Pittsfield Suns Continue Hot Start in FCBL

12 Jun

Strong Start for Suns

Through two weeks in the Future’s Collegiate Baseball League, the Pittsfield Suns have continued their hot start by pushing their record to 8-1 and to the top of the West Division standings with 16 points thus far in the season.  The Suns have lots of players at the top of Wahconah Parkthe league’s stat leaders, especially those with local ties.  Pittsfield native Kevin Donati (SUNY-Albany) leads the league with 3 home runs while batting .429.  Outfielder Zack Smith (Salve Regina) leads the league in batting average at .500 and Scott Holzwasser (Northeastern) is tied for third in the league with 9 RBI’s.  The pitching staff might be even better, as Drew Marino (Polk State) has thrown 13 innings without allowed an earned run and striking out 13.  Cal Slepkow (Clark) is 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA in two games started, while Austin Pope (Fairfield) is also 2-0 with a 1.58 ERA in his first two games pitched.

The Worcester Bravehearts (10 points) are in second place in the West to the Suns and led at the plate by Hopedale’s own Joseph Caico (University of New Haven) and Greg Kocinski (Marist).  In the East division, fans will find a couple of Massachusetts teams looking up at the Nashua Silver Knights (12 points).  The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are just three points behind the Silver Knights despite a four-game losing streak and rely on the offense of Philip ClarkePhilip Clarke (Vanderbilt), who leads the league with 12 RBI in only 26 At-Bat’s.  The Brockton Rox, on the other hand, are on a three-game winning streak and trail the Silver Knights by four points and have been lead by the offense of Ryan Sullivan (SNHU) and Cam Cook (Nichols College).  The Wachusett Dirt Dawgs are currently in last place in the West Division, while the North Shore Navigators have yet to win a game in the East.

FCBL’s First Home Run Derby to Win It

On June 8, the league’s first ever Home Run Derby powered by Blast took to place to Zach Towerdecide a winner when the game was tied after ten innings.  It took place at Doyle Field in Leominster when the game between the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs and Martha’s Vineyard Sharks was deadlocked at 13-13.  The Dirt Dawgs won the derby 6-5, as Zack Tower (Franklin Pierce) provided all the pop, defeating the three Sharks players who took a crack at the league’s new tiebreaker system.

Strong Attendance Start

So far this league, the FCBL is off to a strong start when it comes to attendance, averaging 1,629 fans per league game, which is up almost 500 fans compared to last summer.  The Worcester Bravehearts lead the way, bringing 15,595 fans through the gates in their first Worcester-Bravehearts-1six games for an average of 2,599.  Despite a rough start, the North Shore Navigators are right behind the Bravehearts and average 2,268 fans per game to this point in the season.  The Brockton Rox average 2,143 fans per game, up 700 from last summer while the first-place Pittsfield Suns are averaging 1,738, about the same as last summer.  The Martha’s Vineyard Sharks are averaging approximately the same as last season and despite averaging the fewest number of fans, the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs have seen a slight increase in attendance from last summer.

Current Standings

West Division

1. Pittsfield Suns: 8-1 (16 PTS)

2. Worcester Bravehearts: 5-3 (10 PTS)

3. Bristol Blues: 3-6 (6 PTS)

4. Wachusett Dirt Dawgs: 2-5 (4 PTS)

East Division

1. Nashua Silver Knights: 6-2 (12 PTS)

2. Martha’s Vineyard Sharks: 4-5 (9 PTS)

3. Brockton Rox: 4-2 (8 PTS)

4. Seacoast Mavericks: 4-5 (8 PTS)

5. North Shore Navigators: 0-7 (0 PTS)

Games to Watch This Week

June 12: Pittsfield @ Wachusett, 6:35

June 13: Pittsfield @ Martha’s Vineyard, 6:35

June 14: Brockton @ North Shore, 7:00

June 15: Martha’s Vineyard @ Worcester, 6:35

June 16: Wachusett @ Pittsfield, 7:00

June 17: Pittsfield @ Brockton, 7:05

June 18: North Shore @ Worcester, 4:05

Cape Cod Baseball League Begins June 14

12 Jun

Cape LeagueThe 132-year-old Cape Cod Baseball League will begin play once again this week, with the world’s best young players looking to make a mark on the MLB scouts in attendance.  The 44-game regular season will begin on June 14, with all 10 teams taking the field across the Cape.  The All-Star Game will take place on July 22 at Spillane Field in Wareham.  Playoffs will follow, starting on August 5.  For the last three seasons, the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox have taken the Cape league championship.  The CCBL does not charge admission for games, they will only ask for a voluntary donation.  All players spend the summer with host families and the league runs on the support of the communities which house the teams.  One in every seven MLB players has played in the Cape League.  Below is information about the league in general, as well as each individual team.

Cape Cod League website: http://capecodbaseball.org/

Cape Cod League schedule: http://capecodbaseball.org.ismmedia.com/ISM3/std-content/repos/Top/2012website/archives/Current%20Year/schedule2017.pdf

To follow the Cape Cod League through media outlets: http://www.capecodtimes.com/sports and http://codball.com/

Bourne Braves

Field (Capacity): Doran Park (3,000)

Location: Upper Cape Tech, 220 Sandwich Road, Bourne

Website: http://bournebraves.org/

Brewster Whitecaps

Field (Capacity): Stony Brook Field (3,000)

Location: 384 Underpass Road, Brewster

Website: http://www.brewsterwhitecaps.com/

Chatman Anglers

Field (Capacity): Veterans Field (8,000/2,000 seating)

Location: 702 Main Street, Chatman

Website: http://www.chathamanglers.com/

Cotuit Kettleers

Field (Capacity): Lowell Park (2,500/925 seating)

Location: 10 Lowell Avenue, Cotuit

Website: https://www.kettleers.org/

Falmouth Commodores

Field (Capacity): Arnie Allen Diamond at Guy Fuller Field (8,000/1,000 seating)

Location: 790 Main Street, Falmouth

Website: https://falmouthcommodores.com/

Harwich Mariners

Field (Capacity): Whitehouse Field (4,000)

Location: Harwich High School, 75 Oak Street, Harwich

Website: http://www.harwichmariners.org/

Hyannis Harbor Hawks

Field (Capacity):  McKeon Park (3,000)

Location: 120 High School Road, Hyannis

Website: https://harborhawks.org/

Orleans Firebirds

Field (Capacity): Eldredge Park (6,000/400 Seating)

Location: 78 Eldredge Park Way, Orleans

Website: http://www.orleansfirebirds.com/

Wareham Gateman

Field (Capacity): Spillane Field (3,000)

Location: 54 Marion Road @ Viking Drive (Route 6E), Wareham

Website: http://www.gatemen.org/

Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox

Field (Capacity): “Red” Wilson Field (5,500)

Location: Dennis-Yarmouth Regional High School, 210 Station Avenue, South Yarmouth

Website: http://ydredsox.pointstreaksites.com/view/ydredsox

Pittsfield Suns survive first weekend of FCBL undefeated

6 Jun

Pittsfield Suns

The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League kicked off last Thursday and saw games played throughout the weekend.  The Pittsfield Suns stood out, taking their first four games to quickly jump to the top of the West Division standings.  Kevin Donati (SUNY-Albany) led the way at the plate for the Suns, blasting two home runs against Wachusett on Thursday night, while finishing the weekend with a .533 batting average over four games.  Drew Marino (Polk State) tossed a gem for the Suns on Saturday in their win over Bristol.  Marino went seven innings without allowing an earned run while striking out eight batters.

In the East Division, the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks and Seacoast Mavericks each jumped out to a 3-1 start.  The Sharks actually defeated the Mavericks 12-1 on Friday night behind five strong innings from Mason Hickman (Vanderbilt) and a home run and 5 RBI outing by Phillip Clarke (Vanderbilt).  Clarke is off to a sizzling hot start for the Sharks, leading the league in both batting average (.667) as well as RBI (9).  For the Mavericks, Casey Aubin (UMass) threw six innings of one-run ball in the team’s opener against the Navigators.

Games will continue for the weeks to come, a full schedule can be found here: http://fcbl_stats.wttbaseball.pointstreak.com/schedule.html?leagueid=258

All league statistics can be found at this link: http://fcbl_stats.wttbaseball.pointstreak.com/leaders.html?leagueid=258

Current Standings

West Division

Pittsfield Suns: 4-0

Worcester Bravehearts: 2-1

Bristol Blues: 0-3

Wachusett Dirt Dawgs: 0-3

East Division

Martha’s Vineyard Sharks: 3-1

Seacoast Mavericks: 3-1

Nashua Silver Knights: 2-1

Brockton Rox: 2-1

North Shore Navigators: 0-3

Local NECBL teams begin play Tuesday, June 6

5 Jun

NECBL Logo

The New England Collegiate Baseball League begins play on Tuesday, June 6.  Games will be played throughout Massachusetts all week, as four teams call the Commonwealth home.  Below is a list of the home openers for the Massachusetts teams.

New Bedford Bay Sox host the Danbury Westerners Tuesday, June 6 @ 6:30

Location: Paul Walsh Field, New Bedford, MA

Bay Sox website: http://www.nbbaysox.com/view/nbbaysox/welcome-to-the-bay-sox

North Adams Steeple Cats host the Valley Blue Sox Tuesday June 6 @ 6:30

Location: Joe Wolfe Field, North Adams, MA

Steeple Cats website: http://steeplecats.pointstreaksites.com/view/northadams

Plymouth Pilgrims host the Newport Gulls Thursday June 8 @ 6:30

Location: Forges Field, Plymouth, MA

Pilgrims website: http://www.pilgrimsbaseball.com/view/plymouthpilgrims

Valley Blue Sox host the Winnipesaukee Muskrats Thursday June 8 @ 6:35

Location: MacKenzie Stadium, Holyoke, MA

Blue Sox website: http://valleybluesox.pointstreaksites.com/view/valleybluesox

 

Team USA, Japan Announce Collegiate Baseball Series across New England

1 Jun

Hanover InsuranceCampenelliHolmanThe national collegiate baseball teams of the United States and Japan will play a series of games throughout New England this coming July.  Announced in separate press conferences, the team’s will play games in Worcester and Brockton, MA, as well as Nashua, New Hampshire.  The Future’s Collegiate Baseball League’s Prospect will also participate in the series.

The team’s will lodge at Worcester State University during the series of games, which runs from July 11-18.  Worcester State athletic director Michael Mudd expressed excitement to the Worcester Telegram, saying, “It gives us a chance to showcase our facilities to some of the best players in the world.  Using our batting cages, baseball fields and training centers for a week will be special to this institution.”

The games will start in Worcester and then shift to Brockton before finishing up north in Nashua, NH.  The schedule of games is as follows:

July 11: FCBL’s Prospect Team vs. United States, Worcester, MA

July 13: United States vs. Japan, Worcester, MA

July 14: United States vs. Japan, Brockton, MA

July 17: United States vs. Japan, Nashua, NH

According to the Worcester Telegram, this is the 41st series between the team’s since their first meeting in 1972.  This will be the first series contested in the United States since 2011. According to The Enterprise, Japan defeated the United States in the decisive game of the series last summer under tie-breaker rules, where runners are placed on first and second base with nobody out to start the inning.

“This isn’t just a friendly series either, it’s a battle,” FCBL commissioner Chris Hall told the Worcester Telegram, “Japan is coming in here to win.”

Worcester games are played at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field.  The game in Brockton will be played at Campanelli Stadium, while Holman Stadium will welcome the squad’s to Nashua.  More information regarding exact game times, tickets, parking and other activities surrounding the games will be published when the information is released.

Future’s Collegiate Baseball League Kicks off this Weekend

1 Jun

FCBL

Five local Future’s Collegiate Baseball League team’s host their home opener’s this weekend.

Wachusett Dirt Dawgs host the Pittsfield Suns Thursday June 1

Location: Doyle Field, Leominster, MA

Dirt Dawgs website: http://www.dirtdawgsball.com/view/dirtdawgsbaseball

Worcester Bravehearts host the Bristol Blues Friday June 2 @ 7:05

Location: Hanover Insurance Park @ Fitton Field, Worcester, MA

Bravehearts website: http://www.worcesterbravehearts.com/view/worcesterbaseball

Brockton Rox host the Wachusett Dirt Dawgs Friday, June 2 @ 7:00

Location: Campanelli Stadium, Brockton, MA

Rox website: http://www.brocktonrox.com/view/brocktonrox/rox-home

North Shore Navigators host the Martha’s Vineyard Sharks Saturday June 3 @ 6:00

Location: Fraser Field, Lynn

Navigators website: http://www.nsnavs.com/view/nsnavs/home-page-1128

Pittsfield Suns host the Bristol Blues Saturday June 3 @ 7:00

Location: Wahconah Park

Suns website: http://pittsfieldsuns.pointstreaksites.com/view/pittsfieldsuns/home-page-282

 

2017 Quincy Militia Football Schedule

31 May

Quincy Militia

2017 QUINCY MILITIA FOOTBALL

www.quincymilitiafootball.com

Twitter: @quincymilitia

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/quincymilitiafootball

Contact: Debi Henry (508-651-0256)

Eastern Football League (EFL) Semi-pro Football

SCHEDULE
July 8 @ Home Worcester Mass Fury
July 15 Away Bay State Bucs
July 22 @ Home Middleboro Cobras
July 29 @ Home Boston Panthers
August 5 Away @ South Coast Outlaws
August 12 Home vs. Marshfield Hurricanes
August 19 Home vs. Taunton Gladiators
August 26 Away @ Boston Panthers
September 9 Away @ Marshfield Hurricanes
September 16 Away @ Middleboro Cobras

All Home Games  are Saturday’s @ 7 p.m.
Veterans Memorial Stadium – 850 Hancock Street – Quincy, MA 02170

Admission Prices
$10 Adults/Teens
$5 Children (Ages 6-12 yrs. old)
Children Aged 5 and under admitted free
Veterans: Free Admission
Please show an ID along with your VA Health Card, Separation Papers or DD214
at the gate entrance. Thank you for serving our country!

Concessions
Q-Zone Food and Merchandise Concession
Stands Open at All Home Games!

Eight Teams Selected To Compete For 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championship

17 May

Eight Teams Selected To Compete For 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championship

Eight Teams Selected To Compete For 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championship

BUZZARDS BAY, Mass. —  Eight teams have been selected to compete for the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championship that will be played from Thursday, May 18th through Monday, May 22nd at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Mass.  The Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce will serve as co-hosts for this year’s tournament.

Massachusetts Maritime will serve as a host institution for an NCAA championship for the first time in its 44-year history as a Division III member school, as the New England Regional will be contested at bucolic Whitehouse Field (home of the Cape Cod Baseball League’s Harwich Mariners) for the first time in two years and for the 16th time overall since 2001.  Regional competition begins with first round action on Thursday, May 18th and will continue until a New England champion is crowned on either May 21st or 22nd.  The winner of the New England Regional advances to the NCAA Division III College World Series in Appleton, Wis. that begins on Friday, May 26th and continues through Wednesday, May 31st.

The University of Massachusetts Boston (Little East Conference), Arcadia University (Middle Atlantic Conference-Commonwealth), St. John Fisher College (Empire 8 Conference), Salve Regina University (Commonwealth Coast Conference), Babson College (New England Women’s & Men’s Athletic Conference), Suffolk University (Great Northeast Athletic Conference), Worcester State University (Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference) and Penn State University-Berks (North Eastern Athletic Conference) will compete in this year’s regional championship, and the tournament pairings and schedule are listed at the end of this release.

Tickets for each game of the tournament are $3.00 per game.  All-tournament passes will also be sold on the opening day of the championship for $30.00.

“This is an incredibly exciting time for Massachusetts Maritime athletics, and the entire Academy community is honored to welcome the New England baseball regional back to Cape Cod where it has enjoyed a rich and storied tradition,” Massachusetts Maritime Director of Athletics Garin Veris said.  “I am grateful to Patti Lloyd and the entire Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce staff and volunteers who are partnering with us to make this event a most memorable one for all involved, and our entire Buccaneer staff looks forward to working hard in the coming months to ensure that everyone who competes in and attends the regional championship will have the greatest experience possible.”

“The Cape Cod Chamber/CVB Sports Advisory Panel is absolutely thrilled to partner with Massachusetts Maritime in welcoming the NCAA Division III Baseball regional back to the Cape,” Patti Lloyd, Vice President of Sales for the Cape Cod Chamber Convention & Visitors Bureau, said of the regional returning to the area.  “This event is special in so many ways for everyone involved, and I want to thank Garin Veris and his staff for helping to bring that championship experience back to Harwich for what will be a great week of competition and camaraderie.”

This year’s entire 56-team championship field was announced earlier today, as eight regional championships will take place throughout the country.  The other seven regional sites are Syracuse, N.Y. (New York); Whitewater, Wis. (Midwest); Danville, Va. (South); York, Pa. (Mid-Atlantic); Sauget, Ill. (Central); Tyler, Tex. (West) and Washington, Pa. (Mideast).

Additional information on the 2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional can be accessed at Massachusetts Maritime’s official athletics website, www.mmabucs.com, which features links to the tournament schedules, live video broadcasts, live stats, directions to Whitehouse Field, ticket prices and information on all eight teams in this year’s tournament field.  Fans can also follow this year’s championship on social media via Facebook (search NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regionals) and Twitter (@d3HarwichRegion).

For more information on the Cape Cod Chamber of Commerce, please visit www.CapeCodChamber.org.

2017 NCAA Division III New England Baseball Regional Championships

Thursday – Monday, May 18-22, 2017

Whitehouse Field, Harwich, Massachusetts

THURSDAY, MAY 18TH

Game #1:          #4 Salve Regina (34-10) vs. #5 Babson (25-13)                            9:30 am

Game #2:          #1 UMass Boston (33-10) vs. #8 Penn State-Berks (20-19)          1:00 pm

Game #3:          #3 St. John Fisher (30-10) vs. #6 Suffolk (26-15)                          4:30 pm

Game #4:          #2 Arcadia (32-11) vs. #7 Worcester State (20-20)                       8:00 pm

 

FRIDAY, MAY 19TH

Game #5:          Loser Game #1 vs. Loser Game #2                                             9:30 am

Game #6:          Loser Game #3 vs. Loser Game #4                                             1:00 pm

Game #7:          Winner Game #1 vs. Winner Game #2                                        4:30 pm

Game #8:          Winner Game #3 vs. Winner Game #4                                        8:00 pm

 

SATURDAY, MAY 20TH

Game #9:          Winner Game #6 vs. Loser Game #7                                           9:30 am

Game #10:        Loser Game #8 vs. Winner Game #5                                           1:00 pm

Game #11:        Winner Game #7 vs. Winner Game #8                                        4:30 pm

Game #12:        Winner Game #10 vs. Winner Game #9                                      8:00 pm

SUNDAY, MAY 21ST

Game #13:        Winner Game #12 vs. Loser Game #11                                       Noon

Game #14:        Winner Game #11 vs. Winner Game #13                                   4:00 pm

 

MONDAY, MAY 22ND – IF NECESSARY

Game #15:        Winner Game #14 vs. Loser Game #14                                       11:00 am

Drone Racing League selects Fitchburg and North Central Massachusetts as site for 2017 Allianz World Championship Race

27 Apr

 

North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

 

Date:               April 27, 2017

 

Contact: Roy Nascimento, President & CEO

North Central Massachusetts Chamber

Telephone: 978.353.7604 ext. 225

 

Drone Racing League selects Fitchburg and North Central Massachusetts

as site for 2017 Allianz World Championship Race

 

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, the tourism arm of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce, and the City of Fitchburg are pleased to announce that Fitchburg and North Central Massachusetts have been selected by the Drone Racing League (DRL) as the official New England site of one of its six 2017 Allianz World Championship races that culminate in a winner-take-all World Championship event.

 

“It’s very exciting that Fitchburg was selected by DRL to host their 2017 drone racing series”, said Mayor Stephen DiNatale.  “This selection is testament to the strong partnerships that we have in place here in North Central Massachusetts and our region’s strengths in the robotics and video gaming industries.”

 

“Securing the DRL race is significant for North Central Massachusetts,” said Roy Nascimento, President & CEO of the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association. “Not only will the region benefit from the direct economic impact of hosting the race, but this will also showcase North Central Massachusetts to national and global audiences as a great place to host or grow a business.”

 

DRL discovered the Fitchburg site after meeting with the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association at a national trade show for sporting events. North Central Massachusetts is an emerging sports tourism location, so strategic investments have been made to attract events and exhibitions in this region. DRL and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association worked closely with the site selection team to find the right space for their New England race.

 

“We looked around aggressively for a community to host our New England race site,” said Ashley Ellefson, Director Operations for DRL. “Fitchburg was the ideal location and the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association, the North Central Massachusetts Chamber and the City of Fitchburg were all amazing in support of our efforts.”

 

The Championship series will include six races to test piloting skill and the limits of FPV (First Person View) flight. The races will begin airing on premier broadcast channels, including ESPN, ESPN 2, Sky Sports Mix and 7Sports in more than 75 countries, in June 2017. Each DRL race features 16 of the world’s greatest drone pilots flying DRL’s custom designed racing drone at speeds above 90 MPH through one-of-a-kind, three-dimensional racecourses in venues around the world. The Championship races are an elimination style competition that culminates in a world championship and the crowning of the World’s Greatest Drone Pilot.

 

Given its rapidly growing worldwide audience, the biggest benefit of securing the DRL race will be the national and global exposure for Fitchburg and the region. DRL’s first season reached millions of fans around the world, including more than 30 million broadcast viewers and more than 43 million views of its digital content. The region will also benefit from the hotel rooms booked for staff and media, and the new direct spending in the region by the visitors associated with DRL. Since drone racing also incorporates robotics and gaming, there are also possible educational opportunities for local students involved at the gaming program at Fitchburg State University and at Mount Wachusett Community College.

 

The Drone Racing League (DRL) launched in January 2016 as the only global professional drone racing organization, hosting five professional races in its inaugural season. Founded in 2015 by Nicholas Horbaczewski, a former executive with the Tough Mudder race series, DRL has quickly gained the reputation as the new “sport of the future” with its rapidly growing worldwide audience. The technology company is financially backed by investors including RSE Ventures, Lux Capital, Sky, MGM, Hearst Ventures, and CAA Ventures. DRL has also secured sponsorships from major national brands including Bud Light and leading global insurance brand, Allianz.

 

DRL joins a growing list of companies that have recently selected North Central Massachusetts, including Great Wolf Lodge that selected Fitchburg for its New England location; AIS that recently moved its operation to Leominster; Nypro that chose Devens for the expansion of its medical device manufacturing operations; and most recently the developers of Game On Fitchburg that selected West Fitchburg as the site of their major indoor sports complex scheduled to open in 2018.  North Central Massachusetts also recently received national recognition for its efforts by industry professionals who plan sporting events.

 

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About the North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce

The North Central Massachusetts Chamber of Commerce (northcentralmass.com) is a business advocacy, economic development organization working to create and sustain relationships among businesses and between businesses and the community. With 1000 member firms, employing over 25,000 people in the region, the Chamber is working to foster economic opportunity in Fitchburg, Leominster, and surrounding communities.  Find the Chamber online at northcentralmass.com or on Twitter at @NCMChamber.

 

About Johnny Appleseed Trail Association

The Johnny Appleseed Trail Association (JATA) is the official designated Regional Tourism Council serving the 26 cities and towns of North Central Massachusetts. One of the sixteen Massachusetts Regional Tourism Councils, the organization’s primary mission is to educate the traveling public, tourists, and residents of North Central Massachusetts about the many historical, cultural, and hospitality related sites within this scenic New England Region. Through this mission JATA works collectively with local attractions, hospitality businesses and local communities to market the North Central region as a destination and provide information and services to the traveling public. The North Central Massachusetts region is comprised of the communities of Ashburnham, Ashby, Athol, Ayer, Barre, Bolton, Clinton, Devns, Fitchburg, Gardner, Groton, Harvard, Hubbardston, Lancaster, Leominster, Lunenburg, Pepperell, Petersham, Phillipston, Princeton, Royalston, Shirley, Sterling, Templeton, Townsend, Westminster, and Winchendon. For more information about the Johnny Appleseed Trail Association please visit www.appleseed.org or call 978.353.7604.

Massachusetts Wins Bids to Host Seven NCAA National and Regional Sports Championships

19 Apr

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                            Contact: Michael Quinlin

April 19, 2017                                                                                                     (617) 973-8503

michael.quinlin@state.ma.us

Massachusetts Wins Bids to Host Seven NCAA National and Regional Sports Championships

Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy

 

Boston– The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has awarded seven national and regional championships to Massachusetts colleges, sports organizations and facilities to host events taking place in 2018-2022.   The NCAA’s year-long, competitive bid process included 3,000+ bids to host 600+ events from across the nation.

Massachusetts submitted over 30 bids, winning four NCAA Championships and three Regional Championship events. Locally, the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office collaborated with participating institutions to submit a “Team Massachusetts” bid outlining a five-year plan for the Commonwealth to host these events.

 

Here are the winning Massachusetts bids:

 

2018

  • Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional Championship hosted by Holy Cross at the DCU Center

2019

  • Division III Indoor Men’s & Women’s  Track & Field Championship hosted by UMass Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center

2020

  • Women’s Ice Hockey Championship hosted by Boston University at Agganis Arena
  • Division I Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Regional Championships hosted by Boston College at Franklin Park

2021

  • Division I Men’s & Women’s Cross Country Regional Championships hosted by Boston College at Franklin Park

2022

  • Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Championships Frozen Four hosted by Hockey East at TD Garden
  • Division III Indoor Men’s & Women’s Track & Field Championship hosted by UMass Boston at the Reggie Lewis Track & Athletic Center.

 

“The NCAA events will provide an economic boost to Massachusetts, especially through direct spending at hotels, restaurants and tourism sites,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development and International Trade. “They also showcase the state’s robust sports community, world-class facilities and appreciative fan base, helping us brand Massachusetts as a premier sports destination.”

“We look forward to welcoming athletes and sports fans from across the nation to Massachusetts over the next five years,” said Francois Laurent-Nivaud, Executive Director of the Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT).  “Our tourism and hospitality industry stands ready to give visitors a memorial Massachusetts experience.”

Massachusetts has hosted over 60 NCAA Regional and National Championships in the past 20 years, according to Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office Director Shannah McArdle.

“Our goal is to attract marquee sporting events to Massachusetts year-round,” said McArdle. “We are honored that the NCAA has chosen Massachusetts to host these great sporting events, and congratulate the colleges and sports facilities for winning these competitive bids.”

In addition to the NCAA bid awards just announced, Massachusetts is hosting several other NCAA events in 2017.   This spring, the Division III Men’s Volleyball Championship takes place on April 28-30 at Springfield College’s Blake Arena.  Massachusetts Maritime Academy hosts the 2017 NCAA Division III Baseball Regional Championship on May 17-21 at Whitehouse Field in Harwich, Cape Cod.  On May 26-29, Harvard University and Gillette Stadium co-host the 2017 Lacrosse Championships in Foxborough.  Gillette Stadium is the first venue ever to host the Men’s and Women’s Championships in the same year.

In 2018, Harvard University and Gillette Stadium will again host the Men’s Lacrosse Championships, while Holy Cross and the DCU Center will host the Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Regional Championship, and Boston College and TD Garden will host the Division I Men’s Basketball Regional Championship.

Massachusetts attracted 25 million domestic and 2.5 million international travelers in 2015, according to MOTT.  Visitors spent $20.2 billion on lodging, meals, cultural and recreational attractions, transportation and retail.  This direct spending generated $1.3 billion in state and local taxes, and supplied over 135,000 jobs in Massachusetts. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.

The Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office works year round to strengthen the state’s sports community by bringing in world-class sporting events.   For more information, visit masportsoffice.com.

 

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