Jan 30, 2020 2:30 PM

Amateur Boxing National Tournament Coming to North Platte

Posted Jan 30, 2020 2:30 PM

Press Release by Samantha Geisler – Sports and Events Marketing Specialist

(North Platte, Nebraska, January 30th, 2020) – Hundreds of boxers will descend on central Nebraska, July 31st – August 2nd, 2020 for the Buffalo Bill Brawl National Open Boxing Tournament, sanctioned by USA Boxing. This 3-day Boxing Tournament to be held at the D&N Event Center in North Platte is open to ALL boxers, novice or elite, of ALL ages and weight divisions (8 – 40+) and is designed to provide all amateur boxers with a platform where they can show off their talents. These events will bring amateur boxers from all around the country, including Missouri, Texas, Colorado, Iowa, Minnesota, Montana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Wyoming, and more. Samantha Geisler, Sports and Events Marketing Specialist with the North Platte Area Sports Commission has been working with USA Boxing and the Nebraska subsidiary the Nebraska Local Boxing Committee (LBC) on this event for almost a year “We finally got our sanction and now we can finally start to promote the event,” says Geisler. “The Buffalo Bill Brawl National Open Boxing Tournament is the first and largest boxing tournament of its kind in Nebraska, and it is going to be held in our own front yard. We are excited to be hosting this event.” Registration for this tournament opened on January 30th and the cost is $25 to compete.

“The Buffalo Bill Brawl National Open Boxing Tournament is exactly the kind of event that North Platte is perfectly suited for,” said North Platte / Lincoln County Visitors Bureau Executive Director Lisa Burke. “The Nebraska Local Boxing Committee wants a central location where competitors from Omaha, Lincoln and Kansas City can face boxers from Denver, Cheyenne and Rapid City. North Platte is that location, and can be that location for many other sports.”

Representing the Nebraska LBC as the Tournament Director is Nate Walenta, owner of T.J. Sokol Boxing in Crete, NE. Nate is a former amateur and professional boxer who has been involved in boxing to some capacity for about 25 years. "The 2020 Olympics will be happening during this tournament. The Buffalo Bill Brawl National Open Boxing Tournament will provide the first step for the United States 2024 Olympic boxing team. Athletes gain experience through tournaments like this and the LBC is able to raise funds for stipends for our athletes to travel to other national tournaments." Says Walenta.

Weigh-ins and competition draw will be Friday July 31 at the Best Western Plus, where brackets and bouts will be determined. The tournament will take place in two sessions on Saturday and one on Sunday morning August 1 and 2 at the D&N Event Center, with the Championship rounds on Sunday afternoon. Champions will receive a custom leather belt and the title of Buffalo Bill Brawl Champion, while the runner-up will receive a trophy.

North Platte’s representing gym will be Top Tier with coach JJ Connelly, the only local gym that is USA Boxing certified. More information on this event can be found at PLAYNORTHPLATTE.COM/BBBRAWL.

The North Platte Area Sports Commission estimates that this 3-day event will bring an economic impact of over $350,000 to the community through lodging, retail, food, and beverage. The sports commission developed this estimate by using the Event Impact Calculator developed by Destinations International provided by membership in the national organization Sports ETA: Sports Events and Tourism Association. 

Registration and Tickets for the Buffalo Bill Brawl National Open Boxing Tournament is open online at PLAYNORTHPLATTE.COM/BBBRAWL  or call Local Event Coordinator: Samantha Geisler at (308)221-6865 or [email protected] or Tournament Director: Nate Walenta at (402)890-4836 or [email protected] These events are sponsored in part by the North Platte Area Sports Commission, a division of the North Platte/Lincoln County Visitors Bureau.

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Jan 30, 2020 2:30 PM
Spring Game Tickets Available Next Week

By NU Athletic communications

Tickets to the 2020 Nebraska Football Spring Game presented by First National Bank will go on sale to Husker fans next week.  The spring game has been set for Saturday, April 18 at Memorial Stadium with kickoff time to be determined at a later date.

Nebraska Football season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets beginning on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at 10 a.m. CT.  Tickets will be available to the general public a day later on Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 10 a.m. CT.

For the second consecutive year, a limit of 10 tickets per account will be in place for both season ticket holders and the public on-sale. While season ticket holders will have the first opportunity to purchase, a minimum of 15,000 tickets will be available for the public sale on Feb. 5. The first opportunity to purchase spring game tickets is one of the many benefits offered to season ticket holders.

Nebraska fans may purchase tickets on-line at Huskers.com, by phone at 1-800-8-BIG RED or in person at the Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office, located in the Stadium Drive Parking Garage (8 a.m.-5 p.m. weekdays).

All individuals entering Memorial Stadium for the spring game will need a ticket. The majority of tickets are $10 and all seats are reserved. A limited number of $20 club seats will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Youth eighth grade or younger will be admitted for free, but must secure a complimentary ticket. Youth in attendance are encouraged to take part in the Healthy Husker Pledge from their seat during halftime.

UNL students will be admitted for free, but also must secure a ticket for admittance. UNL faculty and staff can purchase one reserved ticket for $5 with a staff ID.

Nebraska drew a record 85,946 fans for the 2019 spring game, marking the second straight year Nebraska led the nation in spring game attendance.

2020 Red-White Spring Game presented by First National Bank

Date: Saturday, April 18         

Kickoff: TBA

Tickets on Sale: Feb. 4, 10 a.m., Football Season Ticket Holders; Feb. 5, 10 a.m., General Public

Ticket Prices: $10 reserved tickets; $20 club seats (pending availability)

* UNL Faculty & Staff, $5 (Tickets should be purchased in person at Nebraska Athletic Ticket Office or over the phone to receive discount, must show staff ID at gate on game day); limit of one discounted ticket

* Current UNL Students, Free (must secure a ticket via Huskers.com beginning on Feb. 5 at 10 a.m.)

* Youth 8th grade and younger, Free (must secure a ticket via Huskers.com), limit of two complimentary youth tickets for each regular ticket purchased.

Ticket Limit: Maximum of 10 tickets per account

Radio/Internet: Husker Sports Network/Huskers.com

Television: TBD

Husker Fans Encouraged to Join Football Season Ticket Request List

Husker fans are encouraged to sign up now for the Nebraska Football Season Ticket request list by visiting Huskers.com/requestlist.  Signing up for the request list is the only way to guarantee an opportunity to purchase season tickets following the completion of the season ticket renewal process.

All season tickets for the 2020 season will be sold through the Seat Yourself process which begins May 1 and ends May 22.  There is no charge for Husker fans to join the season ticket request list.

The 2020 Nebraska football home schedule features six teams who played in the postseason, including three teams that won 11 games in 2019. A season ticket for Nebraska's seven-game home schedule costs $420 or $60 per game.