New New York City site for 2002 awards ceremony

Hammerstein Ballroom to serve as new Big Apple site for NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony. DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2002) - The storied and spacious Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City's Manhattan Center will serve as the site for...

Hammerstein Ballroom to serve as new Big Apple site for NASCAR Winston Cup Series Awards Ceremony.

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla. (May 17, 2002) - The storied and spacious Hammerstein Ballroom in New York City's Manhattan Center will serve as the site for this year's NASCAR Winston Cup Series 2002 awards ceremony, set for the evening of Friday, Dec. 6.

The annual season-ending ceremony, which honors the NASCAR Winston Cup champion and the rest of the season's final top 10 drivers, was previously held since 1981 at the Waldorf=Astoria, another New York landmark. In 1981, the ceremony took place in the historic hotel's Starlight Roof. In 1982, the ceremony was moved to the Grand Ballroom.

The Waldorf=Astoria will continue to serve as headquarters for NASCAR's week-long stay in New York that leads up to the awards, and once again will host the annual NASCAR Press Luncheon and the National Motorsports Press Association/Myers Brothers Awards Breakfast. Also, immediately following the awards ceremony, the" Champion's Party" will be held in the Waldorf's Grand Ballroom.

NASCAR's unprecedented growth in popularity, reflected by increasing attendance and media coverage at the year-end awards ceremony, has necessitated the move to the Hammerstein Ballroom. The 20,000 square-foot facility will boost seating for the ceremony to approximately 1,600. Red carpets will greet guests at the Hammerstein's elegant entrance, part of what promises to be an Academy Awards-type of atmosphere.

The Manhattan Center (www.mcstudios.com <http://www.mcstudios.com>) is located in Midtown, on West 34th Street near the theatre district and Madison Square Garden. The Hammerstein Ballroom formerly was known as the Manhattan Opera House, which was built in 1906 by composer Oscar Hammerstein, who envisioned it as competition to the Metropolitan Opera House. Throughout its history, the facility has hosted giants of the entertainment industry.

The 2002 awards ceremony will include theater-style seating, with doors to the Hammerstein Ballroom opening at approximately 7 p.m. The ceremony will be televised live on TNT and broadcast live by MRN. NBC also will televise portions of the ceremony on a tape-delayed basis at a later date.

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