New John Paul Jones Arena Announces Coming Attractions

February 24, 2006

February 24, 2006 — Larry Wilson, general manager of the University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena, today unveiled several of the facility’s first scheduled events which will take place in the new 16,000 seat sports and entertainment arena starting in August 2006.

On Monday, Aug. 14, the arena will host World Wrestling Entertainment's "Monday Night Raw," which will be telecast live on the USA Network.

Disney on Ice, celebrating 100 years of family entertainment, will have five shows in the area from Oct. 18 through Oct. 22.

The 13th annual Martha’s Market that benefits the Martha Jefferson Hospital’s breast health services and women’s health care in Central Virginia will take place Oct. 27, 28, and 29. The arena will host Diversity Career Day on Nov. 2, a performance of the Lippazaner Stallions on Nov. 24, and five performances of Ringley Brothers Circus Dec. 6 through Dec. 10.

Performances by the Harlem Globetrotters and Sesame Street Live are scheduled for the spring of 2007.

Tickets for these events will be available for purchase in the next couple of months and members of the community can sign up now for special Keeping Up with the Joneses e-mail alerts by visiting the John Paul Jones Area site. Keeping Up with the Joneses allows subscribers to review upcoming events and notifies them when tickets will go on sale. In addition, the site informs guests of any pre-sale opportunities a given show may offer prior to going on sale to the general public.

The events are managed by SMG, an entertinament and conference venue management company that was founded in 1977 to manage its first account, the Louisiana Superdome in New Orleans. Today, the company manages over 195 venues in 41 states, Puerto Rico, Canada and Europe, which host virtually every type of arena-oriented event imaginable. With over 1.4 million managed seats, SMG arenas stage everything from professional, minor league and NCAA collegiate sporting events to family shows and musical concerts for every age and taste.

The University of Virginia’s John Paul Jones Arena is scheduled to open in Charlottesville in July 2006 and is home to the University’s men's and women's basketball teams host to an array of exceptional entertainment events.