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2016 Billboard Music Awards: What You Need to Know

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Fri, May 13, 2016 @ 11:23 AM

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The Billboard Music Awards is one of the hottest award shows of the year. With a little over a week until the event, we wanted to fill you in on some important and useful information related to the show! Keep reading to learn more about the event, the schedule, what to wear, who is performing and how you can attend like a VIP.  

About the Billboard Music Awards

  • A subsidiary division of the iconic Billboard brand, honoring some of the hottest names in music today.
  • Produced by Dick Clark Productions.
  • Awards are given for the top album/artist/single in different genres.
  • Finalists are based on key fan interactions with music, including album and digital singles sales, radio airplay, touring, streaming and social interactions on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, VEVO, Spotify and other popular online destinations for music.
  • These measurements are tracked year-round by Billboard and its data partners, including Nielsen Entertainment and Next Big Sound.
  • Was held annually starting in 1989, went dormant in 2007 and returned in 2011.
  • Attended by music artists, A-list actors and other celebrities.

When

Sunday, May 22, 2016

Where

T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, Nevada

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(May 22, 2016)

Dress Rehearsal & Backstage Tour

11:00 AM – 2:30 PM

Red Carpet Viewing

2:30 PM – 5:00 PM

Billboard Music Awards

5:00 PM

After Party at the Jewel in Aria

Starts immediately after the show

*schedule subject to change

Dress Code

There is no required dress code for the Billboard Music Awards, but we highly recommend cocktail attire. Men should wear a dark suit or slacks and a sport coat. Ladies should wear a cocktail dress or nice blouse and skirt.

Performers

Meghan Trainor
Ariana Grande
Blake Shelton
Gwen Stefani
Justin Bieber
Fifth Harmony
DNCE
The Go-Go’s

      Nick Jonas feat. Tove Lo
      Demi Lovato
      Shawn Mendes
      P!nk
      Celine Dion
      Britney Spears
      Troye Sivan

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Fun Facts

Taylor Swift has won 20 BBMAs, making her the top winner of all time. Garth Brooks follows closely behind with 19 BBMAs.

This is The Weeknd’s first time as a BBMAs finalist. He has the potential to bring home 16 trophies, the most of any act this year.

No one has won the Top Male Artist award more than once.

Rihanna and Taylor Swift lead with 2 Top Female Artist wins.

How to Attend as a VIP

This is your chance to experience the 2016 Billboard Music Awards like a star! You’ll get to see Hollywood’s elite walk the Red Carpet, sit amongst some of your favorite celebrities during the show and enjoy thrilling musical performances throughout the night. VIP Packages include a floor seat at the show, a backstage tour, rehearsal viewing, Red Carpet viewing and After Party ticket.

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2016 Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction: Schedule, Travel Tips & More

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, May 12, 2016 @ 10:31 AM

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The inaugural Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction is on the horizon, and Mohegan Sun is calling your name! It’s going to be an exciting three days in Uncasville watching the top collector cars cross the block as bidders seek to own their next crown jewel.

Before you head to the auction, there are a few things you need to know. Keep reading to see the schedule for the auction, information about Mohegan Sun, travel tips and how you can attend the auction as a VIP.

Barrett-Jackson Northeast Schedule

Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Preview Day | 8:00 AM to 3:00 PM
Credentialed bidders and consignors only

The Opening Night Gala | 7:00 PM to 11:00 PM
at the Uncas Ballroom, Mohegan Sun
By invitation only

Thursday, June 23, 2016

Gates & Exhibitors Open | 8:00 AM to Auction Close

Ford & Chevrolet Ride ‘N Drives/Dodge Thrill Rides | 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Automobilia Auction | 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Collector Car Auction | 11:00 AM to Auction Close

Friday, June 24, 2016

Gates & Exhibitors Open | 8:00 AM to Auction Close

Ford & Chevrolet Ride ‘N Drives/Dodge Thrill Rides | 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

Automobilia Auction | 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

Collector Car Auction | 11:00 AM to Auction Close

Saturday, June 25, 2016

Gates & Exhibitors Open | 8:00 AM to Auction Close

Ford & Chevrolet Ride ‘N Drives/Dodge Thrill Rides | 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM

“Behind The Hobby” Collector Car Symposium | 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM
at the Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun
Tips for Success in Buying and Selling Collector Cars

Automobilia Auction | 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM

“Behind The Hobby” Collector Car Symposium | 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
at the Cabaret Theatre, Mohegan Sun
An Advanced Look Into Collector Cars presented by the Barrett-Jackson Automotive Experts

Collector Car Auction | 11:00 AM to Auction Close

About Mohegan Sun

153058808-1.jpgMohegan Sun, one of the most spectacular entertainment, gaming, dining and shopping destinations in North America, will host the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction for visitors from around the world.

Mohegan Sun is situated on 185 acres along the Thames River in scenic southeastern Connecticut, and is home to three unique casinos, a 34-story, 1,200-room luxury hotel and a world-class spa. It features a golf course, over 85 shops, restaurants and bars, as well as three award-winning entertainment venues, including a 10,000-seat arena.

The auction block will be inside Mohegan Sun Arena, ranked among the top venues in the world according to Billboard Magazine, Pollstar and Venues. The event will include the Opening Night Gala, Ride ’N Drives & Thrill Rides with Chevrolet, Ford and Dodge, as well as a huge marketplace of vendors and exhibitors.

Information derived from MoheganSun.com

Travel Tips

The closest airports to Mohegan Sun are Bradley International Airport in Hartford, CT (59 miles) and T.F. Green International Airport in Providence, RI (51 miles). Travel time from the airports to Mohegan Sun is about one hour.  

Uncasville is about 46 miles away from the closest major city – Hartford, CT. It’s about 107 miles from Boston and 133 miles from New York City.

Mohegan Sun is located on the Mohegan Reservation, a Native American reservation in the woods of Connecticut. In order to get around and explore the surrounding area, you will need a car. There is a local bus line, but it has very limited service.

The weather in Uncasville is very nice in late June. The high temperatures usually fall in the upper 70’s to low 80’s with the lows in the upper 50’s to low 60’s. You should see plenty of sunshine!

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Attend the 2016 Barrett-Jackson Northeast Auction

We are a little over a month out from the inaugural Northeast auction at Mohegan Sun. Will we see you there? With an Official Barrett-Jackson Experiences Ticket Package, you can enjoy an auction ticket along with other VIP extras such as an auction tour, tickets to the Opening Night Gala and premium hospitality. Plus, you can add hotel accommodations!

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2016 International Champions Cup North America Schedule

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Wed, May 11, 2016 @ 03:16 PM

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We have ten International Champions Cup matches lined up in North America in 2016. Yes, ten! The International Champions Cup draws crowds like you’ve never seen – it’s unbelievable. There’s a reason these events sell out every year.

Those of us who live in the U.S. don’t get to see these teams compete on a regular basis, so when they come to North America, people get excited. It makes sense. Some people travel from across the globe to see their favorite teams play. Talk about dedication. With fans from all over, it’s always a packed house full of energy and team spirit.

The 2016 International Champions Cup will begin in July, and there are several thrilling matchups lined up. Take a look below at the ten matches taking place in North America this year.  

2016 International Champions Cup North America Schedule

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Date: July 24, 2016
Location: Autzen Stadium – Eugene, Oregon

Real Madrid vs. PSG

Date: July 27, 2016
Location: Ohio Stadium – Columbus, Ohio

Bayern Munich vs. AC Milan

Date: July 27, 2016
Location: Soldier Field – Chicago, Illinois

Chelsea vs. Liverpool

Date: July 27, 2016
Location: Rose Bowl – Pasadena, California

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Date: July 30, 2016
Location: Michigan Stadium – Ann Arbor, Michigan

Inter Milan vs. Bayern Munich

Date: July 30, 2016
Location: Bank of America Stadium – Charlotte, North Carolina

Liverpool vs. AC Milan

Date: July 30, 2016
Location: Levi’s Stadium – Santa Clara, California

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Date: July 30, 2016
Location: StubHub Center – Los Angeles, California

Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid

Date: August 3, 2016
Location: MetLife Stadium – East Rutherford, New Jersey

AC Milan vs. Chelsea

Date: August 3, 2016
Location: US Bank Stadium – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Pick Your Match

So which will it be? If you have a favorite team, you might choose to attend one of their matches no matter the location. Or, you might want to attend the match in your city or state. Either way, you don’t want to miss out!

The International Champions Cup is quickly approaching, so we encourage you to go ahead and pick which match you’d like to attend. Remember, these matches are extremely popular and will likely sell out.

The good news is, you can be one step ahead of everyone else – and do so in VIP fashion. This year, we have partnered with the International Champions Cup to bring you field and lower level seating (aka the best seats in the stadium) plus pregame hospitality (gourmet food and drinks), and on-field experiences. Learn more below.  

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New: 2016 International Champions Cup VIP Packages

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Apr 28, 2016 @ 01:15 PM

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The International Champions Cup and QuintEvents have partnered together to offer Official VIP Packages for all North American events.

ICC is already awesome all on its own – after all, the events sell out for a reason. We witnessed this firsthand with the match that occurred in Charlotte last year. People were so ecstatic, and the event sold out easily.

We see all different kinds of fans come out to these matches. Some are simply following their favorite team. A majority, however, attend because it’s in their hometown or the surrounding area. We don’t get to see these types of matches very often, so when they’re close by, the whole city comes out to celebrate!

With all of that being said, we (along with ICC) wanted to add to the hype already surrounding the matches. Sure, you could get your ticket and attend, or you could upgrade your experience to something unique and exclusive. Considering these matches only come around once a year to your city, you should make the most of it.

What does this entail?

Let’s get started.

Field and Lower Level Seating

You will definitely get a ticket to the game. The difference is, you have the opportunity to get the best seats in the stadium.

Depending on which event you choose to attend, you can sit on the field or in the lower level. Some events offer Gold Packages which provide field level seats while others only offer Silver and Bronze which provide lower level seats. Either way, it’s a win-win.

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On-Field Experiences

Again, this varies per event and package, but if you so choose, you can have a once-in-a-lifetime on-field experience before and after the game. Gold packages offer a pregame on-field experience near the tunnel so you can see players take the field. Talk about exciting! If that doesn’t get you pumped up about the game, I don’t know what will.

Both Gold and Silver packages provide a postgame on-field experience as well. What does this look like? Think photo opps and autographs with your favorite players!

Pregame In-Stadium Hospitality

Hospitality is such a general term, and you’re probably wondering what in the world it means. For one, you can indulge in gourmet food. Sure, stadium fare will do the trick, but is that what you really want to eat? I’m going to go with no.

You also get complimentary beverages. For Gold and Silver packages, this means a premium open bar. Yes, you read that correctly! For Bronze packages, it means beer, wine and soft drinks. Either way, you can’t go wrong. Plus, the venue is in the stadium so it’s readily available prior to the match. Keep in mind, this is pregame only.

Disclaimer: AC Milan vs. Chelsea FC Match in Minneapolis, Minnesota does not include hospitality.

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Hotel Accommodations

A select number of events currently provide hotel accommodations if you wish to have them. We will be adding hotel options to other packages along the way. This really just makes your life easier, so you don’t have the stress of trying to book a hotel. Plus, it’s just a good deal in general.

Pick Your Match

Now that you know what all is included in your Official VIP Package, what are you waiting for? It’s hard to beat field level seating, on-field experiences, gourmet food and an open bar. We are really excited about this new experience, and we hope you are too.

If you have any questions, comments or concerns, please give us a call at 1-866-834-8663. Go ahead and pick your match!

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VIP Ticket Packages to the 2016 Billboard Music Awards

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 @ 03:20 PM

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The Billboard Music Awards. You’ve probably watched them on TV or maybe even seen them live, but you’ve likely never experienced them like this.

This is your chance to experience the 2016 Billboard Music Awards like a star. You’ll actually get to see stars walk the Red Carpet, sit amongst some of your favorite celebrities during the show and enjoy thrilling musical performances throughout the night.

Billboard Music Awards Ticket

473839504-1-1000x696.jpgDon’t worry. You won’t be in the nosebleed section with your binoculars trying to figure out who is on stage performing or accepting an award. In fact, you get the exact opposite. If you are familiar with the BBMAs, then you probably know that the front section on the floor of the arena is where Hollywood’s most elite and famous sit.

With that in mind, now picture yourself sitting amongst those celebrities. Why? Because that’s where you get to sit. Your BBMAs ticket gets you seating in the front floor sections with all your favorite stars.

Backstage Tour

When watching the BBMAs on TV, we are able to get a glimpse of what happens backstage, but we don’t really get to see all that much. Here’s your chance to actually take a tour backstage and see the makings of the show.

Rehearsal Viewing

Get a peak of the action before it happens! Everything has to run smoothly during the show, and you get to witness as all of the details and kinks are worked out. You may catch a glimpse of music artists rehearsing their performances prior to the show. This means you could have the chance to see some of your favorite artists perform not once, but twice!

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As you probably know, prior to the show, celebrities walk the Red Carpet, pose for the cameras and show off their fancy evening attire.  Unless you are the media or a very important person, you will likely not be able to get close to the Red Carpet.

However, we are the exception, and you can be, too. You will get to be up close in a roped off section as you see the stars walk the Red Carpet!

Official After-Party Ticket

Everyone looks forward to the Official BBMAs After-Party! Join the hottest names in the music industry for the biggest Billboard Music Awards event in Sin City. Mix and mingle with celebs, sip on signature cocktails and take in the scene.

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Attend the BBMAs as a VIP

Great seats and great access make for one heck of a night at the Billboard Music Awards. Pair this with hotel accommodations and you will be all set! Be the star you are and attend the 2016 BBMAs like a VIP – you won’t regret it! See you in Las Vegas.

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Appearances by Pro Football Hall of Famers at THE PLAYERS® Championship in 2016!

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Fri, Apr 22, 2016 @ 04:43 PM

2016_PLAYERS_Club.jpgIn just a few short weeks, we’ll be combining two truly awesome things: Gold Jacket recipients and a high-end, invitation only hospitality setting within THE PLAYERS Club to create the most killer experience at THE PLAYERS Championship you could possibly imagine.  As you enjoy the luxuries provided within THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll be rubbing elbows with Dolphins legend Dwight Stephenson and Jacksonville native / Gator All-American Jack Youngblood.

These aren’t random selections, either.  Each Hall of Famer is a local legend in their own right, possessing a history with the state of Florida that goes way back.  Dwight Stephenson was the center and offensive captain for the Miami Dolphins, enjoying a seven-year tenure with the team and a great relationship with the Dolphins’ fan base.  Jack Youngblood may have been known for his career with the Los Angeles Rams, but before that, he was a Jacksonville boy who played for the Florida Gators in college.

Here are some fun facts about each Golf Jacket recipient:

Dwight Stephenson

“I know I’m not going to make every block, but I don’t like to ever get beat.  That’s what keeps me motivated.  There’s always the next play to get ready for.”

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  • All-American at the University of Alabama
  • Earned both All-Pro and All-AFC recognition five straight years from 1983 to 1987
  • Selected for five straight Pro Bowl games, the first four as a starter
  • Dolphins’ offensive captain
  • For six straight years during his tenure, the Dolphins possessed the record of allowing the fewest quarterback sacks in the NFL
  • Played in 107 straight games and started in 80 consecutive games
  • Starting center in the 1982, 1984 and 1985 AFC championship games and in Super Bowl XVII

Jack Youngblood

“From the first time I was introduced to it, the game (of football) appealed to me.  I’m competitive, which means I like to beat the other man.”

  • Defensive end for the Los Angeles Rams from 1971 to 1984
  • All-American from the University of Florida; hails from Jacksonville, Florida
  • Youngblood_Jack_HS.jpgPlayed in a Rams’ record 201 consecutive games and only missed one game in 14 seasons
  • Three-time winner of the Dan Reeves Award given to that team’s most valuable player each season
  • All-Pro in 1974, 1975, 1976, 1978, and 1979 and All-NFC seven times
  • Played in seven straight Pro Bowls following each season from 1973 to 1979
  • During his tenure, the Rams played in five NFC championship games and they advanced to Super Bowl XIV following the 1979 season
  • In spite of suffering a fractured left fibula during the 1979 season, Youngblood played every defensive down in both the NFC title game and Super Bowl XIV against the Pittsburgh Steelers
  • In the 1975 playoff game against the St. Louis Cardinals, Youngblood recorded one sack, one forced fumble, one blocked extra-point attempt and returned an interception 47 yards for a touchdown

Mingle with Pro Football Hall of Famers at THE PLAYERS® Championship!

These football icons will be appearing in THE PLAYERS Club during the week of the tournament.  By choosing packages with access to THE PLAYERS Club, you’ll be able to select the practice and tournament rounds of your choosing on individual days or for the full week. You’ll also be granted private access to the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse as well as private suites overlooking the 18th Green and signature 17th Tee!

A gourmet food selection and a premium open bar featuring items handcrafted by celebrated chefs and bartenders will be available at the TPC Sawgrass Clubhouse, and all guests will be treated to an exclusive shopping experience at the TPC Sawgrass Pro Shop.  Click below to explore THE PLAYERS Club! 

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Go Gold at the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Thu, Apr 21, 2016 @ 11:02 AM

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If you are going to attend the College Football Playoff National Championship, then you want to do it right. It’s time to treat yourself! After all, you deserve it. The Gold Level packages are at the top of ticket package chain – and rightfully so. They provide the best seats and exclusive opportunities that cannot be matched.

Let’s get to it. Here’s what you can expect with a Gold Level package to the College Football National Championship in Tampa, Florida.

Where You Sit

We have two Gold Level packages: A and B. The only difference between the two is your seating location.

Gold A puts you at club level on the prime sidelines. Your seats will be located in the 200 level between the 20-yard lines.

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Gold B puts you in the lower level on the prime sidelines. Your seats will be located in the 100 level between the 20-yard lines.

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Postgame Photo Opp

One of the most significant aspects of the gold packages is the opportunity to take photos on the field after the game. This access is entirely restricted for the general public so you can understand the exclusivity of such an opportunity. This is the perfect time to snap a photo with your friends and family while the field is covered in confetti and everyone is celebrating the National Champions.

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Game Day Hospitality

You might hear the word “hospitality” and not quite understand what that entails. We like to think of it as one big party. Prior to the National Championship you will have access to a premium in-stadium venue, which is open 3 hours prior to the game. It includes a full premium menu (also known as gourmet food and decadent dishes) as well as a top-shelf open bar. Collegiate Football Legends also make appearances throughout the day – you never know who you might run into. In addition, the party venue includes interactive entertainment elements. What that means in plain English is that there’s fun to be had! 

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Amenities

The fun doesn’t stop here. You will be given an Official College Football Playoff Gift Bag, an Official Game Program or Program Voucher, and a Souvenir College Football Playoff Lanyard with Ticket Sleeve. You also have the option to purchase Preferred Playoff Premium Stadium Parking.

Hotel Accommodations

If you’re not from Tampa or the surrounding area, you will need hotel accommodations. There are three different hotels you can add to your package: Embassy Suites by Hilton Tampa Downtown Convention Center, Epicurean Tampa and Renaissance Tampa International Plaza Hotel. The hotels are convenient to the stadium and to everything the city has to offer – which is a lot, by the way! Hotel check-in will be Saturday, January 7, 2017. Check-out will be January 10, 2017.

Get Your Gold Package

The best seats in the house. On-field photo opportunity. Hospitality. Lodging. When you add all of these things together, you have the perfect package for the College Football Playoff National Championship. Gold Level is the way to go if you really want the most exclusive and enjoyable experience available.

Questions, comments or concerns? Drop us a comment below or give us a call at 1-866-834-8663.

Click below to learn more about the individual Gold packages.

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How the America’s Cup Works

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Apr 19, 2016 @ 10:47 AM

rp160227_lvacwsord1_6792-1.jpg35th America’s Cup. World Series. Defender. Challengers. Challenger of Record. We hear all of these terms, but what exactly does it all mean? To those unfamiliar with the America’s Cup, it can be a little complicated and difficult to understand. We want to simplify it for you as best we can! Take a look below at our breakdown of how the America’s Cup works.

Defender

Let’s start with the basics. You’ll probably hear the word “Defender” thrown around.

Whoever wins the America’s Cup becomes the Defender of the next America’s Cup. In 2010, Golden Gate YC won the America’s Cup so they became the defending champions in 2013 and then successfully defended the Cup against Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. Now, they will defend once again in 2017.

ORACLE TEAM USA will represent GGYC for the 35th America’s Cup. The team faces a number of challengers who will seek to win the Cup and host the next America’s Cup on their home turf.

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Challengers

Above, we mentioned the term “Challengers.” This means exactly what it sounds like. You have teams that challenge the Defender.

First and foremost, the Challenger of Record (COR) is the first challenger accepted by the Defender and Trustee of the America’s Cup. In 2013, this literally happened as the winning boat for Hamilton Island YC (HIYC) crossed the finish line. The COR negotiates with the Defender to set time, location, type of yachts, match format, rules, etc. However, unexpectedly in July of 2014, HIYC resigned as the COR for the 2017 America’s Cup and withdrew from the event.

Also in 2014, the remaining teams submitted a Notice of Challenge for the 2017 America’s Cup during an early entry period. Golden Gate YC was able to accept and reject late challenges at their discretion. The following teams officially accepted for the 35th America’s Cup:

New Challengers
Ben Ainslie Racing
SoftBank Team Japan
Team France

Returning Challengers
Artemis Racing
Emirates Team New Zealand

Learn more about the teams here.

The America’s Cup World Series

Leading up to the 35th America’s Cup, the teams participate in the Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series, which consists of various races in different parts of the world. You can think of these races as warm-up races for the 2017 America’s Cup in Bermuda.

The World Series kicked off in Portsmouth in July 2015 then headed to Gothenburg, Bermuda and Oman. The next World Series event will take place in New York – this will mark the first time in 96 years! The teams will then finish out the series in Chicago, Portsmouth and Toulon.

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The 35th America’s Cup

You have the World Series. Then, you have the actual America’s Cup.

Bermuda is home of the 2017 America’s Cup. Why? Because Golden Gate YC said so. Whoever wins the America’s Cup and becomes the Defender gets to choose where the next Cup is held.

In 2017, the Challenger Qualifiers will be held between May 26 and June 12 with the America’s Cup Match between June 17 and 27.

The Challenger program begins with the America’s Cup Qualifiers, a double round-robin series held between May 26 and June 5 of which the defender participates. The top four Challengers then advance to the Challenger Playoffs, held between June 7 and 12. The playoffs consist of the best of 9 semi-final and final matches to determine which Challenger will compete against the Defender in the 35th America’s Cup.

Whoever is the top Challenger will face ORACLE TEAM USA in the America’s Cup Match, the best of 13 series scheduled for June 17-27.

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Attend the Next World Series Event in New York

Were you able to follow along and not get lost? The America’s Cup is unique with its structure and rules, but that makes it all the more exciting!

Next up on the schedule is New York – talk about a triumphant return. For the first time since 1920, the America’s Cup will sail back to its origins as the teams face off in the New York City Harbor.

Considering the magnitude of this event, why not make your trip just as big? Experience incredibly luxurious hospitality at the event – enjoy premium views of the races, gourmet food, open bar and much more. Click below to view the available packages for the America’s Cup World Series in New York.

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Who Are the Teams Racing in the 35th America’s Cup?

Posted by Victoria Barnett on Tue, Apr 12, 2016 @ 09:28 AM

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The Louis Vuitton America’s Cup World Series continues this year leading up to the 35th America’s Cup in 2017 in Bermuda. ORACLE TEAM USA will be defending the Cup and will face five challengers: Artemis Racing, Land Rover BAR, Emirates Team New Zealand, Groupama Team France and SoftBank Team Japan. Learn more about the teams below!

ORACLE TEAM USA | Defender

ORACLE TEAM USA was founded in 2000 by Larry Ellison. The team of skilled sailors won the 33rd America’s Cup, bringing the America’s Cup home to San Francisco and becoming the Defender of the 34th America’s Cup. They then successfully defended the 34th America’s Cup, and now we will see them once again defend the title in the 35th America’s Cup in Bermuda.

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Artemis Racing | Challenger

Artemis Racing represents the Royal Swedish Yacht Club, the fifth-oldest yacht club in the world. It keeps its Swedish heritage with its signature colors: blue and yellow. The sailing team is the main part of the team, but Artemis Racing also consists of a design team, world class engineers, boat builders and a support team. The team has been a part of 64 America’s Cup campaigns and captured 14 victories.

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Land Rover Ben Ainslie Racing | Challenger

Land Rover BAR was launched in 2014 in the presence of the Duchess of Cambridge. Sir Ben Ainslie – four-time Olympic gold medalist and 34th America’s Cup winner – formed the team with the goal of bringing the America’s Cup back to Britain where it all began. It is a commercial sporting team with individual private investors alongside corporate partners.

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Emirates Team New Zealand | Challenger

Emirates Team New Zealand is based in Auckland, New Zealand and represents the Royal New Zealand Yacht Squadron. The team has won the America’s Cup twice in the row – once in 1995 in San Diego and then again in 2000 in Auckland. They have only missed one event since they began with the 1987 America’s Cup event, making them the longest-lived team in recent America’s Cup history. In the 2013 America’s Cup, they faced a very close and dramatic loss to ORACLE TEAM USA.

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Groupama Team France | Challenger

Groupama Team France is rather new to the scene, seeing as though they did not take part in the 34th America’s Cup in San Francisco. However, the team boasts France’s top sailing talent and is known for its offshore sailing achievements and being the champion of several international sailing competitions. The only thing that’s missing is a win in the prestigious America’s Cup.

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SoftBank Team Japan | Challenger

SoftBank Team Japan, supported by SoftBank Corp. and Kansai Yacht Club, is the first Japanese flagged challenger for the America’s Cup since 2000. They seek to make history to become the first Japanese team to win the America’s Cup. General Manager Kazuhiko “Fuku” Sofuku is a veteran of four previous America’s Cup campaigns and last raced with a Japanese team for the America’s Cup fifteen years ago. Their wealth of knowledge will do them well as they represent Japan with pride.

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Current Standings

Emirates Team New Zealand currently leads the pack with 192 points. ORACLE TEAM USA and Land Rover BAR are neck and neck with 186 points and 185 points, respectively. 

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How the Back Nine Changed It All at the 2016 Masters®

Posted by Carolynn Wilcox on Mon, Apr 11, 2016 @ 03:34 PM

It’s safe to say that Jordan Spieth was dominating the Masters from Thursday through Sunday morning.  As players teed off on Sunday, a back-to-back win for Spieth seemed to be in the bag; but in under an hour, another Masters victory for Spieth went from being a sure thing to disappearing completely.  There was a metaphorical mushroom cloud over Augusta National® on Sunday, one that emanated from Jordan Spieth’s total self-destruction on the par 3 12th.

Spieth’s Rise & Fall

20 years ago, Nick Faldo won the Masters courtesy of Greg Norman’s legendary downfall – but there was a big difference between then and now.  "Greg was right from the word go on a downward trend, and Jordan was on an upward trend," Faldo said, describing Spieth’s misfortune this weekend as "a mixture between disaster and torture."

Throughout the first round, Spieth didn’t know how to hit a bad shot.  He’s been surprisingly level-headed in his career for someone so young, and he showed us once again that he can keep calm under pressure.  It rained on Wednesday night, and winds were high Thursday through Saturday.  Weather conditions even threw off the game of former Masters champions such as Bubba Watson, who barely made the cut.

Through Friday, in spite of the wind, Spieth held fast to his lead.  He did struggle at points and especially through the back nine, but that could largely be attributed to the shifting winds and strong gusts that every golfer was battling against.  After Round 3, Spieth’s name was still at the top of the leaderboard with a one-shot lead and several other names in hot pursuit. 

Enter Round 4.  Spieth hit four consecutive birdies to amass a five-shot lead, elevating his chance at another Masters victory from probable to seemingly inevitable.  That is, until it wasn’t.  Spieth completely fell apart on the back nine, earning bogeys on 10 and 11 (respectively), but still had the lead.  The beginning of the end was a quadruple bogey on the par 3 12th, where two of his shots landed in Rae’s Creek.

Willett’s Victory

Ever heard the parable of the tortoise and the hare?  This story is kind of like that.  Spieth rose to the top of the leaderboard quickly, kept a big lead, and remained there until his late demise, when Willett was ready and waiting to forge his own destiny at the Masters.  While Spieth fell apart at Amen Corner, Danny Willett picked up some steam, seeing the opportunity within his grasp and birdying three of the final six holes. 

Danny Willett will be a household name soon, as he’s the first Englishman to win the Masters in 20 years – the last one to do so was Nick Faldo in 1996.  Eerie parallel, right?  How about another strange coincidence?  In 1996, Faldo shot a bogey-free final round.  In 2016, Willett did the same.  Willett actually closed with a 5-under 67 – back in 1996, Faldo shot a 67 as well.  They always say that history repeats itself, and the 2016 Masters was living proof of that old saying in action.

Many are shocked and dismayed by Spieth’s swift and rapid descent, and don’t get us wrong, we were disappointed to see it as well.  But isn’t that why we watch the tournament?  We watch for the epic comebacks, the crazy aces, and the surprising victories.  There’d be no fun in a predictable Masters.

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