Special Feature: SMG Breaks Ground With Facilities in Puerto Rico

After establishing offices in Puerto Rico in 2006, SMG now operates several venues in the territory, including the Coliseo de Puerto Rico, the Puerto Rico Convention Center, the Lawn Amphitheater at Bahia Urbana and the Humacao Arena and Performing Arts Center.

The 5,000-capacity amphitheater can handle the biggest outdoor events in Old San Juan, including concerts and festivals.

Jochi Davila, regional VP of business development/senior GM of SMG Latin America, oversees the venue with Bahia Urbana amphitheater GM Linnette Isona. Davila says the "magnificent San Juan waterfronts" make the venue and adjacent businesses unique. It's part of a 21-block area in the heart of Old San Juan, one of the Caribbean's most popular tourist attractions.

Aside from staging concerts, the complex also offers several dining and recreational options., including the Cafe 8 restaurant, an urban market and beach, the TSNY trapeze school, sightseeing tours on seaplanes, helicopters and boats, as well as a waterfront carousel.

Shows by reggae act Soja in June and veteran Canadian progressive rock group Saga in August were highly successful, according to Davila. Other recent performers include Puerto Rican hip-hop star Vico C and the Dios Salve la Reina Queen tribute concert.

Aside from the larger shows, local talent is showcased at Cafe 8, with salsa bands performing on Thursday nights, while local pop/rock combos are showcased on Fridays.

In Humacao, SMG also operates the new 8,000-­capacity multipurpose arena and 1,000-seat performing arts center. These facilities are on track to host approximately 90 events per year, ranging from concerts and sports events to graduations, plays and corporate functions.