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September 3, 2021


ASM Global, the premier venue management and services company, has appointed Steve Tadlock as General Manager of Pechanga Arena San Diego.  An industry veteran with over 32 years of experience in event and facility operations, Tadlock joins ASM Global after long tenures with venue operators SMG and LMI.

“I’m grateful to join the Pechanga Arena San Diego team and for the opportunity to lead this iconic arena and continue its legacy”, said Tadlock.  The venue has a long history of success in this vibrant sports and entertainment market, and I’m excited to be an active participant in the next chapter of the arena and the future of the entire property as the development of the Sports Arena site and surrounding area comes to fruition.”

Tadlock spent 19 years with SMG, opening and operating two arenas as General Manager, most recently the Save Mart Center in Fresno, CA.  In addition, he had supervisory responsibilities of 14 facilities in the Western US and Canada as Regional Vice President.

Tadlock succeeds Ernie Hahn, who has served as General Manager and partner of Pechanga Arena since 1996.   After four decades of progressive leadership at the venue, Ernie will work with Pechanga Arena SD as Senior Business Advisor while working on his new business Dream Hahn and Wonderfront Festival.  In his new role, Hahn will provide his expertise in local event programming, booking, sponsorship, and community engagement to Pechanga Arena.

“After 30 years of putting my heart and soul into the Sports Arena (Pechanga Arena SD) as an Events Coordinator, Business Manager, General Manager and partner, I’m excited in this new role to work with Steve and our team to continue to bring world class entertainment to San Diego while working on other business endeavors”

“We are very fortunate to have two highly successful leaders collaborating together to continue the long tradition of success and world-renowned entertainment coming to Pechanga Arena.” Dave Jolette, Regional Vice President, ASM Global.