Six Evolv Customers to Play on Wild Card Weekend
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Vice President, Professional SportsSee Bio
Publish dateJan 12, 2024
In my last blog post, I introduced two themes that are worth revisiting on the eve of NFL Wild Card Weekend. First is the notion – which I would humbly submit is really more of a fact – that “champions choose Evolv.” Second is the reality that playoff games can pose special challenges for event operators. This weekend, with six NFL Playoff games, really illustrates both of these themes.
In terms of champions continuing to choose Evolv, I certainly won’t make any predictions, but in the any-given-Sunday NFL, our chances seem pretty good. Six of Evolv’s 11 NFL team customers are in the playoffs this year. That’s six of 14 total teams, and at least one Evolv customer is playing in five of the six Wild Card games. We even have an “Evolv Bowl” of sorts, as the Cleveland Browns travel to the Houston Texans on Saturday afternoon.
Speaking of the Texans and NRG Stadium, this is a great example of a primary Evolv Express® value proposition: operational simplicity and peace of mind that a persistent problem is solved. NRG Stadium hosted the College Football Playoff National Championship game on Monday night. Five days later, the same building will host the Texans’ first home playoff game since 2020. That’s a huge operational challenge, and ingress is always a concern in the post-season, with added numbers of VIPs and first-time attendees who are unfamiliar with the venue layout. How nice, then, for the Texans and NRG Stadium staffs to know that ingress is one thing they don’t have to worry about in a very compressed work week.
Best of luck to all 14 NFL teams competing to win Super Bowl LVIII. My loyalties are clear, except in this weekend’s “Evolv Bowl” where I will be decidedly neutral. And for the remaining 13 NFL teams that are not yet Evolv customers and already thinking about next season, just a friendly suggestion to add upgraded ingress screening to your planning mix. We’d love to talk to you about the many reasons why champions choose Evolv.
Vice President, Professional Sports
John Baier serves as Vice President of Professional Sports and Entertainment. He is an experienced executive in the sports industry and provides a unique perspective understanding the needs and priorities of a ticketed venue. He brings a proven history of business development, customer success, strategic partnerships and organizational growth…all while being obsessed with the customer journey. John’s extensive knowledge and network in this vertical comes from having 20 years working with such organizations as Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment, the Brooklyn Nets, Barclays Center, New York Islanders and New Jersey Devils. John holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing from Penn State University.See Bio