Monumental Sports & Entertainment has announced General Manager Barry Geisler will retire after 34 years at EagleBank Arena on the campus of George Mason University, effective the end of December 2019.
Geisler began his career in 1982 at the Oakland Coliseum and subsequently became an Event Coordinator at the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center from 1983-85. Geisler moved to the Washington, D.C. market in 1985 to work for Centre Management at the then-Patriot Center as the Director of Arena Administration working for then-GM Gary Handleman. Geisler was named Patriot Center General Manager in 1987.
“It has been a great run and I’m looking forward to working these final three months, making a seamless transition to my successor and then cheering on EagleBank Arena’s continued success,” Geisler said. “A huge thank you to the many agents, promoters and family show producers who have placed their acts in our venue and have made EagleBank Arena one of the most successful mid-size arenas over the past 34 years.”
During Geisler’s tenure, EagleBank Arena hosted superstar acts such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, Neil Young & Crazy Horse, Pearl Jam, Sting, Jonas Brothers, and One Direction. In 2006, the George Mason men’s basketball team won the East Regional of the NCAA Tournament at Capital One Arena and more than 7,000 fans flooded EagleBank Arena to welcome the team home in advance of the team’s Final Four appearance.
“We are very appreciative of Barry’s hard work and dedication in positioning EagleBank Arena as one of the top university venues in the world and wish him a wonderful retirement,” said David Touhey, President of Venues at Monumental Sports & Entertainment.
The search for Geisler’s replacement will commence immediately.
About Monumental Sports & Entertainment:
Monumental Sports & Entertainment (MSE), located in Washington, DC, is one of the largest integrated sports and entertainment companies in the country with one of the most diverse partnership groups in all of sports. MSE owns and operates five professional sports teams: the NBA’s Washington Wizards, NBA G League’s Capital City Go-Go, NBA 2K League’s Wizards District Gaming, the 2018 NHL Stanley Cup Champion Washington Capitals and the WNBA’s Washington Mystics. The company is one of the principal investors in the Arena Football League (AFL) and also operates the 2018 ArenaBowl Champion Washington Valor and the AFL’s Baltimore Brigade. The company is also co-owner of aXiomatic, which has controlling interest in global esports franchise Team Liquid, and owns and operates Capital One Arena in Washington, DC. MSE also manages MedStar Capitals Iceplex, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Capitals and EagleBank Arena on George Mason University’s campus. In conjunction with the District of Columbia and Events DC, MSE worked to establish the new Entertainment and Sports Arena in Southeast DC on the St. Elizabeths East campus that opened in September 2018. The Entertainment and Sports Arena is the home of the MedStar Wizards Performance Center, the state-of-the-art training facility for the Wizards, Go-Go and Mystics, and a 4,200-seat arena which serves as the new home of the Mystics and Go-Go. MSE also co-owns and operates Monumental Sports Network (MSN) with the NBC Sports Group. MSN is the mid-Atlantic region’s top destination for exclusive fan experiences and original sports content across desktop, tablet, mobile and OTT streaming devices. For more information, visit www.monumentalsports.com.