University of New Hampshire to Assume Management of Whittemore Center
Contact:  Erika Mantz
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UNH Media Relations
December 6, 2006


DURHAM, N.H. – The University of New Hampshire is repositioning the Whittemore Center Arena, the school’s 7,500-seat on-campus facility, as a sports and recreation facility and will no longer need the assets of the facility management company Global Spectrum. Global Spectrum will continue managing the facility during a transition period, which concludes October 1, 2007.

“Global Spectrum has been a good corporate partner with the university and contributed greatly to the success of the arena over the last decade,” said University of New Hampshire Assistant Vice President of Business Affairs Anthony Zizos, who will now oversee the operations of the arena. “The company has also been helpful in sustaining the university’s goals over time, but in order to better serve our students we will no longer host entertainment events and as such no longer need the management expertise of Global Spectrum.”

Global Spectrum had been the facility’s operator since l995, just prior to its opening. Global Spectrum may also act as a consultant to UNH after the completion of the transitioning period.

"We've enjoyed working with Anthony and the University of New Hampshire over the past 10 years in a very successful partnership," said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. "As the university is moving the facility in a different direction, we have made our company available to them should they need us at any time. We will also be heavily involved over the next year in a transitioning period."

“We will replace entertainment and private rental activity with campus recreation and athletic activity for students and the local community, including the Oyster River Cooperative School District,” said Zizos.