Mid December is an exciting time in the world of college football. The regular season is over, all Conference Championships have been played and with these conclusions come the anticipation of what is to follow: Remaining selections for the nationally beloved bowl games, the highly anticipated first year of college football playoffs and let us not forgot what is right around the corner; the annual Army-Navy game, which is making its way back to Baltimore this Saturday!
In the end, it was Germany hoisting the trophy and ESPN crowing about viewership. But here in Maryland, where soccer enjoys a passionate following (see: Gold Cup, 2013) there were plenty of other big winners. For those who kept spirits high and beverages flowing while the games kept patrons riveted, the 2014 FIFA World Cup was a five week fiesta.
Much of the focus in Baltimore and National Harbor (considered part of the DC demographic) was on the large gatherings in front of jumbo screens during the US matches. You found these along the Potomac at National Harbor, on Westside Park in the Baltimore Inner Harbor, and at Power Plant Live!, the entertainment district just north of the Inner Harbor.
The Color Run (TCR) made its way back to Baltimore on April 19th and was once again a huge success. With over 16,500 people attending it was one of the best TCRs that Baltimore has hosted. Runners from all over came to experience The World’s Happiest 5K and the confetti that took over the festival. Participants ran the course that covered the Camden Yards Sports Complex on Saturday dressed up in costumes and covered in paint. The new course elements like more DJs, Color Ninjas and bubbles were a huge hit. The day was also filled with joy as The Cool Kids Campaign celebrated three children with cancer on stage and tons more on course. The combination of smiles, music, perfect weather and paint made it a great day for all. We look forward to welcoming TCR back to Baltimore in Fall 2014 and hope every event will be this successful. Make sure to check their website for highlights of the event and the announcement of the Fall date.
The Color Run came to Baltimore last year and started a tradition of fun, community spirit and color. For those of you who do not know what The Color Run is, it is a 5K held at numerous locations across the country. The Color Run (TCR) is more than just a 5K though; it’s a celebration of life, happiness and community.
This morning as I took my usual walk through the Camden Yard’s Warehouse to get to my office I noticed something different. It wasn’t something out of the ordinary, something in the air was different. There were more people walking around, more trucks coming in for delivery and more cars in the parking lot. It was controlled chaos. It could only mean one thing when there are more people working at a baseball stadium: Opening Day is right around the corner.
The NCAA Lacrosse season has gotten underway and with Maryland having seven Universities playing DI lacrosse this spring there is a chance that one or more end up in Baltimore for the National Championship. With University of Maryland, Towson, Johns Hopkins, Loyola (MD) , Navy, UMBC and Mount Saint Mary’s all fielding DI men’s and women’s teams there is high quality lacrosse being played all across the state. Each school hopes to make it to the NCAA National Championships this year with both being held in Maryland. The Men’s National Championship returns to Baltimore and M&T Bank Stadium May 24-26 and the Women’s National Championship returns to Towson at Johnny Unitas Stadium May 23-25. Last time Towson hosted the tournament championship game an attendance record was set for a women’s lacrosse match. Make sure you get your tickets soon to hopefully see one of these teams play on Memorial Day Weekend.