RFP - Operation and Management of the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial

The City of Rochester, New York (the “City”) is seeking proposals from qualified Venue Managers (“Manager(s)”) to provide sales, marketing, operations, and maintenance services for the Blue Cross Arena at the War Memorial (the “Arena”).

The intent of this RFP is to identify and select a Manager that is qualified and capable of managing the Arena on behalf of the City.  Managers responding to this RFP must be prepared to undertake, in the most efficient manner possible, all aspects of management (e.g., sales, marketing, operations, maintenance, etc.) of the Arena.  Respondents are expected to meet or exceed the minimum qualifications set forth in this RFP.  The City is seeking to have a Manager assume full operating responsibilities of the Arena no later than October 15, 2024.  

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All communications by parties who have indicated an intent to submit or have submitted a proposal in response to this RFP (“Respondents”), including any questions or requests for clarifications, submission of the proposal, requests for status updates about the proposal selection process and any other inquiries whatsoever concerning this RFP shall be sent, in writing, to the following City staff person (“City Contact”):

Brian Liberti, Director of Buildings and Parks
City of Rochester
965 Maple Street 
Rochester, NY 14611
Telephone: 585 428-6971
Fax: 585 428-7204
Email: Brian.Liberti@cityofrochester.gov

No contact is permitted with any other City staff member with regard to this RFP during the RFP process unless specifically authorized in writing.  Prohibited contact may be grounds for disqualification.

Key Dates

  • RFP release: April 2, 2024
  • Deadline for questions: May 1, 2024, at 5:00 p.m.
  • Responses to submitted questions: Continuous through May 8, 2024
  • Proposals due: May 17, 2024, at 4:00 p.m.
  • Award notification: August 21, 2024, at 12:00 p.m. 

The dates above may be subject to change within the City of Rochester’s sole discretion and upon written notification as set forth herein.  See the full RFP for additional activities and associated times/dates.