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.

US Lacrosse Headquarters Grand Opening

This weekend, September 10-11, US Lacrosse will be opening the doors to its new headquarters in Baltimore County. Running clinics, dedications, tours and plenty of lacrosse to watch, there is something for everyone. Continue reading

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.

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

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

Cameron Spencer Getty Images

Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

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

Summer Lacrosse is Heating Up

With the start of summer officially around the corner, lacrosse tournaments around the state of Maryland are heating up. Different parts around the United States are well-known for certain sports, and in the Mid-Atlantic area lacrosse is certainly the sport to watch. In early June, major lacrosse tournaments took place where young players could develop their skills and display their skills in front of college coaches.

One of the tournaments that were held earlier this month was the Salisbury Summer Face-off. It featured different age groups for both boys and girls. James Simmons who is the Assistant Tourism Manager for Wicomico County Recreation, Parks & Tourism mentioned, “The great thing about this event is the venue. The games will take place at Salisbury University – who just won the DIII Men’s Lacrosse National Championship, their 11th Lacrosse National Championship within the last 25 years. It is a phenomenal experience for these teams to get to play on the same facilities that such a storied program plays on as well. That has been a great draw for the event. Everyone knows about Salisbury Lacrosse and it is paying dividends for the event. They know that they could be the next one spotted by the legendary Coach Berkman.”

LAX_tournament_pic_for

Crowd gathers as the first ever Salisbury Summer Face-off takes place in Wicomico County.

Continue reading

Another Exciting Weekend for Elite Tournaments

Every year the SAC Columbia Invitational Memorial Day Tournament has grown in size and numbers, and this year was no exception.  Reaching its largest numbers to date, the tournament reached the peak of what can be supported without expanding into other facilities and counties.  According to Matt Libber, the VP of Operations and Business Development, “the tournament is currently spread over 4 counties in Maryland with over 1,000 games played in 16 different locations on 54 fields.”

Continue reading