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Volume 25 No. 63

Events and Attractions

On Location Experiences, the NFL's official hospitality business, generated more than $150M in revenue from Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis, "four times more" than Super Bowl 50 in Santa Clara, according to Daniel Kaplan of SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL. Much of that growth is "tied to acquisitions, specifically PrimeSport, which was brought on board in December and rapidly integrated into On Location’s system." The growth also "reflects the extra tickets On Location now controls -- 9,500 from the league office, plus a few thousand more through PrimeSport’s team relationships that are packaged with travel and entertainment, like concerts during Super Bowl week." On Location "managed five nights of entertainment, including performances by Pink and Jennifer Lopez, in Minneapolis." On Location CEO John Collins said that the company also "sold 4,500 hotel rooms and sold out all of its packages." It handled 10 "tailgate parties, three postgame parties (for both Super Bowl teams and players) and chartered 11 flights for fans." On Location, through experiential agency Kreate, also produced Super Bowl Live, which "drew slightly more than 1 million people" (SPORTSBUSINESS JOURNAL, 2/12 issue).

Owners of the tournament hope the fashionable black tennis courts will pique the curiosity of fans

The ATP N.Y. Open is debuting this week at the renovated Nassau Coliseum, and the two playing courts "resemble airport runways," according to David Waldstein of the N.Y. TIMES. Organizers' choice of color and surface for the courts is "almost completely off the tennis grid: black hardwood." The owners of the tournament, N.Y.-based GF Sports, "hope the fashionable black look will pique the curiosity of fans." The event is "making its New York debut after four decades in Memphis, and it is the only tour-level indoor tournament" in the U.S. Normally, hard-surface tennis courts are "green or blue," but the N.Y. Open "opted for a bold color scheme its organizers say has never been used in a tour event." Last September's Laver Cup in Prague "also used black courts manufactured by Haro, the company that built the ones for the New York Open." Tournament Dir Josh Ripple said that he had "been mulling the idea of using a black court for several years, and when he saw one at the exhibition in Prague, he made the decision to install them" at the event on Long Island. The courts are "separated by a 26-foot viewing structure; the arena will have room for 6,000 fans" (N.Y. TIMES, 2/11). Tennis Channel's Lindsay Davenport noted the black courts will "make it easier to see the ball and to track the ball, not only for the fans but on TV as well." Tennis Channel's Tracy Austin noted the black courts are "different" but said, "We like those innovations" ("Tennis Channel Live," Tennis Channel, 2/11).