GCI reveals exclusive technology sponsorship, expands partnership with University of Alaska Anchorage

August 23, 2014

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Announcement made at GCI Tech Quest, where local residents won prizes from a brand new Volkswagen Beetle to 10 Alaska Airlines round trip tickets

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA - Today GCI revealed that it will be the official technology partner at the new Alaska Airlines Center, expanding the company’s support for the University of Alaska Anchorage and its athletics department. The sponsorship provides the infrastructure to ensure that technology, including cellular and wireless accessibility, in the new state-of-the-art facility is seamless.

“At GCI, we know that people use technology to enhance their experiences throughout every aspect of life, including live sporting and entertainment events,” said GCI Senior Vice President and General Manager of Consumer Services Paul Landes. “It is important for fans to have access to wireless services while at the new Alaska Airlines Center, and as Alaska’s premier telecommunications provider, GCI is proud to deliver the local community and its visitors the best communications and entertainment experiences possible.”

“The entire University of Alaska Anchorage team is grateful to our partners at GCI for making it possible to offer the very best technology to everyone who visits our new Alaska Airlines Center,” said UAA Athletic Director Keith Hackett. “Because of this partnership with GCI, the Alaska Airlines Center will offer the very best technology, adding to its already growing reputation as one of the most impressive university arenas around.”

The new sponsorship was announced at today’s GCI Tech Quest Scavenger Hunt, which brought the community to the University of Alaska Anchorage campus and offered event participants the opportunity to win a wide variety of prizes. The grand prize, a red 2014 Volkswagen Beetle provided by Kendall Volkswagen of Anchorage, was awarded to one lucky participant, and Alaska Airlines also excited the crowd by giving away 10 roundtrip tickets to anywhere the airline flies.

“It was exciting to announce today’s winners, and it was easy to see that they were all overjoyed to have a won a trip for two to anywhere Alaska Airlines flies,” said Alaska Airlines Director of Sales and Community Marketing Alaska Scott Habberstad. “In addition to being a proud partner of the Tech Quest event, we enjoyed coming out and spending time with members of our community in the spectacular new Alaska Airlines Center.”

“When we heard about the GCI Tech Quest, we couldn’t pass up the one-of-a-kind opportunity to work with such great companies that are so vital to Anchorage and the entire state of Alaska,” said Kendall Volkswagen of Anchorage General Manager Jessica Dominic. “We knew that a Beetle would be a perfect prize for the event, and it was a priceless moment to see the look on the our grand prize winner’s face when we announced that they had won a brand new car.”

In honor of the technology partnership announcement, GCI presented winners with technology prizes, including five Apple iPhone 5s 16GB, five Samsung Galaxy S5 16GB and nine Apple iPad Air 16GB, as well as 10 vouchers for three free months of re:D broadband, the fastest Internet available in the state.

To ensure that everyone attending was truly a winner, GCI gifted each participant with a free Video on Demand coupon, headphones and a GCI Great Alaska Shootout basketball.

More information about GCI, including the GCI Tech Quest and exclusive technology partnership with the Alaska Airlines Center, can be found at www.GCI.com.

 

About GCI
GCI is the top provider of voice, data and video services in Alaska, through which consumers can experience entertainment everywhere. GCI is also the leading provider of communications services to enterprise customers, particularly large enterprise customers with complex data networking needs. The Alaska-based company is dedicated to providing the best in communication services, including the state’s largest wireless network, high-speed broadband, digital cable television and local telephone services. The company offers more than 1,200 TurboZone locations statewide to provide customers with more high-speed wireless capabilities. The Alaska-based company continuously supports community efforts, contributing to nonprofit organizations across the state. More information about GCI can be found at www.gci.com.