PRESS RELEASE: “ROSE QUARTER RENEWS CONTRACT WITH NEW ERA TICKETS”
Portland, OR (New Era Tickets) May 13, 2011 – The Rose Quarter, which encompasses both the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum, today extended its contract with New Era Tickets, the full-service ticketing division of Comcast-Spectacor. ComcastTIX, the locally branded name in the Portland Region, will continue to be the official ticketing outlet for Portland Trail Blazers basketball, as well as all other events at the two arenas in downtown Portland.
The Rose Quarter switched to New Era Tickets in March of 2006 to allow New Era Tickets to provide their customers with a new, more efficient ticketing system.
“New Era Tickets allows Rose Quarter customers the convenience of purchasing tickets with many exciting options to enhance their purchasing experience,” said New Era Tickets President Fred Maglione.
New Era Tickets offers customers throughout the Portland-region a more personalized service and features on-line ticket buyer a print-at-home option, ticket forwarding and on-line season ticket renewal.
“Our goal is to provide our guests with the best experience possible both at the Rose Quarter and online, and that begins with the ticket purchase,” said Sarah Mensah, Trail Blazers Chief Operating Officer. “We are thrilled to continue working with New Era; they offer customers numerous options and provide tremendous convenience.”
New Era Tickets offers entertainment and sports facilities and owners with unique opportunities in providing innovative technological solutions for Box Office management, event management, and customer communications. The company offers a full service ticket and marketing product for public assembly facilities, show promoters, sports teams, theaters, and entertainment organizations.
Tickets to all upcoming Rose Garden and Memorial Coliseum event tickets are available on line at ComcastTIX.com, over the phone at 1-877-789-ROSE (7673), as well as at the Rose Quarter Box Office.
Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the Philadelphia 76ers (NBA), the home for both teams, the Wells Fargo Center, and four Flyers Skate Zone community ice skating and hockey rinks. In addition, Comcast-Spectacor is also the principal owner of Global Spectrum, the fastest growing firm in the public assembly management field with more than 100 facilities throughout the United States and Canada; Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage service provider; New Era Tickets, a ticketing and marketing company for public assembly facilities; Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces 10 nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC.
ABOUT THE ROSE QUARTER
The Rose Quarter in Portland, OR is owned by an affiliate of the Portland Trail Blazers and managed by AEG Facilities. The Rose Quarter includes 20,000-seat Rose Garden, 12,000-seat Memorial Coliseum, 6,500-seat Theater of the Clouds, 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and the Rose Quarter Commons. Home to the NBA Portland Trail Blazers, the Rose Garden is a $267 million multi-purpose arena that opened in the fall of 1995. The WHL Winterhawks play in Memorial Coliseum, which opened in 1961 and served as the original home of the Trail Blazers. Memorial Coliseum is attached to 40,000-square foot Exhibit Hall and seven meeting rooms. The Commons, Portland’s largest outdoor public plaza, connects the Rose Garden and the Memorial Coliseum and can accommodate up to 5,000 people for outdoor events. Ovations Food Services is the official food and beverage concessionaire for the Rose Quarter.
ABOUT THE TRAIL BLAZERS
The Portland Trail Blazers, members of the National Basketball Association (NBA), were founded in 1970, and purchased by Paul G. Allen in 1988. The team’s rich heritage includes 29 playoff appearances, an NBA championship in 1977 and a commitment to community service. With a corporate mission to “Make It Better,” the Trail Blazers strive to help children and their families throughout Oregon and southwest Washington learn, play, grow, get involved and live healthier lives. The Trail Blazers are the first and only pro sports franchise to receive the prestigious National Points of Light Award for excellence in corporate community service. A long-time partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Portland led to the establishment of the Blazers Boys & Girls Club, the first team-sponsored club of its kind, and has resulted in contributions of more than $1 million. The Albina Head Start McCormack-Matthews Center, which provides education and health services to preschoolers and their families, was established in 2004 with nearly $1 million in contributions from Allen, the team, and former Trail Blazers star – and Portland native – Damon Stoudamire. For more information on the Trail Blazers visit www.trailblazers.com.
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