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
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
"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.