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Friday, January 9, 2009

Kitsap Soccer Club Strikes On-Line Agreement with Brown Paper Tickets

Kitsap Pumas press release:

Bremerton, Wash. – The new, professional Kitsap Soccer Club has launched an on-line ticketing agreement with Seattle’s Brown Paper Tickets. This arrangement will allow the club to sell all of its tickets and ticket packages and ticketing needs for its inaugural season.

Brown Paper Tickets – “The first and only fair-trade ticketing service” - is a local firm headquartered in the Fremont district of Seattle.

Brown Paper’s partnership with the club represents the first alliance of Brown Paper Tickets and a professional sports franchise.

“We are quite pleased to announce this partnership,” said Pumas owner Robin Waite. “This is a Northwest firm with Northwest roots doing very good things right here in our own communities – plus they do the best job in the industry of keeping costs low and affordable for the fans. It’s a win-win.”

The firm was founded by William Scott Jordan, also the founder of an event listing website called EventNation.com in the 1990’s. The forums on EventNation gave event-goers the opportunity to discuss all aspects of live events, including experiences with different ticketing services. Watching the forum discussions, William saw a trend - people were unhappy with the enormous service charges tacked onto their ticket purchases, as well as the lack of customer service provided by ticketing companies.

Video: Kitsap Pumas announce club name in November 2008.

He decided to fix the problem, and in 2000, Brown Paper Tickets was born. The defining points of the business were, and continue to be, low service fees and excellent customer service. William wanted to create a service that would be accessible to everyone, and made the decision to never charge event producers to sign up or sell tickets - Brown Paper Tickets' service is completely free to event producers. The per-ticket service charge that ticket buyers pay is just $0.99 plus 2.5% of the ticket price, which is the lowest in the industry.

“Brown Paper Tickets is proud to be working with the Kitsap Soccer Club for a few different reasons,” said Carley Borgen, Director of Marketing for Brown Paper Tickets. “As a community-oriented organization, they align well with the goals of our company. We're excited to enter into our first professional sports franchise partnership, and the fact that they're local makes this even more special.”

Brown Paper Tickets boasts a 24-hour staffed call center for both ticket purchases and producer tech support, with online ticket sales available 24 hours a day. United States Postal Service First Class shipping for tickets is free of charge, but Brown Paper Tickets also offers Will Call as an option, and will soon be offering Print-At-Home technology. The service is scalable - producers can sell tickets to events for anywhere from 2 - 10,000 attendees or more.

Brown Paper Tickets operates as a Not-Just-For-Profit business. Not-Just-For-Profit companies realize that while it's good to have a profitable business, it's essential to give back to the community. One of the ways the firm gives back is by donating 5% of its profits to charitable organizations involved with human rights, children, animals, and the environment. Ticket buyers are given the ability to choose the category toward which they would like their percentage to go.

“This alliance allows us to meet key objectives regarding ticketing,” said club executive director Ben Pecora. “First, we now offer an ultra-low-cost option to folks wishing to purchase on-line. Yet, the most important aspect of our partnership is additionally two-fold: Brown Paper is a company with a commitment to the community and it is a local firm. The Kitsap Pumas hold these values highly and see ourselves in this exact light.”

2009 Kitsap Soccer Club season tickets are priced as follows:

  • Covered Grandstand - $90
  • Open Grandstand - $75
  • End Zones and Family Seating - $45

For further information please contact Ben Pecora, Executive Director, at 360-377-6008 or Vicki Williams at the Pumas offices. www.KitsapSoccerClub.com

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