Held at the United Center Sept. 21-23, 2018, the Laver Cup—a men’s tennis tournament pitting six top European players against six of their counterparts—marked the first time this major event has been held in the United States. Total event attendance was more than 93,000 people, with fans from around the world traveling to Chicago for an unforgettable experience with the game’s best players. “The Laver Cup was a huge win for Chicago,” says Kara Bachman, executive director of the Chicago Sports Commission. “To have Roger Federer, Novak Djokovic and the athletes of Team Europe and Team World compete at the United Center was a great showcase for the city.” Over three days, 12 live matches took place, recorded by 54 cameras. ESPN and Tennis Channel were both live at the event, which was broadcast in more than 200 countries and streamed worldwide through Amazon Prime Video.
The smiling faces say it all: it’s great to be together again! In late June, the Reno-Sparks Convention and Visitors Authority welcomed 18 executive meeting planners from across the country to the destination, marking the first assembly of a new customer advisory board (CAB) focused on meetings, conventions and trade shows.