The Spice Girls’ 2019 UK stadium tour has already broken Ticketmaster’s on-sale records as the most in-demand show ever.
With more than 700,000 fans queuing for tickets online on Saturday, thousands missed out on the chance to see the girl band’s circuit kicking off next June.
Due to the high demand, the Spice Girls have since added four more dates with two each at London’s Wembley Stadium on June 13 and 14, and two more at Manchester’s Etihad Stadium on May 28 and 31.
“Demand for Spice Girls was off the chart,” said Ticketmaster managing director, Andrew Parsons. “They have smashed through Ticketmaster UK’s records becoming the busiest ever sale. There were millions of people on our site searching for tickets, with a queue at one point of well over 700,000.
Important Twickenham rugby news for all companies considering hospitality in 2017/18….
East Stand redevelopment means less stadium hospitality
New East Stand in development at Twickenham Stadium
There will only be 3 stadium facilities available at the Six Nations for England versus Wales and England versus Ireland (Wakefields 20 seat boxes, Rugby House restaurant and The Player’s Lounge).
So NO Obelenskys, Wakefield’s Restaurant, The Rugby Club, Players Lounge or St George’s Suite, although a temporary marquee is being erected in one of the car parks to cover some of the shortfall.
End of offsite (non-stadium) hospitality
It’s been confirmed that as of the end of the 2018 Six Nations there will be no more offsite corporate hospitality (Cardinal Vaughan/Twickenham Village, All Hallows, Cole Court, The Stoop, Orchard Enclosure, Chase Bridge, Knellar Hall).
This means that over 2000 hospitality packages that are now available in the official offsite venues will be brought into the new East Stand hospitality facilities from the 2018 autumn internationals onwards. http://www.richmond.gov.uk/eia_twickenham_stadium_olo_technical_note.pdf
What does this all mean?
There are only two home games for the last Six Nations with offsite options and those games are the most desirable of the championships against Wales and Ireland so demand and package prices are at a premium.
All Twickenham Stadium facilities have a fixed premium pricing structure meaning there will no more negotiating for group or repeat booking discounts.
The numbers and prices for all official tickets bought from rugby clubs by hospitality providers are now set and strictly managed by the RFUending the ability of the clubs to negotiate directly with the hospitality providers. This means a decrease in numbers of match-tickets available for offsite hospitality packages and ultimately an increase in overall retail cost of the package.
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With it being the last chance to get offsite hospitality packages for the Autumn Internationals there’s a great opportunity to negotiate special one-off terms for tickets and pricing on the non-stadium options.
Once completed Twickenham Stadium will be a world leader in terms of a rugby corporate venue with one of the biggest hospitality capacities of all rugby stadia.
We can help you discover the full range of available options for the Autumn Internationals and Six Nations from stadium viewing boxes and restaurants to offsite and bespoke options.
Key Twickenham Fixtures
England v The Barbarians-28th May 2017-From £275 per person + vat
New Zealand v The Barbarians 4th November 2017-from £399 per person + vat
England v Argentina -11th November 2017- from £375 per person + vat
England v Australia -18th November 2017- from £599 per person + vat
England v Samoa-25th November 2017-from £339 per person + vat
England v Wales Saturday 3rd February 2018-from £699 per person + vat
England v Ireland Saturday 17th March 2018-from £699 per person + vat
Other Key non-Twickenham fixtures
Wales v Australia 11th November 2017, Cardiff- from £299 per person + vat
Wales v New Zealand 25th November 2017, Cardiff-from £379
Italy v England 10th February 2018 (TBC), Rome-from £599
Twickenham hospitality is not a cheap entertainment option with a high ticket cost element to the packages. This is evident in the kind of people and businesses in attendance with high numbers of blue chip and market leading businesses and industry experts in the hospitality areas on a Twickenham match day.
This also creates a certain kudos for clients being invited to a high-level match at the home of rugby. Guests discover the unique Twickenham experience of rubbing shoulders with the great and the good from the business AND rugby worlds
Scarcity of tickets
If you’ve ever tried to get tickets for a big game like England versus Ireland or England versus Wales you’ll understand that tickets are seriously hard to come by and so demand extremely high prices, especially if you need large groupings.
A corporate hospitality package gives you guaranteed groupings of official seats with some of the best views of the action.
Why Book with us?
We have over 10 years experience specialising in rugby hospitality and can guarantee the best range of choices and value on the market.
You’ll enjoy some of the best seats in the house and the personal touch of your very own event manager looking after your guests from start to finishon your big match day.
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Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitchsko Part 2…..IT’S ON!!!
Eddie Hearn, Joshua’s promotor, has confirmed as far as their concerned it’s a done deal.
The two fighters just need to agree dates with The Principality Stadium in Cardiff favourite to host the event. The rematch of the epic record breaking bout at Wembley could see both boxing stars net another money belt bulging purse. It will mean another opportunity for UK fans to grab a piece of history with Anthony Joshua v Wladimir Klitchsko Part 2 tickets.
Glastonbury Festival tickets, headliners, hospitality and schedule
As Pilton, England and the world’s music lovers hot up for THE biggest and best festival on the planet final details are dripping through like a haunting Pink Ffloyd riff.
The full line-up and stage times for this year’s Glastonbury Festival has been announced, with a few surprises placements appearing.
Notably, despite arguably being capable of headlining, Katy Perry has been scheduled before both Foo Fighters and The National on Saturday night. Run the Jewels will also make their pyramid stage debut the same day, following Craig David.
For those wanting to avoid Ed Sheeran, Boy Better Know will be headlining the Other Stage on Sunday night, while Justice head West Holts, and Metronomy take on John Peel.
There are also numerous TBA slots announced, including an hour-long Other Stage set on Saturday by a mysterious band at 17.45 before Wiley and after Kaiser Chiefs.
For those luck enough to have secured Glastonbury Festival tickets final details are being confirmed with tickets being sent out around 2 weeks prior to the event date.
Time to start polishing those wellies, powering up those torches and rinsing off you hip-flasks.
The Glastonbury Festival statement reads :”If you are not already registered, we strongly recommend that you register online by Thursday April 13 to allow sufficient time to resubmit your registration if your photo is rejected.
“Please be aware that if you submit a registration after Thursday, April 13 and the photo is subsequently rejected, you may not have time to resubmit the photo.”
Event news, Sport shocks, Music rumours & Culture clashes
Olivier Awards Move-9th April, after 40 years of tradition this theatrical showpiece moves to The Royal Albert Hall after 5 years at The Royal Opera House.
Major Twickenham changes-There are less hospitality tickets available for this season due the redevelopment of The East Stand but the big news is that after 2018 Six Nations there will no official offsite hospitality options.
Ferarri out of the red? After victory in Australia the shocking rumours are Mercedes will have serious challengers this year in Ferrari and that there will be a garage full of close races this season. http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/formula1/39398145
A new recipe for business success?
London based Food@Work have blended together some new ingredients for the team building sector with the ongoing success of their professional group cooking classes.
Everyone has to eat and cooking shows seem to dominate prime time media so it’s a fun and different experience to consider to bind your best people together like an award winning cake! http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-39106150
If you really want to spend uninterrupted quality time with your best people it’s worth considering your own private hospitality box.
They can be at the higher end of hospitality investment however, you’ll discover benefits like unparalleled intimacy with your guests, branding opportunities and flexibility in terms of catering options.
You can also occasionally enjoy exceptional value (From just £100 per person) at venues like The O2 and Twickenham if you choose a more niche event like the Darts World Championships at The O2 or The Barbarians versus The All Blacks (From £599pp) at Twickenham.
Other venues with box options include;
The Royal Albert Hall
Most major Premier League football clubs
The Cheltenham Festival
Royal Ascot hospitality for £100 per person!?
Royal Ascot have released a new hospitality product that means you can hire your own Gazebo for the day and bring your own unlimited food and drink.
There’s still options left for the Tuesday & Wednesday of Royal Week. https://www.ascot.co.uk/royal-ascot-village-gazebos
The End of The Glastonbury Festival?
Glastonbury rumours are a kin to the stories flying around during the period when the football transfer window is shutting-they are numerous, ever changing and sometimes quite literally made up to fill paper space, however…….. http://www.getintothis.co.uk/2017/01/glastonbury-festival-due-end/
The “Daddy” of all rugby competitions, as Six Nation’s chief John Feehan calls it, seems to be side-stepping the idea of expanding the number of teams and including a promotion and relegation aspect.
The newly introduced bonus point system brings it inline with the English Premiership and should encourage more ties and a number of high profile rugby people, including Jonnie Wilkinson and Clive Woodward, have championed a promotion system.
The 2017 Six Nations has so far seen Italy wilting in the last 20 or 30 minutes of games to let in a late run of tries and they have never beaten England since their first meeting in 1991!
Feehan said; “The Six Nations itself is a closed competition and will continue to be, we don’t have a role in terms of developing countries but we do work with them in terms of helping them.”
If you look at the best competition involving New Zealand, Australia, South Africa and now Argentina, they play both home and away fixtures against each team.
Would it maybe be a good thing to extend the Six Nations to April and include another 5 games per team?
It would give more chance for fans to see their teams and should bring ticket prices down. It would also allow managers and coaches to prepare teams better for the World Cup being more a kin to that competition in terms of number of games and the travel aspect.
IBF heavyweight titlist Anthony Joshua went head-to-head with former world Champion Wladimir Klitschko in London today for the first press conference ahead of their April 29 encounter at Wembley Stadium.
The vacant IBO and WBA World titles will also be on the line for a fight that could attract 90,000 people and generate over £40 million once the dust settles on tickets sales, and PPV and other revenue.
Joshua picked up the vacant belt earlier this year by beating Charles Martin in two, he has defended it twice—KO 7 and KO 3 over Dominic Breazeale and Eric Molina respectively—and has racked up 18 knockout wins in as many fights. He will hope to pick up the other titles that Tyson Fury vacated in order to take the time out required overcome depression and to contest an alleged doping offence.
Klitschko (64-4, 53 KOs) dropped a decision to Fury in Germany last November. Two rematch dates were nixed before the Fury return was spiked altogether. The 40-year-old former holder was at ringside in Manchester on Saturday night and the two men announced the contest in the ring following Joshua’s win over Molina.
“Afternoon everyone and welcome back to Wembley Stadium,” said promoter Eddie Hearn when opening proceedings. “On April 29th we will have the biggest boxing event the U.K. has seen.”
“It’s exciting for boxing and sport worldwide this fight,” added Adam Smith, Sky’s Head of Boxing.
“This is a fight that can change from champion to legend overnight—it will bring the masses out,” stated Joshua.
“My goal and target is to become three-time world champion,” said Klitschko. “When I win this fight, I will help Anthony come back. I’m obsessed with becoming three time world champion. I feel the break is good for me. My motivation is as high as the sky. Anthony is an outstanding champion and athlete—he has always been respectful, watching, learning and observing.
“It is all about winning,” added Joshua. “I have not taken a game plan from Fury, each fighter is different. Klitschko sounds motivated. I am training for a 12 round fight. Hard work has brought us here. I have the upmost respect for Wladimir as a man, too. The best man will win. Destiny has already been written for this fight, it’s now about fulfilling it.”
“April 29th is everything to me,” Klitschko replied. “I will remain calm before the storm comes.”
“This is fantastic. Thanks to Eddie and Anthony. Eddie is utterly professional, negotiations were great,” enthused Bernd Boente, Klitschko’s manager. “This is the most famous stadium in the world.”
Hearn then revealed that the first allocation of tickets will go out this Friday. “The first tickets on sale to Clun Wembley (@ClubWembley) this Friday,” he said.
Radiohead have been confirmed as one of the headliners for The Glastonbury Festival 2017 in their first appearance for 14 years.
Glastonbury Festival tickets sold out (again) in record time (again) and those lucky enough to have Glastonbury tickets or Glastonbury hospitality tickets will be enjoying other rumoured headliners including Lady Gaga, The Foo Fighters and The Stone Roses.
Glastonbury VIP tickets and hospitality are some of the most in demand experiences in the events world.
England rugby squad announced
Eddie Jones has announced his 45-man elite player squad (EPS) and the 37 players who will attend a three-day training camp in Brighton as England begin their preparation for the Old Mutual Wealth Series against South Africa, Fiji, Argentina and Australia later in the year.
The 37 players will train at Brighton College from 2-4 October ahead of the opening game in the series against South Africa at Twickenham Stadium on Saturday 12November (2.30pm).
45-man elite player squad:
Josh Beaumont (Sale Sharks)
Jack Clifford (Harlequins)
Dan Cole (Leicester Tigers)
Luke Cowan-Dickie (Exeter Chiefs)
Will Evans (Leicester Tigers)
Charlie Ewels (Bath Rugby)
Ellis Genge (Leicester Tigers)
Jamie George (Saracens)
Dylan Hartley (Northampton Saints)
James Haskell (Wasps)
Paul Hill (Northampton Saints)
Nathan Hughes (Wasps)
Maro Itoje (Saracens)
Sam Jones (Wasps)
George Kruis (Saracens)
Joe Launchbury (Wasps)
Courtney Lawes (Northampton Saints)
Joe Marler (Harlequins)
Matt Mullan (Wasps)
Chris Robshaw (Harlequins)
Kyle Sinckler (Harlequins)
Tommy Taylor (Wasps)
Billy Vunipola (Saracens)
Mako Vunipola (Saracens)
Mike Williams (Leicester Tigers)
Mike Brown (Harlequins)
Danny Care (Harlequins)
Elliot Daly (Wasps)
Owen Farrell (Saracens)
George Ford (Bath Rugby)
Alex Goode (Saracens)
Mike Haley (Sale Sharks)
Jonathan Joseph (Bath Rugby)
Alex Lozowski (Saracens)
Joe Marchant (Harlequins)
Jonny May (Gloucester Rugby)
Jack Nowell (Exeter Chiefs)
Dan Robson (Wasps)
Semesa Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby)
Henry Slade (Exeter Chiefs)
Ben Spencer (Saracens)
Ben Te’o (Worcester Warriors)
Manu Tuilagi (Leicester Tigers)
Anthony Watson (Bath Rugby)
Ben Youngs (Leicester Tigers)
The Glastonbury Festival is going to take a break after 2017.
A statement on the festival website says: “We can also confirm that we will be taking our next fallow year in 2018, in order to give the farm, the village and the festival team the traditional year off.
“There are no plans to hold an event at another location in 2018.”
Tickets for 2017 go on sale in October for general admission priced at £238.
Glastonbury VIP hospitality options include luxury bell tents, log cabins and Winnebagos along with the hotekl-style luxury of hot showers, private toilets and high-class bars and restaurants.
Headliners are booked although remain a closely guarded trade secret (AC/DC and Daftpunk are in the musical mix).
Good luck with your Glastonbury ticket applications.
Horses fall off their rockers at Manchester Derby ticket prices
Manchester United versus Manchester City ticket prices have hit a record high as ‘Pep versus Morhino Part I’ sees prices of £1800 a pair.
It’s one of the Premiership’s Pinnacle fixtures with some fans choosing the colour green over red or blue.
The Hospitality Broker can help you with your golden moment for all Premiership football games with a choice of hospitality and ticketed travel options from just £99 per person + vat.
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Premiership rugby doubles their money with RFU
Bigger elite playing squads, more time with the players, more success.
A new eight-year deal worth more than £225m has been agreed between the Rugby Football Union and Premiership clubs – with England getting more flexibility and greater player access in return.
Clubs will earn more for releasing players for international duty, as well as meeting the English-qualified players target and academy standards.
England will get two more training camps a season and larger elite squad.
“This is a true partnership,” said RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie.
“[It is] focused on making English rugby the best in the world for club and country.”
The agreement is worth more than double the previous one, which was signed in 2007, and will give England greater flexibility in selection, with the Elite Player Squad (EPS) expanded from 33 to 45 players, while during core periods 36 players can be selected for camps rather than 33.
Ritchie said England head coach Eddie Jones “was heavily involved” in the process and “is very supportive of the result – Eddie is very happy with the access this gives him to players”.
In terms of player welfare, England players who play a certain number of minutes throughout the autumn series will now have a mandatory one weekend rest period over Christmas.
“Player welfare, as ever, is a priority for us all, and so further rest periods have been built into the season,” Ritchie added.
Premiership clubs will also benefit for the first time if the RFU performs well financially.
The first four year payment from the RFU to the clubs is fixed at £112m, but the second four year payment could be higher.
“Success for England and the clubs depends on an effective partnership between the RFU and Premiership Rugby on many levels,” said Premiership Rugby chief executive Mark McCafferty.
“The significantly increased monies to the Premiership clubs, alongside their own increased TV and commercial revenues, will ensure that Aviva Premiership Rugby continues to go from strength-to-strength.”
Now is the time to push on and take on the All Blacks at their game.
Packages available for England hospitality at Twickenham including Australia, South Africa, Scotland and France.
The Hospitality Broker staff help raise awareness and funds for breast cancer at The James Martin Golf Day in Manchester.
England win historic Aussie series
Hats and shirts off to Eddie Jones the genuis, the alchemist, the legend.
He’s taken the same players, embarrassed in a home world cup just months ago, and turned them into finely tuned ‘do or die’ sportsmen with a bursting pride for wearing their shirt and playing for their mates.
For me it was best test match rugby I’ve seen England play in over 10 years.
At last everyone’s been reminded why rugby is a special battle of blood, sweat and cheers.
See our England versus Australia hospitality offer at Twickenham offer for the game on 3rd December HERE
Options also available for England versus South Africa, England versus Fiji, England versus Samoa, England versus Scotland, England versus Italy, Ireland versus England and England versus France from £299 per person + vat.
Steve Lansdown: The billionaire hoping to make Bristol a sporting force
Many sports fans dream of winning the lottery, buying their underperforming local team and bankrolling them to eternal glory.
For all but a fortunate few this far-fetched ambition is never realised, and if a multi-millionaire businessman does come on the scene they are often met with scepticism about their true motives.
Steve Lansdown’s story is an amalgamation of the two – a billionaire thanks to his financial services firm, he started by becoming involved at boardroom level with his first love, Championship side Bristol City, in 1996.
But a burning desire to turn his home city from sporting outpost to capital has since resulted in him building a Bristol-based empire, with Bristol City and Bristol Rugby Club – who are finally back in the big time after winning promotion last week – integral parts of it.
“It’s been a sporting backwater for many years and one of the things that always grated with me was the fact that people always took the Mickey out of it,” Lansdown told BBC Sport.
“Certain comments grate and in my own way I wanted to try to prove them wrong, that there’s a passion for sport here – let’s bring it to the forefront, shout about it and make it even more successful.”
Rugby rags to riches story
“It was going out of business and we clawed it back from the brink.”
Lansdown does not just jump on sporting bandwagons, as his experience with Bristol Rugby proves.
His involvement with them started alongside Chris Booy in 2009, the year they were relegated to the Championship, and the journey has seen the club overcome off-field meltdown and play-off heartache to finally seal their Premiership return last week.
“The club financially had significant debts and basically it was minutes from going out of business really,” he explained to BBC Sport.
“We didn’t make a lot of fuss about it at the time, but we had all the papers in place for administration.”
How times have changed. This was by no means an overnight turnaround, but promotion was finally achieved in front of a packed Ashton Gate, meaning the likes of Bath and Gloucester will soon be in town.
“We know those games will bring crowds in and so it was a very important business night as well as a very important sporting and emotional occasion,” said Lansdown.
“I suppose you look down the road at Exeter, they played for the Premiership title [against Saracens on Saturday] and that’s what we’ve got to aim to do – Bristol is a rugby hotbed.”
Combining business and pleasure
As the old saying goes, never mix business with pleasure because it will almost certainly be a recipe for disaster.
But you can think again because, although Lansdown’s fortune has been made from the financial services firm he co-founded, he has constantly dabbled in his passion for both Bristol and sport, bankrolling clubs in the city across five different sports.
“I think in life you believe in yourself, and you believe in the people you have around you, because that’s what business is all about – getting good people around you,” he added.
“We look at how we can maximise the commercial aspects of all the sports we deal with, in order to maximise the returns for those sports to develop even further.”
Lansdown has lived in Guernsey for the last six and a half years, but insists: “This is where I was born and bred and I’ve got a lot of history with the area.”
A man for all sports
Football, rugby, cricket, basketball, badminton, racing – you name it and the 63-year-old has a large slice of the pie in the region.
Bristol Rovers are the only major club in the city Lansdown does not have an interest in, with an intense rivalry and Football League rules standing in his way, but can he really be fanatical about so many different teams?
“My main sporting passion is football and I’ve been involved with Bristol City now for over 20 years, so yes that’s first and foremost,” he said.
“The idea of bringing a number of sports together under one banner in Bristol Sport was formulated from that, and is gradually being developed.”
Throw away that brolly, skip gleefully through the fields breathing deep the comforting smell of freshly cut grass and get ready for the hottest summer on record!
You’ll soon be laying in the garden on a long summer’s evening with a G & T and a bit of gentle jazz. Getting those joyful body-shivers as the water hits your sun-kissed skin in the shower.
Before you know it you’ll be embracing the rollercoaster of England in the Euros, enjoying the expectations of Murray at Wimbledon and snoozing to the satisfaction of England’s resurgent cricket.
Whether you’d like to;
Taste a fresh juicy strawberry at Wimbledon
Pick at a prestige picnic at Royal Ascot
Do something different like wave on Ben Ainslie in The America’s Cup
Or move and grove with Adele & Coldplay at Glastonbury
We have it ALL covered at The Hospitality Broker.
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Don’t forget the sun-cream and shades!
P.S. We also have opportunities at The Epsom Derby, Henley Royal Reggatta and the European Football Championships
WHAT DOES FUTURE HOLD FOR DOMESTIC AND WORLD RUGBY?
New Zealand Rugby (NZR) chief executive Steve Tew has admitted the global game faces a “big problem” as stakeholders seek to agree terms on an international calendar following Japan’s 2019 World Cup.
Altering international and domestic competition schedules to create a global calendar has long been on the agenda of rugby union’s global governing body World Rugby, which faces the challenge of attempting to marry the interests of national unions and privately-held clubs.
Bill Beaumont, chairman of the Rugby Football Union (RFU), English rugby union’s governing body, was last week formally elected as the new leader of World Rugby and hinted that Europe’s Six Nations tournament could be moved back a month to April as part of the reform efforts.
However, the Six Nations board is determined to retain the tournament’s February-March window despite a two-month gap before June internationals start with southern hemisphere opponents. Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere unions want the June international window moved back until at least July so as not to disturb their Super Rugby club competition.
Tew , who admitted little progress had been made during talks held last week, told New Zealand’s Sunday Star Times newspaper: “The reality is no-one has agreed a calendar from 2020 onwards and we’re all working out what we’re going to do in the future without any agreed competition structure.
“If we don’t find a compromise, there’s no calendar. If there’s no calendar there are no games. If there are no games then we’ve all got a big problem. We have to find a solution and that’s evident to everybody.”
He added: “We’re all playing more games than we’d like to play because we’ve got to produce the content, so we can get the money, so we can keep the talent. The most urgent issue is the calendar, no doubt, but the underlying issue is where does the private equity in the club system sit versus the sanctity of international rugby? We’ve just got to keep having those conversations.”
The Hospitality Broker has options for all international rugby matches including the Six Nations, Autumn Internationals, The British Lions Tour to New Zealand, Rugby 7’s as well as arranging bespoke rugby trips.
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ADELE TO HEADLINE GLASTONBURY
Adele has confirmed that she will headline Glastonbury 2016. She announced the news to her fans at the O2 as part of her concert on Friday 18th March. The announcements completes the Pyramid Stage line-up at Worthy Farm, Somerset after Coldplay and Muse confirmed their headline slots on the Sunday and Friday, respectively. We strongly believe that Rihanna will also play given her scheduled shows at Wembley to coincide with Glastonbury festival.
Tickets sold out in record time however, The Hospitality Broker can offer some VIP Hospitality options including Access-All-Area tickets, five star camping and THE Ultimate way to guarantee the best views of all the action.
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Egg chasing with a side of Peas
The English Super League rugby league competition has entered into a partnership with canned peas brand Batchelors Peas.
The company has been named an official partner of Super League for the upcoming 2016 season, which begins later this week. Financial terms of the agreement were not disclosed (but are presumably full of the green stuff!).
The two parties will run joint promotions at Super League games and in stores and I’m sure they will get on like two peas in a pod!
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Indian schoolboy Pranav Dhanawade hit 1009 not out breaking 117 year old record.
The 15 year old started the day 625 not out while batting for KC Gandhi school against Arya Gurukul school, passing the previous best score
The 15-year-old, batting for KC Gandhi school in an inter-school tournament, struck 652 runs in just 199 balls yesterday, passing the previous best in minor cricket (Arthur Collins’ 628* in 1899).
It also beat the record Indian school knock of 546 by Prithvi Shaw in 2013-14.
And his astonishing innings left his side on 956-1 overnight.
Resuming this morning, the teen reached 1009 not in 323 balls, hitting 59 sixes and 129 fours.
Does he have English relations Alistair Cooke?
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Adele chews and spits out competition
Her new album sales have broken UK and US records and her tour dates have followed suit.
Hospitality and VIP ticket sales for her Manchester and London dates have sold out quicker than hot half-time pies at a Newcastle United home game.
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Swing low sweet Patriots!
American football league the NFL has today (Tuesday) added to its London venue portfolio by agreeing a three-year deal with the Rugby Football Union (RFU) which will see regular-season games played at Twickenham, the home of the English national rugby union team.
The deal, which is a first-of-its-kind for the RFU, will see the NFL play a minimum of three regular-season games at Twickenham Stadium over a three-year period. The agreement will start in October 2016, with the matchup for the first International Series game at 82,500-seat Twickenham to be announced later this year. The agreement also gives the NFL the opportunity to stage two additional games over the same period.
The Hospitality Broker will be providing trailer party, full hospitality and ticketed options for this new and unique occasion.
We also provide options at Wembley for the NFL series.
Looking for Six Nations Hospitality?
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Manchester United stars sell majority stake in Hotel Football to Singapore firm
SINGAPORE property development firm Rowsley has invested nearly £30m in the hospitality business founded by Manchester United stars Gary Neville and Ryan Giggs.
The deal sees Rowsley acquire a 75% stake in Hotel Football located opposite the Old Trafford ground, the Cafe Football chain and GG Collections, the management company that runs these operations.
Rowsley will buy the stake from Singapore billionaire Peter Lim – a controlling shareholder of Rowsley and owner of Valencia soccer club – Neville, Giggs and former team mates Phil Neville, Nicky Butt and Paul Scholes.
The partners are known as the Class of 92, a reference to their emergence in the Manchester United youth team of the early 1990s.
Rowsley chief executive Lock Wai Han said: “Manchester is a very exciting city and the development that is taking place is inspiring.
“Hotel Football has impressed us from day one, the concept, the location, the management and above all Gary, Phil, Ryan, Paul and Nicky’s passion in fulfilling what was a dream into a reality.
“We share those dreams and aspirations for Hotel Football and the Old Trafford Supporters Club. Football unites people all over the world and we will use our knowledge in the real estate sector to grow this business.
“We understand the objectives of Hotel Football and OTSC and will continue to ensure that the interests of the fans are well taken care of.”
Opened in March, Hotel Football has 133 bedrooms and provides hospitality, conferencing and banqueting facilities for up to 750 people.
On the 12th floor is Heaven, a rooftop football pitch that boasts a retractable roof with views of Old Trafford and the city of Manchester. On the ground floor is Cafe Football, a 185-seat restaurant where the menu is overseen by two Michelin star chef Michael Wignall.
The Hotel is also home to the Old Trafford Supporters Club, a place dedicated to United fans and a fantastic social space for fans of all ages, accommodating over a 1,000 supporters on match days.
Neville said: “When we dreamt of building Hotel Football we knew exactly what we wanted it to be, a unique place where fans could gather and OTSC was part of that dream.
“However, we also knew that we would need a restructure within the company in order to facilitate the growth in our hospitality and leisure interests. Partnering with Rowsley with their vast wealth of knowledge and expertise in this area, fulfils just that.”
Rowsley also formed a joint venture with Gary Neville and Giggs for a development in the centre of Manchester.
The company will invest about £40m for a 75% stake in the St Michael’s project which will include retail and office space as well as apartments. Beijing Construction Engineering Group will also take a 21% stake in the joint venture, while the remaining 4% will be held Giggs and Neville.
HOSPITALITY BROKER CLIENT GETS RIDE IN F1 CAR AT THE BRITISH GRAND PRIX
Our massive commitment to service shone recently at The British Grand Prix.
Client Rick Smith attended with his family for the raceday at Silverstone. He recently had an operation on his leg after a rugby injury and was on crutches. Seeing there maybe issues, The Hospitality Broker staff organised for him to be picked up and dropped off from the hospitality suite to his grandstand seats. OK, it wasn’t a formula 1 car, it was a formula 1 golf buggy but that’s how much our clients mean to us!
NOTE-PLEASE DO NOT BRING CRUTCHES TO AN EVENT IN THE HOPE OF GOLF BUGGY RIDES!
THE CLOUD IS BLUE
German software company SAP has secured a multi-year marketing and technology partnership with the City Football Group.
SAP will be the official cloud software provider to the organisation, which operates English Premier League club Manchester City, Major League Soccer franchise New York City FC, Australian A-League Melbourne City and Yokohama F Marinos of Japan’s J-League.
SAP’s HANA platform will used to roll out cloud-based solutions across the City Football Group’s business operations, while being leveraged to enhance fan experience at its clubs home stadia. This includes an interactive digital insights wall at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium that will show real-time analytics and insights during matches.
The sports-specific SAP Sports One platform will be used to assist coaching staff and players with team performance. Germany’s national football team utilised SAP HANA technology to collect and analyse player data on its way to winning the 2014 Fifa World Cup.
Manchester City truly are leading the way in technology, youth development and eventually I’m sure they’ll get their act together in England and Europe on the football pitch.
The Hospitality Broker provides travel accommodation, ticket and hospitality option for Manchester City.
RUGBY WORLD CUP TO BRING IN MORE MONEY THAN OLYMPICS!
firstly I apologise for wheeling out a picture from England’s victory in 2003 but you have to celebrate success (even if it is only the once and years ago, I could have put in a picture of me winning the 100 metres at school so be thankful!)
Anyway, I am really excited about the Rugby World Cup starting in just 100 days time and it got me thinking!
A massive international sporting event like this not only brings joy, enthusiasm and life-long memories to everyone but is also a real business opportunity.
A recent article in the Financial Times states that the competition will bring in £3.5 Billion in revenues which would be more than the net gain from the Olympics! -see full article HERE
So how do you get your slice of the pie (steak and ale if you’ve been to Sale Sharks!) ?
Well….If you have a client or business associate who shares your great love for this noble sport then this is an ideal moment to ask them to attend a game live or watch on TV over a cold one.
It’s a chance to meet in a social environment and build rapport or chat about that joint venture idea (plus I know from experience that husbands and boyfriends automatically receive “FREE PASSES” for all England rugby games!)
If you want to take them to England V Ireland/France or Wales The Hospitality Broker has official ticket and hospitality packages starting at just £399 per person!
FANS GET RED AND HORNY FOR THE DEVILS!
Season tickets for Manchester United have sold out in record time.
The Red Devil’s put their allocation out early at the same price you would have paid five seasons ago.
There’s a real expectation for next season amongst fans with a ground swell of excitement for this footballing giant who has been in a temporary Dutch induced coma (no doubt dreaming and plotting its rise back to the higher echelons of the game).
There are still rumours of another ground extension as estimates suggest that another 20,000 season tickets could be sold season after season.
The Hospitality Broker offers ticket only and hospitality packages for a range of stadium and offsite facilities and can match any budget.
The land maybe green but the footballing clouds are red and it is clear that Old Trafford is still the place to be to entertain your clients.
THE HOSPITALITY BROKER HELPS RAISE OVER £3,000 FOR GRASS ROOTS FOOTBALL
The glittering Old Boltonian’s end of season awards ceremony at the real-life Hogwarts of the public school world, Bolton School, was a night to remember (or not depending on who you speak with!).
The night, whose guests including current and ex-players and pupils, started with a drinks reception in the old swimming pool now converted into a stunning wood-beamed Arts centre akin to a high-class Viking drinking hall.
Guests were then seated with a few cheeky verbal aperitifs from MC Malcolm Lord including my personal favourite “Richard Morris (Chairman)retired to his bedroom sitting at the side of the bed and began to pull his boxers off. ‘You treat those dogs too well!’ exclaimed his long suffering wife!”
It got bluer from there on in.
Notable guests included Professor George Holmes DL (Vice Chancellor, University of Bolton), Gordon Howard (LFA President) and Adrian Shuttleworth (LAL Chairman).
The most notable and memorable winner of the night has to be the manager of the season, Steven Eccleshall, who brought tears to already lubricated eyes with his heart-led thank you speech exclaiming “Football is my life, I love all you guys!” after being presented with a framed shirt signed by the double winning squad.
The night continued in the Monte Carlo of the north (235 casino Bolton) and some of the attendees are still missing but all in all a very successful evening.
The Hospitality Broker helped raise over £3,000 for the amateur football club with the oldest pitches in the world by donating 2 England France hospitality places for the auction which were purchased by Mr Nigel Holt, owner of Regency Estate Agents in Bolton.
“A” team player-manager and managing director of The Hospitality Broker Oliver Pimblett said “It was an amazing night, the surroundings are stunning, the guests inspiring and some of the stories will be used for future dinner party anecdotes.
It’s a pleasure to be part of such a positive and well run club and I hope I can add further value in the future. I should have won player of the season though!”
The Open Golf Championship hospitality sells out!
Record demand for this premier golf event has now seen all days sell out in the hospitality village.
This leaves companies with only the premium hospitality options which retail at around £1,000 per person!
The Hospitality Broker can offer a premium hospitality experience at The Open Golf without having to spend £10,000 per table in our Hotel Du Vin suite withhospitality starting at just £299 per person.
We have years of experience with Open Golf Hospitality and would be glad to “chip in” with some ideas of how to really “drive home” your client relationships.
Sorry for the puns but SEE HERE if you want to be at the biggest golf event in the world at the home of golf.
The best six nations rugby hospitality in brand new Venue
The Hospitality Broker are pleased to announce a partnership with the only non-stadium hospitality venue that is actually on-site within the grounds of Twickenham.
The Venue, which only launched in November, is being used as an official site for Rugby World Cup hospitality. It is literally at the back of The North Stand just 18 yards from the North Stand entrance. It is on a par with the prestige stadium facilities including The Player’s Lounge and The Captain’s Club and boasts the highest levels of hospitality. The exclusive nature of the facility (only holding circa 35 companies) means it is set to become the must have pass of 2016 and beyond.
The Hospitality Broker has secured a range of excellent seating options and prices that are going to change the face of rugby hospitality as we know it.
There are only two home games for England in 2016 and they are the biggies, England v Ireland and England v Wales. Considering it’s a World Cup year tickets and hospitality will be at an all time premium.
Tickets and hospitality for the England Scotland Six Nations game at Twickenham have hit a record high. It is historically the most popular Six Nation’s game with UK companies due to the links between the countries and with a lot of companies having offices in London and the 2 major Scottish cities of Edinburgh and Glasgow.
The Hospitality Broker sponsors grass roots rugby and has found instances of tickets alone being offered for over £1,000 a pair.
When Hospitality gets it wrong!
I was speaking with a client the other day regarding how hospitality is not only essential for business but also allows an opportunity for more vulnerable groups of individuals to attend the sporting event of their dreams without feeling intimidated by the crowds and sometimes raucous atmosphere.
My client had just taken his young children to a football match and stated he and they preferred the security and safety offered by booking a hospitality package as opposed to watching from the terraces ( I bet it was the cheesecake and unlimited fizzy pop that his kids were enjoying more than the safety aspects of the hospitality suite!).
However, in the case of England 2015, the organisers of The Rugby World Cup, deciding not to allow fans to have pre and post match picnics in the car parks surrounding Twickenham for World Cup matches they have got it wrong. Instead the car parks will be used for hospitality tents and facilities for staff.
The Hospitality Broker has organised events in and around the car parks of Twickenham and I have myself enjoyed the odd glass of fizz and high class catering that some of the fans lovingly prepare for clients, friends and family alike and the experience is unique and wonderful (incidentally, some of the hospitality I have sampled in the car parks could rival some of the professionally run hospitality facilities in the stadium itself-not The Hospitality Broker’s packages of course!)
Tailgating in the Twickenham car parks is a tradition, some fans wait for years to attain a debenture and join the fun and frolics and there is enough space around the stadium to accommodate everyone and everything needed for World Cup games..
This is the day that hospitality got it wrong. But mostly hospitality is fantastic!
Rugby World Cup-Demand outstrips supply and ticket prices are 10 times face value
The Hospitality Broker has vast experience in rugby hospitality but has never seen anything like it!
Some seats for England’s pool match against Australia are being offered at almost 10 times their face value on ticketing website Viagogo and fears of Rugby World Cup organisers look like being realised as demand and prices for tickets on secondary ticketing websites soared on Sunday night to record levels.
Fans Face 400% Hike in World Cup Ticket Prices on Resale Market
Record demand for England games and balloting means people will miss out.
Those who miss out may turn to second-hand services such as StubHub, where tickets for Rugby World Cup games are already listed for prices up to 424 per cent higher than face value.
Some England World Cup tickets for their group stages are being offered for over £700 each!
Premiership Rugby-Rugby World Cup, it’s all WIN, WIN.
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), the governing body of rugby union in England, and the sport’s top-tier Premiership in the country, have reached an agreement over scheduling the domestic tournament around the 2015 Rugby World Cup.
It means top level rugby will work around The World Cup and England can look forward to hosting the best international teams and players throughout 2015-16.
THE POLLS ARE IN AND IT’S A SHOCK AS GOLFERS ADMIT WOMEN ARE EQUAL TO MEN!
It’s about time, The Royal and Ancient Golf Club of St Andrews in Scotland has at last voted to accept female membership for the first time in its 260-year history.
The R&A conceded in March that it should vote on the matter after coming under increasing pressure in recent years. The club’s secretary, Peter Dawson, had urged members to “do what’s right for golf” in the postal vote.
This is a headline story but it shouldn’t be but it is, so there you go!
ENGLAND, THE EPICENTRE OF EUROPEAN RUGBY
London will host the 2015 finals of the European Rugby Champions Cup and European Rugby Challenge Cup, the continent’s new premier rugby union club tournaments.
The Challenge Cup clash will take place on Friday, May 1 at the Twickenham Stoop, the home of English Premiership club Harlequins, before the Champions Cup decider takes place the following day at 82,000-capacity Twickenham stadium
The Rugby Football Union (RFU), the sport’s governing body in England, won the bid and “will guarantee the best possible financial return to the clubs,” the EPCR said. Tickets for the two games will go on sale on August 18.
RFU chief executive Ian Ritchie added: “This is a particularly exciting time for European club rugby as we move into a new era, and we see both games as constituting one marvellous event which will bring tens of thousands of supporters from across Europe into London and Twickenham.”
Rugby World Cup tickets 2015 – everything you need to know
Rugby World Cup 2015 tickets go on general sale on September 12 – our guide to the ballot applications process, ticket prices, and what is for sale to the general public
General Sale: The general sale of tickets takes place between Sept 12 and 29 via a secure website (see here). Prices range from £7 (child ticket) in the pool stages to £715 for the most expensive ticket at the final. The average price is around £35. Oversubscribed matches will be balloted, with successful applicants informed in October. Any remaining tickets will go on sale in November on a first-come, first-served basis.
Also already on sale, since Feb 2, are hospitality packages, which include food, drink and entertainment. Prices for these start at £294 for some matches at the smaller venues outside London. If money is no object, the ultimate hospitality package is available for £557,820. Called the ‘Twickenham – Full Series’, it gives up to 30 people exclusive use of one of the stadium’s Webb Ellis Suites for all 10 matches played there, including two quarter-finals, both semi-finals and the final.
2015 World Cup Lunch preparing for launch!
There are business lunches, there are working lunches, there are liquid lunches and then there are unforgettable once in a lifetime lunches. The Hospitality Broker team (although occasionally enjoying the liquid variety) prefers the once in a lifetime kind.
We are ecstatically excited about launching our unique World Cup lunch 2015 with the stars ahead of England’s first game of the World Cup next year.
We know what you’re thinking;
“Not ANOTHER corporate lunch with old rugger buggers talking about the good old days whilst getting a fleeting glimpse of an ex-player who I’ve seen give the same speech five times before being hounded for money for auction and raffle prizes!”
This one is different! Yes it will be held at a swanky central London venue that you may well have attended because you are so successful. Yes there will be a rugby loving crowd of a certain vintage. Yes there will be a World Cup winning player in attendance who may well use one or two stories or lines that cause deja vu but this is where it gets interesting.
The entire Hospitality Broker event will be hosted by rugby legends in an informal manner allowing you the opportunity to chat socially one to one with your heroes.
There will be rugby simulators on site to see which party has the most powerful scrumming techniques and most accurate pass, the winners of which will win a choice of rugby or non rugby related prizes.
The opening ceremony will be shown live on big screens with a live band and singer accompanying the National Anthem.
Each booking will be automatically entered to guess the score competition the winners of which will receive their money back they paid for the event.
The game will be shown live with an advanced, market leading surround sound system giving an interactive experience.
Free Guinness and bacon rolls at half-time.
So get ready to let off that corporate steam and come join a lunch with a difference.
To register your interest simply email;
The Hospitality Broker celebrates another Twickenham first
Having established itself as an England rugby specialist The Hospitality Broker has been rewarded with its own exclusive hospitality facility at Twickenham.
The Hospitality Broker is one of only a handful of companies worldwide and the first ever Northern based company to be given this honour and opportunity.
The Hospitality Broker’s Oliver Pimblett, CEO, said;
“It’s a real honour for us. England rugby hospitality has a long and respected history and to have our own facility at Twickenham is something really special. With The Rugby World Cup being in England next year and Manchester hosting a game for the first time it’s really exciting times.