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Your Organization Can Plan An Event
Covering all the bases
10 Selecting Or Creating An Event Ideas for bringing a tournament to your community
12 Selecting A Competition Venue Choosing the right facility for your event
14 Event-Planning Timetable This calendar will keep your event on-track
16 Jobs To Be Done Detailed responsibilities covering Administrative, Venue and Competition
20 Budgeting For Events It’s all about the money
22 Event & Venue Checklist The devil is in the details
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24 Communication & Marketing Tips on how to drive attendance and get them back next year
26 Volunteers: A Key Ingredient To Success Organizing a volunteer program to support your event
28 Merchandise For Your Event Explore the revenue potential of T-shirts
30 Critical Incident Response Plan Preparing for emergencies
32 Event Forms: More Paperwork Lists and forms keep everyone organized
34 After-Action Summary Give your event a critical analysis Photo courtesy of ©iStockphoto.com/Christophe Schmid Article images courtesy of © 2012 JUPITERIMAGES Corporation
ABOUT OUR WRITER BILL HANSON Bill Hanson is a founder of San Antonio Sports, an organization established in 1984 as the San Antonio Amateur Sports Foundation. He has been involved in all aspects of sports commission administration, operations, fundraising, bidding and facility development. His event management experience includes the multi-sport competitions the AAU Junior Olympic Games, the U.S. Olympic Festival and the State Games of Texas. He has organized individual competitions for the 1984 and 1996 Olympic Games, the Pan American Games, the Goodwill Games and numerous NCAA, NGB, local youth competitions and events created by San Antonio Sports. Bill is a past chairman of the National Association of Sports Commissions.
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years of event management experience, trial
own event? You can, and you don’t
and error, success and failure. There is a
need one of those high-priced Yellow Pages
great deal of flexibility built into each tool
event planners. There are certainly items
so that it can be formatted to fit the specific
needed and decisions to be made, but it all
needs of your event and organization. Every
boils down to details and common sense.
event that San Antonio Sports has conducted
o your organization wants to run its
The purpose of this edition of Sports
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in the past 20 years has its organizational
Planning Guide & Directory is to assist you
beginning with the Event and Venue
with identifying those details in the various
Checklist. Non-applicable items are deleted
stages of planning. It should be noted, how-
and others are added until the checklist
ever, that there is a major difference between
properly fits the event and the venue.
the effective planning of an event and the effi-
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Most rights holders also have developed
cient conduct of it. All of the pretty budgets,
such lists for Local Organizing Committees
org charts and detail lists won’t mean much
that conduct their events. This not only assists
if your staff fails to properly execute, and it is
the LOC with its preparations, but it assures
most certainly that game-day operation that
the rights holder that the event will be organ-
matters most to participants, spectators and
ized and conducted according to its stan-
There is a major difference between the effective planning of an event and the efficient conduct of it. rights holders. A well-conducted event that
dards. But, if you’re starting from scratch
has all of the pieces smoothly fall into place
and doing it yourself, this edition is for you.
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It is also very appropriate that I credit
everyone involved but, more importantly,
some folks with whom I’ve had the pleasure
throws wide open the door to future events.
of associating over the years, and from
The reputation your organization earns
whom I learned a great deal about the details
reflects on your community and becomes the
of event management. There were many,
magnet needed to attract more and bigger
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Selecting or Creating an Event
ith the continuous increase in sports participation there has been a parallel increase in the
number of rights holders that offer national tournaments. There is only one National Governing Body for each Olympic sport, but numerous organizations and individual promoters are looking for communities to host their annual tournaments. Youth soccer, baseball, softball, basketball and other organizations that have their own facilities will very likely stay within their own sanctioning organization when looking for a national tournament. Extensive research is necessary when considering a national tournament, especially if the rights holder or promoter
is unknown to your organization. Is the rights fee reasonable or exorbitant? Can they deliver the number of teams promised? What is their track record in other communities? There are instances where a community depended upon visiting teams to generate revenue to cover the rights fee, only to discover that the majority of teams were local and not producing hotel nights.
If your organization has its own facility or has a great relationship with a facility, think about these reasons to start your own event:
❑ You have total control of the event. ❑ It can fill a hole in your season schedule.
❑ There is no sanction fee paid to a rights holder.
❑ It can fill a hole in the local hotel
Extensive research is necessary when considering a national tournament, especially if the rights holder or promoter is unknown to your organization. The first option in contracting an out-
schedule and season, and provide some favorable rates.
❑ It provides an opportunity to attract out-of-town visitors and opens up sponsorship opportunities.
❑ Your local teams save travel expenses. ❑ It can provide off-season revenue for your facility or organization. A facility can also find a great deal of variety among potential created events:
❑ You might create an event that is
side event is to create your own. Sports
not specific to your sport but fits
commissions across the United States
into your facility.
❑ Off-season baseball and softball fields can conduct Frisbee and kick ball tournaments.
❑ A gymnasium with down time from basketball or volleyball can create badminton, table tennis or martial arts events.
❑ Soccer complexes can conduct any number of field events, such as lacrosse, flag football, ultimate Frisbee and rugby.
❑ Disabled and Paralympic sports are always looking for available facilities.
❑ Charity events such as 5k & 10k runs and festivals can fill a weekend schedule gap.
❑ There are any number of activities that can be staged in parking lots. “Imitation is the best form of flattery,” so don’t be afraid to look at other communities and see if a successful event there might just fit your community, and then create one.
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Selecting a Competition Venue
he selection of a competition venue is just as important as the event budget and event date. The
facility must not only meet the projected competition needs of the event, but it must be available on specific dates and it most certainly plays a major role in formatting the budget. Of lesser importance might be its location in relation to hotels, airports or downtown areas. The competition needs and the available dates can be answered before visiting the facility. If it is available when
Aside from in-house staffing, many facilities have specific requirements about security, medical, merchandise and concessions staffing.
desired, and has the needed number of playing areas and seating, then itâ€™s time to tour it and talk details and money. The checklist for both of these items is found in the Event & Venue Checklist (page 22), and it should be reviewed thoroughly before making the visit. The event organizer who submits a detailed list of needs and requests to the facility will not be subject to last-minute surprises. It is important to identify what is needed in the facility, and the cost attached to each item. Identifying the areas for support functions such as ticketing, merchandise, concessions, medical, meeting areas and so on is just as important as the playing areas. The rental of the venue is most often a stand-alone cost, and
only be familiar with the facilityâ€™s
in the daily
policies but should have its own plans.
rental rate. Some facilities may charge for parking and keep that revenue themselves. Aside from in-house
Most facilities have policies for bad weather as they do not want their fields torn up during a rain storm, and some may even stop play due to nearby lightning. A Critical Incident Response Plan
the additional needs are add-ons. Field
staffing, many facilities have specific
needs to consider individual medical
striping, field lighting, public address
requirements about security, medical,
emergencies and major incidents such
system, air conditioning and restroom
merchandise and concessions staffing.
as bleacher collapses and facility fires, and key organizing committee staff and
janitorial are just a few examples of
The most overlooked areas are those
some additional charges, so do not
of critical incident response and weather,
facility staff need to coordinate reactions
assume that everything in the facility will
and the event organizer should not
to them. â–
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he creation of a detailed timetable is very important to the efficient planning and organizing of the event,
but following that timetable and completing the tasks is absolutely crucial to the success of the event. It is a certainty that many unexpected tasks will pop up in the final days of preparation and on the first day of competition. If there remains a number of timetable items yet to be completed, that’s when the frantic activity begins and delays occur. But if all those tasks have been completed according to plan, then there is time to put out the fires and keep the event running smoothly. The most common bad memory of any competition is that it didn’t start on time. ■ TIMELINE OVER 1 YEAR
❑ Determine interest in doing the event ❑ Locate and confirm a venue ❑ Determine financial feasibility: Budget ❑ Set a date 6-12 MONTHS
❑ Identify jobs to be done ❑ Form an organizing committee ❑ Event schedule ❑ Devise a marketing plan ❑ Finalize venue contract ❑ Secure hotel(s) if needed ❑ Define details for each job ❑ Registration process defined ❑ Website opened ❑ Mailing lists collected 1-6 MONTHS
❑ Tickets printed ❑ Medical plan: ambulance, trainers, physician, hospital
❑ Venue equipment ordered: tents, toilets, ice, copier, phone/DSL lines, radios
❑ Logistics plan (where does the equipment go)
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❑ Competition staffing ❑ Athlete beverages ❑ Insurance coverage ❑ Merchandise plan ❑ Sponsorships ❑ Volunteer recruiting ❑ Promotional posters ❑ Event signage ❑ Volunteer T-shirts, polos
❑ Ice order ❑ Logistics form ❑ Petty cash and change funds ❑ Staffing phone card ❑ Pickups and deliveries ❑ Public address script ❑ Sound system check ❑ Tools and supplies ❑ Volunteer list ❑ Directional signage ❑ Hospitality area ❑ Parking lot setup ❑ Radio distribution plan ❑ Reception ❑ Sponsor banners installed ❑ Venue signage ❑ Teardown plan
COMPETITION PHASE 1 MONTH
❑ Venue meeting & walk-through ❑ Ceremonies ❑ Coaches’ meeting: beverages & packets
❑ Credentials ❑ Directional map ❑ Fruit order
❑ Cash reconciliation ❑ Invoices paid ❑ Equipment return ❑ Financial summary ❑ Coaches thank you & survey ❑ Sponsor thank you ❑ Volunteer thank you ❑ Merchandise inventory
Jobs To be Done
he organization of an event is not a one-person task, but it does require a leader who takes the responsibility
of making the important and/or final decisions. Obviously, the best approach is an organizing committee consisting of a dozen persons, each an expert in a specific area. Realistically, that’s not likely to happen in many volunteer-driven organizations, but an efficient organizing committee will have hard-working volunteers who can take direction and get their tasks done well, regardless of their experience in that particular area. Hopefully, the
leader will have enough event experience to provide guidance in all areas. When divided into separate areas of Administrative, Venue and Competition, the numerous jobs associated with an event can be better defined, and there will certainly be overlap in some of these tasks. The areas of responsibility outlined here are actually derived from the organization of an Olympic Games event, so you get to eliminate many that do not apply to your specific needs. You should start with the jobs that are absolutely necessary to the conduct of your event,
Event jobs are better defined if divided into three separate areas: Administrative, Venue and Competition such as Finance, Marketing/Ticket Sales, Registration, Logistics, Medical, Concessions and Competition. While there are others that are very important, these really determine the overall success of your
❑ Accommodations ❑ Accreditation ❑ Exec-After-Action Summary ❑ Ceremonies ❑ Clinic ❑ Communications ❑ Entertainment ❑ Finance ❑ Food Services ❑ Human Resources ❑ Insurance ❑ Legal ❑ Marketing ❑ Media & Public Relations ❑ Participant Services ❑ Program, Souvenir ❑ Protocol ❑ Language Services ❑ Government ❑ Relations ❑ Host Family ❑ Social Events ❑ Special Events ❑ Ticket Sales, Advance ❑ Transportation ❑ Volunteer Services VENUE
❑ Access Control/Parking/Ushers/ Crowd Control
❑ Awards Ceremonies ❑ Concessions
❑ Construction ❑ Hospitality ❑ Logistics ❑ Look & Atmosphere ❑ Media Services ❑ Medical, Participant ❑ Medical, Spectator ❑ Merchandise ❑ Practice Site ❑ Public Information/Lost & Found ❑ Registration ❑ Security ❑ Signage ❑ Results & Technology ❑ Ticket Operations ❑ Venue Management ❑ Venue Operations ❑ Venue Set-up ❑ Venue Janitorial COMPETITION
❑ Competition Management ❑ Field of Play ❑ Game Promotions ❑ Jury Area ❑ Officials ❑ Public Address ❑ Ready Area ❑ Scoring ❑ Scoreboard ❑ Team Operations ❑ Timekeeping ❑ Warm-up Area
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Sports Conference Rides Wave of Success
US Sports Congress Heads to Sarasota December 10-12
UILDING ON LAST YEAR’S
tradeshow that are encompassed within
phenomenal success, the
US Sports Congress moves to
The event’s attendance is growing and
Sarasota, Fla. this Dec. 10-12 at the
that’s a real challenge given the guiding
Ritz-Carlton. Whether it’s the cutting-
principle for the US Sports Congress as
edge educational sessions or the
it strives to keep a one-to-one ratio of
dynamic and unique atmosphere created
CVBs/Sports Commissions to Event
for networking, one thing is for certain—
Rights Holders. That means more time,
the US Sports Congress has become
more exposure and expanded opportu-
a show where business is done and
nities to move the needle on your busi-
relationships are made.
ness. Congress organizers say that the
“It’s really about being in tune with the
attendance will grow by approximately
market,” explained Lou Mengsol, who
40%. With all manner and sizes of Rights
owns and operates the US Sports Con-
Holders represented, there is something
gress. “We develop our own view of the
to fit every destination.
market, gather opinions from our atten-
One thing is for sure—the Congress
dees and other stakeholders and mold
will continue to ride this wave of success.
those ideas and concepts into the ses-
For more information, check out
sions, networking events and even the
Valuable networking opportunities await attendees at the annual US Sports Congress.
“It’s really about being in tune with the market. We develop our own view of the market, gather opinions from our attendees and other stakeholders and mold those ideas and concepts into the sessions, networking events and even the tradeshow that are encompassed within the Congress.”
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Budgeting For Events
he most important part of any event is the budget. Many people in an organization will show an in-
terest in conducting an event, but it’s the budget that shows whether it’s feasible. Unless there is a deep-pocketed benefactor or sponsor available to make up a shortfall, there must be considerable work done to compile a realistic budget before moving ahead. The budget format that follows is intended to be detailed because it is the unexpected, overlooked and lastminute expenses that result in financial disaster. Something else to remember —donated/value in kind items are very REVENUE
important, but unless committed to early on, they should not be accounted for
There needs to be considerable work done to compile a realistic budget before moving ahead. It’s the budget that shows whether the event is feasible.
$ $ $ $ $ $
_____ Concessions _____ Corporate sponsorships _____ Entry fees _____ Merchandise sales _____ Parking passes or fees _____ Program advertising
$ _____ Athlete/coaches $ _____ Officials
$ $ $ $ $
$ $ $ $ $ $ $
_____ Bank charges _____ Credentials _____ Office equipment _____ Office supplies _____ Postage & delivery _____ Telephone/fax/DSL service _____ Miscellaneous
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
the event have been identified, it then becomes important to be realistic for both revenue and expense items. Research similar events if possible, but try to avoid total guesswork on important items. Above all, do not arbitrarily raise revenue
_____ Program sales _____ Signage _____ Ticket sales _____ Miscellaneous _____ Hotel rebates/housing commissions _____ TOTAL INCOME
in the original budget, just in case they Once the line items applicable to
$ $ $ $ $ $
_____ Awards _____ Flowers/gifts _____ Opening ceremony _____ Closing ceremony _____ Equipment _____ Production fees _____ Talent fees _____ Venue costs
_____ Athlete/coaches _____ Banquet _____ Officials _____ Reception _____ Volunteers
$ $ $ $ $ $
_____ Athlete/venue _____ Athlete/hotel _____ VIP, media, officials _____ Volunteer _____ Special events _____ Gifts/mementos
$ $ $ $
_____ Automobile _____ General & excess liability _____ Event (loss of income) _____ Participant medical
$ _____ Merchandise $ _____ Direct mail $ _____ Ticketing
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MEDIA AND PUBLIC RELATIONS
$ _____ Advertising
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
$ $ $ $
_____ _____ _____ _____
____ Print ____ Television ____ Radio ____ Billboards Logo design Media operations Photography Press conferences
$ $ $ $
_____ Ambulance _____ Physicians _____ Trainers _____ Supplies
_____ Communications _____ Equipment purchases _____ Equipment rentals _____ Ice & water _____ Lighting _____ Rental _____ Setup/construction _____ Security _____ Signage _____ Sound system
$ _____ Staffing (ushers, ticket sellers/takers, parking attendants, supervisor, janitorial) VOLUNTEERS
$ _____ Apparel $ _____ Appreciation $ _____ CONTINGENCY $ _____ TOTAL EXPENSES
$ _____ Product $ _____ Display OFFICIALS
$ _____ Fees $ _____ Per diem $ _____ Air travel PARTICIPANT SERVICES
$ _____ T-shirts $ _____ Event memento $ _____ Entertainment PRINTING
$ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $ $
_____ Competition announcement _____ Competition forms _____ Entry form _____ Flyers _____ Media packet _____ Participant's handbook _____ Souvenir program _____ Sponsorship packages _____ Stationery _____ Volunteer handbook _____ Passes _____ Signage
$ _____ RIGHTS OR SANCTION FEE, NATIONAL GOVERNING BODY
$ _____ Contract labor/game day staffing $ _____ Event staff $ _____ MILEAGE REIMBURSEMENT: STAFF, VOLUNTEERS
$ _____National Governing Body TRANSPORTATION
$ $ $ $
_____ Airline: Athlete/coaches, officials _____ Airport shuttle _____ Fuel _____ Ground transportation: Autos, buses
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Event and Venue Checklist
vent planners who live by the three A’s will produce successful events.
Attention to detail. The smallest item overlooked (water key, electrical adapter, batteries) can cause a major delay of an activity, especially if the venue is not located near a store. List every possible item needed at every area of the venue. Never assume anything. This is a four-letter word to event planners and should never be spoken at planning meetings. Any staff or volunteer who has a job responsibility should never assume that someone else is “taking care of that” if it affects their particular area. Checking and double-checking will ensure that all details are covered.
Anticipate problems. Every area of responsibility should have a Plan B. Medical personnel are on-site because those problems are anticipated and a rain date is set for the same reason, so planners should look at every area and anticipate potential problems. The adjacent alphabetical list spells out the broad categories that will be found on a sports event planner’s checklist. For a sample of a detailed Event & Venue Checklist, with check boxes for three to 18 items under each category, visit Insite.SportsDirectory.org and enter this numerical ID: 4070. ■ 22 Sports Planning Guide & Directory
❑ ADMINISTRATIVE ❑ ACCESS CONTROL ❑ ACCOMMODATIONS ❑ AIR-CONDITIONING ❑ CEREMONIES ❑ CLINICS ❑ COMMUNICATIONS ❑ COMPETITION AREA ❑ CONCESSIONS ❑ EMERGENCY SERVICES ❑ HOSPITALITY AREAS ❑ ICE & WATER ❑ INFORMATION BOOTH ❑ LIGHTING ❑ LOCKER ROOMS ❑ LOGISTICS EQUIPMENT ❑ MAINTENANCE & JANITORIAL ❑ MEDIA OPERATIONS
❑ MEDICAL ❑ MERCHANDISE ❑ OFFICIALS, COMPETITION ❑ PARKING ❑ PRINTED MATERIALS ❑ PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM ❑ RESTROOMS ❑ SCOREBOARD OR RESULT BOARDS
❑ SEATING AREAS ❑ SECURITY ❑ SIGNAGE & LOOK ❑ SOCIAL EVENTS ❑ SPECIAL EVENTS ❑ TELEVISION ❑ TICKETING ❑ TRANSPORTATION ❑ VOLUNTEER SERVICES sportsdirectory.org
Communication and Marketing
he success of a first-time event is contingent upon attracting participants, and the success of future
events is getting them to come back and to bring others with them. An event that must be sanctioned by a national governing body, or NGB, will have the benefit of that NGB’s reputation, along with its sectional, regional or national database for communicating registration and other information. Conversely, a newly-created event that has no connection with an NGB faces the tasks of identifying target markets of potential participants, A follow-up communication after an
establishing the means to communicate
ticipation forms, online sign-ups (with or
with them, and then persuading them
without payment options), great photos
event can be very effective. In addition
to register. This is where key contacts
and comments from past participants
to thanking those that attended and
within your sport can help spread the
help convince prospective teams that
asking for their feedback, it can serve as
word by helping identify prospective
your event is in their future. For those ac-
a save-the-date announcement for next
teams/athletes, providing access to their
tive on Facebook, a new Events module
contact list, a link on their website or
allows you to create an event in Face-
exposure on their Facebook page.
book and invite your Friends/Fans to at-
Once you have your contact list and
tend – all for free.
marketing plan in place, it’s time to begin reaching out. When developing your flyers and website, it’s important
The spectator target marketing of youth events is pretty much confined to
GETTING THEM BACK It happens on too many occasions that
the immediate family, and the younger the participants, the greater the number
a very successful event will discover that it
of accompanying family. Herein lies the
is unable to contact their participants due
importance of marketing your community
to the lack of contact information from
and its attractions, as most families com-
still a small percentage of
last year’s participants – physical address,
ing to the event will make it a vacation
the target market that will
email and phone numbers. One example
and visit theme parks and historical sites
is the use of proprietary mailing and
at some point during their stay. It is still a
email lists, where the owner will send out
common misconception that a high-level
onto the phone with ques-
the information for an event organizer, but
youth event will attract local spectators,
tions, but it can be kept at a
will not make the list available. Unless an
and organizers are cautioned about
small percentage if the infor-
organizer wants to continually pay for this
over-estimating ticket revenue for such
mation is inclusive and clear.
type of distribution, the collection of proper
events. Efforts can be made to drive
Website technology today
that the event information is concise and correct. Deadlines must be specific and prominent. It is
not read the information thoroughly before jumping
information during the registration process
local spectator traffic, but monetary
is cheap and easy-to-use,
is very important. Once you have this in-
consideration should be nil, and strategic
even for non-techies.
formation, strongly consider creating a
trade partners sought on a local basis to
If you’re serious about your
computer database (there are inexpensive
get your event’s message out, often in
event you need a dedicated
programs available for download, or
exchange for their participation at your
website. Downloadable par-
Excel works for starters).
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Volunteers: A Key Ingredient for a Successful Event
olunteers are the foundation of nearly every successful nonprofit organization and competition
PUT TOGETHER A VOLUNTEER SERVICES PLAN Once the Volunteer Coordinator has
EVENT CONDUCT, that much easier and most certainly more efficient. We discuss event logistics separately, but
organizing committee. This section not
been identified, work can begin to create
be assured that many last-minute
only defines the volunteer needs for a
the Volunteer Services Plan. There are a
challenges (we never say “problems”)
large-sized activity or competition, but
number of items that must be included in
are avoided by having such a plan.
also for maintaining it as a fulltime
program to support future events and activities. If your organization relies heavily on parents as volunteers, this part is for you. But be forewarned—building and maintaining an effective and successful volunteer program is hard work and, like fundraising and public relations, requires
What committees need volunteers
and how many are needed? ■
What will they be doing and are writ-
ten job descriptions available? ■
Where will they need to be and how
do they get there? ■
When do you need them and for
Your organizing committee must have a clearly defined staff structure and lines of communication. Volunteers must know to whom they report, especially in an emergency situation. If you’re organizing a large event that requires many volunteers over a period of days, then a volunteer handbook becomes almost a necessity. It would include information
a talented and committed person to accomplish it. A volunteer program can be defined in three operational time periods: pre-event planning, event conduct and post-event communications, with its lead-in to the
An effective volunteer program requires a solid plan and a special person to coordinate it
next event or to an ongoing program The PRE-EVENT PLANNING phase starts with the hiring or recruitment of a Volunteer Coordinator. This person needs to possess a variety of skills and
uniforms are available? ■
Fully define the recruiting process,
personality traits, and to settle for less
will eventually result in an ineffective
program or a coordinator who quits. Your selected person should have excellent
organizational skills and be attentive to detail. Past experience tells me that your
coordinator should be all of the following: self-motivated, even-tempered, a good mediator/have good people skills, patient,
about the event itself, venue information with a diagram showing key locations, a
A volunteer registration form
venue evacuation plan, event schedules,
An established information bank/
transportation schedules and key contact
phone numbers. One very useful list
Target markets for recruiting, i.e.,
would be Important Names to Know, so
people, groups, businesses, etc.
that a volunteer who came into contact
Processing and screening of
with a VIP could be extra friendly. A list
of Volunteer Policies and Procedures is
Contacting and verifying the
essential and should emphasize dress
code, conduct and shift information.
This plan should be in place before
Local information should also be a section
handle multiple projects simultaneously,
any public announcement is made of an
in the handbook, to include restaurants,
able to function with little sleep, and able
event or activity because, as with ticket
entertainment and shopping areas, and
to prioritize, maintain focus and delegate.
sales, interested volunteers will assuredly
local modes of transportation and espe-
Is it impossible to find someone fitting
start inquiring immediately.
cially a taxi phone number.
able to see the big picture, able to
all these? Perhaps, but don’t venture far
The organization that takes the time
Participants with questions will ap-
from the total list or you’ll be back to
to format a detailed Volunteer Services
proach the first recognizable volunteer.
Plan will find the second phase,
The golden rule for a volunteer is this:
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the support items needed to do their
list now becomes very important. If your
jobs. While realizing that large events
organization maintains the ability to do
are often challenged to fill all volunteer
some quick-recruiting of volunteers, then
positions, creating a contingency pool is
you have an efficient volunteer program.
recommended. Our organization has
A word of warning about recruiting
called these reserves the Fifth Wheel or
volunteers for outside events or organi-
the Rapid Response Team, and they can
zations: Not everyone treats volunteers
be sent quickly to a trouble spot. A final
the same, and your volunteers will notice
helpful item is a critique by the volunteers,
the difference, especially if they don’t re-
using a form at their check-out table. Get-
ceive proper treatment from others.
ting input from them has been extremely
When sending recruitment notices for
valuable to conducting future events.
outside events, make it very clear that you are not involved in that event.
REWARD YOUR VOLUNTEERS
As for ongoing projects, some organi-
It’s important to remember that what-
zations utilize volunteer receptionists
send them to someone who has it.”
ever you provide in the way of volunteer
with each one working a specific half-
This leads to the primary source of infor-
services, it will always be far less than
day each week, and they naturally have
mation, your own staff. There is nothing
what you’d pay for comparable labor.
worse than an organizing committee
Items such as t-shirts, caps, vests, pins,
staff member who is unable to answer
parking, a lounge area, meals, snacks
simple questions about the event. With
and beverages, and event tickets will all
months of preparation and committee
appeal to volunteers and make them feel
meetings, all staff members should have
“If you don’t know the answer, find it or
a basic knowledge of every other area
Finally—it’s over! The participants have
of operation. Just as important, your
departed, the venue has been vacated,
staff needs to be instructed to constantly
the event has been declared a success,
acknowledge and show appreciation to
and you’ve got hundreds, maybe
volunteers, both individually and as a
thousands, of volunteers totally excited
group. Public mention of volunteer sup-
about staying involved. Whatever POST-
a group of key volunteers who do vari-
port will show them that they are appre-
EVENT COMMUNICATIONS projects
ous office projects. A Volunteer of the
ciated and it results in good work
you do or don’t do will affect both your
Year program is a great way to show ap-
organization’s future and theirs.
preciation and generate interest in the
Volunteer Training is most helpful
Before thinking about the future, how-
organization. Lastly, the best method of maintaining
when provided in advance of the event,
ever, finish up this event. Your volunteers
especially a few days prior. An orientation
need closure in the way of an apprecia-
an efficient volunteer program is to in-
not only provides important information to
tion letter, certificate or gift, and possibly
clude volunteers in an assessment
them but gives the organizing committee
a party. A party or pep rally immediately
process and provide them with a chan-
leadership the opportunity to motivate
upon completion of an event is nice, but
nel for their suggestions. We have found
them and to explain the importance of
often not feasible due to event tear-down,
a Volunteer Action Council to be very ef-
their support. All of the basic information,
but staging something soon after is a
fective and most helpful for developing
uniforms, parking passes and job descrip-
way to express your appreciation as well
policies and procedures.
tions can be distributed this orientation.
as announce future events.
With all of the aforementioned
Establishing an effective communica-
If this whole process sounds complicated to you, it should. There is nothing
accomplished, the event itself is a snap.
tions system should be a priority if you
easy about managing an effective volun-
Volunteers show up, report to their work
plan to utilize this group of volunteers
teer program and it requires a special
stations, do their jobs properly and
again. Using emails is certainly the most
person as you can see. ■
leave. Staff members must do their jobs
economical means nowadays, but a
by providing excellent supervision and,
direct mailed newsletter is just as effec-
most important, by giving the volunteers
tive. Maintaining the email or direct-mail
To download a sample Volunteers Form, go to Insite.SportsDirectory.org and enter the ID: 4070
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Merchandise for Your Event
group organizing its first youth tournament probably doesn't see merchandise as a priority, and
rightly so. It's certainly hectic enough putting together the basics of the event, but the revenue potential of merchandise could be considered in some situations. The T-shirt is the No.1 item for any event, activity, place, celebrity, and on and on. If you find that your event registration is heavy with out-of-town participants, then an event T-shirt just might be attractive. A recurring event demand for next year, but it also leaves
that consists predominantly of local area teams might also benefit by offering a unique T-shirt each year. Keep in mind that 99 out of 100 road races 5k in length and longer give away T-shirts with the registration, and dedicated runners collect them by the dozen. The revenue potential cannot be ignored. An attractive three- or four-color
Sweatshirts can be good with cool-weather events, and caps might be in demand for warm-weather outdoor tournaments.
some empty-handed customers unhappy. You should be somewhat concerned about the quality of the shirt. A less-expensive, low-quality white T-shirt might get by the first year, but people remember and you'll have to do better next time. Beyond T-shirts, one has to exercise caution as to items offered. Sweat-
T-shirt is generally available in the $5
shirts can be good with cool-weather
range, depending upon the number
events, and caps might be in
ordered, and is customarily sold for
answer. The bulk of the
$12-$15. Many tournaments, like the
order should be based upon
road races, include the price in the
your participants. A few years ago,
individual or team registration, or at
kids wanted their shirts to be oversized,
in mind the financial investment involved
least allow persons or teams to order,
and that cut into the adult sizes. Run-
and the fact that any item with a date
and pay, for them in advance. The down
ning out of shirts will definitely create a
on it loses its value after the event. â–
demand for warm-weather outdoor tournaments. Just keep
side is, of course, the number ordered. Having too many leftovers could mean a financial loss as well as stored boxes of out-of-date shirts. Another important consideration is product control. Do you give them to volunteers and officials? If you have a list of sponsors on the back of the shirt, do they all expect to get some? What is certain is your need to have a quality volunteer in charge, not only to keep track of the items, but because of the money involved. There is also the question of what sizes to order, and there is no easy 28 Sports Planning Guide & Directory
Critical Incident Response Plan
he emergency preparedness planning for the average youth sports event most likely ends when,
or if, a local policeman is contracted or when/if an ambulance team is arranged for on-site duty. After that, it’s a matter of “We’ll deal with it when it happens.” But think about the last soccer tournament, swim meet or basketball game that you attended. How would the event organizer have handled an athlete’s sudden death, an approaching tornado, a bleacher collapse or some violent behavior? A Critical Incident Response (CIR) Plan is a communication plan, pure and simple. Medical personnel will handle injuries and police officers will handle violence and other incidents, but the LOC and facility management need know what’s happening, keep participants and spectators calm, and communicate
The public address announcer should have a prepared script and
gency medical personnel and on-site physician or athletic trainer. In many cases, all of these persons may have event radios. Large or national-level events should
immediately calm the
have a designated Incident Command
crowd by taking control
Center where the primary contacts know
quickly and assisting law
to meet. This is especially important
calm the crowd by taking control
if an immediate facility evacuation is
quickly and assisting law enforcement
needed, such as with a gas leak or fire.
and facility officials with crowd move-
enforcement and facility officials with crowd movement.
External communication is especially important in the case of a serious incident
Event planners must be prepared for medical and other emergencies.
ment. With all of the details involved in the
and, in today’s world, word gets out
planning of a youth tournament, it’s
quickly. There should be one spokesper-
understandable that a CIR Plan is not
outside the event. Following initial
son for the media, and all other personnel
a priority of the LOC, but it should be
stabilization of the incident, all primary
need to defer to that person.
given some thought by LOC leadership.
contacts should be contacted and in-
Internal communication to spectators
At the very least, discuss it at a meeting
formed. The phone list of primary con-
and participants is equally important,
and do make a phone list. ■
tacts should include the tournament
especially if evacuation is necessary.
director, rights holder representative,
The public address announcer should
facility manager, on-site officers, emer-
have a prepared script and immediately
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To download a sample Critical Response Form, go to InSite.SportsDirectory.org and enter this numerical ID: 4070
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Event Forms: More Paperwork
know what you’re thinking. “How does this guy get any event work done when he generates so much
paperwork?” You’re right, it is a lot, but it’s all functional and all of it really does help identify the large and small items that are so important in event organization and management. Keep in mind, also, that these are all templates that are easily updated the second time around. Most important, however, is their communication value to the Local Organizing Committee. If your LOC members keep this information current and available, it will save time, phone calls and even alleviate some stress. Listed here are forms that event planners find essential. To download a sample of certain forms, go to Insite.Sports Directory.org and enter this numerical ID code: 4070. ■
Event Information Sheet: This is
the What, When, Where, Who internal fact sheet that should be written first
If your LOC members keep
thing. It should answer all of the very
this information current
basic questions about your event. ■
Schedule of Events: An internal
schedule of everything pertinent to the event, to include venue equipment and
Staffing List: All key members of
the LOC should be listed with their com-
credential lanyard. ■
and available, it will save
Form: Radios are expensive
time, phone calls and even
to rent, and even more
alleviate some stress.
expensive when you pay for lost ones. Keep track each day where they are.
set-up, gate openings, deliveries, meal times, etc.
it so it can be put onto the
the sign’s language, size, material, letter color and size, flute direction and location. ■
Volunteer Assignment Form: This
Officials & Cash Payment Form:
That last-minute scramble to pay gameday officials and staffing results in signed
mittee or responsibility, email address
version is very simple, but it illustrates
scraps of paper, or no receipt at all, so
and choice of phone number.
the need to fill your volunteer positions by
have some form ready for any kind of
time slots. It should be adapted to four-
Logistics Form: A summary of
equipment needs for every area of the
hour, at minimum, time slots so that each
facility. You’ll need to know how many
coordinator knows who is coming and
tents, tables, chairs, ice chests and trash
pieces of paper that will prevent insur-
bins to get, so spell it out for each event function. ■
Signage Form: Your sign vendor
Phone Card: Everyone has a cell
phone during an event BUT, do all LOC members have everyone’s number? If
Incident Form: Another of those
ance and legal problems resulting from on-site injuries, accidents or incidents. If you have a unique form for event
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your event uses credential badges,
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laminate the phone card and hole-punch
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After-Action Summary is a Must
n event cannot be considered complete until some sort of AfterAction Summary has taken place.
Even if the event is considered a onetime occurrence, the leaders of the Local Organizing Committee should at least get together to discuss what took place. A recurring event can only improve if it is critically analyzed by the LOC. Timeliness is also important. Get the feedback as soon as possible, while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. The Volunteer section emphasized getting feedback from them when they check out from a shift, so having a form available for them will greatly facilitate that process.
Make bullet point comments on your specific responsibility, and on any other item you wish to address. BE CRITICAL, it's the only way we can improve. Return this ASAP to _______________ by email or fax.
❑ PRINTED MATERIALS
❑ ACCESS CONTROL
❑ PACKET PICKUP
❑ PUBLIC ADDRESS SYSTEM
❑ RESTROOMS – PORTALETS
❑ COMPETITION AREA
❑ RESULTS AREA
❑ COMPETITION FORMAT
❑ COMPETITION OFFICIALS
❑ SIGNAGE & LOOK
❑ COMPETITION RULES
every function of the event, plus an
❑ VENUE MAINTENANCE
OTHER item and a THINGS TO DO
❑ VENUE SET-UP
❑ ICE & WATER
❑ VENUE TEARDOWN
identified the areas needed for the
After-Action Summary. The sample to
the right is from a local dodgeball tour-
❑ PARTICIPANT SERVICES
❑ THINGS TO DO BETTER
Get the feedback as soon as possible, while it’s fresh in everyone’s mind. The Summary is simply a list of
BETTER area. If you’ve prepared the Event & Venue Checklist, then you’ve
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SPORTS DIRECTORY elcome to the 2013 edition of Sports Directory, the most comprehensive print resource of Sports Commissions and Sports Facilities in America. The following 25 pages are designed to help you locate destinations and venues interested in and capable of hosting your next tournament or event. We have listed the guide alphabetically, with Destinations (also referred to as Sports Commissions if you’re just starting out) organized by state, then city. We couldn’t print all the facilities available to you. That’s where the online directory takes over. On SportsDirectory.org we list over 5,000 fields, courts, arenas, stadiums, rinks and other venues. We also provide specs for each facility and the type of sports they are best suited for, along with a descriptive listing of their footprint. You will especially find advanced facility details for
Auburn/Opelika Tourism Bureau 714 East Glenn Ave Auburn AL 36830 (334) 887-8747 firstname.lastname@example.org www.aotourism.com Decatur-Morgan County Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2349 Decatur AL 35602 (800) 524-6181 email@example.com www.decatursports.com Dothan Convention & Visitors Bureau 3311 Ross Clark Circle Dothan AL 36304 (334) 794-6622 firstname.lastname@example.org www.dothanalcvb.com
Marshall County CVB 200 Gunter Avenue Guntersville AL 35976 (800) 582-6282 email@example.com www.marshallcountycvb.com Mobile Area Sports Authority 1621 Virginia St. Mobile AL 36604 (251) 725-1794 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mobilesportsauthority.com Montgomery Chamber Convention & Visitor Bureau 300 Water St. Montgomery AL 36104 (800) 240-9452 email@example.com www.visitingmontgomery.com
Greater Birmingham CVB 2200 Ninth Avenue North Birmingham AL 35203-1100 (205) 458-8000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.birminghamal.org
Sports Alabama 714 East Glenn Ave Auburn AL 36830 (866) 880-8747 email@example.com www.sportsalabama.com
Gulf Shores Visitors Bureau 3150 Gulf Shores Parkway Gulf Shores AL 36542 (251) 974-1510 firstname.lastname@example.org www.alabamagulfcoastmeetings.net
Tuscaloosa Sports Foundation P.O. Box 3142 Tuscaloosa AL 35403 (205) 394-0700 email@example.com tuscaloosasportsfoundation.org
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ALASKA Anchorage Convention and Visitors Bureau 524 W. 4th Ave. Anchorage AK 99501 (907) 257-2375 www.anchorage.net Fairbanks Convention & Visitors Bureau 550 1st Ave Fairbanks AK 99701 (907) 459-3775 firstname.lastname@example.org www.explorefairbanks.com
ARIZONA Greater Phoenix CVB One Arizona Center 400 East Van Buren St. Phoenix AZ 85004 (602) 452-6230 email@example.com Lake Havasu Convention & Visitors Bureau 314 London Bridge Road Lake Havasu AZ 86403 (928) 453-3444 firstname.lastname@example.org www.golakehavasu.com Mesa Convention & Visitors Bureau 120 N. Center St. Mesa AZ 85201 (480) 827-4700 email@example.com www.visitmesa.com Mesa is home to some of the best sports facilities in the nation for all athletic events. Mesa has also been recognized as a prime location for tournaments of all levels
Phoenix Regional Sports Commission 400 East Van Buren Phoenix AZ 85004 (602) 258-6272 firstname.lastname@example.org www.phoenixsports.org Tempe Convention and Visitors Bureau 51 West 3rd Street Tempe AZ 85281 (480) 894-8157 email@example.com www.tempecvb.com Tucson Convention and Visitors Bureau 100 South Church St. Tucson AZ 85701 (800) 638-8350 vtrinidad@visitTucson.org www.visittucson.org
ARKANSAS Arkansas River Cities Sports Commission P.O. Box 3543 Little Rock AR 72203 (501) 517-1280 firstname.lastname@example.org www.arkansasrivercitiessports.com Bentonville Convention & Visitors Bureau 104 E. Central Bentonville AR 72712 (800) 410-2535 email@example.com www.bentonville.org Fayetteville Convention & Visitors Bureau 21 S Block Ave Fayetteville AR 72701 (800) 766- 4626 firstname.lastname@example.org www.experiencefayetteville.com Sports Planning Guide & Directory
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Alabama Gulf Coast CVB 23685 Perdido Beach Blvd Orange Beach Gulf Shores AL 36561 (800) 982-8562 email@example.com www.alabamagulfcoastsports.com
Huntsville Sports Commission P.O. Box 19064 Huntsville AL 35804 (256) 427-6749 firstname.lastname@example.org www.huntsvillesports.com
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advertisers in this directory online – please consider them your first choice when planning your next event. SportsDirectory.org also lists event service providers to help you find all the critical elements of need after you secure the date and location. Plus, we have the most comprehensive group hotel booking engine in the market today. Here you are able to post your event’s needs – number of rooms, budget, special needs – and area hotels bid on hosting your group. It takes most of the haggling and hassles out of hotel bookings, while GUARANTEEING LOWEST RATES. We hope you keep the print directory as a handy resource throughout the year and reference the online directory next time you’re scouring the web for event-related needs. They are both designed to help make the process of destination & event planning easier.
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ARKANSAS Fort Smith CVB 2 North BStreet Fort Smith AR 72901 (800) 637-1477 email@example.com www.fortsmith.org Little Rock Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 3232 Little Rock AR 72203 (800) 844-4781 firstname.lastname@example.org www.littlerock.com North Little Rock Visitors Bureau 1 Eldor Johnson Dr. Burns Park North Little Rock AR 72119 (501) 758-1424 email@example.com www.northlittlerock.org Pine Bluff Convention & Visitors Bureau One Convention Center Plaza Pine Bluff AR 71601 (870) 536-7600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pinebluffcvb.org
Anaheim/Orange County Visitor and Convention Bureau 800 W. Katella Ave Anaheim CA 92803 (714) 765-8824 email@example.com http://meetings.anaheimoc.org Bakersfield Convention & Visitors Bureau 515 Truxtun Avenue Bakersfield CA 93301 (661) 852-7282 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bakersfieldcvb.us Fresno Sports Council 848 M Street 3rd Floor Fresno CA 93721 (559) 445-8164 email@example.com http://sportsfresno.org/ Irvine Chamber of Commerce 2485 McCabe Way Irvine CA 92614 (877) 478-4637 firstname.lastname@example.org www.irvinecvb.org Los Angeles Sports Council 350 South Bixel Street Suite 250 Los Angeles CA 90017 (213) 482-6333 www.lasports.org
Modesto Convention and Visitors Bureau 1150 9th Street Suite C Modesto CA 95354 (209) 526-5588 email@example.com www.visitmodesto.com Monterey County CVB 401 Camino El Estero Monterey CA 93940 (831) 657-6400 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.seemonterey.com/ Pasadena Convention & Visitors Bureau 300 East Green Street Pasadena CA 91101 (800) 307-7977 email@example.com www.visitpasadena.com Placer Valley Tourism 2204 Plaza Drive Rocklin CA 95765 (916) 773-5443 firstname.lastname@example.org www.placertourism.com Sacramento Sports Commission 1030 15th Street Sacramento CA 95814 (916) 808-6559 email@example.com www.sacsports.com
San Bernardino Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 201 N E St. Suite 103 San Bernardino CA 92401 (800) 867-8366 firstname.lastname@example.org www.youthsportsalliance.org San Diego International Sports Commission 2131 Pan American Plaza San Diego CA 92101 (619) 234-2544 email@example.com www.sdisc.com San Diego North 12750 High Bluff Drive Ste 190 San Diego CA 92130 (800) 848-3336 firstname.lastname@example.org www.SanDiegoNorth.com San Francisco Travel Association 201 Third Street Suite 900 San Francisco CA 94103 (415) 974-6900 email@example.com http://www.sanfrancisco.travel San Jose Sports Authority 345 Park Avenue MS A9-432 San Jose CA 95110 (408) 288-2931 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sjsa.org
STOCKTON, CALIFORNIA he Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau strives to make California an affordable destination for any size or type of event. Our central location, great weather and affordable facilities and lodging await you – and we have an eager team here to assist you in all of your planning needs. The SCVB offers grants to room night-producing sporting events, giving your tournament or event the financial stability it needs to ensure success. In 2012, Stockton has been host to the United States Twirling Association, American Junior Golf, Wanderpokal Soccer, a USNKF National Karate Qualifier and dozens more great sporting events. Check us out!
COME TO PLAY • Stockton Arena 10,000-seat waterfront arena built in 2005 and home to baton twirling, wrestling, hockey, rodeo and more. • Stockton Ballpark Opened in 2004, features 5,200 fixed seats, luxury suites and picnic areas; high school, college and travel ball clubs have all recently played at the park. • Stockton Marina With access to the 1,000 miles of waterways in the California Delta, the marina has over 1,300 feet of guest dock/event space for fishing, rowing and other watersports. 36
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ROAD TRIP A city of 300,000, Stockton is located in the heart of Northern California about 40 minutes south of Sacramento and about an hour and a half east of San Francisco. Both I-5 and Highway 99 run through Stockton, providing easy access to the rest of California.
CONTACT Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau Wes Rhea, Executive Director P.O. Box 2336 Stockton, CA 95201
Phone: 209-938-1555 or
877-778-6258 Email: email@example.com www.stocktonsports.org sportsdirectory.org
PENNSYLV A just N 15 IA esa, Arizona, has it all for sports events. With its very own airport and located
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minutes from Phoenix’s Sky Harbor International airport, Mesa is the third largest city in the state and 38th largest in the country. Even better, Mesa is home to some of the best sports facilities in the nation for all athletic events. Mesa has also been recognized as a prime location for tournaments of all levels. It is home to Chicago Cubs spring training at Hohokam Stadium and the soon to be built Wrigleyville West, as well as a number of annual collegiate events. It has hosted NCAA and Western Athletic Conference tournaments, including the 2010-2012 Men’s Division I WAC Baseball tournament, WAC Women’s Golf Championships (Longbow Golf Club), AIA State Swimming and Track & Field Championships, US Masters Swimming Short Course Nationals (Kino Aquatic Center) and USA Synchronized Swimming National Championships. In recent news, it was just named as a host city for the 2013-2016 USA Swimming Grand Prix Series (Skyline Aquatic Center). The list goes on and on, but Mesa is always eager to bring even more sports teams to its borders.
COME TO PLAY • Skyline Aquatic Center The premier pool in the Southwest, this 120,000-square-foot facility features a 28-lane, Olympic-size competition pool; a diving area with one-meter and three-meter boards; and a fast-looping water slide. The lighted, state-of-the-art pool can be configured into two water polo courts and has shaded stadium seating for over 2,000 people. • Hohokam Stadium The winter home of the Chicago Cubs is one of the most popular baseball venues in the Southwest. It is also home to the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall League and the WAC Men’s Division I Baseball Tournament from 2010-2012. The stadium accommodates 13,030 spectators. It has two fields, six batting cages, four bullpens, one practice field and one practice infield. The neighboring Fitch Park training facility has four fields, plus batting cages and bullpens.
• Gene Autry SportsComplex This Mesa sports facility is equipped to handle baseball tournaments (as it once served as the spring training home of the California Angels) as well as sand volleyball and tennis events. It features three baseball diamonds, each lighted with an electronic scoreboard. There are four event-only outdoor sand volleyball courts and 16 tennis courts. It has bleacher seating and parking for more than 380 vehicles. The complex also serves as the year-round home of the Arena Football League’s Arizona Rattlers.
CONTACT Visit Mesa Josh Todd Sports Development Manager 120 North Center Mesa, AZ 85201
Phone: 1-800-283-6372, 480-682-3650 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitmesa.com/sports
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CALIFORNIA San Mateo County Convention & Visitors Bureau 111 Anza Blvd. Burlingame CA 94010 (650) 348-7600 AnneL@smccvb.com www.visitsanmateocounty.com Santa Monica CVB 1920 Main St. Ste B Santa Monica CA 90405 (310) 319-6263 email@example.com http://www.santamonica.com Stockton Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2336 Stockton CA 95202 (209) 938-1551 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitstockton.org The Stockton Convention and Visitors Bureau strives to make California an affordable destination for any size or type of event. Our central location, great weather and affordable facilities and lodging await you – and we have an eager team here to assist you in all of your planning needs.
Tri-Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau 349 Main Street Suite 203 Pleasanton CA 94566 (925) 846-8910 email@example.com www.trivalleycvb.com Tri-Valley is the sports planner’s dream destination. It has an abundance of parks and dozens of sports facilities available for just about any kind of event. Vacaville Convention & Visitors Bureau 671 E. Monte Vista Avenue Vacaville CA 95687 (707) 450-0512 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitvacaville.com Vallejo Convention & Visitors Bureau 289 Mare Island Way Vallejo CA 94590 (707) 642-3653 email@example.com www.visitvallejo.com Visit Oakland 463 11th Street Oakland CA 94607 (510) 208-0560 firstname.lastname@example.org http://visitoakland.org
COLORADO Colorado Springs Convention & Visitors Bureau 515 South Cascade Ave. Colorado Springs CO 80903 (719) 635-7506 email@example.com www.experiencecoloradosprings.com Denver Metro Convention & Visitors Bureau 1555 California Street Suite 300 Denver CO 80202 (303) 892-1112 firstname.lastname@example.org www.denver.org Greeley Chamber of Commerce Visitors Bureau 902 7th Ave. Greeley CO 80631 (970) 352-3567 email@example.com www.greeleycvb.com Metro Denver Sports Commission 444 Sherman St. Denver CO 80203 (303) 534-5517 firstname.lastname@example.org www.denversports.org The Chamber & Tourism Bureau PO Box 1130 Vail CO 81658 (970) 476-1000 email@example.com www.visitvailvalley.com
CONNECTICUT Fairfield County Sports Commission 1 University Place Stamford CT 06901 (203) 251-8481 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fairfieldcountysports.com Greater Hartford CVB 31 Pratt St. #4 Hartford CT 06103 (860) 882-1103 email@example.com www.enjoyhartford.com Greater New Haven Convention & Visitors Bureau 169 Orange Street New Haven CT 06510 (203) 777-8550 www.newhavencvb.org
DELAWARE Delaware Sports Commission 99 Kings Highway Dover DE 19901 (302) 672-6832 firstname.lastname@example.org www.delawaresports.org Greater Wilmington Convention & Visitors Bureau 100 West 10th Street Suite 20 Wilmington DE 19801 (302) 295-2216 SWilloughby@wilmcvb.org www.visitwilmingtonde.com
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California, located in San Francisco’s East Bay, is the sports planner’s dream destination. The Tri-Valley has an abundance of parks and dozens of sports facilities available for just about any kind of event. Tri-Valley is also home to more than 50 wineries in the Livermore Valley Wine Region, and several award-winning golf courses and countless regional parks. Step back in time by strolling through historic museums and attractions. Experience real California cuisine at one of the unique restaurants and browse the shops of quaint downtowns. So, kick back, relax, and enjoy a beautiful expansive valley surrounded by scenic rolling hills. Visit Tri-Valley, California for your next sporting event. Learn more at VisitTriValley.com
COME TO PLAY • Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center in Pleasanton, CA Full-size Indoor heated pool with a recreational and lap pool. • Central Park Basketball Courts in San Ramon, CA The only fully lit outdoor basketball courts, open 24 hours a day. • Callippe Preserve Golf Course Situated on the picturesque hillside of the Pleasanton Ridgeland, this Brian Costello-designed course offers 18 holes of small ridge terrain and bountiful amounts of wildlife habitat areas. Recent Events • Mustang Soccer • Pleasanton RAGE Upcoming Event • Pacific Woman’s (PWGA) Team Play Championship
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ROAD TRIP The Tri-Valley is composed of 5 cities (Danville, Dublin, Livermore, Pleasanton and San Ramon ) and is located 33 miles east of San Francisco, 27 miles north of San Jose and 18 miles southeast of Oakland. Closest Airports • Oakland (OAK) • San Francisco (SFO) • San Jose (SJC)
CONTACT Visit Tri-Valley Geoffrey Sarabia-Mason VP, Tourism Sales & Business Development 5075 Hopyard Road, Suite 240 Pleasanton, CA 94588
Phone: 925-846-8910 Email: email@example.com www.visittrivalley.com sportsdirectory.org
FLORIDA Bradenton Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 1 Haben Boulevard Palmetto FL 34221 (941) 729-9177 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.annamariaisland-longboatkey.com Central Florida Sports Commission 126 East Lucerne Circle Orlando FL 32801 (407) 648-4900 email@example.com www.orlandosports.org Central Florida’s Polk County Sports Marketing 600 North Broadway Suite 300 Bartow FL 33830 (863) 551-4750 firstname.lastname@example.org www.centralfloridasports.com
Columbia County Tourist Development 263 NW Lake City Avenue Lake City FL 32056 (877) 746-4778 email@example.com www.columbiacountyfla.com
Florida’s Space Coast Office of Tourism/Sports Commissions 430 Brevard Avenue Cocoa Village FL 32922 (321) 433-4470 firstname.lastname@example.org www.space-coast.com
Daytona Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 126 E. Orange Ave. Daytona Beach FL 32114 (386) 441-8845 email@example.com
Gainesville Sports Commission 300 East University Ave.Suite 100 Gainesville FL 32601 (352) 338-9300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gainesvillesportscommission.com
Discover Martin 101 SW Flagler Avenue Stuart FL 34994 (772) 288-5445 Mary@discovermartin.com http://discovermartin.com
Greater Fort Lauderdale Sports Development 100 East Broward Boulevard Fort Lauderdale FL 33301 (954) 767-2469 email@example.com www.sunny.org/sports
Emerald Coast Convention Center 1250 Miracle Strip Parkway SE Fort Walton Beach FL 32548 (850) 609-3800 firstname.lastname@example.org http://emeraldcoastconventioncenter.com
Kissimmee-St. Cloud Convention and Visitors Bureau 1925 E. Irlo Bronson Memorial Hwy Kissimmee FL 34744 (800) 831-1844 email@example.com www.floridakiss.com
Florida Sports Foundation 2930 Kerry Forest Pkwy Tallahassee FL 32309 (850) 488-8347 firstname.lastname@example.org www.flasports.com
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Washington DC Convention & Tourism Corporation 901 7th Street, NW Washington DC 20001 (202) 789-7051 email@example.com www.washington.org
Charlotte Harbor & The Gulf Islands Visitor’s Bureau 18501 Murdock Circle Suite 502 Port Charlotte FL 33948 (941) 743-1900 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charlotteharbortravel.com
Lake County Sports Commission 315 West Main St. Tavares FL 32778 (352) 343.9899 email@example.com Lee County Sports Authority 2305 Broadway Fort Myers FL 33901 (239) 344-5201 firstname.lastname@example.org www.leecountysports.org
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Miami-Dade Sports Commission 15280 NW 79th Court Miami Lakes FL 33016 (305) 818-7188 email@example.com www.miamisports.org Naples, Marco Island, Everglades 2800 N. Horseshoe Dr. Naples FL 34104 (239) 252-4267 firstname.lastname@example.org www.athletesinparadise.com
JEDC Sports & Entertainment 1 West Adams St. Jacksonville FL 32202 (904) 630-3600 email@example.com www.jaxdevelopment.org
OCALA, FLORIDA very sports event planner knows that great events require equally great venues. Ocala/Marion County is exactly that for golf, equestrian competition and a variety of team sports. Large sports events are regularly— and successfully—held here. Examples include the National Golf Association’s Professional Tour, which has held a major tournament in Ocala for three years running, the 23rd US Women’s Mid-Amateur Championship and events for the NCAA, Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail, American Youth Football, Hero Rush and many other prominent sports organizations. Plus, Ocala/Marion County has become an international epicenter of equestrian competition. And here, when the game is done, the outdoor fun has only just begun. Hiking, biking and kayaking all await, along with affordable attractions like Silver Springs and Wild Waters. So contact us today for free planning assistance.
COME TO PLAY • Florida Horse Park The 500-acre Florida Horse Park is a celebrated venue for equestrian events of all kinds, including international-level competition and adventure racing. • Golden Hills Golf and Turf Club This club’s fine Rees Jones course has hosted an NGA Tour stop for the past three years, along with many other successful tournaments. • Wrigley Fields This new, 75-acre facility is well equipped for team sports events, including fields and competition surfaces for baseball, football, soccer, softball, lacrosse, beach volleyball and more.
ROAD TRIP Conveniently located an hour north of Orlando, Ocala/Marion County is an easy reach from anywhere along I-75. No other destination boasts our winning combination of quality, affordable venues and a central location within the Sunshine State.
CONTACT Ocala-Marion Sports Commission 112 N. Magnolia Ave. Ocala, FL 34475 Phone: 352-438-2800 www.ocalasportsevents.com
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FLORIDA Ocala/Marion County Visitors & Convention Bureau 112 N. Magnolia Ave Ocala FL 34475 (352) 438-2800 www.ocalasportsevents.com Ocala/Marion County is a great venue for golf, equestrian competition and a variety of team sports. Large sports events are regularly—and successfully— held here. Palm Beach County Sports Commission 1555 Palm Beach Lakes Boulevard West Palm Beach FL 33401 (561) 233-3188 firstname.lastname@example.org www.palmbeachsports.com
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Panama City Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau 17001 Panama City Pkwy 32413 Panama City Beach FL 32417 (800) 722-3224 email@example.com www.thesportsloversbeach.com Pensacola Sports Association P.O. Box 12463 Pensacola FL 32591 (850) 434-2800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.pensacolasports.com Polk County Sports Marketing 600 N. Broadway Ste. 300 Bartow FL 33830 (863) 551-4750 email@example.com www.centralfloridasports.com Sarasota Sports Commission 766 Hudson Avenue Sarasota FL 34236 (941) 955-0991 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sarasotafl.org Seminole County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1230 Douglas Ave Longwood FL 32779 (407) 665-2900 email@example.com www.visitseminole.com St. Petersburg/Clearwater Sports Commission 13805 58th Street North Suite 2-200 Clearwater FL 33760 (727) 464-7257 firstname.lastname@example.org www.floridasbeachsports.com Tallahassee Sports Council 106 East Jefferson Street Tallahassee FL 32301 (850) 606-2305 email@example.com www.visitTallahassee.com Tampa Bay Sports Commission 401 E Jackson St Tampa FL 33602 (813) 342-4075 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tampabaysports.org
GEORGIA Albany Convention and Visitors Bureau 112 Front St. Albany GA 31701 (866) 750-0840 email@example.com http://www.albanygacvb.com/index.htm Alpharetta Convention & Visitors Bureau 178 S Main St. Alpharetta GA 30009 (678) 297-2811 firstname.lastname@example.org www.awesomealpharetta.com Atlanta Sports Council 235 Andrew Young International Blvd Atlanta GA 30303 (404) 586-8510 www.atlantasportscouncil.com Augusta Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 1331 Augusta GA 30903 (706) 722-8326 email@example.com www.augustasportscouncil.org Calhoun/Gordon County CVB 300 S Wall St. Calhoun GA 30707 (800) 887-3800 firstname.lastname@example.org http://gordonchamber.org/ Cobb CVB/Sports Council One Galleria Parkway Atlanta GA 30339 (678) 303-2630 email@example.com www.cobbcvb.com Columbia County Convention and Visitors Bureau 3300 Evans-to-Locks Road Martinez GA 30907 (706) 312-1361 firstname.lastname@example.org www.choosecolumbiacounty.com Columbus GA Sports Council PO Box 1519 Columbus GA 31902 (706) 660-1996 email@example.com http://www.columbusgasports.com Dalton Area CVB P.O. Box 6177 Dalton GA 30722 (800) 331-3258 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.daltoncvb.com/ Greater Savannah Sports Council 101 East Bay Street Savannah GA 31401 (912) 644-6414 email@example.com www.savannahsportscouncil.com The Greater Savannah Sports Council is committed to developing sports-related events with regional, national, and international organizations. We support a wide range of events that offer a diverse opportunity to athletes of all ages and all sports. Gwinnett CVB 6500 Sugarloaf Pkwy.Ste. 200 Duluth GA 30097 (888) 494-6638 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gcvb.org
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Macon - Bibb County CVB 450 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd Macon GA 31201 (478) 743-1074 email@example.com www.maconga.org Rome CVB 402 Civic Center Dr. NE Rome GA 30161 (800) 444-1834 firstname.lastname@example.org www.romegeorgia.org Thomson-McDuffie County CVB 111 Railroad Street Thomson GA 30824 (706) 597-1000 email@example.com www.exploremcduffiecounty.com Tifton County Tourism P.O. Box 273 Tifton GA 31793 (229) 382-8700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tiftontourism.com Valdosta-Lowndes County Conference Center and Tourism Authority 1 Meeting Place Valdosta GA 31601 (229) 245-0513 email@example.com www.valdostatourism.com
IDAHO Boise Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2106 Boise ID 83701 (800) 635-5240 firstname.lastname@example.org www.boise.org Pocatello Convention and Visitors Bureau 324 S. Main St. Pocatello ID 83204 (208) 235-7659 email@example.com www.pocatellocvb.com
ILLINOIS Alton CVB 200 Piasa Street Alton IL 62002 (618) 465-6676 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.visitalton.com Aurora Area CVB 43 W. Galena Blvd. Aurora IL 60504 (630) 256-3194 email@example.com www.enjoyaurora.com Bloomington-Normal Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 3201 CIRA Drive Suite 201 Bloomington IL 61704 (309) 665-0033 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bloomingtonnormalcvb.org
Chicago Southland Convention & Visitors Bureau 2304 173rd St. Lansing IL 60438 (888) 895-8233 email@example.com www.visitchicagosouthland.com The Chicago Southland offers reasonable prices, convenient transportation, a close proximity to downtown Chicago, exciting activities, and a variety of services you’ll need to produce a memorable event. Chicago Sports Commission 301 E. Cermak Rd. Chicago IL 60616 (312) 567-8500 firstname.lastname@example.org City of Mattoon CVB 208 North 19th St. Mattoon IL 61938 (800) 500-6286 burgettA@mattoonillinois.org www.mattoonillinois.org Danville Area CVB 100 West Main St. Danville IL 61832 (800) 383-4386 email@example.com www.danvillecvb.com Decatur Area CVB 202 East North Street Decatur IL 62523 (800) 331-4479 firstname.lastname@example.org www.decaturcvb.com DuPage Convention & Visitors Bureau 915 Harger Rd. Oak Brook IL 60523 (800) 232-0502 email@example.com www.dupagecvb.com Effingham CVB 201 E. Jefferson Ave. Effingham IL 62401 (217) 342-5305 www.visiteffinghamil.com Elgin Area CVB 77 Riverside Dr. Elgin IL 60120 (800) 217-5362 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northernfoxrivervalley.com Heritage Corridor CVB 339 W. Jefferson Street Joliet IL 60435 (815) 588-7940 email@example.com www.heritagecorridorcvb.com Joliet Visitors Bureau 150 W Jefferson Street Joliet IL 60432 (815) 723-9045 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitjoliet.org Kankakee County CVB 1 Dearborn Sq.Ste 1 Kankakee IL 60901 (815) 935-7390 email@example.com www.visitkankakee.com Kankakee County is the summer home of the Chicago Bears Training Camp, eight golf courses, 57 miles of the Kankakee River and numerous sports facilities.
GREATER SAVANNAH SPORTS COUNCIL ounded in 1996, the Greater Savannah Sports Council is committed to developing sports-related events with regional, national, and international organizations. We support a wide range of events that offer a diverse opportunity to athletes of all ages and all sports. Savannah’s warm climate encourages outdoor activities year round. Founded in 1733, Savannah is a beautiful, historic city with elegance, style and grace. The Historic District is the largest in the nation and is home to 22 scenic squares. The GSSC has hosted numerous events over the years and most recently in 2011 the Rock ‘n’ Roll Savannah Marathon & ½ Marathon came to our city, setting the record for the largest inaugural half marathon ever recorded. In 2013 we will host the YMCA National Gymnastics Championships; we are also home to other great events like the Liberty Mutual Insurance Legends of Golf, USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger, and the EVP Pro Beach Tour.
COME TO PLAY • Savannah International Trade & Convention Center The SITCC, like its namesake, blends the old and new to offer a unique venue for your next convention, meeting, or sporting event. The main exhibit hall is 97,750 sq. ft. and is complemented by the 25,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 13 meeting rooms. • Savannah Civic Center The Savannah Civic Center is responsible for providing a wide spectrum of entertainment and cultural events; featuring the Martin Luther King Jr. Arena (7,832 total seats) and Johnny Mercer Theatre (2,482 seating capacity). • Grayson Stadium Historic Grayson Stadium serves as a time machine to Savannah’s baseball past, which saw legends like Hank Aaron, Babe Ruth, and Jackie Robinson grace the field; today it is home to the Savannah Sand Gnats, Single-A affiliate of the New York Mets. • Allen E. Paulson Softball Complex This is Savannah’s main softball complex that features five lighted fields located in the midtown area just minutes from the mall, restaurants, and hotels.
• The Club at Savannah Harbor Savannah features several public and private golf courses, but the Club at Savannah Harbor plays host the PGA’s Champions Tour and is located on Hutchinson Island across the river from Savannah’s Historic District. • Franklin Creek Tennis Center The Franklin Creek Tennis Center is located at The Landings Club and features 20 Har-Tru courts and a lighted 500-seat center court stadium. Home to the USTA $50,000 Savannah Challenger.
ROAD TRIP Savannah, Georgia is located on the Atlantic Coast not far from several major cities and located off of I-95 that runs up and down the East Coast from Miami to New York. • 41 Miles to Hilton Head, SC • 252 Miles to Atlanta, GA • 105 Miles to Charleston, SC • 195 Miles to Charlotte, NC • 139 Miles to Jacksonville, FL • 282 Miles to Orlando, FL • Savannah/Hilton Head International Airport
CONTACT • Chatham County Aquatics Complex The aquatics complex is centrally located and features two configurations of either eight lanes at fifty meters or sixteen lanes at twenty-five meters, and seating for 750. • Jennifer Ross Soccer Complex Savannah’s main soccer complex has eight lighted fields and is centrally located near our aquatics center and softball complex in the midtown area.
Greater Savannah Sports Council Benjamin Wilder, CSEE Director, Greater Savannah Sports Council 101 East Bat St. Savannah, GA 31401 Phone: 912-644-6414 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.savannahsportscouncil.com
• Memorial Stadium Memorial Stadium is the main football stadium for our local school system featuring 15,000 seats, lights, on-site parking, and locker rooms. sportsdirectory.org
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ILLINOIS Lake County CVB 5465 W. Grand Avenue #100 Gurnee IL 60031 (847) 662-2700 email@example.com www.lakecounty.org Features a variety of venues from indoor and outdoor sports complexes to softball and baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis centers, public golf courses, and the new Waukegan Outdoor SportsPark. Lisle Convention & Visitors Bureau 4746 Main Street Lisle IL 60532 (630) 769-1000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stayinlisle.com Macomb Sports Commission 201 S. Lafayette Street Macomb IL 61455 (309) 833-1315 email@example.com McHenry County CVB 5435 Bull Valley Road Suite 324-B McHenry IL 60050 (888) 363-6177 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mchenrycountycvb.com
Northern Fox River Valley CVB 77 Riverside Drive Elgin IL 60120 (847) 695-7540 email@example.com http://www.enjoyelgin.com/planners-sports.cfm Peoria Area Convention and Visitor Bureau 456 Fulton St. Peoria IL 61602 (309) 282-3284 firstname.lastname@example.org www.peoria.org Quad Cities Sports Commission 1601 River Drive Suite 110 Moline IL 61265 (800) 747-7800 email@example.com www.quadcitiessports.com Quincy Area CVB 532 Gardner Expressway Quincy IL 62301 (217) 214-3700 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.seequincy.com/ Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 102 North Main Street Rockford IL 61101 (800) 587-1674 email@example.com www.gorockford.com
Springfield Convention and Visitors Bureau 109 N. 7th Street Springfield IL 62701 (800) 545-7300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.planonspringfieldil.com
Columbus Area Visitors Center 506 Fifth Street Columbus IN 47201 (812) 378-2622 email@example.com www.columbus.in.us
St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau 311 N. Second Street St. Charles IL 60174 (630) 377-6161 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitstcharles.com
Evansville Convention & Visitors Bureau 401 SE Riverside Drive Evansville IN 47713 (812) 421-2200 email@example.com www.evansvillecvb.org
Woodfield Chicago Northwest Convention Bureau 1375 E. Woodfield Rd. Schaumburg IL 60173 (800) 847-4849 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chicagonorthwest.com
Fort Wayne CVB 1021 South Calhoun Street Fort Wayne IN 46802 (800) 767-7752 email@example.com www.visitfortwayne.com
INDIANA Bloomington-Monroe County CVB 2855 N. Walnut St. Bloomington IN 47404 (800) 800-0037 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbloomington.com
Hamilton County Convention & Visitors Bureau 37 East Main Street Carmel IN 46032 (317) 660-4041 email@example.com www.hamiltoncountytowns.com Hoosier Sports Corporation 2855 N. Walnut Street Bloomington IN 47404 (812) 355-7726 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hoosiersports.org
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then check out the Chicago Southland. Located just beyond the city limits in Chicago’s 62 south and southwest suburbs, the Chicago Southland offers reasonable prices, convenient transportation, a close proximity to downtown Chicago, exciting activities, and a variety of services you’ll need to produce a memorable event. With a huge variety of available venues and facilities, the Chicago Southland has a great “track” record of hosting successful events including the 2012 USASA National Cup Finals, 2012 U.S. Open Pro Mini Golf Tournament, 2006 Major League Soccer All-Star Game, 103rd U.S. Open Golf Championship, and 1997 U.S. Senior Open. Plus the Chicago Southland has hosted the National Softball Association, Pan-American Baseball Championship, American Junior Golf Association, USSSA, Hoop It Up, and many others.
COME TO PLAY • Toyota Park A 469,000-square-foot venue offers 20,000 dedicated seats for soccer and other events utilizing the regulation-sized soccer field that plays host to the Chicago Fire Soccer Club. • Chicago Gaelic Park Set on 65 acres, Chicago Gaelic Park offers up to six fields of play with a Championship Stadium that can seat 2,000 for a variety of sports like rugby, Gaelic sports, soccer, lacrosse, and other events. • Matteson Community Center The Matteson Community Center is a new 73,000-square-foot state-of-the-art facility that features six indoor basketball courts, two baseball diamonds, two soccer fields, and a football field with seating.
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ROAD TRIP The Chicago Southland is an ideal sporting event and tournament location. Interstates 55, I-57, I-80, I-90, I-94, I-294 and I-355 crisscross the Chicago Southland, so athletes and their families from across the country will experience true Midwestern hospitality in an easily accessible and centralized location. This Chicago Southland is also just minutes from downtown Chicago and Midway and O’Hare International Airports.
CONTACT Chicago Southland CVB Joel Koester, Sales Executive Sports, Hobby & Consumer 2304 173rd Street Lansing, IL 60438
Phone: 888-895-3211 Email: email@example.com www.playchicagosouthland.com
LAKE COUNTY, ILLINOIS ake County, Illinois, located 30 miles north of Chicago, features a variety of venues from indoor and outdoor sports complexes to softball and baseball fields, soccer fields, tennis centers, public golf courses, and the new Waukegan Outdoor SportsPark. Lake County also offers many sports venues throughout our forest preserves, park districts, and 75 inland lakes. Lake County welcomed over 18,000 participants at recent events including the ECNL National Championships, National Premier League Championship, US Club Soccer National Championship, and the FITASC Championship. In 2013, Lake County will host the BMW Golf Championship. Your participants will enjoy Six Flags Great America and Hurricane Harbor and many other nearby attractions. More than 60 group-friendly hotels and hundreds of affordable dining options make Lake County the ideal sports event location. The friendly visitors bureau staff will help gather proposals, arrange site inspections and provide free information to your participants, including maps and visitor guides. Call Visit Lake County at 1-800-Lake-Now or visit www.sportslakecounty.com.
COME TO PLAY • Waukegan Outdoor Sports Complex • 14 full-size soccer/football fields (smaller sized fields available) • 4 softball/baseball fields with lights • Championship synthetic turf soccer/football field with lights • Rentals for games & tournaments available • Plenty of parking • Concessions • Playground area • Restroom facilities • Libertyville Sports Complex • 168,000-sq.-ft. indoor floor space • 8 full-size courts • 2 full-size soccer fields • 28-ft. 360° climbing mountain • Heated driving range
• Pro shop • Meetings • Parking for 500 • Seating for 300 • Concessions
• The Field House Sports & Fitness Center at Hinkston Park • 80,000-sq.-ft. facility with 40,000 sq ft. athletic/expo area • 6 full-size courts • Fitness center • Warming kitchen • Climbing wall • Concession stands • Greater Libertyville Soccer Association • 16 state-of-the-art outdoor fields • Concessions • Lights • Parking for 1,200 • Rentals for games & • Seating for 100 tournaments available • Vernon Hills Sports Complex • 17-20 outdoor fields • 1 stadium field • Full-size gym • Indoor pool • Trinity International University • 3 synthetic courts • 6 outdoor fields • 1 Stadium • Meetings
• Parking for 400 • Seating for 1,500 • Concessions
• College of Lake County • 3 full-size indoor courts • Parking for 800 • 1 game field • Seating for 2,500 • Meetings • Lake Barrington Fieldhouse • 175,000 indoor multi-sport facility • 1 football, soccer, lacrosse field or 2 baseball/softball diamonds under a 38’ clear ceiling • 4 full-size basketball or 8 volleyball courts • Meetings • Fitness & training center • Concessions • Glacier Ice Arena • 2 sheets of ice (200 x 85) • Meetings
• Parking for 300 • Hockey training • Seating for 500/500
• Round Lake Beach Sports Complex • 40,000-sq.-ft. floor space • Multiple indoor courts
• 1 indoor soccer field • Meetings • Parking for 485
ROAD TRIP Halfway between Chicago & Milwaukee and just 30 minutes north of O’Hare International Airport, Lake County is conveniently located on I-94. • Chicago is less than an hour drive or train ride. • Milwaukee is less than an hour drive or train ride. • Indianapolis is a 4-hour drive or one-hour plane ride. • St. Louis is a 5½ -hour drive or one-hour plane ride. Lake County, Illinois is home to more than 60 group-friendly lodging properties, ranging from economy hotels to full-service resorts, including KeyLime Cove Indoor Waterpark Resort and Lincolnshire Marriott Resort.
CONTACT • Nearby parking for 100+ • Seating for 2,000 • Concessions • Restroom facilities
Lake County, Illinois CVB Teresa Lewis, Sales Manager 5465 West Grand Ave., Suite 100 Gurnee, IL 60031
Phone: 847-662-2700 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.sportslakecounty.com www.visitlakecounty.org
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Indiana Sports Corporation 201 S. Capitol Ave Suite 1200 Indianapolis IN 46225 (317) 237-5000 email@example.com www.indianasportscorp.com Kokomo/Howard County Convention & Visitors Bureau 1504 North Reed Road Kokomo IN 46901 (765) 457-6802 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kokomo-in.org Kosciusko County Convention & Visitors Bureau 111 Capital Dr Warsaw IN 46582 (800) 800-6090 Mary@koscvb.org www.koscvb.org LaPorte County Convention & Visitors Bureau Marquette Mall 4073 S Franklin St Michigan City IN 46360 (800) 634-2650 email@example.com www.visitlaportecounty.com Muncie Sports Commission 425 North High Street Muncie IN 47305 (765) 284-2700 firstname.lastname@example.org www.munciecvb.org
South Bend Regional Sports Commission 401 East Colfax Avenue South Bend IN 46617 (574) 234-0051 email@example.com www.southbendsports.org South Shore Convention/Visitors Authority 7770 Corinne Dr. Hammond IN 46323 (866) 930-5253 firstname.lastname@example.org www.SouthShoreSports.org
IOWA Ames Area Sports Commission 1601 Golden Aspen Dr Ames IA 50010 (515) 232-4032 email@example.com www.visitames.com Cedar Rapids Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 4444 1st Ave. NE Cedar Rapids IA 52402 (319) 398-5009 firstname.lastname@example.org www.crsports.org Cedar Valley Sports & Entertainment Commission 313 E 5th Street Cedar Falls IA 50703 (319) 233-8350 email@example.com www.cedarvalleysports.org
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ankakee County is the summer home of the Chicago Bears Training Camp, eight golf courses, 57 miles of the Kankakee River and numerous
sports facilities. Indoor sports facilities range from college and university facilities, to bowling alleys, sports complexes and ice arenas. Outdoor sports facilities include baseball/softball diamonds, soccer fields, football fields, bike trails, race tracks and several multi-purpose areas. Look forward to convenience and affordability minus the big-city congestion, with more than 900 guest rooms, two full-service hotels, unique dining, shopping, and family friendly attractions. Recent events include the OPC Powerboat Nationals, Illinois National Softball Association Championships and Illinois Baseball Players Association.
COME TO PLAY • Hidden Cove Sportsplex, Bourbonnais, IL Hidden Cove Sportsplex is a hub for athletes, fans and families with four multi-sport courts, indoor soccer turf, rock climbing wall, fitness center, arcade, mini bowling lanes, meeting space and concession stands. • Ice Valley Centre, Kankakee, IL Ice Valley Centre houses an NHL ice rink with seating for 300 spectators, concession stand, plus four private event rooms has hosted skating events, curling and collegiate hockey. • Diamond Point Park Diamond Point Park, a 60.5-acre park just north of Bourbonnais, was recently renovated and has recently hosted Illinois Baseball and Softball Championships.
ROAD TRIP Just 50 miles south of Chicago, Kankakee County is centrally located and directly accessible by U.S. Interstate 57. O’Hare International Airport and Midway Airport are located only an hour away. Kankakee County is also a stop on Amtrak’s City of New Orleans route.
CONTACT Kankakee County Convention & Visitors Bureau Vicki Layhew Sales & Marketing Manager Phone: 800-747-4837 1 Dearborn Sq., Ste. 1 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Kankakee, IL 60901 www.visitkankakeecounty.com
OVERLAND PARK, KANSAS ccessibility and affordability is the name of our game. Located in the Kansas City area, Overland Park, Kansas provides visitors the perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality along with the nation’s finest amateur athletic facilities. With easy access to interstate highways I-70 and I-35, Overland Park is within a day’s drive for more than 60 million people. In addition, Overland Park is located just 35 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport, which consistently ranks below the national average for airfare. With several premier facilities and 36 hotels (5200+ rooms), Overland Park has played host to hundreds of national and regional events for over 20 different sports. Recently ranked as the #1 soccer city by livability.com, Overland Park is thrilled to welcome back the U.S. Youth Soccer National Championship in 2013. A wide range of other notable events have been hosted in Overland Park including the USSSA Fast-Pitch World Series, National Masters Racquetball International Championship, Midwest Classic Golf Tournament (PGA Tour) and U.S. Youth Futsal National Championship. Our fourseason, multi-sport destination awaits you!
COME TO PLAY • The Athletic Club Host to several international tournaments with its 15 racquetball/handball courts. • Overland Park Soccer Complex Twelve state-of-the-art, world-class synthetic turf soccer fields with tournament quality lighting, in-ground cooling system, complimentary parking, WiFi and meeting space. • Blue Valley Recreational Complex Features 24 irrigated baseball/softball fields, along with playgrounds, climbing rocks and a multi-purpose field. • Deer Creek Golf Club This 18-hole course was the winner of Kansas City’s 2011 Visitor’s Choice Award for favorite golf course! • The Fieldhouse of Kansas City Brand new facility featuring 6 basketball courts that can be converted into 8 volleyball courts • Overland Park Convention Center Perfect for dance, gymnastics, futsal, team banquets and much more, the center’s 237,000 square feet of space includes an exhibition hall, ballroom, seven meeting rooms and an outdoor courtyard.
• Johnson County Community College School facilities may be used for amateur athletic competitions including softball/baseball, track & field, volleyball and basketball.
ROAD TRIP Located in the center of the country with easy access to interstate highways I-70 and I-35, Overland Park is within a day’s drive for more than 60 million people. In addition, Overland Park is located just 35 minutes from the Kansas City International Airport, which consistently ranks below the national average for airfare. Staff, coaches, players and families will arrive with ease regardless of where they are traveling from!
CONTACT Overland Park Convention & Visitors Bureau Justin Stine, Director of Sports Alliance 9001 W. 110th Street, Suite 100 Overland Park, KS 66210 Phone: 913-491-0123 x324 Cell: 913-433-3691 Fax: 913-491-0015 Email: email@example.com www.overlandparksportsalliance.com
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IOWA Des Moines Area Sports Commission 400 Locust St. Des Moines IA 50309 (515) 699-3460 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.seedesmoines.com/sports/sports.php Des Moines is your connection to premier sporting facilities, unmatched hospitality, accessible central location, successful sporting events. Dubuque Regional Sports Commission 300 Main St Dubuque IA 52001 (563) 557-9200 email@example.com traveldubuque.com
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Greater Iowa City/Coralville Area Sports Authority 900 First Ave Coralville IA 52241 (800) 283-6592 firstname.lastname@example.org www.iowacitycoralville.org Marshalltown Chamber of Commerce 709 S. Center Marshalltown IA 50158 (800) 697-3155 email@example.com www.marshalltown.org Sioux City Sports Authority P.O. Box 3183 Sioux City IA 51101 (800) 593-2228 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitsiouxcity.org
KANSAS Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau 117 West Fourth Street Pittsburgh KS 66762 (800) 879-1112 email@example.com visitcrawfordcounty.com Greater Wichita Area Sports Commission 515 S. Main Ste 115 Wichita KS 67202 (800) 526-9424 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wichitasports.com Hays Visitors Bureau 2700 Vine St Hays KS 67601 (800) 569-4505 email@example.com www.haysusa.net Manhattan Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 Poyntz Avenue Manhattan KS 66502 (785) 776-8829 firstname.lastname@example.org www.manhattancvb.org Olathe Sports Commission 18001 W. 106th St. Suite 160 Olathe KS 66051 (913) 764-1050 email@example.com www.olathe.org/cvb/sports/index.html
Overland Park Sports Alliance 9001 West 110th Street Suite 100 Overland Park KS 66210 (800) 262-7275 firstname.lastname@example.org www.overlandparksportsalliance.com Overland Park, Kansas provides visitors the perfect blend of metropolitan amenities and suburban hospitality along with the nationâ€™s finest amateur athletic facilities. Visit Salina-Salina Area Chamber of Commerce 120 W. Ash Salina KS 67401 (785) 827-9301 email@example.com www.VisitSalinaKS.org Visit Topeka 1275 SW Topeka Blvd. Topeka KS 66612 (785) 234-1030 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visittopeka.org
KENTUCKY Visit Ashland Kentucky 1509 Winchester Ave. Ashland KY 41101 (800) 377-6249 email@example.com www.visitashlandky.com Bowling Green Area CVB 352 Three Springs Road Bowling Green KY 42104 (800) 326-7465 firstname.lastname@example.org visitbgky.com Elizabethtown Tourism and Convention Bureau 1030 North Mulberry Street Elizabethtown KY 42701 (270) 765.2175 email@example.com www.touretown.com Kentucky Sports Authority 500 Mero Street Frankfort KY 40601 (502) 564-4270 Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org www.kysportsauthority.com Laurel County Tourist Commission 140 Faith Assembly Church Rd. London KY 40741 (800) 348-0095t email@example.com www.laurelkytourism.com Lexington Area Sports Authority 301 E. Vine Street Lexington KY 40507 (859) 244-7710 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lexsports.com Louisville Sports Comission 401 West Main Street Suite 2300 Louisville KY 40202 (502) 587-7767 email@example.com louisvillesports.org Northern Kentucky CVB 50 E. RiverCenter Blvd Covington KY 41011 (859) 655-4171 firstname.lastname@example.org www.northernkentuckycvb.com
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LOUISIANA Alexandria/Pineville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 1070 Alexandria LA 71309 (318) 442-9546 email@example.com www.theheartoflouisiana.com Cajun Coast Visitors & Convention Bureau P.O. Box 2332 Morgan City LA 70381 (985) 395-4905 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cajuncoast.com Greater New Orleans Sports Foundation 2020 St Charles Ave New Orleans LA 70130 (504) 525-5678 email@example.com www.gnosports.com Jefferson Convention and Visitors Bureau 1221 Elmwood Park Blvd New Orleans LA 70123 (504) 731-7083 firstname.lastname@example.org www.experiencejefferson.com Lafayette Convention & Visitors Commission P.O. Box 52066 Lafayette LA 70505 (337) 232-3737 email@example.com www.lafayettetravel.com Louisiana Northshore CVB 68099 Highway 59 Mandeville LA 70471 (800) 634-9443 firstname.lastname@example.org www.louisiananorthshore.com Monroe-West Monroe Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 1436 West Monroe LA 71294 (318) 387-5691 email@example.com www.monroe-westmonroe.org Ruston-Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 1383 Ruston LA 71270 (318) 255-2031 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rustonlincoln.com Shreveport Regional Sports Authority 839 Kings Highway Suite 200 Shreveport LA 71104 (318) 429-0660 email@example.com www.lasportsauthority.org Southwest Louisiana/Lake Charles CVB 1205 N Lake Shore Dr Lake Charles LA 70601 (800) 456-7952 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitlakecharles.org Tangipahoa Parish CVB 13143 Wardline Road Hammond LA 70401 (800) 542-7520 email@example.com www.tangitourism.com Visit Baton Rouge 359 Third Street Baton Rouge LA 70801 (225) 382-3582 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbatonrouge.com
MARYLAND Annapolis & Anne Arundel County CVB 26 West St. Annapolis MD 21401 (888) 302-2852 email@example.com www.visitannapolis.org Charles County Tourism/TEAM Maryland P.O. Box 2150 La Plata MD 20646 (301) 396-5819 firstname.lastname@example.org Harford County Tourism 220 S Main St. Bel Air MD 21014 (888) 544-4695 email@example.com www.harfordmd.com Maryland Office of Sports Marketing 401 E. Pratt St. Suite 1412 Baltimore MD 21202 (410) 767-3373 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marylandsports.us Our mission is to enhance Maryland's economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events. Montgomery County CVB 111 Rockville Pike Suite 800 Rockville MD 20850 (877) 789-6904 email@example.com http://www.visitmontgomery.com Prince Georgeâ€™s County Maryland Convention & Visitors Bureau 9200 Basil Court Suite 101 Largo MD 20774 (301) 925-8300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitprincegeorges.com Wicomico County Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2333 Salisbury MD 21802 (800) 332-8687 email@example.com www.salisburychampionships.org
MASSACHUSETTS Destination Worcester 446 Main St. Ste. 200 Worcester MA 1608 (508) 753-1550 firstname.lastname@example.org www.destinationworcester.org Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau Two Copley Plaza Boston MA 2116 (617) 867-8222 email@example.com www.bostonusa.com Greater Merrimack Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau Nine Central Street Suite 201 Lowell MA 1852 (978) 459-6150 firstname.lastname@example.org www.merrimackvalley.org
MARYLAND OFFICE OF SPORTS MARKETING ur mission is to enhance Maryland's economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events. To help achieve this mission we created TEAM Maryland—a statewide initiative designed to collectively market Maryland to the entire sports industry by creating a synergistic approach to the way we market ALL of Maryland as a sports destination. OSM has experienced great success in the first four years of evolution, as the Office has engaged in $1,000,000,000+ worth of economic impact opportunities; helped secure $400,000,000+ in economic impact; hosted the highest attended Dew Tour stop at the 2011 Pantech Open in Ocean City; held a sold-out soccer match at 2010 World Football Challenge at M&T Bank Stadium between Chelsea and AC Milan; and launched a statewide sports marketing initiative—TEAM Maryland. Four years have also brought great success, as OSM has helped bring in an IRL racing series, Army-Navy games, multiple international soccer matches and neutral site collegiate football games, USA Track & Field Championships and NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships.
COME TO PLAY • Chesapeake BMX (Anne Arundel County) Ideally located in Central Maryland, this highly accredited BMX race track is perfect for any BMX competition. Past national events include the 2010 ABA Star Spangled National. • Towson University-Johnny Unitas Stadium (Baltimore County) Named after the legendary NFL Baltimore Colts quarterback Johnny Unitas, the 11,000+ seat Johnny Unitas Stadium is located on the beautiful Towson University and has a FieldTurf playing surface. It hosted the 2010 NCAA Women’s Division I Lacrosse National Championship. • Oriole Park at Camden Yards (Baltimore City) The “Ballpark that forever changed baseball” was once a railroad center but was transformed into the official home of the Baltimore Orioles on April 6, 1992 and has seating capacity for 48,876 (including standing room). Oriole Park at Camden Yards is only 2 blocks from the birthplace of baseball's most legendary hero, George Herman "Babe" Ruth. • Regency Furniture Stadium (Charles County) The 4,200+ seat ballpark offers a full range of family friendly features and attractions, including a large catered picnic area overlooking the field and kids play area. With its natural grass surface, the ballpark accommodates football, soccer, and lacrosse competitions. • Adventure Sports Center International (Garrett County) Home of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom Kayak World Championships, ASCI was built in 1998 and is situated at the top of Wisp Resort. Its man-made river channel is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course. • Musket Ridge Golf Club (Frederick County) Home of the inaugural Challenge at Musket Ridge, an official event on the Symetra Tour—the Road to the LPGA, this course was designed to host golf tournaments of every level and inspire the best competition around. • Ripken Baseball Academy (Harford County) The ultimate baseball destination- 3 replica fields of Fenway Park, Wrigley Field and Memorial Stadium, 4 skinned baseball/softball diamonds, a scale model of Oriole Park at Camden Yard with “Warehouse” named for Cal Sr. and patented synthetic training circle, bullpens and custom-designed batting cages. sportsdirectory.org
• Lucido Fields at Covenant Park (Howard County) Considered one of the gems of the county, the 7+ field complex is prime real estate for any soccer tournament. The complex was the host of the first ever Tottenham Hotspur American Cup in August 2012. • Ocean City Inlet (Ocean City) The Atlantic Ocean will serve as the backdrop for the first stop of the 2012 Pantech Beach Championships, as the Dew Tour comes to Ocean City. Ocean City is the only beach venue in the tour's history and broke an attendance record in 2011, as 73,000+ fans packed OC! • University of Maryland- ERC Natatorium (Prince George’s County) With seating for more than 1,000 spectators, the ERC Natatorium at the University of Maryland is one of the premier swimming and diving venues in the country. It features one 50x25-yard pool with two movable bulkheads, two one-meter diving boards and two three-meter diving platforms.
ROAD TRIP Maryland is a four-season state, with numerous sporting events happening year-round and within a day’s drive of over 60% of the U.S. population. Maryland is accessible by plane, train, automobile, boat, bicycle or foot. Maryland, the ultimate tank of gas destination – you can travel from the mountains of Garrett County to the turf in Baltimore to the ocean in Worcester County and only fill up the tank once.
CONTACT Maryland Office of Sports Marketing Terry Hasseltine 401 E. Pratt Street Baltimore, MD 21202 Phone: 410-767-3373 Email: email@example.com www.MarylandSports.us www.TEAMMaryland.us
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MASSACHUSETTS Massachusetts Sports Partnership Inc. PO Box 170427 Boston MA 2117 (617) 572-7115 firstname.lastname@example.org www.masports.org
MICHIGAN Ann Arbor Area CVB 120 West Huron Street Ann Arbor MI 48104 (800) 888-9487 email@example.com www.visitannarbor.org Battle Creek Sports Commission 77 East Michigan Avenue Battle Creek MI 49017 (269) 963-4800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.battlecreeksports.org Detroit Metro Sports Commission 211 West Fort Street Suite 1000 Detroit MI 48226 (800) 225-5389 email@example.com www.detroitsports.org Discover Kalamazoo 141 East Michigan Ave. Kalamazoo MI 49007 (269) 488-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org
Flint Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 502 Church Street Flint MI 48502 (810) 232-8900 email@example.com www.flint.travel
Kalamazoo County Convention & Visitors Bureau 141 East Michigan Avenue Kalamazoo MI 49007 (269) 488-9000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discoverkalamazoo.com
Great Lakes Bay Regional Convention & Visitors Bureau 300 Rodd St. Midland MI 48640 (989) 752-7164 email@example.com www.midlandcvb.org
Marquette County CVB 337 West Washington St. Marquette MI 49855 (906) 228-7749 firstname.lastname@example.org www.travelmarquettemichigan.com
Greater Lansing Sports Authority 1223 Turner Street Lansing MI 48906 (517) 377-1406 email@example.com www.lansingsports.org
Michigan International Speedway 12626 U.S.12 Brooklyn MI 49230 (517) 592-1450 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mispeedway.com
Holland Area CVB 76 E Eighth St. Holland MI 49423 (800) 506-1299 email@example.com www.holland.org Holland is a favorite Michigan vacation destination. In this city famous for its warm sandy beaches, historic downtown & unique Dutch attractions, many families make tournament play in Holland into a mini-vacation.
Mount Pleasant Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 200 E. Broadway Mount Pleasant MI 48858 (888) 772.2009 firstname.lastname@example.org www.mountpleasantsports.com Saginaw Valley Convention and Visitors Bureau 515 N. Washington Ave Saginaw MI 48607 (800) 444-9979 email@example.com www.visitsaginawvalley.com
West Michigan Sports Commission 635 S Main St. Frankenmuth MI 48734 (888) 386-8687 firstname.lastname@example.org www.frankenmuth.org
MINNESOTA Bloomington MN Convention & Visitors Bureau 7900 International Drive Bloomington MN 55425 (800) 346-4289 email@example.com www.bloomingtonmn.org Greater Mankato Convention and Visitors Bureau 1 Civic Center Plaza Mankato MN 56001 (507) 385-6664 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greatermankato.com Meet Minneapolis 250 Marquette Avenue South Minneapolis MN 55401 (800) 445-7412 email@example.com www.meetminneapolis.com Minneapolis Northwest CVB 7100 Northland Circle Minneapolis MN 55430 (763) 252-1412 firstname.lastname@example.org www.minneapolisnorthwest.com
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is now rolling out the red carpet for sports. Branson is the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” During peak season, guests can choose from over 100 live shows daily in 50 theatres - there’s a performance to please everyone. Plus, you will find three mountain lakes with 1,250 miles of shoreline, theme parks, 12 museums/exhibits, 300+ retail stores, 260+ restaurants, and more than 200 holes of championship golf. The Branson area is also quickly becoming recognized as a destination for outdoor events (triathlons, fishing tournaments, golf tournaments and more). As Branson evolves to welcome more sporting events, visitors are wowed by the world-class live entertainment, award-winning theme park, abundant shopping and traditional charm. Visit ExploreBranson.com to find out why the participants and families that were here for Ironman 70.3, USSSA baseball, Bassmaster Open and many others have enjoyed having their event in Branson!
COME TO PLAY • The Branson Convention Center Managed by Hilton Hotels, this is the crown jewel of Branson Landing. Located within view of beautiful Lake Taneycomo, the convention center’s unique design makes it an ideal location for a diverse range of sporting events. This modern, state-of-the-art venue offers 220,000 square feet of flexible space. • The Branson RecPlex 2 full-size basketball courts, 2 full-size volleyball courts, 4 baseball/ softball fields and several multi-use soccer fields.
ROAD TRIP Getting your group to Branson is easy! Branson is located within less than a day’s drive of one-third of the United States, and there 48
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are two airports within 45 miles that offer affordable fares─the new Branson Airport (BKG) and the Springfield-Branson National Airport. You’ll find more than 200 lodging properties with over 19,000 guest rooms (accommodations range from rustic to luxurious; trusted national brands or independent properties; in town, on the golf course and lakefront settings).
CONTACT Branson/Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce & CVB Terra Alphonso, CMP Meeting, Convention & Sports Sales Manager Phone: 417-334-4084 x 324, 800-203-0113 x 324 Fax: 417-348-0649 Email: email@example.com www.explorebransonsports.com sportsdirectory.org
HOLLAND, MICHIGAN ocated in Southwest Michigan, just 3 hours from Chicago & Detroit, Holland is a favorite Michigan vacation destination. In this city famous for its warm sandy beaches, historic downtown & unique Dutch attractions, many families make tournament play in Holland into a mini-vacation. There’s plenty for everyone in the family to do and everything’s nearby, including tournament venues, lodging, shopping, beaches and attractions. Our friendly Dutch hospitality and beautiful landscapes provide the perfect setting to boost participation in your tournament. Plus, Holland is experienced in welcoming teams to town and ensuring a successful tournament. We’ve hosted sporting events from regional baseball, hockey, basketball, tennis, swimming & volleyball tournaments to NCAA DIII swimming & basketball nationals. See for yourself why Holland was named the 2nd Happiest, Healthiest Place in the US.
COME TO PLAY • Helder Park This 159-acre park features two softball fields, three full-size soccer fields, two small soccer fields and two medium soccer fields, plus three sanctioned Little League fields and a picnic shelter and playground. • Quincy Park Little League/Soccer Complex This site features five Little League sanctioned baseball diamonds, three small-sized and two medium-sized soccer fields and two softball diamonds.
• DeVos Fieldhouse A $22-million, 102,000-square-foot facility with seating for 3,400+. DeVos features a ticket office and two concessions stands. Owned and operated by Hope College. The DeVos has played host to the NCAA DIII Women’s Basketball and Volleyball Championships as well as a variety of MHSAA and NCAA tournaments. • Hope College Football Stadium Owned by Hope College, this stadium is close to historic downtown Holland and has seating for over 5,000 people. New artificial turf, a spacious press box, two concession stands and restrooms.
• Matt Urban Sports Complex A 23-acre park with four softball fields, soccer/flag football field, two basketball courts and two sand volleyball courts, all lighted. Shelters, restroom/concession building and automatic scoreboard.
• Edge Ice Arena One 85 x 200 NHL size sheet of ice and one 100 X 200 Olympic size sheet. Indirect refrigeration systems. Seating for 250 and 1800. 12 team locker rooms, 1 figure skating room and 1 referee room. Full-service pro shop, 2 concession stands, 3 meeting rooms and 350 parking spaces.
• Holland Aquatic Center 50 x 25 meter pool is designed to provide a variety of options for pool set up. Stadium seating and concessions. Host to annual Michigan State High School Boys & Girls Swimming and Diving Finals as well as many other large events including long course finals and the NCAA DIII Collegiate Swimming & Diving nationals.
• Century Lanes A smoke-free facility with a full-service restaurant and bar, 29 lanes and a new six-lane private suite. Has hosted a variety of state bowling tournaments.
ROAD TRIP • Soccer Stop 49,000 square feet of indoor space, featuring 2 indoor arenas, 1 training and small sided field, 2 outdoor fields, baseball and softball batting cages, concession and arcade areas and a meeting room. • Joseph Moran Park 4.2 acre park with 10 tennis courts, picnic shelter, play structure, and restrooms. • Etheridge Tennis Complex A six-court, 40,000-square-foot indoor tennis center (named the “Public Facility of the Year” in 2010 by the Professional Tennis Registry). And the adjacent, newly opened Stadium Courts which include 12 outdoor courts with elevated seating for spectators and an officials’ shelter. Located on the campus of Hope College.
Conveniently located 35 minutes west of Ford International Airport in Grand Rapids, Holland is just three hours from both Chicago and Detroit. Just off of US 31 and I-196, Holland is easily accessible and with over 1,500 hotel rooms to meet every budget, staying in Holland is as easy as getting here.
CONTACT Holland Area Visitors Bureau Wendy Link 78 East 8th Street Holland, MI 49423 Phone: 800-506-1299 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.holland.org Sports Planning Guide & Directory
MINNESOTA Rochester Sports Commission 30 Civic Center Drive SE Rochester MN 55904 (507) 280-4701 email@example.com www.rochsports.com Saint Paul Sports Council 175 West Kellogg Blvd. Suite 502 Saint Paul MN 55102 (651) 265-4904 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitsaintpaul.com St. Cloud Area CVB 525 Highway 10 South Suite One St.Cloud MN 56304 (800) 264-2940 email@example.com www.granitecountry.com
Visit Minneapolis North 6200 Shingle Creek Parkway Suite 248 Minneapolis MN 55430 (800) 541-4364 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitminneapolisnorth.com
MISSISSIPPI Columbus Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 789 Columbus MS 39701 (662) 329-1191 email@example.com www.columbus-ms.org
DeSoto County Tourism Association 4716 Pepper Chase Drive Southaven MS 38671 (662) 393-8770 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sodesoto.com
Oxford CVB 102 Ed Perry Blvd Oxford MS 38655 (662) 232-2367 email@example.com www.oxfordcvb.com
Mississippi Division of Tourism P.O. Box 849 Jackson MS 39205 (601) 359-3297 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitmississippi.org
Ridgeland Tourism Commission 1000 Highland Colony Parkway Ridgeland MS 39157 (601) 605-5253 email@example.com www.visitridgeland.com
Mississippi Gulf Coast Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 6128 Gulfport MS 39506 (228) 896-6699 firstname.lastname@example.org www.gulfcoast.org
Tupelo CVB P.O. Box 47 Tupelo MS 38802 (800) 533-0611 email@example.com www.tupelo.net
MISSOURI Blue Springs Parks and Recreation 903 W. Main Street Blue Springs MO 64015 (816) 228-0137 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bluespringsgov.com
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Branson-Lakes Area Chamber of Commerce and CVB P.O. Box 1897 Branson MO 65615 (417) 243-2124 email@example.com www.explorebranson.com Branson is the “Live Music Show Capital of the World.” During peak season, guests can choose from over 100 live shows daily in 50 theatres - there’s a performance to please everyone.
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Cape Girardeau Convention & Visitors Bureau 400 Broadway,Cape Girardeau MO 63701 (573) 335-1631 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitcape.com Columbia Convention and Visitors Bureau 300 South Providence Road Columbia MO 65203 (800) 652-0987 email@example.com www.visitcolumbiamo.com Greater Springfield Sports Commission 815 E Saint Louis Street #100 Springfield MO 65806 (417) 869-7529 firstname.lastname@example.org www.springfieldmosports.org Historic St. Charles Convention & Visitors Bureau 230 South Main St. St. Charles MO 63301 (888) 947-9137 email@example.com www.historicstcharles.com You’ll find sporting venues, big-city amenities and small-town charm in Saint Charles. Whether your event features 10 or 1,000 participants, you’ll find our setting and price just right. Jefferson City Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2227 Jefferson City MO 65102 (573) 632-2820 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitjeffersoncity.com
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ST. CHARLES, MISSOURI ook no further for a top-notch spot to host your next sporting event. As an athletic director or coach, you want the best venue to accommodate your games, right? You’ll find sporting venues, big-city amenities and smalltown charm in Saint Charles, MO. Whether your sporting event features 10 or 1,000 participants, you’ll find our setting and price just right for your group. Saint Charles has a venue to host all sporting events from the Family Arena with 31,232 square feet of floor space to the Ozzie Smith Sports Complex for your next baseball tournament. The National Equestrian Center is a 24-acre center that meets the standards for all competitions. St. Peter’s Rec-Plex provides a venue for hockey, speed skating and figure skating events. The competition pool is perfect for swimming, diving or water polo. For a smaller venue, Saint Charles offers city and county parks for baseball and softball. High schools, colleges and universities offer fields, courts, tracks and indoor gymnasiums. Our accommodations and casual-style restaurants are affordable and geared toward families. Saint Charles offers more than your group will have time for. Tour Missouri’s First Capitol, stroll the historic district featuring 125 shops, or try your luck at a casino. Saint Charles offers family amusement, museums and galleries. Our staff is eager to assist you with your sporting event.
COME TO PLAY • Family Arena A l0,000-plus-seat, multi-purpose facility which can host a variety of sporting events. • St. Peters Rec-Plex A 230,000-square-foot complex with 3 regulation ice rinks and a natatorium with an Olympic pool and diving tower. • St. Charles Convention Center The area’s newest full-service convention facility with 154,000 total square feet of space. • The National Equestrian Center The best equestrian showplace in the Midwest with 2 indoor and 1 outdoor arena and over 650 stalls. • T.R. Hughes Ballpark Minor league baseball stadium which seats over 5,500 and is home to the River City Rascals of the Frontier League. • Ozzie Smith Sports Complex 76-acre baseball and softball facility with seven full-size diamonds.
• West James Courts Indoor tennis and racquetball facility with 6 tennis courts and 6 racquetball courts. • National Horseshoe Pitchers Association Hall of Fame Opened in 2007, the facility has 16 indoor and 16 outdoor courts for year-round tournaments for players of all skill levels.
ROAD TRIP Located 10 minutes west of Lambert St. Louis International Airport and 25 minutes from downtown St. Louis, St. Charles is conveniently located on Interstate 70 and a short drive from Interstates 64, 55 and 44.
CONTACT Greater St. Charles, Missouri CVB Greg Maxon Group Travel & Sports Sales Manager 230 S. Main St. St. Charles, MO 63301 Phone: 1-888-205-7264 Email: email@example.com www.historicstcharles.com
• St. Charles Soccer Complex Park 60-acre soccer complex with 16 fields (2 lighted) available for all age levels. • Tony Glavin Soccer Complex Home of the St. Louis Lions Soccer Club of the United Soccer League with 1 indoor and 5 outdoor fields. sportsdirectory.org
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MISSOURI Joplin Sports Authority 3301 West First St. Joplin MO 64801 (417) 625-1006 firstname.lastname@example.org www.joplinsports.org Kansas City Sports Commission Kansas City MO 64105 (816) 474-4652 www.sportkc.org Maryland Heights Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 2125 Maryland Heights MO 63043 (314) 738-2496 email@example.com www.more2do.org
Platte County CVB 11724 NW Plaza Cir. #200 Kansas City MO 64153 (888) 875-2883 firstname.lastname@example.org Springfield Convention & Visitors Bureau 815 E. St. Louis St. Springfield MO 65807 (417) 881-5300 email@example.com www.springfieldmo.org St. Joseph Convention and Visitors Bureau 109 S. Fourth Street St. Joseph MO 64501 (800) 785-0360 firstname.lastname@example.org www.stjomo.com
St. Louis Sports Commission 308 N. 21st St Suite 500 St. Louis MO 63103 (314) 345-5100 email@example.com www.stlsports.org
MONTANA Billings Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 31177 Billings MT 59107 (406) 245-4111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.billingschamber.com
NEBRASKA Grand Island Sports Council 2424 South Locust Suite C Grand Island NE 68801 (800) 658-3178 email@example.com www.visitgrandisland.com Kearney Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 607 Kearney NE 68848 (308) 237-3494 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitkearney.org Lincoln Convention and Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 83737 Lincoln NE 68501 (402) 436-2354 email@example.com www.lincoln.org Omaha Sports Commission 11235 Davenport Street Suite 106 Omaha NE 68154 (402) 502-2216 firstname.lastname@example.org www.omahasports.org
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South Sioux City Convention & Visitors Bureau 3900 Dakota Avenue South Sioux City NE 68776 (402) 494-1307 email@example.com www.visitsouthsiouxcity.com
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City of Henderson Department of Cultural Arts & Tourism 200 S Water St. Henderson NV 89015 (702) 267-2144 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visithenderson.com Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority 3150 Paradise Rd. Las Vegas NV 89109 (702) 892-0711 email@example.com www.visitlasvegas.com Reno Sparks Convention & Visitors Association 4001 S. Virginia Reno NV 89501 (775) 827-7790 firstname.lastname@example.org www.rscva.com Reno-Tahoe Americaâ€™s Adventure Place P.O. Box 837 Reno NV 89504 (775) 827-7790 email@example.com www.meetrenotahoe.com
NEW JERSEY Atlantic City Convention & Visitors Authority 2314 Pacific Ave. Atlantic City NJ 8401 (609) 449-7151 firstname.lastname@example.org www.atlanticcitynj.com Mercer County Sports and Entertainment Commission 1638 Old Trenton Rd. West Windsor NJ 8550 (609) 737-0927 email@example.com www.visitprinceton.org
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SP4RTS OHIO trategically located in the heart of northeast Ohio, the contiguous communities of Akron, Canton, Kent and Medina offer planners accessibility, affordability and flexibility, making the four-county region the perfect destination for your next sporting event. Our area plays host to a myriad of teams and individual athletes striving for peak performance. The diversity of our venues will offer the options you need to maximize attendance. Key venues include: Firestone Stadium, Canton Memorial Civic Center, Fawcett Stadium, Kent State University and the University of Akron. The region’s accommodations are equally diverse with a range of full-service and limited-service hotels and motels to meet every budget. Our major highway, interstate and turnpike systems make arriving by car or motorcoach easy and efficient. Additionally, the Akron-Canton Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are 10 miles and 30 miles from downtown Akron, respectively. Signature area spectator sporting events include: All American Soap Box Derby, Pro Football Hall of Fame Weekend & Inductions, Road Runner Akron Marathon & World Golf Championships Bridgestone Invitational. Call for our “new” Sports Venue Directory.
COME TO PLAY The four-county area features more than 70 diverse sporting venues, 11 bowling centers and 70+ golf courses. • Canton Memorial Civic Center 24,000 sq. ft. with seating for 4,200 spectators – basketball, indoor football and wrestling. • Firestone Stadium 2 full-size softball fields – home to the Akron Racers – 2005 National Champs! • Hoover Little League Complex 8 regulation fields welcome players of America’s favorite pasttime. • Kent State University Venues include: Dix Stadium, Schoonover Stadium, Convocation Center & soccer/softball fields. • University of Akron Venues include: New! Infocision Stadium/Summa Field, Stile Athletics Field House, Rhodes Arena and baseball/soccer/softball fields. • North Coast Soccer Fields 27 large fields, 6 U8-U10 fields and 2 indoor fields
ROAD TRIP The communities of Akron, Canton, Kent and Medina are located within less than a one-hour radius of each other, providing an accessible destination for your next sporting event. The AkronCanton Airport and Cleveland Hopkins International Airport are each within a 30-minute drive. Major interstates include: Rt. 77, Rt. 76, Rt. 8 and Rt. 271; the Ohio Turnpike also passes through the area (Rt. 80). Mileage • Buffalo: 216 • Indianapolis: 259 • Pittsburgh: 110 • Detroit: 192 • Louisville: 320 The Sp4rts Ohio area boasts more than 8,000 guest rooms – with accommodations and amenities to match any budget.
CONTACT Akron/Summit CVB Mary Tricaso, Director of Sales 77 E. Mill St. Akron, OH 44308
Phone: 800-245-4254 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitakron-summit.org www.sportsohio.travel
• Paul Brown Tiger Stadium Football at its finest in Canton – 17,000-seat stadium • Pinnacle Sports Complex Soccer-Lacrosse-Volleyball-Basketball-Roller Hockey – 120,000 sq. ft. plus 2 regulation soccer fields sportsdirectory.org
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NEW JERSEY New Jersey Sports & Exposition Authority 50 State Rte. 120 East Rutherford NJ 7073 (201) 935-8500 email@example.com www.njsea.com
NEW MEXICO Albuquerque Convention and Visitors Bureau 20 First Plaza NW Suite 601 Albuquerque NM 87102 (800) 733-9918 firstname.lastname@example.org www.itsatrip.org/sports Las Cruces Convention & Visitors Bureau 211 North Water Street Las Cruces NM 88001 (575) 541-2216 email@example.com
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New Mexico Sports Authority 800 Bradbury NE Suite 216 Albuquerque NM 87106 (505) 239-6629 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nmsportsauthority.com Rio Rancho Convention and Visitors Bureau 3200 Civic Center Circle NE Rio Rancho NM 87144 (505) 891-7255 email@example.com www.rioranchonm.org
NEW YORK Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau 25 Quackenbush Square Albany NY 12207 (518) 434-1217 firstname.lastname@example.org www.albany.org Buffalo Niagara Sports Commission 617 Main St. Suite 200 Buffalo NY 14203 (716) 218-2929 email@example.com www.visitbuffaloniagra.com Greater Binghamton Convention and Visitors Bureau 49 Court Street 2nd Floor Binghamton NY 13902 (800) 836-6740 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbinghamton.org From one-of-a-kind antique shops, fascinating museum tours and mouth-watering cider mill visits, to out-of-this-world trips to the planetarium and scenic walks through the botanical garden, Greater Binghamton’s attractions will keep you coming back again and again. Lake Placid Visitors Bureau 49 Parkside Drive Lake Placid NY 12946 (800)861-4620 email@example.com www.lakeplacid.com Long Island CVB and Sports Commission 330 Motor Parkway Hauppauge NY 11788 (877) 386-6654 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discoverlongisland.com Monroe County Sports Commission 333 N Plymouth Ave. Rochester NY 14608 (585) 262-3832 email@example.com www.monroecountysports.org 54
Nassau County IDA (Tourism) 1550 Franklin Avenue Mineola NY 11501 (516) 571-1937 www.nassauida.org
Greensboro Sports Commission 2200 Pinecroft Road Suite 200 Greensboro NC 27407 (336) 378-4499 firstname.lastname@example.org www.greensborosports.org
New York City Sports Commission 2 Washington Street 15th Floor New York NY 10004 (212) 484-1282 email@example.com www.nyc.gov/sports
High Point Convention and Visitors Bureau 300 S. Main St. High Point NC 27261 (800) 720-5255 firstname.lastname@example.org www.highpoint.org
NYC & Company 810 Seventh Ave.3 fl NY NY 10019 (212) 484-5498 email@example.com www.nycandcompany.org
Jacksonville-Onslow Sports Commission P.O. Box 207 Jacksonville NC 28541 (910) 347-3141 firstname.lastname@example.org www.jacksonvilleonslowsports.og
Saratoga Convention and Tourism Bureau 60 Railroad Place Suite 100 Saratoga Springs NY 12866 (518) 226-0064 email@example.com Syracuse CVB 572 South Salina Syracuse NY 13202 (315) 470-1826 jmickle@VisitSyracuse.org www.visitsyracuse.org Warren County Tourism Dept. 1340 State Route 9 Lake George NY 12845 (800) 365-1050 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitlakegeorge.com
NORTH CAROLINA Burlington/Alamance County Convention & Visitors Bureau 610 S Lexington Ave. Burlington NC 27215 (800) 637-3804 email@example.com www.visitalamance.com Cabarrus County Convention & Visitors Bureau 3003 Dale Earnhardt Boulevard Kannapolis NC 28083 (800) 848-3740 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitcabarrus.com Charlotte Regional Sports Commission 333 East Trade Street Charlotte NC 28202 (704) 688-8536 email@example.com www.charlottesports.org CVB Pinehurst Southern Pines Aberdeen Area 10677 Hwy 15-501 Southern Pines NC 28388 (800) 346-5362 firstname.lastname@example.org www.homeofgolf.com Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau 245 Person Street Fayetteville NC 28301 (910) 483-5311 email@example.com www.visitfayettevillenc.com Greater Raleigh Convention and Visitors Bureau 421 Fayetteville Street Suite 1505 Raleigh NC 27601 1755 (919) 645-2657 firstname.lastname@example.org www.raleighsports.org
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North Carolina Sports Association 406 Blackwell St. Durham NC 27701 (919) 361-1133 chuck.hobgood.ncsports.org www.ncsports.org Triangle Sports Commission 401 Harrison Oaks Blvd. Cary NC 27513 (919) 678-1651 email@example.com www.trianglesportscommission.com Visit Charlotte 500 S College Suite 300 Charlotte NC 28202 (800) 722-1994 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charlottesgotalot.com Visit Lake Norman 19900 West Catawba Avenue Cornelius NC 28031 (800) 305-2508 email@example.com www.visitlakenorman.org Visit Winston-Salem 200 Brookstown Avenue Winston-Salem NC 27101 (336) 728-4215 firstname.lastname@example.org www.VisitWinstonSalem.com Wilmington CVB 505 Nutt Street Unit A Wilmington NC 28401 (877) 406-2356 email@example.com http://www.wilmingtonandbeaches.com
NORTH DAKOTA Bismarck-Mandan Convention and Visitors Bureau 1600 Burnt Boat Drive Bismarck ND 58501 (800) 767-3555 firstname.lastname@example.org www.bismarckmandancvb.com Fargo Moorhead Athletic Commission 2001 44th Street South Fargo ND 58103 (701) 365-4563 email@example.com www.fargomoorhead.org Forks Area Sports Association 4251 Gateway Dr. Grand Forks ND 58203 (701) 746-0444 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitgrandforks.com
OHIO Akron/Summit CVB 77 E. Mill St. Akron OH 44308 (800) 245-4254 email@example.com www.visitakron-summit.org Teamed up to assist you in discovering our array of sporting venues. Our four-county team is here to support you in every way possible! Butler County Visitors Bureau 8750 Union Centre Blvd. West Chester OH 45069 (513) 860-4194 firstname.lastname@example.org Canton/Stark County Convention & Visitors Bureau 222 Market Ave N Canton OH 44702 (330) 458-2084 email@example.com www.cantonstarkcvb.com Clermont County Ohio Convention and Visitors Bureau 410 E. Main Street Batavia OH 45103 (513) 732-3600 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitclermontohio.com Clinton County CVB 13 N. South St Wilmington OH 45177 (877) 428-4748 email@example.com www.clintoncountyohio.com Located in the “golden triangle” of Cincinnati, Columbus and Dayton, we’re a convenient, affordable destination featuring venues for softball, baseball, equine sports, football, basketball and more. Dayton/Montgomery County Convention and Visitors Bureau 1 Chamber Plaza Suite A Dayton OH 45402 (800) 221-8235 firstname.lastname@example.org www.daytoncvb.com Dublin CVB Sports 9 S. High Street Dublin OH 43017 (800) 245-8387 jbricker@IrishisanAttitude.com www.dublinvisit.org Findlay Hancock County CVB 123 E Main Cross Findlay OH 45840 (800)424-3315 email@example.com www.visitfindlay.com Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation 9514 Kenwood Road Cincinnati OH 45242 (513)345-3054 firstname.lastname@example.org www.cincysports.org Greater Cleveland Sports Commission 50 Public Square Cleveland OH 44113 (216) 621-0600 email@example.com www.clevelandsports.org
Greater Columbus Sports Commission 45 Vine Street Columbus OH 43215 (614) 221-6060 LLogan@ColumbusSports.org www.columbussports.org Greater Licking County CVB 455 Hebron Rd. (State Route 79) Heath OH 43056 (740) 345-8224 firstname.lastname@example.org Greater Toledo Convention & Visitors Bureau 401 Jefferson Avenue Toledo OH 43604 (800) 243-4667 cmiller@doToledo.org www.dotoledo.org Greene County Convention & Visitors Bureau 1221 Meadowbridge Drive Suite A Beavercreek OH 45434 (800) 733-9109 email@example.com www.greenecountyohio.org Lake Erie Shores and Islands 4424 Milan Road Sandusky OH 44870 (800) 255.3743 firstname.lastname@example.org www.shoresandislands.com
Mansfield & Richland County Convention & Visitors Bureau 124 N Main St Mansfield OH 44902 (419) 525-1300 email@example.com www.mansfieldtourism.com Sports Ohio 77 E. Mill St. Akron OH 44308 (800) 245-4254 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sportsohio.travel Our area plays host to a myriad of teams and individual athletes striving for peak performance. The diversity of our venues will offer the options you need to maximize attendance. Visit Lorain County 8025 Leavitt Road Amherst OH 44001 (800) 344-1673 email@example.com www.visitloraincounty.com Warren County Convention & Visitors Bureau 5412 Courseview Dr Mason OH 45040 (513) 204-7050 firstname.lastname@example.org www.ohioslargestplayground.com
Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau 123 Park Avenue Oklahoma City OK 73102 (800) 225-5652 email@example.com www.visitokc.com Oklahoma City is quickly becoming a sporting event destination with numerous venues for various tournaments and meetings within the sports industry. Tulsa Sports Commission Williams Center Tower II Two W. Second St. Tulsa OK 74103 (918) 560-0227 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tulsasports.org
OREGON Eugene Cascades & Coast – Travel Lane County 754 Olive Street Eugene OR 97401 (800) 547-5445 email@example.com www.travellanecounty.org Oregon Sports Authority 1888 SW Madison 2nd Floor Portland OR 97205 (503) 234-4500 firstname.lastname@example.org www.oregonsports.org
Washington County Visitors Association West Portland Metro 11000 SW Stratus St. Suite 170 Beaverton OR 97008 (503) 644-5555 email@example.com www.visitwashingtoncountyoregon.com
PENNSYLVANIA Berks County Sports Commission 2525 N. 12th Street Reading PA 19605 (800) 443-6610 firstname.lastname@example.org www.readingberkspa.com Bucks County Conference & Visitors Bureau 3207 Street Road Bensalem PA 19020 (215) 639-0300 email@example.com www.visitbuckscounty.com Butler County Tourism & Convention Bureau 310 E Grandview Ave Zelienople PA 16063 (866) 856-8444 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbutlercounty.com
PENNStourism YLV Ahe Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB) is the infor-
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mation source for visitors to and the citizens of Oklahoma City. As the City’s official destination marketing organization, the mission of the CVB is to contribute to the economic well-being of Oklahoma City and its citizens through the solicitation and servicing of conventions and other related group business, to promote the city as a first-class visitor destination, and to enhance Oklahoma City's name and image. With staff members devoted to the sports business development market, Oklahoma City is quickly becoming a sporting event destination with numerous venues for various tournaments and meetings within the sports industry.
COME TO PLAY • ASA National Softball Hall of Fame Stadium ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is the nation’s number one softball venue and hosts world-class competitions, including the NCAA Women’s College World Series and several ASA National Junior Olympic Tournaments. • Boathouse District and the Oklahoma River The Oklahoma River’s Boathouse District includes the Chesapeake Boathouse, the Devon Boathouse – home of the OKC National High Performance for rowing and canoe/kayak – and the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Each year the river is the site of numerous regattas and is now a U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Training Site. • Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center Originally built as the outdoor venue for all aquatic competitions during the 1989 US Olympic Festival in Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center features an eight-lane, 50-meter swimming pool as well as a separate diving well equipped with two one-meter springboards, two three-meter springboards and platforms at five, seven and ten meters. sportsdirectory.org
ROAD TRIP Oklahoma City is located near the geographic center of the United States. Located at the crossroads of I-35, I-40 and I-44, Oklahoma City is easy to reach and navigate. Oklahoma City is approximately: 205 miles north of Dallas, Texas; 353 miles southwest of Kansas City, Mo.; 501 miles southwest of St. Louis, Mo.; and 680 miles southeast of Denver, Colo. Will Rogers World Airport offers nonstop air services to 20 airports in 18 cities in the U.S., including West and East Coast cities.
CONTACT Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau Sue Hollenbeck, Assistant Director of Sports Business Development 123 Park Avenue Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Phone: 405-297-8909 Email: email@example.com www.visitokc.com
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PENNSYLVANIA Central Pennsylvania Convention & Visitors Bureau 800 East Park Avenue State College PA 16803 (800) 358-5466 firstname.lastname@example.org www.centralpacvb.org Erie Sports Commission 208 East Bayfront Parkway Erie PA 16507 (800) 524-3743 email@example.com www.visiteriepa.com Greater Reading CVB 2525 N. 12th St. Reading PA 19605 (610) 375-4085 firstname.lastname@example.org www.readingberkspa.com
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Hershey Harrisburg Regional VB 17 South Second Street Harrisburg PA 17101 (877) 727-8573 email@example.com www.hersheyharrisburg.org Lehigh Valley Sports Commission 840 Hamilton Street Allentown PA 18101 (610) 882-9200 firstname.lastname@example.org www.lehighvalleypa.org Lycoming County Visitor Information 210 William Street Williamsport PA 17701 (800) 358-9900 email@example.com www.vacationpa.com Philadelphia Sports Congress 1700 Market Street Suite 3000 Philadelphia PA 19103 (215) 636-3300 firstname.lastname@example.org www.philadelphiasportscongress.org Pocono Mountains Convention and Visitors Bureau 1004 Main St Stroudsburg PA 18360 (570) 421-5791 email@example.com www.800poconos.com Ready Set Go PA Sports 126 Walnut St. Harrisburg PA 17101 (717) 901-0220 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.sportsinpa.org Sport York 155 W. Market Street York PA 17401 (717) 852-9675 email@example.com www.yorkpa.org
Visit Pittsburgh Regional Enterprise Tower Pittsburgh PA 15219 (412) 281-7711 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitpittsburgh.com
RHODE ISLAND Providence Warwick CVB 144 Westminster Street Providence RI 2903 (401) 456-0240 email@example.com www.pwcvb.com Rhode Island Sports Commission 144 Westminster St Providence RI 2903 (401) 456-0240 firstname.lastname@example.org
SOUTH CAROLINA Charleston Area Sports Commission 423 King St Charleston SC 29403 (843) 805-3030 email@example.com www.explorecharleston.com Columbia Regional Sports Council 1101 Lincoln Street Columbia SC 29202 (800) 264-4884 firstname.lastname@example.org www.columbiasportscouncil.com Greenville Convention & Visitors Bureau 148 River Street Greenville SC 29601 (800) 351-7180 email@example.com www.greenvillcvb.com Hilton Head Island Sports & Activities Council P.O. Box 5647 Hilton Head Island SC 29938 (843) 341-8361 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hiltonheadisland.org Myrtle Beach Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 200 North Oak Street Myrtle Beach SC 29577 (843) 916-7264 email@example.com www.visitmyrtlebeach.com
Greater Chattanooga Sports & Events Committee P.O. Box 11508 Chattanooga TN 37401 (423) 756-8689 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chattanoogasports.org Greene County Partnership/ Chamber of Commerce 115 Academy Street Greeneville TN 37743 (423) 638-4111 email@example.com www.facebook.com/DiscoverGreenevilleTN.Now Johnson City Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 180 Johnson City TN 37605 (423) 461-8012 firstname.lastname@example.org www.johnsoncitytnchamber.com Kingsport Convention & Visitors Bureau 151 East Main Street Kingsport TN 37662 (800) 743-5282 email@example.com www.visitkingsport.org Knoxville Tourism and Sports Corporation 301 S. Gay Street Knoxville TN 37902 (865) 523-7263 firstname.lastname@example.org www.knoxville.org Memphis & Shelby County CVB 47 Union Ave Memphis TN 38103 (901) 543-5300 email@example.com www.memphissportscouncil.com Nashville Sports Council 414 Union Street Nashville TN 37219 (615) 743-3122 firstname.lastname@example.org www.nashvillesports.com
Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce PO Box 328 Orangeburg SC 29116 (803) 534-6821 email@example.com www.orangeburgchamber.com
Play Tennessee 312 Rosa L. Parks Avenue Nashville TN 37243 (800) 462-8366 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tnvacation.com/grouptours
Rock Hill/York County CVB P.O. Box 11377 Rock Hill SC 29731 (888) 702-1320 email@example.com www.visityorkcounty.com
Sumner County CVB 220 E Main St Gallatin TN 37066 (615) 230-8474 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sumnercvb.com
Valley Forge Convention and Visitors Bureau 1000 First Avenue Suite 101 King of Prussia PA 19406 (800) 441-3549 Gyza@valleyforge.org www.valleyforge.org
Rapid City Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 747 Rapid City SD 57709 (605) 718-8491 email@example.com www.rapidcitycvb.com
Visit Erie 208 E Bayfront Parkway Erie PA 16507 (814) 454-1000 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visiterie.com
Sioux Falls Sports Authority/CVB 200 N. Phillips Sioux Falls SD 57104 (800) 333-2072 email@example.com www.sfsportsauthority.com
TENNESSEE Clarksville-Montgomery County Tourist Commission P.O. Box 883 Clarksville TN 37041 (931) 648-0001x223 firstname.lastname@example.org www.clarksville.tn.us
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Arlington Convention & Visitors Bureau 1905 East Randol Mill Road Arlington TX 76011 (800) 433-5374 email@example.com www.arlington.org Austin Sports Commission 301 Congress Ave Suite 200 Austin TX 78701 (512) 583-7270 firstname.lastname@example.org www.austinsports.org Beaumont Convention & Visitors Bureau 505 Willow Street Beaumont TX 77701 (409) 880-3749 email@example.com www.beaumontcvb.com Brownsville CVB 650 FM 802 Brownsville TX 78520 (956) 546-3971 firstname.lastname@example.org www.brownsville.org Bryan-College Station Convention & Visitors Bureau 715 University Dr E College Station TX 77840-1804 (800) 777-8292 Kindra@bcscvb.org www.visitaggieland.com Bryan-College Station captures the sports event industryâ€™s imagination with a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, new attractions, hotels/motels, and numerous restaurants. City of DeSoto 211 East Pleasant Run Rd DeSoto TX 75115 (972) 230-9668 Cglover@ci.desoto.tx.us City of Laredo Convention & Visitors Bureau 501 San Agustine Laredo TX 78040 (956) 795-2350 email@example.com www.visitlaredo.com Corpus Christi Area CVB 101 N. Shoreline Corpus Christi TX 78401 (361)881-1812 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitcorpuschristitx.org Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau 325 North St. Paul St Suite 700 Dallas TX 75201 (214) 571-1056 email@example.com www.dallascvb.com Discover Temple 1909 Curtis B. Elliott Dr Temple TX 76501 (254) 298-5379 firstname.lastname@example.org www.discovertemple.com
Abilene CVB 1101 North 1st St Abilene TX 79601 (325) 676-2556 email@example.com
El Paso Sports Commission 3411 N. Stanton El Paso TX 79902 (915) 534-4229 www.elpasosports.org
Amarillo Convention & Visitors Council P.O. Box 9480 Amarillo TX 79105 (800) 692-1338 www.visitamarillotx.org
Farmers Branch Convention and Visitors Bureau 13000 William Dodson Parkway Farmers Branch TX 75234 (972) 247-3131 firstname.lastname@example.org www.farmersbranch.info sportsdirectory.org
Frisco Convention & Visitors Bureau 7601 Gaylord Parkway Suite 100 Frisco TX 75034 (972) 292-5250 email@example.com www.visitfrisco.com
Midland CVB 109 North Main Midland TX 79701 (800) 624-6435 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitmidlandtx.com
Greater Denton Sports Commission 2436 S. I-35E Suite 376-256 Denton TX 76205 (888) 598-1508 email@example.com www.dentonsports.com
Odessa CVB 700 N. Grant Ste. 200 Odessa TX 79761 (800) 780-4678 firstname.lastname@example.org www.odessacvb.com
Greater Houston CVB 901 Bagby Suite 100 Houston TX 77002 (713) 437-5259 email@example.com www.visithoustontexas.com Harris County - Houston Sports Authority 909 Fannin St Suite 3175 Houston TX 77010 (713) 308-5900 firstname.lastname@example.org www.houstonsports.org Irving Convention and Visitors Bureau 222 West Las Colinas Blvd Irving TX 75039 (972) 252-7476 email@example.com www.irvingtexas.com
Plano Convention and Visitors Bureau 2000 E. Spring Creek Parkway Plano TX 75086 (972) 941-5840 firstname.lastname@example.org www.planocvb.com Life saving sports venues live in Plano. In Plano our team is yours when it comes to service. We have the fields and facilities you’re looking for. Call today and we’ll treat you like a champion. Richardson CVB 411 West Arapaho Road Suite 105 Richardson TX 75080 (888) 690-7287 email@example.com www.richardsontexas.org
Round Rock CVB 231 E Main St Round Rock TX 78664 (512) 218-7094 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sportscapitaloftexas.com Here in Round Rock, we host virtually every sporting event you can imagine, from football and baseball to inline skating marathons and ultimate frisbee championships.
Visit Lubbock 1500 Broadway St 6th Floor Lubbock TX 79401 (800) 692-4035 email@example.com
San Angelo Convention & Visitors Bureau 418 W. Avenue B San Angelo TX 76903-6027 (800) 375-1206 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanangelo.org
Waco Convention and Visitors Bureau PO Box 2570 Waco TX 76702-2570 (254) 750-5810 email@example.com www.wacocvb.com
San Antonio Sports Foundation PO Box 830386 San Antonio TX 78283 (210) 820-2111 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sanantoniosports.org South Padre Island CVB 7355 Padre Blvd South Padre Island TX 78597 (956) 761-3000 email@example.com www.sopadre.com Visit Laredo 501 San Agustin Avenue Laredo TX 78040 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.visitlaredo.com
Visit Pearland 6117 Broadway Pearland TX 77581 (281) 485-3634 email@example.com
UTAH Salt Lake City CVB 90 South West Temple Salt Lake City UT 84101 (801) 534-4946 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitsaltlake.com Utah Sports Commission 201 South Main Salt Lake City UT 84111 (801) 323-4254 email@example.com www.utahsportscommission.com
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Lewisville CVB 606 West Main Street Lewisville TX 75057 (972) 219-3713 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitlewisville.com
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Fort Worth Convention & Visitors Bureau 111 W. 4th Street Fort Worth TX 76102-3951 (817) 698-7827 email@example.com www.fortworth.com
Visit Park City 1910 Prospector Ave Park City UT 84060 (435) 649-6100 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitparkcity.com
PENNSYLAN IA owdy! As home to Texas A&M University, Bryan-College Station captures theV sports event
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industry’s imagination with a variety of state-of-the-art facilities, new attractions, hotels/motels, and numerous restaurants. We are a community that can offer more than 34 hotels and motels offering 3500+ rooms within a 10-minute drive of any facility. As a community that is known for its hospitality, we welcome you to Bryan-College Station, where your next event is guaranteed to be affordable, attractive, and easily accessible for all. Recent events include 2012 NCAA Women’s Division 1 Basketball first and second rounds, ASA National Championships, 7 on 7 Texas State Football Championships, NCAA Women’s Soccer National Championship, Great American Shootout Boys Basketball Tournament, and NIRSA Flag Football National Championship.
COME TO PLAY • Texas A&M Student Recreation Center & Natatorium This facility, which is located on the Texas A&M University campus, is home to 8 Indoor Basketball Courts, 3 Outdoor Basketball Courts, 4 Outdoor Swimming Pools, multipurpose gyms for badminton, volleyball, or indoor soccer, 14 racquetball/handball courts, 2 indoor Pools, 50-meter 8-lane competition pool, 17-foot dive well with 1, 3, 5, 7 ½, 10 meter diving platforms, and 30 acres of fields used for football, soccer, rugby, lacrosse, softball, along with an area reserved for archery outdoor practice. • Brazos County Expo This state-of-the-art facility boasts a gorgeous complex that includes 2 arenas with seating capacity, warm-up pavilions, available cattle/horse stalls, meeting and banquet rooms, concessions areas, exhibit space, and plenty of parking to host your next great event. • Veterans Park & Athletic Complex This incredible complex includes 9 softball fields, 13 soccer fields, bike trails, concession stands, parking for approximately
750 vehicles, a 500-person capacity pavilion, a playground, and an American History Mile Trail.
ROAD TRIP Bryan-College Station is located within 180 miles of 80 percent of the State of Texas. With Bryan-College Station being within a 3-hour drive of Dallas/Fort Worth and San Antonio, and only 90 minutes away from Houston and Austin, it makes it easy to get to this great destination. The easy access via major highways or daily flights into the local Easterwood Airport on American Eagle or United Express makes Bryan-College Station the perfect place for sports events and other gatherings!
CONTACT Bryan-College Station CVB Dominique Powell, Sports Sales Executive
Phone: 979-260-9898/800-777-8292 Email: email@example.com www.visitaggieland.com
VERMONT Vermont Sports & Events Council 60 Main Street Suite 100 Burlington VT 5401 (877) 264-3503 firstname.lastname@example.org www.vermontmeetings.com
VIRGINIA Alleghany Highlands Chamber of Commerce 110 Mall Road Covington VA 24426 (540) 962-2178 email@example.com
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Botetourt County Office of Tourism 13 West Main St Box 10 Fincastle VA 24090 (540) 473-1167 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbotetourt.com
Fairfax CVB 7927 Jones Branch Drive McLean VA 22102 (703) 752-9510 email@example.com www.fxva.com
Prince William County/Manassas Convention & Visitors Bureau 8609 Sudley Road Suite 105 Manassas VA 20110 (703) 396-7130 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitpwc.com
Greater Williamsburg Chamber & Tourism Alliance 421 North Boundary Street Williamsburg VA 23187-3495 (800) 368-6511 email@example.com www.williamsburgcc.com Hampton Roads Sports Commission 500 E. Main Street Norfolk VA 23510 (757) 664-2576 firstname.lastname@example.org www.hamptonroadssports.org
Chesapeake Conventions & Tourism 860 Greenbrier Circle Suite 101 Chesapeake VA 23320-2640 (757) 502-4898 email@example.com www.visitchesapeake.com
Loudoun Convention Visitors Assn 112-G South St SE Leesburg VA 20175 (703) 771-2617 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitloudoun.org
City of Salem P.O. Box 886 Salem VA 24153 (540) 375-3004 email@example.com www.visitsalemva.com We have first class facilities and an endless supply of our famous southern hospitality. Come see for yourself why Salem is Virginiaâ€™s Championship City.
Lynchburg Regional CVB 2015 Memorial Ave Lynchburg VA 24501 (434) 845-5966 firstname.lastname@example.org
Discover Lynchburg/Lynchburg CVB 2015 Memorial Avenue Lynchburg VA 24501 (434) 845-5966 email@example.com www.discoverlynchburg.org
Norfolk CVB 232 East Main Street Norfolk VA 23510 (800)368-3097 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitnorfolktoday.com
Richmond Sports Backers 100 Avenue of Champions Richmond VA 23230 (804) 285-9495 email@example.com www.sportsbackers.org Roanoke Valley Convention & Visitors Bureau 101 Shenandoah Ave NE Roanoke VA 24016 (800) 635-5535 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitroanokeva.com Sports Hampton 1919 Commerce Dr Suite 290 Hampton VA 23666 (800) 487-8778 email@example.com www.hamptoncvb.com Sports Virginia 901 E Byrd St Richmond VA 23219 (804) 545-5544 firstname.lastname@example.org www.SportsVirginia.org Virginia Beach CVB 2101 Parks Ave Virginia Beach VA 23451 (757) 895-8200 email@example.com www.vbsports.com
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Visit Fairfax 7927 Jones Branch Drive McLean VA 22102 (703) 752-9510 firstname.lastname@example.org www.fxva.com
WASHINGTON Olympia-Lacey-Tumwater VCB PO Box 7338 Olympia WA 98507 (877) 704-7500 email@example.com www.visitolympia.com Seattle Sports Commission 701 Pike Street Suite 800 Seattle WA 98101 (206) 461-5800 firstname.lastname@example.org www.seattlesports.org Snohomish County Sports Commission 1133 164th Street SW Lynnwood WA 98036 (425) 348-5802x12 email@example.com www.snohomish.org Snohomish County offers the perfect backdrop for any sporting event. Snohomish County Sports Commission provides a variety of opportunities for sports event planners to bring their event here. Southridge Sports and Event Complex 2901 Southridge Blvd Kennewick WA 993381 (509) 585-4279 firstname.lastname@example.org www.playsouthridge.com Spokane Regional Sports Commission 801 West Riverside Suite 510 Spokane WA 99201 (509) 869-0299 email@example.com www.spokanesports.org Tacoma Pierce County Sports Commission 1119 Pacific Avenue Tacoma WA 98466 (253) 284-3260 firstname.lastname@example.org www.tacomasports.com Tri-Cities Sports Council P.O. Box 2241 Tri-Cities WA 99302 (800) 254-5824 email@example.com www.visittri-cities.com Wenatchee Valley Sports Council 5 S. Wenatchee Avenue Suite 100 Wenatchee WA 98801 (509) 663-3723 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wenatcheevalleysports.com Yakima Valley Sports Commission 10 North 8th Street Yakima WA 98901 (800) 221-0751 email@example.com www.yakimasports.org
WEST VIRGINIA Life saving sports venues live in Plano. In Plano our team is yours when it comes WRVHUYLFH:HKDYHWKHĂ€HOGVDQGIDFLOLWLHV \RXÂˇUHORRNLQJIRU&DOOWRGD\DQGZHÂˇOOWUHDW you like a champion. facebook.com/planocvb
Cabell-Huntington Convention & Visitors Bureau P.O. Box 347 Huntington WV 25708 (800) 635-6329 firstname.lastname@example.org www.wvvisit.org
ROUND ROCK, TEXAS elcome to The Sports Capital of Texas! Here in Round Rock, we host virtually every sporting event you can imagine, from football and baseball to inline skating marathons and ultimate frisbee championships. Our facilities are capable of handling events of all sizes, and our beautiful Texas weather means that we can play outside all year long. We’re also expanding our world-class facilities with the addition of a new $12-million dollar indoor sports center, which is expected to be opening in 2013. Even though we’re known as The Sports Capital of Texas, there’s still plenty of entertainment, fine dining, and shopping all within a close proximity. With so many activities and year-round sunny weather, there isn’t a bad time to visit Round Rock. For more information, contact the Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau at 512-218-7023 or visit us at www.SportsCapitalofTexas.com.
COME TO PLAY • Old Settlers Park This facility consists of 570 acres and features an 18-hole golf course, 7 playgrounds, 40 picnic areas with barbeque pits, a regulation remote control airplane take-off and landing strip, 7 soccer fields, a tennis complex with 12 courts, 3.3 miles of paved trails, 2 sand volleyball courts, cross country courses, a 3-acre area designated for special events, and a lake which is frequently stocked by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Fish Hatchery. • Champion Fields at Old Settlers Park This facility consists of more than 120 acres, and features 20 baseball fields, 5 softball fields, 18 lighted batting cages, 5 covered playgrounds, 39,000 square feet of shaded spectator areas, and ample warm-up areas outside of the fields. • The Dell Diamond This facility is a fully equipped, state-of-the-art baseball stadium, which is home to minor league baseball sensations the Round Rock Express. • Clay Madsen Recreation Center This facility features a 25-yard lap pool, 4 racquetball courts, a cardio and weight room, and 2 full-sized gymnasiums for basketball, volleyball, and other indoor sports.
• Dr. R.R. Peters Jr. Field at Dragon Stadium This facility features a regulation-sized football field with track seating capacity for 8,800 attendees.
ROAD TRIP Located right in the heart of Texas, Round Rock really is at the center of it all. Only 30 minutes from Austin, Round Rock is easily accessible from Austin’s Bergstrom International Airport and Amtrak stations. We are also approximately a 3-hour drive from Dallas and Houston respectively. With numerous public transportation options from both cities and direct highway routes on both I-35 and 290 it’s easy to get your team to Round Rock.
CONTACT Round Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau Nancy Yawn, Director 231 E. Main St. Suite 150 Round Rock, TX 78664 Phone: 512-218-7094 Email: email@example.com www.SportsCapitalofTexas.com
• Round Rock Skate Park A 14,000 square foot skate park featuring a bowl section with full capsule and pool coping, ledges, handrails, stairs, pyramids, and banks. • Kelly Reeves ISD Athletic Complex This stadium consists of 46 acres and features a JumboTron, seating capacity for 11,000, and a shock-reducing layer of AstroPlay synthetic turf beneath the field.
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WEST VIRGINIA Charleston CVB 200 Civic Center Drive Charleston WV 25301 (800) 733-5469 firstname.lastname@example.org www.charlestonwv.com Greater Morgantown CVB 68 Donley Street Morgantown WV 26501 (800) 458-7373 email@example.com www.sportsinmorgantown.com Huntington CVB P.O. Box 347 Huntington WV 25708 (304) 525-7333 firstname.lastname@example.org Jefferson County CVB 37 Washington Court Harpers Ferry WV 25425-6630 (866) 435-5698 email@example.com www.hello-wv.com Marion County CVB 1000 Cole Street Suite A Pleasant Valley WV 26554 (304) 368-1123 firstname.lastname@example.org www.marioncvb.com West Virginia Division of Tourism 90 MacCorkie Ave SW South Charleston WV 25303 (800) 225-5982 email@example.com www.wvtourism.com
WISCONSIN Brookfield CVB 17100 W Bluemound Rd Ste 203 Brookfield WI 53005 (800) 388-1835 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitbrookfield.com Explore La Crosse 410 Veterans Memorial Drive La Crosse WI 54601 (608) 782-2366 email@example.com www.lacrossesportscommission.com Fond du Lac Area Convention and Visitors Bureau 171 S Pioneer Rd Fond du Lac WI 54935 (920) 923-3010 www.fdl.com Fox Cities CVB 3433 West College Avenue Appleton WI 54914 (800) 236-6673 firstname.lastname@example.org www.foxcities.org Greater Green Bay CVB 1901 South Oneida Street Green Bay WI 54304 (888) 867-3342 email@example.com www.greenbay.com
Greater Madison CVB 615 E Washington Ave Madison WI 53715 (608) 255-2537 firstname.lastname@example.org www.madisonsports.org
Visit Milwaukee 648 North Plankinton Avenue Milwaukee WI 53203-2926 (414) 287-6232 email@example.com www.visitmilwaukee.org
Kenosha Area CVB 812 56th Street Kenosha WI 53140 (262) 654-7307 firstname.lastname@example.org www.kenoshacvb.com
Waukesha & Pewaukee CVB N14 W23755 Stone Ridge Dr Waukesha WI 53188 (262) 542-0330 email@example.com www.visitwaukesha.org
Oshkosh Convention & Visitors Bureau 2401 W Waukau Avenue Oshkosh WI 54904 (877) 303-9200 firstname.lastname@example.org www.visitoshkosh.com
Wausau/Central Wisconsin Convention & Visitors Bureau 10204 Park Plaza Suite B Rothschild WI 54474 (715) 355-8788 email@example.com www.visitwausau.com
Racine CVB 14015 Washington Ave Sturtevant WI 53177 (262) 898-3323 firstname.lastname@example.org Sports Wisconsin CVB 219 Jefferson Street Wausau WI 54403 (715) 355-8788 email@example.com www.visitwausau.com Visit Eau Claire 3625 Gateway Drive Suite F Eau Claire WI 54701-8187 (888) 523-3866 firstname.lastname@example.org www.chippewavalley.net
Wisconsin Dells Visitor & Convention Bureau P.O. Box 390 Wisconsin Dells WI 53965 (608) 254-7180 email@example.com www.wisdells.com Wisconsin Sports Development Corporation P.O. Box 7788 Madison WI 53707 (608) 226-4780 firstname.lastname@example.org www.sportsinwisconsin.com
SNOHOMISH COUNTY, WASHINGTON ocated in the beautiful Pacific Northwest, Snohomish County, Washington, is 17 miles north of Seattle. Bordered on the west by Puget Sound and on the east by the Cascade Mountains, Snohomish County offers the perfect backdrop for any sporting event. Snohomish County Sports Commission provides a variety of opportunities for sports event planners to bring their event here. We will provide connections for funding opportunities, event organization, hotel accommodations, and venues to make the event successful. Snohomish County has event venues for a variety of individual and team sports from basketball to softball, soccer to ice hockey, golf to volleyball, equestrian events to triathlons. Snohomish County is rich in sports tradition for year-round athletic events. We have 25 softball fields, 15 baseball fields, and 20 soccer fields located throughout the
COME TO PLAY • Comcast Arena at Everett A 10,000-seat venue with two sheets of NHL-sized ice and hosts a variety of events including basketball, figure skating, gymnastics, rodeos, and volleyball. • Skykomish River Park A multi-purpose sports complex for baseball, softball, soccer, Ultimate Frisbee, concerts, and dog shows. • Lake Stevens Community Park The community park has 4 grass soccer fields and 3 baseball/ softball fields with plenty of parking.
county as well as several multi-use sports complexes. Snohomish County is rich in sports tradition for year-round athletic events. We have hosted Skate America, Kellogg’s Pacific Rim Gymnastics Championships, MasterCraft Pro Wakeboard Tour, and NSA Girls Fastpitch Western World Series. Close to everything. Far from ordinary®
ROAD TRIP Located 17 miles north of downtown Seattle and 40 miles north of Seattle-Tacoma International Airport. Located 113 miles south of Vancouver, B.C., Canada. Amtrak Stations are located in Edmonds and Everett. Two Washington State ferry terminals are located in Edmonds and Mukilteo. Conveniently located, Interstate 5 and Interstate 405 provide easy access to any of the Snohomish County sports facilities.
CONTACT Snohomish County Sports Commission Rich Huebner Phone: 888-338-0976 ext. 21 Sports Sales Manager Email: email@example.com 1133 164th Street SW, Suite 204 www.snohomish.org Lynnwood, WA 98087
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