Hospitality, venues drive thriving sports tourism industry

Hospitality, venues drive thriving sports tourism industry

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. In 2019, events we hosted attracted about 27,000 participants and recorded an overall attendance of more than 67,000. Continue reading Hospitality, venues drive thriving sports tourism industry

Games of Texas benefit BCS by a cool $8.1 million

Games of Texas benefit BCS by a cool $8.1 million

The Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas attracted 8,461 athletes from across the state to compete in a dozen events here in late July. Only 130 participants were from College Station, which means the rest – along with about 20,000 of their coaches, family members, and friends – were visitors who dropped an estimated $8.1 million into the local economy by filling local restaurants and hotels. Continue reading Games of Texas benefit BCS by a cool $8.1 million

400 athletes reach for gold at CS Senior Games

400 athletes reach for gold at CS Senior Games

UPDATE (2/21): Due to expected poor weather conditions, the cycling event has been canceled. 

By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator

Some senior athletes come out for the camaraderie, while others come to socialize and catch up with old friends. Others just come to experience the thrill of victory.

More than 400 athletes between the ages of 49-89 will go for the gold in the College Station Senior Games from Friday through Sunday at venues across our community. Participants include 345 visitors from outside B-CS and 117 women.  About 240 volunteers — mostly Texas A&M students — will help manage the event. Continue reading “400 athletes reach for gold at CS Senior Games”

Senior Games give older athletes a fun way to compete

Senior Games give older athletes a fun way to compete

By Gabriela Salazar, Tourism Events Supervisor

Each year, the College Station Senior Games attracts competitors 50 and older from across Texas and as far away as Los Angeles. We had 410 athletes compete in 2018, including 339 from outside of Bryan-College Station.

We are thrilled so many visitors want to compete in College Station, but we also encourage local seniors to seize the hometown advantage. You don’t have to be an Olympic-caliber athlete, although the Games have featured former Olympians such as Jim Gerhardt, who competed in the triple jump in the 1952 Olympics.

The 2019 Senior Games are set for Feb. 22-24 and offer multiple events for athletes of all skill levels. The $30 participation fee includes a shirt and access to a social gathering, with additional fees charged for each event. The registration deadline is Feb. 11. Continue reading “Senior Games give older athletes a fun way to compete”

Games of Texas drops $7.7 million into community

Games of Texas drops $7.7 million into community

From July 26-30, 7,621 athletes from across the state competed in 11 sports in the Texas Amateur Athletic Federation’s Summer Games of Texas. The Olympic-like festival had only 225 local participants, which means the rest – along with about 19,000 of their coaches, family members, and friends – were visitors staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, and shopping in our stores. The estimated economic impact of all that activity? A cool $7.7 million. Continue reading Games of Texas drops $7.7 million into community