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Legends Hospitality — the company best known for its luxury suites found at sports and entertainment venues — announced on Tuesday a majority investment from Sixth Street, a global investment firm with over $50 billion in assets under management.
Founded in 2008 by Jerry Jones, owner of the Dallas Cowboys, and Hal Steinbrenner, owner of the New York Yankees, Legends partners with sports stadiums, event venues, and universities to provide a variety of hospitality management services. Its offerings include planning, sales, partnerships, merchandise, tech, and hospitality services.
The Wall Street Journal reported Monday, ahead of the announcement, that Sixth Street was expected to value Legends at $1.3 billion — a marked increase from the $700 million valuation it received in 2017, according to Pitchbook.
The investment comes off the back of a difficult 2020 for the live sports and entertainment industry due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The majority of live events occurred with either limited or no spectators.
“While this has been a challenging year for the sports and live entertainment industry, we passed the test and are now positioned for stronger, even more resilient growth,” Shervin Mirhashemi, president and CEO of Legends, said in a statement announcing the news.
Sixth Street is not Legends’ first investment partner
Sixth Street is not the first investor to back Legends.
Goldman Sachs served as a founding investor via what was formerly known as its merchant banking division, but exited its position in 2012, according to Reuters.
The company received a minority investment from New Mountain Capital, LLC in 2017. New Mountain will be bought out of its position in Legends as part of the new investment, according to a source familiar with the situation.
The Yankees’ Steinbrenner, cited the importance of Legends’ previous investors throughout its growth.
“Since its founding, Legends has benefited from a series of committed investment partners, each critical to a particular stage of development,” he said in a statement.
Despite COVID-19 challenges, Legends is staying optimistic
While the limiting of spectators to live events has certainly impacted Legends business, it’s also explored other avenues. What started as a focus on sports stadiums has expanded into new channels and partnerships across the globe.
As Legends has grown its suite of offerings, it has also expanded its repertoire of clients, partnering with the One World Observatory, Live Nation, SoFi Stadium, University of Notre Dame, and international soccer club Real Madrid.
Making inroads in the attractions space, Legends partners with its clients to offer panoramic views of New York, Seattle, and London from the cities’ tallest buildings.
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