Busy sports event schedule expected to attract about 40,000 visitors to town this summer

By Gene Ballew, Athletics & Tourism Manager

When those outside the Brazos Valley say they’re headed to College Station for the weekend, many assume they have Texas A&M football tickets.

But wait − it’s summertime, and the Aggies won’t take the field for months.

These days, when people say they’re going to the Heart of Aggieland®, it means sports tournaments. The organizers of those events know all about our fantastic facilities and next-level hospitality. And it doesn’t hurt that College Station’s central location is readily accessible for sports teams from Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, Houston, and elsewhere.

That means summer is our busiest sports tourism season. The Parks and Recreation Department hosts 10 events from May 20-Aug. 28, including state championships in girls fastpitch softball, boys and girls youth soccer, and 7-on-7 football.

We expect these events to attract about 40,000 visitors to fill our hotels, restaurants, and stores. Sports tourism benefits our entire community.

Here’s a look at what’s ahead:

2022 Summer Sports Schedule

May 20-22Presidents Cup State Finals (soccer)
June 3-5Prospectwire Impact Gold Summer Warm-Up (softball)
June 4-5Texas Youth 7v7 State Championship (football)
June 9-12Texas State Championship (softball)
June 16-19Southwest Regional Showcase (softball)
June 23-25State 7-on-7 Tournament (football)
June 25-26Texas Elite Tournament of Champions (football)
July 7-10Aggieland Classic (softball)
Aug. 19-21Texas Summer Showdown (soccer)
Aug. 27-28Aggieland Friendship Cup (soccer)

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Gene Ballew has been with the Parks and Recreation Department for 15 years and is in his fifth as the athletics and tourism manager. He earned a bachelor’s degree in Sport and Fitness Administration / Management from Texas A&M in 2008.

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