• Rockford Prepares for Multiple Sports Tournaments

     
    POSTED November 8, 2016
     

Four large-scale sports tournaments are set to be hosted in the Rockford, Ill., region next year. It’s estimated that the participants, coaches and fans flocking to the area will contribute $5 million to the local economy during their stay.

The tournaments that have been booked so far include: the 2017 U.S. Synchronized Skating Championships, Feb. 23–25; Amateur Athletic Union Midwest Regional Gymnastics Championships, May 5–7; Premier SuperCopa Championship, Jun. 9–12; and the Elite Clubs National Playoffs, Jun. 22–27.

"The riverfront city of Rockford is a hidden gem on the outskirts of Chicago. In addition to the impressive soccer facilities,” says Dawn Simpson, U90C executive director. “There are multiple family-oriented activities being arranged by the local Convention & Visitors Bureau and the Rockford Park District for SuperCopa families.”

These new events are expected to bring more than 22,500 visitors to the Rockford region. The Rockford Area Convention & Visitors Bureau worked with both the Rockford Park District and BMO Harris Bank Center to bring those events to the city.

The U.S. Travel Association has called the current moment the “Great Travel Depression,” in light of the economic effects resulting from the coronavirus pandemic.

 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  

 

Portland will be home to the first Ritz-Carlton in the Pacific Northwest. Developer BPM Real Estate Group is bringing the brand to the city, with an anticipated opening in early 2023. Plans call for a 35-story tower with 251 hotel rooms and 138 residential units, including eight penthouses.