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Global Spectrum taps Mike Dyer, Bass Park manager, for Cross Insurance Center post

Kate Collins | BDN
Kate Collins | BDN
Bass Park executive director Mike Dyer addresses the crowd gathered for the groundbreaking of the new arena in Bangor on Thursday, August 4, 2011.
By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Global Spectrum, operator of the Cross Insurance Center now under construction, has named Mike Dyer as the first general manager of the soon-to-open multipurpose arena.

A 40-year veteran of operating public assembly facilities, Dyer joins Global Spectrum with nearly 25 years of experience running the nearby Bass Park Complex for the city of Bangor.

“We are fortunate to have such an experienced, veteran facility manager join our company to oversee the Cross Insurance Center,” said Global Spectrum Chief Operating Officer John Page. “Mike is extremely talented and we are confident he will help us bring top-notch entertainment in the most comfortable environment as possible to the region.”

Dyer joined the Bass Park Complex in 1988 and has been its director since 1993. The complex currently consists of a 5,400-seat auditorium and 20,000-square-foot civic center and is host to the annual Bangor State Fair and Bangor Raceway. The Cross Insurance Center is being built adjacent to the property.

In his role as Bass Park director, Dyer has been responsible for booking all concerts and events at the facility as well as handling many of the related marketing and promotional duties. He also has been active in creating special events and programs for the venue and has played a vital role in the planning and logistics for the Bangor State Fair.

Dyer also has served as Bass Park’s spokesman on public relations matters and with the Bangor City Council, while reporting directly to Bangor’s city manager on operation of the park.

“I am really looking forward to working with what I consider the best team in the industry and I think the collaboration between the Cross Insurance Center and the city is going to be a sure home run,” Dyer said in a brief interview late Wednesday afternoon.

“People are going to be amazed at the building, the shows and the level of entertainment here,” he said, adding, “There certainly will be some big names coming in September 2013.

“We’ll be seeing quite a few [acts] that could never play Bangor — like indoor motocross — because [the Bangor Auditorium] wasn’t big enough and didn’t have adequate ventilation. If people see it in TD Garden or Madison Square Garden, if it fits the market, it could play here,” Dyer said.

Dyer has been heavily involved in several business groups in Bangor. He was the ex-officio director of the Bangor Region Chamber of Commerce and serves on the boards of the Bangor Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Bangor Garden Show.

A native of West Orange, N.J., who attended Rutgers University, Dyer spent 16 years in management roles at two ice rink facilities in his home state before coming to Bangor.

Cross Insurance Center is a $65 million, 8,000-seat arena for concerts, sports and other special events. It will have an adjacent convention center with a large ballroom, prefunction space and meeting rooms. Currently under construction, the building is slated to open in the fall of 2013.

In addition to the Cross Insurance Center, Global Spectrum manages more than 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20 million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world’s largest sports and entertainment companies.

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