LEXINGTON, Ky. — The Lexington Center Corp.(LCC) and Oak View Group Facilities named Brian Sipe as General Manager of Central Bank Center, which includes the 20,000-seat Rupp Arena, the new 200,000-s.f. convention center, and the 900-seat Opera House.
Sipe is replacing long-time Lexington Center Corp. executive Bill Owen, who will retire on June 30, 2022.
Sipe previously served as Oak View Group Director of Booking at Rupp Arena since April 2019.
“Brian has quickly demonstrated his passion for making Central Bank Center among the must-stop destinations for national touring acts,” said Bob Elliston, chairman, LCC. “We are excited to have Brian, and the entire OVG team leads the Center to even greater achievements for many years to come.”
“As our new general manager, he (Brian) will be able to expand his role and create new business partnerships and opportunities for Central Bank Center facilities and the region,” said Peter Luukko, chairman, Oak View Group Facilities. “He is an experienced leader who will work closely with our client at LCC ensuring that Central Bank Center remains a well-operated, highly functional, and profitable venue.”
Sipe joined OVG Facilities after serving as General Manager of Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza in Wilkes Barre, Penn.
Sipe has a professional voting membership in the Country Music Association, Academy of Country Music, and International Entertainment Buyers Association. He is also on the Missions Service Leadership Board for Immanuel Baptist Church, a volunteer for God’s Pantry Food Bank in Lexington, and serves as a child mentor for the Lexington Leadership Foundation.
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