16 in 16 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2016 Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy

21 Jan

16 in 16 – MASSACHUSETTS’ TOP SPORTING EVENTS FOR 2016Sports Define the Bay State and Support the Economy


Boston – Massachusetts, which prides itself on championship teams and iconic sporting events, has issued a calendar of top sporting events in 2016.


‘Sixteen in Sixteen: Signature Sporting Events in Massachusetts’ includes longstanding events like the Boston Marathon and the Head of the Charles Regatta, alongside incoming international events like the ISU World Figure Skating Championships and the Copa American Centenario soccer tournament. Massachusetts Office of Travel & Tourism (MOTT) and Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office (MSMO) compiled the list.


“These events contribute to our state’s economy while defining the spirit and pride of Massachusetts,” said Nam Pham, Assistant Secretary of Business Development. “For example, the 2015 Boston Marathon generated $180 million in visitor spending, while branding Massachusetts as a desirable sports tourism destination. That is a winning formula.”


“Massachusetts has long been a premier sports haven, with athletes and fans traveling here from around the world,” said Shannah McArdle, director of the Massachusetts Sports Marketing Office. “Our mission is to bring unique new sporting events to Massachusetts to strengthen our reputation as a state of champions.”


Among the special events in 2016 are the Polartec Big Air snowboarding event at Fenway Park; ISU World Figure Skating Championships at TD Garden; the NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey at Worcester’s DCU Center; Copa America Centenario soccer match at Gillette Stadium; Babe Ruth Baseball World Series in Westfield; US Rowing Masters National competition in Worcester; and the Indy Grand Prix auto racing in Boston’s Seaport District.


Iconic sporting events on the list include the Beanpot Hockey Tournament at TD Garden; Boston Red Sox Opening Day at Fenway Park; the Boston Marathon; Pan-Mass Challenge; the Falmouth Road Race on Cape Cod; Deutsche PGA Golf Tournament in Norton; the Head of the Charles Regatta along the Charles River; the Gran Prix Cycling race in Gloucester; and the Harvard-Yale Football game in Cambridge. Massachusetts attracts 22.9 million domestic, 735,000 Canadian and 1.5 million overseas visitors each year, according to MOTT. For more information on visiting Massachusetts, go to massvacation.com.    For year round information on sporting events, visit masportsoffice.com.






February 1 & 8

Beanpot Hockey Tournament

TD Garden, Boston

Initiated in 1952, the Beantown features four seminal local hockey teams: Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University and Northeastern University.


February 11

Polartec Big Air

Fenway Park, Boston

The U.S. Grand Prix big air snowboarding and free skiing event features champion athletes of Olympic and World Championship caliber navigating 140 foot high snow ramps.


March 25-26

NCAA Division I Men’s Ice Hockey Northeast

DCU Center, Worcester

Four of the best college teams in the northeast play elimination hockey, with the winner advancing to the NCAA Frozen Four National Championships.


March 28-April 3

ISU World Figure Skating Championships

TD Garden, Boston

The most prestigious figure skating competition in the world, the World Figure Skating Competition draws Olympic-caliber ice skaters from countries around the world.


April 11

Boston Red Sox Opening Day

Fenway Park, Boston

Boston Red Sox opening day at Fenway Park is one of the city’s great traditions, dating back to 1913. This year, the Red Sox play the Baltimore Orioles.


April 18

Boston Marathon

Hopkinton to Boston

The world’s oldest marathon, established in 1897, draws elite runners from around the world and is considered one of the best sporting events anywhere. 2016 marks the 120th annual race.


June 10, 12, 18

Copa America Centenario

Gillette Stadium, Foxborough

South America’s most popular soccer tournament debuts in the United State in 2016. Gillette Stadium is one of ten US venues chosen, and is hosting three games, including a quarter-final match.  Soccer powerhouses Argentina and Brazil are in the Gillette groups.


August 6-7

Pan-Mass Challenge


Since 1980, the Mass-Pan Challenge has raised over half a billion dollars for cancer research at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston. Bicycle teams cycle all across Massachusetts.



August 9-18

Babe Ruth Baseball World Series

Bullens Field, Westfield

Top baseball players from across the USA, Canada, Bermuda and the Bahamas come to western Massachusetts this summer to compete at the 2016 Babe Ruth World Series.


August 18-21

US Rowing Masters National Championship

Lake Quinsigamond, Worcester

The world’s top rowers, 21 and older, compete in 202 categories at Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, which has been hosting regattas since the 1850s.


August 21

Falmouth Road Race

Woods Hole to Falmouth, Cape Cod

The 44th annual Falmouth Road Race attracts 12,000+ Olympians, elite and recreational runners who compete along a seven mile scenic stretch of Cape Cod.


September 2-4

Indy Grand Prix

Seaport District, Boston

Twenty of the world’s top race car drivers compete in this fast paced, multi-sport racing event over Labor Day weekend, with contestants using single-seat, open-cockpit, twin-turbocharged cars.


September 2-5

Deutsche Bank Golf Championship

TCP Boston Golf Course, Norton

The world’s best golfers play here each Labor Day weekend on this acclaimed par 71 course originally crafted by golfing legend Arnold Palmer.


October 15-16

Gran Prix of Gloucester

Stage Fort Park, Gloucester

Known as the ‘steeplechase of bicycle racing,’ the Gloucester Gran Prix draws competitors from USA, Canada and Europe, racing over an obstacle course overlooking the Atlantic Ocean.


October 22-23

Head of the Charles Regatta

Boston and Cambridge

Launched in 1965, Head of the Charles draws 11,000 athletes from the world’s best crew teams to compete on the Charles River, cheered on by 400,000+ spectators.


November 19

Harvard-Yale Football Game

Harvard Stadium, Cambridge

One of the oldest collegiate rivalries in college football, these two ivy-league colleges have been battling each other on the gridiron since 1875. This is the 133rd game between Harvard and Yale.


Visit masportsoffice.com for year round details on sports in Massachusetts.

2016 Copa America Centenario: Group Stage

13 Jan

2016 Copa America Centenario: Group Stage

June 10, 2016 Time: TBD

Foxborough to host two group stage matches and Quarterfinal date; Ticket pre-sale to start in January
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. – Copa America Centenario organizers announced today that Gillette Stadium will host the historic centennial edition of the South American championship on June 10, 12 and 18, 2016. The once-in-a-lifetime soccer summer event will bring some of the world’s best teams and players to Foxborough, including D2 v. D4 (June 10), Brazil v. B4 (June 12) and 1D v. 2C (June 18), one of the quarterfinal matches. In announcing the schedule, organizers also revealed the four group seeds – Argentina, Brazil, Mexico and the United States – as well as the cities each seeded nation will visit.
The seeded teams and dates of all matches, including the cities each seeded nation will visit and the dates they will play during the group phase of the tournament, were also revealed today.
As the host nation, the United States earns the Group A seed, while Argentina, as the highest FIFA-ranked nation in the Americas (per December FIFA rankings), will be seeded top of Group D.
In celebration of the rich soccer tradition in the hemisphere and as the most decorated nations in the last 100 years in international competitions from their respective confederations, the national teams of Brazil and Mexico have also been awarded group seeds, and will head Groups B and C, respectively. 
The remaining 12 participating nations will be sorted into the four groups in early 2016 based on a public draw. Details of groups and procedures for the draw will be announced leading up to that event. 
To be among the first to access tickets to this historic event, fans can visit www.CA2016.com. Due to the expected high demand for this premium soccer tournament, fans are urged to register early to guarantee access to information as it becomes available. Current New England Revolution and New England Patriot Season Ticket Members will be eligible to purchase tickets for Copa America Centenario during an exclusive private sale in January. More information on the ticket allocation process will be communicated in the coming weeks. 
The 2016 Copa America will add to the already impressive list of soccer matches to be held at Gillette Stadium since it opened in 2002. In addition to international friendlies such as the one between the U.S. National Team and Brazil in September, the venue has also hosted matches at the 2003 FIFA Women’s World Cup, FIFA World Cup qualifiers and the CONCACAF Gold Cup in 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 as well as the 2002 MLS Cup and all New England Revolution home games.
CONCACAF and CONMEBOL have partnered for the historic 2016 Copa America tournament, setting a new standard for inter-confederation cooperation in the Americas and worldwide. The Copa America Centenario Local Organizing Committee, formed by tournament host U.S. Soccer, is a separate entity responsible for certain logistical and organizational details of the competition. For more information on the Copa America Centenario, please visit www.CA2016.com.

USRowing Masters National Championships Returns to Lake Quinsigamond

24 Aug

USRowing Masters National Championships Returns to Lake Quinsigamond

Worcester, Mass.—USRowing is pleased to announce the date and location of the 2016 USRowing Masters National Championships, scheduled for August 18-21, on Lake Quinsigamond in Worcester, Mass. The event, hosted by Destination Worcester and Quinsigamond Rowing Association, features athletes 21 and older competing for national titles in 202categories.

“Worcester’s history of hosting regattas of high caliber and importance promises to be a great experience for the Masters rowing community,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “We expect to have the nearby Boston rowing community make a strong showing and possibly break the record set in Camden.”

Hosting regattas since the mid-1850s, Lake Quinsigamond has been an ideal location for crews to compete and establish numerous boat clubs around the lake’s shores. In 1952, the lake held the 1952 National Olympic rowing trials. Destination Worcester, the region’s travel and tourism agency, played an integral role in helping to secure the 2016 rowing competition.

“We are pleased to be the chosen venue for the USRowing Masters National Championships and look forward to welcoming thousands of participants from across the country to Worcester,” said Christina M. Andreoli, Executive Director, Destination Worcester. “The four-day event is expected to attract more than 6,000 visitors to the region,” she added.

“We are very excited to welcome everyone back to Lake Quinsigamond,” said treasurer of Quinsigamond Rowing Association Patrick Diggins. “We are looking to break that new record set in Camden and regain our crown for hosting the largest USRowing event ever.”

Lake Quinsigamond has played host to a number of USRowing National Championship Regattas, as well as NCAA and ECAC college events including the 2015 NEIRA, BIG EAST and Patriot League Championships. In 2005 and 2012, Lake Quinsigamond hosted the USRowing Masters National Championships.


“I’m thrilled that US Rowing will be coming back to Lake Quinsigamond for the 2016 US Rowing Masters National Championships,” said Edward Augustus, City Manager, City of Worcester. “My administration is eager to work closely with all stakeholders to ensure the event is a resounding success. We look forward to once again showcasing our city and our world class rowing venue to thousands of rowing fans from across the country.”

This year’s USRowing Masters National Championships, held on the Cooper River in Camden, N.J., featured 2,024 competitors from 149 rowing organizations across the country making it the largest USRowing event ever held. For more information about the venue, visit Lake Quinsigamond website at http://www.qrarowing.org.


About USRowing USRowing is a nonprofit organization recognized by the United States Olympic Committee as the governing body for the sport of rowing in the United States. USRowing has 75,000 individual members and 1,200 member organizations, offering rowing programs for all. USRowing’s official suppliers include Concept 2, Croker Oars, JanSport, Nielsen Kellerman, Vespoli and WinTech. USRowing also receives generous support from the National Rowing Foundation and its corporate sponsors and partners: ANXeBusiness Corp, Boathouse Sports, Bucket List Events, Connect-A-Dock, EMCVenues, Liberty Mutual Insurance, Rudy Project and Shimano. USRowing relies on strong partnerships to enable continued success. America Rows, which supports diversity in rowing and provides opportunities for those with disabilities, also benefits from corporate support.




Strong Field with Local Ties Coming to Brockton for Inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea

6 Aug

Three Massachusetts natives to play in Symetra Tour event August 14-16

DAYTONA BEACH, Fla., August 5, 2015 – The Symetra Tour, Road to the LPGA, is headed to Brockton, Massachusetts for the inaugural W.B. Mason Championship at Thorny Lea Golf Club from Friday, August 14 through Sunday, August 16. A strong field of 138 professionals and two local amateurs will compete for a $110,000 total tournament purse. 


The winner of the event will earn $16,500 and take a significant step towards an LPGA Tour card for 2016 with just seven events remaining in the season. 


The three local products are current Symetra Tour member Brittany Altomare (Schrewsbury), 17-year-old from Rockland High School Megan Khang and soon-to-be sophomore at Georgetown Jacquelyn Eleey. 


Altomare is a two-time winner of the Massachusetts Women’s Open and was the 2013 ACC Player of the Year at the University of Virginia. Altomare is in her second full year on the Symetra Tour. She finished 18th on the Volvik Race for the Card money list in 2014 and currently ranks 32nd this year.


Khang, who plays and practices out of Thorny Lea, is the number 15 ranked amateur in the world by the WAGR. Khang qualified for her first U.S. Women’s Open in 2012 and was the low amateur (T35) in her third U.S. Women’s Open this year. Khang was recently named to the 2015 PING Junior Solheim Cup U.S. Team.


Eleey, who graduated from The Taft School in 2014, was the BIG EAST Freshman of the Year in 2015 and won the conference individual title. In her first year at Georgetown, she posted six top 20’s, five top 10’s and a win. She led the Hoyas in scoring average. 


The 140 player field, which was released Tuesday at 5:00 p.m., will include the entire current top 10 on the Volvik Race for the Card money list. No. 1 Giulia Molinaro (Treviso, Italy) leads the Tour with eight top 10 finishes in 12 events while No. 2 Lee Lopez seems destined for a win with four second place results this season. No. 7 Annie Park (Levittown, N.Y.) has dominated headlines lately with wins in two of the last three events – the Toyota Danielle Downey Classic and the PHC Classic. Park, who turned professional just two months ago after her junior year at USC, has moved into the top 10 in just six starts. 


First round play begins on August 14 at 7:30 a.m. from the first and tenth tees. Following second round play on Saturday, there will be a cut to the top 70 and ties. The final round will be a single tee start with an estimated finishing time of 4:45 p.m. 


Official practice rounds begin on Monday, August 10 at 1:00 p.m. The official W.B. Mason Championship pro-ams will take place at Cohasset Golf Club on Wednesday, August 12 to make room for the WGAM Amateur Championship & President’s Cup. The winner of the WGAM event will earn a spot in the W.B Mason Championship.


The W.B. Mason Championship is free and open to the public. 

W B Mason Championship Final Field

W B Mason Championship Total Yardage

USRowing to Expand the Head Race National Championships

28 Jul

PRINCETON, N.J. – USRowing is pleased to announce that it is expanding the 2015 Head Race National Championships from a masters only event to include junior and under 23 categories and is partnering with the Merrimac River Rowing Association to hold the regatta in Lowell, Massachusetts.

The Head Race National Championships has been a masters only event since its inception in 2012. This year the event will be run on Saturday, Oct. 3 in conjunction with the Textile River Regatta, which will be held Oct. 4.

“We’re looking for ways to offer more racing opportunities to our members at the national level,” said USRowing Events Manager A.J. Dominique. “Since offering the regatta as a masters only event we have seen substantial growth on the youth levels and under 23 levels, so we thought it made sense to add those categories to this event and offer a full head race across the board.”

Dominique said the regatta will feature junior racing in the same 18 events contested at the youth national championships, which includes both sculling and sweep categories, and that four categories will be offered on the under 23 level, including singles sculls, quadruple sculls, fours and eights.

The Masters National Head Race Championships was last run in November, 2014, in Augusta, Georgia, the day after Head of the South on the Savannah River. The event has not yet been held in the Northeast where there is a large rowing community.

The Textile River Regatta is an annual head race held on the Merrimack River that features racing in junior, open, masters and collegiate categories.

According to long-term regatta director, Jay Feenan, the Textile River Regatta has grown to the point that the number of entries have had to be limited and that adding the Head Race National Championships will allow organizers to expand the race to a two-day event and offer more to all participants.

“The intent is to go to a two-day event and grow the total number of entries and make an individual day’s events more manageable,” Feenan said.  “It will enhance the environment for the organizers, as well as the teams and individuals that come to race. The Textile River Regatta growth has been mostly among the junior population and we would like to balance the events and offer rowing opportunities across all segments.”

For more information on the 2015 USRowing Head Race National Championships, go here.

For information on the combined event, go here.

Seeking Worcester’s Next Famed Foodie

15 Jul



(Worcester, Massachusetts, July 15, 2015) – The City of Worcester, in partnership with the SMG-managed DCU Center and SAVOR…Catering by SMG, announced today that a brand new multi-purpose restaurant is under construction and set to open this September.

From a collection of seven bids, the City of Worcester has selected APC Development Group for the $594,648 build out of a food and beverage space in downtown Worcester on the corner of Commercial and Foster Streets. Located within the DCU Center, SMG, the private management firm contracted by the City of Worcester to oversee the facility, is charged with identifying a candidate to operate the space.

“This new restaurant continues the city’s commitment to making improvements at the DCU Center, and providing amenities that will continue to build the 18-hour-a-day downtown that we have been working towards,” said City Manager Edward M. Augustus, Jr. “I can’t wait to see what one of Worcester’s bright culinary minds can do with this amazing new space.”

As part of an incubator concept, SMG and its Food and Beverage subsidiary SAVOR…Catering by SMG is accepting applications from entrepreneurial candidates interested in operating the space in an owner/operator-like capacity. The concept is to provide a supportive environment for a budding food professional to hone their skills with the goal of graduating individuals after several years to open their own restaurant in the City of Worcester. The candidate operating the space at the DCU Center will have control of all aspects of the business while receiving management consultation, at no cost, in the areas of human resources, government relations, finance, marketing and operations. “Though the individual selected will need to demonstrate significant experience in food and menu preparation, we will be providing them regular on-going assistance in the other aspects of the restaurant business to ensure long term success,” said Sandy Dunn, general manager of the DCU Center.

With an anticipated opening in mid-September, the eatery is a welcome addition to the growing population of downtown students, residents and the business community. The space will not only service the public but cater to the patrons on the Arena concourse during events. SAVOR…Catering by SMG is a global company with over 145 locations. “Often the most accomplished chefs are unable to take the next step to owning their own establishment,” said Albert Fera, director of food and beverage for SAVOR. “Whether due to a lack of capital, a lack of training in business disciplines like finance and marketing or risk aversion, extremely talented food professionals may be able to transition to ownership if they have the right guidance for a period of time while they are still able to work.”

Interested candidates can find out more information at www.dcucenter.com/employment.php

The DCU Center is owned by the City of Worcester and managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.


17 Apr


Limited time exhibit opens Friday, April 17; runs through Sunday, September 20

LOWELL, MASS. – The Lowell Spinners, Class A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are pleased to announce their partnership with the Concord Museum on The Art of Baseball, which opens to the public Friday, April 17 and runs through Sunday, September 20.

“We are thrilled to partner with the Concord Museum on this wonderful exhibition which really captures the essence of why baseball is the national past time,” said Spinners President and General Manager Tim Bawmann. “From the actual artwork to the program of events scheduled, this exhibition will be a great way to further the relationship of the game with baseball fans.”

The exhibition includes nearly 50 works of fine and folk art from The Gladstone Collection of Baseball Art, a private New York collection that has been gathered over the past 40 years, as well as Boston Red Sox artifacts from the National Baseball Hall of Fame and historian, Concord resident  and lifelong baseball fan Doris Kearns Goodwin is the Honorary Curator.

Included amongst the display items includes a Ted Williams glove from the 1946 season and World Series on loan from the National Baseball Hall of Fame plus artifacts from the 2013 World Series season.

Among the programs and events scheduled include a meet & greet with local author, Matt Tavares, on June 4, Vintage Baseball games with the Lowell Base Ball Club (1877-78) and Lynn Live Oaks on May 2 and July 18, a special Sports Memorabilia Appraisal Day with Leila Dunbar and more.

“These events are a fantastic opportunity for baseball fans young and old to experience the history of the game,” said Bawmann. “We are honored to be a part of this great exhibition.”

The Concord Museum is where all of Concord’s remarkable past is brought to life through an inspiring collection of historical, literary and decorative arts treasures, including the 1775 Revere lantern and Henry Thoreau’s Walden desk. The Art of Baseball exhibit will be open to the public beginning Friday, April 17 with admission $10 for adults, seniors and students $8 and youth (6-18) $5. Kids six and under are free.