President, Madison Square Garden Co.
A TRANSFORMATIVE YEAR
With the completion of the $1 billion “transformation” of New York’s Madison Square Garden and a multimillion-dollar renovation underway at the Forum in Los Angeles, it’s been a busy year for Melissa Ormond, president of the Madison Square Garden Co., who leads a team that continues to expand its footprint in the sports and entertainment space. Also part of the MSG venue portfolio are busy rooms in Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre in New York, the Chicago Theater and the Wang Theatre in Boston. For 2013, major arena projects on two coasts in the United States’ two largest markets have been front and center for Ormond. The Garden showcased its well-received makeover with three sellouts from Ed Sheeran beginning in October. The Forum will open Jan. 15 with a run of six dates by Southern California favorites the Eagles. “We have a lot on our plates with these two complete overhauls,” Ormond recently told Billboard. In addition to the Eagles, the Forum has booked Justin Timberlake, Imagine Dragons and many other shows soon to be announced. Personally, Ormond says she’s having fun running the company that oversees the World’s Most Famous Arena, now back up and running with a full datebook. “Best job I’ve ever had,” she says. —Ray Waddell