Behind the Curtain at Newark’s Prudential Center with Sean Saadeh

Running a Top 5 Venue in the World

by Mike Ham

In the heart of Brick City, there is an entertainment mecca that is not only is the home of the New Jersey Devils, but a venue that boasts the honor of being recognized by Billboard as a Top 5 venue in the world! Of course, I am talking about Newark’s Prudential Center. I sat down with Sean Saadeh, the EVP of Entertainment at the Prudential Center, to uncover the magic behind the scenes. From diverse programming and the challenges of embracing the Jersey spirit to crafting unforgettable experiences and the center’s global impact, this episode of Greetings From the Garden State is a rollercoaster through the vibrant world of entertainment. So, buckle up as we dive into the captivating beats of the Garden State’s premier venue!

New Jersey, despite its modest size, boasts an entertainment powerhouse that stands tall amid the fierce competition of the Tri-State area – the Prudential Center. In my conversation with Sean Saadeh, the man orchestrating the entertainment symphony at this iconic venue, we delved into the intricacies of his role as the EVP of Entertainment. Sean’s passion for keeping the Prudential Center abuzz with events, ranging from sports spectacles to soul-stirring concerts, was evident. It’s not just a venue; it’s a home away from home for performers and fans alike, fostering a unique bond that sets it apart.

One of the highlights of our chat was Sean’s recounting of the challenges in positioning New Jersey as a significant market. Despite not being a Jersey native, Sean expressed a deep love for the state, acknowledging its distinctive features. Navigating the competitive entertainment landscape, the Prudential Center has successfully etched its name in the global music map, earning a top-ranking according to Billboard. We even touched upon Sean’s excitement for genres like K-pop and Latin music, showcasing the center’s commitment to catering to diverse tastes.

The conversation naturally flowed into the continuous enhancements at the Prudential Center. Technological upgrades, including connected screens and enhanced Wi-Fi, coupled with a revamped culinary experience, ensure that fans enjoy a top-tier venue experience. The commitment to excellence was palpable in Sean’s words as he detailed ongoing efforts to make the Prudential Center a dynamic and ever-evolving space.

As we wrapped up, I couldn’t help but express my awe at the global recognition the Prudential Center rightfully enjoys. It’s more than a venue; it’s a testament to New Jersey’s thriving entertainment landscape. So, whether you’re a local or a visitor, this episode of Greetings From the Garden State is your VIP pass to the heart of New Jersey’s entertainment – the Prudential Center.

Stay tuned, follow the Prudential Center on social media (@prucenter), and visit their website ( for a front-row seat to upcoming events. The Garden State’s entertainment journey continues, and you won’t want to miss a beat!

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Mike Ham is the voice behind the popular podcast, "Greetings From the Garden State". Traveling up and down New Jersey, Mike brings his listeners the stories of the people and places shaping the Garden State. Not only is he a Jersey diehard, he is also a respected member of the podcast community and has spoken at several podcasting conferences. As he continues to amplify the voices of New Jersey, Mike Ham remains a passionate advocate for the diverse narratives woven into the fabric of the Garden State.

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