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Tickets On-Sale Today for Tampa, Columbus, and New Orleans via SeatGeek

The American Kennel Club (AKC)®, the leading purebred dog registry and governing body of canine sports in the United States, and GF Sports & Entertainment, a global sports and entertainment events and operations company, announced tickets on sale for four additional cities on the AKC Meet the Breeds® National Tour.  AKC Meet the Breeds® is America’s largest in-person dog breed educational showcase. The two-day event is perfect for the whole family with children’s tickets lower than $20 and a variety of ticket options including early access and VIP experiences. Tickets are on sale now  for Tampa, FL (Sept. 18-19); Columbus, OH (Nov. 13-14); and New Orleans, LA (Nov. 20-21) through the tour’s exclusive ticket provider SeatGeek®.

Tickets are also available for  the first two AKC Meet the Breeds® tour dates in San Diego, CA (Aug. 14-15) and Dallas, TX (Aug 21-22).

From Affenpinschers to Yorkshire Terriers and everything in between, the showcase gives pet lovers the unique opportunity to meet and play with more than 100 different dog breeds in booths that depict each breed’s country of origin, historical purpose/function, and attributes as a family pet, all while learning about responsible pet ownership and which breeds may be right for them.  The event also includes unique activities such as testing your own agility skills in our interactive area and participating in games and photo opportunities with the whole family.  All events will be held with COVID-19 protocols in place.

“We are beyond excited to bring this unique, educational dog event to more cities,” said Dennis B. Sprung, President and CEO of AKC.  “This is an excellent opportunity to educate the public about dogs and which breeds may fit their lifestyle and how to be responsible dog owners. Special thanks to the knowledgeable volunteers from AKC parent breed clubs and local clubs for supporting our vision and making this responsible pet education extravaganza possible.”

Added Shawn Tilger, President, GF Sports & Entertainment: “The enthusiasm for the AKC Meet the Breeds® events from venue operators across the country is incredible. We are excited to be able to add three more dates to this year’s tour, with hopefully more to come!”

SeatGeek has signed on as the first official ticketing provider of the AKC Meet the Breeds® National Tour. As part of the multi-year venture, SeatGeek will have a presence in all tour locations with a branded box office and activation throughout the event. SeatGeek will also support event promotions through online and digital marketing efforts. SeatGeek’s mobile-focused ticket platform enables users to buy and sell tickets for live sports, concerts and theater events. SeatGeek allows both mobile app and desktop users to browse events, view interactive color-coded seat maps, complete purchases, and receive electronic or printed tickets. Through their relationship, SeatGeek will provide AKC Meet the Breeds® with best-in-class data analytics tools designed to analyze ticket demand and maximize revenue potential across their events.

Visit akc.org/meetthebreeds for up-to-date information on all AKC Meet the Breeds® events.

By Samantha Seymour.