The Pittsburgh Penguins said on Wednesday that they drafted an arena management team to bring more off-ice entertainment to Consol Energy Center.

AEG Facilities, owned by conglomerate Anschutz Entertainment Group, will replace SMG on Sept. 1 as the 18,780-seat arena’s general manager. The switch ends SMG’s 20-year run as manager, which started at the now-demolished Civic Arena and continued when Consol Energy Center opened in 2010.

“AEG is a huge entertainment company. They really have the resources available to them to be able to help drive additional events and shows into this building,” said Travis Williams, chief operating officer for the Penguins.


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