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Press Release - Tix on Sale - FINAL

Press Release - Tix on Sale - FINAL

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News Release
Madison Square Garden
Dan Schoenberg, MSG (212) 465-6367Larry Torres, MSG (212) 631-5178Jahira Chambers, MSG (212) 324-8640
For Immediate Release
New York, NY, September 25, 2012
— Tickets for the first-ever college wrestling event atMadison Square Garden are now on-sale, MSG Sports announced today. Wrestling fans canpurchase tickets for the inaugural
Grapple at the Garden, presented by Suplay.com
atthe Madison Square Garden box office, all Ticketmaster outlets and online atwww.thegarden.com/grapple. Tickets start at $20.00 for the December 16
event at TheWorld’s Most Famous Arena, and fans can purchase tickets in the designated fan section fortheir respective university.Five additional universities, including perennial top-10 programs
aswell as
Bloomsburg, Drexel,
George Mason
will join
Bucknell, Chattanooga,Hofstra, Iowa, Maryland, Nebraska, Oklahoma State, Ohio State
for thismuch anticipated event bringing the total participating institutions to an unprecedented 14for the one-day dual-meet event. The 14 participating institutions will take to a total of eight wrestling mats on The Gardenfloor throughout the course of two separate sessions. Session 1 begins at 10:30 a.m. withDrexel vs. George Mason, Rutgers vs. Nebraska, Iowa vs. Hofstra, Ohio State vs. Maryland,Cornell vs. Missouri, and Oklahoma State vs. Chattanooga. Session two, beginning at 12:30p.m. will feature Iowa vs. Bucknell, Rutgers vs. Chattanooga, Ohio State vs. Hofstra, Nebraskavs. Maryland, Cornell vs. Oklahoma State, and Missouri vs. Bloomsburg. For complete matschedule, visit thegarden.com/grapple.“Madison Square Garden has a long and legendary history with collegiate athletics andthere’s no better way to host our first-ever college wrestling meet than with The Grapple atthe Garden,” said Joel Fisher, executive vice president, MSG Sports. “We would like towelcome our partners Suplay.com and Premiere Global Sports to this historic event.”“The world’s best known wrestling gear supplier, Suplay.com, is proud to team up withMadison Square Garden, The World’s Most Famous Arena, as presenting partner for theinaugural Grapple at the Garden”, said Gary E. Frey, CEO, Suplay – Wrestler’s World. “Thispremier wrestling event is ground-breaking for the sport, the college teams involved, andSUPLAY – Wrestler’s World. GRAPPLE AT THE GARDEN is a rare first-time event in oursport, and promises to be an exciting and memorable occasion.”"We are proud to partner with Madison Square Garden and be a part of this inaugural eventshowcasing such talented athletes from across the country. Visiting The Garden in itself istruly a once-in-a-lifetime experience, and we are thrilled to service the nation's collegiatewrestling fans in New York City," said Ken Bruce, Executive Vice President of Premiere GlobalSports, College Division.
 To learn more about official Grapple at The Garden travel packages, please visitwww.GardenGrappleTravel.comor call (877) 701-3295.
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Iowa Head Coach, Tom Brands
“International wrestling has had some very strong events in New York City and now it’sexciting to see collegiate wrestling on the big stage in the Big Apple. It’s a historic event andwe’re pretty excited to be a part of it.”
Oklahoma State Head Coach, John Smith
“’Grapple at the Garden’ is going to be a great event. I am excited about all the NYC areawrestlers, including the Beat The Streets athletes, getting a chance to see many greatnational college wrestling programs. I like that we hit Cornell in New York City.”
Cornell Head Coach, Rob Koll
“Cornell wrestling is thrilled to be a part of such an historic wrestling event. This will beexciting opportunity for us to expose Cornell University’s large and loyal NYC metropolitanarea alumni to the world of Cornell wrestling!”
Missouri Head Coach, Brian Smith
“Mizzou is excited to have the opportunity to participate in the ‘Grapple at the Garden’ at avenue as prestigious as Madison Square Garden. Getting to compete in New York City at TheGarden is truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that our team will always remember. There aresome great programs competing in this event and we’re excited to go toe-to-toe with some of the nation’s best in December.”
George Mason Head Coach, Joe Russell
“We are honored to be part of the first collegiate wrestling event to take place in MadisonSquare Garden. When The Garden called with the invitation, I was thrilled. We are thankful toour administration for helping make this a reality."
Bloomsburg Head Coach, John Stutzman
"For Bloomsburg University to be selected as one of the team's to be part of the first collegiatewrestling event at Madison Square Garden is pretty special. The Garden is one of the premierfacilities in all of sports and I am looking forward to the chance to compete there along with allthe other teams. To be the best you need to wrestle the best, and to have the chance to do thatin New York City, in this arena, will be an opportunity we won't forget."
Drexel Head Coach, Matt Azevedo
“The Drexel Wrestling Team is honored to participate in the inaugural Grapple at the Garden.Being one of the teams that will showcase collegiate wrestling in Madison Square Garden forthe first time in its history is a proud moment for our program and the sport of wrestling. Thisis an exciting opportunity for our wrestlers to represent Drexel University on one of theworld's biggest stages.”---
Bucknell Head Coach, Dan Wirnsberger:
"This is an honor and privilege for the Bucknell Wrestling program to be invited to compete inthis prestigious wrestling event in Madison Square Garden. This is a unique opportunity forour student-athletes to experience such a historic venue and to compete against one of thebest wrestling programs of all-time, the Iowa Hawkeyes. We look forward to the challenge. "Our participation in this event allows us the opportunity to be involved with something thatis even bigger than wrestling, which is the Beat the Streets program of New York City. Theorganization has a mission to make a difference in young people's lives and teach them life-
long skills through the sport. This is an event our student-athletes are excited to be a part of and will always remember."
Maryland Head Coach Kerry McCoy:
"We are really excited to have our team participate in this inaugural event. MSG is theWorld’s Greatest Arena. To compete on that stage will be an awesome experience for ourstudent-athletes."
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Hofstra Head Coach, Rob Anspach:
“We are truly excited about participating in the “Grapple at the Garden” in the World’s MostFamous Arena. The Pride has wrestled in some of the great venues around the country overthe years. But it is special to bring nine of the top schools in the nation into our backyard forone of the greatest dual match events ever. While we have hosted events at the New YorkAthletic Club in the city numerous times, the magnitude of wrestling in Madison SquareGarden, along with the outstanding teams that are participating, should make this a must-seeevent for every sports fan.”
Chattanooga Head Coach Heath Eslinger:
“We are very excited about participating in the “Grapple at the Garden”. To be one of thefirst collegiate teams to compete in an arena as historic as Madison Square Garden will be abig thrill for everyone involved with our program. It also gives us a chance to challengeourselves against some of the best teams in the NCAA on one of the biggest stages in thecountry.”
Nebraska Head Coach Mark Manning:
"We are very excited to be part of a great event in NYC's Madison Square Garden, which willmake for a tremendous atmosphere. Also, New York is an area where we recruit and have alot of familiarity with HS coaches, so we are truly excited about this unique opportunity."
Rutgers Head Coach Scott Goodale:
“Rutgers Wrestling is proud to have the opportunity to compete inside our country’s mostrecognizable arena, Madison Square Garden. The Grapple at the Garden event will bring somethe nation’s top wrestling programs to New York City, which is right in Rutgers’ backyard. Thisis an excellent opportunity for Scarlet Knight fans to be loud and proud in the Garden. Ourteam and coaching staff will be ready to go.”
Ohio State Head Coach Tom Ryan:
“The Buckeyes are looking forward to being a part of the MSG Duals and competing againstso many great institutions while enjoying all the excitement the Big Apple has to offer,” TomRyan, Ohio State head coach, said. “Competing against Coach Anspach’s Hofstra Pride, thedefending CAA champions, and Coach McCoy’s Maryland Terrapins, the defending ACCchampions, will provide us with some great mid-season challenges.”
About the Madison Square Garden Company
The Madison Square Garden Company is a fully-integrated sports, media and entertainment business. The Company is comprised of three business segments:MSG Sports, MSG Media and MSG Entertainment, which are strategically aligned to work together to drive the Company's overall business, which is built on afoundation of iconic venues and compelling content that the company creates, produces, presents and/or distributes through its programming networks and other media assets. MSG Sports owns and operates the following sports franchises: the New York Knicks (NBA), the New York Rangers (NHL), the New York Liberty(WNBA), and the Connecticut Whale (AHL). MSG Sports also features the presentation of a wide variety of live sporting events including professional boxing,college basketball, track and field and tennis. MSG Media is a leader in production and content development for multiple distribution platforms, including contentoriginating from the Company’s venues. MSG Media’s television networks consist of regional sports networks, MSG Network and MSG+, collectively referred toas MSG Networks; and Fuse, a national television network dedicated to music. MSG Networks also include high-definition channels, MSG HD and MSG+ HD,and Fuse includes its high-definition channel, Fuse HD. MSG Entertainment is one of the country's leaders in live entertainment. MSG Entertainment creates, produces and/or presents a variety of live productions, including the Radio City Christmas Spectacular featuring the Radio City Rockettes. MSG Entertainmentalso presents or hosts other live entertainment events such as concerts, family shows and special events in the Company’s diverse collection of venues. Thesevenues consist of Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall, The Theater at Madison Square Garden, the Beacon Theatre, the Chicago Theatre, the Forumin Inglewood, CA, and the Wang Theatre in Boston, MA. More information is available at www.themadisonsquaregardencompany.com.
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