Sports tourism success continues with full calendar
By J.D. Wood, Tourism Manager
A couple of years ago, the City of College Station made a decision that would not only shape the direction of its Parks and Recreation Department but the way people outside our community see us as a tourism destination.
College Station’s city management made the commitment to emphasize tourism as a way for our community to display what we locals already knew — College Station is a great place to visit and live. We joined forces with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Bryan, Texas A&M and local citizen-run organizations to completely transform our sports tourism landscape.
In 2016, the City of College Station will host 67 athletic events with a summer schedule that includes five state championships, three regional championships, and one national championship.
Our push for more state, regional and national events has already paid dividends as we’ve secured the 2018-19 TAAF Games of Texas and the 2016 American Softball Association’s 16-and-Under National Championship.
We’ll also play host to the 2016 U.S. Youth Soccer Region III Presidents Cup, which will bring in more than 130 of the best soccer teams from 12 states for six days in June. It’s been a dozen years since a Presidents Cup regional was contested in Texas and it’s never been held in College Station.
In other words, it’s a big deal. These are huge events that will attract tens of thousands of participants and their supporters to our community.
Join us this summer as we welcome the thousands of visitors to Aggieland!
2016 Summer Tournament Schedule
|May 21-22||U.S. Club Soccer Cup|
|May 28-29||USSSA Baseball|
|June 4-5||USSSA Baseball|
|June 4-5||ASA Softball|
|June 10-12||IFA/VTD GFP State Softball|
|June 14-19||U.S. Youth Soccer President’s Cup|
|June 25-26||Primetime Sports 7v7 Football|
|July 7-9||Texas State 7v7 Football|
|July 8-9||TAAF Track & Field Regionals|
|July 11-15||Texas Soccer Academy|
|July 16||Jerrod Johnson Camp, 7v7 Football|
|July 21-24||Aggieland SSUSA Softball|
|July 23-24||NUC Sports|
|July 30-31||PB&J Ultimate Frisbee|
|Aug. 1-7||ASA/USA 16U Softball Championship|
|Aug. 12-13||USSSA Baseball|
|Aug. 27-28||Aggieland Friendship Cup|
J.D. Wood has been the City of College Station’s tourism manager since 2014 after serving as lead athletic supervisor for a year. His extensive experience in sports and tourism includes stints with the Dallas Convention & Visitors Bureau and Texas A&M Athletics. A native of Onalaska, J.D. earned both his bachelor’s (2009) and master’s (2010) degrees in sports management from Texas A&M.
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