AURORA, Ill. (November 21, 2001) - Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division announced today a five-year agreement with Phoenix's Bank One Ballpark to produce its motor sports events in the Southwest's newest retractable-roof stadium. The agreement makes Clear Channel Entertainment the exclusive provider of motor sports events to the facility through 2006.
Bank One Ballpark, owned by the Maricopa County Stadium District, covers approximately 1,300,000 square feet, including the playing surface. Opening in the spring of 1998, the facility was built as a multipurpose facility to primarily house Arizona's first Major League Baseball team, the 2001 World Series Champion Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 1999, Clear Channel Entertainment brought supercross to the new facility, treating fans to a luxurious spectacle never experienced before in the Southwest. The 6,900-ton expandable roof is the only one of its kind in supercross and is composed of six operable telescoping panels that when opened creates 5.5 acres of vast Arizona sky. The world was recently exposed to Bank One Ballpark's beauty as the facility hosted the World Series.
"This will be our fourth EA SPORTS Supercross, and the event has been a grand-slam for the Ballpark every time. Clear Channel Entertainment's offering of both the Monster Jam and EA SPORTS Supercross have become a tradition of Arizonians, and the opportunity to extend the relationship through 2006 was one we proudly and quickly gave the nod to," said Charles Johnston, president/CEO of Select Artists Associates, the exclusive booking company for Bank One Ballpark.
Charlie Mancuso, president of Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division, said, "The Phoenix supercross stop has traditionally been a fan favorite, and there is no better place to host a supercross in the Southwest than Bank One Ballpark. It is the Taj Mahal of stadiums. We are completely honored to have Bank One Ballpark put their faith in us as long term motor sports entertainment providers."
About Clear Channel Entertainment / EA SPORTS Supercross: Clear Channel Entertainment's motor sports division is the producer and promoter of 2002 EA SPORTS Supercross.