StubHub Becomes Title Sponsor for Cerezo Osaka vs. Sevilla FC in StubHub World Match 2017 in Japan

StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace and global partner of Cerezo Osaka of the JLeague, will be the title sponsor for the “StubHub World Match 2017,” an international friendly Match featuring Cerezo Osaka versus La Liga’s Sevilla FC of Spain on July 17 in Osaka. The exhibition game is part of this summer’s JLeague International Series.

StubHub_wordmark_300x25“As StubHub expands globally, our partnerships in the Asia Pacific region are increasingly important, and we are thrilled to extend our relationship with Cerezo Osaka as the title sponsor when it hosts Sevilla FC this summer,” Kohei Okusa, StubHub Japan marketing manager.

The StubHub World Match 2017 will take place at Yanmar Stadium Nagai in Osaka, and details including kick-off time and tickets will be announced in the coming days.

The La Liga team has a long history of winning, dating back 120 years, including five UEFA Cups (most recently in 2016) and five Spanish Cups.

The match marks the first time StubHub as a title sponsor for a JLeague exhibition match.

The Power of Jeter: May 14 Jersey Retirement Most In-Demand Game of 2017 Season

Derek Jeter’s jersey may have been #2, but his May 14 jersey retirement is the #1 most in-demand game of the 2017 MLB season, according to ticket sales figures on StubHub.

Current and historical data from StubHub demonstrates that Jeter’s star power has endured:

  • To this day, Jeter’s last home game on September 25, 2014 is still StubHub’s best-selling regular season MLB game of all time.
  • In addition, his last home game is the second most in-demand regular season game of all time across all major sports leagues, with Kobe Bryant’s last NBA game at home in Los Angeles taking the top spot.
  • As his legacy and drawing-power endures, the commemorative game on May 14 (Yankees-Astros), for Jeter’s jersey retirement is the most in-demand game of the 2017 MLB season – even ahead of all Opening Day games.
  • Total ticket sales for Jeter’s jersey retirement ceremony are more than triple the total sales for David Ortiz’s Retirement Ceremony on June 23, the second best-selling upcoming MLB game.

StubHub to be Official Jersey Sponsor and Pre-sale Partner of Kitchee SC vs. Tottenham Hotspur May 26 at Hong Kong Stadium

StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, will be the official match pre-sale ticket partner of the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre Challenge Cup in Hong Kong on May 26, featuring Kitchee SC of the Hong Kong Premier League against the English Premier League’s Tottenham Hotspur. In addition to the pre-sale partnership, StubHub will also be Kitchee SC’s jersey sponsor for the match.

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The match will be one of the most popular sports events in Hong Kong this year, with the following players expected on the roster; Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen, Son Heung-Min, Dele Alli and Hugo Lloris. The match comes at the 20th Anniversary of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, where soccer is quickly growing in popularity across Asia.

The profits from the match will be donated in its entirety to the Kitchee Foundation for supporting the Jockey Club Kitchee Centre, contributing to the future development of Hong Kong football.

The exhibition match is on-sale now, with the pre-sale available at StubHub.hk.

STUBHUB PARTNER WITH NORTHAMPTON SAINTS TO TAKE TICKETING INTO A NEW ERA

Northampton Saints has announced a new partnership with StubHub, which will see the club introduce a new ticketing platform for the 2017/18 season.

Unlike the previous Elite Sponsorship agreement between the club and company, this new partnership sees StubHub become the Saints’ official ticketing partner, and be the outlet for all tickets, whether for the season or individual matches.

Saints and StubHub will be utilising an integration with the Event Ticketing software from SAP – one of the world’s largest software companies – to offer supporters some brand new and unique features, including ticket transferability and the ability to log into online accounts through Facebook.

In response to considerable amounts of feedback and comments during the past year, Season Ticket Holders will once again be able to re-sell their seats or terrace spots for games they cannot attend through StubHub, setting their own price and managing their own account. This facility will also be offered for all supporters for the first time, too, meaning that if – for whatever reason – a supporter cannot attend a match they will be able to re-sell the ticket.

Match tickets for individual game purchasers will be available as downloadable pdfs, on smartphones to scan at the turnstiles, or as traditional paper versions, with purchasers of re-sold tickets also able to receive their ticket via email for the first time, too.

As part of the partnership StubHub branding will appear on all backroom playing staff computers on match days.

“We’re very excited to be partnering up with StubHub once again,” said Saints commercial director Brian Facer. “Comments from our supporters had been that our ticketing website needed to provide a smooth process for booking match tickets and Season Tickets, so we conducted an extensive review of every type of software available on the market.

“The SAP Event Ticketing software used by StubHub is second to none and will give us the flexibility to be fully responsive to all our supporters, whether they have been at Franklin’s Gardens for years as a Season Ticket Holder or are coming to us for the first time.

“StubHub will also give us the ability to reach a larger audience, something which is crucial as we look to expand as a club in the future, turning more people into Saints supporters and underpinning the investment into the playing effort.”

Nick Harford, StubHub UK’s head of business development and partnerships, international, is delighted to be working once again with the Saints.

“We are delighted to partner with Northampton Saints once again, and this time on a broader level where we will provide a new overall ticketing platform, utilising StubHub’s integration with SAP’s Event Ticketing software,” he said. “We look forward to developing our long-term partnership.” 

The club will be transitioning to the new ticketing platform over the coming months, with more information about managing online accounts being sent out to Season Ticket Holders ahead of the 2017/18 season.

NHL Playoff Pressure – Not Just For The Players

The following is a post written by Dr. David Greenberg of St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. Dr. Greenberg is providing tips for fans on how to deal with stress while watching their team during the NHL Stanley Cup playoffs as part of StubHub’s #FansWithHeart campaign. You can follow @StubHubCA on twitter for a chance to win a StubHub branded heart rate monitor. 

This year’s NHL playoffs have been a little out of the ordinary for Canadian hockey fans. After 2016, when no Canadian teams managed to qualify for the post-season, this is the first year since 2004 when as many as five Canadian teams made the playoffs. However, while this could (and should) be seen as a source of celebration for the hometown fans, it also provides for a great deal of stress while watching the games, and ultimately disappointment for the fans of all but the one team that takes home Lord Stanley’s Cup.

As we move through the second round, three Canadian teams have already been eliminated, and research commissioned by StubHub confirms that the effects on Canadian hockey fans may have been greater than one might imagine. Thirty-three per cent of Canadians surveyed said that they found just watching the Playoffs stressful, almost as stressful as paying their mortgage for teams in a game seven, and 25% suffered from “Post Elimination Blues”. So, since you’re not going to want to miss a minute of playoff action, how can you help to manage the stress associated with watching and/or deal with the premature end of your team’s season?

Here are a few tips that will keep you healthy and help you to cope:

Exercise is Key

It’s a fact that exercise, in addition to all the other benefits it confers (i.e. burning off the wings and beer), is among the best strategies for managing stress. If you’ve already got a well-established routine try your best to stick with it. If you’ve been thinking about starting, now’s a perfect time. Current recommendations are 150 minutes of moderate exercise a week, that would be walking at a pace that would be as if you were trying to catch a bus.  Go for a walk in-between periods or before/after the game with a fellow fan and you can vent and get your fitness in at the same time. 

Sleep is Important

It’s not a huge problem in the first couple of rounds for fans of local teams, and even overtime games that start at 7pm end at a reasonable hour. However, what if you are an Oilers fan who lives in Toronto? Games that don’t even start until after 10pm local time can really take their toll. The problem for most people is that they have a “Hard Start” to their day, that is a time they have to get up to go to work, regardless of what time they get to sleep. Be aware of it when planning the day after a game, and perhaps try to catch up on some sleep on the off nights.

Watch Your Alcohol Intake

I’d be more than happy to have a beer with you watching a game so this isn’t about me being an anchor. However, between 15-20% of the people surveyed said they drink more during the playoffs. Remember that Canadian Safe Drinking Guidelines recommend no more than three drinks for men or two drinks for women in any one sitting. It will also impact your sleep, not to mention the next morning, and for those of you that worry about this, it’s a lot of calories when you can’t burn them off. A good strategy to pace yourself and prevent feeling lousy in the morning is to drink a pint glass of ice water between drinks. It will fill you up, and keep you well hydrated.

I recognize how hard some of these things are to do, and I’m not naïve enough to think that thousands of Canadian hockey fans are going to start adopting a healthier lifestyle in the middle of the playoffs. But please give it some thought, and, anything you can do to adopt any parts of these changes will help. In the meantime, be thankful for the opportunity to watch your team and, win or lose, enjoy every minute of the best hockey of the year.

Yours in Good Health,

Dr. Dave

About Dr. David Greenberg:

Dr. David Greenberg recently became the Medical Spokesperson for thebutterflycares.org an international organization which raises funds and awareness for brain injuries both physical (Concussion) and non-physical (PTSD) He is also the Chairman of the Board for the Dr. David Greenberg Hive Charitable Foundation. The Foundation distributes needed funds and works with other like-minded charities helping those affected by Brain Trauma.

Want to track your stress during the Stanley Cup Playoffs? Follow @StubHubCA on Twitter for a chance to receive a StubHub-branded heart rate monitor.  

Not for the Faint of Heart: Stanley Cup Playoffs Take a Toll on the Health of Canadians, StubHub Poll Finds

StubHub provides heart rate monitors to fans during round two of Stanley Cup Playoffs

Toronto, ON; April 28, 2017 – It’s not easy being a hockey fan during the playoffs. A recent MARU/Matchbox survey completed by StubHub, the world’s largest ticket marketplace, revealed that 33 per cent of Canadians find watching the Stanley Cup Playoffs stressful. However, the potential impact to fans health doesn’t end with the final goal, as one in four Canadians revealed they feel depressed when their team is eliminated from the postseason. In Toronto, the number of fans experiencing the post-elimination blues registered at 31 per cent.

To help keep postseason stress in check, StubHub is giving away a limited number of heart rate monitors via social media to StubHub users in Ottawa and Edmonton as part of its #FansWithHeart campaign so they can keep their health in check as their hometown teams compete for playoff glory.

Other highlights from the survey include:

Just one more drink, please. 1 in 5 Ottawa residents (21%) consume more alcohol than normal as their team competes in the playoffs. 1 in 7 Edmonton residents do the same. 1 in 8 Canadians (12%) lose sleep during the playoffs, especially those living in Toronto (19%).

When hockey feels like making a mortgage payment. Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals is nearly as stressful for Canadians as paying their mortgage. 1 in 2 Canadians (50%) indicate they would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals. 56% of Canadians feel stressed paying their mortgage.

Hold that thought, I need to check the score. 3 in 10 Canadians (31%) check score updates regularly during work or school hours, when their team is playing. 1 in 5 (21%) Ottawa residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

“The survey reminds us just how much Canadians love hockey and live experiences,” says Cameron Papp, Communications Manager for StubHub Canada. “The impact of the Stanley Cup Playoffs on Canadians’ health is real, and we want to ensure fans are equipped to deal with the potential stress the playoffs bring.”

StubHub has teamed up with a number of Canadian doctors, including Dr. David Greenberg in Toronto, to provide fans with tips to relieve playoff induced stress.

“First and foremost, hockey fans need to try to accept that there are events you can’t control,” said Dr. David Greenberg, St. Joseph’s Health Centre in Toronto. “However, stress can be managed by eating well, getting enough sleep, and engaging in regular exercise.”

Other tips include:

  • If you feel overwhelmed, take a break from the game and go for a walk to cool down.
  • Try to maintain a positive attitude, no matter what the score of the game is.
  • Take deep breaths and visualize your team scoring the winning goal.

 

 

A DEEPER DIVE

METHODOLOGY

An online omnibus survey was conducted between April 19th and April 21st, 2017. StubHub commissioned a survey through MARU/Matchbox among 3,021 Canadians aged 18+. Results were broken out by region, gender, age, income, and education in order to make demographic comparisons. The estimated margin of error for the total sample is +/- 1.8%. The estimated margin of error for the sample in each of the cities with teams competing in the playoffs are as follows: Montreal (+/- 4.7%), Toronto (+/- 4.8%), Edmonton (+/- 9.0%), Calgary (+/- 9.7%), and Ottawa (+/- 9.7%).

MORE FINDINGS

 

  • 1 in 7 Canadians (14%) have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 21% of Ottawa residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 17% of Toronto residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 15% of Edmonton residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 15% of Calgary residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 14% of Montreal residents have cancelled plans with family/friends to watch their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

  • 1 in 7 Canadians (14%) drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 21% of Ottawa residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 16% of Montreal residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 16% of Toronto residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 14% of Edmonton residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.
    • 12% of Calgary residents drink alcohol more often than normal when their team is in the Stanley Cup Playoffs.

 

  • 1 in 2 Canadians (50%) say their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals would be stressful
    • More Toronto residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals (59%), than Montreal residents (50%).
    • 54% of Ottawa residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
    • 53% of Calgary residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.
    • 52% of Edmonton residents would feel stressed with their team competing in Game 7 of the Stanley Cup Finals.

 

  • 1 in 3 Canadians (33%) say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.
    • 37% of Ottawa residents say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.
    • 37% of Edmonton residents say watching their team in the Stanley Cup Playoffs is stressful.

StubHub Releases 2017 Opening Day Excuse Report and Gives Fans The Perfect Excuse Letter

The Major League Baseball season kicks off in earnest today and plenty of fans, who just can’t bear missing out on the action of this American pastime – seeing their favorite players, hearing the crack of the bat, adding to the roar in the stadium as they’re hoping for a chance at the pennant, are planning to skip work or school to support their favorite teams on Opening Day.

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Click here to view StubHub’s Full 2017 Opening Day Report

Results of a Survey, announced today – conducted online by Harris Poll and commissioned by StubHub surveyed among over 2,000 American adults – finds that nearly one-quarter (24%) of American adults say they would make up an excuse to get out of school or work to attend MLB Opening Day and 23% have actually skipped school or work in the past to attend a baseball game!

Millennials (18-34-year-olds) are the most likely to skip for Opening Day:

  • Nearly one-third (30%) of millennial males say they are planning to skip work/school to attend an MLB Opening Day game this year.
  • 17% of millennials (male and female) say they are planning to skip vs 4% of those ages 45+.

The survey asked Americans what their top excuses to skip work or school for an MLB Opening Day would be:

  • 24% of Americans said they would make up an excuse
  • 13% said they would take a “sick day”
  • 7% said they would take a “mental health day”
  • 25% said they wouldn’t make up an excuse – they’d just be honest about where they were going

Sometimes, Opening Day is about more than just baseball.  The experience is truly a myriad of scents, tastes, sounds and energy that make it one of the most quintessential American traditions.

StubHub asked Americans what their favorite part of attending a baseball game is:

  • 47% of Americans cited the game itself
  • The other 51% are there to enjoy their afternoon or evening
  • Nearly 1 in 5 Americans (18%) chose either “the food” (9%) or the “people watching” (9%) as their favorite part of attending a baseball game
  • Hot dogs (38%) and alcoholic beverages (21%) topped the list of favorite ballpark treats Americans look forward to
  • Peanuts, the traditional 7th-inning stretch favorite, was further down the list at 15%
Survey Methodology:
This survey was conducted online within the United States by Harris Poll on behalf of StubHub from March 23-27, 2017 among 2,201 U.S. adults ages 18 and older. This online survey is not based on a probability sample and therefore no estimate of theoretical sampling error can be calculated. For complete survey methodology, including weighting variables, please contact PR@stubhub.com.

Get your excuse ready before your team’s home opener!

To arm fans who need an excuse to make it out to see their favorite players, StubHub has partnered with six MLB teams to provide excuse letters for Opening Day ticket buyers on StubHub to personalize:
Giants Excuse Letter
San Francisco Giants Home Opener Excuse Letter
New York Mets Home Opener Excuse Letter
New York Yankees Home Opener Excuse Letter
Chicago Cubs Home Opener Excuse Letter
Los Angeles Dodgers Home Opener Excuse Letter
Kansas Royals Home Opener Excuse Letter