Leafs legend Doug Gilmour to host one lucky fan and a guest for the ultimate Canadian sports weekend
TORONTO, Nov. 17, 2015 /CNW/ - Airbnb, the world's leading community-driven hospitality company, today announced it's teaming up with Hockey Hall of Fame member and Toronto Maple Leafs legend Doug Gilmour and Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE), to provide one winner and a guest an ultimate sports weekend experience at Air Canada Centre.
The winner and a guest will get special access to back-to-back games starting with a Leafs game against the Montreal Canadiens on January 23, 2016, spend the night in a customized suite in Air Canada Centre, and a Raptors game against the Los Angeles Clippers the next day.
"Getting the chance to spend a night at Air Canada Centre is an experience many fans have dreamed of," said Doug Gilmour. "I'm excited to host the ultimate sports weekend, and share my memories of being captain of the Toronto Maple Leafs with two lucky fans."
The overnight experience hosted by Doug Gilmour, includes platinum tickets to see the Toronto Maple Leafs take on their historic rival, the Montreal Canadiens. Additionally, it includes an exclusive Maple Leafs pre-game experience with a behind-the-scenes tour of the venue, a shopping spree at Real Sports Apparel, access to the players' amenities, a chance to watch the pre-game skate from the penalty box and a personalized player send-off in the Maple Leafs tunnel as the team takes the ice.
Before returning to their Airbnb suite for the night, the winner will also be invited to attend Head Coach Mike Babcock's postgame press conference.
After spending the night in the customized Airbnb suite overlooking the lower bowl, the winner will take in the Raptors' gameday shoot-around before wrapping up their experience, watching the Raptors take on the Clippers in courtside seats on January 24, 2016.
"The Toronto Maple Leafs and Toronto Raptors have some of the most loyal and passionate fans in the NHL and NBA," said Aaron Zifkin, Country Manager for Canada, Airbnb. "Airbnb is pleased to offer the first ever overnight experience at Air Canada Centre in a customized suite while also providing an unprecedented behind-the-scenes experience."
Airbnb, on behalf of the Toronto host community, is also proud to make a $15,000 donation to MLSE Foundation, a charitable organization that helps get kids involved in sports in their community. The donation will support the MLSE LaunchPad, a 42,000 square foot youth-focussed centre located in the Moss Park neighbourhood of Toronto.
For a chance to win the ultimate Canadian sports weekend experience, visit the Air Canada Centre listing on Airbnb and "Tell us why you're the biggest Maple Leafs and Raptors fan and what it would mean to you to stay overnight at Air Canada Centre." All entries must be received no later than December 15, 2015 at 11:59 p.m. ET. This experience is open to GTA residents. Full terms and conditions of the contest are available on: https://www.airbnb.ca/night-at/ACC. No purchase necessary.
Founded in August of 2008 and based in San Francisco, California, Airbnb is a trusted community marketplace for people to list, discover, and book unique accommodations around the world – online or from a mobile phone. Whether an apartment for a night, a castle for a week, or a villa for a month, Airbnb connects people to unique travel experiences, at any price point, in more than 34,000 cities and over 190 countries. And with world-class customer service and a growing community of users, Airbnb is the easiest way for people to monetize their extra space and showcase it to an audience of millions.
Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment (MLSE) one of the world's premier sports and entertainment companies, owns the Toronto Maple Leafs (NHL), Toronto Raptors (NBA), Toronto FC, Toronto Marlies (AHL), Raptors 905 (NBA D-League), and TFC II (USL). It also owns Air Canada Centre, Maple Leaf Square, three digital channels - Leafs TV, NBA TV Canada and has a partnership with Live Nation. MLSE has also invested in and operates five of Toronto's sports facilities - Ricoh Coliseum, BMO Field, Kia Training Grounds at Downsview Park, home of Toronto FC's Academy and the First Team's practice facility, and the MasterCard Centre for Hockey Excellence, the practice facility for the Maple Leafs and Marlies.
Image with caption: "The view from the customized Airbnb suite overlooking the lower bowl at Air Canada Centre. (CNW Group/Airbnb)". Image available at: http://photos.newswire.ca/images/download/20151117_C8750_PHOTO_EN_546469.jpg
For further information: Meghan Edwards, North Strategic (on behalf of Airbnb), Meghan.firstname.lastname@example.org, 416-300-5720; Abby Albino, MLSE, Abby.Albino@mlse.com, 416-569-5325