KFC Yum! Center in Louisville, Kentucky has appointed industry veteran Eric Granger as its new general manager.

In his new role, Granger will be responsible for the management of all of the arena’s business operations, the creation of new events and the development of new revenue opportunities.

KFC Yum! Center, the seven-year old, 22,000-seat sports and entertainment arena, serves as the home of the University of Louisville men’s and women’s basketball programmes.

Bob Newman, president of AEG Facilities, which manages the facility, made the announcement yesterday (Wednesday).

“We are thrilled to have Eric join the AEG Facilities and KFC Yum! Center team in Louisville,” said Newman. “Eric brings a great depth of knowledge and industry experience and will play a key role in the continued success and stellar reputation of one of the region’s premier and busiest destinations for sports and entertainment.”

Granger will also oversee numerous proprietary initiatives of AEG Facilities including AEG S.A.F.E., AEG 1Source, AEG 1EARTH, AEG 1Force, AEG Encore and AEG Energy Services, in addition to working closely with AEG Global Partnerships and other divisions of the company.

Prior to joining AEG Facilities and KFC Yum! Center, Granger spent seven years serving as the vice-president and general manager for Memphis, Tennessee’s 18,119-seat FedEx Forum, home to NBA basketball team the Memphis Grizzlies and University of Memphis Tigers. He also served as general manager of the Nationwide Arena in Columbus, Ohio, home of the NHL ice hockey team the Blue Jackets.

“KFC Yum! Center is pleased to welcome Eric Granger and his family to Kentucky,” said Scott C. Cox, chairman, Louisville Arena Authority. “Eric’s experience and talent will help maintain the arena’s reputation as one of the finest venues in the world.”