FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
SAN FRANCISCO (Jan. 15, 2013) – Michigan State University Department of Intercollegiate Athletics has partnered with StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, and Paciolan, a leading provider of ticketing, marketing, and fundraising solutions to live entertainment organizations, to create a safe, guaranteed secondary marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets to Michigan State Spartans events. StubHub will be the Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace of Michigan State Athletics. Backed by StubHub’s FanProtect Guarantee, each ticket transaction will be between fans and managed by StubHub.
“StubHub will complement our existing internal ticketing platforms and provide a safe, convenient and reliable solution for Spartan fans looking to buy or sell tickets on the secondary market” said Mark Hollis, Michigan State University Athletic Director. “Our decision to select StubHub as MSU’s Official Fan to Fan Ticket Marketplace provides Spartan fans the opportunity to work with the industry leader in the secondary ticket market.”
StubHub and Paciolan collaborate on many collegiate partnerships; since the two companies began working together in August 2010, the number of integrated college partners has tripled. Paciolan’s leading software integration enhances the overall fan experience. Whenever a fan purchases tickets online, they re-issue a completely new barcode, cancelling the old barcode and marking a seamless exchange of tickets. Combined with StubHub’s FanProtect Guarantee, this new product integration presents Spartans fans with complete protection from fraud and a stress-free purchasing process when buying tickets online.
“We are proud to be bringing the StubHub service to Spartans fans,” said Greg Ivry, Business Development Director at StubHub. “Our integration with Paciolan will provide a high level of convenience and safety, complimented by our award-winning customer service.”
Kicking off the 2013 athletic season, StubHub marketing assets will be highly visible across football and basketball properties for the university, including in venue digital signs at Spartan Stadium and The Jack Breslin Student Events Center, , in-game features, and prominent online placements amongst other assets. StubHub will also activate via Spartan social media.
“We are thrilled that Michigan State University is partnering with StubHub and Paciolan to offer a convenient marketplace for fans to buy and sell tickets for Spartan Athletics events,” said Dave Butler, CEO Paciolan. “This partnership offers an easy way for season ticket holders to sell tickets if they cannot attend a game, and also provides fans an opportunity to buy tickets to a sold out game. Everybody wins!”
StubHub is the world’s largest ticket marketplace, enabling fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of sports, concert, theater and other live entertainment events. StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. The company’s unique online marketplace, dedicated solely to tickets, provides all fans the choice to buy or sell their tickets in a safe, convenient and highly reliable environment. All transactions are processed and delivered by StubHub and backed by the company’s FanProtect Guarantee™. Company partners include the San Francisco Giants and University of Texas, along with over 60 teams in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and NCAA, complemented with companies such as ESPN, Tickets.com, and Paciolan.
Founded in 1980, Paciolan is the leader in venue enablement, powering ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions for leading organizations across North America. Collectively, Paciolan powers over 500 live entertainment organizations who sell over 120 million tickets annually. Primary markets include college athletics, professional sports, performing arts, arenas and museums. Paciolan is a wholly owned subsidiary of Comcast-Spectacor.
Comcast-Spectacor (comcast-spectacor.com) is the Philadelphia-based sports and entertainment company which owns the Philadelphia Flyers (NHL), the home arena for both the Flyers and the NBA’s Philadelphia 76ers, 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; FanOne, a digital fan marketing company; and Paciolan, the leading provider of venue enablement, ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions.
|Shannon J. Barbara