Competitions provide $27.4 million in direct spending for Allegheny County
PITTSBURGH – SportsPITTSBURGH is proud to welcome 13 upcoming summer events that will be taking place in the Greater Pittsburgh region. Starting Memorial Day Weekend and lasting through the end of July, these competitions will host more than 139,000 visitors, 22,200 contracted hotel room nights and provide an estimated economic impact of $27 million.
“We are excited to kick off an action-packed summer of sports here in the city of Pittsburgh,” said Jennifer Hawkins, executive director of SportsPITTSBURGH. “Beginning Memorial Day Weekend, the community will once again demonstrate why Pittsburgh is one of the most iconic and legendary sports cities across the country. The authentic experience that the city can offer its athletes and fans, from the baseball and softball complexes in Monroeville to the versatility of the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, communicates why Pittsburgh is an ideal place to host your sports events.”
East Coast Volleyball Championships – May 26-28
- Celebrating its 10th anniversary of hosting in Pittsburgh, the 2018 East Coast Volleyball Championships return to the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, May 26 - 28. Being played on more than 40 courts, this tournament will feature some of the best female club volleyball teams from across the Mid-Atlantic region. This event is expected to draw more than 12,000 people, more than 4,300 contracted hotel room nights and an estimated economic impact of more than $3.4 million.
- In 2016, this Championship attracted 270 girls’ club volleyball teams and around 8,000 total attendees. With this year’s numbers being closer to 375 teams and 12,000 in attendance, the growth of this event is evident year-over-year and showcases the versatility of the Convention Center to serve as a top-notch sports venue.
Atlantic Coast Baseball
ACB Open Invitational – May 26-28
ACB Open Invitational Session 2 – June 6-8
Cap Classic – June 21-24
Diamond Kinetics Klassic – June 28-July 1
ACBL Tourney – July 7-8
Louisville Wood Slugger Wood Bat World Series – July 19-22
Summer’s Last Chance – July 26-29
- The Atlantic Coast Baseball events have grown continuously and have sold out in all five years of their existence. With nearly 150 participating teams from more than 10 states and Canada, the games will be played at select fields in the Monroeville Community Park area.
- This year’s seven Atlantic Coast Baseball events are expected to draw more than 17,000 attendees, more than 11,000 contracted hotel room nights and an estimated economic impact of more than $9 million.
- Atlantic Coast Baseball provides the most competitive league in the Tri-State area for AAU Caliber Travel Teams.
Atlantic Coast Softball
ACS Open – June 15-17
Diamond Klassic – June 29-July 1
- Headquartered just east of Pittsburgh in Monroeville, ACS tournaments are well represented from teams in the Mid-Atlantic region. In last year’s inaugural ACS Open, 35 teams from PA, OH and WV were in attendance.
- As this organization continues to grow, these two Atlantic Coast Softball events will bring more than 1,200 contracted hotel room nights and an estimated economic impact of $692,000 to the area.
Olympic Day – June 23
- Olympic Day, held annually on June 23, is celebrated by millions of people in more than 160 countries. The worldwide celebration aims to promote fitness, well-being, culture and education, while also observing the Olympic values of excellence, friendship and respect. The Olympic Day pillars – move, learn and discover – are promoted in every corner of the globe.
- SportsPITTSBURGH will kick off a week-long social media campaign beginning June 18 that will highlight current and former Olympians from both Western PA and nationally.
Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix – July 6-15
- Back for its 36th year, the Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix is the nation’s largest vintage sports car racing event and the only one staged on city streets. Race weekend will feature more than 150 vintage race cars and 3,000 international show cars.
- Over the course of the 10-day race week, the PVGP will bring in more than 100,000 attendees, 3,400 contracted hotel room nights and an estimated economic impact of more than $12.9 million.
- The Pittsburgh Vintage Grand Prix has announced BMW as their 2018 Marque of the Year. In conjunction with the PVGP, the BMV Car Club of America is hosting their 49th annual Oktoberfest from July 9-15. This event will host more than 600 attendees and be held at the Sheraton Station Square.
- The PVGP’s mission is to produce a world-class vintage racing event in order to raise funds to help provide residential care, treatment and support for developmentally disabled individuals in the Pittsburgh region. Since 1983, they have raised more than $5.1 million for their two local charities; the Autism Society of Pittsburgh and the Allegheny Valley School.
ReplayFX Arcade and Video Game Festival – July 26-29
- The 4th annual event will take place at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center featuring more than 750 arcade and pinball machines and 2,000 retro console games (all games are free to play with the price of admission).
- The event features more than 840 of the world’s greatest pinball wizards competing to win the Pinburgh Match-Play Championship, the Classic Tetris World Championships, as well as many others, offering over $100,000 in prize money.
For more details and to get the latest on all things SportsPITTSBURGH, visit www.sportspittsburgh.com.
As the sports development division of VisitPITTSBURGH, SportsPITTSBURGH’s primary goal is to attract and host a wide variety of sporting events while providing planners and local stakeholders with the expertise and professionalism required to host a world-class event in the Pittsburgh region.