16 in 16 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2016 Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy

21 Jan

16 in 16 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2016Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy


Boston – Massachusetts, which prides itself on championship teams and iconic sporting events, has issued a calendar of top sporting events in 2016.


‘Sixteen in Sixteen: Signature Sporting Events in Massachusetts’ includes longstanding events like the Boston Marathon and the Head of the Charles Regatta, alongside incoming international events like the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the Copa American Centenario soccer tournament. Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) and Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) compiled the list.


“These events contribute to our state’s economy while defining the spirit and pride of Massachusetts,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development. “For example, the 2015 Boston Marathon generated $180 million in visitor spending, while branding Massachusetts as a desirable sports tourism destination. That is a winning formula.”


“Massachusetts has long been a premier sports haven, with athletes and fans traveling here from around the world,” said Shannah McArdle, director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “Our mission is to bring unique new sporting events to Massachusetts to strengthen our reputation as a state of champions.”


Among the special events in 2016 are the Polartec Big Air snowboarding event at Fenway Park; ISU World Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden; the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey at Worcester’s DCU Center; Copa America Centenario soccer match at Gillette Stadium; Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Westfield; US Rowing Masters National competition in Worcester; and the Indy Grand Prix auto racing in Boston’s Seaport District.


Iconic sporting events on the list include the Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden; Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park; the Boston Marathon; Pan-Mass Challenge; the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod; Deutsche PGA Golf Tournament in Norton; the Head of the Charles Regatta along the Charles River; the Gran Prix Cycling race in Gloucester; and the Harvard-Yale Football game in Cambridge. Massachusetts attracts 22.9 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors each year, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.    For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com.






February 1 & 8

Beanpot Hockey Tournament

TD Garden, Boston

Initiated in 1952, the Beantown features four seminal local hockey teams: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University.


February 11

Polartec Big Air

Fenway Park, Boston

The U.S. Grand Prix big air snowboarding and free skiing event features champion athletes of Olympic and World Championship caliber navigating 140 foot high snow ramps.


March 25-26

NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast

DCU Center, Worcester

Four of the best college teams in the northeast play elimination hockey, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four National Championships.


March 28-April 3

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

TD Garden, Boston

The most prestigious figure skating competition in the world, the World Figure Skating Competition draws Olympic-caliber ice skaters from countries around the world.


April 11

Boston Red Sox Opening Day

Fenway Park, Boston

Boston Red Sox opening day at Fenway Park is one of the city’s great traditions, dating back to 1913. This year, the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles.


April 18

Boston Marathon

Hopkinton to Boston

The world’s oldest marathon, established in 1897, draws elite runners from around the world and is considered one of the best sporting events anywhere. 2016 marks the 120th annual race.


June 10, 12, 18

Copa America Centenario

Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

South America’s most popular soccer tournament debuts in the United State in 2016. Gillette Stadium is one of ten US venues chosen, and is hosting three games, including a quarter-final match.  Soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil are in the Gillette groups.


August 6-7

Pan-Mass Challenge


Since 1980, the Mass-Pan Challenge has raised over half a billion dollars for cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Bicycle teams cycle all across Massachusetts.



August 9-18

Babe Ruth Baseball World Series

Bullens Field, Westfield

Top baseball players from across the USA, Canada, Bermuda and the Bahamas come to western Massachusetts this summer to compete at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series.


August 18-21

US Rowing Masters National Championship

Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester

The world’s top rowers, 21 and older, compete in 202 categories at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, which has been hosting regattas since the 1850s.


August 21

Falmouth Road Race

Woods Hole to Falmouth, Cape Cod

The 44th annual Falmouth Road Race attracts 12,000+ Olympians, elite and recreational runners who compete along a seven mile scenic stretch of Cape Cod.


September 2-4

Indy Grand Prix

Seaport District, Boston

Twenty of the world’s top race car drivers compete in this fast paced, multi-sport racing event over Labor Day weekend, with contestants using single-seat, open-cockpit, twin-turbocharged cars.


September 2-5

Deutsche Bank Golf Championship

TCP Boston Golf Course, Norton

The world’s best golfers play here each Labor Day weekend on this acclaimed par 71 course originally crafted by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.


October 15-16

Gran Prix of Gloucester

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

Known as the ‘steeplechase of bicycle racing,’ the Gloucester Gran Prix draws competitors from USA, Canada and Europe, racing over an obstacle course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


October 22-23

Head of the Charles Regatta

Boston and Cambridge

Launched in 1965, Head of the Charles draws 11,000 athletes from the world’s best crew teams to compete on the Charles River, cheered on by 400,000+ spectators.


November 19

Harvard-Yale Football Game

Harvard Stadium, Cambridge

One of the oldest collegiate rivalries in college football, these two ivy-league colleges have been battling each other on the gridiron since 1875. This is the 133rd game between Harvard and Yale.


Visit masportsoffice.com for year round details on sports in Massachusetts.

2016 Copa America Centenario: Group Stage

13 Jan

2016 Copa America Centenario: Group Stage

June 10, 2016 Time: TBD

Foxborough to host two group stage matches and Quarterfinal date; Ticket pre-sale to start in January
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Copa America Centenario organizers announced today that Gillette Stadium will host the historic centennial edition of the South American championship on June 10, 12 and 18, 2016. The once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event will bring some of the world’s best teams and players to Foxborough, including D2 v. D4 (June 10), Brazil v. B4 (June 12) and 1D v. 2C (June 18), one of the quarterfinal matches. In announcing the schedule, organizers also revealed the four group seeds – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States – as well as the cities each seeded nation will visit.
The seeded teams and dates of all matches, including the cities each seeded nation will visit and the dates they will play during the group phase of the tournament, were also revealed today.
As the host nation, the United States earns the Group A seed, while Argentina, as the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas (per December FIFA rankings), will be seeded top of Group D.
In celebration of the rich soccer tradition in the hemisphere and as the most decorated nations in the last 100 years in international competitions from their respective confederations, the national teams of Brazil and Mexico have also been awarded group seeds, and will head Groups B and C, respectively. 
The remaining 12 participating nations will be sorted into the four groups in early 2016 based on a public draw. Details of groups and procedures for the draw will be announced leading up to that event. 
To be among the first to access tickets to this historic event, fans can visit www.CA2016.com. Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available. Current New England Revolution and New England Patriot Season Ticket Members will be eligible to purchase tickets for Copa America Centenario during an exclusive private sale in January. More information on the ticket allocation process will be communicated in the coming weeks. 
The 2016 Copa America will add to the already impressive list of soccer matches to be held at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002. In addition to international friendlies such as the one between the U.S. National Team and Brazil in September, the venue has also hosted matches at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 as well as the 2002 MLS Cup and all New England Revolution home games.
CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have partnered for the historic 2016 Copa America tournament, setting a new standard for inter-confederation cooperation in the Americas and worldwide. The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee, formed by tournament host U.S. Soccer, is a separate entity responsible for certain logistical and organizational details of the competition. For more information on the Copa America Centenario, please visit www.CA2016.com.