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Letters of Support
Bid Highlights & Enhancements
Dallas, The City
City Overview Points of Interest
Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center
Airports Other Transportation Options
Convention & Event Services
Dallas CVB Convention & Event Services
Top 10 Reasons to Choose Dallas
September 26th 2010
Dear NAGAAA Board,
On behalf of the local committee, please accept our bid to the host the 2011 NAGAAA Cup over Memorial Day weekend. We are excited about what we are able to offer on the part of the Pegasus Slowpitch Softball Association, the City of Dallas, and the Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Since 2004, Dallas has wanted to host another softball tournament on behalf of NAGAAA. We sincerely believe that Series 2004 is responsible for the growth in our league. This growth has allowed the Dallas league to become financially stronger and more prominent in the Dallas community.
With the bid being submitted, softball players, community businesses and local sports enthusiasts are excited about the potential return of a NAGAAA event in 2011. Please feel free to contact me directly if you have any questions.
Matt Miller 2011 NAGAAA Cup Bid Chairman 214-212-1579
September 30, 2010
The excitement within Dallas is definitely building in anticipation of the possibilities that exist for hosting the 2011 NAGAAA Cup at Kiest Park. The great vision of NAGAAA coupled with the dedication and commitment to BIG dreams in Dallas, we aim to make this an event that sets a higher benchmark for other cities hosting your competitions. Our commitment to the success of this event is genuine and you have our pledge to do everything possible to make it an unbridled success should Dallas ultimately be selected. Dallas is a vibrant, multi-cultural city with a unique blend of art, entertainment, restaurants, shopping, firstclass hotels and is geographically located within four (4) hours of all major cities in the United States. With a rich history of hosting prestigious sporting events, we stand prepared to support this event by dedicating our resources to ensure that the event objectives are met. The City of Dallas’ Kiest Park is a legendary facility in the sports industry boasting numerous youth, amateur, professional, and Olympic level sporting events. Dallas has been named amongst the most effective “attendance generating” destinations in the country and has long been admired in its success as a host city with superior performance and personal commitment. The City of Dallas’ Kiest Park is the perfect location for the 2011 NAGAAA Cup. Dallas is diverse, it boasts two thriving GLBT neighborhoods, just minutes from Downtown. Each has a unique atmosphere that radiates through the people and businesses in the community. For more than 25 years, Oak Lawn has been the epicenter of all the GLBT action in Dallas. Beginning in the mid 1980s, the crossroads (Cedar Springs Road and Throckmorton Street) is where gay activism in Dallas began. Located in the Oak Lawn neighborhood, the crossroads continue to boast a bustling mix of unique shops, exquisite dining and hot nightlife. For more information check out http://www.glbtdallas.com/index.php . Based on our initial review of the necessary requirements, we are certain Dallas will distinguish itself from the competition and merit further consideration. We are excited about the opportunities ahead and look forward to your review of our comprehensive bid. We welcome the opportunity to have NAGAAA back in the “New Dallas” in 2011 and beyond. After reviewing our bid, please advise if you have any questions or need additional information prior to your decision. Please accept this as our official offer to host the 2011 NAGAAA Cup. Thanks again for the consideration. Sincerely,
Monica Paul Director, Sports Marketing Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
Ginger Lively Cade Director of National Accounts, Sports Marketing Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau
Bid Highlights: The Local Host Committee has put together a very impressive package that includes the following at NO COST TO NAGAAA:
6 fields, 300 ft fences, lighted, available anytime needed day or night. Fields professionally groomed throughout tournament. Ice and Water furnished in each dugout. Concessions available at fields. Softballs and score cards. Golf cart for NAGAAA board to get around the fields. $69 room rates for all players 3 complimentary rooms for NAGAAA Board. Box lunches for NAGAAA board and Umpires on Saturday and Sunday Meal certificates for each NAGAAA board member for meals Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. Convenient air transportation to DFW or LOVE field from anywhere in North America. Awards for top 3 teams in each division. Individual T-shirts for each team member in each division. Volunteers for Registration and field activities. Support of local bars and restaurants. An Awards ceremony that will make Dallas proud.
Bid Enhancements: Lunch & Dinner With the help of some of the local shops on Cedar Springs we will be able to offer box lunches for the NAGAAA board and the umpires on Saturday and Sunday. We are working with Kiest Park to offer an area for the board and the umpires to go and relax and have a bite to eat.
We have secured 3 evening meals for each NAGAAA board person. You will not need to travel in a pack. Each board member will receive a coupon for a meal on Friday Saturday and Sunday evening to use at their leisure. Volunteers Friday- A separate table will be set up for the NAGAAA cup registration. We have great success in the smoothness of the registration process with our Beat the Heat tournament. Tables will be staffed by knowledgeable softball players. Staffers will be well versed in where to eat, drink and be merry. Saturday- Registration will be set up at the fields for those that were not able to register on Friday. In addition we are able to offer volunteers to make sure each field has plenty of water and ice for each game. Volunteers are also available to the NAGAAA board for assistance in getting softballs, lineup cards, and keeping up with the brackets.
Sunday- Same commitment is made with volunteers for the fields. No volunteers will be needed for the celebration after the tournament. Everything will be handled by the staff at the location of the party.
LIVE LARGE. THINK BIG! CITY OVERVIEW Welcome to Dallas! Why Dallas? Dallas is proud to submit a bid to host the 2011 NAGAAA Cup. The 20111 event will be another prestigious event to add to our overall Sports Resume. With the new developments in downtown Dallas and the proximity of hotels to the restaurants and attractions, we can create an environment for the attendee that is unparalleled. Dallas has a rich history of creating legendary experiences and sports conventions and events are very much the same. Dallas is special because of its “can do” attitude. Our motto is “Live Large. Think Big.” That is exactly what we want to show the NAGAAA athletes; a bigger and larger event experience than ever before with a legacy that not only enhances the athlete experience but also leaves a positive lasting impression on our community. Our experienced event volunteer pool of over 2,000 individuals is ready to support your event like none other. The city itself inspires big ideas and promises many legendary experiences. It’s a city that is undergoing a renaissance with over $12 billion in new and ongoing development. Victory Park, a new $3+ billion 75-acre mixed-use entertainment district has also emerged which features urban residential units above street-front dining and shopping at the American Airlines Center, creating a little Times Square.
Accommodations When it comes to hotels, Dallas has plenty of options that vary in size, brand, location and cost. With over 6,500 hotel rooms downtown, there is something for everyone and every price point. The proposed Crowne Plaza Hotel Market Center is just minutes away from all the action at Kiest Park and the GLBT community.
Transportation Getting to Dallas is easy and efficient. With a central North American location that puts you within four hours of any major city in the U.S., it's no surprise that DFW International Airport is one of the world's busiest and fastest growing airports. With 2,300 worldwide destinations, DFW International is also one of the world's most convenient. Dallas Love Field is served by Southwest
Airlines, a major carrier connecting Dallas with destinations throughout Texas and its contiguous states, as well as Continental Express and American Airlines. Love Field is located within the city limits and is just minutes from Downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center, the Dallas Market Center area and North Dallas. DART light rail connects the American Airlines Center with the Dallas Convention Center and a variety of hotels making transportation for the multi-sport participants and fans seamless. In addition, in 2013 DART has plans to connect directly to the DFW International Airport from downtown which will be just in time for all events in Dallas. Sights & Sounds The sights and sounds of Dallas are showcased throughout its 13 entertainment districts. Located within a short distance of downtown, they provide local history and flavor, with a mix of arts, culture, shopping, dining, and fun. For exclusive shopping visit the nation’s first shopping center, Highland Park Village, or the Italian-inspired Galleria Dallas. Also at the top of the list should be one-of–a-kind Neiman Marcus at its landmark location downtown. Barney’s of New York recently opened at NorthPark Center, which is renovating to accommodate 200+stores. Other popular shopping areas include West Village and Mockingbird Station. Arts & Culture While you’re here engage in Dallas’ passion for Arts and Culture. Stroll the Dallas Arts District – the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation – and enjoy the Dallas Museum of Art, home to one of the largest collections of post-1945 art in the Southwest; Nasher Sculpture Center, one of the world’s foremost, privately owned collections of modern and contemporary sculpture and art; The Crow Collection of Asian Art, the only Asian art museum in the southwest; or visit the National Women’s Museum, the only one of its kind in the US dedicated solely to the achievement of women. The Latino Cultural Center, located right down the road, is buzzing with multicultural activities and artistic endeavors, too. Dining International cuisine and world-class accommodations are woven together in the very fabric of Dallas. With over 6,000 restaurants in the metro area and some of the best chefs in the country, Dallas has more restaurants per capita than New York City, and something to surely please any palate. Economy Twenty-four Fortune 500 companies call the Dallas area home. Among the list are KimberlyClark, JCPenney, TXU, and Atmos Energy.
POINTS OF INTEREST As the song says, “Everything old is new again.” Nowhere is that more evident than in Downtown Dallas and surrounding areas where residential lofts, retail and dining are blossoming in the heart of the city, offering a variety of new experiences. Dallas has 13 entertainment districts bursting with something for everyone a sample is listed below. Cedar Springs Gay nightlife is abundant in Dallas. With over 25 bars and clubs throughout the city, many can be found in the Oak Lawn neighborhood. In fact, there are several bars and clubs all within walking distance along the Cedar Springs strip. Main Street In downtown near the flagship Neiman Marcus store, dining and retail establishments are flocking to the newly renovated Stone Street Gardens between Main and Elm streets. The Iron Cactus and Campisi’s are just two of the popular neighborhood restaurants and “Mark and Larry’s Stuff” offers a delightful eclectic mix of gifts. This is just the start of an aggressive and progressive new marketing campaign for the Main Street District. Arts District Dallas’ Arts District is the largest contiguous urban arts district in the nation, with the Dallas Museum of Art, the Crow Collection of Asian Art, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony Center and a variety of performing and visual arts entities. The Nasher Sculpture Center, one of the few institutions in the world devoted to the exhibition, study and preservation of modern sculpture. It offers an urban oasis of art and nature, including a 54,000-square-foot building designed by architect Renzo Piano. New development to the Arts District includes One Arts Plaza, a $125 million multi-use structure with restaurants, galleries, and luxury apartment. The development is within walking distance of museums, the Morton H. Meyerson Symphony and the Dallas Center for Performing Arts. Uptown From the Arts District, it’s a short, free historic M-Line Trolley to trendy Uptown, which offers three shopping districts, 90 dining options, 3 live theaters and much more. Unique hotels include the new urban resort, Hotel ZaZa, with its individually themed suites; Rosewood Crescent Court, The Ritz-Carlton, and the Stoneleigh. Continue the free trolley ride through Uptown to West Village, a new mixture of lofts, flats, stylish merchants, dining and a five-screen art film house on narrow European streets at McKinney and Lemmon avenues. West Village DART light rail connects at Cityplace Station just a block from West Village, heading north to Mockingbird Station, a new and lively multi-use development featuring residential lofts above shops, restaurants and the Angelika Theater. A few blocks west on Mockingbird is Southern Methodist University, home of the Meadows Museum of Art, which houses the largest collection of Spanish art outside Spain. Then, it’s onward by DART light rail to Park Lane, where residents and visitors can connect with special shuttles to
the ever-expanding NorthPark Center, a premier shopping center since 1965 with more than 235 world-class specialty stores, including Neiman Marcus, Tiffany & Co., Brooks Brothers, J. Crew and Coach. Victory Bridging Uptown and West End Historic District is the American Airlines Center sports and entertainment facility, which opened in 2001 as the new home of the NBA Dallas Mavericks basketball, the NHL Dallas Stars hockey team and more than 200 annual events. It is the anchor for Victory Park, the planned, phased retail, dining and entertainment neighborhood at Uptown’s entrance. West End A turn-of-the-century warehouse district in Downtown is the popular site of numerous restaurants, shops and nightclubs, accessible by DART light rail and one stop away from the Dallas Convention Center. The Sixth Floor Museum at Dealey Plaza, honoring the life, legacy and untimely death of President John F. Kennedy is one of the most visited sites in Dallas and frequently hosts special exhibits on its newly finished seventh floor. Cuisine in the West End includes barbecue, steak, fish, Tex-Mex and Italian fare. Quaint horse-drawn carriages are available for evening rides in the surrounding neighborhoods. Deep Ellum Three blocks east of Downtown is Deep Ellum, a blues and jazz center in the early 1900s that has blossomed into an avant-garde district of shops, cafes, galleries, theaters, restaurants and bars nestled in an old warehouse district. Popular by day for business lunches and bustling until the early morning hours with diners and club “hoppers,” Deep Ellum provides one-of-a-kind dining, theater and entertainment, with a wide variety of live music on the weekends. Performers like Stevie Ray Vaughn, Edie Brickell and Sara Hickman got their starts here. Greenville Avenue A residential area with charming 1920s bungalows in East Dallas, Greenville Avenue has long been a popular entertainment, dining and retail stretch that is a year-round gathering place for adults of all ages and appetites. More than 15 bars and pubs, restaurants ranging from sushi to gyros and antique and vintage clothing stores attract couples and singles to this area at all hours. Knox/Henderson Long-established neighborhoods near downtown are flourishing due to the influx of new urban dwellers, and Knox/Henderson is a prime example. Within minutes north of downtown on North Central Expressway, the intersecting streets of Knox on the west side and Henderson on the east are bustling with retail ranging from a three-story Crate & Barrel to unique boutiques, gardening shops and antique stores, as well as clubs and outdoor dining featuring Tex-Mex, South American and other diverse cuisine.
Kiest Park 6 Lighted & Fenced Softball Fields
300’ fences On site concession stands Ample warm up areas Host of National & Regional tournaments including 2004 NAGAAA World Series Located 8.65 miles from the proposed host hotel, Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center.
HOTEL OVERVIEW When it comes to hotels, Dallas has plenty of options that vary in size, brand, location and cost. No matter what brings you to Dallas, know that there are ample gay-friendly accommodations waiting for you! Several hotels are just a short cab ride (or even a short walk) to the heart of the GLBT community. Whether you are looking for a luxurious suite or an economy room, travelers can find the perfect place to recharge while visiting. Dallas is also proud to offer numerous TAG Approved® hotels that hold the standard of making your stay a comfortable one. GLBT friendly establishments are those that have demonstrated a commitment to ensuring a welcoming environment from check-in to check-out. TAG Approved® establishments are those that have gone through rigorous background checks that comply with a specific standard. The Crowne Plaza Dallas Market Center is the proposed Headquarter Hotel for the 2011 NAGAAA CUP:
$69.00 guest room rate 15% occupancy tax per night $5.00 rebate on paid guest rooms 3 complimentary guest rooms per night for Board members 1 complimentary meeting room for coaches meeting $8.00 inclusive breakfast buffet Drink discounts offered in bar each day Located 2 miles from Love Field Airport We have secured 3 complementary rooms with two queen beds in each, at the host hotel for the NAGAAA board to share on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. AMENITIES • 354 spacious non-smoking guestrooms • Wireless Internet in all guest rooms and public space • Sleep Advantage Program, which includes deluxe bedding and luxury amenities to induce sleep, your guest's will enjoy an optimal night's rest each night of their stay • Coffeemakers • In-room hair dryers • Full size ironing boards and irons • Over sized desk with data port in each room • On Command Movies, Nintendo and Video Checkout in each guestroom • Complimentary Business Center • Complimentary USA Today and Dallas Morning News • Bristol Bar & Grill offering breakfast, lunch and dinner • Room Service • Indoor heated pool, dry sauna, jacuzzi and exercise facility • Complimentary shuttle to and from Love Field Airport Complimentary Parking • Complimentary shuttle within a 5 mile radius of the hotel
TRANSPORTATION Navigating your way around Dallas is as easy as can be. With top-flight airlines, charter, shuttle, taxi, limo and car rental companies, you’ll be well on your way to an effective and efficient business function. Because Dallas hosts more than a million convention attendees every year, the city’s transportation professionals have become experts at getting large groups of people where they need to go. The following information will familiarize you with some of the ins and outs of Dallas’ extensive transportation system.
Airports Both DFW and Love Field Airports serve countless cities in the United States and abroad, mainly from their central location on the North American continent. Both airports are conveniently located within 15 to 30 minutes of Downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center. Transportation to and from both airports via taxi, shuttle or private sedan is available from all hotels in the proposed package. Each of the hotels have outlined their special rates for these services in their attached proposals. Dallas Love Field - Dallas Love Field Airport was the city's first commercial air facility and continues to serve a major role in the transportation of both business and pleasure travelers. Prior to the opening of DFW International Airport in 1974, Love Field was served by all of the major commercial air carriers. Today, the airport is served by Southwest Airlines, a major carrier connecting Dallas with destinations throughout Texas and its contiguous states, as well as Continental Express and American Airlines. Love Field is located within the city limits and is just minutes from Downtown Dallas and the Dallas Convention Center, the Dallas Market Center area and North Dallas. FACTS: • 7 Miles from Downtown Dallas • Headquarters for Southwest Airlines • 300 flights daily • Serves 20,300 passengers daily • Listing of Airlines o Southwest Airlines o Continental Express o American Airlines • Approximately $ 20 taxi cab ride or $ 18 Shuttle ride one way to downtown hotels (we will work with DCVB members to arrange special discounts for each of these services)
DFW (Dallas Fort Worth International) Airport - With a central North American location that puts you within 4 hours of any major city in the U.S., Mexico and Canada, it's no surprise that DFW International Airport is one of the world's busiest and fastest growing airports. With 2,300 worldwide destinations, DFW International is also one of the world's most convenient. DFW International offers user-friendly facilities designed with multilingual, easy to understand signage and quick, efficient customs clearance in three terminals. You'll find friendly skycaps, customer service representatives, and airline and airport employees that see to your every need. And while you're at the airport, get a true taste of Texas at one of the many food and beverage concessions, or shop for a Lone Star souvenir at one of many retail shops. FACTS: • 20 Miles from Downtown Dallas • 3rd busiest airport in the world • Offers over 1900 flights daily to 169 destinations worldwide • 132 nonstop domestic routes • 32 nonstop international routes • Domestic o Daily Passenger Departures 952 o Nonstop Destinations 135 o Airlines 19 • International o Daily Passenger Departures 49 o Nonstop Destinations 32 o Airlines 12 • Hubs for American Airlines & Delta Air Lines • DFW is the world’s only airport with three FAA control towers. • Approximately $ 40 taxi cab ride or $ 18 Shuttle ride one way to downtown hotels (we will work with DCVB members to arrange special discounts for each of these services)
OTHER TRANSPORTATION OPTIONS DART Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) gets you around Dallas and 12 surrounding cities with modern public transit services and customer facilities tailored to make your trip fast, comfortable and economical. Our extensive network of DART Rail, Trinity Railway Express (TRE) and bus services moves more than 200,000 passengers per day across our 700-square-mile service area. To promote ridesharing, we also operate a system of high occupancy vehicle (HOV) lanes allowing carpoolers to whiz past freeway traffic jams. More than 110,000 commuters use our HOV lanes each weekday. The DART Rail System provides fast, convenient service to work, shopping and entertainment destinations in Dallas, Garland, Plano and Richardson. Plus, our TRE commuter line links DART customers to DFW International Airport and downtown Fort Worth. Popular shopping and entertainment destinations near DART Rail stations in Dallas include NorthPark Center and Upper Greenville Avenue (Park Lane Station), West Village (Cityplace Station), Mockingbird Station (Mockingbird Station), the Dallas Museum of Art (St. Paul Station), American Airlines Center (Victory Station), the entertaining West End Historic District (West End Station), Reunion Arena (Union Station), the Dallas Convention Center (Convention Center Station), and the Dallas Zoo (Dallas Zoo Station). Popular destinations in surrounding cities include the Renaissance Hotel and the Eisemann Center for the Performing Arts (Galatyn Park Station in Richardson); Downtown Plano, the ArtCentre of Plano and the Courtyard Theater (Downtown Plano Station); the Granville Arts Center (Downtown Garland Station); and Downtown Irving (South Irving Station). TRE The TRE links downtown Dallas Union Station to downtown Fort Worthâ€™s ITC Station with CentrePort/DFW Airport Station Monday through Saturday. The airportâ€™s free Remote South shuttle bus service provides continuous connections between the station and airline terminals A single-trip ticket from CentrePort/DFW Airport Station to stations east is $2.25. A single-trip ticket to stations west of CentrePort/DFW Airport Station is $1.25. One-day passes are also available and are good for unlimited rides (including your return trip) until 3 a.m. the next day. Street Cars The McKinney Avenue Trolleys rumble along McKinney Avenue and connect the bustling Uptown neighborhood with the Dallas Arts District. These unique trolley cars have been lovingly maintained since 1989, when they were reinstituted on an updated rail line. Since that time they have become a favorite for Dallas visitors, and a welcome sight to nostalgic locals. Expansion continues on the routes to other points of interest.
Amtrak • Located at Union Station—downtown • Texas Eagle Line • Access to DART Light Rail System& Trinity Railway Express (TRE) • 5 blocks from Greyhound Station • Only two blocks from the Dallas Convention Center • Fares range from $22 to $325 Greyhound • Station located downtown • 5 blocks from Union Station—Stations for Amtrak, DART Light Rail & Trinity Railway Express • Terminal open 24 hours a day • Travel from anywhere in the United States Driving City Austin, TX Ft. Worth, TX Houston, TX Kansas City, MO Little Rock, AR Memphis, TN New Orleans, LA Oklahoma City, OK San Antonio, TX Shreveport, LA Texarkana, TX Wichita, KS
Miles 203 32 240 489 314 452 496 206 283 188 183 362
Drive Time 4 hours ½ hour 4 ½ hours 9 hours 6 hours 8 ½ hours 9 hours 3 ½ hours 5 ½ hours 3 ½ hours 3 ½ hours 6 hours
Dallas Convention and Visitors Bureau – Convention & Event Services
E-Marketing Campaign Let us create an interactive e-marketing campaign to boost your Dallas event attendance.
Communications, Marketing & Public Relations Assistance Let our PR department work for you. We' will provide press releases, local media outlet lists, digital tools and more.
Personalized Web Page Creating an interactive web page for your upcoming event in Dallas would be our task!
On-Line Photo Gallery Photos to promote Dallas to your attendees, consider our in house photo library.
Site Inspection Coordination We will make all the necessary arrangements for your visit to Dallas for site inspections of hotels and off-site venues.
Special Event Venues Information & Private Dining Information Suggestions for off-site venues for your special events and private dining is our specialty.
DCVB Member Supplier Information & Leads Unlimited access to our member database of convention service providers.
Planning, Promotional & On-Site Literature Visitor Guides, Maps, Meeting Professionals Guides and additional Dallas promotional literature available for preplanning and onsite distribution.
Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Convention & Group Pass Sales DART Rail serves major downtown hotels and the Dallas Convention Center, plus numerous other attractions. Work with the Group Pass Sales associate to arrange for prepaid group passes.
Logo & Event Listed on our Event Calendar Complimentary placement of your event logo listed on the Dallas CVB Sports Marketing event page as well as the DCVB Event Calendar.
One Promotional Incentive for attendees Work with our staff to utilize our members for exciting vouchers, tickets etc to be used as attendance generating promotions.
Green Dallas Dallas green projects are achieving national attention in a positive way and are being talked about in the Capitol and in President’s Cabinet; from City designated Green Destinations to a Green Vehicle program already in place as well as consistent air quality measures to a citywide comprehensive recycling plan. See more details in the www.GreenDallas.net website.
Assistance in Obtaining Texas Sales Tax Exempt Status if needed The State of Texas allows nonprofit organizations to request Sales tax exemptions based on prior notification. Let us help you complete the necessary paperwork.
Post-event Report The DCVB is committed to working with your staff to prepare a comprehensive post event report complete with hotel pick up, facility reviews, economic impact projections, and staff evaluations.
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