Tuesday, November 21, 2017
If this fall’s activities featuring athletics of all types are any indication, officials may want to consider it.
Just think about the slew of special sporting events that Spartanburg has hosted over the past four months, drawing thousands of visitors and competitors to town:
What an exciting way to wrap up a busy 2017 that included: another successful year of professional football at the Carolina Panthers Training Camp at Wofford College, where more than 100,000 fans got to see NFL stars including Cam Newton up close and personal; and dozens of baseball and softball tournaments bringing thousands of players and spectators to Tyger River Park and other nearby facilities.
Kristyn Hawkins, the sports tourism sales director at the Spartanburg Convention & Visitors Bureau, said Spartanburg County has joined the list of top places to hold a sporting event because of a central location between several major population centers, a collection of great indoor and outdoor facilities, and community partners that work as a local organizing committee, also known as the Spartanburg Sports Alliance.
And more top events are on the way, including national-level USA Softball tournaments at Tyger River Park in 2018 and 2019. And Hawkins hopes the success of the Spartan Race will lead to more opportunities with that organization.
“We have been able to really leverage our partnerships to recruit and host national sporting events,” Hawkins said. “The collaboration between many community partners has been key.”