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American Bank Center gets new management

Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center is getting a second chance for success with a new management company, OVG 360, effective July 1, 2022. Courtesy photos

City of Corpus Christi hopes to make up booking shortage

Corpus Christi’s American Bank Center will be under new management starting July 1 as the city hopes to increase conventions and conferences at the facility at 1901 N. Shoreline Blvd.

In April, the Corpus Christi City Council approved a contract for OVG 360 to oversee the venue’s management, food and hospitality, and corporate partnerships.

The change came following an analysis of the American Bank Center’s use, which indicated it was losing bids for conferences and conventions to the tune of a potential $14 million.

City Manager Peter Zanoni led the charge to invest time and resources into improving the center with meetings beginning in October 2021.

Opened in 1967, the American Bank Center has not been updated since 2004. The facility is home to the Corpus Christi IceRays hockey team.

Zanoni introduced the OVG 360 leadership team at the June 28 council meeting, where Brian Martin, new general manager of the center, spoke a few words. Martin said the center's current staff members are excited about the change and he is looking forward to being a great community partner to the city of Corpus Christi.

Joe Castor will serve as general manager of hospitality, overseeing food and beverage operations. Nick Ustruck has been named executive chef.

OVG 360 will manage all aspects of the American Bank Center, including the140,000-square-foot convention center, the 10,000-seat arena, and the 2,500-seat auditorium

“The city of Corpus Christi is extremely excited to have OVG 360 lead the operations of our very important American Bank Center. Under OVG 360, we look forward to improved venue booking, ticket sales, customer care, food service experience, and positive community impact,” Zanoni said.

OVG 360 manages several other entertainment and convention venues in the state of Texas, including the Moody Center in Austin, the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas, and the Fertitta Center in Houston. Overall, the company manages more than 200 venues across the country.

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