Ticketmaster and Smith's Food & Drug Stores Announce Ticketing Agreement
Ticketmaster to Continue Providing Ticketing Services Within
All 28 Stores in Las Vegas and Albuquerque
LAS VEGAS and ALBUQUERQUE, N.M., April 24 /PRNewswire/ -- Ticketmaster, a division of USA Networks, Inc. (Nasdaq: USAI) and Smith's Food & Drug Stores, today announced a two year extension to their retail ticketing agreement in Las Vegas and Albuquerque. The agreement includes all 28 Ticketmaster retail ticket centers within Smith's Food & Drug stores which provide entertainment fans with convenient access to purchasing tickets as well as up-to-the-minute event information including seating charts, event guides, venue information and more. Smith's Food & Drug Stores are located throughout Las Vegas and Albuquerque and have been Ticketmaster retail ticket outlets since 1991 and 1996 respectively. The agreement includes a total of 28 stores, with 14 locations in each city. The Ticketmaster retail ticket centers within Smith's Food & Drug stores represent 80 percent of Ticketmaster's retail ticket centers in both Las Vegas and Albuquerque. "I am very proud to continue our long-term relationship with Smith's Food & Drug Stores," said Ali Kozloff, General Manager Ticketmaster Las Vegas. "This gives us the ability to provide the locals of Las Vegas with the quickest and most convenient means of obtaining tickets for local and regional events." "Offering Ticketmaster for our customers is another of our stores' conveniences that we feel great about," said Marsha Gilford, Assistant Vice President of Public Affairs for Smith's. "Because it takes another stop out of their busy schedules. Ticketmaster offers our customers an easy way to access their entertainment information and tickets. Ticketmaster, a division of USA Networks, Inc., is the world's leading ticketing service; selling 75 million tickets valued at more than 2.8 billion dollars, through more than 3,400 retail Ticket Center outlets; 29 worldwide telephone call centers; and www.ticketmaster.com, through its relationship with Ticketmaster Online-CitySearch. Ticketmaster serves more than 3,750 clients in the U.S., South America, Canada, Mexico, Europe, and Australia. The company provides ticketing for more than 350 professional sports teams around the world, including more than 100 NFL, NHL, NBA, WNBA and major league baseball franchises. Ticketmaster is the exclusive ticketing service for hundreds of leading arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, and theaters including such prominent facilities as Madison Square Garden and Radio City Music Hall in New York, STAPLES Center, the Great Western Forum and the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles and the United Center in Chicago. Ticketmaster provides its clients with comprehensive ticket inventory control and management, broad distribution, and dedicated marketing and support services. Ticketmaster consumers receive convenient access to tickets for more than 350,000 events a year, including a broad range of concerts, sports, family entertainment, performing arts, and movies. Smith's is a leading regional supermarket chain operating a total of 117 combination food and drug stores in eight intermountain and southwestern states. Smith's is a division of Krogers Co. (NYSE: KR), the nation's largest grocery retail operation.
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