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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

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Maryland Sports Unveils New Video

In FY16, Maryland Sports touched 317 events generating $176,641,000 in direct spending. But this is only the beginning and we are working to make the coming years bigger and better than ever.

Terry Hasseltine, the Executive Director of Maryland Sports stressed the importance of the video to highlight Maryland as a world-class sports destination.  “The video highlights the continued focus of Maryland Sports to promote Maryland as a sports destination and to highlight the strategic alliances we have created in order to achieve that goal. At the same time, emphasizing the importance of the sports tourism industry in the State of Maryland.”

Frank J. DeFrancis Dash, Jim McKay Maryland Million reviving Racing in Maryland

The Frank J. DeFrancis Memorial Dash, a yearly event at Laurel Park racetrack, ran on November 14th in Prince George’s County. Hailed as one of the most elite sprints in the country, the DeFrancis Dash features top thoroughbred horses age three and older competing over a distance of six furlongs. Saturday marked the 24th running of the Memorial Dash.

DeFrancis Dash Pic 1The race was named after the late Frank J. DeFrancis, who had taken over as Chief Executive Officer of Laurel Park racetrack in 1984. As CEO of the racetrack, he was determined to change the magnitude and impact of thoroughbred racing in Maryland. The year following his death in 1989, the first inaugural DeFrancis Dash was created in 1990 and held at the Pimlico Race Course. The following year the “Dash” was moved to Laurel Park, and every year since then, has been a huge success.  Continue reading

The Preakness– More than a Boon for Baltimore

Maryland’s annual “Super Bowl” (so called because of its significant economic impact and viewership) involves many more facilities than just Pimlico. The pageantry of Preakness engages many aspects of the Maryland horse industry. And it provides the focus for a week’s worth of activities celebrated by fans and families alike.

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A Day for the Horses

With so many sporting events going on around the state this weekend, I, of course, picked the wrong one to attend.  As a proud Maryland alum, I chose to head down to College Park for, what I thought would be, a good football game between Temple and Maryland.  Instead, I watched my beloved Terps get drubbed by a surprisingly good Temple team.  I should have stayed closer to home and headed up to Shawan Downs in Hunt Valley for the 11th annual Legacy Chase.

With the recent poor weather playing a factor, organizers were forecasting a crowd of about 5,000 people for the race.  Instead, the bad weather held off and an estimated 8,000 people showed up for a day of fun, low-key horse racing.  The only cost was a $30 parking fee that went directly to the Greater Baltimore Medical Center in Towson.

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