Global Spectrum Europe, the partnership recently established by Philadelphia-based venue management firm Global Spectrum and the British firm NEC Group Birmingham, has been awarded the management contract for the Spaladium, a new, 12,000-seat multi-entertainment and sports arena under construction in Split, Croatia.

The Spaladium, which is scheduled to open Dec. 27, also features eight luxury suites, 500 club box seats, an additional practice facility and two club lounges.

Global Spectrum is a subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor. In addition to the awarding of the management contract, two additional Comcast-Spectacor entities were awarded contracts for the Spaladium. Ovations Food Services will handle all food and beverage services, including suite catering, restaurant operations and concession stands. Front Row Marketing Services, a specialist in developing contractually obligated revenue streams, will sell naming rights, luxury suites, premium seating, and advertising.

Global Spectrum Europe, in association with the NEC Group, will manage the Spaladium for Sportski Grad TPN, a consortium consisting of two construction companies - Konstruktor and Dalekovod - and IGH, the civic engineering group. Sportski Grad has a contract with the local government for 30 years to manage and develop the property, which will also include an office complex and parking garage as part of phase one of development.

The City of Split had been limited to the type of events it could potentially host until the arrival of the Spaladium. Global Spectrum Europe will manage the facility and schedule concerts, sporting events, family shows, exhibitions and other special attractions.

Spaladium Centar is situated on the northwestern side of the Split Peninsula. Split is the second largest Croatian city and is also an industrial, university and economic centre of the Split-Dalmatian region. Split is also one of the best-known tourist destinations in Croatia and the largest city on Croatia's Adriatic coast.