THG Sports

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THG Sports
Subsidiary
Industry Hospitality & Leisure
Founded 1983
Headquarters London, 69 offices worldwide
Key people
James Sinton (Regional GM), Jon Stromberg (Regional GM)
Products Hospitality packages at leading sports events worldwide
Parent Marcus Evans Group
Website www.THGSports.com

THG Sports (The Hospitality Group) provides sports ticketing services and corporate hospitality programmes at sporting events around the world[1] It has 69 offices globally and has around 3,000 employees who provide access to over 350 major events each year. It focuses primarily on: soccer, rugby, American Football, athletics, horse racing, Formula One motor racing and tennis.

The company is owned by the Marcus Evans group whose other sporting interests include ownership of Ipswich Town Football Club, English League champions in 1962.[2]

History[edit]

THG (The Hospitality group) was founded in 1983 as the division of the Marcus Evans Group whose goal it was to combine corporate hospitality with premier international sporting events. It has organised hospitality functions at distinguished events like the US Grand Prix, World Cup Soccer, Masters, US Open and the Final Four.

The company has steadily expanded; its core business diversifying into the provision of business intelligence through business conferences, summits, business training and the publication of comprehensive reports on strategic industry issues. In October 2000, the new corporate identity and image was announced as Marcus Evans.

Offices[edit]

THG’s European headquarters are based in London. Its North American headquarters are in Chicago, with offices in San Diego and Montreal.

London Olympics 2012 and Olympic Tickets[edit]

In 2010, The Olympic Council of Ireland (OCI) appointed THG as its official ticketing agent for the 2012 London Olympics and the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.[3]

In early 2011 following the announcement from the London Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympics Games (LOCOG), a division of THG – THG Sports Tours - was confirmed as Authorised Ticket Reseller (ATR) for three European Olympic Councils (Ireland, Greece[4] and Malta[5]) ahead of the London 2012 Olympic Games, taking place from 27 July to 12 August 2012[6] The company is one of several overseas official ticketing agencies which are currently in the spotlight due to a series of unfortunate incidents of fraudulent ticket touting on unauthorised websites.[7]

Popular consumer watchdogs like the BBC’s Moneybox programme[8] have been strongly advising people to only deal with official ticket agencies as listed on the main London Olympics 2012 website.[9]

Football Association of Ireland (FAI)[edit]

Dublin’s Aviva Stadium on the site of the old Landsdowne Road Stadium was officially opened in May 2010 and is the venue for home matches for its main tenants, the Irish Rugby Union team and the Football Association of Ireland (FAI) team. THG is the sole hospitality provider for FAI games at the stadium.[citation needed]

Super Bowl[edit]

In 2011, THG celebrated its 20-year association with Super Bowl hospitality in Dallas, Texas.[10]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "THG Sports website". THG Sports. 
  2. ^ "Ipswich Town Football Club". Ipswich Town Football Club. 
  3. ^ "OCI appoint Ticketing Agency for London 2012 Games". Irish Olympic Committee Website. 
  4. ^ "London 2012 Ticket Retailers". London 2012 Ticket Retailers. 
  5. ^ "2012 Olympics tickets: MOC appoints THG Sports Tours as official London authorised reseller.". Malta Independent. 5. 2012 Olympics tickets: MOC appoints THG Sports Tours as official London authorised reseller.  horizontal tab character in |date= at position 3 (help); Check date values in: |date= (help)
  6. ^ "Marcus Evans Company THG appointed Olympic Ticket reseller". Marcus Evans website news. 
  7. ^ "Olympic Ticket Tout Crackdown". Sky News. Retrieved Sky News Article on Olympic ticket touts.  Check date values in: |access-date= (help)
  8. ^ "BBC Money Box Programme". BBC Money Box Programme. 26 March 2011. 
  9. ^ "London 2012 Ticket Retailers". London 2012 Ticket Retailers. 
  10. ^ "THG Celebrates 20 Years of Super Bowl Hospitality". THG Blog. 

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