Collegiate Sporting Teams come to PBC for Spring Break

March 16, 2009

Hundreds of Collegiate Sporting Teams come to
Palm Beach County for Spring Break

Over 5,200 Room Nights Projected in March

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission works diligently to attract collegiate sporting teams to the County to practice during their spring break. Three such events; The Palm Beach Challenge, Spring Fling and the inaugural FAU Spring Break Golf Championships will produce an estimated 5,200 room nights for Palm Beach County hoteliers during the month of March, and have a $3.7 million economic impact on the County.

The Palm Beach Challenge College Baseball event will attract over 60 NCAA Division I, II and junior college baseball teams competing at the Santaluces Sports Complex from 15 different states and Canada.

Over 120 games, with up to 17 games per day, will be played beginning Feb. 27. Among the notable Division I teams are nationally ranked Ohio State, Pittsburgh, and Penn State.
Last year, 41 Challenge participants were drafted by Major League Baseball in the annual first year player draft.

Spring Fling, one of the nation’s top lacrosse events embarks on its 6th consecutive year in Palm Beach County. In 2004, the event moved from Panama City Beach to take advantage of Palm Beach County’s incredible tropical weather, strong facilities, and more efficient transportation and support. These benefits have resulted in a doubling of the number of participating teams since moving to Palm Beach County. This year, Spring Fling will attract over 70 NCAA Division I, II, and III schools along with some elite prep schools. The schools will participate in scrimmages and official NCAA sanctioned events. Many of the top lacrosse programs in the country have competed at Spring Fling, including Final Four teams from all three NCAA collegiate divisions.

This event runs March 1 - March 28, and is being held at several locations, including Mirasol Park in Palm Beach Gardens, Lake Lytal in West Palm Beach, Katz Field in Royal Palm Beach and Village Park in Wellington.

In its first year of what promises to become an annual event, Florida Atlantic University will be hosting the FAU Spring Break Golf Championships at the Gleneagles Country Club in Delray Beach on March 27 - 29. Prior to the start of the tournament on March 26th, Florida Atlantic University will host a College Amateur Tournament, offering a chance to golf with top collegiate athletes. Fourteen NCAA Division I schools will be participating in this year’s event including the University of Illinois, the #1 ranked team in the country. Other notable schools participating include Michigan, Notre Dame, Marquette and Missouri, representing the Big 10, Big East, and Big 12 conferences. With Palm Beach County’s climate and pristine golf courses, collegiate golf has a chance to grow to the levels that are enjoyed by baseball and lacrosse. Palm Beach County is truly becoming a cluster for collegiate spring training sports.

Palm Beach County’s climate, great sports facilities and amenities help the Sports Commission sell the concept of “Just Bring Your Game.”

For more information on the Palm Beach Challenge go to
Contact Michael Zeff at 561- 502-2085 or

For more information on Spring Fling go to
Contact Gene DeLorenzo at

For more information on the FAU Spring Break Golf Championships go to
Contact Angelo Sands at 561-756-3347 or

Just Bring Your Game