The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG), which owns multiple venues in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago, and PepsiCo have announced a new, multifaceted partnership, making the beverage and food company one of MSG’s official signature marketing partners, beginning Sept. 1.
PepsiCo will become the exclusive non-alcoholic beverage and salty snack partner across various MSG properties, including New York’s Madison Square Garden, the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, Radio City Music Hall and the Beacon Theatre; the Forum in Inglewood, Calif.; The Chicago Theatre; and select TAO Group entertainment dining and nightlife venues. PepsiCo also will become an official partner of MSG’s sports franchises, the New York Knicks (NBA), New York Rangers (NHL) and Westchester Knicks; the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes; and Counter Logic Gaming, a leading North American e-sports organization.
“We are pleased to welcome PepsiCo to The Madison Square Garden Company,” said James Dolan, executive chairman and chief executive officer, The Madison Square Garden Company. “Both MSG and PepsiCo have built a collection of world-renowned brands, and have a passion for bringing people together through unforgettable live experiences. We are confident that this partnership will benefit our customers, as well as both our businesses.”
Added Indra Nooyi, chairman and chief executive officer, PepsiCo: “We’re honored to join the MSG family and partner with this truly extraordinary organization. This historic partnership brings two iconic New York companies together and builds on PepsiCo’s strong presence in New York City and beyond. We look forward to collaborating throughout all MSG properties to bring consumers once-in-a-lifetime opportunities and to redefining fan experiences across music, sports, entertainment and gaming.”
The partnership will give PepsiCo and its brands a broad presence and affiliation with MSG’s marquee assets. PepsiCo’s exclusive marketing rights to MSG properties will include mobile, TV and digital assets, in-venue signage, as well as the right to create retail promotional opportunities at external points of sale. The partnership’s lead brands, Pepsi and Mtn Dew, will create high-profile consumer activations and once-in-a-lifetime sports, music and entertainment experiences for fans, including unique integrations with the New York Knicks, the New York Rangers and the Christmas Spectacular Starring the Radio City Rockettes. In addition, PepsiCo will have a strong presence on MSG Networks across live game coverage of the Knicks and the Rangers, as well as other programming and content.
Also, for the first time, Pepsi also will become the non-alcoholic beverage sponsor of the annual iHeartRadio Z100 Jingle Ball at The Garden in New York City, with singer-songwriter and Pepsi Sound Drop artist Bebe Rexha as the first announced performer.
All of MSG’s venues will feature PepsiCo’s portfolio of popular food and beverage options, and the Madison Square Garden Arena will showcase many of PepsiCo’s newest product innovations, including culinary inspired offerings featuring Frito-Lay products.
In addition, the eighth-floor concourse of Madison Square Garden will become the Pepsi Concourse, complete with the Pepsi Fan Deck, a new notable public gathering space where fans can congregate during their favorite events.
Diet Pepsi also will sponsor iHeartRadio’s annual “flipping the switch to holiday music” on New York’s 106.7 Lite FM, along with the Radio City Rockettes. Pepsi musical artists also will maximize the visibility and impact of this comprehensive partnership. Monday and tonight, Radio City Music Hall has welcomed Britney Spears as part of her national tour sponsored by Pepsi.