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Gridiron Stadium Network Grows

LOS ANGELES, CA (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — Three new member stadiums have been added to the Gridiron Stadium Network — M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, MD, Raymond James Stadium in Tampa, FL and The Georgia Dome in Atlanta, GA. GSN now has 11 participating NFL stadiums and two Major League Soccer stadiums.

“As GSN continues to grow, the individual strengths of each venue and the combined resources of the group provide a unique and beneficial network for agents, producers and promoters of large events,” said Kelly Urquhart, chairman of GSN and senior director of Major Events for Ford Field in Detroit.

GSN was formed in 2005 with the objective of booking incremental events into it participating stadiums.

“The Ravens joined GSN in an effort to garner additional special event marketing strength and to contribute to the existing NFL lineup of teams," said Dennis Mannion, senior vice president, Business Ventures for the Baltimore Raves.

GSN notes that in 2007 there has been a significant increase in the number of live entertainment and event bookings at GSN stadiums. Kenny Chesney’s Flip Flop Summer Tour sold over 54,000 tickets with a total gross of over $4.4 million at Heinz Field in Pittsburgh, PA on June 9;. Lincoln Financial Field in Philadelphia and Qwest Field in Seattle experienced similar success with Kenny Chesney with a total gross of over $3.9 million and $3.2 million respectively.

Other shows coming to GSN stadiums this year include The Police, Dave Matthews Band, Crossroads Guitar Festival, 2007 Macy’s Music Festival, NOPI Drift Car Series and the Vans Warped Tour.

The Gridiron Stadium Network currently includes: Georgia Dome (Atlanta), M&T Bank Stadium (Baltimore), Toyota Park (Chciago), Paul Brown Stadium (Cincinnati), INVESCO Field at Mile High (Denver), Ford Field (Detroit), Reliant Park (Houston), Home Depot Center (Los Angeles), Dolphins Stadium (Miami), Lincoln Financial Field (Philadelphia), Heinz Field (Pittsburgh), Qwest Field Seattle), and Raymond James Stadium (Tampa Bay).– Jane Cohen and Bob Grossweiner