The Palm Beach County Sports Commission has awarded $159,000 in grants for 17 sporting events to take place in Palm Beach County,
between November 2011 and June 2012.
These grants encompass a multitude of sports: baseball, golf, karting, lacrosse, rugby, running, and tennis, illustrating Palm Beach County’s versatility as a sports tourism destination. These sporting events are expected to provide a significant boost to both Palm Beach
County tourism and the local economy. The estimated economic impacts of these events are more than $60 million in revenue and some 22,000 room nights.
Events include the following: 555 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd., Suite 930 • West Palm Beach, FL 33401 • 561.233.3180 • 561.233.3125
Hall-of-Fame tennis player Chris Evert will be hosting the 22nd Chris
Evert/Raymond James Pro-Celebrity Tennis Classic at the Delray Beach Tennis Center from November 11-13, 2011. The Classic features two days of celebrity tennis, a Pro-Am and a Pro-Celebrity Gala.
The Old Course at Broken Sound in Boca Raton will be the site of the
Allianz Championship, taking place February 6-12, 2012. The Allianz
Championship, a major event on the Champions PGA Tour, features
the top senior golfers in the country. The tournament field consists of 78 champions and tour golfers, competing in a 54-hole stroke play. This event will generate more than $11million in revenue and 1,700 room nights.
The Palm Beach Challenge will take place from February 24 – March
23, 2012 at Santaluces Athletic Complex in Lantana. The Palm Beach Challenge is one of the largest college baseball spring training events in the country. Some 60 collegiate baseball teams will participate. The event will generate over $2 million in economic impact and over 2,500 room nights.
The Delray Beach Tennis Center will host the Delray Beach International Tennis Championships, which consist of an ATP World Tour event and an ATP Champions Tour event, from February 24 to March 4, 2012. The ATP World Tour event is one of only 12 ATP World Tour events in North America. The 9-day tournament is seen nationally and internationally in169 countries. This event will generate $5 million in economic impact and more than 1,000 room nights.
Patch Reef Park in Boca Raton will host The Florida Open International Wheelchair Tennis Championships from April 4-8, 2012. Approximately 200 of the world’s best wheelchair tennis players, representing 25 countries will compete.
The USTA Boys’ and Girls’ 12’s National Spring Tennis Championships will take place at the Delray Beach Tennis Center, the Delray Swim & Racquet Club, and the Boca West Country Club from April 8-13, 2012. This youth tennis tournament is the highest-level junior tennis tournament for boys and girls age 12 or younger.