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Nicholas (Nick) Langella, CFE, pondered the question and set his mind in motion to deliver a forthright answer that clearly arrived straight from the heart. How the heck does a guy born and raised in Long Island, New

York, who has worked the bulk of his venue management career in familiar northeastern and mid-Atlantic locales including Uniondale (NY), Providence, New York City, and Boston, end up in San Antonio, Texas, of all places? “Prior to moving here, I had only been to San Antonio three times,” said Langella, General Manager of the 65,000-seat Alamodome. “Those were for some IAVM events. My family was here with me for those trips, and we fell in love with this city. What was not to like? The cost of living is great … the weath- er is nice year-round … let’s make a move. That’s what we did, and it has been great.” The Alamodome,

opened in

1993, recently completed a massive $60 million renovation that has the stadium ready for one of the biggest marquee events in all of sports when the NCAA Final Four comes to town March 30-April 2, 2018. It could be considered the cherry on the top of the Alamodome sundae, were it not for the fact that Langella and the venue have grandiose plans beyond college basketball’s premier event. -

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“When people come here, they have a great time. It’s the River Walk, the weather, and the hospitality atmosphere that makes San Antonio a special place.”

OF TIME Nick Langella, CFE, leads an Alamodome team

poised for hosting major events. By R.V. Baugus

ally from those early venue days working as a college intern and then 

Sports In His Blood  was the perfect place to continue honing his desire for a sports-related   - agement degree at the undergraduate level, while a handful of others  Langella earned his Bachelor of Science in Sports Management with a minor in Business. He was fortunate to have some professors from the New York area who worked at Madison Square Garden and one who also worked for the New York Knicks of the NBA. As part of his degree plan, Lan-

gella gained an internship at the Nassau Coliseum on Long Island. It came during the heyday of the NHL New York Islanders, who played at

the venue and captured four consecutive Stanley Cup championships  and 1984, is a feat that remains unparalleled in the history of profes- sional sports. “At that point in my life, what better place to be?” Langella said. “Nassau Coliseum was the place. The Islanders were in the Stanley

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