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German Handball Association and CTS EVENTIM sign longterm partnership deal

Ticketing contract awarded for 2017 and 2019 world championships / experience, technology and marketing strengths as crucial factors

Dortmund/Hamburg, 22 July 2016. The German Handball Association (Deutsche Handballbund – DHB) and CTS EVENTIM Sports have inked a long-term partnership agreement. The German ticketing market leader will be the official partner not only for all the home international matches of the German men’s and women’s teams, but also and especially for the men’s and women’s world championships being held in Germany in 2017, and in Germany and Denmark in 2019, respectively. The partnership is to run until at least 2020. 
‘We have recruited a world-class partner for ticketing – CTS EVENTIM’, commented Mark Schober, the Secretary-General of the DHB. ‘We are bringing our national teams and two world championships into the partnership. The experience and marketing com-petencies of CTS EVENTIM Sports on the national and international ticketing market are a perfect match for us. Our new ticketing partner has excellent, hands-on expertise when it comes to major international events, so we can continue to improve the services we provide in connection with international handball matches.’ 
‘We are delighted that the DHB has chosen CTS EVENTIM as its ticketing partner. Handball in general, the national teams and above all the world championships in 2017 and 2019 have enormous potential, we believe. Our common aim is to deliver top-class service to handball fans and to market admission tickets through our highly efficient online shops and in more than 10,000 box offices throughout Germany. DHB and CTS EVENTIM both stand to gain 
from this long-term partnership’, adds Dr Julian de Grahl, one of the two directors of CTS EVENTIM Sports GmbH. 
The partnership between DHB and CTS EVENTIM, now official, has been lived out in practice for some months already. Fans can buy tickets for the home international matches of the German national teams on the central platform at and no longer need to switch between different providers and procedures. 
Separate ticket shops are being set up for the 2017 and 2019 world championships and will also enable optimal handling of ticketing requests from other countries. As Mark Schober, the DHB Secretary-General, puts it, ‘We want to be good hosts in 2017 and 2019. For fans from all over the world, customer-friendly ticketing is the ideal basis for a great experience at the handball world championships in Germany.’ 
About the German Handball Association:

With a membership of 767,326, the German Handball Association is one of the strongest German sports associations and the biggest national handball organisation in the world. The DHB’s pres-ence is manifested first and foremost through its various national teams. The men’s team won the European championships in January of this year and were watched on television by as many as 18 million viewers. In 2017, the DHB is hosting the Women’s Handball World Championships, after which it will be cohosting the 2019 Men’s Handball World Championships with Denmark. In addition to its top-level sporting efforts and achievements, the German Handball Association is also committed to social engagement – its activities include attracting new members, supporting sport in schools, promoting interculturality and much more besides. Further information can be found on the website. 
About CTS EVENTIM Sports:
CTS EVENTIM Sports GmbH is the German market leader in sports ticketing and currently pro-vides services to more than 120 sports clubs, associations and event promoters in more than 20 different sports disciplines. In the Ticketing & Customer Relationship Management (CRM) seg-ment, CTS EVENTIM Sports is the technology leader, offering a full range of products and ser-vices for every link in the value creation chain: from modular system solutions for ticketing, CRM, access and resale to customised services in the fields of consulting, marketing, ticket shops & hotlines. CTS EVENTIM Sports GmbH is part of CTS EVENTIM AG & Co. KGaA, a corporation listed in the SDAX index. The latter is Europe’s market leader in ticketing and live entertainment, with operations in 26 countries and more than 120 million tickets sold for rock, pop, sports, musicals and classical music events.

Marco Haeckermann
Vice President Corporate Development & Strategy
Frank Brandmaier
Head of Corporate Communications

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