PRESS RELEASE: “TicketCity Serves Up Free Tickets in 2010 US Open Bracket Contest”
AUSTIN, TX (BusinessWire) August 27, 2010 – With anticipation rising for the first match of US Open Tennis taking place at Arthur Ashe Stadium in Flushing, New York on Monday, August 30th, TicketCity offers even more excitement around the event with the opportunity to win free tickets in the TicketCity 2010 Bracket Contest. Sports fans and contest fanatics alike are invited to submit bracket entries for the US Open Men’s Singles category, as well as the Women’s Singles category.
Grand prize winners of each category will receive a $1,000 TicketCity gift card good toward any event TicketCity offers, including the US Open. Three second places winners in each category will win a $250 TicketCity gift card. Fans are able to enter both a Men’s and Women’s bracket for multiple chances to win.
To enter, fans simply need to visit www.TicketCity.com between August 26, 2010 at 2pm EST and August 30, 2010 at 11am EST and click on the contest image. Entrants will then be directed to complete and submit a bracket for the Men’s Singles category, Women’s Singles category, or both. Participants can also check back for updated standings throughout the tournament and receive email updates with standings upon the completion of rounds.
“Contests are a great way for fans to get involved and excited about sports events. We wanted to create something similar to our March college basketball contest that encourages fans to follow the championship event. This year’s US Open will offer spectacular sports action, and creating a bracket contest gets fans excited, whether they’re attending the event or not,” says Randy Cohen, CEO of TicketCity.
The winners of the 2010 contest are scheduled to be announced shortly after the close of the US Open on September 12, 2010. In recent years, TicketCity has also offered contests around college football and basketball post-season events.
TicketCity offers US Open tickets for all 26 sessions with prices starting as low as $22 for earlier matches. Prices and availability are subject to change. With 20 years of experience selling tickets to the US Open, TicketCity is a trusted source to buy reserved seating session tickets, grounds passes, parking passes, and restaurant passes. The approaching Labor Day weekend is one of the most popular weekends to attend – the anticipated matchups, good weather, and new Tennis Center upgrades are expected to draw a large number of fans.
Rafael Nadal of Spain, the reigning French Open and Wimbledon champion, is the top seed at this year’s US Open in Men’s singles and is seeking his first US Open title. Nadal, an eight-time Grand Slam champion is seeking his first US Open title. He is followed by No. 2 Roger Federer of Switzerland, a five-time US Open champion; No. 3 Novak Djokovic of Serbia, the 2008 Australian Open champion (and 2007 US Open runner-up); and No. 4 Andy Murray of Great Britain, the 2008 US Open runner-up. The top American hopeful, Andy Roddick, is seeded No. 9.
On the women’s side, defending champion Kim Clijsters of Belgium will be met with a slew of challengers, including American Venus Williams (seeded No. 3). Poland’s Caroline Wozniacki, runner-up a year ago at only 19, is also expected to be among the favorites heading into the tournament.
About the 2010 US Open
The 2010 US Open will be played at the USTA Billie Jean King National Tennis Center in Flushing, N.Y., August 30th through September 12th, 2010. There are two sessions per day during the two weeks of the US Open tennis tournament, the morning session at 11am and a night session at 7pm. Matches will be played in the Arthur Ashe Stadium, Louis Armstrong Stadium, and the National Tennis Center, with the primary court being the Arthur Ashe stadium, which is the world’s largest outdoor tennis venue. The US Open, which is widely regarded as one of the most exciting tennis tournaments, fields over 600 players. The tournament is played in the shadow of New York City, with Manhattan celebrities being a regular sight. The matches are full of action and drama and the electric atmosphere of the crowds keep you tuned in whether its morning, noon, or midnight.
There are many new upgrades created for this year’s event including chances to win behind-the-scenes US Open experiences, microphones installed in the player boxes in Arthur Ashe Stadium, which helps viewers get a closer peek to the matches, and television fly cameras have been installed allowing fans a new overhead perspective of the excitement of the US Open. Additionally, the East Gate Concession Stand and Patio Café adjacent to Arthur Ashe Stadium have been entirely rebuilt, which provides fans more food and drink options on the grounds.
Based in Austin, Texas, TicketCity offers a marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets for all sports, concerts, and theatre events. Specializing in tickets for all college and professional sports and championship events, including college bowl games and the Super Bowl, TicketCity provides personal service to clients around the world for more than 20 years. TicketCity partners include Time Inc.’s Sports Illustrated, NBC Sports, and FoxSports’ Scout network. TicketCity has been named to Inc. Magazine’s prestigious Inc. 5000 list in 2007, 2008, and 2009.
Kelley Rochna, Marketing Manager