Verizon Wireless Now Official Wireless Sponsor of Rochester's Americans and Knighthawks

Verizon Wireless Now Official Wireless Sponsor of Rochester's Americans and Knighthawks

Wireless Carrier Signs Three-Year Deal with AHL and NLL Teams

October 18, 2000

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John O'Malley

Verizon Wireless

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Dan Carpenter

Rochester Americans/Rochester Rhinos

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October 18, 2000-ROCHESTER, N.Y. -

Verizon Wireless has signed a three-year agreement to be the Official Wireless Sponsor of the Rochester Americans hockey team and the Rochester Knighthawks lacrosse team. As the Official Wireless Sponsor, the wireless carrier will have prominent signage at the Blue Cross Arena and will also have its logo on the helmet of every Amerks and Knighthawks player.

"Verizon Wireless is proud to be a sponsor of the Amerks and the Knighthawks, Rochester's hometown hockey and lacrosse teams," said Tracy Nolan, president of Verizon Wireless' Upstate New York Region. "It's an honor to display our logo on the helmets of two teams that are an important part of the Rochester community."

In addition to appearing on the players' helmets, the Verizon Wireless logo will appear in-ice for hockey games and on the artificial carpet for all lacrosse games at The Arena this season.

"The Rochester Americans and the Rochester Knighthawks are grateful for corporate support from local companies like Verizon Wireless," said Steve Donner, President and CEO of both teams. "Verizon Wireless' commitment allows our franchises to perform at the highest level, while enabling us to showcase their message to hundreds of thousands of Western New York sports fans."

The Rochester Americans play in the American Hockey League. The Rochester Knighthawks play in the National Lacrosse League.

Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed, but it places Verizon Wireless among the largest supporters of local professional sports in Rochester.

About Verizon Wireless

Verizon Wireless is the largest wireless communications provider in the U.S. with more than 25 million wireless voice and data customers and nearly 4 million paging customers. The new coast-to-coast wireless provider was formed by the combination of the U.S. wireless businesses of Bell Atlantic Corp. and GTE Corp --now Verizon Communications (NYSE:VZ) -- and Vodafone Plc (LSE:VOD; NYSE:VOD). The new company includes the assets of Bell Atlantic Mobile, AirTouch Cellular, GTE Wireless, PrimeCo Personal Communications and AirTouch Paging. The new company has a footprint covering nearly 90 percent of the U.S. population, 49 of the top 50 and 96 of the top 100 U.S. markets. Verizon Wireless, headquartered in New York City and Bedminster, NJ, is 30,000 employees strong. Reporters and editors can find more information about the company in its Media Center on the Web at: http://www.verizonwireless.com/mediacenter.