— Nederlander Concerts has entered into a multi-year agreement with the University of California, San Diego to exclusively promote and produce events at the RIMAC Arena and Field. The approximately 4,700-seat RIMAC Arena is adjacent to RIMAC Field, which can hold 20,000 people. Nederlander says the venues are suitable for a wide range of programming, including concerts, athletic competitions, comedy shows and other large ceremonial events. Upcoming shows at the facilities include Rise Against/Bad Religion (April 8) and Sugarland (July 23).
— Live Nation and Virginia Farm Bureau Insurance have signed a three-year sponsorship deal that gives the latter naming rights to the Virginia Beach Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, Va. The shed is now called Farm Bureau Live at Virginia Beach. The approximately 20,000-capcity venue is owned by the city of Virginia Beach and operated by Live Nation. Additionally, SaveOurFood.org will be the title sponsor for 2011 country music concerts at the facility, including appearances by Brad Paisley, Rascal Flatts, Tim McGraw, Toby Keith, Kenny Chesney and Jason Aldean.
— AEG Facilities, a standalone affiliate of sports and entertainment company AEG, and Istanbul-based Aktif Sports Investments, have signed a long-term agreement in which AEG Facilities will operate and manage the 12,500-seat Ulker Arena, which is currently under construction in the Atasehir region of Istanbul. The arena is expected to open later this year and will house the Fenerbahce Ulker Basketball team. The facility will also host sporting events, concerts, family shows and other special events. AEG Facilities also operates the 52,500-seat Turk Telekom Stadium in Istanbul, which opened in January.