The SportsTravel Awards honor the best events, venues and hosts in the sports-event industry. The Awards will be presented at the TEAMS '22 Conference & Expo, October 24–27, in Oklahoma City.
About the Awards
Events must have occurred between August 1, 2021, and July 31, 2022. In the case of an event series, at least one event of the series must have occurred during the eligibility period; in the case of a new or renovated venue, the venue must have opened or reopened during the eligibility period; in the case of a host city, events hosted must have occurred during the eligibility period.
2022 SportsTravel Award Categories:
Best Amateur Sports Event
Best Collegiate Sports Event
Best Professional Sports Event
Best New Sports Event
Best New or Renovated Venue
Best Sports-Event Host City
Congratulations to the Past Winners
By launching and executing a successful end to its 2019–2020 season in a bubble environment in Orlando, Florida, the NBA led the way for professional sports organizations to return to the field of play. The league also helped advance new forms of COVID testing to ease the way back for players.
Texas Amateur Athletic Federation
With its state games event canceled due to COVID, TAAF donated its unused medals to people who performed good deeds in their communities such as donating blood, non-perishable foods or money to a foodbank.
MGM Resorts Foundation
The MGM Resorts Foundation raised more than $7 million for its Employee Emergency Grand Fund and helped with the delivery of more than 500,000 meals and 100,000 masks for community health needs during the early stages of the COVID pandemic.
The Giving Games
With the 2020 Olympic Games being postponed, an effort to raise money for U.S. national governing bodies allowed people to donate to specific sports and see their names appear on the virtual podium as the highest donors. The fundraising effort helped many NGBs stay on their feet during a difficult and challenging year.
BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EVENT:
2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France
The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, won by the United States in thrilling fashion over the Netherlands, was named the Best Professional Sports Event after being staged in nine cities across France. It was the second consecutive World Cup championship for the United States and fourth overall. This is the second time the Women’s World Cup has won this award, previously winning in 2015.