With Starwood Preferred Guest and Major League Baseball, It’s a Whole New Ballgame

PG Delivers Once-in-a-Lifetime Baseball Experiences; Launches SPG Interactive Game for Baseball Fans

STAMFORD, Conn. - March 3, 2016 - (BUSINESS WIRE) - Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE:HOT) today announced that Starwood Preferred Guest and Major League Baseball® today revealed an exciting lineup of once-in-a-lifetime experiences and rewards that will give SPG baseball fans exclusive access to America’s favorite pastime. Starting now, members can redeem Starpoints through SPG Moments for Opening Day access, premium regular season tickets and exclusive ballpark experiences. A full lineup of SPG’s MLB offerings is available at spg.com/moments.

Also today, SPG launched an interactive online game called “Get in the Game with SPG” at spg.com/getinthegame that gives SPG members a chance to win a Grand Prize of two tickets to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series. These FAN-tastic rewards fulfill the promise of the SPG/MLB partnership to deliver big league member benefits along with opportunities to create cherished moments around an American tradition.

“Whether fans are watching the game from the first base line with a childhood friend or gathered around the TV with their family, baseball has always held a special place in America’s heart,” said Mark Vondrasek, Senior Vice President of Commercial Services for Starwood Hotels & Resorts. “SPG is thrilled to be able to offer our members exclusive access to once-in-a-lifetime MLB experiences that will create lifelong memories.”

“This partnership is special to us because it rewards avid baseball fans and SPG members with truly once-in-a-lifetime MLB experiences,” said Noah Garden, Executive Vice President, MLB Business. “MLB is excited to see our partnership with SPG coming to life through exciting member opportunities like the SPG Moments experiences and the online game.”

Getting in the game is easy for SPG members. Members can use Starpoints to bid on exclusive SPG MLB Moments like watching batting practice from the field or delivering the lineup card to the umpire at home plate. Other dream come true experiences include being able to throw out the ceremonial First Pitch at an MLB game or joining the Chicago Cubs as an honorary manager. Fixed Starpoints experiences include tickets for premium seating and experiences at some of the most renowned MLB ballparks, as well as MLB All-Star game tickets and activities.

What’s on Deck for SPG Members in the 2016 Baseball Season:

SPG Member offerings for Regular Season packages include both fixed point and auction-style packages. Some highlights include:

  • On-field experience with the Atlanta Braves for pre-game access to watch Batting Practice up close and deliver the official lineup card to the umpires at home plate.
  • Boston Red Sox Batting Practice for four guests and VIP Tour of Fenway Park
  • Philadelphia Phillies behind the scenes tour of Citizens Bank Park and invitation to participate in a team press conference.
  • Premium seating at your favorite team’s game between 1st and 3rd base
  • Stadium Lounge access with the Texas Rangers, Atlanta Braves and Philadelphia Phillies.
  • MLB All-Star Game packages and World Series packages will be announced later in the season.
  • From March 3, 2016 through March 18, 2016 (16 days total), members can play the new “Get in the Game with SPG” interactive game for a chance to receive a 15 percent discount on officially licensed MLB merchandise from MLB.com/shop.

“Get in the Game with SPG” Game Details

Launching today, the new “Get in the Game with SPG” interactive game is a fun way for members to get warmed up for baseball season and practice their skills. Game details are as follows:

  • Get in the Game with SPG runs from March 3 through March 18 (16 days total).
  • Members sign up to play this single player batting game at spg.com/getinthegame using their SPG account number to register. Signing up for an SPG membership is free at spg.com/join.
  • Members can play daily, and every time a player signs in to play, he/she is entered into a sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize, a pair of tickets to Game 1 of the 2016 World Series.
  • Daily instant prizes include an annual subscription to MLB.tv Premium, Starpoints, and Amazon gift cards!

Players are able to personalize the design of their game by choosing a favorite home and away team. The game will auto-populate player names into the game’s scoreboard, and players are given their choice of four different pitch types, further customizing the gaming experience.

For a complete listing of SPG/MLB member offerings, please see schedule here or visit spg.com/moments

About Starwood Preferred Guest

Starwood Preferred Guest (SPG®) is an innovative, award-winning frequent traveler program that unites each of Starwood’s 11 distinctive hotel brands and includes more luxury hotels in more destinations around the world. SPG reinvented the hospitality loyalty landscape when it launched in 1999 with its breakthrough policy of no blackout dates, and over the years has continued its tradition of innovation with enhancements such as Cash + Points, SPG MomentsSM, and most recently Your24™ and SPG Lifetime™. In addition to Free Night Awards at more than 1,200 hotels and resorts and Award Flights on over 350 major airlines without blackout dates, the Starpoints® that members earn through SPG can be redeemed for access like no other to experiences in music, sports and the arts through SPG Moments. SPG offers the opportunity for meeting and travel professionals to earn rich rewards including Starpoints and elite status through SPG Pro. SPG also has an ongoing commitment to digital innovation to meet the needs of today’s connected global traveler – from the SPG app for iPhone that utilizes state-aware technology to create a more personalized hotel stay to Starwood’s Best Rate Guarantee on SPG.com, to SPG’s integration within various social media platforms. Offerings such as these have helped SPG build a passionate member base among the world’s most frequent travelers. Learn more at spg.com, spg.com/pro and spg.com/moments and connect with us on facebook.com/spg, twitter.com/spg,foursquare.com/spg, pinterest.com/spglife, and youtube.com/spg.

About Major League Baseball

Major League Baseball (MLB) is the most historic professional sports league in the United States and consists of 30 member clubs in the U.S. and Canada, representing the highest level of professional baseball. Major League Baseball is the best-attended sport in North America, and since 2004, MLB has enjoyed its best-attended seasons in the history of the game, with each regular season eclipsing the 73 million mark. Now led by Commissioner Robert D. Manfred, Jr., MLB currently features record levels of labor peace, competitive balance and industry revenues, as well as the most comprehensive drug-testing program in American professional sports. MLB remains committed to making an impact in the communities of the U.S., Canada and throughout the world, perpetuating the sport’s larger role in society and permeating every facet of baseball’s business, marketing and community relations endeavors. With the continued success of MLB Advanced Media and MLB Network, MLB continues to find innovative ways for its fans to enjoy America’s National Pastime and a truly global game. For more information on Major League Baseball, visit www.MLB.com.

SOURCE Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide, Inc.

Media Contact:

Jessica Doyle
Starwood Hotels & Resorts
203-964-4661
Jessica.Doyle@starwoodhotels.com

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