ASM Global, the premier venue management and services company, has appointed Eric Blockie as general manager of Tech Port Center and Arena.
The centre will feature a 3,300-seat concert, esports and entertainment arena, the country’s newest high-end gaming centre and a cashless food hall featuring six unique restaurant concepts.
The complex will also be the home of the San Antonio Museum of Science and Technology and an adjacent technology prototyping laboratory. The San Antonio-based entertainment and lifestyle destination will open in the spring of 2022.
The centre’s location in the heart of Port San Antonio’s campus makes it a strategic asset for marquee employers in aerospace, cybersecurity, defence, biomedicine and applied technology that are thriving on the 1,900-acre technology campus and across the region.
An industry veteran with over 30 years of experience, Blockie joins ASM Global after a long tenure with the City of San Antonio as the event programming manager at the Alamodome. Blockie served as general manager at arenas and amphitheatres in California, New Mexico and Texas. He started his career with Bill Graham Presents working in the office with Bill Graham in San Francisco.
I am honoured to be part of the ASM team to develop the nation’s first purposely built cutting-edge concert and esports arena. The Tech Port Center will fill a need for a mid-sized venue in San Antonio, one of the country’s fastest-growing markets. I will utilize my 30 years of experience in live entertainment and my personal passion for esports to bring in a unique blend of programming to a community that I have been a part of for many years.
Jim Perschbach, president and CEO of Port San Antonio, said:
As we prepare to launch a world-class entertainment and innovation venue, we are focused on providing unparalleled experiences to the public. We are very grateful that ASM has selected Eric to lead management of our new facility. His deep experience and connections within the industry—hand in hand with his energy and creativity—will be instrumental in delivering an array of terrific offerings to the hundreds of thousands of people who will come through our doors every year.
Dave Jolette, regional vice president of ASM Global, added:
We are delighted to announce Eric’s appointment as general manager of the Tech Port Center and Arena. Eric brings a diverse and extensive background in all aspects of venue management and operations. Eric’s relationships within the entertainment world will bring a full range of entertainment and events to Tech Port and San Antonio.
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