Live Nation and OL Group announced the signing of a long term deal that will start with the creation of the Lyon-Decines Arena in France. The venue is planned to have a capacity of approximately 16,000 and will host approximately 100 concerts and sporting events per year. The arena is expected to be completed near the end of 2023. “This agreement with one of the world’s leaders in musical entertainment is a long-term one and breathes life into the OL Valley Arena project,” says Jean-Michel Aulas, CEO of Olympique Lyonnais. “We are extremely honoured to have Live Nation alongside us, enabling our city to welcome high-quality international stars who will draw in spectators not only from Lyon but also from the surrounding region and beyond.” The new, modular Lyon-Decines Arena will be adaptable to the type of event, of which there are slated to be 80-120 per year. It will have a capacity of 16,000 for concerts and 12,000 for sporting events. The Arena will be equipped with three stands facing the stage, and a fourth removable one for use during sporting events. The space will also host eSports events, which will complement the programme of sporting events scheduled in the Arena. “France is a country that lives and breathes music and entertainment, and we’re proud to bring a new arena to Lyon that will make it front and center for live entertainment by opening up a whole new touring market,” says Angelo Gopee, managing director of Live Nation France. The full press release announcing the deal is available at Live Nation’s website . The post Live Nation Signs Deal to Develop New Arena in Lyon, France appeared first on TicketNews .
Multiplatinum singer-songwriter and Phoenix native Dierks Bentley will perform a pre-race concert before the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race on Sunday, November 7. The concert will be broadcast live (in part) during the pre-race Countdown to Green show on NBC. “Dierks Bentley’s journey from The Valley to superstardom is inspiring,” said Phoenix Raceway President Julie Giese. “We’re excited he is returning home to perform his music and amplify the feel-good, championship atmosphere our fans will generate at Phoenix Raceway.” Bentley’s performance is scheduled to take place beginning at 11:40 a.m. Plans are for it to run for approximately 45 minutes for the sold out crowd anticipating the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race, which will follow the concert with a green flag scheduled start of 3 p.m. “I can’t wait to get back to my home state of Arizona and perform for all my NASCAR friends and fans,” Bentley said. “The energy at Phoenix Raceway is unmatched and I’m looking forward to sharing in that excitement.” Tickets for the NASCAR Cup Series Championship Race are currently sold out from the box office, but are available for purchase through secondary marketplace websites including TicketNews partner TicketClub.com – prices for GA tickets stand around $191 per ticket as of Friday afternoon, with grandstand tickets beginning at $215. Members of Ticket Club pay no service fees, and those interested can take advantage of a TicketNews/Ticket Club offer for a free one-year membership by signing up here . Dierks Bentley has been out this summer on his BEERS ON ME TOUR, which has four more stops before wrapping up later this month. He performs Friday at Ruoff Music Center near Indianapolis, with a Saturday SHow at The Pavilion at Star Lake in Pennsylvania. Next weekend, he wraps the tour with shows at Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre in St. Louis and then Walmart AMP on October 22. Following his NASCAR Cup Championship opening show, Bentley has a show in November at Coyote Joe’s in Charlotte, North Carolina, then plays two nights at The Chelsea in Las Vegas on December 10 and 11. The post Dierks Bentley to Perform Pre-Race Concert at NASCAR Championship appeared first on TicketNews .
Live Nation Entertainment, Oak View Group, and GL events are partnering to develop a new 20,000 seat arena in the city of São Paulo, Brazil, which is expected to break ground next year and open in 2024. The development will be located in the city’s ANHEMBI entertainment district, which is already a well-known destination for large-scale events including the Carnival parade. “Today is a historic day for our city because we are starting the implementation of the Arena São Paulo, a project leaded by the three best companies in the world in their industry. We are going to build the best arena in Latin America . It will be a major achievement for the city of São Paulo and for the world”, said the mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes . Live Nation and Oak View Group will serve as the operators of the new venue, which is described as a state-of-the-art 20,000 capacity arena. Plans are to draw sporting events, family events, e-sports tournaments, and conventions to the area with the sparkling new arena as its centerpiece. “As the leader in live, we’re excited to be expanding our footprint in Latin America by creating a world-class arena in São Paulo. This new venue will add to our portfolio of 200+ venues worldwide and we are proud to contribute to the growth of São Paulo as a live music hub and international touring destination,” said Michael Rapino, president and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. Tim Leiweke, CEO of OVG commented, “We’re honored to include São Paulo in our global portfolio of entertainment destinations and look forward to working with GL events and Live Nation Entertainment to transform ANHEMBI DISTRICT into the largest entertainment destination in Latin America.” Live Nation Entertainment and Oak View Group have launched several partnerships in recent months, including the brokering of a deal to have Ticketmaster provide ticketing for a series of venues under the OVG banner opening in the next few months and years. The full press release for the São Paulo project is included below: Live Nation, Oak View Group & GL Events Developing New Arena in São Paulo To Bring More Concerts, Sports, And Live Events to the City SÃO PAULO, Oct. 15, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — It was announced today by São Paulo Mayor Ricardo Nunes that the city will be welcoming a new 20,000 capacity arena, developed through the partnership of Live Nation Entertainment, the world’s leading live entertainment company; Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory, and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries; and GL events, a world-class provider of integrated solutions and services for events, who was awarded a 30-year lease by the City of São Paulo for the Anhembi campus (4 million square feet). The state-of-the-art ARENA SÃO PAULO will host live events including concerts, sports games, family entertainment, and more, and will be located within São Paulo’s premier entertainment destination, the ANHEMBI DISTRICT, which is already well-known for hosting the Carnival parade, among other events. As part of the development agreement, Anhembi will emerge as São Paulo’s newest district, revitalizing the fabric of the surrounding community. The ARENA SÃO PAULO announcement marks the beginning of the re-development of the whole ANHEMBI DISTRICT, which will include a large program of real estate investments. Anhembi will be transformed into a global benchmark for events, featuring the indoor arena, a cultural boulevard, an exhibition center, and São Paulo’s first next-generation international convention center. The agreement marks the most significant step towards the modernization of the complex in its 50-year history. As a result of the redevelopment, the complex will generate cash flows of approximately 5 billion of Brazilian Reais of economic benefit for the city and local businesses and become one of the main engines to increase the São Paulo economy. At the same time, this development creates a historic opportunity for São Paulo, the 4 th largest city in the world and the wealthiest economy in Latin America , to continue maximizing its prominence as one of the world’s top destinations for concerts, sports, e-sports, family events, exhibitions, and conventions. “Today is a historic day for our city because we are starting the implementation of the Arena São Paulo, a project leaded by the three best companies in the world in their industry. We are going to build the best arena in Latin America . It will be a major achievement for the city of São Paulo and for the world”, said the mayor of São Paulo, Ricardo Nunes . In addition to developing the venue, Live Nation and Oak View Group will be the operators of the facility and will oversee event bookings. Live Nation is focused on featuring both international and domestic artists at the city’s future premier large entertainment venue, ARENA SÃO PAULO. Live Nation has an important presence in Brazil hosting major festivals such as Lollapalooza and Rock in Rio, while also promoting local and international tours. “As the leader in live, we’re excited to be expanding our footprint in Latin America by creating a world-class arena in São Paulo. This new venue will add to our portfolio of 200+ venues worldwide and we are proud to contribute to the growth of São Paulo as a live music hub and international touring destination,” said Michael Rapino , president and CEO, Live Nation Entertainment. The Arena is designed by the world-renowned architectural firm Gensler, is expected to break ground in 2022 and open in 2024. Using international benchmarks from arenas developed by Oak View Group in Seattle , New York , California , and Manchester, UK , SÃO PAULO ARENA will contain innovative features including environmental sustainability programs, VIP seating, hospitality lounges, diverse food & beverage offerings, and premium acoustic technology. Tim Leiweke , CEO of OVG commented, “We’re honored to include São Paulo in our global portfolio of entertainment destinations and look forward to working with GL events and Live Nation Entertainment to transform ANHEMBI DISTRICT into the largest entertainment destination in Latin America .” “GL events is a leading global player and Brazil’s largest operator in the events sector. We are excited to partner with OVG and Live Nation Entertainment, two global entertainment leaders to invest in ARENA SÃO PAULO. Entertainment is a major component of ANHEMBI DISTRICT. We look forward to capturing synergies between ARENA SÃO PAULO and our network of venues, including Rio de Janeiro’s Jeunesse Arena .” said Olivier Ginon , founder and chairman of GL events. The post Live Nation, Oak View Group Partner on New Arena in Brazil appeared first on TicketNews .
Coldplay will tour in 2022, going out in support of their new album, Music of the Spheres. The tour begins in March of 2022 and will feature shows in Central America, the United States, Germany, Poland, France, Belgium and the United Kingdom. Expectations are that additional dates will also be announced as the band tours for the first time since 2016-17. The band also announced plans to tour in a sustainable fashion, aiming for a minimal impact on the climate and environment as part of the central goals for their stadium run. “Playing live and finding connection with people is ultimately why we exist as a band. We’ve been planning this tour for years, and we’re super excited to play songs from across our whole time together,” the band is quoted as saying in the announcement of the tour on Live Nation’s website . “At the same time, we’re very conscious that the planet is facing a climate crisis. So we’ve spent the last two years consulting with environmental experts to make this tour as sustainable as possible, and, just as importantly, to harness the tour’s potential to push things forward. We won’t get everything right, but we’re committed to doing everything we can and sharing what we learn. It’s a work in progress and we’re really grateful for the help we’ve had so far.” “If you’d like to come to a show and sing with us, we’re so excited to see you.” Coldplay’s tour dates kick off with a performance on March 18 at Estadio Nacional in San Jose, Costa Rica. Other March dates include Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic followed by Monterrey and Guadalajara, Mexico. After an April 3 date in Mexico City, the band moves on the the United States through the rest of April, May, and June. Stadiums in the U.S. include Levi’s Stadium and SoFi Stadium in California, State Farm Stadium in Phoenix, Soldier Field in Chicago, Metlife Stadium in New Jersey, and Raymond James Stadium in Tampa. Dates in Europe follow through the summer, including three shows at London’s Wembley Stadium. The currently announced dates end with Rock in Rio in September, but the band reportedly has plans for additional dates to be announced. H.E.R. will serve as the support act for much of the Coldplay tour, including all U.S. dates. Other dates will be supported by London Grammar. Full details of the tour’s sustainability plans are available at coldplay.com/sustainability . Coldplay – MUSIC OF THE SPHERES WORLD TOUR Dates 2022 MARCH 18: San Jose, CR – Estadio Nacional (Support: TBA) 22: Santo Domingo, DR – Estadio Olímpico (Support: TBA) 25: Monterrey, MX – Estadio BBVA (Support: H.E.R.) 29: Guadalajara, MX – Estadio Akron (Support: H.E.R.) APRIL 3: Mexico City, MX – Foro Sol (Support: H.E.R.) 23: Santa Clara, CA – Levi’s Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 26: Los Angeles, CA – SoFi Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) MAY 3: Phoenix, AZ – State Farm Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 6: Dallas, TX – Cotton Bowl Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 8: Houston, TX – NRG Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 28: Chicago, IL – Soldier Field (Support: H.E.R.) JUNE 1: Washington, DC – FedExField (Support: H.E.R.) 4: East Rutherford, NJ – Metlife Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 8: Philadelphia, PA – Lincoln Financial Field (Support: H.E.R.) 11: Atlanta, GA – Mercedes-Benz Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 14: Tampa, FL – Raymond James Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) JULY 2: Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park (Support: H.E.R.) 3: Frankfurt, DE – Deutsche Bank Park (Support: H.E.R.) 8: Warsaw, PL – PGE Narodowy (Support: H.E.R.) 10: Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin (Support: London Grammar) 12: Berlin, DE – Olympiastadion Berlin (Support: H.E.R.) 16: Paris, FR – Stade de France (Support: H.E.R.) 17: Paris, FR – Stade de France (Support: H.E.R.) AUGUST 5: Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 6: Brussels, BE – King Baudouin Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 12: London, UK – Wembley Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 13: London, UK – Wembley Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) 16: London, UK – Wembley Stadium (Support: London Grammar) 23: Glasgow, UK – Hampden Park Stadium (Support: H.E.R.) SEPTEMBER 10: Rio De Janeiro, BR – Rock in Rio Festival The post Coldplay Music of the Spheres World Tour for 2022 Announced appeared first on TicketNews .
The Rolling Stones announced the closing show on their No Filter Tour will take place on Tuesday, November 23 at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Hollywood Florida. The venue, which holds approximately 7,000 at full capacity, will be the band’s “most intimate show in more than a decade,” according to the announcement of the event on the venue’s website . Tickets for the Rolling Stones at Hard Rock Live go on sale Monday, with face value prices of $281, $456, $556, $781 and $1,006. Hard Rock Live is a fraction of the size of the other remaining stops on the Rolling Stones tour, which are being held in large stadiums. The band plays Thursday and again Sunday at SoFi Stadium in California. Other stops remaining include Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, Allegiant Stadium in Las Vegas, and the Circuit of The Americas in Austin, Texas. Hard Rock Live is also playing host to another top-drawing foursome performing in a smaller than normal venue this fall, with Metallica performing a sold out show there on November 4. On its last visit to South Florida, the Rolling Stones performed in front of some 60,000 fans at Hard Rock Stadium, playing in driving rain at times during a near-miss of Hurricane Dorian . That show, in 2019, turned out to be the final concert with the band for drummer Charlie Watts, who died in August. With capacity a fraction the size of the band’s usual venues, it is likely that demand will be exceptionally high for the tour closer. There are no presales currently listed on the ticketing website, but it is possible there are fan club or other presales available prior to the general public sale on Monday. Check fan club or venue websites to see if there are any that you might have access to, as Monday’s sale will undoubtedly go fast. Rolling Stones No Filter Tour (Remaining Dates as of October 14) October 14 – SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, CA October 17 – SoFi Stadium – Inglewood, CA October 24 – U.S. Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, MN October 29 – Raymond James Stadium – Tampa, FL November 2 – Cotton Bowl – Dallas, TX November 6 – Allegiant Stadium – Las Vegas, NV November 11 – Mercedes-Benz Stadium – Atlanta, GA November 15 – Ford Field – Detroit, MI November 20 – Super Stage at Circuit of The Americas – Austin, TX November 23 – Hard Rock Live – Hollywood, FL The post Rolling Stones to Close Tour at Seminole Hard Rock appeared first on TicketNews .
Fresh off a record return to operations in 2021, Cheyenne Frontier Days has switched its ticketing operations to AXS for 2022 and beyond. The event, which bills itself as the World’s Largest Outdoor Rodeo & Western Celebration, saw 267,369 attendees between its rodeo and concert attractions in 2021, which was its 125th anniversary. “Our goal is to provide our annual visitors with the best possible experience from the time they purchase a ticket to when they walk through our gates. To do that, we need a partner who will bring the latest in technology and support to our organization,” said Tom Hirsig, Cheyenne Frontier Days CEO. “We look forward to our partnership with AXS deploying the enterprise solutions they bring to the partnership.” In its announcement of the deal , AXS touted the use of its mobile app as part of the deal, which “provides contactless, secure, and personalized fan experience to elevate the event discovery, buying and entry process.” That generally implies massive data sharing back to the rodeo and its partners, as well as AXS partners, to maximize revenue and capitalize on the treasure trove of user information required by the mobile ticketing systems. “We are excited to add Cheyenne Frontier Days to our stable of world-class rodeo partners alongside the legendary Houston Livestock Show & Rodeo, Ogden Pioneer Days, Days of ‘47 and the Calgary Stampede. Each partner is unique and gives us the opportunity to collaborate and scale our offerings to grow their business. Bringing best-in-class solutions to these legendary western events demonstrates our scale, flexibility and personal touch to each partner in our portfolio,” said Rob Sine, AXO CRO. In 2021, Cheyenne Frontier Days saw rodeo attendance up more than 14 percent from its 2019 numbers (the event was not held in 2020 due to the pandemic), with total attendance of Frontier Nights up 29 percent. Organizers say that total overall attendance was also up, but not tracked due to many of the events being free to enter rather than ticketed. Concert performances by Garth Brooks and Blake Shelton were both fully sold out, as were both Saturday rodeos. “After missing a year, it was amazing to see how our volunteers and everyone involved came together to produce a fantastic event,” said Jimmy Dean Siler, General Chairman of Cheyenne Frontier Days. “I can’t say thank you enough to the fans, competitors, performers and volunteers and most of all this great Cheyenne community.” The post Cheyenne Frontier Days Announces AXS as Ticketing Partner appeared first on TicketNews .
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Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro has filed a lawsuit against an event operator for allegedly failing to issue ticket refunds from a planned comic convention that was initially scheduled for April of 2020. The Great Philadelphia Comic Con was initially scheduled for the spring of 2020, postponed to the fall of that year, then again to the spring of 2021 – but no event has been held, and no money has been returned, according to the lawsuit. “COVID-related cancellations can’t be an excuse for businesses to just walk away with consumers’ money,” said AG Shapiro in a statement announcing the litigation over the lack of ticket refunds. “I’ve been clear since the beginning of the pandemic — that sort of thing is just not acceptable. By filing this suit, we’re protecting consumers by ensuring they are not victims of a different kind of con.” The lawsuit, filed last week in Montgomery County’s Court of Common Pleas, accuses Great Conventions LLC and its owner Christopher Wertz of violating consumer protection laws by cancelling their event but holding on to consumer money. Wertz and Great Conventions organized The Great Philadelphia Comic Con to be held at the Greater Philadelphia Expo Center in Oaks, Pa.from April 3-5, 2020. After repeatedly rescheduling the event due to COVID-19 restrictions, defendants effectively cancelled the event in March 2021. Since then, Great Conventions LLC and Wertz have ignored multiple requests from ticket holders for refunds. They made no effort to either reschedule the convention or give consumers their money back. In the lawsuit, Shapiro asks that the court require Great Conventions LLC and Wertz to pay restitution of the withheld ticket refunds and pay civil penalties of $1,000 per violation (and $3,000 per violation for consumers over the age of 60.) It also seeks that the company and its owner be permanently enjoined against operating or selling tickets in the state. Consumer ticket refunds have become a huge topic of contention amid the shifting event landscape in the wake of COVID-19. Consumers and state officials have filed numerous lawsuits accusing event organizers of changing policies or withholding refunds as event dates have been pushed ever-backwards due to continued restrictions on public gatherings. Live Nation was sued over allegedly changing its rules regarding refunds for postponed concerts in the spring of 2020 before shifting that policy back to what it had been when cash flow was better. Vivid Seats was also sued over refunds, settling for millions after a class action was put together seeking remedy for the refund claims. StubHub was arguably the most brazen, giving consumers vouchers good for purchase on the resale marketplace even in the instance of events that had been fully cancelled and refunded by the organizers if the tickets had been resold on its marketplace. It was only recently that StubHub settled lawsuits with numerous states ‘ attorney generals over the withheld refunds to consumers. Even now, with live events largely operating at full capacity in most U.S. states and cities, refunds are a sore point for consumers – like in New York, where some can’t attend events due to requirements that all who attend be fully vaccinated against COVID-19, but those who aren’t can’t get a refund even though the policy was put in place after they had purchased tickets. In the instance of the consumers who purchased tickets to the Great Philadelphia Comic Con, they have been out the cost of their tickets purchased in late 2019 or early 2020 since that time – at prices ranging between $30 and $225 plus fees per ticket. Refunds were not authorized despite the event being pushed back several times. According to the legal complaint , the last time that consumers were even updated on the event at all was in March of 2021, when organizers said the event couldn’t be held in April of 2021 as hoped, but they “intend to schedule the show as soon as it is reasonably safe to do so, without continually changing restrictions on size or audience capacity,” adding that “at this time we are not in a position to be able to offer refunds for tickets or tables.” In Pennsylvania, it has been more than four months since all event restrictions were lifted, but still no event, and still no refunds. The lawsuit is built on consumer protection laws in Pennsylvania that prohibit misrepresentation of goods, prohibit false advertising, and prohibit fraudulent or deceptive practices. In many instances, legislation has been introduced asking that event organizers be legally obligated to provide consumers with full refunds including all fees (less actual delivery costs incurred for tickets that have been physically shipped). That would empower a more direct approach by officials looking to curb this sort of behavior, but thus far the efforts have found substantial pushback from promoter and venue interests, both at the federal level (BOSS Act) and in states like New York and Massachusetts, among others. Until then, it’ll be up to action like this one to help make consumers whole if event operators go rogue (or silent) after things get pushed around by outside circumstances. The post PA Attorney General Sues Comic Con Operator Over Ticket Refunds appeared first on TicketNews .
Another ticketing company is going public, as SeatGeek and RedBall Acquisition Corp confirmed rumors that they were working on a deal, announcing plans to merge. The deal values SeatGeek at approximately $1.35 billion, and is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022. The story was leaked last week, with Bloomberg outlining the rumored deal between the Special Purpose Acquisition Corporation led by baseball executive Billy Beane and sponsored by RedBird Capital Partners, which had previously made a run at purchasing the Boston Red Sox/Liverpool FC organization before those talks fizzled. It marks the second SPAC acquisition of a ticketing company this year, with Vivid Seats expected to close a similar deal in the near future. According to the announcement of the deal, the existing management structure of SeatGeek will remain in place, led by Co-Founder and CEO Jack Groetzinger. “At SeatGeek we believe live events create powerful experiences that unite humans. We build technology to make more of those experiences possible. Since we started SeatGeek, we’ve focused relentlessly on reinventing live event ticketing. Our technology transforms the historically opaque and complicated process of purchasing tickets into a seamless, delightful experience that enriches events for fans, sellers and rightsholders,” said Jack Groetzinger, CEO and Co-Founder of SeatGeek. “We’ve grown substantially in 2021, gaining in market share as the live entertainment industry recovers. That makes this a particularly exciting time to go public via this merger with RedBall. Their significant experience and relationships in sports, live entertainment, and ticketing makes RedBall the ideal partner for SeatGeek.” Alec Scheiner, CEO of RedBall, added, “We believe SeatGeek is truly the future of live event ticketing. SeatGeek’s technology, customer focus, brand and vertically integrated model align the needs of fans and rightsholders, and differentiates SeatGeek from other industry players, as demonstrated by its impressive growth and share gain momentum. Just as importantly, Jack and the SeatGeek team have built a proven and scalable growth model with compelling long-term margins. With additional capital and RedBall’s company building experience and relationships, we’re excited to help scale this visionary company.” The full press release issued this morning is included below: Ticketing Technology Leader SeatGeek to Be Publicly Listed in Business Combination with RedBall Acquisition Corp. SeatGeek has entered into a definitive business combination agreement with RedBall Acquisition Corp Combined company positioned to be global technology ticketing marketplace and live entertainment technology platform, and the fastest-growing scaled company in its category Combined company to have implied initial enterprise value of approximately $1.35 billion Estimated $126 billion global live entertainment market with attractive long-term growth profile SeatGeek’s vertically integrated, mobile-centric technology platform offers unique features that address the needs of fans, ticket sellers and rightsholders, driving market share expansion and creating a powerful growth flywheel SeatGeek is an official partner of some of the most recognized teams, venues, and leagues across the globe, including the Dallas Cowboys, Brooklyn Nets, and Liverpool F.C., as well as Major League Soccer, the National Football League, half of the English Premier League, and multiple theaters across New York City’s Broadway and London’s West End Business combination with RedBall to provide access to new capital sources and expected to drive growth model, accelerate market expansion and extend technology innovation RedBall’s team, in combination with sponsor affiliate RedBird Capital Partners, brings extensive integration in the sports and entertainment ecosystem, and ticketing industry Jack Groetzinger, SeatGeek CEO and Co-Founder, to lead combined company, with current proven management team Combined company expected to receive approximately $675 million in gross proceeds, which includes fully committed PIPE of $100 million, and $575 million held in trust account of RedBall Acquisition Corp, assuming no redemptions by RedBall public shareholders Strategic investors led by early SeatGeek investor Accel, joined by Ryan Smith, Owner of Smith Entertainment Group (Utah Jazz) and Founder of Qualtrics, Kevin Durant’s Thirty Five Ventures, and a number of others NEW YORK, Oct. 13, 2021 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — SeatGeek , the high-growth, mobile-centric technology platform that is transforming the live-event experience for fans, teams, and venues, and RedBall Acquisition Corp. (“RedBall”) (NYSE: RBAC), a publicly traded special purpose acquisition company (“SPAC”) with a focus on sports, media and data analytics, today announced the signing of a definitive business combination agreement to take SeatGeek public. RedBall is a $575 million SPAC, sponsored by an affiliate of RedBird Capital Partners (“RedBird”), a private investment firm with over $5B in assets under management and deep investing and operational expertise across the sports and live events ecosystem. RedBird’s current and prior investments in sports, media, and ticketing include the YES Network, On Location Experiences, Skydance, Wasserman, OneTeam Partners, Fenway Sports Group, the XFL, Toulouse FC, and the IPL’s Rajasthan Royals. Upon the close of the transaction, the combined company will be named SeatGeek. Founded in 2009, SeatGeek is a high-growth, global technology ticketing marketplace and live entertainment technology platform, uniquely positioned to meet the needs of all stakeholders in the estimated $126 billion global live entertainment ecosystem, which has quickly returned to growth in 2021. Through a mobile-first marketplace and vertically integrated technology platform, SeatGeek makes it easy for fans to buy tickets, attend, and enjoy live events, through innovative features like Deal Score, its proprietary ticket rating technology, Rally, its event-day operating system, and SeatGeek Swaps, the only hassle-free return policy offered by a major ticket marketplace. SeatGeek’s open-ecosystem enterprise ticketing software empowers teams, venues, and promoters to efficiently grow their businesses while delivering a superior fan experience. SeatGeek is the exclusive ticketing platform for a rapidly increasing number of major teams and venues, including the Brooklyn Nets (Barclays Center), Cleveland Cavaliers (Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse), Dallas Cowboys (AT&T Stadium), and half of the English Premier League. SeatGeek’s platform has seen growth in a number of verticals and venue types, including traditional stadiums, arenas, and theaters, as well as casinos, horse tracks, and golf events. Well-positioned in the live event marketplace ecosystem, SeatGeek’s vertically integrated technology platform, which connects fans, ticket sellers, and rightsholders, allows it to create new user experiences, offer more comprehensive inventory, and capture strong economics for its enterprise partners. This has created a powerful flywheel benefitting all stakeholders and driving the company’s 70% compound annual growth from 2016 to 2019 and strong market expansion since 2017. Following the suspension of most live events in 2020, SeatGeek has resumed its rapid growth in 2021, signing more new client total annual revenue in the first half of the year, including major new partnerships with the Brooklyn Nets (Barclays Center) and Jujamcyn Theaters, than in any year in the company’s history. “At SeatGeek we believe live events create powerful experiences that unite humans. We build technology to make more of those experiences possible. Since we started SeatGeek, we’ve focused relentlessly on reinventing live event ticketing. Our technology transforms the historically opaque and complicated process of purchasing tickets into a seamless, delightful experience that enriches events for fans, sellers and rightsholders,” said Jack Groetzinger, CEO and Co-Founder of SeatGeek. “We’ve grown substantially in 2021, gaining in market share as the live entertainment industry recovers. That makes this a particularly exciting time to go public via this merger with RedBall. Their significant experience and relationships in sports, live entertainment, and ticketing makes RedBall the ideal partner for SeatGeek.” Alec Scheiner, CEO of RedBall, added, “We believe SeatGeek is truly the future of live event ticketing. SeatGeek’s technology, customer focus, brand and vertically integrated model align the needs of fans and rightsholders, and differentiates SeatGeek from other industry players, as demonstrated by its impressive growth and share gain momentum. Just as importantly, Jack and the SeatGeek team have built a proven and scalable growth model with compelling long-term margins. With additional capital and RedBall’s company building experience and relationships, we’re excited to help scale this visionary company.” In addition to the funds from RedBall, the transaction is bolstered by a strong roster of strategic investors. The PIPE of $100 million is led by early SeatGeek investor Accel, joined by Ryan Smith, Founder and Executive Chairman of Qualtrics, and owner of Smith Entertainment Group which includes the Utah Jazz, Kevin Durant and Rich Kleiman’s Thirty Five Ventures, and a number of others. The group brings a unique set of industry expertise and relationships across sports, technology and entertainment. “Accel helps build tech companies that redefine categories,” said John Locke, Partner at Accel. “As long-time investors in SeatGeek, we know that their technology is transforming the live event industry, and we couldn’t be more excited to continue our partnership at this key inflection point.” Smith added, “I’m proud to become a part of the SeatGeek story at this key moment. As a team owner, I know how much opportunity there is to modernize the business around sports. With their incredible team and world-class technology, SeatGeek is poised to make a huge impact on our industry.” Proceeds from the transaction will be used to expand SeatGeek’s enterprise partnerships in additional markets and scale marketing, while also investing in continued technology development, strategic M&A, and international expansion. Jack Groetzinger will continue as CEO of the combined company, overseeing its vision and evolution, joined by SeatGeek’s current executive team. Transaction Overview The business combination implies an enterprise value of the combined company of approximately $1.35 billion. Upon completion of the transaction, including the PIPE (as defined below), and assuming no redemptions by public shareholders of RedBall, the current owners of SeatGeek will hold approximately 63.5% of the combined company and current RedBall shareholders will hold approximately 28.5% of the combined company. The company will receive proceeds of $575 million of cash held in trust, less any deferred underwriting commissions, transaction expenses and redemptions by public shareholders of RedBall exercising such rights, along with $90.5 million from a committed private placement of common stock of RedBall, priced at $10.00 per share, and $9.5 million from a committed private placement of a warrant to purchase 950,000 shares of SeatGeek common stock (collectively, the “PIPE”). In addition, each subscriber to the PIPE will receive with each share of common stock purchased or issuable upon exercise of the SeatGeek direct investment warrant one-third of a warrant to purchase shares of common stock at an exercise price of $11.50 per one whole share and with terms substantially similar to the warrants included as part of RedBall’s units issued in its IPO. The boards of directors of both RedBall and SeatGeek have unanimously approved the transaction. It is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022, subject to customary closing conditions, including the receipt of regulatory approvals, and approval by RedBall’s shareholders. Credit Suisse is serving as financial advisor and equity capital markets advisor, and Cooley LLP is serving as legal advisor to SeatGeek. RedBird BD and Goldman Sachs are serving as M&A advisors to RedBall Acquisition Corp, and Fried Frank is serving as legal advisor to RedBall Acquisition Corp. Credit Suisse served as placement agent on the PIPE offering. Investor Conference Call Information SeatGeek and RedBall will co-host an investor conference call to discuss the proposed transaction today, October 13 at 8:30 AM ET. For those who wish to listen to the call, please dial 1-877-705-6003 (U.S.) or 1-201-493-6725 (international). Accompanying slides will be available at RedBallAC.com and SeatGeek.com/Investors. A replay will be available two hours after the call and can be accessed by dialing 1-844-512-2921 (U.S.) or 1-412-317-6671 (international). The passcode for the call and the replay is 13723965. A live webcast of the call will be available at http://public.viavid.com/index.php?id=146896. About SeatGeek SeatGeek is on a mission to transform the live-event experience for fans, teams and venues. By combining a superior marketplace with unparalleled primary ticketing box office technology, SeatGeek has become a high-growth global ticketing leader. SeatGeek delights fans through industry-first features including: Deal Score, its proprietary ticket rating technology; Rally, its event-day operating system; and SeatGeek Swaps, the first return policy offered by a major ticketer. In parallel, its open-ecosystem enterprise ticketing software empowers teams, venues and promoters to efficiently grow their businesses while delivering the superior experience that die-hard fans deserve. SeatGeek is proud to partner with some of the most recognized names in sports and live entertainment across the globe including the Dallas Cowboys, Brooklyn Nets and Liverpool F.C., as well as Major League Soccer (MLS), National Football League (NFL), half of the English Premier League (EPL) and multiple theaters across NYC’s Broadway and London’s West End. Curious? Visit www.seatgeek.com . About RedBall Acquisition Corp. RedBall Acquisition Corp.(NYSE: RBAC) is a blank-check company incorporated as a Cayman Islands exempted company and formed for the purpose of effecting a merger, share exchange, asset acquisition, share purchase, reorganization or similar business combination with one or more businesses with a focus on businesses in the sports, media and data analytics sectors, in particular professional sports franchises, which complement RedBall management team’s expertise and benefits from its strategic and hands-on operational leadership. RedBall’s management team represents a unique combination of operating, investing, financial and transactional experience. RedBall’s sponsor, RedBall SponsorCo LP, is an affiliate of RedBird Capital Partners. The post SeatGeek, RedBall Announce Merger, Bringing Ticketing Company Public appeared first on TicketNews .
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