Worcester Bravehearts Fan Fest Coming April 23

20 Apr

The Worcester Bravehearts announced plans to host their third annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 23rd in conjunction with their single-game tickets and All Star tickets going on sale to the general public. Fan Fest is free and will take place at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field from 12pm – 3pm. Tickets will be available for all 30 of the team’s regular-season home games in the 2016 season, including the league All Star Game on July 13th.

Just as in previous years, the event will feature a scavenger hunt, inflatable obstacle course, and free Fitton Field Franks & popcorn to the first 1,000 fans. A new feature this year will allow fans to “Swing for Their Seats” and have a chance to hit a home run in order to win season tickets. For $20, the “Swing for Your Seat” promotion gives fans five swings against Bravehearts’ coach Kevin Hartigan. If the fan hits a home run over the fence in those five swings, he or she will win two free season tickets for the 2016 season. Even if the fan is unable to hit a home run, the $20 entry fee will be applied to a merchandise or ticket purchase. Current season ticket holders who are successful in hitting a home run will receive free season tickets in 2017.

“We always look for ways to introduce new activities at our events,” said General Manager Dave Peterson. “It’s important for the Bravehearts to continually roll out new ideas that excite different segments of the fan base each year, and the ‘Swing for Your Seats’ promotion is a fun way to do that.”

The gates will open at Hanover Insurance Park at 9:00 AM this year for a Job Fair and Coaches Clinic. The job fair will advertise openings with the Bravehearts in concessions, parking & security, maintenance, and hospitality at the ballpark over ten weeks this summer. The coaches clinic is an opportunity for parents to learn from Bravehearts coaches about how to become better coaches for their sons or daughters who play youth baseball or softball. Both the job fair and coaches clinic will run from 9:00 – 12:00 before the Fan Fest begins.

Fan Fest also marks the first chance for fans to purchase tickets to the Futures League All Star Experience on Wednesday, July 13th. That event will feature a Fitton Ave Fan Fest with live music, Home Run Derby, and giveaways & celebrity appearances throughout the evening. Reserved seats will be available for $15 and General Admission will be $10.

The Bravehearts have already announced two-thirds of the roster that will take the field on June 3rd in an attempt to win a third straight Futures League championship. Eight players from the 2015 team will return, including West Boylston resident Dante Ricciardi (Georgetown University) and Auburn resident Zack Tower (UMass-Lowell). New local players such as Nick Barry of Grafton (UMass-Lowell), Ryan Ward of Millbury (Bryant University), and Peter Bovenzi of Lunenburg (University of Richmond) will also be wearing the navy blue and lime green with the Bravehearts this summer.

Bravehearts single-game tickets are available to adults in the Premium Box level for $9, in the Box level for $8, and in the Grandstand for $7. Tickets for children under 12 are $7, $6, and $5 respectively. Fans will also save $1 on each ticket by purchasing them at Fan Fest, online, or by phone at 508-438-3773 in advance of each game. Fans who hold Bravehearts’ Flex vouchers or gift certificates for tickets may also begin exchanging them for actual seats beginning Saturday the 23rd at noon. All exchanges must be made in person or over the phone.



12 Apr


Championships return to home of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution for first time since 2012


FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The NCAA, Gillette Stadium and Harvard University today announced the 2017 and 2018 NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played at Gillette Stadium, the home of the National Football League’s New England Patriots and Major League Soccer’s New England Revolution. The Division I, II and III Men’s Lacrosse Championships will be played over Memorial Day Weekend, on May 27-29 in 2017 and on May 26-28 in 2018.


“We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018,” said Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group. “We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. I have a son who played lacrosse collegiately and three grandsons who I have enjoyed watching play and can speak to the tremendous growth of the game here in New England. The passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead.”


The agreement marks the fourth and fifth times the championships will be held at Gillette Stadium, where the event has enjoyed a history of tremendous success. In 2008, Gillette Stadium set attendance records for the Division I final (48,970) and the Division II and III finals (24,317). The championships were also played in Foxborough in 2009 and 2012, attracting fans from 47 states and six international countries to the events.


The New England lacrosse community is comprised of 77 NCAA teams, 34,272 players, 809 high school teams and 86,034 registered US Lacrosse members. New England is home to the largest youth lacrosse organization (Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League) in the United States and the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse is the largest in the country with 43,000 members.


“My family and I are thrilled to bring the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships back to Gillette Stadium,” said Dan Kraft, president international of The Kraft Group and a former lacrosse player at Tufts University. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and all of our partners to create a great experience for the players, fans and lacrosse community.”


“Harvard is thrilled to once again partner with Gillette Stadium to serve as hosts of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships in 2017 and 2018,” said Bob Scalise, Harvard’s John D. Nichols ‘53 Family Director of Athletics. “We look forward to working with the NCAA and the lacrosse community to prepare for some exciting weekends of lacrosse at the upcoming NCAA Division I, II and III Championships.”


“We look forward to once again welcoming lacrosse fans from across the U.S. and across the globe to Boston and Foxborough,” said Patrick Moscaritolo, CEO of the Greater Boston Convention & Visitors Bureau. “Lacrosse fans will enjoy exploring and discovering our extraordinary cultural attractions and historical sites, in addition to watching great lacrosse at Gillette Stadium.”


Ticket, hospitality, reunion opportunities and fan activity information will be announced at a later date.





The following quotes on the return of the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships were compiled by Gillette Stadium and are for use as desired:


Chris Wojcik, Harvard University men’s lacrosse head coach – “New England will once again host the NCAA Championships and a great weekend of lacrosse. Our region’s high school and youth lacrosse communities will have the opportunity to attend the games and enjoy the festivities around Championship weekend. Hosting the three-day event will boost the continued growth of the game in New England and expose our region to the best of college lacrosse.”


Lars Tiffany, Brown University men’s lacrosse head coach – “It is exciting for New England to once again host this great event. I know the Brown University and Rhode Island lacrosse communities will be active supporters of the championships. ”


Mike Daly, Tufts University men’s lacrosse head coach – “It is an honor for New England and all of the college programs in the region to be a part of this special event. This is the biggest event in our game and to host it in our backyard is very special.Thank you to the Kraft family for hosting these lacrosse games at Gillette Stadium and continuing their commitment to sports in New England.”






Jim Murphy, Bentley University men’s lacrosse head coach – “Having seen the annual growth of the game in New England I am excited for all the youth, high school and college players to have an opportunity to watch the best of the best play in the NCAA Championships at Gillette Stadium.”


Tom Spangenberg, president of Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse League – “The Mass Bay Youth Lacrosse family, comprised of 20,000 players, 2,500 coaches and over 900 teams from 160 towns in Massachusetts truly looks forward to having this great event in our backyard again. Our families really enjoyed themselves in 2008, 2009 and 2012 and we will actively promote the games to them again in 2017 and 2018.”


Kevin McDonald, chair of the Eastern Massachusetts Chapter of US Lacrosse – “Hosting the NCAA championships in Massachusetts is a feather in the cap for so many people who have helped grow the game. The opportunity for boys and girls of all ages, along with their family members, to watch the NCAA championships will be a wonderful experience for all.”



NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships return to MA in 2017 & 2018

12 Apr

NCAA awards men’s lacrosse 2017, 2018 quarterfinal and final sites

Mark Bedics | NCAA.com
Last Updated – Apr 12, 2016 11:12 EDT
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The NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Committees for Divisions I, II and III have announced the sites for the 2017 and 2018 men’s lacrosse finals and the 2017 and 2018 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals.

Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Massachusetts, will be the site of the 2017 and 2018 Division I semifinals and final, in addition to the Divisions II and III national championship games. These championships will represent the fourth and fifth time that the home of the NFL’s New England Patriots has hosted the event. The championships also took place there in 2008, 2009 and 2012. Harvard University will serve as the host school.

The 2008 Division I men’s lacrosse title game at Gillette Stadium set a record for highest championship game attendance when 48,970 fans attended.

“We are excited about heading back to Gillette Stadium,” said Eugene Doris, chair of the Division I Men’s Lacrosse Committee and athletics director at Fairfield University. “The venue is one of the best in the nation and will provide our student-athletes with a memorable experience. Lacrosse in the New England area continues to explode, and we are excited to bring our event to the area to showcase what NCAA lacrosse is all about.

“It was a very difficult decision for the committee; there were a number of quality facilities and great communities under consideration,” Doris continued. “The committee is grateful to the communities that continue to support and show an interest in the men’s lacrosse championship.”

Robert Kraft, chairman and CEO of The Kraft Group and also owner of the Patriots, looks forward to the lacrosse events.

“We are honored to have earned the bid to host the NCAA men’s lacrosse championships at Gillette Stadium in 2017 and 2018,” he said. “We love to celebrate championships at Gillette Stadium and are eager to host the lacrosse national championship games for the fourth and fifth times. Lacrosse has seen tremendous growth at all levels throughout New England, and the passion and support by fans of the game were evident when we hosted our first lacrosse championship game and set an attendance record in 2008. We look forward to hosting record-breaking crowds once again in the years ahead.”

The 2017 Division I men’s lacrosse quarterfinals will be split between James M. Shuart Stadium in Hempstead, New York, on the campus of Hofstra University and the University of Delaware Stadium in Newark, Delaware. In 2018, two quarterfinals games will be held again at Hofstra, while the other quarterfinals matchups will be at the Navy-Marine Corps Memorial Stadium in Annapolis, Maryland. Hofstra has previously hosted the quarterfinal round eight times, most recently in 2014, while Delaware also held the event in 2014. Navy has hosted five times previously, including in 2015.

For more information on the NCAA Men’s Lacrosse Championships, log on to NCAA.com/lacrosse.

Bring the kids: Cycle Massachusetts has a NEW family-friendly weekend option!

24 Mar

Bring the kids: Cycle Massachusetts has a NEW family-friendly weekend option!

Cambridge, MA – January 19, 2016. It’s been the Friendliest Ride in the East for 10 years now, but Cycle Massachusetts (formerly known as the Mass BikePike Tour) is extending their friendly reputation to welcome a new group of cyclists: kids!

Although families have joined the tour throughout the ride’s history, in 2016 Cycle Massachusetts is adding a truly family-friendly weekend option:

  • Kids 11 and under ride and eat for FREE
  • Shorter manageable tour routes on quiet roads. Ride to Old Sturbridge Village, with shuttle service available in either direction.
  • Evening activities – maybe even a campfire with s’mores
  • Ride to the famous Publick House to pick up goodies at their famous bakery
  • Outdoor kid-friendly movie
  • Saturday afternoon ice cream social

Sarah J, from Danvers MA, who rode for the first time at age 8, says: “Cycle Mass is fun because everybody is kind and helps anyone in need. Cycle Mass is also a great way to meet new friends. If you get tired, you can get picked up by a sag wagon. You can have a snack any time at the rest stops. There are fun activities every evening.

Of course the Cycle Massachusetts tour has plenty of options for unaccompanied grown-ups, and it’s a particularly beautiful route this year:

  • One ride – four states!  Not only do we explore Massachusetts, but we’ll ride the quiet roads of Rhode Island, Connecticut, and New York as well
  • There’s an option for just about every schedule – join us for a weekend, or 4, 5, or the amazing 7 day tour
  • Back to the Berkshires! We’ll explore the quiet roads of this legendary region.  We even have an “Alice’s Restaurant” ride to celebrate the scenes of this famous song
  • From ice cream shops to friendly farmstands to roadside museums, Massachusetts is best enjoyed at a bicycling pace. Beautifully-designed routes feature quiet roads, and you’ll have many options of how far to ride.

We’re excited to welcome riders to our fantastic start/finish location at Nichols College in Dudley, Massachusetts.  With two nights on their lovely campus, two nights in the cultural mecca of Great Barrington, and a night each in Agawam and Suffield, CT, riders will have time to explore the most scenic vistas, visit local landmarks, and savor each experience with new friends.

Cycle Massachusetts is from July 30th through August 5th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available) and all proceeds support the Massachusetts Bicycle Coalition. It’s all available for one low fee – and even better, all proceeds go to support the Massbike.  Your vacation will help everyone in Massachusetts enjoy safer bicycling!

Cycle Massachusetts isn’t just about the bike – it’s the unique camaraderie that keeps riders returning year after year. From a daily “social hour”, to sharing stories over delicious hearty meals, to nightly entertainment or excursions to local attractions, to s’mores at the campfire – it’s like summer camp for all!

“At a biking pace, you can stop and discover so many things you wouldn’t see otherwise – it was really wonderful!”       -rider Nathalie Apchin of Milton


Dates: July 30th through August 5th (2, 4, 5, and 7 day options available)

One ride, many choices!

  • 7 day (Sat-Fri) $795
  • 5 day (Mon-Fri) $575
  • 4 day (Sat-Tue) $465
  • 2 day (Sat-Sun) $175

Where: Dudley (2 nights), Great Barrington (2 nights), Agawam, and Suffield, CT.

Start/finish location is Nichols College in Dudley, MA

How long? Cycle Massachusetts offers two routes each day. The shorter route is between 30-40 miles and the longer route is usually between 45-70 miles.

For riders getting back in the saddle: Riders who want to shorten their distance can use the free “Head Start Drop-Off” service that allows participants to start up to 20 miles into the route.

The food: We provide a hearty catered hot breakfast every day except registration day. Lunch is “on your own” and enjoyed along the day’s route – we’ll have suggestions of some fantastic local eateries.  We’ll enjoy delicious catered dinners at our overnight locations.

Creature comforts: This is a camping tour that includes hot showers. The very-popular “Comfy Campers” service is available for those who prefer to camp in style.

Included: Tent and gear transportation, daily ride choices, cue sheet/GPS files/maps, route notes, most meals, camping privileges, nightly entertainment, tour t-shirt, parking during the tour

Sign up today: The registration deadline is July 15th, and Cycle Massachusetts is limited to 150 riders!  An early-bird discount of $25 for the 7, 5, and 4 day rides ends March 1st. 

Organization Name: Cycle Massachusetts

Contact Person: Karin Turer Telephone Number: 617-599-8509 Email Address: Karin@tugboat23.com Web site address: http://www.cyclema.com



22 Mar




2016 NCAA® Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional

The NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast Regional hosted by the College of the Holy Cross returns to the DCU Center this Friday, March 25 and Saturday, March 26! Four teams, three games, two days… the Road to the Frozen Four® begins in Worcester!


Friday, March 25

4:30PM: Providence College (1) versus Minnesota–Duluth Bulldogs (4)

8:00PM: Harvard Crimson (3) versus Boston College Eagles (2)

Saturday, March 26

9:00PM: Winner of Game 1 versus winner of Game 2

The winner of the Saturday game will advance to the Frozen Four. Please note that the times listed are E.S.T. and are subject to change.



Friday, March 25 at 4:30PM and 8:00PM

Saturday, March 26 at 9:00PM

WHERE:            DCU Center, Worcester, MA

TICKETS:         Single Session Tickets: $48.50

All tickets subject to applicable handling, convenience and facility fees.

DETAILS:          Tickets are available at the DCU Center Box Office, Ticketmaster locations, by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com or NCAA.com/FrozenFour.







W.B. Mason Championship Returns to Thorny Lea for Second Year

3 Mar


W.B. Mason Championship Returns to Thorny Lea for Second Year


Total purse grows to $125,000; event moves to May 23-29


BROCKTON, Mass., March 3, 2016 -The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, announced today that the 2016 W.B. Mason Championship will be contested the week of May 23-29 at Thorny Lea Golf Club. The second annual tournament will feature the top 132 aspiring LPGA Tour professionals from the United States and around the globe.


The 54-hole stroke play format will begin on Friday, May 27 and conclude on Sunday, May 29. There will be a cut to the top 60 and ties following second round play on May 28.


The tournament purse will increase from $110,000 to $125,000. The winner will earn $18,750 and move up the Volvik Race for the Card money list. The top 10 on the final money list will earn LPGA Tour membership for the 2017 season.


“W.B. Mason really stepped up in year one to showcase women’s professional golf in our backyard and now we’re ready to grow,” said Tournament Director Robby Thompson of Thorny Lea. “This is a fantastic event for not only Brockton, but all of Boston. These are the brightest stars in the game of women’s golf and we hope to see great support from our sports crazy town.”


In 2015, Vicky Hurst posted three rounds in the 60’s to win her first Symetra Tour event since 2008. Hurst, who played on the U.S. Solheim Cup team in 2011, came back to the Symetra Tour in 2015 because of injuries. The win in Brockton propelled her to an eighth place finish on the Volvik Race for the Card money list to earn LPGA Tour membership for 2016.


“Winning the W.B. Mason Championship was a huge confidence booster for me and it helped me get back to the LPGA,” said Hurst. “Although I won’t be playing in the event this year, I know that it will be a first class all the way and I really want to urge golf fans in the area to come out and support.”


Rockland native Megan Khang played in the 2015 W.B. Mason Championship on a sponsor exemption and finished in a tie for 17th. Khang earned LPGA membership by passing through all three stages of LPGA Qualifying Tournament in 2015 and is now playing full-time against the best in the world. She finished T11 in her debut at the Pure Silk Bahamas LPGA Classic.


“Getting to play in the 2015 W.B. Mason Championship was a highlight of my year because I got to play in an area that I love and am proud to call home,” said Khang. “I look forward to representing Rockland on the LPGA for many years to come.”



Volunteer registration is now open by visiting www.wbmasonchampionship.com. Local volunteers are critical to the operation of the tournament. Positions include cart drivers, leaderboard operators, standard bearers and more.


The W.B. Mason Championship is the eighth event on the Symetra Tour schedule, which features 23 tournaments in 14 different states around the U.S. Former players include 2015 U.S. Solheim Cup hero Gerina Piller, 2015 LPGA Tour winner Brooke Henderson and current World No. 2 Inbee Park.


For more general information about the W.B. Mason Championship including playing in the pro-am, contact Tournament Director Robby Thompson at rtmarketinglgc@gmail.com.


About the Symetra Tour

The Symetra Tour — Road to the LPGA is the official developmental tour of the LPGA and enters its 36th competitive season in 2016. With the support of its umbrella partner, Symetra, the Tour’s mission is to prepare the world’s best young women professional golfers for a successful career on the LPGA Tour. Since Symetra’s inaugural sponsorship year in 2012, the Symetra Tour has grown from 16 tournaments and $1.7M in prize money to $3.5M in prize money awarded over the course of 23 tournaments — the most events in 27 years (1988). With more than 600 alumnae moving on to the LPGA, former Symetra Tour players have won a total of 418 LPGA titles. Follow the Symetra Tour on the web at www.SymetraTour.com, Facebook.com/RoadtotheLPGA, Twitter.com/Road2LPGA, and YouTube.com/Road2LPGA.


17 Feb



Provincetown, Mass. – The Town of Provincetown will be the site of the 2016 Provincetown Coastal Rowing Regatta, June 4, 2016, becoming the second U.S. destination to host the competition, following its debut in Pensacola, Fla., in 2015.


“We are excited about hosting this growing sporting event,” Tony Fuccillo, Provincetown Director of Tourism, said. “Rowing competitions often take place on the West Coast, and this event will now be the first of its kind in the Northeast. We believe it will be a huge success and will encourage the Regatta to return in future years.”


Provincetown, known as “America’s First Destination,” where the Pilgrims first landed in 1620, has the open waters of the harbor and bay for the required distance of 8K. The town has the East End Harbor sandy beaches to launch and finish, access to the beach for athletes and spectators, a skilled harbormaster, a local yacht club, a youth sailing and rowing club, a US Coast Guard Station, a USRowing-affiliated regional club in Orleans and many restaurants and accommodations within walking distance.


Already popular in Europe and Canada, rowing is a fast growing sport in America for men, women and youth. The Rowing Regatta is open to single and double slide-seat boats (recreational, racing, and FISA-approved designs). Mixed doubles and masters-level racing will be included. Families and spectators are welcome and will have the opportunity to become familiar with several versions of rowing and rowing equipment. FISA-approved boats will be available for participants to try.


Massachusetts has a long rowing history and today is home to the Head of the Charles Regatta, the world’s largest two-day rowing event, and the Blackburn Challenge, a 20-plus mile open water circumnavigation of Cape Ann.


Provincetown is one of “America’s Happiest Seaside Towns,” according to Coastal Living magazine, and has the seashore, restaurants, accommodations, nightlife, shopping and gyms to make hosting the Rowing Regatta the perfect destination. The travel website Trivago recently named Provincetown the number one destination to stay in 2016, and Smithsonian magazine named it one of the “20 Best Small Towns to Visit” in America.


TO REGISTER and FOR MORE INFORMATION, go to: regattacentral.com/regatta/index.jsp?job_id=4647&org_id=0


Or to: regattacentral.org


For information on Provincetown, go to: ptowntourism.com


For more information about rowing and coastal rowing, go to: usrowing.org and worldrowing.com



Tickets for Historic 2016 Copa America Centenario Go On Sale February 3

4 Feb


Gillette Stadium/New England Revolution: Kaitlin Gangl, 508.954.7385

Tickets for Historic 2016 Copa America Centenario Go On Sale February 3

First-Phase Buyers will be entered into Lottery for Priority Access to Purchase

Copa America Centenario Final tickets

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee (LOC) announced that tickets for the 2016 Copa America Centenario will go on sale to the general public today at noon for all matches at Gillette Stadium. Fans can purchase tickets at CA2016.com or by calling Ticketmaster at 1-800-745-3000.


Gillette Stadium will host three matches featuring some of the world’s best teams and players, including D2 v. D4 (June 10), Brazil v. B4 (June 12), and 1D v. 2C (June 18), one of the quarterfinal matches.


Copa America Centenario tickets in the first phase will be sold as Venue Passes, which includes a ticket to all the matches played at Gillette Stadium. All fans who purchase Venue Passes during the first phase of ticket sales will be entered into a lottery for priority access to purchase tickets to the Copa America Centenario Final on June 26 at MetLife Stadium. Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to purchase early to guarantee their tickets. The first phase of the public Venue Pass sales will end on Feb. 19 at noon ET.


  • To purchase tickets, visit CA2016.com
  • Copa America Centenario Ticket FAQThe 2016 Copa America Centenario Official Draw will take place on Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30 p.m. ET in New York City. The second opportunity for fans to purchase Venue Passes for the Copa America Centenario will begin that same day at 5 p.m. ET.
  • Copa America Centenario tournament schedule
  • Fans are invited to visit the tournament website at CA2016.com
  • Follow the tournament news at the event’s official Twitter account and Facebook page


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.