SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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September 2018 30 "Welcoming larger-profile events, including the Professional Bowlers Association (PBA) League Elias Cup and future PBA Playoffs to Bayside Bowl continues elevating this iconic region as a memorable, premier, four-season sports destina- tion," said Sheila Brennan Nee, strategic director of the Maine Sports Commission. "Rights holders will discover an impressive fan base here where New England sports his- tory is legendary. Participants often plan Maine road trips to nearby lakes, mountains and the coast once they've explored the Greater Portland seaside region." "With its farmers, fisher- men and five-star chefs, cut- ting-edge culinary artistry is now Maine's calling card," said Elissa English-O'Brien, director of group marketing for Visit Portland. Portland also has plenty of hotels with more than 6,400 rooms available and another hotel being built at Thompson's Point. Portland's waterfront location and variety of venues give planners room to host events. Bowlers and Portlanders highly recommended the PBA League Elias Cup at Bayside Bowl as a must-see event. "From the unrivaled passion of our fans to the incredible city we are happy to be a part of, the PBA's Elias Cup at Bayside Bowl provides an amazing experi- ence for athletes and spectators alike," said Charlie Mitchell, co-owner of Bayside Bowl. "The entire community embraces the event." Tom Clark, CEO and commissioner of the PBA, added: "Bayside Bowl is awesome. And Portland has become the most anticipated stop on the PBA Tour because of the beautiful location and passionate fans. The Professional Bowlers Association is in its 60th year and in our storied history, no venue has provided the kind of electricity and memorable moments in such a short time that Bayside has in hosting the PBA League. So much so that we have decided to stage our inaugu- ral PBA Playoffs in 2019 on FOX Sports right there in Portland." In addition to the PBA tournaments at Bayside Bowl, patrons also visit for roof- top movies, bands and food at a taco truck "parked" on the rooftop. n National Sports Commission of the Year winner to aid in the planning process." Jeanneret said the HydroFlight National Tour has become a highlight of Erie's sum- mer events calendar and features athletes per- forming incredible stunts that fans are able to watch at no cost: "The addition of SUPcross this year added another dimension to the tour that we're really excited about and think has the potential to grow as the sport of paddle- boarding surges in popularity, especially in our region." The popularity of the Pro Watercross event is evidenced in the numbers of spectators who watch the competition each year. "Each year that the HydroFlight National Tour has been here, we estimate that more than 5,000 spectators stopped to watch the competi- tion and the events received considerable media and social media coverage," he said. "Additionally, sponsors and community partners like Presque Isle Downs & Casino and the Western Pennsylvania Port Authority stepped up to make sure this event could happen." "We really like hosting events that are different, unique, offer a community benefit and grant national exposure to our region as a destination for sports events," Jeanneret said. "The HydroFlight National Tour checks all the boxes. We've developed a great partner- ship with AJ [president of Pro Watercross] and Jennifer Handler [chief information officer of Pro Watercross], and Evan Young [managing director of Pro Watercross's SUPcross division] and think we're in a great position to grow their events here." n t SPECIAL Report â–ºThe PBA Elias Cup Portland, Maine Erie Sports Commission/Visit Erie Peek n Peak Skiing Portland is known for its food scene. Visit Portland Visit Portland

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