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Oakland Arena & McAfee Coliseum Partner With Ticketmaster

Thursday, June 23, 2005 - 06:00

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex and Ticketmaster, the world's leading ticketing company, today announced the signing of a multi-year agreement whereby Ticketmaster will provide comprehensive integrated ticketing solutions for the Oakland Arena and McAfee Coliseum.

"We operate two venues in a highly competitive marketplace for touring events visiting the Bay area," said Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex General Manager, Mark Kaufman. "We look forward to continuing to provide a first rate entertainment experience to our patrons and to utilizing Ticketmaster's technology and marketing solutions to help drive ticket sales for our events."

Beginning today, Ticketmaster will be providing patrons throughout Northern California and beyond with easy and convenient access to Oakland Arena and McAfee Coliseum event tickets and information online at ticketmaster.com, via phone through Ticketmaster's Charge-By-Phone Network by calling 510-625-TIXS, 415-421-TIXS, or 925-685-TIXS, and at Ticketmaster retail ticket center locations throughout Northern California and Northern Nevada including Tower Records, Wherehouse Music, and select Save Mart Supermarkets, Ritmo Latino, and F.Y.E. stores.

"With the exception of U2, the facilities' shows were transferred over to Ticketmaster last night and sales will begin through the Ticketmaster system today," said Box Office Manager, Susan Mayo. "The new system is user- friendly, so we anticipate a smooth transition. We're even going on sale with two large shows, Scream IV and Destiny's Child, back-to-back this weekend."

The Oakland Arena's on-site Box Office will remain open and continue to operate during its normal business hours, Monday through Saturday. In addition to selling concert and event tickets, the Box Office will now be equipped to sell single game tickets for the Oakland Raiders football team and Golden State Warriors basketball team. The Oakland Raiders and the Golden State Warriors, both current Ticketmaster clients, will continue utilizing Ticketmaster. The Oakland Athletics will continue utilizing its current ticketing service.

"We are honored that after extensive examination, Oakland Arena and McAfee Coliseum have chosen to team up with Ticketmaster. The venues and their patrons will be well-served by the ticketing technology, marketing, and customer service solutions we are implementing," said Cathy Felling, Executive Vice President, West Region, Ticketmaster. "Ticketmaster's integrated sales and marketing distribution programs will offer added value to the Oakland Alameda County Coliseum Complex's overall ticket sales and service strategy."

About Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex

The Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex, including the Oakland Arena and McAfee Coliseum, is home to the Oakland Athletics, Oakland Raiders and Golden State Warriors as well as a host of other sporting events, concerts and family shows. The Coliseum Complex is jointly owned by the City of Oakland and Alameda County and managed by the Oakland Coliseum Joint Venture (OCJV), owned in majority by SMG. SMG is the world's leading company in the private development and management of public assembly facilities, including 170 properties in arenas, stadiums, convention centers, performing arts centers and recreational facilities around the world.

About Ticketmaster

Ticketmaster is the world's leading ticketing company, providing ticket sales and distribution through www.ticketmaster.com, one of the largest e-commerce sites on the Internet; approximately 3,300 retail Ticket Center outlets; 19 worldwide telephone call centers; and a broad online and offline marketing network. Ticketmaster serves more than 9,000 clients worldwide across multiple event categories, providing exclusive ticketing services for hundreds of leading arenas, stadiums, performing arts venues, museums, and theaters, and sold 98 million tickets valued at $5 billion in 2004. Ticketmaster is headquartered in West Hollywood, California and is an operating business of IAC/InterActiveCorp (NASDAQ: IACI).

SOURCE: Ticketmaster

CONTACT: Jennifer Cooke of Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum Complex,
+1-510-383-4930; or Bonnie Poindexter of Ticketmaster, +1-310-360-2321

Web site: http://www.ticketmaster.com/

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