Sports Commission Approved Funding for Seven Sports Events

January 27, 2009

Palm Beach County Sports Commission Approves Funding For Seven Sporting Events Including Super Bowl XLIV
Events are projected to bring $50 Million in Economic Impact and fill 16,000 hotel rooms

On January 20th, 2009 the Palm Beach County Sports Commission Board of Directors approved a total of $76,000 of funding for seven different sporting events, including Super Bowl XLIV. These events are estimated to have nearly $50 million in economic impact to Palm Beach County, and estimated over 16,000 room nights for Palm Beach County hoteliers.

Super Bowl XLIV will return to Dolphin Stadium in Miami on February 7, 2010. The National Football League’s premier event will impact Palm Beach County in a major way. The South Florida area received a $297,800,836 economic stimulus in 2007 from hosting Super Bowl XLI.

In Palm Beach County Super Bowl XLI generated $42,163,885 in economic impact and filled over 6,000 room nights for Palm Beach County hotels. Additionally, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission worked with the City of West Palm Beach to host Super Clematis by Night, an officially sanctioned Super Bowl event that attracted over 25,000 attendees. Palm Beach County Sports Commission President, Don Dufresne, partner at the law firm Greenspoon Marder P.A., expects a greater economic impact and more events in Palm Beach County from Super Bowl XLIV than previous Super Bowls.

In addition to the Super Bowl, the Sports Commission offered strong financial support to attract the Geico Offshore Super Series World Championship Invitational that is scheduled to take place from October 19-25, 2009. Often referred to as “NASCAR on water”, Offshore Super Series officials are working with the Palm Beach County Sports Commission and Geico’s AMF Racing team to make sure that powerboat racing returns to Palm Beach County. This event will feature 50 of the top racing boats in the world. In addition to thousands of spectators, this event is expected to bring nearly $4 million of economic impact and generate over 5,000 room nights to Palm Beach County.

Other events to receive funding include the National Water Ski Championships, the National Firefighter Games, the Birks & Mayors Junior All Star Invitational, Perfect Game’s World Wood Bat Association Championships, and the Palm Beach Punishers’ Women’s Tackle Football Team.

The USA National Water Ski Championships will return to Palm Beach County for the 6th time on August 11-15, 2009. The event will take place at the Okeeheelee Park Ski Lakes, attracting approximately 700 adult and 200 youth participants. The event is projected to generate over 1,000 room nights and $700,000 in economic impact.

The National Firefighter Games will return to Palm Beach County for the 2nd consecutive year on November 2-16, 2009. The event will take place throughout Northern Palm Beach County. Firefighters from across the country will have the chance to compete in over 40 different sports competitions, including flag football, soccer, baseball, bowling, archery, billiards, and power lifting. The event is expected to generate approximately 1,000 room nights and $470,000 of economic impact to Palm Beach County.

The American Junior Golf Association’s (AJGA) Birks & Mayors Junior All Star Invitational will take place from October 9-12, 2009, at the Mirasol Country Club in Palm Beach Gardens. The AJGA will invite some of the nation’s best junior golfers (12-15 years old) to compete in Palm Beach County. The invitational should create over 200 room nights and $75,000 in economic impact.

Perfect Game will bring its World Wood Bat Association Championships to Palm Beach County for the 8th time. The event will take place at Roger Dean Stadium from October 22-26, 2009. This 18 and under tournament will feature 80 teams and over 1,500 players. Major League Baseball scouts flock to this tournament with hopes of finding the next MLB superstar. Palm Beach County should expect the event to produce 3,000 room nights and nearly $1 million in economic impact.

For the first time, the Palm Beach County Sports Commission offered support to a local sports franchise. The Palm Beach Punishers, a member of the Independent Women’s Football League (IWFL) will host three IWFL games at Palm Beach Central High School. The Punishers will take on the Orlando Mayhem on April 18th, the Louisiana Fuel on May 9th, and the Carolina Phoenix on May 23rd.

In December, the Sports Commission announced the support of eight events expecting to generate 10,900 hotel room nights and have an $5 million economic impact.

The Palm Beach County Sports Commission is a private, not-for-profit organization contracted by Palm Beach County to promote and market the County as a sports and sports tourism destination. The Commission brings sporting events and activities to the County, enhances economic impact, stimulates bed tax revenues (with a focus on the off-season), and maximizes utilization of County facilities. 

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