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CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN SPORTING EVENTS

CELEBRATE EXCELLENCE IN SPORTING EVENTS

About the Awards

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. 

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Criteria:

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

2020 Winners

NBA

NBA

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

TAAF

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

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

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.

2019 Winners

2019 STA Winners

BEST PROFESSIONAL SPORTS EVENT:  2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup, France

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.

BEST COLLEGIATE SPORTS EVENT:  2018 Army-Navy Game, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

BEST COLLEGIATE SPORTS EVENT: 
2018 Army-Navy Game, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

The Best Collegiate Sports Event was the 2018 Army-Navy football game in Philadelphia, won by Army for the third consecutive year. More than 70,000 people attended the annual game, which featured a 17–10 victory by the Golden Knights. It is the second time the event has won this award, winning previously in 2013.
BEST AMATEUR SPORTS EVENT: 2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida

BEST AMATEUR SPORTS EVENT:
2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships, Orlando, Florida

The Best Amateur Sports Event was the 2019 AAU Junior National Volleyball Championships in Orlando, Florida, which featured 2,800 boys and girls teams with more than 45,000 competitors, 10,000 coaches, 600 college coaches and 100,000 spectators. It is the second time the event has won this award, having won in 2017.
BEST NEW SPORTS EVENT:  2018 SuperPower 5K, Toronto, Ontario

BEST NEW SPORTS EVENT: 
2018 SuperPower 5K, Toronto, Ontario

The Best New Sports Event was the 2018 SuperPower 5K in Toronto, Ontario, which combined the sport of running with gaming and cosplay to extend the scope of FAN EXPO Canada.
BEST NEW OR RENOVATED VENUE:  Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

BEST NEW OR RENOVATED VENUE: 
Allianz Field, St. Paul, Minnesota

The Best New or Renovated Sports Venue was presented to Allianz Field in St. Paul, Minnesota, the new home of Major League Soccer’s Minnesota United FC. The stadium hosted an MLS playoff game and also landed a CONCACAF Gold Cup match and spot on the United States women’s soccer team victory tour. It is the first MLS team to win an award.
BEST SPORTS HOST CITY:  Las Vegas, Nevada

BEST SPORTS HOST CITY: 
Las Vegas, Nevada

The Best Sports Host City award went to Las Vegas, a city that opened a new Triple-A baseball stadium, was the host for the NHL and NASCAR award ceremonies, debuted the WNBA’s Las Vegas Aces and hosted "The Match: Tiger-Phil," all while continuing preparations for the arrival of the Raiders in 2020.
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