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General Manager Hired For New Arena; Sponsor Added

Louisville's new downtown arena now has a general manager. The Kentucky State Fair Board has hired Ted Nicholson to oversee the 22-thousand seat multi-purpose building at Second and Main Streets."My job is to operate the facility, making sure everybody is safe, happy, content and that they are secure when they leave their car and come to the building, that they have a good time," he said.Nicholson previously worked for Churchill Downs, Incorporated, most recently as interim president and general manager of the company's Calder Race Course in Miami. The Louisville Arena Authority also announced Monday that Insight Communications has signed on as a sponsoring partner of the arena.As part of the agreement, Insight will equip the facility with hundreds of televisions and provide high speed internet service.The new arena is scheduled to open in November.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation." Email Rick at rhowlett@lpm.org.