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Posted on: November 29, 2021

Surprise Sports & Tourism honored with two awards by Sports Destination Management

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Sports Destination Management, the leading publication with the largest circulation of sports event planners and tournament directors in the sports tourism market, has announced the 2020-2021 Champions of Economic Impact in Sports Tourism Presented by Traveling Teams

Among the winners were the 2021 Perfect Game Fall National Championships Protected by G-Form and 2021 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships that took place in Surprise, Arizona. 

The 2021 Perfect Game Fall National Championships was the culmination of a series of youth amateur baseball events hosted in the city of Surprise between 2020 and 2021. The event was recognized for its planning elements and amount of time involved in coordinating such a large-scale event during challenging times. The partnership between Perfect Game and City of Surprise has evolved significantly over the past two years and the collaboration has focused on providing a positive experience for the athletes as well as increasing economic activity that benefits the Surprise community. The combined Perfect Game events generated 1,727 room nights in Surprise and a total of 2,931 room nights in the region. The 2021 Perfect Game Fall National Championships generated a total economic impact of $5.79 million to the area.

The 2021 Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships saw the winning teams from eight regional tournaments advance to Surprise to vie for the Division II National Championship. The NCAA and the City of Surprise Sports and Tourism department, along with federal, state and local health agencies developed a COVID-19 Mitigation Plan to provide a safe and memorable  tournament experience for all those in attendance. This successful Championship event attracted players and fans from all over the nation and provided a high-quality event for local fans to enjoy. In total, the NCAA Division II Men’s and Women’s Tennis Championships events had over 200 room nights and a total economic impact of $585,661 to the city. 

“We are excited to be attracting higher-profile events to Surprise, which bring visibility to our city and puts us on the map as a premier destination for sports tourism. The positive economic impact from these events continue to help shape the future of our community” shared Director of Sports and Tourism Kendra Pettis.

Both City of Surprise events have been recognized in a special feature published in the November/December 2021 issue of Sports Destination Management. The entire article with full details on all winners can be found online, Read Now: Article on Winners.

About Surprise Sports & Tourism
The City of Surprise Sports & Tourism Department is responsible for managing Major League Baseball Spring Training at Surprise Stadium, shared-use facility partnerships with Ottawa University, major tennis and pickleball tournaments, and tourism driven events, festivals, and sports tournaments.

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