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ASM Global-operated San Antonio Tech Port Center + Arena opens doors

ASM Global and its culinary division Savor have officially opened Tech Port Center + Arena, a new lifestyle entertainment venue in San Antonio, Texas.

According to ASM Global, the facility is the most technologically advanced lifestyle entertainment venue in the world and provides a unique food and beverage offering.

Tech Port combines a sports arena, food hall and museum/conference/special event space. Savor has incorporated many of San Antonio’s favourite local brands into the design, with culinary concepts including Earl Abel’s, The Pantry, The Big Bib BBQ, Capo’s Pizzeria, The Cherrity Bar and Brevity Coffee Company.

Tech Port Arena has a capacity of 3,300 and ASM Global has dubbed the venue a “one-of-a-kind, future-forward-technology leisure addition” to its portfolio of venues around the world. The opening of the venue featured a performance from The Smashing Pumpkins.

Savor has also introduced what ASM Global claims is the world’s only self-ordering bar featuring oversized television monitors and facial recognition for custom-crafted cocktails, adding to a “seamless and responsible” guest experience.

The system remembers orders, reorders and subsequently sends guests their tab. ASM Global plans on rolling out the technology at select venues throughout its international portfolio, with the system having had a successful beta run at Jacksonville’s Vystar Arena.

Shaun Beard, senior vice-president of food and beverage at ASM Global, said: “This was an inventive solution to a very specific enterprise reflective of a deep community project of immense importance to San Antonio. This is a project involving the public and private sector with national and international import.

“Food hall, arena, VIP revenues and per caps exceeded our grand-opening projections by 41%. This reflects an unorthodox but highly comfortable reconfiguration of not only the physicality of our POS positions but additionally the local flavours familiar to our audience.”

Port San Antonio, a wide-ranging technology campus in the city, first detailed plans for the Tech Port Center + Arena project back in August 2020. The project was led by Sundt Construction, with designs having been created by local firm RVK Architects.

Image: ASM Global