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President and Executive Director
D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission
One of the most respected and innovative executives in the sports, entertainment and facility management industry, Bobby Goldwater came to Washington last November as the President and Executive Director of the D.C. Sports & Entertainment Commission, responsible for the management of two of the country's most venerable venues, Robert F. Kennedy Memorial Stadium and the D.C. Armory, and for presenting, producing and promoting sports, entertainment and special events in the District and the Washington Metropolitan region.
Prior to coming to the Nation's Capital, Goldwater spent his entire career at the two most prestigious addresses in the business. He served 24 years at Madison Square Garden in New York City in a number of executive positions before leaving in 1998 for STAPLES Center in Los Angeles, first as Senior Vice President and General Manager and later as Senior Vice President, New Business.
His unparalleled major event experience at the Garden included management responsibilities with the NBA Knicks, NHL Rangers, MSG Facilities and virtually every facet of the famed arena's sports, entertainment, facility management and communications businesses. He was a key member of the supervisory team that oversaw the $240 million Madison Square Garden Renovation that was completed in 1991.
At STAPLES Center, he had a leading role in bringing to the $400 million, state-of-the-art arena such events as the Grammy Awards and the 2000 Democratic National Convention; the U.S. Figure Skating Championships, NHL All-Star Weekend and PAC10 men's basketball tournament for 2002; and inaugural year concerts by Bruce Springsteen, the Eagles and Ricky Martin. He also oversaw the unprecedented scheduling of four major league teams in one arena in a single season with the Los Angeles Lakers and Clippers of the NBA, the NHL Kings and the AFL Avengers.
In his current position, Goldwater is actively working on multiple projects on behalf of Washington including the development of several new event and venue opportunities, rejuvenating the Commission's two primary facilities, working with other city organizations on such programs as the Anacostia Waterfront Initiative and the Washington 2012 Olympic Bid and leading the effort to bring Major League Baseball back to the District.
Goldwater, a graduate of Miami University in Ohio, and his wife, Colleen, reside in the District.
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