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OKC outdoor facilities attract sports leagues in 2020

By Cynthia Reid / Economy / December 16, 2020

Restrictions on meetings and group events across the region left summer camps, sports leagues and other outdoor sports organizers scrambling for new venues in 2020, and Oklahoma City was able to attract nearly 15,000 room nights through this unexpected windfall of activity.

“We have great relationships with a number of these event organizers,” explained Sue Hollenbeck, director of sports business for the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. “When they were left without a venue, they called someone they could trust to make things happen. We were happy to help them out.”

In a year when the hospitality industry was devastated by cancellations, these bookings were a desperately needed lifeline.

Some of the events coming to the city included the Perfect Game elite you the baseball camps and showcase, a USA BMX event, and a number of USA Softball events. Participants ranged from youth to adult. The city’s annual schedule of equine events also grew this year to accommodate new or expanded events, bringing more people—and dollars—to the market. Learn more about those shows here.

Each of these events followed strict safety protocols, working with the local venue to prevent spread and yet still allow these athletes to perform safely.

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