Los Angeles-based AEG has named Steve Eckerson GM of Ontario, Calif.'s Citizens Business Bank Arena, which is scheduled to open fall 2008. He will report to Bob Newman, COO of AEG Facilities.
In his new role, Eckerson will oversee all operations at the 11,000-plus seat sports and entertainment arena. Those duties will include booking, event and guest services, community and public relations and security.
The 225,000-square foot facility will feature 9,500 fixed seats, with additional seating risers to accommodate capacities of 11,089 for concerts, 9,736 for hockey and 10,832 for basketball. The arena, which is owned by the city of Ontario and operated by AEG, will also feature 36 luxury suites located on two levels.
Citizens Business Bank Arena will be the centerpiece of Piemonte at the Ontario Center, an urban mixed-use project featuring office and retail space, hotel and entertainment components.
Prior to joining AEG, Eckerson was the director of event sales and operations at Qwest Field, Qwest Field and Event Center and the WaMu Theater in Seattle. He has also enjoyed executive and management stints at the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry, Florida Expo Park, Eastern States Exposition and the Cumberland County Civic Center.