Amateur Baseball to Hit Seminole County's Fields in 2021
31 Jul, 2020
The Seminole County Board of County Commissioners voted unanimously to finalize an agreement making Perfect Game, Inc. an anchor event organizer at the Boombah Sports Complex. Perfect Game, an Iowa based corporation, is the largest amateur baseball scouting and event service in the world, hosting amateur and youth baseball tournaments all over the country.
This performance-based agreement, which would commence in January 2021, provides Perfect Game mutually agreed upon dates to host more than 30 large baseball events annually at the Boombah Sports Complex. These tournaments are anticipated to draw more than 100,000 visitors, produce 40,000 room nights, and generate an estimated $25 million in economic impact for the local economy. The guarantee of 40,000 hotel room nights each year nearly doubles the current number of room nights generated by events held at the Sports Complex, currently standing at 23,000.
“As we expand our brand in the region, Perfect Game is excited to expand its relationship with Seminole County. We are glad that Seminole County can be our PG home in Florida,” said Brad Clement, CEO of Perfect Game. Over the past three years, Seminole County has hosted multiple Perfect Game youth baseball events at the Boombah Sports Complex, which have generated more than 23,000 visitors, 10,000 room nights, and $9 million in economic impact.
Dev Pathik, Founder of Sports Facilities Advisory Group, added, “Perfect Game is a powerhouse in baseball and in the tourism landscape. Seminole County invested to build the Boombah Sports Complex and is now poised to see huge gains in tourism through this partnership. This is a model example for other communities because it is based on a proven private sector operator partnering with a destination to drive visits that would not otherwise be in the marketplace. The key is the proven track record of Perfect Game which produces over 200 million dollars in tourism annually.”
Seminole County will remain the day-to-day operator of the Sports Complex and field access for the local community will continue, as well as tournaments and events hosted by event organizers separate from Perfect Game. The Boombah Sports Complex opened in May 2016 and was built to drive tourism and economic impact for the county while also delivering a state-of-the-art venue for the local community to enjoy. Since opening, the Sports Complex has held more than 200 sports tournaments with 500,000 coaches, players, and visitors passing through the gates. These events generated more than 58,000 room nights and $80 million in economic impact for local business.
“This agreement is a game changer for Seminole County,” said Danny Trosset, Director of Sports Tourism for Seminole County Sports. “The long-term economic benefits these additional Perfect Game events will deliver will be invaluable to our local economy and the tourism industry as we strive to rebound from this pandemic. Visiting teams and their families will stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, and visit our attractions and local stores, bringing a much-needed boost to businesses within our county.”
Frank Cirrincione, Seminole County Tourist Development Council Vice-Chair and General Manager of the Hilton Orlando North in Altamonte Springsalso added, “The hospitality community embraces the extended relationship with Perfect Game, and we look forward to providing outstanding and safe accommodations for the players and families who will be attending these events.”
The agreement between Seminole County and Perfect Game would begin in January 2021. This five-year agreement would run through December 2025 and proposes two additional five-year renewals at the option of both parties.
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Teeming with old Florida charm and young Florida vibrancy, Orlando North, Seminole County serves up nationally-recognized venues for youth, collegiate and amateur sports tournaments, along with nature-based recreation, eclectic dining, a booming micro brew scene, plus a year round calendar of festivals, events and sports tournaments. With over 2,000 waterways, visitors discover a wide array of thrilling outdoor pursuits from paddling in clear freshwater springs and rivers, to air boating among alligators, or zooming through an aerial zip line course. Recipient of the 2018 Excellence in Sports Tourism Award from the Florida Parks and Recreation Association, Seminole County proudly presents an array of sports and training facilities for amateur tournament play, including the 102-acre Boombah Sports Complex at Seminole County in Sanford. And getting here is easy via Orlando Sanford International Airport (SFB), Orlando International Airport (MCO), aboard the Amtrak Auto Train, or via auto on I-95 and I-4. Here overnight guests save 30% on accommodations compared to Orlando and nearby beachfront hotels. All this, and it’s less than an hour’s drive to area theme parks and beaches. Find an up-to-date schedule of sports tournament and events for 2020 here: http://playorlandonorth.com/events For more information about Seminole County and its game changing sports venues, please call 407-665-2902 or visit www.PlayOrlandoNorth.com