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Volume 24 No. 114

Events and Attractions

Carrier Classic organizers yesterday said that “most of the estimated 4,000 seats will go to the participating colleges, veterans and active-duty military members, the Wounded Warrior Project and sponsors of the event, who have yet to be named,” according to Warren Wise of the Charleston POST & COURIER. The Nov. 9 doubleheader will feature a women’s game pitting Ohio State against Notre Dame and a men’s game between Ohio State and Marquette. Bleachers will “rise on each side of the nearly 900-foot-long aircraft carrier Yorktown.” Event promoter Morale Entertainment Foundation Founder & Dir Mike Whalen said, “The actual availability to buy tickets by the general public will be minimal.” He said that the “actual number of seats has not been determined because the event still needs approval” from the South Carolina state Fire Marshal’s office and the town of Mount Pleasant. He estimates that about “500 tickets will be available for sponsors after the free tickets are handed out, and those tickets probably will cost about $500 each.” The event has “not lined up a TV network yet.” Whalen estimates that putting on the event will cost between $2-3M and he "hopes to raise enough money from sponsors to offset the cost and donate leftover proceeds to three military-related charities.” He said that preparations for the tournament “with seats, scoreboard and flooring will begin on Oct. 31, and they should not be as difficult as last year’s inaugural event on board the active aircraft carrier Carl Vinson near San Diego.” Whalen: “This year it’s going to be easier because we don’t have to worry about the ship going anywhere on active duty.” He “hopes to make it an annual event at Patriots Point through 2014” (Charleston POST & COURIER, 8/8).

N.Y. government officials yesterday issued a slightly revised figure of $200M in projected economic impact from next year's MLB All-Star Game at Citi Field. The new projection is up from $191.5M in May, when the site of the game was first announced, but still represents by far a record for the event. This year's game in K.C. generated about $60M in economic impact. The prior high for the ASG was $148.4M for the '08 event at the old Yankee Stadium. MLB execs are also planning to increase its charitable contributions from the ASG next year from this year's figure of more than $4M. Much of the league's charitable gifts are driven by ticket receipts from the Monday State Farm Home Run Derby during All-Star Week, and Citi Field has a slightly larger seating capacity than Kauffman Stadium and will likely have higher ticket prices than this year's event. "The All-Star events, of course, get bigger every year, and since we donate a percentage of revenue from the workout day, things like pricing and capacity are impactful to that formula," said MLB Exec VP/Business Tim Brosnan. "But beyond dollars, we're also seeing huge increases from this event in volunteerism and in-kind and service gifts. Kansas City and our corporate partners were highly engaged on that front this year, and we expect more of the same next year here in New York." The league and the Mets yesterday unveiled the '13 All-Star Game logo. The mark borrows heavily from the Mets' regular logo featuring a silhouette of the N.Y. skyline within a baseball.