Monday, 19 November 2012

True North will begin refunding ticket deposits from ADVANTAGE Winnipeg campaign


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 19, 2012

True North will begin refunding ticket deposits from ADVANTAGE Winnipeg campaign

WINNIPEG, MB –True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd, along with Tennis Manitoba, learned today the city of Vancouver was chosen by Tennis Canada to host the 2013 Davis Cup tie between Canada and Spain.

Winnipeg’s own bid to host the Davis Cup was greatly enhanced by the response shown during a five-day ticket deposit drive from October 25-29. During that time, supporters for Winnipeg’s Davis Cup bid contributed 2,385 ticket deposits at $25 each.

“With the ticket deposits collected and tremendous support from the city, we felt very confident about Winnipeg’s bid to host the 2013 Davis Cup event,” said Bruce Waschuk, President of Tennis Manitoba. “Winnipeg can now consider itself a major destination for Tennis Canada when considering future events.”

True North will immediately begin refunding ticket deposits. Depending on the bank or credit provider, all refunds will be automatically processed in the next 3-5 business days.

“We are in no way discouraged by the decision of Tennis Canada—in fact the opposite,” said Kevin Donnelly, General Manager of MTS Centre. “The response from the public was key in creating a very strong case for Winnipeg. We now have a very open door and have enjoyed tremendous dialogue with Tennis Canada on the potential of future events.”

The President & CEO of Tennis Canada, Michael Downey, acknowledged the response to ADVANTAGE Winnipeg and the possibility of events to come. “It’s very notable that Winnipeg showed major support for an event that had not yet been awarded. That gesture goes to show Winnipeg is passionate about the sport and certainly capable of supporting a major tennis event in the future.”

Vancouver will host the top players from Canada and World number-one ranked Spain in the Davis Cup tie on February 1-3, 2013.

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Please go to www.tennismanitoba.com to learn more. For media requests, please contact:

Scott Brown
Senior Director, Corporate Communications
True North Sports & Entertainment Ltd
(204) 926-5570
sbrown@winnipegjets.com

Nancy Chappell-Pollack
Coordinator
ADVANTAGE Winnipeg
(204) 997-6141
nancy@tennismanitoba.com