What a great time to be a sports enthusiast in the State of Florida.
The Tampa Bay Lightning have won the last two Stanley Cups. The Tampa Bay Buccaneers enter the 2021 NFL season as the reigning Super Bowl champions and the Tampa Bay Rays are continuing their 2020 World Series success in 2021.
Besides the success of professional sports in the Tampa Bay area, which has been renamed Champa Bay, there are plenty of other thriving sports ventures in the State of Florida.
Through the efforts and vision of our local partners throughout the state, sports enthusiasts flock to Florida to compete in a variety of athletic endeavors. These efforts on the local level, in turn, produce a thriving economy as athletes come from around the U.S. and the world to “Play in Florida.”
Whether it’s the World’s Largest Amateur Volleyball event, the AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando’s Orange County Convention Center, the National Field Hockey Festival at the SportsPlex of Tampa, or the NCAA Division I Cross Country Championships at the Apalachee Regional Park in Tallahassee, these events showcase the best Florida has to offer.
These events showcase local facilities, local hospitality and local flavor to visitors from all ages. The local amenities and the generosity of the local hosts sends visitors home with thoughts of planning a return trip to the Sunshine State.
Through the combined efforts of the Florida Sports Foundation and its 30 industry partners, it adds up to a $57.4 billion economic impact of sports, that produces 580.000 jobs statewide. The 2021-22 edition of Sports Planning Guide is an excellent tool to use to plan your next event in the Sunshine State as well as future visits to everything the State of Florida offers.
Angela A. Suggs
President & CEO, Florida Sports Foundation