WARRENVILLE, Ill. (January 14, 2010) – BP Products North America, Inc. announced today the two grand prize winners of the BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest, awarding Matthew Seaman, Wappingers Falls, N.Y., and Barry Van Steele, Glenmont, N.Y., for sharing why they are the 'Ultimate' Giants' fans. Each Grand Prize winner received two tickets to the final Giants regular season home game, pre-game on-field credentials, access to the head coach's post-game press conference, and two tickets to the first home game of the 2010 season at the new Giants Stadium. BP also awarded eight First Prize finalists with BP gasoline for a year, and 50 Second Prize winners with a $100 BP gift card and Giants' apparel.
Van Steele has been a Giants' fan his entire life, and knows all too well the highs and lows that come with being loyal to the franchise.
"No matter how many games the Giants win each year and how good or bad they play throughout the course of a season, the Giants are my team," said Van Steele. "Through all the wins and loses, Super Bowl victories and near misses, I wouldn't trade those memories for anything in the world. For these reasons, I am the ultimate Giants fan."
The BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest asked fans to prove how they were the 'Ultimate' Giants fan by submitting their story and an original picture displaying their loyalty to the team. The contest supports BP's sponsorship of the New York Giants as the team's Official Fuel.
"Giants' fans have a deep enthusiasm for their team, which was evident through the submissions that we received and witnessed through our partnership with the team," said Linda Bartman, BP Fuels Marketing Communications Director. "BP is thrilled about awarding both Matthew and Barry with this unique experience, and providing them the chance to live-out their passions for their favorite team."
BP introduced several opportunities to give fans an "ultimate" experience in its first season of sponsorship with the New York Giants. As the team played its final season at the current Giants Stadium, BP helped celebrate the greatest moments in the history of the Stadium and the players who helped make those moments legendary. Fans have traveled to Giants Stadium for more than thirty years to provide support to their team and this season marks a close to that chapter of their lives and that page in history for the New York Giants.
"BP was a great partner this season as we worked together to honor the players and fans that have made the New York Giants organization what it is today. BP opened up their playbooks by hosting Giants' alumni visits at their stations, introducing a commemorative Top Ten Moments in Giants History poster giveaway and launching this premier contest, the BP Ultimate Giants Fan Contest, a truly impressive way to reward fans who have stuck by us through thick and thin," said Michael Stevens, senior vice president and chief marketing officer at the New York Giants.
In addition to the two grand prize winners, the first prize winners include:
- Sergio Costa, New Rochelle, NY
- Kevin Harms, Toms River, NJ
- David Horowitz, Short Hills, NJ
- Justin Klenosky, East Meadow, NY
- Jessica Plante, Old Bridge, NJ
- Joseph Sanguedolce, Staten Island, NY
- George Svirsky, Ulster Park, NY
- Craig Wurst, Hewitt, NJ
BP's relationship with the Giants is part of the company's ongoing initiative to increase awareness of BP gasoline with Invigorate®, a unique formula that helps cars run younger for longer® with continuous use.
BP markets more than 15 billion gallons of gasoline every year to U.S. consumers through more than 11,000 BP and ARCO branded retail outlets and supplies more than four billion gallons of fuel annually to fleets, industrial users, auto and truck manufacturers, railroads and utilities. BP is the single, global brand formed by the combination of the former British Petroleum, Amoco Corporation, Atlantic Richfield (ARCO) and Burmah Castrol. BP is a global producer, manufacturer and marketer of oil, gas, chemicals and renewable energy solutions.
About New York Giants
A cornerstone franchise of the National Football League, the New York Football Giants began play in 1925. With seven (7) championships, including a victory over the 18-0 New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLII at the conclusion of the 2007 season, and with more than 600 victories, the Giants are considered one of sports all-time great franchises. Headquartered at the TIMEX Performance Center in East Rutherford, NJ, the Giants entered their 85th season of play this fall.