The winner of the season-long series between the Redbirds and the Sounds will receive the two-foot tall I-40 Cup and bragging rights. The loser of the series will donate 25 tickets to the winner's charity of choice.
"Adding a piece of hardware really puts a spotlight on this interstate rivalry." Memphis Redbirds general manager Ben Weiss explained. "The Cup is a great centerpiece to a long lasting relationship with the Tennessee Education Lottery."
"Both ballclubs are proud of the Tennessee Lottery's long-standing support of Minor League Baseball in Tennessee. This trophy will add another exciting element to our cross-state rivalry." added Nashville Sounds vice president and general manager Brad Tammen.
Although Nashville leads the all-time record between the two clubs with a 123-101 record and a win in last night's series opener, last season the Redbirds triumphed over the Sounds with an overall 10-6 record. Memphis picked up six of their victories at home while notching four in the win column at Nashville. For ticket information call 901.721.6000 or visit memphisredbirds.com.
Global Spectrum (global-spectrum.com) manages the Memphis Redbirds, as well as nearly 100 other public assembly facilities around the world. Nearly 20-million people attended more than 11,000 events in Global Spectrum venues last year. Based in Philadelphia, PA, Global Spectrum is part of Comcast-Spectacor, one of the world's largest sports and entertainment companies. Comcast-Spectacor also owns the Philadelphia Flyers of the National Hockey League, Ovations Food Services, a food and beverage services provider, New Era Tickets, a full-service ticketing and marketing product for public assembly facilities, Paciolan, the leading provider of venue establishment ticketing, fundraising and marketing technology solutions, Front Row Marketing Services, a commercial rights sales company, and Flyers Skate Zone, a series of community ice skating rinks. In a partnership with Disson Skating, Comcast-Spectacor annually produces eight nationally televised figure skating spectaculars on NBC-TV.