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• For the 15th consecutive year, ESPN will present the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championship in its entirety, with the 15-game, 16-team tournament beginning with regional action March 29-31 and concluding with the Frozen Four on April 11 and 13. The Frozen Four will be in Buffalo, NY, with all three games on ESPN2.

• The NFL's 100th season will begin with the Chicago Bears hosting the Green Bay Packers in Soldier Field on Thursday, Sept. 5 (NBC, 8:20 PM ET). This will be the 199th meeting between the Bears and Packers, including regular- and post-season. Super Bowl champion New England Patriots will begin their season on NBC Sunday Night Football Sept. 8. Their opponent will be named when the full 2019 regular season schedule is released later this spring.

• Kraft Heinz, in partnership with the NHL and NHLPlayers’ Association (NHLPA) has unveiled the top four finalist communities competing for the coveted title of Kraft Hockeyville USA 2019. Voting begins March 30.

• NBA Experience, the new destination coming to Disney Springs at Walt Disney World Resort (Orlando) will officially open Aug. 12, 2019. In collaboration with the NBA, Disney is developing NBA Experience with 13 interactive elements and hands-on activities across 44,000 square feet and two floors, also including a NBA-themed retail store.

• D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery has signed a deal with Philadelphia Phillies' pitcher Aaron Nola, making him one of the first active, MLB players to have a partnership with a beer brand. Yuengling has been a sponsor of the Phillies since 2017,

• MLB and the MLB Players’ Assn. have unveiled numerous changes to the game to be installed over the next two seasons that will impact game length, marketing broadcast partners, the All-Star Game and the Home Run Derby. Full story here.

POLL POSITION

Top Ten Most In-Demand MLB Tickets (based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14):
1. New York Yankees
2. Boston Red Sox
3. San Francisco Giants
4. Chicago Cubs
5. St. Louis Cardinals
6. Los Angeles Dodgers
7. Philadelphia Phillies
8. Texas Rangers
9. New York Mets
10. Houston Astros

SOURCE: STUBHUB

KEEPING SCORE

The Most-In-Demand MLB Home Openers
(based on total ticket sales on StubHub thru March 14, all on March 28):

• Arizona Diamondbacks at the Dodgers (average ticket price $229.
• Baltimore Orioles at New York Yankees (average ticket price $202)
• Atlanta Braves at Philadelphia Phillies (average ticket price $84)
• Chicago Cubs at Texas Rangers (average ticket price $254)
• Pittsburgh Pirates at Cincinnati Reds (average ticket price $122)

BUY SELL

Weekend Box Office March 22-24
1. Us $70.2M
2. Captain Marvel $35M
3. Wonder Park $9M
4. Five Feet Apart $8.8M
5. How To Train Your Dragon 3 $6.5M
6. A Madea Family Funeral $4.5M
7. Gloria Bell $1.8M
8. No Manches Frida 2 $1.8M
9. Lego Movie 2 $1.1M
10. Alita: Battle Angel $1M
Source: Box Office Mojo

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Jun292017

Topgolf Swings Debut NBA Space In Atlanta's $193M Renovated Philips Arena

By Barry Janoff

June 29, 2017: Philips Arena, home to the NBA’s Atlanta Hawks and WNBA Dream, is currently undergoing a $193 million renovation, with the new-look venue scheduled for completion in Fall 2018.

Among the new features will be an indoor golf location, thanks to Topgolf, a sports-entertainment destination that launched in the U.K. in 2000 by brothers Steve and Dave Jolliffe, and then swung over to the U.S. in 2005.

The company, which serves more than 13 million guests annually and boasts "the world's largest digital golf audience," said it is installing two Swing Suites in Philips, what Topgolf said would be its "first permanent amenity in a major sports arena.”

The Swing Suites will include two Topgolf simulators, lounge seating, HDTVs and food and beverage service.

"As we began to discuss transforming our arena into a premier sports and entertainment venue for next generation Atlantans, we realized there was no better potential partner than Topgolf," Steve Koonin, CEO for the Atlanta Hawks, said in a statement.

"They provide a one-of-a-kind experience that appeals to millennials and people of all ages. We are thrilled that they will have a home in our arena."

Topgolf currently has more than 30 locations nationwide, with its flagship destination in Las Vegas, plus three in the U.K. It is working on opening more than a dozen new sites, including two in Mexico and one in Australia.

Although its destinations are mostly in stand-alone facilities built or renovated by the company, Topgolf launched its first Swing Suite in a hotel — Houston’s Four Seasons (pictured left) — this past April, where it can be rented by the hour for groups of up to 15.

The locations in Philips Arena would mirror that footprint.

The Swing Suite will complement other new additions to the Philips Arena, including Zac Brown's Social Club, a restaurant under the auspices of Atlanta native and frontman for the Zac Brown Band; and The Swag Shop, a barber shop owned by Atlanta rap artist Killer Mike.

Philips Arena partners include Coca-Cola, Aaron’s, Bank of America, Kia, Kumho Tire, State Farm and UPS.

"How Topgolf has merged the premium experience of play, music, sports and dining into a social phenomenon is remarkable and aligns well with the vision for our arena,” said Kooning. "We are fortunate to have such talented and innovative partners to help us create a dynamic fan experience that is authentic and appealing to fans of all ages and tastes."

Topgolf debuted in Georgia in May 2014 with a 65,000-square-foot sports entertainment venue in Alpharetta. A second location opened in Atlanta Midtown in August 2015.

Topgolf said it employs more than 1,000 people locally.

According to Ron Powers, Topgolf Swing Suites president, "Topgolf is proud to partner with such a progressive organization as the Atlanta Hawks and contribute to developing a premium, high-tech, engaging arena experience for fans.

"Topgolf frequently hosts Atlanta Hawks players and executives at our venues in Alpharetta and Midtown, so the Topgolf Swing Suite will offer an authentic taste of the team culture," said Powers.

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