SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2016

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www.sportseventsmagazine.com September 2016 11 approximately 18,000 visitors from around the United States and Canada to travel to Buffalo for the games, generating QHDUO\PLOOLRQLQHFRQRPLF impact. The CYC is the highlight of the youth GAA calendar every year in North America and Canada, according to Padraic Walsh, chairman for the 2017 CYC Local Organizing Committee. %XIIDORLVWKH¿UVWFLW\ awarded the CYC games that is not in the traditional rotation of New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago and San Francisco. Formed in 1884, the GAA is Irelandís largest sporting organization. It is celebrated as one of the great amateur sporting organizations in the world today. Both regional and club units are now well established in the United States, Canada, Australia, Britain, China, mainland Europe and many other parts of the world. More than 400 clubs promote the activities of the GAA around the world, including the local Buffalo Fenians GAA. Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny lauded the Buffalo CYC organizing committee for their efforts in landing the tournament here. The Gaelic Games is just the latest example of Buffaloís efforts to attract college and amateur sporting events that draw thousands to the area and generate millions for the economy, according to Patrick Kaler, president and CEO of Visit Buffalo Niagara. The NCAA Menís Basketball tournament and World Junior Hockey Tournament will both return to the region in 2017 as well. ìWe couldnít be more excited to partner with the local organizing committee and showcase all that our resurgent city and region has to offer for the thousands of visitors who will be attending the Gaelic Games,î Kaler said. ìThe siting of these tournaments here speaks to our regionís emergence as a top- tier destination for college and amateur sports.î Q W SPORTS Talk SPARTANBURG? MORE LIKE: BRING-YOUR-'A'-GAME-BURG. You've probably heard of Spartanburg if you're a fan of baseball and soball tournaments, outdoor adventure, living history, live music, or BMW. But in case you haven't heard of us, allow us to introduce ourselves. We're Spartanburg, where we work to provide winning experiences both on and off the field. is only happens in a place that's truly revolutionary. Come see for yourself. VisitSpartanburg.com

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