SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--StubHub, the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S., has announced a new partnership with Minnesota United FC, in which it will be the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace of the North American Soccer League club team and 2017/18 Major League Soccer expansion team.
“We are excited to partner with a world-class marketplace like StubHub,” said Sean Sittnick, Minnesota United Director of Ticket Sales. “We believe this integration will provide access for new fans while providing a valuable tool for our many season ticket holders.”
As the official fan-to-fan ticket marketplace for Minnesota United FC, StubHub will provide integrated ticket barcoding through its partnership with Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement for the 2016 NASL season. StubHub will also receive sponsorship and marketing assets within the Minnesota United FC community, which includes more than 4,500 season ticket holders, a number that continues to grow.
“StubHub is committed to investing in the rapidly growing sport of soccer, and we are thrilled to extend our partnerships roster with Minnesota United FC,” said Kate Green, Head of Business Development, Sports, StubHub. “With Minnesota being named an MLS expansion team, we could not be more excited to extend our services to their passionate community of fans and be a part of their foundation as they build towards Minnesota’s first top division soccer club in 40 years.”
Along with leading ticketing solutions provider, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement, the partnership enables barcode integration for ticket holders to seamlessly resell their tickets on StubHub and in turn, provides tickets that are digitally delivered to the buyer. In addition, fans have access to print-at-home tickets and streamlined listings to sell unused tickets.
“We are thrilled to further enhance our partnership with Minnesota United and provide their fans with a user-friendly experience when they buy and resell tickets,” said Dave Butler, President and CEO, Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. “Our partnership integration with StubHub enables Minnesota United’s growing fan base to purchase fantastic tickets during their upcoming NASL season, and going forward as an MLS club, in a convenient and safe manner through StubHub’s official marketplace.”
The announcement marks StubHub’s fifth major soccer partnership since its inaugural MLS agreement with the LA Galaxy in 2013 and first with an NASL team. Since then, StubHub has partnered with other MLS clubs to provide official secondary ticket solutions to the Portland Timbers, Houston Dynamo and the Philadelphia Union.
The partnership with Minnesota United FC is effective immediately for the 2016 NASL season, which the team kicks off on April 2.
At StubHub, our mission is simple: help fans find fun. We connect fans with their favorite teams, shows and artists and introduce them to the ones they'll love next. As the largest ticket marketplace in the U.S., we enable fans to buy and sell tickets to tens of thousands of events, whenever they want, through our desktop and mobile experiences, including our StubHub and StubHub Music apps for iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch and Android. Offering a superior fan experience at its core, StubHub reinvented the ticket resale market in 2000 and continues to lead it through innovation. Our industry firsts include the introduction of the first ticketing application, the first interactive seat mapping tool and the first live entertainment rewards program, Fan Rewards™. Our business partners include more than 60 teams in MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS and NCAA, plus ESPN, AEG, AXS and Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement. Throughout North America, the United Kingdom and Germany, StubHub provides the total end-to-end event going experience. StubHub is an eBay company (NASDAQ: EBAY). For more information on StubHub, visit StubHub.com or follow @StubHub on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram or YouTube.com/StubHub.
About Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement
Spectra's Ticketing & Fan Engagement division is a leader in ticketing, fundraising, marketing, and analytics solutions with over 35 years of experience. Spectra Ticketing & Fan Engagement enables college athletic programs, arenas, professional sports, and performing arts clients to sell more than 120 million tickets per year.
About Minnesota United FC
Minnesota United FC plays in the 12-team North American Soccer League (NASL), which also includes the Carolina RailHawks, FC Edmonton, Rayo OKC, Fort Lauderdale Strikers, Puerto Rico FC, Tampa Bay Rowdies, Ottawa Fury FC, Indy Eleven, Jacksonville Armada, Miami FC and the New York Cosmos. Find out more about Minnesota United at MNUnitedFC.com, Facebook.com/MNUnitedFC, and on Twitter @MNUnitedFC.