ASM Global to operate new Henrico Sports & Events Center

ASM Global, an international management company and producer of live events, will operate the new Henrico Sports & Events Center, which is scheduled to open at Virginia Center Commons in Henrico, Va., this October.


The Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority board of directors, which oversees the center, approved an initial five-year contract with ASM Global in July which may be extended annually up to five additional years.


“We are excited to partner with ASM Global to make the new Henrico Sports & Events Center one of the premier destinations for sporting events and other entertainment along the Eastern Seaboard,” says Dennis Bickmeier, executive director of the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority. 


“ASM Global has more than 350 venues in its global portfolio, ranging from small theaters to large arenas, convention centers and stadiums, many of which are comparable to the Henrico Sports & Events Center in terms of sports focus, audience capacity and square footage,” says Doug Thornton, executive vice president of stadiums, arenas and theatres for ASM Global. Locally, we also operate Bon Secours Training Center, Altria Theater, and Dominion Energy Center for the City of Richmond, and recently, we have been announced as the operating partner of the planned full-sized GreenCity Arena in Henrico County. Between our global experience and our stake in this region, we are confident that ASM is fully equipped to successfully manage this new venue and we are excited at the level of potential of this partnership with the Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority.”


ASM Global will provide onsite staff and oversee the Henrico Sports & Events Center’s day-to-day affairs, including managing the box office for ticketed events, contracting with vendors, handling the facility’s upkeep and maintenance, event management, and licensing and permits. The company will also oversee food and beverage concessions and catering.


The Henrico Sports & Entertainment Authority will continue to take the lead on scheduling to ensure the center is available for priority county events, like Henrico’s high school graduations, and major tournaments and events that the authority and its partners, including Richmond Region Tourism, may submit bids to host.


Working in a complementary fashion, ASM Global will focus on the center’s near-term schedule and use its vast network of promoters to attract various events, including concerts, family shows and sporting events. The management company will also look to fill off-peak times with local programming, like sports clinics, leagues and camps.


“The Henrico Sports & Events Center is already generating excitement among organizations and promoters, and ASM Global will only enhance the center’s reputation,” added Bickmeier. “With the company also operating the GreenCity Arena, we expect there will be opportunities to leverage these facilities to deliver great events and entertainment for our community.”

The $50 million Henrico Sports & Events Center is being developed through a partnership between Henrico and Rebkee Co., which is redeveloping the former Virginia Center Commons mall property with housing, retail, and other uses. The 185,000-square-foot facility will feature an arena with retractable and 3,500-guest capacity, as well as a flexible event space that can be configured for 12 basketball courts or 24 volleyball courts simultaneously. Through 2024, 42 organizations have already scheduled 185 dates, including tournaments, practices, meetings, and other events.