WARRENVILLE, Ill., Jan. 12 /PRNewswire/ -- BP Products North America, Inc. announced today the two grand prize winners of the BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest, awarding Matthew Seaman, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Barry Van Steele, Glenmont, N.Y., for sharing why they are the 'Ultimate' Giants fans. Each Grand Prize winner received two tickets to the final Giants regular season home game, pre-game on-field credentials, access to the head coach's post-game press conference, and two tickets to the first home game of the 2010 season at the new Giants Stadium. BP also awarded eight First Prize finalists with BP gasoline for a year, and 50 Second Prize winners with a $100 BP gift card and Giants apparel.
Van Steele has been a Giants fan his entire life, and knows all too well the highs and lows that come with being loyal to the franchise.
"No matter how many games the Giants win each year and how good or bad they play throughout the course of a season, the Giants are my team," said Van Steele. "Through all the wins and loses, Super Bowl victories and near misses, I wouldn't trade those memories for anything in the world. That's what makes me the ultimate Giants fan."
The BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest asked fans to prove how they were the 'Ultimate' Giants fan by submitting their story and an original picture displaying their loyalty to the team. The contest supports BP's sponsorship of the New York Giants as the team's Official Fuel.
"Giants fans have a deep enthusiasm for their team, which was evident through the submissions that we received and witnessed through our partnership with the team," said Linda Bartman, BP Fuels Marketing Communications Director. "BP is thrilled about awarding both Matthew and Barry with this unique experience, and providing them the chance to live-out their passions for their favorite team."
This past season, BP and the New York Giants teamed up to give fans a "tank full" of memories. As the team played its final season at the current Giants Stadium, BP helped celebrate the greatest moments in the history of the Stadium and the players who helped make those moments legendary. BP continues to serve as the exclusive retail location for the "Top 10 Moments in Giants Stadium History" collectible posters which celebrate Giants Stadium's rich history and are a must-have for all die-hard Giants fans.
"The BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest provided the chance for our fans to share their stories and passion for the team. As we closed this chapter for the New York Giants franchise, we felt BP maintained the reach within the marketplace to help show our appreciation to our loyal fans. They will also be integral in helping us celebrate the opening of New York's newest landmark in 2010," said Michael Stevens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the New York Giants.
In addition to the two grand prize winners, the first prize winners include:
- Sergio Costa, New Rochelle, N.Y.
- Kevin Harms, Toms River, N.J.
- David Horowitz, Short Hills, N.J.
- Justin Klenosky, East Meadow, N.Y.
- Jessica Plante, Old Bridge, N.J.
- Joseph Sanguedolce, Staten Island, N.Y.
- George Svirsky, Ulster Park, N.Y.
- Craig Wurst, Hewitt, N.J.
BP's relationship with the Giants is part of the company's ongoing initiative to increase awareness of BP gasoline with Invigorate®, a unique formula that helps cars run younger for longer® with continuous use.
BP markets more than 15 billion gallons of gasoline every year to U.S. consumers through more than 11,000 BP and ARCO branded retail outlets and supplies more than four billion gallons of fuel annually to fleets, industrial users, auto and truck manufacturers, railroads and utilities. BP is the single, global brand formed by the combination of the former British Petroleum, Amoco Corporation, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Burmah Castrol. BP is a global producer, manufacturer and marketer of oil, gas, chemicals and renewable energy solutions.
About New York Giants
A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With seven (7) championships, including a victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII at the conclusion of the 2007 season, and with more than 600 victories, the Giants are considered one of sports all-time great franchises. Headquartered at the TIMEX Performance Center in East Rutherford, NJ, the Giants entered their 85th season of play this fall.
SOURCE BP Products North America, Inc.