Hospitality, venues drive thriving sports tourism industry
By Katie Kwiatkowski, Tourism Events Supervisor
People around the country recognize College Station as a special place filled with friendly, hospitable people and top-notch sports facilities. Those factors are the cornerstones as we attract well-attended, high-caliber events that substantially impact on our local economy.
College Station has become such a desired destination for sports tournaments that we see many events return year after year. In 2019, events we hosted attracted about 27,000 participants and recorded an overall attendance of more than 67,000.
We’ll host multiple events in the spring, including football, soccer, and softball. The frequent rain we experience each spring makes us appreciate the four synthetic multi-purpose fields at Veterans Park and Athletic Complex. Thanks to that worthy investment, we can accommodate sizable events even when bad weather rolls in.
Summertime is always our busiest sports tourism season. This year, we’ll host our most prominent football events in June with the Texas State Championships and Southwest Regional Showcase, Adidas Texas State 7v7 Championships, and PrimeTime Sports 7v7 Tournament of Champions. Softball and soccer tournaments will follow as we move into July and August.
In the fall, we’ll host bocce, softball, and soccer tournaments — most of which are recurring events — before we wrap up the year with the 10th Annual BCS Marathon.
Here’s a look at our complete list of tourism events for 2020:
2020 Sports Tourism Schedule
|Jan. 18-19||Brazos Valley Elite Sports Group|
|Jan. 25-26||Brazos Valley Cavalry Tournament|
|Jan. 31 – Feb. 2||Soccer Youth All-American Series|
|Feb. 9||ODP Pool Training|
|Feb. 15-16||Premier Soccer Spring Cup|
|Feb. 20-22||NFCA Texas Leadoff Classic|
|Feb. 29 – March 1||Aggie Classic – NTFCA|
|March 14-15||USSSA “What’s Your Legacy?” (Aggieland Classic)|
|March 26-29||SPA Salute to Veterans NIT Tournament|
|April 25-26||5 Tool Spring Battle Tournament|
|May 1-3||USSSA Budweiser Invitational|
|May 16-17||US Club Cup|
|May 23-25||STYSA State Cup|
|June 6-7||Texas Youth 7v7 State Championships|
|June 12-14/19-21||Texas State Championships and Southwest Regional Showcase|
|June 25-27||Adidas State 7v7 Championships|
|June 27-28||Primetime Sports 7v7 Tournament of Champions|
|July 9-12||Aggieland Classic SSUSA|
|Aug. 29-30||Aggieland Friendship Cup|
|Sept. 25-27||College Station Senior Games|
|Oct. 1-3||Special Olympics Fall Classic|
|Oct. 16-18||USSSA Budweiser Invitational|
|Dec. 5-6||Southampton Cup – Texas|
|Dec. 11-13||ODP: South Texas Regional Tournament|
|Dec. 12-13||BCS Marathon|
With your valuable support, we can continue to attract significant events such as these to our growing community to fill our hotels, restaurants, and retail shops. When that happens, our entire community benefits.
About the Blogger
Tourism Events Supervisor Katie Kwiatkowski joined the Parks and Recreation Department last summer. She previously served as sports services manager at BCS Sports + Events. A native of Brenham, Katie earned a bachelor’s degree in Agribusiness from Texas A&M in 2016.
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