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Global Spectrum, operator of the Century Center in South Bend, Ind., announced a

Century Center in South Bend

The Century Center in South Bend

significant number of new bookings at the facility for 2013.

“The strength we see in the 2013 calendar is the result of great partnerships in downtown that have contributed to the efforts in making South Bend the destination of choice,” said Jill Scicchitano, general manager, Century Center. “We are excited to be hosting some really fantastic groups next year, and we look forward to welcoming all the convention delegates who will be visiting our city.”

Scicchitano attributes the success to the collaborative efforts between the center’s sales staff and Visit South Bend. Having a suitable facility also helps.

“Meetings and events are critical aspects of the tourism industry,” said Rob DeCleene, executive director, Visit South Bend. “We’re lucky to have a facility like Century Center in the heart of downtown South Bend to host visitors from all over and showcase our community in the process.”

The center is on pace to exceed last year’s number of conventions with five new groups visiting South Bend. Groups such as ISNAC, the Hart-Parr Oliver Collectors Association, Indiana Vector Control, PRIDE Youth Programs and the Diocese of Fort Wayne South Bend, have contracted with the center for 2013 dates. The groups as well as repeat groups and those groups which still have a firm or tentative booking status represent a strong uptick in the Center’s convention booking pace.

In partnership with Visit South Bend, the Century Center provides economic stimulation to the community by bringing conventions, tradeshows, consumer shows and tourism to South Bend, the home of Notre Dame University. The Century Center hosts corporate and association events while also serving as a venue with unique event space for social, entertainment and community events.

“Century Center is a major part of the fabric of our civic life,” said Pete Buttigieg, mayor, South Bend. “We’re lucky to have a space that accommodates so many business, social and civic functions for our community. It draws people to the heart of our city, shows off our river, reminds us of our heritage and hosts a great art museum. I can’t imagine downtown without it.”

Based in Philadelphia, Global Spectrum manages the Century Center and more than 100 other public-assembly facilities around the world. Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.

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