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AEG Hosts First-Ever Earth Hour Competition

AEG’s Stadiums, Arenas and Convention Centers Around the World Will Compete With One Another to Support Climate Change Awareness

LOS ANGELES (March 23, 2018) – On Saturday, March 24, AEG will support World Wildlife Fund’s (WWF) Earth Hour, a worldwide grassroots movement to unite people in protecting the planet. This year, 22 AEG-affiliated facilities, arenas and convention centers in 18 cities, six countries and on four continents will compete with one another in AEG’s first-ever Earth Hour competition organized by AEG 1EARTH, AEG’s industry-leading corporate sustainability program. Additionally, multiple AEG-affiliated music theatres will participate in Earth Hour by turning off non-essential lights from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. locally.

AEG’s competing facilities will be judged on six different criteria, including: creativity, partnerships, employee engagement, patron engagement, community engagement and campaign communication. AEG will announce a Gold, Silver and Bronze Earth Hour winner on Friday, March 30.

Designed to engage millions of people around the world on climate change, Earth Hour encourages individuals, communities, households and businesses to turn off their non-essential lights for one hour as a symbol of their commitment to the planet. Each year, more than 7,000 cities show their support for environmental issues by participating in Earth Hour.

“Each year our venues celebrate Earth Hour in a number of ways, from dimming lighting to engaging with guests and fans through Earth Hour-specific campaigns. This year we are taking it to the next level with our first-ever AEG 1EARTH 2018 Earth Hour challenge, in which some of our most iconic venues worldwide will compete with one another to see who can conduct the most innovative and impactful Earth Hour campaign,” said John Marler, Vice President of Energy and Environment, AEG.

AEG venues participating in this year’s competition are (listed alphabetically):

  • Barclays Center – New York
  • Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre – Brisbane, Australia
  • Darwin Convention Centre – Darwin, Australia
  • Gila River Arena – Glendale, Ariz.
  • Hawaii Convention Center – Honolulu
  • International Convention Center, Sydney – Sydney, Australia
  • Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre – Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
  • L.A. LIVE – Los Angeles
  • Los Angeles Convention Center – Los Angeles
  • Mercedes-Benz Arena – Berlin
  • Mercedes-Benz Arena – Shanghai
  • Microsoft Theater – Los Angeles
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre – Newcastle, Australia
  • Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum – New Jersey
  • Oracle Arena – Oakland, Calif.
  • Puerto Rico Convention Center – San Juan, Puerto Rico
  • STAPLES Center – Los Angeles
  • StubHub Center – Carson, Calif.
  • Target Center – Minneapolis
  • The O2 – London
  • The SSE Arena, Wembley – London
  • Valley View Casino Center – San Diego

In addition to Earth Hour, AEG 1EARTH organizes AEG’s participation in World Water Day, Earth Month, America Recycles Day and other community-based environmental initiatives. Through AEG 1EARTH’s mission to reduce the company’s environmental impact and drive business value through sustainability, AEG’s recent environmental milestones include:


About AEG Facilities
AEG, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Anschutz Company, is the leading sports and live entertainment company in the world. AEG Facilities, a stand-alone division of AEG, and its affiliates owns, operates or consults with more than 150 of the industry’s preeminent venues worldwide, across five continents, providing complete venue management, as well as specialized programs in operations, guest services, ticketing, booking, sales and marketing while providing comprehensive management and planning services to sports and entertainment facilities worldwide through its AEG Facilities Global Solutions division.  AEG Facilities also provides resources and access to other AEG-affiliated entities, including AEG Presents, one of the largest live music companies in the world, AEG Global Partnerships and AEG Real Estate, as well as such industry leading programs as AEG 1EARTH and AEG Encore to support the success of its venues across the globe. The Los Angeles-based organization owns, operates or provides services to the world’s most elite venues, including: STAPLES Center and Microsoft Theater (Los Angeles, CA), StubHub Center (Carson, CA), Sprint Center (Kansas City, MO.), Valley View Casino Center (San Diego, CA), KFC Yum! Center (Louisville, KY.), AmericanAirlines Arena (Miami, Fla.), Prudential Center (Newark, N.J.), Barclays Center (Brooklyn, N.Y.), Target Center (Minneapolis, MN), Oracle Arena and Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum (Oakland, CA), AccorHotels Arena (Paris, France), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Shanghai, China), LeSports Center (Beijing, China), The O2 Arena (London, England), Mercedes-Benz Arena (Berlin, Germany), Barclaycard Arena (Hamburg, Germany), SSE Hydro (Glasgow, UK),  Qudos Bank Arena (Sydney, Australia), Ericsson Globe Arena (Stockholm, Sweden), Los Angeles Convention Center (Los Angeles, CA), Hawaii Convention Center (Honolulu, HI) and the Oman Convention and Exhibition Center (Muscat, Oman). For more information, please visit aegworldwide.com.