David Humphreys, General Manager of Perth Arena, Dead At 57
David Humphreys, General Manager of Perth Arena, Dead At 57

The Directors of AEG Ogden, Harvey Lister and Rod Pilbeam, confirmed the passing of David Humphreys, the General Manager of the soon-to-be-opened Perth Arena, on Sept. 4. He was 57.

Humphreys had recently been admitted to a Perth hospital after becoming ill, and passed away there this morning after suffering heart failure.

He is survived by four children and five grandchildren.

Funeral details will be confirmed following advice from Mr. Humphreys' family.

Humphreys began his career with the 7 Network Australia, where he held the position of general manager of the now demolished Perth Entertainment Centre and was involved in numerous other entertainment related entities owned and operated by 7, including the establishment of Red Tickets in Perth.

He moved to the Sydney Superdome as General Manager in 2000, and joined the AEG Ogden family in 2008 when the company assumed responsibility for the management of that venue (now Allphones Arena), the world's third highest-grossing arena last year, according to Bilboard Boxscore. He was the venue's general manager until he relocated back to Western Australia for AEG Ogden in 2011 as general manager of the new 15,000 seat Perth Arena which is scheduled to open on Nov. 10 of this year.

Humphreys was a long standing member of venue management industry bodies including the International Association of Venue Managers and the Venue Management Association (Asia and Pacific) Ltd.

"We know that staff at both the Perth Arena pre-opening office and Allphones Arena as well as the broader AEG Ogden family will be devastated at today's news. Our thoughts and prayers are with David's children and extended family at this very sad time," Lister said in a statement.