Portsmouth FC and viagogo Launch New Ticket Exchange Facility

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Pompey to give fans a secure and legal way of trading match tickets.

viagogo, Europe's leading secondary ticketing company, has today announced an exciting new partnership deal with Portsmouth Football Club.

This deal makes viagogo Portsmouth FC's official secondary ticketing partner and the new service enables ticket holders to legally re-sell their tickets to fellow Pompey fans for fixtures at Fratton Park. This is the first time Portsmouth fans have had this opportunity, as under current laws, all other ways of re-selling football match tickets are illegal. In addition, viagogo will also assist in selling match day hospitality packages for the club.

viagogo is an online secondary ticket exchange that facilitates the exchange between people who want to sell and people who want to buy live event tickets, allowing them to do so in a safe and guaranteed environment. By managing payment and delivery the company guarantees that buyers will receive their tickets and sellers will receive payment.

This deal extends viagogo's relationship with Premiership clubs. The company launched in August 2006 by announcing ticketing partnerships with Chelsea FC and Manchester United FC and this year it has launched its secondary ticketing exchange service with Everton FC and Blackburn Rovers FC in the Premiership, FC Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and Hearts in the Scottish Premiership. No other online ticketing exchange has developed the capability or the relationships to offer this service to football fans.

Eric Baker, CEO of viagogo said. "We offer fans the only legal opportunity to re-sell tickets, and we do so in a safe, convenient and guaranteed way. Pompey fans finally have the chance to purchase hard-to-get or sold out tickets to matches without illegally buying tickets from un-secure online vendors or match day ticket touts."    

Paul Bell, Director of Marketing and Commercial at Portsmouth FC commented: "Working with viagogo means that we can now offer supporters a great new service that benefits everyone involved. It's a facility that's been proven to work for both clubs and fans alike. We look forward to a great partnership with viagogo and a great season ahead."

The Portsmouth viagogo ticket exchange will be located at http://portsmouth.viagogo.co.uk and can be accessed through the club's official website at http://www.portsmouthfc.co.uk

For more information about viagogo please contact
Melissa Varcoe or Harry Porter at freud communications
Tel: 020 3003 6300; Email: firstname.surname(at)freud.com

About viagogo
viagogo is an online secondary ticket exchange that allows people to buy and sell live event tickets in a safe and secure environment. What that means is that viagogo facilitates and guarantees the exchange between someone who wants to sell and someone who wants to buy live event tickets. By managing payment and delivery we guarantee that buyers will receive their tickets and sellers will receive payment. For this service, viagogo takes a commission which is a percentage of each exchange.

viagogo was set up in August 2006 by the co-founder of StubHub.com, the leading online secondary ticketing company in the US that was acquired in March 2007 by eBay for $307m. Based on an already proven business model and adapted for the European market, viagogo is the first and leading business of its kind in Europe, bringing efficiency and transparency to what has traditionally been a murky marketplace. It is therefore the best place to buy and sell live event tickets in a secure and guaranteed way.

Since it launched, viagogo has developed a portfolio of partnership deals with world-leading UK and European sports teams, media companies and charities. It is the official secondary ticketing partner of football clubs Chelsea FC, Manchester United FC, Everton FC, Blackburn Rovers FC and FC Bayern Munich, as well as Rugby Union clubs Leicester Tigers and London Wasps. Among other deals, viagogo has also signed partnerships with lastminute.com, Europe's leading independent online travel and leisure group, major global music company Warner Music International, and charities Amnesty International, Music for Relief and Leonard Cheshire. viagogo is the online destination of choice for people seeking tickets for major live events of all kinds across Europe.

In August 2007, viagogo launched operations in the U.S. with an exclusive partnership with the NFL's Cleveland Browns. For more information, visit http://www.viagogo.com.

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