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January 26, 2013

Venues publication recognizes IUP convention, athletic center

INDIANA — The Kovalchick Convention and Athletic Complex, located on the campus of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, a Global Spectrum-managed facility, was ranked fourth in the 2012 University Top Stops for venues with a capacity of 2,001 to 5,000 by Venues Today magazine.

The ranking was based upon capacity, total gross sales, total attendance and number of shows in 2012.

“For the Kovalchick Complex to be recognized as one of the Top 5 Stops for University Venues of our size by Venues Today is a tremendous accomplishment and serves as a true testament to the incredible amount of effort by Global Spectrum in cooperation with the IUP administration and finance operations team who remain focused on providing high quality entertainment in Indiana, Pa., for many years to come,” Global Spectrum General Manager Jim Grafstrom said. “The support from the community has been truly spectacular.”

Opened in March 2011, the Kovalchick Complex is the newest facility on IUP’s campus and is home to Crimson Hawk basketball and volleyball. In addition to the 5,000-seat Ed Fry Arena, the complex boasts more than 23,000 square feet of meeting and convention space in addition to the 650-seat Toretti Auditorium.

During the past year, a variety of shows have made stops at the Kovalchick Complex, including Dierks Bentley, Eric Church, Toughest Monster Truck Tour, Disney Live, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, TNA Wrestling, B.o.B, B.E. Taylor Christmas Concert and the Harlem Globetrotters.

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