Situated on the Upper Chesapeake Bay and easily accessible to visitors from all over the region, Cecil County boasts a premier sports destination offering opportunities for all.
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.
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.”
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.