updated 4/7/2011 7:16:40 AM ET 2011-04-07T11:16:40

NEW YORK, April 7, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Empire Sports and Entertainment Holdings Co. (OTCBB:EXCX), a promoter of entertainment and sports events, together with Concert International, proudly announced today that single day tickets for the Carrie Underwood and Kenny Chesney performances at the 2nd annual Capital Hoedown festival are sold out.

Capital Hoedown debuted last summer with much success and this year's festival is expected to be the largest country music festival in North America. With the new location LeBreton Flats Park and 45,000 people anticipated per day, VIP tickets, which are limited and cost only $250 for the entire three days, are also expected to sell out quickly. Additionally, 3-day general admission passports are $175 and a limited number of single day tickets are still available for Rascal Flatts.

Carrie Underwood has emerged as one of the most popular female performers in country music today. Her debut album, Some Hearts (2005), was certified triple platinum, making it the fastest-selling female country album since the introduction of the Nielsen SoundScan in 1991. Her first single, "Inside Your Heaven," hit the top of the Billboard charts. On May 10, 2008, at the age of 26, Underwood was inducted as the youngest member of the Grand Ole Opry by country star Garth Brooks.

In September 2008, Underwood received two more CMA award nominations for Female Vocalist of the Year and Album of the Year for Carnival Ride. Underwood also hosted the award show along with fellow country star Brad Paisley, winning the Female Vocalist of the Year award for the third consecutive time.

With years of hard work and dedication, Kenny Chesney has become one of the biggest stars in country music and one of the most successful touring acts in any genre of popular music. In 1997, Chesney took home his first major award by winning the Top New Male Vocalist trophy from the Academy of Country Music.

That same year he released his third album for BNA, I Will Stand. The album's first single, "She's Got It All," became the first of 17 No. 1 hits he would enjoy over the next ten years. Three additional singles charted well from the album, including "A Chance," "That's Why I'm Here" and "I Will Stand."

The entertainment lineup for Capital Hoedown 2011 includes Kenny Chesney, Doc Walker, Tara Oram, and others TBA performing on Thursday, August 11, Carrie Underwood, Miranda Lambert, Billy Currington and others TBA performing on Friday, August 12 and Rascal Flatts, Sara Evans, Easton Corbin, Justin Moore, The Keats, and others TBA performing on Saturday, August 13. Tickets for the Capital Hoedown are still available for sale at www.capitaltickets.ca .

About Concert International

Concert International is fast gaining a global reputation for promoting and presenting world-class concert events and festivals throughout North America. Having produced shows for some of the biggest names in the music industry such as The Tragically Hip, Jessica Simpson, Randy Travis, Alan Jackson, Dwight Yoakam, Vince Gill, and more, Concert International continues to provide artists and fans all genres of music with incredible live music experiences.

About The Empire Sports & Entertainment Company

The Empire Sports & Entertainment Co. is a promoter of sports-driven spectacles and entertainment events such as concerts, music festivals, pay-per-view programming, as well as other exciting presentations. Led by CEO Shelly Finkel, a legendary promoter, and member of The Boxing Hall of Fame, the company is also globally recognized for its internationally acclaimed tours and artists.

For more information about "The Empire," visit www.theempirese.com .

Legal Notice and Safe Harbor Statement

This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of Section 27A of the Securities Act of 1933 and Section 21E of the Securities Exchange Act of1934. All statements, other than statements of historical fact, including, without limitation, those with respect to the objectives, plans and strategies of the Company and SPI set forth herein and those preceded by or that include the words "believes," "expects," "given," "targets," "intends," "anticipates," "plans," "projects," "forecasts" or similar expressions, are "forward-looking statements." Although the Company's management believes that such forward-looking statements are reasonable, it cannot guarantee that such expectations are, or will be, correct. These forward-looking statements involve a number of risks and uncertainties, which could cause the Company's future results to differ materially from those anticipated. The Company assumes no obligation to update any of the information contained or referenced in this press release.

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