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ISLAND SUN - APRIL 29, 2016
For Lee County
Lee County Sports Development
hosted 115 amateur sporting
events in 2015, marking its sec-
ond-highest year on record and bringing
148,073 sports visitors to Lee County
last year. During 2015, the events
resulted in 152,400 hotel room nights
sold and $61,465,750 in direct visitor
spending. The figures were announced
at the recent Lee County Tourist
Development Council monthly meeting.
"Lee County continues to be a lead-
ing destination for world-class sports,"
said Jeff Mielke, executive director, Lee
County Sports Development. "Once
again, we hosted a record number of
events last year, and that continues to
keep our facilities and maintenance team
from Lee County Parks & Recreation
extremely busy, yet they continue to keep
our fields and complexes in top quality
condition. We are grateful for their com-
mitment to making Lee County one of
the most desirable locations for amateur
and professional sporting events."
Among the 2015 highlights:
• To accommodate its West Coast divi-
sions, the North American Roller Hockey
Championships split its championships
into west and east coast events, causing a
drop in July sports tourism numbers over
last year when the entire event was host-
ed in Lee County. Still, July 2015 events
resulted in 29,117 room nights sold.
• Perfect Game in October was a
major player in setting an October all-
time high with 16,206 room nights.
• November was the second-highest
hitting month in terms of room nights,
event attendance and spending. The Roy
Hobbs World Series and Senior Softball
Winter Nationals, as well as a number of
other amateur events, resulted in 23,569
room nights sold and $11,490,049 in
direct economic impact.
• In December, Everblades Youth
Hockey Invitational, the Perfect Game
Underclass Showcase, City of Palms
Basketball Classic and USA Gymnastics
brought in a strong showing of visitors.
However, the Florida State Senior Games
were on a mandated two-year rotation,
and their absence in Lee County in
December led to a decrease in spending
and room nights over December 2015.
"With NARCh's east-west split and
Senior Games on a two-year mandated
rotation, we experienced a very slight
decrease in overall spending and room
nights in 2015 compared to 2014,"
The Florida State Senior Games' event
regulations allow communities to serve as
a host location for only two consecutive
years at a time, and as Lee County held
the Florida State Senior Games in 2013
and 2014, it was unable to host the event
in 2015. Lee County anticipates the
return of the Florida State Senior Games,
following the mandated two-year hiatus.
"We look forward to the return of Florida
State Senior Games and bringing addi-
tional events to Lee County in the com-
ing year," Mielke said.
Operated by Lee County Parks and
Recreation, Lee County's five county-
owned baseball complexes play host to
more than 200 days of amateur baseball
tournaments a year when they aren't
being used for spring training games.
In 2014 -- the largest year for sports
tourism in Lee County -- Lee County
hosted 113 amateur sports events, bring-
ing 158,194 sports visitors, 159,530
hotel room nights sold and $63 million in
direct visitor spending to Lee County.
The Lee County Sports Development
office leads the recruitment and imple-
mentation of amateur and profes-
sional sports events and activities in Lee
County, with the goal of providing eco-
nomic impact to Lee County. For more
information, call 533-5273 or visit www.
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