Philadelphia firm to manage Cross Insurance Arena

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PORTLAND — The former Cumberland County Civic Center, now known as the Cross Insurance Arena, will be privately managed by Philadelphia-based Global Spectrum after a unanimous vote by arena trustees.

Global Spectrum operates 125 arenas and venues globally, and was selected after management proposals were sought last year. The arena reopened a year ago after a $31 million renovation.

The selection followed the Feb. 5 announcement that Portland advertising executive Sam Surprise joined the board of trustees. Former Maine Senate President Beth Edmonds was also elected chairwoman of the board, while former Portland City Manager Joe Gray was elected vice president and former Bridgton Town Manager Mitchell Berkowitz was elected treasurer.

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