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Sports Minneapolis
If there’s a sport, there’s a spot for it in Minneapolis. At the core of this city beats the heart of a sports fan. Professional teams? We’ve got five. Major collegiate feel? How about the University of Minnesota. Amateur sports complexes? We have the Minneapolis Convention Center and the world’s largest amateur sports and meeting facility. Our passion for sports unites us all, as we’re the #1 city in the nation for volunteering. Even our light rail system connects every major sports venue. Frozen ponds or green grass, sports march on. That’s why we’re the City by Nature. Our seasons change, but our love of sport never fades, which is why you won’t find anyone as committed to the success of an event as Sports Minneapolis.
The mission of Sports Minneapolis is to recruit, enhance and produce sporting events in the Minneapolis area for the benefit of our community. We do this by partnering with event rights holders to assist them with venue selection, event services, volunteer identification, marketing and promotional support, and on-site recognition opportunities in order to assure a successful event.

Visit Saint Paul
Visit Saint Paul is the official convention & visitors bureau for Minnesota's capital city of Saint Paul. Visit Saint Paul traces its roots back to 1927 making it one of the oldest destination marketing organizations in the United States.
The mission of the organization is to generate economic growth for Saint Paul by effectively marketing the RiverCentre campus, Saint Paul and the region as a preferred convention and tourism destination.
Minnesota Twins
The Minnesota Twins will host the 2017 NSF Budweiser Gala.
Minnesota Vikings
The Opening Night Celebration will be held at the new U.S. Bank Stadium, hosted by the Minnesota Vikings. The evening will include a behind-the-scenes tour of the stadium.
Minnesota Wild
Budweiser is back for their 14th year with the NSF as they are the Official Sponsor of the "Budweiser Gala" that will take place on the evening of Tuesday, February 14, 2017. Anheuser-Busch, Inc., a diversified corporation, is the world's largest brewer with 12 domestic breweries and distribution in more than 80 countries. The company's portfolio of more than 30 brands include Budweiser, the world's best selling beer; Bud Light, the world's number one light beer; Michelob; Michelob Light; Busch; and a variety of specialty beers, imports and non-alcohol brews.

One Busch Place, St. Louis, MO 63118
P: 1-800-DIAL-BUD |

Daktronics offers the most complete line of integrated electronic scoring and display products available, including scoreboards for all sports and all levels of competition, and the latest programmable display systems that incorporate LED (light emitting diode) technology.

No other company can provide truly integrated systems like Daktronics. From the largest video screens in the world, to small displays above ticket windows, to scoring and statistics systems for nearly any sport, Daktronics delivers. Other companies purchase third party components and attempt to make them communicate and work together. Daktronics systems are designed and manufactured to work together to improve effectiveness and operating efficiencies for teams and venues.

LED video technology from Daktronics offers superb picture clarity, color uniformity and reliability. Many different sizes and configurations are available for indoor and outdoor use, Daktronics high resolution displays and control systems are HD-ready. Daktronics scoring and display systems are currently operating at 27 National Football League venues, 26 Major League Baseball parks, 19 National Basketball Association arenas, 20 National Hockey League venues, and more than 1,000 collegiate facilities across the country.

Daktronics has sold more than 3,700 full-color LED video displays and has installed tens of thousands of scoreboards and displays in 95 countries worldwide. The company offers truly integrated scoring, video and sound systems with complete after-sales support.

331 32nd Avenue, Brookings, SD 57006
P: 1-800-DAKTRONICS (325-8766) |

Ticket Galaxy is the nation’s leading secondary-market consultant and reseller, collaborating with professional sports teams, collegiate athletics and other primary-market participants to help them achieve their goals. With deep-rooted relationships formed over the last three decades, we are committed to helping our partners actively manage their resale markets.  Through a unique collaboration blending consulting, ticket investment, sponsorship, data sharing and analytics, we establish customized solutions that maximize distribution, share profits, and deliver long-term value.

Our signature website,, provides consumers with a first-class experience and access to live events across the world, with unmatched inventory selection, premiere customer service and secure ticket transactions, all in an easy-to-navigate environment.
75 Gerber Road East, South Windsor, CT 06074
P: 860-533-4090 |
ReplyBuy enables professional teams, universities and venues across the country to connect in real-time with their fans via mobile and execute a purchase with a quick “reply” text message. Partners can deploy targeted campaigns on-demand, generate instant sales, capture fan data and track their results in real-time. ReplyBuy bridges the gap between marketing and mobile enabled sales in a way that makes sense for every fan. ReplyBuy has been embraced across the NBA, NHL, MLS, NFL as well as with major universities and is described as “what might be the fastest-growing company in the sports ticketing space” according to ESPN. ReplyBuy powers instant ticket sales for franchises including the Cleveland Cavaliers, Detroit Pistons, Brooklyn Nets, Arizona Coyotes, Minnesota Wild, NY Islanders, Toronto Maple Leafs, Winnipeg Jets, Tampa Bay Buccaneers, San Francisco 49ers, Portland Timbers, Chicago Fire, Houston Rockets, LA Clippers, Phoenix Suns, Auburn, Arizona, Michigan, LSU, UCLA, Kentucky, Louisville, Oregon, Georgetown, Florida, and many others. For more information visit
BRC Imagination Arts
BRC Imagination Arts is an experience design and production agency that conceives, designs, and makes emotionally evocative brand experiences and cultural attractions that audiences love. We Turn Brands Into Destinations.
For more than three decades, BRC’s masterful storytellers have helped iconic brands all over the world tell their stories in ways that engage audiences and inspire brand loyalty. We have worked with some of the most respected and acclaimed destinations in the world, including The Milwaukee Brewers’ Miller Park, Le Mans, The World of Coca-Cola, The Ford Rouge Factory Tour, The Ryman Auditorium, and Kennedy Space Center.
With every visitor experience we create, and in every heart that we touch, we strive to leave the world a better place by awakening the best in people.

BRC has over 400 international awards for creative excellence, design, innovation, and filmmaking. We set the industry bar, and with every new project we are determined to raise it even higher.
For more information, please visit
PSAV Sports & Entertainment
For nearly 80 years, PSAV has led the event technology services industry by delivering high-quality, comprehensive solutions to help our customers connect, communicate and effectively engage with their audiences and attendees.  We provide a full suite of event solutions, creative and production services as an in-house partner to more than 1400 venues world-wide. Over 8,200 employees work together at PSAV to plan and produce more than 1.5 million meetings and events per year. More than 95% of our employees are customer-facing and work alongside our venue partners every single day.  With our depth of local resources, including hospitality professionals, technical, creative and production experts and our extensive audio visual and event technology inventory, we create spectacular events from concept to reality. We go beyond traditional and cutting-edge event technology and include creative event design, state of the art audio, video and lighting design, rigging and power distribution services, client network services, digital services including VR and attendee tracking, and simultaneous interpretation and translation services. From press conferences and small meetings to large scale events with thousands of attendees, we approach every event with a commitment to expertise, setting the standards for event technology services in the industry.  The result: events that educate, excite and inspire audiences and attendees. 
Sports & Entertainment, Powered by PSAV, provides a strategic and specialized focus for event technology and production services to the sports and entertainment industry. Your sports venue is vastly different than traditional meeting and event space and so too are your needs for event technology. Through dynamic and innovative technology solutions, we can help you reach new levels of fan engagement in season and maximize private and special event revenue in the off season. Together with our experience and expertise and your unique sports venue, we can create immersive experiences all year long.
AmpThink is one of the top Wi-Fi solutions providers in North American sports. Over the past five years the company has designed, built and optimized high speed Wi-Fi networks in more than 50 professional and collegiate sports venues across the the U.S. and Canada. Thanks to its proven track record of success, more and more teams in football, basketball, baseball, hockey and soccer are turning to AmpThink to help lower the cost and improve performance of Wi-Fi networks in their venues.
In addition to building Wi-Fi infrastructure, AmpThink is helping teams leverage Wi-Fi to generate revenue. Working closely with its team partners, AmpThink has developed software and strategies that are enabling teams to identify anonymous fans, drive ticket sales, lift sponsorship revenues, and raise per cap spending all while enhancing fan experiences at live events. The combination of lower costs and increased revenue means Wi-Fi/ROI for AmpThink clients.
Generating Wi-Fi/ROI presents ongoing technical and strategic challenges. Fan preferences and team requirements are constantly changing. To insure success in this volatile marketplace, AmpThink has developed a research partnership with Ohio University’s AECOM School of Sports Administration. Together we are working with teams to measure fan behavior, test new marketing methods and leverage analytical insights to push to new heights on the mobile side of sports.

EverFi is an education technology company that develops digital learning resources that help students build the critical skills they need to be successful in life, including STEM Readiness, Financial Literacy, Health and Wellness, and Character Development. In partnership with corporations, professional sports leagues and clubs, and Coach and Athlete foundations, EverFi delivers custom, student-facing programs at no cost to schools and community based organizations throughout North America.
To learn more about our partnership with the NFL and the United Way, please visit
For more information on EverFi, visit

SeatGeek (​​) is the leading mobile-focused ticket platform that enables fans to buy, sell, & transfer tickets for sports, concert, and theater events. With industry-leading mobile ticketing apps, a fan-friendly user experience and its proprietary Deal Score™ technology that helps fans identify the best ticket values on offer for a given event, SeatGeek is transforming the way that fans buy and sell tickets to their favorite events.  
In July, 2016 SeatGeek became the Official Ticketing Partner of Major League Soccer(MLS) and announced it’s first property client in Sporting Kansas City.  With the launch of “SeatGeek open” SeatGeek is working closely with MLS to develop and introduce a new integrated ticketing platform for member clubs. ​The open distribution platform provides best-in-class software that unlocks value for rightsholders by enabling tickets to be sold directly within other apps and websites, and facilitates true dynamic pricing. ​Expanded distribution means more fans attending more events. More consumer data coming back to rightsholders allows for targeted marketing and better monetization. Open verification enables users to verify that a ticket is valid before posting, permitting fans to buy and sell tickets from any site they choose without fear that their ticket may not work at the gate. SeatGeek Open is built and designed for a mobile world where consumers are increasingly spending more time and more money.
Allure, a Christie Digital Systems USA, Inc. Company (Allure), is a leader in activating brands, environments and experiences digitally, is an enterprise software development company providing software solutions and a full suite of complementary services and ongoing support for its array of digital media and POS solutions. The company, located in Atlanta, offers a broad range of products for stadiums, theatres, restaurants, supermarkets, theme parks, retail environments and more.
Allure is a pioneer in Data-Driven Design® – a process for ensuring that digital menus, merchandisers, video walls and more are engaging viewers, influencing viewer’s decision-making and driving purchase behavior; all while enhancing the overall brand experience and maximizing ROI. Through our exclusive and proven process for developing effective digital content and then measuring its performance, clients regularly experience direct benefits to their operations, marketing efforts, and bottom line. Just as important, these dynamic digital environments engage guests, often while driving revenue.

Sportsdigita is an interactive sports agency specializing in digital sponsorship, ticketing and fan engagement products for professional sports teams. Comprised of former sports executives, we have the proven expertise to help sports organizations succeed in the digital age. A tech company at heart, our team of developers keeps our products and platforms at the vanguard of innovation. To execute ideas into polished and custom solutions, our interactive designers take a collaborative approach with creative at its core. We have formed lucrative partnerships with teams in each of the professional sports leagues and venues by turning cutting-edge technologies into custom, revenue-generating solutions. Sportsdigita is also the creative force behind the Digideck, a cloud based program that is an interactive presentation sales tool that moves your proposals away from the flat and lifeless presentation programs and gives your company and its inventory a lively, interactive and consistent look that better highlights the unique features of the products and services you offer.

Zipwhip enables existing landline and toll-free business phone numbers to send and receive text messages from any Internet-connected device. Zipwhip leverages your team’s advertised numbers to create an intuitive, friction-free texting experience for fans. We utilize the built-in texting app (SMS) on customers’ mobile phone to assist your team’s focus of increased mobile sales and long-term retention.

Today’s fans prefer the simplicity of texting over a phone call or having to download an app. These days, everyone texts. Teams in the NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA are offering Zipwhip as a new communication channel to invite audience feedback and questions. Sales and service members all have landline phone numbers and now Zipwhip is giving those reps another touch point for prospects, season ticket holders, and casual fans. SMS also offers a fast and reliable channel to address concerns that you’d prefer be private. Chances are your employees are already in a texting relationship with clients using their personal phones, but what happens when there’s turnover? Zipwhip allows for that conversation to live with the team, rather than with the individual.

What is the future of fan engagement? It’s more dialogue than monologue, a conversation between the brand and the fan. As opposed to other texting services in the market, we power real conversations between customers and your sales & service departments. Zipwhip provides features to streamline efficiency like group and scheduled texts for renewal and event notifications, keywords for marketing campaigns, picture messaging for social media content, and more.

Our technology introduces trailblazing functionality while holding true to the distinct culture of texting that consumers have grown to love. Fans are already texting you- are you getting the message?

Navigate Research specializes in the evaluation and measurement of marketing investments, primarily in the sports and entertainment industry.  Based in Chicago, Navigate helps clients determine the value of their partnerships and understand how they are performing.  Navigate has measured the impact and ROI of hundreds of sponsorship deals and has valued billions of dollars in sponsorship transactions on behalf of properties, brands, agencies and universities.
Navigate specializes in Market Research, Valuation and Syndicated Studies. We work with a variety of brands and agencies, as well as professional teams and leagues.  Some of our clients include ESPN, NFL, NHL, NBA, MLS, Anheuser-Busch, Southwest Airlines, LG, Fox Sports, LA Lakers, Detroit Lions, Arizona Diamondbacks, St. Louis Rams, The Ohio State University, University of Washington and The National Rugby League.
Click Dimensions
ClickDimensions is the top-rated, Microsoft-certified email marketing and marketing automation solution for Microsoft Dynamics 365 for Sales (Dynamics CRM). ClickDimensions empowers marketers to generate and qualify high quality leads while providing sales the ability to prioritize the best leads and opportunities. Providing email marketing, web intelligence, campaign automation, lead scoring, web forms, surveys, landing pages, event management, subscription management, campaign tracking and more, ClickDimensions allows organizations to discover who is interested in their products, quantify their level of interest and take the appropriate actions. For more information, visit
FanServ is built to unite sports publishers, advertisers, leagues, teams, and developers in finding the true value of the fan.  Starting in 2010 as a development shop for NHL and NBA team apps, we’ve always felt the strong need in the marketplace to deliver the sports fan relevant brands at the right time and place in the context of sports.  Today, we’ve expanded our offerings and incorporated an ad-tech platform to bring our experience and focus to three fronts:
  • Building Custom Apps – Products designed and developed specifically for sports publishers, teams, arenas, and leagues.  Our scalable and flexible approach allows clients to get to market quickly with a robust offering of features and integrated services while paying close attention to the fan experience and engagement.
  • Connecting Brand Advertisers – Our mission is to connect brand advertisers with a passionate sports audience while they are engaged with sports content.  Using our ad platform and the data fans generate through their digital fingerprints, we are able to find fans in the right market at the right time and targeting brand creative to reach that audience is what we do best!
  • Monetizing Publishers Inventory – In a lot of ways, we have publishing in our DNA.  And as such, we’ve experienced the need for sales support in this changing digital landscape.  From vetting network sources to providing leadership on how to grow and maintain user base, our efforts on monetizing the second screen experience is one of our best unique differentiators.

iQ Media
iQ Media is the pioneer of real-time searchable TV, changing the way marketers access and evaluate their brand performance across earned and paid media. With over 22 million hours of TV content from 210 DMA's, iQ Media delivers heard and seen logo recognition, competitor data, industry benchmarks and local to national-level audience data.

Serving brands such as Domino's Pizza, Energizer, NHL, Red Bull and Sonic, iQ Media provides a single, user-friendly platform that helps marketing, PR and customer insights teams better understand earned and paid media TV ROI, moments after it happens. For more information, please visit

Loop & Tie
Loop & Tie helps teams give gifts that fans love. Gifters send a collection of choices, recipients pick out their favorite item and have it shipped to their doorstep. We offer pre-curated gift collections ranging from $25 to $500, or teams can customize the gift options to include gear or fan experiences. Teams use Loop & Tie for season ticket holder gifts, corporate sponsor appreciation, and immediate service recovery. Our platform provides transparency that's not available in any other gifting service, from real time data on what recipients pick to their thank you notes and monthly budget stats, Loop & Tie is the most organized and convenient way to gift.

VStar Entertainment Group
Celebrating over 30 years, VStar Entertainment Group’s Production Services division provides turn-key, in-house fabrication solutions for agencies, brands, corporations and marketing experts serving the experiential, event and sports marketing industries.   VStar’s acclaimed production facility builds standout experiential displays, exhibits, 3D props, mobile tours as well as custom mascots and costumes.   IMAGINE|CREATE|ENTERTAIN

Need a better way to find, organize, share, and publish your photos, videos, and creative files? Those valuable visual assets your team works so hard to create?
Widen is a service leader in digital asset management with cloud-based DAM solutions that help publish and distribute your visual assets in more ways to more people — across websites, email marketing, social media, and more. With 68 years of support, rich media, and creative workflow experience, Widen is trusted by hundreds of thousands of people and 450+ organizations —  including the Atlanta Falcons, the Houston Astros, the Minnesota Vikings, Trek, and Mercury Marine — to power their marketing content every day.
You spend a lot of time and money on your assets. The Widen Collective ensures you get the best ROI from them. Visit our booth to talk! Or get started solving your DAM problems at
Service, innovation, and authenticity is the name of the game. When it comes to memorable game day experiences, fan engagement, and brand activation, no one is as comprehensive as the team at Access Event Solutions.

Access Event Solutions collaborates with professional and collegiate sports organizations, brands, and agencies to develop event credentials, hospitality passes, and marketing collateral that is authentic and easily identifiable. Whether you’re in a league, operating a racetrack, or activating a brand, we provide insight and strategy for style, brand amplification and measurable ROI. We uphold a relentless dedication to service, adapting to the requirements of your event to become your ultimate partner in the live event industry.

• Authentic Event Passes
• RFID / NFC Enabled Event Credentials
• Media Credentials & Parking Passes
• Branded Key Fobs & Bag Tags
• Commemorative Event Tickets

1410 Greg Street, Suite 412, Sparks, NV 89431
P: 800.472.7737 x17 |

We are bluemedia. Signage legends. By day, we design, print, fabricate and install signage and decor for the biggest events in the world. By night, we print and fulfill the campaigns that impact millions of consumers. Our foundation of technology, design, production, and commitment to Make It Perfect™ gives us the creativity and experience to achieve what others deem impossible.
8920 S McKemy St, Tempe, AZ 85284
P: 480.317.1333 |
PermaCard® offers a complete line of innovative brand activation, sponsorship marketing solutions, and promotional items specifically designed for professional and collegiate teams. With our PermaCard® products, we deliver personalized laminated applications for teams and sponsors to engage with their audience. Whether you’re looking for a unique in-stadium giveaway or a personalized mail piece to touch your season ticket holders and fan base, we’re confident we have a solution to fit your needs.

• Laminated Schedule Cards & Key Tags
• Access Badges
• Promotional Products – Bag Tags & Table Toppers
• Direct Mail – Die-Cut, Laminated Postcards (USPS Approved)
• Commemorative Event Tickets

8 Sunbelt Business Park Drive, Greer, SC 29650
P: 800-951-7234 |

RR Donnelley
There are more ways to communicate with audiences than ever before. Multiple channels. Plentiful data. And rapidly evolving technology that impacts current and future communications.
The result can be complex communications programs for you—and a vast marketplace for your targeted audiences as they look to connect with brands they like.
The choices you have for communications today are an important investment. But it’s how they are optimized that makes them powerful.
From creation to engagement, from your desktop to your audience’s mailbox and the inbox, across the web and on mobile. Whatever the channel, message, size or screen, we connect your brand to your audience with an entire spectrum of integrated services and technology.
We help you create, manage, deliver and optimize multichannel marketing and business communications that Spark conversations. Motivate customers. Build brand loyalty. And Grow profits.
Contact -
Ashley Doss, Corporate Events Manager 
35 W. Wacker Drive, 36th Floor, Chicago, IL 60616
(312) 709-9462 |

The Promotions Department
THE PROMOTIONS DEPT. is your SPORTS PROMOTION SPECIALIST.  Our team services over 40 professional sports teams (MLB, NFL, NBA, NHL, MLS) and countless sponsors providing game-day premiums, season ticket holder gifts, and promotional items.  We are experts when it comes to filling seats and creating atmosphere in stadiums and arenas, recognizing and thanking customers and partners, and building team and sponsor brands.  We are a national licensee for Major League Soccer (MLS) and The National Football League (NFL) and a preferred supplier/strategic partner of Ironman and American Youth Soccer Organization (AYSO). 
Contact: John Tulchin, Vice President.  310 791-7006 ext. 101
The Promotions Dept.; 24238 Hawthorne Blvd., Torrance, CA 90505
InfinityVIP is a Texas-based digital agency that has help such brands as the Tennessee Titans, the Dallas Cowboys, Larry Fitzgerald, World Poker Tour, Zig Ziglar, Cal Ripken Jr, Greg Jennings, the Dallas Stars, the Harlem Globetrotters, CJ Wilson, Deron Williams and hundreds of others via web solutions & social media creativity and integration. InfinityVIP has had great success in providing proven social media solutions that grow email marketing opportunities while generating thousands of direct dollars to their clients.

PO BOX 10741, College Station, TX 77842
P: 979-779-5200 |

TAGD is a way for you to create new revenue streams, grow ticket sales and increase brand engagement all at the same time.  It’s a ticket personalization tool that allows ticket-buyers to create the ultimate event commemorative.  Perfect for gift-giving, TAGD provides your fans with a canvas for connection, bringing them closer to the events they love.

TAGD is an add-on product that will align with your existing suppliers and with your current ticketing strategy.
Best of all, TAGD does all the work and will only send you checks; never an invoice.
TAGD is a Certified Ticketmaster & Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement Partner and Registered Developer with

Sponsorship Buddy
Accelerating, simplifying, and improving the activation experience for sports properties and their clients with a digital platform to streamline the process.

A client services tool that replaces spreadsheet tracking, repetitive manual emails, rummaging through files to find final versions, and getting lost in outdated contract databases.

It's a SaaS application that communicates a to-do list to your clients so you can receive all your sponsorship assets before your first game, receive media directly from the communication thread, and provide proof of performance, all in one place.

Stanza is the largest calendar network used by 10k+ publishers (i.e. NBA, NHL, NFL, NCAA, MiLB, UEFA, Esports and newspapers) to host / share dates and events with 40M+ monthly users. Calendar is a pre-installed, highly-engaged app on mobile home screens. Brands like NBC, Nike and Starbucks use Stanza to own time in users’ days and target the events in users’ calendars.
Mobile notifications delivered at the right time prompt fans to engage with brand activations at a higher rate than other digital media options - making calendar a unique channel for sponsors to reach loyal fans.
Stanzacal provides a unique way to display upcoming events, activate brands, and increase engagement on various digital platforms.


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