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.
FootGolf, a newer sport that has created a lot of attention nationally & internationally (i.e. McIlroy v. Rooney Nike commercial), is being added to golf courses all over the state. A close relative of the game the Scots developed, footgolf combines aspects of golf and soccer into one. FootGolf courses run right along side golf fairways, usually in the rough areas of the green. Golf courses around Maryland have started implementing this family friendly sport to their existing course as either 9 hole options or a full 18 holes.
Equestrian sports are embedded into the spirit of Maryland. In 1962, Maryland became the first state to adopt a state sport, naming jousting as the official sport of the State of Maryland. While most people are unaware that the state sport is Jousting, almost everyone is aware that the Preakness Stakes takes place in Baltimore every May. Continue reading
Hosting age groups from current high school freshmen to seniors, the tournament is specifically for players showcasing their talent to college recruiters. Top colleges and universities varied in attendance with schools such as perennial powerhouses University of Maryland, Duke University and Penn State University to newcomers Florida Southern University and University of California Berkeley. College recruiters traveled across the country to check out some of the best competition in effort to draw these players to their campus. Continue reading
It is that time of year again: March Madness spreads south from Baltimore and the Men’s CAA Basketball Tournament to bring the CAA Women’s Championship Tournament back to Prince George’s County. “This March marks the fifth year the CAA will call The Show Place Arena home to the Championship and throughout the years it has proven to be a great venue and event for women’s basketball,” said Samantha Barany, CAA Assistant Commissioner for Championships. At the Show Place Arena, the CAA has crowned Champions which have gone on to the Sweet 16 in the NCAA tournament and hosted teams who have won the WNIT tournament. Show Place Arena has also provided a championship site for athletes who have later been drafted and played in the WNBA. This year’s tournament, which is set to take place from the 12th through the 15th, promises to be filled with remarkable sights, memorable moments and fun times guaranteed. Continue reading
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.