This sports business titan has orchestrated venue operations for seven NBA Finals, two Stanley Cup Finals, and three WNBA Finals. He’s also hosted a multitude of sold-out concerts, award shows, and conventions. You name it, he’s done it.
Few events exist within arenas, theaters, or any other venue that Lee Zeidman has not been involved with during his illustrious career.
To celebrate his innumerable accomplishments, the ALSD is set honor Zeidman as its 2020 Visionary Award recipient, the sole individual honor recognized annually at the ALSD Conference and Tradeshow, an event where we hope the only heavy lifting Zeidman will do is of the crystal trophy.
“In another life, he might have been a professional juggler. A lot of balls in the air at all times. And he never lets one drop.”
– Bill Dorsey, ALSD
“Lee Zeidman is a legend in the business – one of the busiest people in sports,” says Bill Dorsey, ALSD Founder and Chairman. “L.A. LIVE was really the first of the true entertainment districts, and Lee has been the operational expert behind this. A big job, with four teams playing at STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, hosting multiple celebrity events, including the Grammys and more. Something is going on there every day, and Lee is the man who makes it all work. In another life, he might have been a professional juggler. A lot of balls in the air at all times. And he never lets one drop.”
Zeidman's legacy and fit for this lifetime achievement award speaks for itself. As the current President of STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, and L.A. LIVE, Zeidman is in charge of managing all event services and operations at each venue and in the downtown Los Angeles sports and entertainment district. These responsibilities include event production, changeovers, broadcast and telecommunications, housekeeping, environmental services, booking, box office operations, marketing and communications, event security, event staffing, guest relations, facility presentations, hospitality, and F&B services.
Zeidman and his staff also oversee STAPLES Center's day-to-day support for its tenants, promoters, clients, and partners, including the venue’s four professional sports franchises: the Los Angeles Kings (NHL), Lakers (NBA), Clippers (NBA), and Sparks (WNBA).
REGISTER NOW for the 30th Annual ALSD Conference and Tradeshow to meet Lee Zeidman, 2020 ALSD Visionary Award recipient.
And watch Lee discuss his observations from 30 years in the venue business and his predictions for its future in the ALSD special presentation The Past is Prologue: A Brief History of Premium Seating.