The world’s largest field hockey tournament will take place in The Palm Beaches for the second consecutive year this November. USA Field Hockey (USAFH) will partner with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission to host the National Hockey Festival at the International Polo Club in Wellington over Thanksgiving weekend, from November 23 to November 25, 2017.
Nearly 200 teams, consisting of approximately 4,000 athletes from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean will visit Palm Beach County to compete in this one-of-a-kind event. The participating teams will contend for titles in women’s and men’s divisions, including women’s age group (Under 12, Under 14, Under 16, and Under 19), boy’s age group (Under 12), and women’s open and mixed (adult).
The National Hockey Festival has a long and rich history with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission. Palm Beach County has been home to the National Hockey Festival on ten (10) previous occasions (most recently in 2016) and is the only Florida destination to host this event.
"We are delighted to be returning the National Hockey Festival to the International Polo Club in The Palm Beaches," said Simon Hoskins, USA Field Hockey Executive Director. "We can all be confident that we will strive to put on the very best Festival for athletes, club and college coaches, umpires, sponsors, volunteers and family members."
The International Polo Club is a remarkable venue that maintains 248 acres of land, consisting of nine (9) polo fields. This site was the critical ingredient in Palm Beach County’s successful bid. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will layout nearly thirty (30) field hockey pitches over six polo fields to accommodate a high volume of games.
In 2016, this event delivered nearly $8 million of direct visitor spending and over 11,000 hotel room nights. Field hockey athletes, coaches, and spectators will be occupying hotels countywide.
"The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is honored and excited to host USA Field Hockey and its National Hockey Festival for the second straight year," said George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director. "The abundance of new dollars and rise in hotel occupancy will be welcomed by the hospitality and business community. Hotels, restaurants, retail outlets, and attractions from Jupiter to Boca Raton will experience a surge of business over Thanksgiving weekend."
Thanksgiving is about rituals, stuffed turkeys, and football. However, the tradition is changing to include field hockey in The Palm Beaches. Don’t miss the National Hockey Festival, which provides a variety of festivities and a family-fun environment at the International Polo Club. The event is free and open to the public. For More information, contact the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3180.
The Boca Raton Bowl, which is scheduled for Tuesday, December 19, will take place at FAU Stadium, located on the campus of Florida Atlantic University in Boca Raton, for the fourth consecutive year. The game will be televised live on ESPN at 7 p.m. Palm Beach County is one of only 35 communities throughout the United States that hosts an NCAA FBS-sanctioned bowl game.
The Tuesday before Christmas will once again be the day for "Boca’s Biggest Annual Outdoor Party" – the fourth annual Boca Raton Bowl," said Doug Mosley, executive director of the Boca Raton Bowl. "This has become an annual holiday tradition in Palm Beach County."
The 2017 Boca Raton Bowl will have primary tie-ins for teams from Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference for the second year in a row. The team from Conference USA will make its headquarters at the Boca Raton Resort and Spa and the American Athletic Conference team will be at PGA National Resort & Spa in Palm Beach Gardens.
"We are proud that the Boca Raton Bowl is quickly becoming a tradition for Boca Raton, and we are excited about the fourth annual bowl game," said Boca Raton Mayor Susan Haynie. "From the moment the game date is announced, we look forward to finding out which teams will play and we enjoy all of the excitement that comes with their arrival and game day."
The Boca Raton Bowl has built an impressive resume in a short period. During its three-year span, three (3) conference champions have participated. This event represents the largest attended collegiate sports event occurring annually in Palm Beach County.
"The Tourism Industry in Palm Beach County is excited to have the Boca Raton Bowl returning for the fourth year to The Palm Beaches and Boca Raton just before the Christmas Holiday," said Glenn Jergensen, Executive Director of the Palm Beach County Tourist Development Council. "A College Bowl game at night, the week before the season officially kicks off in the Palm Beaches, is welcomed news to the hoteliers, restaurants and tourism partners. With prime-time television coverage on ESPN, this makes our sports tourism event a winner for the county, welcoming families and friends from those colleges that earn the chance to play in the Boca Raton Bowl."
The Boca Raton Bowl will generate a significant level of media exposure for Palm Beach County. In 2016, the Boca Raton Bowl generated more than $3 million of visitor spending and over 2,000 room nights were tracked. In 2016, over 1.58 million unique households watched the live, first-run broadcast of the Boca Raton Bowl on ESPN. Palm Beach County was presented on national television for more than 3 ½ hours. This game aired a total of four times on the ESPN family of networks with just fewer than 1.9 cumulative households watching. Most impressively, the Boca Raton Bowl ranked as the No. 1-Rated sports programming for its night (December 20, 2016) and No. 11 for overall cable programming.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will assist with "Bowl week activities," which begin with the arrival of the participating teams on Friday, Dec. 15. Beach parties for the teams will be organized at the Palm Beach Marriott Singer Island Beach Resort & Spa in Riviera Beach and the Lake Worth Pier. The Boca Raton Bowl Luncheon will be held at the Palm Beach County Convention Center. Pep rallies will take place take place in downtown West Palm Beach and the City of Boca Raton.
The Boca Raton Bowl is one of 13 bowl games owned and operated by ESPN Events, a division of ESPN. In addition to Conference USA and the American Athletic Conference, the bowl has a tie-in with the Mid-American Conference. For more information on the Boca Raton Bowl, see its website at THEBocaRatonBowl.com or follow through social media on Facebook (Facebook.com/BocaBowl), Twitter (@BocaBowl), and Instagram (@BocaBowl).
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Keiser University are partnering to host the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) Men’s Soccer National Championship in the Palm Beaches for the fourth consecutive year. The NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship will take place at Hilltopper Stadium and the adjoining Seacrest Soccer Complex in Delray Beach from November 27 to December 2. This event features a total of 16 teams competing in 15 games in pursuit of a national title.
The 59th Annual NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship will feature the top 16 teams in the NAIA. To make the tournament, 32 teams participate in qualifying (opening round) games held on campus at participating schools. These 32 teams are comprised of 24 automatic qualifiers awarded to conference and regular-season champions, and eight at-large teams selected by the NAIA Men’s Soccer Modified Ratings Percentage Index. The 16 winning teams in the qualifiers advance to Palm Beach County as the National Championship host site. The opening championship rounds and quarterfinal games will take place on November 27 – November 29. The semifinal games are scheduled for December 1st. The NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship game will take place on December 2nd.
The NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship will provide a significant tourism impact to Palm Beach County. The 16 teams will bring over 480 soccer players and coaches along with thousands of students, alumni, and soccer enthusiasts from across the nation. The tourism impact will be felt countywide as the event will generate a significant level of visitor spending and hotel rooms throughout Palm Beach County. Last year, the event generated 1,668 hotel room nights and more than $1 million in direct visitor spending.
The NAIA has sponsored men’s soccer since 1959, when its inaugural championship in the sport was held in Slippery Rock, Pa. Currently, 198 institutions sponsor the sport of men’s soccer. Delray Beach is the first destination to host the NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship four (4) years in a row.
Since 1937, the NAIA has administered programs and championships in proper balance with the overall educational experience. In 2000, the NAIA reaffirmed its purpose of enhancing the character-building aspects of sports through the Champions of Character program. The NAIA seeks to create an environment in which every student-athlete, coach, official and spectator is committed to the true spirit of competition through five core values: integrity, respect, responsibility, sportsmanship and servant leadership.
NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship Schedule:
Saturday, November 25: Teams/NAIA officials begin arriving, practicing
Sunday, November 26: Registration and Opening Banquet
Monday, November 27: Opening Round Games at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm & 6:30pm
Tuesday, November 28: Second Round Games at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm & 6:30pm
Wednesday, November 29: Quarterfinal Games at 11am, 1:30pm, 4pm & 6:30pm
Thursday, November 30: Celebration for Final Four Teams at the Lake Worth Pier
Friday, December 1: Semifinal Games at 4pm and 6:30pm
Saturday, December 2: NAIA Men’s Soccer National Championship game at 4pm
*NAIA Champions of Character events for the athletes are scheduled for November 29-30
The Rolex Tournament of Champions, which has been the premier tournament on the American Junior Golf Association's season and will take place at PGA National Resort & Spa from November 18-23, 2017. The 144-player invitation-only field is made up of boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 25 states and 12 foreign countries. The tournament is 72 holes of stroke play and will take place on PGA National’s Champion and Fazio courses. Former champions include Stewart Cink (1989), Tiger Woods (1991), Paula Creamer (2002), Grace Park (1994, 1996) and Morgan Pressel (2004).
The AJGA is dedicated to the overall growth and development of young men and women who aspire to earn college golf scholarships through competitive junior golf. Overall, the AJGA conducts more than 100 tournaments and 60 qualifiers around the country in a calendar year. The success of this organization is evident, considering that more than 300 AJGA alumni play on the PGA and LPGA Tours and have earned more than 830 Tour victories.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has a dynamic partnership with the AJGA. In addition to the Rolex Tournament of Champions, the AJGA Girls Junior National will take place at PGA National in March. The AJGA Preview at Osprey Point, the AGJA at Seagate takes both take place in April and the Daniel Berger Junior Championship take place at the Dye Preserve in June.
In addition to elevating Palm Beach County’s position as an elite golf destination, the Rolex Tournament of Champions will provide an enormous economic boost. The prestigious tournament is expected to generate over 1,200 room nights and $500,000 in economic impact. With over 160 golf courses and optimal year-round climate, Palm Beach County continues to be a leader in hosting national golf tournaments.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission announces “The World Comes to The Palm Beaches", an international baseball tournament, which will take place at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches in West Palm Beach from November 2-5, 2017. The Caribbean Baseball Organization, which also hosts the Palm Beach Collegiate and International Baseball Festival at the Santaluces Athletic Complex in February, invited 15 global teams and will present the inaugural international baseball event at The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches.
The participating nations will send their national team or a club team to compete on this world stage. Each team is guaranteed to play in a minimum of five (5) games. The tournament will feature an 18 and under & 18 and over division in addition to a 15 and under youth bracket. Participating teams will travel from three (3) continents and represent nations such as the United States, Canada, Peru, Colombia, Panama, Bahamas, Dominican Republic, Cayman Islands, Russia, Jamaica, Venezuela and Panama. The tournament begins on November 2nd at 3:30 pm and will conclude with the Championship Games on Sunday, November 5th at 10:30 am.
“The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is thrilled to partner with The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and the Caribbean Baseball Organization to bring this new international baseball tournament to Palm Beach County,” said George Linley, Palm Beach County Sports Commission Executive Director. “The Ballpark of the Palm Beaches is a major vehicle for sports tourism from both a national and international perspective.” Mario Signorello, President of Caribbean Baseball Organization stated,“In my 25 years in the sports promotion business I have never been more excited for an inaugural event. The International baseball community will be playing in The Palm Beaches and will provide an exciting baseball atmosphere for the local community.”
Palm Beach County is home to the largest baseball complexes in Florida, which attracts the nation's largest baseball tournaments. Check out the highlights from the 2017 Palm Beach Classic, which took place at The Ball Park of the Palm Beaches, Roger Dean Stadium and Santaluces Athletic Complex.