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JUN 2017

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1 0 GROUP TRAVEL LE ADER T H E NEW YORK — Visitors to New York will be able to get a firsthand feel for what it is like to be a National Football League player when the NFL Experience Times Square opens in November. The state-of-the-art interactive attraction, created by Cirque du Soleil in partnership with the National Football League, will combine 4-D cinema and other multimedia effects to transport visitors from the season-opening kickoff through the playoffs, and ultimately, the Super Bowl. Among the immersive experiences is the film "Gameday" in a 185-seat theater designed to evoke the feeling of being in a packed football stadium that takes visitors through an NFL season from the perspective of the players. Fans can test themselves against the pros in a simulated NFL team workout facility, suit up in the uniform of their favorite NFL team N F L E X P E R I E N C E T I M E S S Q U A R E W I L L B E I M M E R S I V E F O O T B A L L E N C O U N T E R using enhanced visual effects, receive instruc- tion from a hologram of an NFL coach, call plays in a huddle, pass a real football to their favorite receiver during the Super Bowl and be immersed in the pomp of a Super Bowl win- ning celebration from the players' view through augmented reality. "NFL Experience Times Square is the next level of entertainment for new and life-long foot- ball fans alike," said Danny Boockvar, president of NFL Experience Times Square. The four-story attraction will be located on 44th Street at 7th Avenue. W W W. N F L E X P E R I E N C E . C O M Courtesy NFL Experience VISITORS WILL BE ABLE TO TRY ON VIRTUAL UNIFORMS AT THE NFL EXPERIENCE TIMES SQUARE WHEN IT OPENS IN NOVEMBER. I N D U S T RY N E WS SAN FRANCISCO — The Presido's new $5 million William Penn Mott, Jr. Visitor Center, which opened in late February at the north end of the Main Parade Ground, is a major milestone for the Presidio's transformation from a major military installation guarding the Golden Gate to a 1,500-acre national park. The new center, a partnership among the Presidio Trust, the National Park Service and the Golden Gate National Parks Conservancy, is the jumping off point to a day in the Presidio, orienting guests to its current activities and features. The historic 1900 building, a former guardhouse overlooking the Golden Gate Bridge, was refurbished to offer an information desk and interactive exhibits to help tell the story of the Presidio through interactive touch-screen panels, a video wall, audio presentation and a room dedicated to revealing the four areas of the park: Main Post, Golden Gate, Crissy Field and the Southern Wilds. W W W. PR ES I DIO.GOV/ PR ES I DIO -T RUST P R E S I D I O ' S N E W V I S I T O R C E N T E R M A J O R L A N D M A R K I N T R A N S F O R M A T I O N T O P A R K

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