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Baltimore is a sports town through and through – home to four professional sports teams, one of Visit Baltimore - Oriole Park at Camden Yards. daytime shotthe leading fitness wear makers in the country, Under Armour, and some of the greatest athletes in the world, like Michael Phelps, Cal Ripken, Jr. and Babe Ruth. So it’s no surprise that some of the biggest sports meeting and convention groups choose Baltimore. Baltimore is excited to welcome the following groups to Baltimore in the coming months. Continue reading

Maryland Sports Aims To Increase State-Hosted Events

According to its website, the mission for Maryland 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.”
For Terry Hasseltine, the agency’s executive director, that means casting a wide net.
While Hasseltine worked hard to bring the 2014 and 2016 Army-Navy games to M&T Bank Stadium and the 2011 game to Landover, Md.’s FedEx Field, and just finished working with Johns Hopkins University and Towson University to submit what he called “a robust series of bids” for the 2019-2022 NCAA women’s lacrosse championships, he’s also excited about an event happening at Fruitland Recreation Park Nov. 19-20: The US Quidditch Mid-Atlantic Regional Championships.

In Maryland, All Athletes Can Find Their Game | Sports Destination Management

With topography as varied as the U.S. itself, Maryland is primed and ready to host any event a sports planner has in mind. From mountain biking and whitewater kayaking in Western Maryland, to marlin fishing in Ocean City, to soccer in the plethora of sports-field complexes spread across the state, to cheerleading and gymnastics events in the Baltimore City and Ocean City Convention Centers, to indoor or outdoor tennis complexes to baseball in no less than nine minor league ballparks and more, the state has much to offer. It’s also accessible to travelers using any mode of transportation. In short, according to Terry Hasseltine, executive director of Maryland Sports, it’s a perfect location, and one planners should be considering in their site selection decisions.

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The Olympics are heating up and so are our Maryland athletes

This summer the world is watching Rio, and we at Maryland Sports are no different. 12 Marylanders are competing in the Olympics, 11 for Team USA and one for Team Jamaica. From the opening

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ceremony we could see the presence of our Maryland Olympians when Michael Phelps (Baltimore) led Team USA in the parading of countries. Continue reading

City Celebrates the 15th Anniversary of the Baltimore Running Festival

Runners and supporters alike took to the streets of Charm City as the Baltimore Running Festival commenced this past Saturday. Since its revival in 1995, the marathon returned to the city for its fifteenth consecutive year. Good Race Photo

More than 24,400 people spanning all 50 states and 29 different countries registered and turned out for this year’s festival. The festival included the traditional full marathon, as well as four shorter-distance races that runners could select instead. A half-marathon, a 5K, a Team Relay, and Kid’s Race all took place Saturday as well, which worked perfectly to accommodate all types of athletes.

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B1G Lacrosse

The official team sport of Maryland is making its Big Ten debut this weekend with the inaugural Big Ten Lacrosse Championship tournament at the University of Maryland. On Thursday night’s game, new Big Ten BIG10member (men’s lacrosse only) Johns Hopkins played Penn State, and new Big Ten member Maryland took on Ohio State.  After two competitive games, Hopkins and Ohio State came out on top, and will square off in the championship game Saturday May 2, starting at 8 pm.

When the Big Ten announced the first official Big Ten Lacrosse Championship would be held at the University of Maryland and that Johns Hopkins University would host the championship tournament the following year, lacrosse fans across the state of Maryland rejoiced. “The sport of lacrosse is embedded in the culture of the state of Maryland,” said Sean Ellenby, the Assistant Director of Media Relations at the University of Maryland.  Michael Mattia, the Deputy Director of Athletics at Johns Hopkins added to this sentiment by saying “the state of Maryland is the hub of lacrosse and there is no better way to expose the other Big Ten institutions, and jump start the inaugural season of the sport in the conference, then to see how seriously the game is taken in this state.” 

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