NHL and Ticketmaster Renew Their Agreement
NEW YORK and LOS ANGELES, Nov. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ The National Hockey League (NHL) and Ticketmaster, a Live Nation Entertainment company (NYSE:LYV), today announced the extension of a multiyear ticketing agreement, which includes enhanced ticketing options and greater convenience for hockey fans. New this season, select NHL games will offer Ticketmaster's new TM+ beta feature, enabling fans to see unsold tickets from the teams alongside tickets being resold by fans. These select TM+ events feature interactive, color-coded seat maps that display all available tickets for upcoming games.TM+ is a Ticketmaster beta enhancement that provides more ticket options to fans in a safe, convenient place.
The NHL selected Ticketmaster as the exclusive ticketing provider for all League events including the 2014 Bridgestone NHL Winter Classic , 2014 Coors Light NHL Stadium Series, 2014 Tim Hortons NHL Heritage Classic, NHL All-Star Game, and NHL Awards. Ticketmaster also provides primary ticket services, including advance and onsite single game ticket sales, season ticketing, and group ticketing for 25 NHL teams, as well as NHL Ticket Exchange (www.nhl.com/ticketexchange), the Official Ticket Exchange of the NHL.
NHL Ticket Exchange is fully integrated with Ticketmaster's exclusive barcode verification technology, which enables fans to receive validated, reissued tickets each with a new, unique barcode and printed with their own name. Fans also have access to enhanced conveniences including powerful search options and print-at-home technology allowing instant ticket download at no additional charge right up until game day.
Additionally, through NHL Ticket Exchange, all fansfrom single ticket buyers to season ticket holdersseeking to sell their NHL tickets can now do so in a dependable, secure and League-approved way. Offering further convenience, season ticket holders are able to access NHL Ticket Exchange and manage all of their game tickets through Ticketmaster's "Account Manager."
"We're proud to extend our partnership with Ticketmaster to ensure a first-class ticket-buying experience for fans," said Keith Wachtel, the NHL's Executive Vice President, Global Partnerships. "The NHL Ticket Exchange is the best place for fans to buy and sell authentic hockey tickets, and with TM+, will ensure we are providing the most comprehensive view of available tickets for sale by the Clubs alongside those tickets made available for sale by fans and other resellers."
"Ticketmaster is committed to providing fans the safest, most secure and convenient ticket-buying experience," said Jared Smith, North American president, Ticketmaster. "By expanding our partnership with the NHL, we are giving hockey fans more ticketing choices, added convenience and a level of security that no other resale marketplace can match."