man­ager for Pier Six Pavil­ion

Baltimore Sun - - NATION & WORLD - By Sarah Gantz sarah.gantz@balt­ twit­­gantz

The Bal­ti­more De­vel­op­ment Corp. an­nounced on Thurs­day that it had en­tered into ex­clu­sive ne­go­ti­a­tions with Live Na­tion and SMG to take over man­age­ment of the city’s Pier Six Pavil­ion.

The seven-year con­tract to man­age the In­ner Har­bor con­cert venue would take ef­fect in 2017 and could be ex­tended for an­other three years. Any deal is sub­ject to ap­proval by the Board of Es­ti­mates.

If ap­proved, Live Na­tional and SMG would re­place The Cordish Cos., which did not ap­ply to re­new its con­tract.

“We’re grate­ful that the BDC sees that Live Na­tion and SMG are uniquely po­si­tioned to take the Pier 6 Pavil­ion to the next level with premier live en­ter­tain­ment ex­pe­ri­ences and strate­gic com- merce op­por­tu­ni­ties,” said Wil­son Howard, a re­gional pres­i­dent for Live Na­tion, in a state­ment. “We look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing con­ver­sa­tions about what we can bring to the venue and the com­mu­nity.”

Live Na­tion and SMG were among three groups to re­spond to the BDC’s re­quest for pro­pos­als for a new ven­dor. AEG and the Rams Head Group, which op­er­ated the venue un­der Cordish’s con­tract for 10 years, also ap­plied.

The city chose to move for­ward with Live Na­tion and SMG be­cause their pro­posal “pro­vided the most op­ti­mal re­turns to the City and of­fered the largest cap­i­tal im­prove­ment pro­gram,” ac­cord­ing to a state­ment from the BDC.

Those terms were not dis­closed.

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