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Task Force Established to Bring Sports Tourism to County

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County councilmembers on Tuesday unanimously agreed to set up a task force to seek ways of bringing more sporting events — and the accompanying revenue they would generate — to Montgomery County.

“Sports tourism is a massive industry that has significant economic impacts in communities,” said Economic Development Committee Chair Natali Fani-González. “From job creation, spending in hotels and restaurants, and inspiring the next generation of athletes in our community. I’m excited that we are kicking off this task force and can’t wait for its recommendations.”

Added Council Education and Culture Committee Chair Will Jawando, “The Sports Tourism Task Force is an opportunity to expand sports tourism in the county and to grow our workforce along with attracting special events to the county. The Task Force will play a crucial role in assessing and identifying facilities to expand what we offer in the county.”

The task force is expected to conduct a facility needs assessment, especially looking into a multi-use facility that could both increase sports capacity and also serve as a facility for events. It will identify ways to improve marketing and bring professional sports teams here.

Previously, the county tried to secure a minor league baseball stadium and team in Rockville. “Unfortunately, that fell through,” said Councilmember Gabe Albornoz.

He pointed to the Bowie Baysox team as an example to what he believes the county could house and would “bring together community.”

The task force will complete a report with recommendations to the county council no later than June of 2025. Members include:

  • Executive Director of the Montgomery County Revenue Authority (Chair)
  • Executive Director of the Maryland Sports Commission
  • Executive Director of the Maryland SoccerPlex
  • President and Chief Executive Officer of Visit Montgomery
  • Deputy Director (or designee) of the Montgomery County Parks Department
  • Chair of the Montgomery County Sports Advisory Committee
  • Montgomery County Public Schools Director of Systemwide Athletics
  • Director (or designee) of the Montgomery County Department of Recreation

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2024-06-20 15:56:42

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