Maryland: Here to Play

To help achieve this mission it created TEAM Maryland, a statewide initiative designed to collectively market Maryland to the entire sports industry by creating a synergistic approach to the way it markets ALL of Maryland as a sports destination.

Maryland’s Top Facilities

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Baltimore Convention Center

The Convention Center is conveniently located in the heart of downtown and close to public transportation. The premier, 1.2-million-square-foot venue is equipped with state-of-the-art technology and can accommodate any number of sports events.

UMBC − Retriever Activities Center and Arena

Home of the UMBC men’s and women’s basketball and women’s volleyball, the RAC Arena is a top-of-the-line sports facility in Baltimore. It has played host to numerous basketball and volleyball events, and is also equipped with a 1/10-mile indoor track. It has seating for 4,024 spectators.

Cedar Lane Regional Park

Located in Harford County, Cedar Lane Regional Park is a premier 110-acre, multi-sport complex used for local, regional and national events, like the 2014 US Lacrosse Women’s National Tournament.

Mount St. Mary’s −Knott Arena

Located in Emmitsburg, Knott Arena serves as the home of Mount St. Mary’s University’s men’s and women’s basketball teams. Seating is available for 3,500-5,000 fans, depending on the event.

Henry S. Parker Athletic Complex

A premier sports facility in Salisbury, the complex features four softball fields (three lighted), a lighted baseball diamond, four lighted Bermuda Turf utility fields and free parking for 720 cars. It has hosted events like the ASA Women’s Major Modified, USSSA Girls’ Fast Pitch, USSSA Baseball and NSA Men’s Fast Pitch.

Chesapeake BMX at Severn/Danza Park

Ideally located in Central Maryland, this highly credited BMX race track is perfect for any BMX competition. Past events include the USA BMX 2013 East Coast Nationals.

Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center

Located in National Harbor along the shores of the Potomac River, the 470,000-square-foot convention center serves as a multi-sport venue. It can accommodate a wide variety of sports, from cheerleading and gymnastics to basketball and wrestling.

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Ocean City Inlet

The Ocean City Inlet has always been a great fishing destination. In early August, it plays host to one the biggest fishing tournaments in the world, the White Marlin Open. It is also the perfect area for commercial and recreational fishing, as well as sailing, kayaking and boating. The Inlet has served as the backdrop for three record-setting Dew Tour Beach stops since 2011.

Bryantown Sports Complex

This elite sports venue is made up of 15 soccer fields that can accommodate all age divisions and large-scale tournaments such as the Southern Maryland Classic held each June.

Adventure Sports Center International

Home of the 2014 ICF Canoe Slalom world Championships, ASCI was built in 1998 and is situated at the top of Wisp Resort. Its manmade river channel is the world’s only mountaintop whitewater course.

Attractions

If you’re playing in Baltimore, check out the Inner Harbor, one of the most visited places in the city. It is home to world-class restaurants and shopping, nightlife, and attractions like the National Aquarium, Maryland Science Center and Port Discovery Children’s Museum. Camden Yard Sports Complex, also in Baltimore, comprises Oriole Park and M&T Bank Stadium, which hosts games for baseball’s Baltimore Orioles and football’s Baltimore Ravens. Guests can also visit the Maryland Zoo and see over 2,000 animal species.

A 15-minute drive from the nation’s capital, National Harbor offers 350 acres of excitement, with numerous shops and restaurants, and spectacular views of downtown D.C. and Old Town Alexandria. It is home to the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center.

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Wisp Resort is the only four-season recreational resort in Maryland, with 132 skiable acres to amuse winter sports enthusiasts. It also offers hiking, biking, golfing and fishing. Deep Creek Lake is another outdoor recreation mecca. It is the largest inland body of water in Maryland, covering about 3,900 acres. Guests can fish, kayak, canoe, swim and wakeboard.

Ocean City and its Boardwalk are must-see attractions for any team coming to Worcester County. Ocean City is known for its fishing, but also boasts beaches, great shopping and elite golfing facilities. Further inland, in Columbia, visitors can enjoy a show at Merriweather Post Pavilion, a 40-acre plot of land that hosts big-name bands and local acts.

Historic Annapolis, home to the U.S. Naval Academy, has more colonial buildings than any other city in the country, and its streetscapes are sure to charm any visitor.

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Ideally situated in the Mid-Atlantic region around the nation’s capital and other major metropolitan media markets, Maryland is the state to host your next sporting event. From the mountains to the beaches, and every arena, roadway, raceway, court, field, course, pitch and rink in between, Maryland is Here to Play. Whether you are looking for a dedicated curling rink, polo fields and pools, shooting ranges, asphalt and dirt for motorsports, award-winning golf courses, futsal courts, trials, courses, tracks and rings for equine competition, a completely adjustable whitewater course or world-class stadiums, Maryland has it.

The Maryland Office of Sports has experienced great success in the first five years of evolution, as it has engaged in $1-billion-plus worth of economic impact opportunities. Maryland has hosted the highest-attended Dew Tour stop in Ocean City and multiple, sold-out soccer matches at M&T Bank Stadium.

Five years have also brought great success, as MOS has facilitated efforts to bring in an IRL racing series, Army-Navy games, multiple international soccer matches and neutral site collegiate football games, USA Track & Field Championships, CAA Men’s & Women’s Basketball Championships, NCAA Men’s & Women’s Lacrosse Championships, ACC Men’s Soccer Championships, ICF Canoe Slalom World Championships and more.

The Maryland Office of Sports is a 24/7/365 office that works directly with sports event organizers at a regional, national and international level to ensure that they are connecting with the appropriate venues, jurisdictions and key stakeholders in Maryland. Maryland – Here To Play!

Contact

Maryland Office of Sports 
Terry Hasseltine, Executive Director, CSEE
323 W. Camden St., Baltimore, MD 21201
Phone: 410-223-4158
Email: thasseltine@marylandsports.us
www.marylandsports.us
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Maryland: Here to Play
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Maryland: Here to Play
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The mission of the Maryland Office of Sports is to enhance Maryland's economy, image and quality of life through the attraction, promotion, retention and development of regional, national and international sporting events.
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Sports Planning Guide

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