November 2018



Palm Beach County Sports Commission
Scores A Record Year For Sports Tourism

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s portfolio of sports events created a record-breaking year for sports tourism in The Palm Beaches. The Palm Beach County Sports Commission hosted 176 sporting events, which produced 244,097 room nights derived from hotels, motels, and vacation rentals in Palm Beach County.  Sports-related room nights experienced a 9% increase, year over year.  Sports related room nights in Palm Beach County grew by 20% over the last two years and by 42% over the last five years.
The Palm Beach County Sports Commission’s portfolio of 16 events represents nearly 40 different sports. This demonstrates the diverse sports  facilities  and venues of Palm Beach County. It’s also why The Palm Beach County Sports Commission was a finalist for sports commission of the year.
During the 2018 National Association for Sports Commissions (NASC) Symposium over 100 applications were submitted to win Sports Commission of the year. Out of those 100 applicants, three finalists were selected by the NASC judging panel, and the Palm Beach County Sports Commission was on that list. Without a doubt the Palm Beach County Sports Commission is heading in the right direction.
In addition to room nights, the 176 sports events created a tremendous level of visitor spending.  In total, sports tourism generating events contributed just over $200 million of direct visitor spending for The Palm Beaches.
The Sports Commission markets the County as a sports destination and recruits, develops, and supports sports events and activities that enhance economic impact, stimulate bed tax revenues, and maximize utilization of County facilities.
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The World’s Largest Field Hockey Tournament Returns to The Palm Beaches For The Third Consecutive Year

The world’s largest field hockey tournament will take place in The Palm Beaches for the third 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 22 to November 25, 2018.
Over 150 teams, consisting of approximately 3,500 athletes and 7,000 visitors from the United States, Canada, Europe, and the Caribbean, will travel to Palm Beach County.  The participating teams will contend for titles in female and male divisions, including girls age groups (Under 14, Under 16 and Under 19), boys age group (Under 17), co-ed age groups (Under 10 and Under 12), and adult age group (men & women).  Over 500 field hockey games will take place during the National Hockey Festival, creating an extraordinary volume of competition.
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 11 previous occasions (most recently in 2017) and is the only Florida destination to host this event.
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 capacity of games. The partnership with the International Polo Club provides a competitive advantage for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission concerning recruiting and hosting major national and international sporting events.
The National Hockey Festival generates a tremendous economic and tourism impact.  In 2017, this event delivered nearly $8 million of economic impact and nearly 10,000 hotel room nights.  More than 40 hotels, located from Jupiter to Boca Raton, have been assembled to offer lodging for the National Hockey Festival’s participants.  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 third 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. There are very few opportunities to host a single sports event that will create a countywide tourism impact.”
Thanksgiving is about traditions, 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. The action starts Thursday, November 22 through Saturday, November 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. You do not want to miss this! For information, contact the Palm Beach County Sports Commission at (561) 233-3180.



Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Fall Classic
Slides Into The Palm Beaches

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission will partner with FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium to host the Men’s Senior Baseball League (MSBL) Fall Classic for the next three years on November 4-17, 2018. The MSBL Fall Classic is one of the largest amateur baseball tournaments tailored for adults that takes place annually in the United States.  Palm Beach County will host the 30th rendition of the MSBL Fall Classic, which has spent 24 out of the past 29 years on Florida’s west coast.
The FITTEAM Ballpark of the Palm Beaches, located in West Palm Beach, and Roger Dean Chevrolet Stadium, located in Jupiter, will come together to offer two marquee baseball stadiums and over 20 total diamonds to host the MSBL Fall Classic. This event will attract nearly 100 teams, consisting of 2,000 athletes from across the United States, Canada, Puerto Rico, Venezuela, Dominican Republic, and Peru.   The tournament features seven (7) adult age groups (18+, 30+, 35+, 45+, 50+, 55+, 60+). Over 400 baseball games will be played during the 13-day stretch.  Teams compete in a round robin format, which is followed by play-offs, to determine MSBL champions.

In addition to home runs and great catches, this event will bring tremendous economic benefits to The Palm Beaches. The influx of visitors is expected to generate nearly $4 million in economic impact while filling approximately 5,000 hotel room nights.



Lake Okeechobee to Host A Regional Fishing Tournament That Will Create Sports Tourism For Belle Glade

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is bringing a regional bass fishing tournament to Lake Okeechobee. The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail District Championship will take place on November 13-17 in the Glades Region.
The Championships will attract an estimated 30 teams consisting of 80 anglers from the Southeast region of the United States.  Each team is comprised of two anglers sharing one (1) boat. This five (5) day event includes three (3) days of practice and previewing areas of the lake and two (2) days of tournament fishing.  On Thursday, November 15th, the anglers will come together for a fishing celebration and banquet at the Lomax Harrelle Pavillon in Belle Glade. 
The Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail produces over 300 bass fishing tournaments annually and is the one of the largest sport fishing event organizations in the country.   This November will represent the inaugural Fishers of Men Tournament Trail event taking place on Lake Okeechobee. 
Palm Beach County and its communities in the Glades Region will capture economic and marketing benefits from this event.  The anglers and their families will provide boost to local businesses.  Furthermore, this bass fishing tournament will be streamed live across the country, promoting Lake Okeechobee, Belle Glade, and The Palm Beaches.
“For many years, Lake Okeechobee has proven to be one of the best bass fishing lakes in the world in both the number of fish and the size of the fish,” said Bobby Eads, Vice President for the Fishers of Men National Tournament Trail. It’s the kind of place that’s on every serious angler’s “bucket list”. Our competitors will come in and make Palm Beach County their home away from home for a five-day period while providing an economic boost to the community.”
“The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is thrilled to partner with the City of Belle Glade in hosting a regional fishing tournament on Lake Okeechobee”, remarked George Linley, Executive Director for the Palm Beach County Sports Commission.  This bass fishing tournament is happening in the Glades Region due to a variety of great partnerships.  The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is joining forces with the City of Belle Glade, the Belle Glade Chamber of Commerce, and Florida Crystals to support this event, which will create tourism for Palm Beach County’s western communities.”


The Rolex Tournament of Champions Swings
Into The Palm Beaches

The Rolex Tournament of Champions, which is the premier tournament on the American Junior Golf Association’s season, will take place at PGA National Resort & Spa from November 17-22, 2018.  The 144-player invitation-only field is made up of boys and girls, ages 12-18, from 25 states and 8 foreign countries. The tournament is 72 holes of stroke play and will take place at 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 70 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.  The partnership has led to a variety of AJGA junior golf tournaments taking place in The Palm Beaches, in addition to the Rolex Tournament of Champions.

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 nearly 1,500 hotel room nights and $1 million in economic impact. With year-round play and courses designed by the greatest architects in the game, it’s easy to see why The Palm Beaches is Florida’s Golf Capital.

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Don't miss the world's largest field hockey tournament this Thanksgiving at the International Polo Club. Over 3,500 athletes, 150 teams and plenty of action! It's time to start a new tradition on Thanksgiving. 

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