Lee County to host 2016 USA Gymnastics-Florida Level 6, 9 and 10 State Championships March 18-20 at Lee County Civic Center

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Lee County will host the USA Gymnastics-Florida Level 6, 9 and 10 State Championships March 18-20 at Lee County Civic Center, located at 11831 Bayshore Road in North Fort Myers. The meet, sponsored by Lightning City Gymnastics and Cheerleading, will bring gymnasts from around the state to compete in Lee County.

Last year’s event attracted more than 2,000 sports visitors to Lee County, resulting in approximately 1,000 hotel room nights and approximately $400,000 in direct spending.

“We have had great success hosting USA Gymnastics-Florida competitions here in Lee County, and we look forward to offering another competitive meet for visitors and members of our community to enjoy,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Competitions like the USA Gymnastics-Florida State Championships showcase all that Lee County has to offer, providing visitors the opportunity to learn more about our great community.”

The meet will be open to the public, with admission available at $15 per day for adults and $10 per day for children ages 5-12, cash only. Parking at the Lee County Civic Center is $5 per vehicle, per day. For more information on the event, visit www.lightningcity.com. For more information about USA Gymnastics-Florida, visit www.usagfl.org.

Lee County Sports Development was created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, and is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships with Lee County Parks & Recreation and others, the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leegov.com/sports.

 

Fort Myers Miracle will host the 2016 FSL All-Star Game

Posted June 25th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Events, Sports, Uncategorized

FSL All-Star LogoThe Fort Myers Miracle announce that the 2016 Florida State League All-Star Game will be hosted at the newly renovated Hammond Stadium at the CenturyLink Sports Complex. The 55th All-Star Game in league history will be played for a sixth time in Fort Myers since 1985 and will be put on by the Miracle for a fifth time. A three-day All-Star break will commence on Friday, June 17 and end on Sunday, June 19. The game will be played on Saturday, June 18 at 7:05 p.m. “We are thrilled to show off this state-of-the art facility after the renovations and upgrades that have improved the fan experience the last two seasons,” said Miracle Chief Operating Officer Steve Gliner. “This event will be a great opportunity not just for local fans, but also for guests from around Florida and the United States to come and experience Fort Myers, Hammond Stadium and the beautiful Southwest Florida region.” Hammond Stadium and the CenturyLink Sports Complex underwent a two-phase, $48.5 million dollar renovation that began during the fall of 2013 and was completed prior to Minnesota Twins Spring Training in the spring of 2015. Phase I included a brand new outfield boardwalk to provide 360-degree viewing, four different types of seating options, two full service bars and new concession stands in center field. Phase II revitalized the inner-bowl with all chair seating, open air concession stands with top of the line cooking equipment, new third level terrace views,  the addition of the fourth floor SkyDeck, a brand new team merchandise store, the addition of a Grand Entry at the top of the steps, a new ticket office and wider concourses. The All-Star Game will feature two teams comprised of players from the South and North Divisions. The South Division is made up of the Bradenton Marauders, Charlotte Stone Crabs, Fort Myers Miracle, Jupiter Hammerheads and Palm Beach Cardinals. The North Division includes the Brevard County Manatees, Clearwater Threshers, Daytona Tortugas, Dunedin Blue Jays, Lakeland Flying Tigers and Tampa Yankees. A Home Run Derby will precede the All-Star Game on Saturday, June 18 and a fireworks show will follow the final out. A special All-Star Weekend event will be scheduled for the evening on Friday, June 17. More details about the All-Star Game and festivities will be released in the coming months. The Miracle last hosted the All-Star Game in 2009. Then Twins prospect Chris Parmelee won the Home Run Derby and Ben Revere played in the game representing Fort Myers. Current Chicago Cub Starlin Castro picked up four hits and was named the MVP of the game. Giancarlo Stanton was also named to the 2009 South Division team. In 2003, current Major League stars that played in the game included David Wright, Ryan Howard, Robinson Cano, Curtis Granderson and Joe Mauer. The 2001 All-Star Game at Hammond Stadium featured Chase Utley. The first FSL All-Star Game hosted in Fort Myers was held in 1985 at Terry Park by the Fort Myers Royals. Updates and news on the 2016 FSL All-Star Game can be found periodically by visiting www.miraclebaseball.com.

Lee County Sports Development brings NHSGA Senior Showcase Invitational to Lee County May 15-16

Posted May 12th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Sports

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Lee County Sports Development LogoLee County will host the National High School Gymnastics Association (NHSGA) Senior Showcase Invitational May 15-16 at the Estero Recreation Center in Estero. The facility boasts 19,000 square feet of floor space, making it an optimal venue for gymnastics and floor events.

The Senior Showcase Invitational will highlight the best female senior gymnasts from around the country. More than 100 12th graders are expected to take part in the event to compete for individual and team titles. The competition will include bars, beam, vault, and floor performances as the seniors compete for All Around and team awards. An award ceremony will take place at the conclusion of Saturday’s meet to honor the winners.

NHSGA Photo 1The event brings approximately 500 room nights to Lee County and a direct economic impact of approximately $250,000.

“We are looking forward to hosting the NHSGA Senior Showcase in Estero once again,” said Jeff Mielke, executive director of Lee County Sports Development. “Awareness of Lee County is rapidly increasing throughout the country and we are thrilled that our community has the opportunity to host another nationwide event that will continue to showcase Lee County as the premiere destination for sporting events.”

Team and All Around competition will begin Friday, May 15 at 10 a.m. and individual competition will take place Saturday, May 16 at 9 a.m. One-day and two-day tickets are available for $10-$15 and can be purchased at the door. For more information on the event, visit http://www.nhsga.net/senior-invitational.html.

About Lee County Sports Development

Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-LCSD (5273) or visit www.leecountysports.org.

Lee County hosts 2015 FHSAA Baseball State Championships at JetBlue Park May 13-21

Posted May 8th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Events, Media Relations, News, Public Relations, Sports

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Lee County Sports Development LogoThe 2015 Florida High School Athletic Association (FHSAA) Baseball State Championships will return to JetBlue Park May 13-21 for the third consecutive year. The 24-game series is expected to draw 10,000 fans from around the state as 32 teams face off. Last year, local schools Bishop Verot High School, Canterbury School and Seacrest Country Day School competed in the semifinals, and Seacrest played in the 2A Championship game. Lee County and JetBlue Park have hosted the FHSAA Baseball State Championships since 2013.

2014 FHSAA Championships Photo 2The event is being coordinated by Lee County Sports Development and Lee County Parks and Recreation, with support from The School District of Lee County. Lee County Sports Development estimates that the championships will have a direct economic impact of more than $656,000 for Lee County, with approximately $9,000 in bed taxes collected and more than 2,000 hotel rooms filled.

“With top-notch facilities like JetBlue Park and the great variety of activities for our visiting fans and families, we’re thrilled to be back in Lee County,” said Dr. Roger Dearing, executive director of FHSAA.

Admission is $9 per day, and parking is $10 for cars and $50 for fan buses.

The Florida High School Athletic Association is the governing body for interscholastic athletic competition in Florida. It has a membership of more than 780 middle, junior and senior high schools.

About Lee County Sports Development

Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-LCSD (5273) or visit www.LeeCountySports.org.

Sun Conference Baseball Tournament returns to City of Palms Park May 1-5

Posted April 30th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Events, News, Public Relations, Sports

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The Sun Conference Baseball Tournament returns to Lee County for the seventh year in a row May 1-5. The six-team, double-elimination event includes 10 games at City of Palms Park. The Northwood Seahawks, Embry-Riddle Eagles, St. Thomas Bobcats, Southeastern Fire, USCB Sand Sharks and Thomas Night Hawks will compete for an automatic berth to the NAIA National Championship Opening Round.

Last year’s Sun Conference Baseball Tournament brought 408 room nights, $82,000 in direct visitor spending and $138,000 in total economic impact for Lee County, according to Jeff Mielke, executive director for Lee County Sports Development. “This event, held exclusively at City of Palms Park, has a significant economic impact for Downtown Fort Myers,” Mielke said.

Games begin at 11 a.m. Friday, May 1, when The Northwood Seahawks take on the Thomas Night Hawks. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students, with children 13 and under admitted for free. For more information, visit www.thesunconference.com.

About Lee County Sports Development

Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-533-5273 or visit www.leecountysports.org.

Lee County to host Perfect Game Memorial Day Classic events

Posted April 28th, 2015 by Priority Marketing and filed in Economic Development, Events, Hot Tips, News, Public Relations, Sports

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Florida Burn Pennant and Elite Squad Prime, two of the top travel baseball teams in the country, competed in the Perfect Game WWBA East Memorial Day Classic Championship in 2014 at JetBlue Park in Fort Myers. This year, the East Memorial Day Classic will bring about 200 teams in three different age groups to Lee County over Memorial Day weekend.

Lee County Sports Development LogoDuring Memorial Day weekend, May 22-25, Lee County will host about 200 baseball teams from across Florida during the Perfect Game WWBA East Memorial Day Classic. Events will include tournaments for 14-and-under, 16-and-under and 18-and-under teams. Games will take place at JetBlue Park, the Lee County Player Development Complex, the Cape Coral Sports Complex, the CenturyLink Sports Complex, City of Palms Park and Terry Park, along with Charlotte Sports Park in Charlotte County.

The Memorial Day Classic is expected to have a significant economic impact for Lee County, with 8,000 room nights, $35,000 in resort taxes collected and $2.9 million in total economic impact, according to Jeff Mielke, executive director for Lee County Sports Development. Last October, Lee County hosted Perfect Game’s WWBA Underclass World Championship, which brought 230 teams from around the country.

“We’re excited to host Perfect Game’s Memorial Day Classic,” Mielke said. “With top-quality facilities like JetBlue Park, the newly renovated CenturyLink Sports Complex, the Lee County Player Development Complex, City of Palms Park and Terry Park, along with great hotel options and an endless number of activities for visitors, Lee County is among Florida’s best locations for high school and college baseball tournaments.”

Games begin at 4 p.m. Friday, May 22. A daily pass, with admittance to all games during that day, is available for $10, and an All-Tournament Pass is available for $25. Children 14 and younger are free. For more information, visit www.perfectgame.org.

About Lee County Sports Development

Created in 2003 to meet the growing demand for sports development in Lee County, the Lee County Sports Development office is recognized by the Florida Sports Foundation as one of the state’s 25 Regional Sports Commissions. The Lee County Sports Development office leads the recruitment and implementation of amateur and professional sports events and activities in Lee County, with the goal of providing economic impact to Lee County. Through local partnerships the Lee County Sports Development office provides services designed to address the needs of local, national and international sports entities including housing, access to venues, event management, transportation assistance, event promotion, marketing and local sponsorship opportunities. For more information, call 239-344-5201 or visit www.leecountysports.org.