New York, NY – July 26, 2016. The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions (ToC) confirmed today that the PSA World Series international squash championship will return to Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall in 2017 from January 12 – 19. “We are so excited to be celebrating our 20th anniversary of presenting all of the world’s best squash players in the extraordinary setting of Grand Central Terminal’s Vanderbilt Hall,” said John Nimick, President of Squash Engine, Inc., the tournament promoter. “The grandeur and vitality of Grand Central Terminal as a venue for competition among the top-ranking players has created an unparalleled spectator experience for our onsite sell -out crowds, as well as fans worldwide who follow the action on live web-streaming (SquashTV) or broadcast TV.”
The four-walled glass court, to be constructed in the five days prior to first round play, will showcase the competitive intensity and phenomenal athleticism of 128 of the world’s top squash players. Fans will be able to catch the action in Grand Central from the ticketed seats in the stadium, free standing room at the front wall or on closed circuit TV screens on the west side of Vanderbilt Hall.
In 1995, ToC was one of the first events to be staged in Vanderbilt Hall when the venue was made available for public use. Then world #1 Jansher Khan of Pakistan defeated Rodney Eyles of Australia to win his second title and lift the trophy for the first time in Grand Central Terminal. In the years since, as befits its moniker, all but two of the titleholders have been world #1 players. The championship, absent from Grand Central Terminal during its renovation from 1996-1998, returned to Vanderbilt Hall in 1999. The ToC is the only sports championship presented annually in Grand Central Terminal.
In 2016, the ToC generated 704 hours of global coverage, attracting 2.2 million viewers and realizing more than $40 million in media value for its sponsors and partners. “In the ToC’s two decades in Grand Central Terminal, the championship has become the players’ favorite place to play, is a must-see event for fans locally and globally and has become increasingly valuable as a major international sports property,” said Nimick. “In 2017, the addition of the Great Northern Food Hall in Vanderbilt Hall will add another level of hospitality for our onsite fans. We are looking forward to continuing our tradition of combining one of the world’s great sports properties with one of NYC’s great community events.”
The J.P. Morgan Tournament of Champions is one of eight World Series events sanctioned by the Professional Squash Association (PSA) and one of only three to offer equal prize money and draw size for both men and women. It is the only PSA World Series event to have been staged in the same venue for two decades.
J.P. Morgan, a global financial services company, is returning for its ninth year of Platinum title sponsorship. Gold Sponsor Lexington Partners, the world’s largest independent manager of secondary private equity and co-investment funds, marks its nineteenth year of ToC sponsorship.
Tickets range in price from $8 to $170 and will be available for purchase beginning October 7, 2016 at www.tocsquash.com.
Squash is contested in all the major international multi-sport regional games and has been rated by Forbes magazine as the healthiest sport based on cardiorespiratory endurance, muscular strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, calories burned and risk of injury. The sport was first played in England more than 140 years ago and is now popular in 185 countries, with nearly 50,000 squash courts worldwide. There are more than 16 million squash players around the world and 800,000 in the United States.
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