updated 4/14/2011 7:16:09 AM ET 2011-04-14T11:16:09

NEW YORK, April 14, 2011 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- The Empire Sports & Entertainment Holdings Co. (OTCBB:EXCX), "The Empire," a promoter of entertainment and sports events, together with Concert International proudly announced today the sell out of all 2,500 VIP tickets, each costing $250.00 for the entire three day Capital Hoedown Music Festival. The VIP sections are contained areas with sufficient capacity for VIP Passports holders.

Additionally, there remain only a limited amount of single day tickets left to see Rascal Flatts perform. Rascal Flatts is an American band that originated in Columbus, Ohio. Between 2000 and 2010, the band recorded for DisneyMusic Group's Lyric Street Records. While on that label, Rascal Flatts released seven albums, all of which have been certified platinum or higher by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).

After the closure of Lyric Street in April 2010, Rascal Flatts signed to Big Machine Records in July of the same year. The group's first release for the label was "Why Wait." Their next album Nothing Like This was released November 16. In December 2010, this song became the trio's eleventh number-one single on the country music charts.

The 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 sold out quickly. 3-day general admission passports are still available for $175.00 each and come with a parking pass.

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.

CONTACT: Investor Relations Contact:
         Arthur Douglas & Associates, Inc.
         Art Batson, CEO
         407-478-1120
         info@arthurdouglasinc.com

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