Konica Minolta and Inside Lacrosse Announce Plans for 2011 Events

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Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore; Konica Minolta Big City Classic on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the New Meadowlands Stadium

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We continue to value our long-term title sponsorship relationship with Konica Minolta

Bob Carpenter, Publisher of Inside Lacrosse Magazine, announced today that Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. (Konica Minolta), a leading provider of advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop, has continued its commitment as title sponsor of two of the “must-attend” events in lacrosse for 2011, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic will be played on Saturday, March 12, 2011 at M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore. The Konica Minolta Big City Classic will be played on Sunday, April 3, 2011 at the New Meadowlands Stadium in New Jersey.

“We continue to value our long-term title sponsorship relationship with Konica Minolta,” said Inside Lacrosse Publisher Bob Carpenter. “The on-going support that Konica Minolta provides to the sport is simply incredible. It’s rare to find a partner outside the lacrosse industry that fully embraces opportunities to grow the sport. We could not bring lacrosse fans the experiences that they crave without the support of Konica Minolta and our other partners. We are truly appreciative of Konica Minolta’s commitment to the cause.”

“Our entire organization looks forward to continuing our commitment to the game of lacrosse, especially with our strategic decision to extend our title sponsorships of the sport’s two high-profile collegiate events," said Kevin Kern, Senior Vice President, Marketing, Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. "Our sports marketing initiatives have constantly proven to be very effective in building brand awareness of Konica Minolta. In partnership with our friends at Inside Lacrosse, we aim to position the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and Konica Minolta Big City Classic as premier events within the landscape of college sports, and the excitement is already building for the 2011 matchups.”

Inside Lacrosse has set the standard for the promotion of lacrosse with its event properties. These events create an unparalleled game day experience in college lacrosse’s regular season. Inside Lacrosse has drawn more than 165,000 fans to its eight events, including 66,395 fans to its three events in 2010. Lacrosse fans circle the dates for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic on their calendars each year. The games lined up for the 2011 events guarantee that fans will be eagerly anticipating the start of the 2011 season.

2011 Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic Features a Tripleheader at M&T Bank Stadium with the following games:
Game No. 1 – Syracuse vs Georgetown (11a)
Game No. 2 – Cornell vs Virginia (1.30p)
Game No. 3 – Johns Hopkins vs UMBC (4p)
All times Eastern

Now in its fifth year, the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic gives fans the chance to celebrate the start of another season by placing many of the nation’s top ranked teams in the same stadium on the same day. This year the event moves to the second weekend of March, with three games scheduled at M&T Bank Stadium.

Big East rivals Syracuse and Georgetown will face off in the first game at 11a ET. The Orange will enter the 2011 season eager to assert their championship pedigree after last year’s surprising NCAA Quarterfinal exit. The new-look Hoyas will be hungry to make their own statement of intent while making their first appearance in the event. The second game starts at 1.30p and features a pair of NCAA Semifinalists from a year ago with Cornell vs. Virginia. After advancing to three of the last four Memorial Day weekends, Cornell’s new head coach Ben DeLuca is ready to place his own stamp on the Big Red program. With an experienced roster headlined by proven scorers, the Cavaliers will enter the new season on the shortlist of national title favorites. The third game features a local Baltimore rivalry with Johns Hopkins and the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) facing off at 4p. Johns Hopkins endured an up-and-down season a year ago that ended with a loss in the NCAA first round (albeit to eventual champ Duke). The Blue Jays return a young but talented lineup ready for a fresh start in 2011. The Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic is an opportunity for UMBC to pick up a high-profile win early in the season after a streak of four straight NCAA tournament appearances was snapped in 2010.

2011 Konica Minolta Big City Classic Returns to the New Meadowlands Stadium with the following lineup:
Game No. 1 – Rutgers vs St. John’s (1p)
Game No. 2 – Johns Hopkins vs North Carolina (4p)
Game No. 3 – Duke vs Syracuse (6.30p)
All times Eastern

Last year the Konica Minolta Big City Classic broke the attendance record for a regular season, lacrosse-only event with 25,742 fans at the state-of-the-art New Meadowlands Stadium.

The schedule for the third edition of the Konica Minolta Big City Classic has been set. Big East neighbors Rutgers and St. John’s will face off in the first game at 1p ET. The second game will be Johns Hopkins vs. North Carolina at 4p. The third game will feature a match-up between the 2010 NCAA Champions from Duke and perennial national power Syracuse. The Blue Devils and Orange will face-off at 6.30p in their first regular season meeting since 1992.

Tickets for the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and Konica Minolta Big City Classic
Information on ticket packages as well as on sale dates will be made available in October 2010 for both the Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic and the Konica Minolta Big City Classic. The latest news and information regarding the plans for both events will be posted first on http://www.InsideLacrosse.com.

All seating locations at M&T Bank Stadium and the New Meadowlands Stadium will be reserved for these events. Fans are urged to make their plans early to be part of the action.

About Konica Minolta
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc. is a leader in advanced imaging and networking technologies for the desktop to the print shop. For the third consecutive year, Konica Minolta was recognized as the #1 Brand for Customer Loyalty in the MFP Office Copier Market by Brand Keys. For more information, please visit http://www.CountOnKonicaMinolta.com and follow Konica Minolta on Facebook (@Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A), YouTube (@KonicaMinoltaUS), and Twitter (@KonicaMinoltaUS).

About Inside Lacrosse
Inside Lacrosse is the premier media outlet for the sport of lacrosse, covering print (Inside Lacrosse Magazine, Face-Off Yearbook), online (InsideLacrosse.com, LacrosseForums.com, NLLInsider.com, WingsZone.com/nllmb), video (InsideLacrosse.tv and “Inside Lacrosse on ESPN”) and events (Konica Minolta Face-Off Classic, Konica Minolta Big City Classic). IL is the online partner of ESPN.com.

Konica Minolta Contact
James Norberto
Konica Minolta Business Solutions U.S.A., Inc.
+1 201.825.4000
PR(at)kmbs(dot)konicaminolta(dot)us

Inside Lacrosse Contacts
Christine Capella
Inside Lacrosse Magazine
+1 410.369.0743
christine(dot)capella(at)insidelacrosse(dot)com

Andy Bilello
Inside Lacrosse Magazine
+1 410.369.0732
abilello(at)insidelacrosse(dot)com

Konica Minolta is a trademark of Konica Minolta Holdings, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned in this document are the property of their respective owners.

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