ICONIC "GLASS CUBE" RETURNS TO SAN FRANCISCO FOR NETSUITE OPEN
32-by-21 Foot All-Glass Court Brings New Architecture to Justin Herman Plaza
SAN FRANCISCO—August 7, 2013—Having captivated squash fans at the great Pyramids in Egypt, New York's Grand Central Terminal, the Field Museum in Chicago, Boston's Symphony Hall and the Hong Kong Harbor, the "Glass Cube", with its two-way glass, will bring a new –if only temporary–architectural look to San Francisco's waterfront September 25–October 1 for the 2013 NetSuite Open Squash Championships, NetSuite Inc. (NYSE: N), the industry's leading provider of cloud-based financials / Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and omnichannel commerce software suites, and Event Engine jointly announced today.
The NetSuite Open became the first international professional squash event on the West Coast to use the iconic portable glass court when it made its Northern California debut for the 2012 tournament on the South Lawn at Justin Herman Plaza. The 18,000-pound, 32-by-21 foot court made by McWIL Courtwall has walls of half-inch tempered glass with a special ceramic frit dot fired into the interior surface that allows the players to see a colored, nearly opaque wall while spectators outside the court view through clear glass.
"I can't think of a better view: the best squash players in the world competing on San Francisco's beautiful waterfront," said Evan Goldberg, NetSuite's co-founder, Chief Technology Officer and Chairman of the Board. "This year's view will be even more spectacular for our fans since we've repositioned the court to have the Bay Bridge and its amazing light show in the background."
"The McWIL Courtwall all-glass Show Court uses a patented one-way viewing system on three walls to provide perfect ball visibility to the players while enabling both the public and reserved seat ticket holders to experience world class squash from all angles," said David Carr, Founder and President of McWIL Courtwall.
The "Glass Cube" will become world renown if squash is selected for the 2020 Olympic Games, as it will allow the host city to create a unique venue quite easily. It has such fan amenities as an electronic scoreboard, a 42-inch TV, two 50-inch LCD screens and a six-speaker sound system.
The NetSuite Open field boasts the current top three squash players in the world—two-time World Champion and No. 1 Ramy Ashour, No. 2 Gregory Gaultier and No. 3 James Willstrop.
Sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association, the PSA International 70 NetSuite Open is one of the top 15 professional tournaments in the world as determined by prize money. With a $70,000 purse, the winner will earn $11,300. Gaultier defeated England's Nick Matthew in three games to claim the 2012 crown.
The early rounds, comprising two rounds of Qualifying and the First Round (final 16) of the Main Draw, will be played across courts at Stanford University, the Bay Club San Francisco, the Olympic Club and University Club. The Quarter Finals, Semi-Finals and Championship will be played at Justin Herman Plaza.
Some 400 reserved seats are available for the NetSuite Open, ranging in price from $30 to $250. For tickets, draws, schedule and more information, please visit www.netsuiteopensquash.com. Follow the NetSuite Open on Facebook and Twitter.
Today, more than 16,000 companies and subsidiaries depend on NetSuite to run complex, mission-critical business processes globally in the cloud. Since its inception in 1998, NetSuite has established itself as the leading provider of enterprise-class cloud financials/ERP suites for divisions of large enterprises and mid-sized organizations seeking to upgrade their antiquated client/server ERP systems. NetSuite excels at streamlining business operations as demonstrated in a recent Gartner study naming NetSuite as the fastest growing financial management software vendor on a global basis. NetSuite continues its success in delivering the best cloud ERP/financials suites to businesses around the world, enabling them to lower IT costs significantly while increasing productivity, as the global adoption of the cloud is accelerating.
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About Event Engine
Event Engine, Inc. is a visionary event and entertainment marketing company specializing in the creation of unique athletic, musical, corporate and philanthropic events in extraordinary venues. Founded in 2000 by US Squash Hall of Fame member John Nimick, Event Engine has grown from the management of a single, but unique, annual professional squash championship in Grand Central Terminal to a portfolio of successful events in some of the best known locations in North America and with some of the best-known entertainment celebrities in the world. The Event Engine mission is to provide an unparalleled, highly valuable, highest quality result for clients, customer and corporate partners.
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