Visit Sarasota County: Sports Info

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Sports

Laying the Groundwork for Future Sporting Events

Shelby Connett and Sarah Thomas traveled to Knoxville, Tenn. to attend the 2019 National Association of Sports Commissioners (NASC) Symposium, May 6-10. The team met with over 20 events rights holders and were educated on topics relevant to the sports tourism industry.

Shelby Connect and Sarah Thomas will now be traveling to Destin, Fla. to attend the 2019 Florida Sports Summit, May 20-22. This is another exciting opportunity to meet more events right holders and discuss what we can do to make Sarasota County the future host of their tournaments, races and more! This summit is also a valuable platform to discuss best practices with other sports tourism professionals.

Upcoming Events:

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights

Sunshine State Games Sarasota Manatee Festival

June 1, 2019

June 1, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park, Robarts Arena

Rowing, Weightlifting

160

PBRT Florida State Games

June 1, 2019

June 4, 2019

Orioles, Braves, IMG

Baseball

900

USRowing Youth Nationals

June 6, 2019

June 9, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

4000

PBR South Summer Championships

June 13, 2019

June 16, 2019

Braves, Orioles

Baseball

450

Olympic Development Program

June 14, 2019

July 7, 2019

Sarasota Crew

Rowing

1008


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Networking for New Events

Shelby Connect and Sarah Thomas will be traveling to the National Association of Sports Commission’s Annual Symposium May 6 to May 10. The show will be attended by over a hundred events rights holders. As we prepare to meet potential event organizers, we ask any of our hotel partners to let us know if their peak season (February- April) availability for groups has changed. Contact Sarah Thomas at [email protected] with any comments or questions.

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights

643 Travel Ball Tournaments

April 12, 2019

June 2, 2019

Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, 17th Street, Miss Sarasota

Baseball

1000

FSRA Sculling

April 13, 2019

April 14, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

400

Sunshine State Conference Rowing Championship April 25, 2019 April 26, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 50
2019 Pro-Am Racquetball Tournament April 26, 2019 April 29, 2019 Sarasota Bath and Racquet Club Racquetball 450
Sarasota Cup April 26, 2019 April 28, 2019 Premiere Sports Campus Soccer 2500

FSRA Sweeps

April 27, 2019

April 28, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

1300

March 2019 Sports Team News

Sarasota Picked to Host International Youth Championship

After 26 years abroad, Visit Sarasota County is excited to announce the U-18 World Baseball Cup will return to the U.S. right here in Southwest Florida! In March, the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC) announced VSC will co-host the tournament in collaboration with the Baltimore Orioles, Bradenton Area Convention and Visitor’s Bureau, and the Pittsburgh Pirates. The sports team has worked diligently to bring this event to Sarasota County since early 2017. The event itself will be in September 2021 and bring 12 international teams to the destination, including Team USA which will automatically qualify as the host country. As planning continues for the event, we will notify our partners on any opportunities to be involved.

VSC Sports Sales Director Shelby Connett and WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari following the announcement at an Orioles Spring Training game.
VSC Sports Sales Director Shelby Connett and WBSC President Riccardo Fraccari following the announcement at an Orioles Spring Training game.
The WBSC U-18 World Baseball Cup will come to the area in 2021
The WBSC U-18 World Baseball Cup will come to the area in 2021

Upcoming Events

Event Start Date End Date Location Sport Estimated Room Nights
Sarasota Lanes Spring Bowling Tournaments March 15, 2019 April 20, 2019 Sarasota Lanes Bowling 1200
Mendota Rowing Club Juniors March 22, 2019 March 30, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 48
NFA 7v7 Southeast Regional March 23, 2019 March 24, 2019 IMG Academy 7v7 Football 160
Champions Spring Break Camp March 29, 2019 April 6, 2019 Sarasota Babe Ruth Complex Baseball 210
Holland Christian High School March 30, 2019 April 6, 2019 Twin Lakes Park Baseball 77
The Bradenton Cup April 5, 2019 April 7, 2019 Lakewood Ranch High School Soccer 1200
Florida State Soccer Association State Cup April 5, 2019 April 7, 2019 Premier Sports Campus Soccer 70
643 Travel Ball Tournaments April 12, 2019 June 2, 2019 Cal Ripken, Babe Ruth, 17th Street, Miss Sarasota Baseball 1000
FSRA Sculling April 13, 2019 April 14, 2019 Nathan Benderson Park Rowing 400

February 2019 Sports Team News

VSC Meets the Fans

Spring Training is here, and for the first time, Sarasota County will host two Major League ballclubs in March! Before spring ball, the Visitor Information Vehicle (VIV) crossed state lines for the first time ever to meet thousands of Braves fans at “Chopfest” in Atlanta.

Just days later, more VSC staff joined our President Virginia Haley greeting thousands more baseball fans in Baltimore for their annual “Fanfest.” Visitor guides and destination information was distributed to fans at both events, before many of them pack their bags for Grapefruit League baseball in March. Thank you partners like La Quinta Sarasota, Sleep Inn/Mainstay Suites Sarasota and SRQ Airport for joining us on these trips!

 

VSC visits Atlanta Braves Chopfest!

 

VSC visits Baltimore Orioles Fanfest!

February-March Events

Web.com Golf Tournament

February 14, 2019

February 17, 2019

Lakewood National Golf Club

Golf

500

Snowbird Baseball Classic

February 15, 2019

March 24, 2019

North Port High School

Baseball

3071

Sarasota Invitational Regatta

February 22, 2019

February 24, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing

384

IMG College Showcase

March 1, 2019

March 3, 2019

IMG Academy

Soccer

2850

Spring Fling Lacrosse

March 9, 2019

March 22, 2019

Wellfield Complex

Lacrosse

1260

January 2019 Sports Team News

American Baseball Coaches Association ConferenceDecember was another busy month for sports in Sarasota County. Get involved by checking out our new Sports Incentive Program.

Sarah Thomas attended the “American Baseball Coaches Association Conference” in Dallas TX. Along with the Atlanta Braves, Hotel Venezia and Buffalo Lodging hotel properties were able to participate and spread the word about Sarasota County baseball opportunities. The group met with over 7,000 attendees and fellow exhibitors, which included coaches and tournament organizers. We look forward to attending the show again next year!

Event

Start Date

End Date

Venue

Sport

Venice Equestrian Tour

January 15, 2019

March 2, 2019

Fox Lea Farms

Equestrian

2019 MLS Training Camp Montreal Impact Soccer

January 21, 2019

January 29, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park/Premier

Soccer

643 Travel Ball Tournaments

January 25, 2019

March 10, 2019

Cal Ripken

Baseball

Englewood Pickleball Series- Chill Blast

February 1, 2019

February 3, 2019

Englewood Sports Complex

Pickelball

Florida Youth Soccer Association Region C Commissioners Cup

February 2, 2019

February 10, 2019

Premier

Soccer

Umpire Placement Course

February 2, 2019

February 12, 2019

Ed Smith Stadium

Baseball

Web.com Golf Tournament

February 14, 2019

February 17, 2019

Lakewood National Golf Club

Golf

Snowbird Baseball Classic

February 15, 2019

March 24, 2019

North Port High School

Baseball

Sarasota Invitational Regatta

February 22, 2019

February 24, 2019

Nathan Benderson Park

Rowing