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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By Kelli Nesbitt, Parks & Recreation Marketing Coordinator
The ESPN College GameDay Basketball program will be making it first visit to Texas A&M on Saturday, but that’s not the only sports highlight in College Station this weekend.
A total of 441 athletes between the ages of 49-90 are competing in the Brazos Valley Senior Games from Thursday through Sunday at venues across Bryan-College Station. Among the competitors are 372 out-of-towners — including one from North Carolina — and 141 women.
The Brazos Valley Senior Games is another shining example of the city’s growing presence in the sports tourism industry, which has become a significant economic driver in our community.
By Colin Killian, Public Communications Manager
Welcome to our live blog from the College Station City Council’s workshop and regular meetings on Thursday, Feb. 11. It’s not the official minutes.
The meeting is being broadcast live on Suddenlink Channel 19 and streamed online. An archive of previous council meetings is available on the website.
The workshop has started.
Consent Agenda Discussion
The council will vote on items listed on the consent agenda during tonight’s regular meeting. Councilmembers pulled these consent items for workshop discussion:
- Lick Creek Nature Center: The council will consider a $2.1 million contract with JaCody, Inc., for the construction of the Lick Creek Nature Center approved by voters in 2008. The design was finalized in 2014, but construction was delayed until an adequate water line could be installed for fire protection. The project, which also includes extensive site improvements and landscaping, is expected to be finished this fall.
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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.
In academic circles, it’s referred to as parks, recreation and tourism sciences, but the tourism part is usually dropped when applied to typical parks and recreation departments. However, 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 then joined forces with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau, the City of Bryan and Texas A&M to completely transform the local athletic tourism landscape.
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the term athletic tourism?
If you’re like most people in College Station, you probably think about Aggie football games at Kyle Field. But the hidden gem in the local athletic tourism business is the City of College Station’s Parks and Recreation Department. We work closely with the Bryan-College Station Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Brazos Valley Sports Foundation to attract dozens of sports tournaments and events to College Station each year.