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Tuesday
Mar242015

Illumination of U.S. Landmarks Highlights the Urgent Need to Reach Zero Ebola Cases

Seattle, WA (March 23, 2015) – Today, eight national landmarks across the United States will be lit with the colors of West Africa to revitalize public and private commitment and action towards an achievable goal: Zero cases of Ebola.

The urgency to reach zero cases of Ebola was underscored recently with several discouraging setbacks: 18 U.S. healthcare workers were medevaced home for treatment and monitoring after exposure to the disease; Liberia reported its first Ebola infection after several weeks without a case; and the overall volume of new cases is on the rise again.

Even when zero cases are achieved, time has shown that half of communities that experience Ebola outbreaks see another outbreak within two years. While the cases have slowed since last fall, this epidemic is still ongoing.

Tackle Ebola is focused on ensuring continued global commitment on all fronts to get to zero cases in this current Ebola epidemic. According to the World Health Organization (WHO), Ebola is one of the deadliest viruses known to humankind, and the current outbreak is the largest in history, with more than 24,600 confirmed cases and more than 10,100 deaths.

In addition to the Paul G. Allen Family Foundation, the Tackle Ebola coalition brings together the World Food Program USA, actor and founder of the Ebola Survival Fund, Jeffrey Wright, NBA basketball star Luc Mbah a Moute and soccer star Kei Kamara to mobilize public, corporate, humanitarian and political support for getting to zero cases of Ebola.

About the Landmarks
Notable landmarks in eight cities across the U.S. will be lit in colors inspired by West Africa:

  • CenturyLink Field, Seattle: The arches of CenturyLink Field in downtown Seattle will be lit red, green, yellow and black. The stadium is the home of the Seattle Seahawks and the Seattle Sounders FC.
  • The LAX Gateway pylons, Los Angeles: The 1.5-mile lineup of tempered glass columns of increasing height along Century Boulevard will be lit red, green and yellow. The pylons are a symbolic gateway of Los Angeles International Airport.
  • The Mid-Hudson Bridge, upstate New York: The suspension bridge that carries U.S. Routes 44 and 55 across the Hudson River will be lit green and yellow.
  • The Mitchell Park Horticultural Conservatory, Milwaukee: Also known as the Mitchell Park Domes, the world's only conoidal glass houses will be lit green.
  • Moda Center, Portland, Ore.: A multi-purpose arena that serves as the home of the Portland Trail Blazers and part-season home of the WHL Winterhawks will be lit red, green and yellow.
  • The Niagara Falls, Niagara, N.Y.: The Niagara Falls Illumination Board will light Niagara Falls, the collective name for the three waterfalls (American, Bridal and Canadian Horseshoe Falls) connecting Canada and the United States, red, green and yellow.
  • One Liberty Place, Philadelphia: The 61-story iconic Trophy Tower that redefined the skyline of Philadelphia will be lit green.
  • Wells Fargo’s Duke Energy Center, Charlotte, N.C.: The home of several of Charlotte's most prestigious businesses will be lit red, green and yellow.

To join the effort to Tackle Ebola:

  • Visit the lit building in your city and share your personal photos on social media using #TackleEbola and #ZeroCases
  • Donate to support efforts on the ground in West Africa through www.TackleEbola.org
  • Demonstrate your support on social media by sharing the following messages:
    • US landmarks lit coast to coast to #TackleEbola and reach #ZeroCases. Join the effort! TackleEbola.org
    • Keep up the efforts to #TackleEbola! US landmarks lit with W. Africa colors to show support. Donate & share to reach #ZeroCases
    • The Ebola crisis isn’t over. RT to show your support! #ZeroCases #TackleEbola

In addition to the building lightings, the Tackle Ebola efforts will be supported through a statement on the Senate floor calling for continued U.S. leadership in the efforts to stop Ebola. Also this week, Tackle Ebola awareness ribbons will be distributed at the March 24 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Golden State Warriors game in Portland. Fans will be encouraged to spread the word and donate to the cause.

For more information about the efforts to Tackle Ebola and to learn more about the crisis visit www.TackleEbola.org.

About Tackle Ebola
Tackle Ebola is a coalition formed and funded by philanthropist and entrepreneur, Paul G. Allen to mobilize public, corporate, humanitarian and political support for getting to zero cases of Ebola worldwide. The coalition is comprised of celebrities, sports stars, health and advocacy organizations, governments and corporations. Together, we can #TackleEbola.

Monday
Mar162015

Sounders FC signs 10-year extension to remain at CenturyLink Field

SEATTLE, WASH. – Seattle Sounders FC and First & Goal Inc. today announced a 10-year extension of their existing CenturyLink Field agreement, keeping the Rave Green in their current home through the 2028 Major League Soccer season. The Pacific Northwest's premier outdoor professional sporting venue and one of the top sports destinations in North America, Sounders FC has called CenturyLink Field home since its inaugural MLS campaign in 2009. Since that time, the organization and its fanbase have set an unprecedented standard for soccer support in North America, culminating in the top six single-season attendance totals in league history and an active streak of 109 consecutive MLS sellouts.

"Since the inception of our organization, CenturyLink Field has played a critical role in the growth, development and perception of our club, as has our partnership with the Seattle Seahawks and First & Goal Inc.," said Sounders FC Majority Owner Joe Roth. "CenturyLink Field is a premier facility that gives our players, fans and partners a first-class experience. For these reasons and more, we are pleased to call CenturyLink our long-term home, as Sounders FC continues to set the standard for our sport on and off the field." 

Achieving arguably the most successful expansion franchise launch in North American professional sports history, Sounders FC set a then MLS average attendance record of 30,897 at CenturyLink Field in the club's inaugural 2009 season. Attendance within the venue has grown since that first year alongside the club's on-field achievements, resulting in average attendance marks of more than 43,000 fans per home match in each of the past three seasons. Sounders FC finished the 2014 campaign 27th in global average attendance amongst the world's top-tier professional clubs (43,734). To meet demand, the organization has increased its MLS capacity to 39,115 this season from 38,300 in 2014 by expanding seating opportunities to a select area of the 300 level on CenturyLink Field's east side. 

"CenturyLink Field has been home to many of our club's most important achievements, including last season's Supporters' Shield-clinching win and back-to-back Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup victories in 2010 and 2011," said Sounders FC Owner Adrian Hanauer. "We are proud to call the venue home, and we look forward to many more milestones and victories in front of our passionate and loyal fans."

Since beginning MLS play inside CenturyLink Field, Sounders FC has become one of the league's elite sides, capturing the 2014 Supporters' Shield as last year's top club in regular season play, in addition to four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup titles in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2014. Managed by Sigi Schmid – the winningest Head Coach in MLS history – Sounders FC has earned 333 points (95-55-48) since its inaugural 2009 campaign, the league's second-highest total in that span. 

"Sounders FC have been wonderful partners and have established themselves as the standard in Major League Soccer," said Seahawks and First & Goal President Peter McLoughlin. "CenturyLink Field is a world-class facility which helps create a great environment to watch soccer."

In 1996, Paul G. Allen obtained an option to purchase the Seattle Seahawks and launched a campaign to win public support for a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. Six years later, CenturyLink Field opened in 2002 and is the current home of the Seattle Seahawks and Sounders FC. The stadium complex includes CenturyLink Field and the 200,000 square-foot CenturyLink Field Event Center.

ABOUT SEATTLE SOUNDERS FC
Winner of the 2014 MLS Supporters' Shield and four Lamar Hunt U.S. Open Cup championships (2009, 2010, 2011, 2014), Sounders FC is Seattle's Major League Soccer franchise. With an ownership group led by Majority Owner and Hollywood executive Joe Roth, Owner and Seattle-based entrepreneur Adrian Hanauer, Owner and Seattle Seahawks Chairman Paul G. Allen and actor Drew Carey, the club received an MLS charter on November 13, 2007 and has reached the MLS Cup Playoffs in every year of its existence. Since the club's debut MLS season in 2009, Sounders FC has set the standard for soccer support in North America, culminating in the top six single-season attendance totals in league history and an active streak of 109 consecutive MLS sellouts. Prior to joining MLS, the Seattle Sounders organization has been a part of the greater Seattle community and U.S. Soccer professional scene since 1974.

ABOUT CENTURYLINK FIELD
CenturyLink Field is a multi-purpose stadium and exhibition center in downtown Seattle. CenturyLink Field serves as the home for the Seattle Seahawks of the NFL and Seattle Sounders FC of Major League Soccer (MLS). It was originally called Seahawks Stadium but was renamed Qwest Field in June 23, 2004 when telecommunications carrier Qwest acquired the naming rights. It was then given its current name in June of 2011 after the acquisition of Qwest by CenturyLink. The complex also includes the CenturyLink Field Event Center, a parking garage and a public plaza. 

ABOUT FIRST & GOAL INC.
First & Goal Inc. (FGI) was formed by Paul G. Allen in 1997 after voters in Washington State approved the proposal to build a new football/soccer stadium and exhibition center. FGI was the private partner in the development, along with the public partner, the Public Stadium Authority. FGI now serves as the operator of CenturyLink Field and the CenturyLink Field Event Center.

Monday
Nov032014

FreakNight 2014 Refund Information


FreakNight 2014 Refund Information

Due to the cancellation of FreakNight’s Saturday, November 1st show, refunds will be offered in the following manner:

FreakNight, Saturday, November 1 Ticketmaster Refund Policy

- If you purchased a single day ticket for Saturday, November 1, refunds of your entire purchase will be available beginning Monday, November 3 at 3:30pm.  Refunds will be available at your point of purchase. You must present Saturday’s ticket.

- If you purchased a two-day pass to FreakNight, your Saturday, November 1 ticket portion will be refunded including 50% of all service charges. The $3.00 processing fee will not be refunded. Two-day pass refunds will be available beginning Tuesday, November 4 at 9am.  Refunds will be available at your point of purchase. You must present Saturday’s ticket.

- If you purchased your ticket through Ticketmaster, either over the phone or online, you will automatically be refunded to the credit card used for purchase.
Two-day passes purchased through Ticketmaster are currently being processed, refunds for Saturday night may take a few days to show up on your account.

 

FreakNight, Saturday, November 1 Non-Ticketmaster Retail Outlet Refund Policy

 - If you purchased a two-day pass to FreakNight from a non-Ticketmaster retail outlet, your Saturday, November 1 ticket portion will be refunded.  Non-Ticketmaster retail outlet refunds will be offered from Tuesday, November 11 at 12pm PST until Tuesday, December 2 at 5pm PST.  No FreakNight 2014 tickets purchased at a non-Ticketmaster retail outlet will be refunded after Tuesday, December 2 at 5pm PST.

- In order to receive a refund, your Saturday, November 1 ticket must be returned to the specific retail outlet location it was originally purchased from.  The retail outlet will exchange your Saturday, November 1 ticket and provide you with a 50% refund of the original two-day pass purchase price.  The $5.00 processing fee will not be refunded.

We are only able to offer refunds on tickets sold through authorized outlets.  If you purchased your ticket through an unauthorized outlet or unauthorized third party, you will need to contact your point of sale and try to get your refund.

As always, we strongly urge everyone to only purchase form authorized outlets.  This is for your protection.

 

Full listing of all FreakNight 2014 non-Ticketmaster retail outlets:

 

SEATTLE, WA

Silver Platters (Northgate)

9560 1st Ave NE

(206) 524-3472

 

Silver Platters (SoDo)

2930 1st Ave S.

(206) 283-3472

 

Platinum Lights & Sound (Capitol Hill)

925 E Pike St

(206) 324-8032 

*** The Seattle location of Platinum Lights & Sound is no longer in business.  For FreakNight 2014 ticket refunds purchased from this outlet send an email to freaknightrefunds@uscevents.com

BELLEVUE, WA

Silver Platters (Crossroads Mall)

15600 NE 8th St

(425) 643-3472

 

FEDERAL WAY, WA         

35th Ave Skates (South)

28717 Pacific Hwy S

(253) 839-5202

 

TACOMA, WA

Rocket Records

3823 6th Ave

(253) 756-5186

 

OLYMPIA, WA

Rainy Day Records

301 5th Ave SE

(360) 357-4755

 

SPOKANE, WA

The Bachelor Pad

2611 N Monroe St

(509) 326-4842

 

PORTLAND, OR

Platinum Lights & Sound

104 SW 2nd Ave

(503) 222-9166

Monday
Nov032014

Taylor Swift Announces The 1989 World Tour

NEW YORK, Ny., November 3, 2014 – Seven-time GRAMMY winner Taylor Swift announced The 1989 World Tour on Good Morning America this morning just days after performing an epic concert in Times Square to over 20,000 fans, wrapping up promotion of her history making fifth studio album, 1989. The 1989 World Tour will be produced and promoted by AEG Live & The Messina Group (TMG) and kicks off on May 20, 2015 in Louisiana.

Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy will be main support along the North American tour while singer, songwriter and viral sensation Shawn Mendes will support the global superstar along her North American stadium dates. The 1989 World Tour will encompass eight countries and span four continents including North America, Europe, Australia and Asia**. The first tickets for the North American leg will go on-sale to the general public on November 14th. American Express® Card Members and members of TaylorSwift.com will have access to purchase tickets in advance beginning November 7th*. General ticketing and on-sale information will be available at TaylorSwift.com.

Last year, the North American portion of Taylor's sold out The RED Tour played to more than 1.36 million fans over 66 shows (including 13 stadium stops) in 47 cities in 29 states. Also in 2013, Taylor took The RED Tour Down Under -- performing sold out stadium shows in Australia (as well as arena dates in New Zealand), becoming the first solo female artist in twenty years to undertake a national stadium concert tour of Australia. In addition, The RED Tour visited Europe for six sold-out shows in 2014. Taylor Swift, who writes all of her own songs, is a global superstar, seven-time GRAMMY winner and the youngest winner in history of the music industry's highest honor, the GRAMMY Award for Album of the Year. Taylor is the only artist in music history to have an album (2010's Speak Now, 2012's RED and 2014's 1989) hit the 1 million plus first-week sales figure three times. She is the first artist since the Beatles (and the only female artist in history) to log six or more weeks at #1 in the U.S. with three consecutive studio albums. Taylor has an album on Rolling Stone's prestigious The 50 Greatest Albums of All Time (by women) list, Time magazine has named her one the of the 100 Most Influential People in the world, and she is Billboard's youngest-ever Woman of the Year and the only artist to have been awarded this honor twice. Taylor has career record sales in excess of 30 million albums and almost 80 million song downloads worldwide, and has had singles top both the pop and country radio charts around the globe. Taylor's album RED (Big Machine Records), released two years ago, sold more than 1.2 million copies in the U.S. in its first week, scoring the highest first-week sales debut of any album in over a decade. "Shake It Off.” the first single off her critically acclaimed fifth studio album 1989, topped Billboard’s Pop, HotAC and Hot 100 charts and has earned double Platinum-status by the RIAA for exceeding sales of two million downloads in the U.S., and has peaked at No. 1 in 64 countries on iTunes.  1989 topped iTunes’ sales charts in 95 countries on its release and was the highest selling first week release of 2014. 

THE 1989 WORLD TOUR

DATE

MARKET

BUILDING

 

 

 

May 20

Bossier City, LA

CenturyLink Center

May 22

Baton Rouge, LA

LSU Tiger Stadium

May 30

Detroit, MI

Ford Field

June 2

Louisville, KY

KFC Yum! Center

June 3

Cleveland, OH

Quicken Loans Arena

June 6

Pittsburgh, PA

Heinz Field

June 8

Charlotte, NC

Time Warner Cable Arena

June 9

Raleigh, NC

PNC Arena

June 13

Philadelphia, PA

Lincoln Financial Field

June 20

Cologne, Germany

Lanxess Arena

June 21

Amsterdam, Holland

Ziggo Dome

June 23

Glasgow, UK

The SSE Hydro

June 24

Manchester, UK

Arena

June 27

London, UK

British Summertime Hyde Park

July 6

Ottawa, ON

Canadian Tire Centre

July 7

Montreal, QC

Bell Centre

July 11

East Rutherford, NJ

MetLife Stadium

July 13

Washington, DC

Nationals Park

July 18

Chicago, IL

Soldier Field

July 24

Foxborough, MA

Gillette Stadium

July 25

Foxborough, MA

Gillette Stadium

August 1

Vancouver, BC

BC Place Stadium

August 4

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

August 5

Edmonton, AB

Rexall Place

August 8

Seattle, WA

CenturyLink Field

August 15

Santa Clara, CA

Levi's Stadium

August 17

Glendale, AZ

Gila River Arena

August 18

Glendale, AZ

Gila River Arena

August 25

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 26

Los Angeles, CA

Staples Center

August 29

San Diego, CA

PETCO Park

September 4

Salt Lake City, UT

EnergySolutions Arena

September 5

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

September 6

Denver, CO

Pepsi Center

September 9

Fargo, ND

Fargodome

September 11

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

September 12

St. Paul, MN

Xcel Energy Center

September 16

Indianapolis, IN

Bankers Life Fieldhouse

September 17

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena

September 18

Columbus, OH

Nationwide Arena

September 21

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

September 22

Kansas City, MO

Sprint Center

September 25

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

September 26

Nashville, TN

Bridgestone Arena

October 2

Toronto, ON

Rogers Centre

October 3

Toronto, ON

Rogers Centre

October 8

Des Moines, IA

Wells Fargo Arena

October 9

Omaha, NE

CenturyLink Center

October 10

Omaha, NE

CenturyLink Center

October 13

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

October 14

St. Louis, MO

Scottrade Center

October 17

Dallas, TX

AT&T Stadium

October 20

Lexington, KY

Rupp Arena

October 21

Greensboro, NC

Greensboro Coliseum Complex

October 24

Atlanta, GA

Georgia Dome

October 27

Miami, FL

AmericanAirlines Arena

October 31

Tampa, FL

Raymond James Stadium

Friday
Oct312014

Verizon and Extreme Networks Team with Seahawks to Enhance Fan Experience at CenturyLink Field

Renton, Wash. – The Seattle Seahawks and Verizon (NYSE: VZ) announced today significant enhancements to the wireless network at CenturyLink Field to provide fans with free open access to Wi-Fi.

Working with Verizon and CenturyLink, Extreme Networks (Nasdaq: EXTR), the Official Wi-Fi Analytics Provider of the NFL, installed its acclaimed high-density Wi-Fi and Purview analytics systems at CenturyLink Field prior to the 2014 NFL season in conjunction with this initiative. Now tens of thousands of Seahawks’ fans can enjoy their wireless devices, social media and pictures throughout the game as connecting to their apps and the Internet is both fast and simple. 

In addition to implementing Wi-Fi and enhancing in-stadium connectivity, 12 individuals will be on site as part of the in-stadium Wi-Fi Certified Coach Program – a uniquely developed service offered by Extreme Networks to support fans at venues that have deployed high density Wi-Fi. These individuals provide technical assistance and educate fans about Wi-Fi usage and game day mobile offerings such as the Verizon NFL Mobile app and the Seahawks’ team app.

“The Seahawks are excited to work with Verizon and Extreme Networks to bring the best Wi-Fi solution to our fans at CenturyLink Field,” said Seahawks President Peter McLoughlin. “By enhancing connectivity throughout the entire stadium, it allows us to offer new mobile app features such as live video streaming, and ‘Eye of the Hawk’. This allows fans to select live feeds from around the stadium along with coverage of live on-the-field action from multiple camera angles, replays and game highlights.”

As part of Verizon’s relationship with the Seahawks, the south end zone restaurant has been transformed into the Verizon Lounge, a state-of-the-art sports bar and restaurant. The Verizon Lounge also serves as the location for the Seahawks’ postgame radio show. Verizon installed 36 charging stations in the lounge and throughout the stadium to provide fans with the ability to stay in touch on game day.

“Seahawks fans deserve a championship-caliber wireless experience on game day, and now they have two WiFi options, plus XLTE network enhancements in-stadium and in-the neighborhood for greater reliability,” said Bobby Morrison, Verizon Wireless President for the Pacific Northwest and Alaska.      

 “An immersive and connected fan experience at games continues to be a significant goal for the NFL. We are marching into the future of stadiums and technology and through Extreme Networks and Verizon, the Seahawks will be able to provide an engaging experience for their dedicated fans,” said Michelle McKenna-Doyle, Senior Vice President and CIO of the NFL.

The Extreme Networks Wi-Fi system is designed to support high density requirements, including high-speed connections for streaming content and uploading photos, support of social engagement, support of in-venue mobile application delivery for value added services and to promote efficient delivery of multicast video with unicast-like performance and reliability.

“At Extreme Networks, we strive to provide fans with unwavering wireless connectivity enhancing the game day experience. In today’s multi-device environment, it is imperative that fans can access, view and download the content that matters most to them, from instant replays to scores around the NFL,” said Norman Rice, senior vice president of corporate development for Extreme Networks. “Through our relationship with the Seattle Seahawks, CenturyLink and Verizon, we deliver pervasive connectivity resulting in an incredible experience.” 

Access to the stadium Wi-Fi can be found at VerizonWifi for Verizon customers. The same level of Wi-Fi can be found at CenturyLinkFieldWiFi for non-Verizon customers.

About Extreme Networks
Extreme Networks, Inc. (NASDAQ: EXTR) is setting a new standard for superior customer experience by delivering network-powered innovation and market leading service and support. The company delivers high-performance switching and routing products for data center and core-to-edge networks, wired/wireless LAN access, and unified network management and control. Our award-winning solutions include software-defined networking (SDN), cloud and high-density Wi-Fi, BYOD and enterprise mobility, identity access management and security. Extreme Networks is headquartered in San Jose, CA and has more than 12,000 customers in over 80 countries. For more information, visit the company's website at http://www.extremenetworks.com.