PRESS RELEASE: “Ticketmaster Named Exclusive Ticketing Company for NASCAR Hall of Fame Opening May 2010”
CHARLOTTE, N.C. & WEST HOLLYWOOD, Calif. (BUSINESS WIRE) September 2, 2009 -Ticketmaster, a Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ:TKTM) operating business, and Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) today announced a multi-year ticketing renewal for Bojangles’ Coliseum, Ovens Auditorium, and Charlotte Convention Center. The agreement includes the NASCAR Hall of Fame, set to open May 11, 2010. On an annual basis, CRVA facilities play host to more than 600 events attended by approximately two million residents and visitors.
The NASCAR Hall of Fame, a 150,000-square-foot interactive entertainment attraction, will use Ticketmaster VISTA technology to provide a fully integrated system of reporting capabilities including ticket availability, attendance, and revenue analysis. Ticketmaster will enable patrons to purchase tickets through Ticketmaster.com, Ticketmaster?s Charge-By-Phone Network 1-800-745-3000, and at Ticketmaster retail ticket outlet locations.
Charlotte is the home of stock car racing with more than 80 percent of NASCAR Sprint Cup Series teams, 70 percent of NASCAR Nationwide Series teams, and 50 percent of NASCAR Camping World Truck Series teams based in the region.
“CRVA is pleased to have extended the long-standing relationship we have had with Ticketmaster,” said Mike Crum, Chief Operating Officer for the CRVA.
“The NASCAR Hall of Fame will be a tremendous asset to the Charlotte community and we are proud to be affiliated with it as it expands our long-standing partnership with the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority,” said Jared Smith, Ticketmaster’s regional vice president, South East Region.
Information on the NASCAR Hall of Fame and a countdown to its grand opening can be found at http://www.nascarhall.com/.
Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority
With an organization-wide vision of Southern hospitality and world-class customer service, the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA) seeks to ensure that the visitors and events that come to the area have a positive experience. CRVA responsibilities include destination marketing through Visit Charlotte and management/operations responsibilities for the Charlotte Convention Center, Time Warner Cable Arena, Ovens Auditorium and Bojangles? Coliseum, and will include the NASCAR Hall of Fame opening in May of 2010.
About Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc.
Ticketmaster Entertainment consists of Ticketmaster and Front Line Management Group. As the world’s leading live entertainment ticketing and marketing company, Ticketmaster connects the world to live entertainment. Ticketmaster operates in 20 global markets, providing ticket sales, ticket resale services, marketing and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 7,100 retail outlets; and 17 worldwide call centers. Established in 1976, Ticketmaster serves more than 10,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for leading arenas, stadiums, professional sports franchises and leagues, college sports teams, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters. In 2008, the Company sold more than 141 million tickets valued at over $8.9 billion on behalf of its clients. Ticketmaster Entertainment acquired a controlling interest in Front Line Management Group in October 2008. Founded by Irving Azoff and Howard Kaufman in 2004, Front Line Management Group is the world?s leading artist management company. Ticketmaster Entertainment, Inc. is headquartered in West Hollywood, California (NASDAQ:TKTM).