NCAA officials to scout Phoenix area for Final Four Tournament

NCAA officials to scout Phoenix area for Final Four Tournament. Days after the National Football League announced Arizona will host the 2023 Super Bowl, NCAA officials will head to Phoenix to consider the area for a second Final Four Tournament.

A band of Valley cities and tourism groups are bidding on the 2024-26 NCAA Men’s Final Four Tournaments.

Arizona held its first Final Four Tournament in 2017. The games were played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale while the other fan events were held around downtown Phoenix.

Officials from the NCAA and the Division I Men’s Basketball Committee will come to Phoenix for a two-day tour of downtown Phoenix and the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale beginning Wednesday.

The NCAA officials will tour downtown Phoenix hotels, the Phoenix Convention Center (site of the 2018 Comic Fest), Margaret T. Hance Park (site of the 2018 music festival) and the stadium, according to the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee, the nonprofit group that hosted the 2017 Final Four.

The NCAA is expected to render a decision about the 2024-26 Final Four locations in mid-July.

Debbie Johnson, co-chair of the Phoenix Local Organizing Committee and director of the Arizona Office of Tourism, said the group is excited to compete for another megaevent in Arizona.

From 2015 to 2017, Arizona hosted the Super Bowl, the College Football Playoff National Championship and the Final Four.

“We are by no means resting on our laurels,” she said.

Other cities competing for the Final Four in those years include Dallas, Houston, San Antonio, Los Angeles, Detroit and Indianapolis.

Millions in economic impact

The 2017 Final Four generated nearly $325 million in economic impact, according to a study conducted by Arizona State University’s W.P. Carey School of Business.

“Tourism is a critical component of our economic development strategy.

But the economic gain isn’t the only benefit of hosting the Final Four, Johnson said. There’s also the long-term marketing exposure and the community pride.

“There’s a real sense of community pride when your home state is hosting these great megaevents.

Favors said more than 185,000 people participated in the fan events in downtown Phoenix during the 2017 Final Four.

“We’ve become nationally known for our proven record to host large-scale megaevents of this nature,” Favors said.

Favors, Phelps and Johnson said they hope they can continue the momentum created by last week’s 2023 Super Bowl Announcement. And convince the NCAA that Phoenix is ready to host another Final Four as well.

“We don’t want to jinx it, but it would be awesome to do another back-to-back (megaevents),” Favors said.

Staging Scaffolding Venues of North Scottsdale

Staging Scaffolding Venues of North Scottsdale

@WProductionGroup Staging Scaffolding is their specialty. Whether you are planning a private party, a product launch, a festival or fashion show, or a major concert tour, no one does scaffolding or staging better than us.

We plan and install staging installations of all sizes and configurations, featuring Wenger Vision Staging products. Wenger Vision Staging is flexible, sturdy and efficient to install. It is the gold standard in the staging and scaffolding industry and VNS provides it at a highly affordable price. Don’t settle for less. Venues of North Scottsdale will make sure every design is on point and that your corporate event is our #1 priority. Furthermore our dedication to the growth of our industry drives us to implement creative approaches and up to date technologies and services in all aspects of our daily routines. We provide full-service creative design resolutions for planning, fabricating and installing inspired environments. Hence why we are exceptionally competent to plan your next corporate event from initial planning to the completion of the event. See photos on Facebook


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Nobody builds a better value than Wenger. Nobody puts more careful thought and effort into quality or more emphasis on durability, versatility and ease-of-use. Wenger understands how important it is to have products that last. As a result products that provide flexibility with how you apply them; and products that transport easily and set up fast. We’ve learned this by listening to our customers — the driving force behind every product we build.

In addition to Wenger’s commitment to innovation is a tradition of outstanding customer service and support. Therefore Wenger stands behind each product with expert technical support, great warranties and customer service that’s responsive, thorough and dedicated to your individual needs.

Wenger offers products that can save you time, enhance your rehearsals and contribute to the success of every performance. While we started in the music practice room, today you’ll find Wenger products in performance halls, theatres, gymnasiums, and outdoors. In addition Wenger products can be found just about anywhere music and theatre is practiced and performed. And more recently, in the locker rooms and equipment storage facilities of high school, college and professional sports teams. It’s hard to find a musician, teacher, actor, coach or athlete today – at any level – whose passion to teach and perform hasn’t been touched by a Wenger product.

So take some time with our website to familiarize yourself with Wenger products, and check out our Installations page to see and read about many of our customers. Therefore you’ll begin to see why Wenger has the reputation it has earned over the last 69 years.


How to Entertain the Millennials

How to Entertain the Millennials

No other generation has had a bigger impact on our culture since the Baby Boomers than the technology savvy Millennials. So, for the group of consumers who tweet, like, and post their way through a digital world, what truly captivates them? Well, fear not. In the world of entertainment there is much that can energize and invigorate their imaginations. Here are just a few solutions in the quest to entertain the millennials.

No other generation has had a bigger impact on our culture since the Baby Boomers than the technology savvy Millennials.
How to Entertain the Millennials

Competition:  This is a generation that perfected the idea of collaboration, in an effort to win that is. So, why not include a competitive aspect to the live entertainment at your next event. One of the best ways to do this is with a Game Show hosted by an enthusiastic MC who involves your attendees. By creating teams and the drive to win, your millennial audience will be thoroughly engaged and entertained.

Niche Entertainment: Highlight those pieces of entertainment that speak specifically to this generation. They like taking a break…especially when it includes exciting entertainment designed to let them relax and enjoy before having to focus on the work at hand. How about including a 3-minute flash mob that gives them a chance to stand up, stretch, and simply enjoy.

Live Streaming: No other generation lives on-line more than the Millennials, so why don’t you make it even easier to share their experiences? Facilitate this by designating an event planner or member of the team to live stream parts of the event. This is an exciting way for your attendees to let the world know how much fun they’re having. You gain the added side benefit of the positive publicity and excitement generated with sharing.

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Final Four 101: NCAA March Madness Music Festival

Final Four 101: NCAA March Madness Music Festival


When the NCAA awarded the 2017 Final Four to Phoenix.  The announcement came as music to the ears of sports-loving Valley residents. Nothing would be more exciting than bringing the Championship game to Phoenix for the first time. With thousands of basketball fans flooding the Valley for one epic weekend.

What we didn’t realize was that the Big Dance would literally bring a weekend of moving your feet and grooving to the beat, with the March Madness Music Festival.

With three days, two stages and one weekend of outdoor concerts in the beautiful Arizona weather, March Madness Music Fest will be one of the most cherished events of Final Four weekend brining top-talented artists to the local community. Earlier this year at the Houston Final Four, headliners included Fall Out Boy, Twenty One Pilots, Pitbull, Flo Rida and Maroon 5. But it doesn’t stop there—past talent has included, Imagine Dragons, Zac Brown Band and Rihanna.

March Madness Music Fest

Now that the Music Fest is Valley bound, we will bring the talent to Hance Park in Downtown Phoenix. With Phoenix being the ultimate Spring Break location, you’ll want to pack plenty of sunscreen, hats and energy because it is bound to be a good time.

The concert series opens on Friday afternoon, March 31 with the AT&T Block Party and will rock late into the evening. The festival will roll on Saturday with Coca-Cola Music. With music filling the gap between the national semifinal games at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale. The March Madness Music Festival will wrap up on Sunday with the Capital One JamFest another full day of concerts.

Oh! And we may have left out one thing. The Music Festival is completely FREE!

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IACC Describes the ‘Meeting Room of the Future’ at IMEX

IACC Describes the ‘Meeting Room of the Future’ at IMEX Home-style settings, networking spaces and a peek at the great outdoors—all are features that will mark the meeting room of the future, according to a recent study by the International Association of Conference Centers. IACC CEO Mark Cooper (pictured above) presented highlights of the study at his session at IMEX America last week.

More than 65 venues across four continents took part in the study, which covered topics including the role of venues in experience creation, trends in meeting space and meeting room design, food and beverage issues, and technology requirements.

Consequently key finding from the meeting planner analysis was the increasing importance of “experience creation,” the study says. Approximately 75 percent of responding meeting planners report that their current role involves more “experience creation” than two to five years ago.

In response, the IACC study shows, some 55.7 percent of venue operators report that it is their role to provide the “experience creation” element for clients and their delegates. More so a slightly smaller percentage of suppliers (51 percent) feel that it is their role to provide “experience creation” elements.

Therefore to help shape that custom experience, conference and meeting venue operators today offer meeting rooms that are designed to foster creativity, themed food and beverage and ice-breakers. With that said a significant percentage of operators are also offering outdoor meeting rooms or spaces as well as other physical spaces. And activities that promote team building, Cooper noted.

Therefore in response to the trend towards flexible meeting space and room design, 69 percent of venue operators report that now 75 percent or more of their meeting rooms have furniture/equipment that allows for multiple flexible layouts. When asked for examples of new furniture and equipment that venue operators were incorporating into their facilities, these were highlighted the most often:

For furniture:

  • “Fireside chat” seating
  • Bean bag chairs
  • Chalk paint walls
  • Communal tables
  • Creative partitions
  • Ergo- or eco-friendly furniture
  • High-top tables
  • Kitchen- and dining-style furniture
  • Lounge areas and seating
  • On-site recreational facilities

For equipment:

  • Moveable/portable tech
  • Charging stations
  • Digi tables
  • Gaming equipment
  • Holography display
  • Interactive white boards
  • Mobile A/V equipment
  • Presentation technology
  • Small theater
  • Videoconferencing equipment

Finally in addition Meeting planners placed a high degree of importance on the refreshment breaks and meals. The IACC study says, in how the breaks impact delegates, facilitate networking and build relationships. Continuous refreshment break stations remain the preferred solution, with fewer options, but healthier snacks. Due to some 20 percent of venue operators say they see a trend in venues offering conference delegates continuous refreshment break services throughout the day.


Not only are venue operators supplying continuous refreshments. But their food and beverage offerings are moving towards healthier, locally sourced finger foods that allow meeting attendees to freely move about the space and mingle with other attendees, the study says.

Therefore venue operators and suppliers are implementing more initiatives around health and wellness. Promoting the importance of sustainability, incorporating locally sourced food items, promoting healthy eating and active living. And overall making significant changes to their food and beverage offerings, IACC says.

While there are notable changes and expectations around meeting room design, the study says, the No. 1 priority across the meetings and events industry is providing high-quality broadband internet.

In conclusion according to operators, the top three technology-related items being invested in more this year based on feedback from clients includes:

1)  Bandwidth: 33 percent

2)  A/V Equipment: 20 percent

3)  Collaborative Technology: 15 percent

The need to connect with the outside world and keep in touch with work and family will continue to impact the length of breaks and the style of food and beverage service to support the need to complete multiple tasks during break and meal times throughout the day, the IACC study says.

Especially relevant venue facilities and the food and beverage offering play an important part in ensuring that the well-being of the delegate is being looked after. Finally the study concludes, where outdoor spaces are available, they should be made available for networking, food and beverage service and team activities.

Download the IACC study here.

3 Things to Consider When Finding the Perfect Venue

3 Things to Consider When Finding the Perfect Venue. So you have narrowed down all the hotels that meet your selection criteria to two or three destinations and are ready to send out RFPs … all 125 of them, right?

Before filling out your RFP to hotels and venues that will not meet your requirements, do your homework to save time for both you and the potential venue partner. Remember, while it may not take much effort to send out an eRFP, it does take a lot of time for the hotel to respond and for you to review. Seems like the extra step is necessary in the venue vetting process and is guaranteed to pay off. Here are three things to keep in mind when selecting the perfect venue:

1. Look at Meeting Objections and Requirements

While the items listed below may sound like they belong on an RFP, they are high-level considerations you must nail down before reaching out to venues.

Goals: What are the goals and objectives of your meeting? Once you can convey them clearly,  many venues will become obvious choices.

Style: What is the style of the meeting? Is it a networking function for employees, educational session of like-minded professionals, or a large annual convention?

Also, does the venue reflect the image of the organization? Is it a place your company, its stakeholders, and its sponsors would be proud to enter? On the other hand, is it too opulent for your guests?

This takes time to assess and requires planners like you to walk a fine line. The venue should not be “too” anything. Too cheap or too expensive are not words you wish to hear from attendees.

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  • What is your total meeting space requirement? Would a convention center, conference center, or hotel work best for your group? How many breakout rooms do you need, and will you want to use outside function space?
  • What type of audio/visual equipment will you need, including risers and podiums? Is technical support available onsite?
  • Are there ways to brand your event through the hotel’s marquee or digital signage?
  • Is Wi-Fi prevalent throughout the facility, including outdoor space? Is it free or fee based?
  • What about charging stations? Are they available throughout the space, and do they support many types of mobile devices?
  • Look at food and beverage – overall, what is the cuisine? Can you bring in outside caterers, if desired?

2. Break Down the Budget

If you are like most meeting professionals, you collect surveys from attendees at the end of each meeting to garner feedback. Consequently now is the time to pull up those results and really learn from them.

If yours is an annual event, take a hard look at your three-year history. As a result analyze meeting spend in the areas of space, audio/visual, presenters, food and beverage, and any other items of significance.

Lastly, map these results against your goals. How do they line up? Should you be doing things consistently or do attendees want a fresh take?

3. Look and Ask for Help

There is an abundance of free resources available to help you make meaningful and successful decisions while planning an event.

Convention and Visitors’ Bureaus address three major areas:

  • Gathering information and connecting with hotels that meet your search criteria
  • Setting realistic expectations about the destination and venue
  • Educating you about local demand factors, such as peak times, special conventions, and construction projects scheduled for the time of your event

The Destination Marketing Association International (DMAI) blog details perspectives, insights, and advice about locations and venues for meeting professionals.

The Convention Industry Council offers the Accepted Practices Exchange (APEX) that promotes development and implementation of industry-accepted practices. These practices are designed to create and enhance efficiency throughout the meetings, conventions, and exhibitions industry. There are many free templates available to evaluate venues and destinations.

Therefore if you are a member of Meeting Professionals International (MPI), you can search under the community directory and connect directly with other planners, suppliers, and university faculty in the city you are looking to explore. As a fellow member, you can ask for advice about the best venues from experienced professionals.

The American Society of Association Executives (ASAE) has a collection of models and samples used by real associations and industry partners designed to generate ideas and save you time when planning your meeting.

The Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) offers courses, articles, and research on meetings and exhibits strategy, and lets you search specific terms.

There are many LinkedIn groups that you can ask for guidance or suggestions about specific venues within a destination. The following three feature active discussions about anything event management related:

Planning and Event Management with 273,000 member

Event Peeps with 130,000 members

Planners and Coordinators with 68,000 members

Cvent has two offerings to help planners narrow down their choices:

  1. The Cvent Supplier Network offers live chat capabilities with a Cvent consultant and serves as a way for more than 70,000 planners to find venues, send RFPs, and collect proposals through a single platform
  2. is a free tool for planners looking at luxury destinations. It gives you an opportunity to view 44,000 properties via an exclusive portal. Every member has direct access to a personal assistant who can help with information about a particular destination and finding the perfect hotel for a specific event

Now you should be armed with enough information to send out your RFPs. You have completed your homework by looking at your goals, requirements and history, but most of all, you’ve gone deeper into industry ideas and standards. Click here to help you craft the perfect RFP.

Check out The Essential Planner Guide to help you source your next meeting or event.

Let Venues of North Scottsdale show you unpredictable

Let Venues of North Scottsdale show you unpredictable?

Let Venues of North Scottsdale show you unpredictable? Before you start looking at locations, stop and look at the audience experience. A structured session with presenters and media? A open, flowing network opportunity? Is it a social event with food and beverages? Is it a combination of everything?

Unfortunately, predictable locations are big contributors to the overall “sameness” of events and can lead to declining attendance and results. Let’s face it, once attendees arrive at a venue, most meeting rooms and ballrooms are basically alike. But what would happen if you built in some surprises and did the unexpected? What would happen if you broke the mold and knew how to design fresh, unconventional events?

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synergy with the event and/or your client’s brand. It also
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Full Service event production At Venues of North Scottsdale.  Our goal is to make your experience the most visually stunning event that is sure to leave a long-lasting impression for your guests. The company culture is simple. We love helping people while doing what we are most passionate about, full service production. 856afb8892d2878479229791f48f5804

The only limitation is your imagination!

Venues of North Scottsdale works closely with your team’s vision, customizing a design to best achieve your dream. We maximize the results of your event using our creative and technical resources. Our highly-trained engineers are sure to deliver the best experience you can find in a full service event production company.

VNS guarantees is that you will receive the service and professionalism that you deserve. We will always deliver quick response time, creative solutions, quality operations, and providing the best value for every dollar spent. Confident that you will find our pricing to be intelligent, our service to be excellent, and our process to be especially client-centric. Prepare yourself for the experience of a lifetime.

Based in Scottsdale, Arizona, but do travel anywhere! Venues of North Scottsdale is your one-stop, full-service event production and audio visual creation company. Our team produces all sorts of events and gatherings. After careful event planning comes the actual event day where the Event Coordinator gets to work with our Event Production Manager and their team to create a spectacular affair. VNS provides absolutely everything, from Audio Visual Services to HD Video, Set Design to room décor, state of the art Lighting to Soft Led Curtains.


If you have an event, no matter what kind, contact us! We have been putting on over the top ground-breaking events for years.

Providing our clients with an experience unparalleled by any other production company in the business. We offer the most client-centric approach when collaborating with your vision and deciding what can really be done with the hippest technology and design out there. Our goal is to leave a lasting impression.

Lighting is everything

Lighting is everything . Whether just lighting a stage, or creating an awesome effect…. Our team has the expertise and resources to blow you away at your event. They have designed hundreds of events with many different types of lighting effects to create amazing live events and concerts. VNS has worked with many of the top event and show producers in the area. Our production team will design the lighting to fit the style of your event and utilize the latest in stage lighting technologies and capabilities to create impactful lighting designs that will “amaze” your guests.

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In our inventory are the moving heads, beams, lasers gobos, spots, washes, and special effects. These will dazzle your guests at your next show or event. Let us help you design and create an impactful event with our amazing concert effects. A powerful staging design, with just the right colors and angles to enhance presenters and décor on stage, will maximize your program. Carefully designed packages will illuminate your stage set. They as well help your live and recorded video images on the screen, to deliver your message and captivate your audience.

We can provide our clients with an experience unparalleled by any other production company in the business. VNS offers the most client-centric approach when collaborating with your vision. Deciding what can really be done with the latest technology.

In conclusion our goal is to leave a lasting impression.

Audio/Visual Production

In addition our production team has years of experience operating a full spectrum of event types in many different environments. Such as traditional hotel ballrooms and convention center environments to highway tunnels, open fields and urban streets. We have worked with Fortune 500 corporate clients, sports agencies, and private celebrities to execute meetings and conferences, trade shows, national brand product launches, fashion shows, concerts, non-profit gala fundraisers and exclusive private functions. In addition we provide our clients with the most client-centric focused technical team of professionals who have seen it all.  Therefore bringing this level of experience to your live event always delivers a lasting impression with your guests.



Love culinary fun

We love culinary fun. Our catering and event development services can be tailor-made to suit your culinary requests. So if your event calls for a cocktail reception for 500, seated coursed dinner with wine for 1500 we have you covered.

 Let us find the perfect venue for your culinary event in Arizona, or let us help you select the optimal destination elsewhere.

We believe we have the most passionate team in the industry.

When we get to know our clients’ dreams and  passions and are honored with the opportunity to execute both, our dreams become reality.

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Our catering and event planning includes a broad range of event styles accommodating from 50 to 2000+ guests. We make planning your corporate lunch or all-day seminar easy. From galas and fundraisers to gourmet boxed lunches. Cocktail parties, media events and seated dinners. We will assist you with all aspects of planning.

Therefore VNS is the perfect choice for large scale events such as concerts, barbecues, Up Fronts and sporting functions. Our chef ensures each menu is perfectly tailored to accommodate each events unique style. Corporate catering menus are seasonally inspired, delicious and beautifully presented.

Due to our cutting edge style is maintained by constant research in the culinary arts as well as the passion for perfection. Imaginative, sophisticated means to gourmet precision and client satisfaction.

In conclusion we strive for innovation, drawing on world cuisine, twisting old favorites into new obsessions. Seems like our tried-and-true favorites are remarkable and customizing your experience is our craving.

Most noteworthy were passionate about providing our clients with an affair that will linger in their memories long past the first bite. In addition we will unify your vision with the talent of our culinary team to deliver the paramount encounter.