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Zeidman, Lee — Eli Sherman Pillar of Achievement

Zeidman, Lee — Eli Sherman Pillar of Achievement

As president of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE, there are few events that take place in arenas, theatres, or other venues that Lee Zeidman has not been involved with during his career. As President of Arena, Microsoft Theater and L.A. LIVE the sports, residential and entertainment district, Lee oversees the venues event operations, production, including guest services, booking, box office, event security, event staffing, guest relations, facility presentation, marketing, communications, hospitality and food and beverage services. Along with his hard-working team of employees Lee also supervises Arena’s overall day-to-day support for its tenants, sponsors, clients and partners including the Los Angeles Kings, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers and Los Angeles Sparks franchises hosting seven NBA Finals, two Stanley Cup Finals and five WNBA Finals in which the home teams won six NBA Championships, two Stanley Cup Championships and three WNBA Championships.

Lee was a crucial member of a team that oversaw the overall development of L.A. LIVE, the 4 million square foot / $2.5 billion sports, residential & entertainment district featuring Microsoft Theater (7,100-seat live theater) and Club Nokia (2,300 capacity live music venue), a 54-story, 1001-room convention “headquarters” destination (featuring The Ritz-Carlton and JW Marriott hotels and 224 luxury condominiums — The Residences at The Ritz Carlton — all in a single tower), a 14-screen Regal Cineplex, “broadcast” facilities for ESPN, along with entertainment, restaurant and office space.

Microsoft Theater has been named Pollstar’s national Theatre of the Year in 2008, 2009 and 2010 with Lee having been nominated nine times for Facility Executive of the Year and honored in both 2008 and 2016. In June 2018, Lee was awarded the Outstanding Achievement Award by the Stadium Business Awards in Manchester, England, and in October 2020, was selected by the of Luxury Suite Directors (ALSD) to receive their ALSD Bill Dorsey Visionary Award. This prestigious venue industry award is presented annually to a respected executive for his innovation, vision, character and loyalty and whose lifetime of leadership and achievement merits the sports and entertainment industry Association’s highest individual honor.
During his time with AEG, Lee has also played a substantial role in the development, construction, and operation of Dignity Sports Health Park in Carson, California which includes a 27,000-seat soccer stadium, 8,000-seat tennis stadium and other major facilities for track & field, cycling, beach volleyball and other sports which has been designated as an Official U.S. Olympic Training site.

Prior to AEG and Arena, Lee was the Great Western Forum’s Vice-President, Operations, overseeing all areas of that facility’s management. During his 10-year tenure, he coordinated operations for all Los Angeles Kings and Los Angeles Lakers games, concerts and special events. Previously, he directed operations for the 6,000-seat special event center at the University of California at Santa Barbara.
A native of Detroit, Michigan and graduate of California State University Northridge, Lee currently resides in Venice, California.

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