SPG’s State Guide to Sports in Oregon

If you’re an experienced event planner, you’ve probably read a thousand of these letters by now. Every city and every state thinks they’re special, right? They’ve all got sparkling new venues, superior hotels and endless visitor attractions. Well, here in Oregon, we’ve got all that too. But that’s not what makes us special.

There’s an intense spirit of sport that flows through our entire state, from the bright lights of Portland to the windswept shores of Bandon Dunes; from the stunningly scenic Columbia River Gorge – home to the world’s best windsurfing and kiteboarding – to Smith Rock in Terrebonne, one of the greatest rock climbing areas in the country.

Our coastline is home to remarkable dunes and beaches, while the temperate climate of the Willamette Valley allows for tournament play year-round. Come to Oregon, where you can go surfing in the Pacific Ocean in the morning, ski on Mt. Hood in the afternoon, and enjoy tax-free shopping in all of our stores, all in the same day. Can you imagine running a half marathon through the lush vineyards of world-class Oregon wine country in the morning and then being inspired by jaw-dropping scenic wonders like Crater Lake and the Painted Hills the next morning? We don’t imagine it, we live it!

Sport Oregon and its partners across the state are committed to bringing you an exceptional event. We’re fully engaged with you, from the bid stage through the planning process to event execution. This is why we break attendance records for events like the NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals and earn unprecedented praise for staging best-in-class events like the U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, USA Fencing North American Cup, and the USA BMS Great Northwest Nationals. And this is why, in 2021, Oregon will host the IAAF World Track & Field Championships, held in the United States for the first time ever.

But we’re not stopping there. We’re looking for every possible opportunity to bring the best in sport to our state. So, give us a shot. If you’d like to explore options for bringing your next event to Oregon, e-mail me at jim@sportoregon.org, and we’ll quickly figure out if we can make it happen. Consider this your formal invitation – please join us as we celebrate the magnificent spirit of sport in the state that we are so fortunate to call home.


Jim Etzel
CEO – Sport Oregon

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